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Cobalt 246 (Not a Current Model)
(w/ 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2 MPO)

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Brief Summary

The 246 is a spacious bowrider that offers comfortable seating for family and friends as well as creature comforts.

Key Features

  • 10 Year Hull/Deck Warranty
  • 5-Year Powertrain Warranty
  • AM/FM CD player
  • L-shaped lounge
  • Removable carpet
  • Porta-Potti concealed in portside console
  • Large molded-in swim platform
  • Concealed boarding ladder
  • Swivel driver and passenger seats
  • Anchor locker
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24' 4''
    Beam 8' 6''
    Dry Weight 4,100 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 2' 10'' (max)
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 4' 6''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 70 gal.
    Water Capacity none
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    500 3.0 2.6 0.9 3.3 2.9 210 183 63
    1000 5.9 5.1 1.8 3.4 2.9 212 185 74
    1500 7.7 6.7 2.9 2.7 2.3 169 147 73
    2000 10.2 8.9 4.5 2.3 2.0 143 124 76
    2500 17.5 15.2 6.3 2.8 2.4 175 152 78
    3000 25.6 22.3 8.0 3.2 2.8 203 176 78
    3500 32.4 28.2 10.7 3.0 2.7 192 167 81
    4000 39.5 34.3 13.9 2.9 2.5 180 156 82
    4500 44.9 39.0 18.4 2.4 2.1 154 134 86
    4975 49.9 43.3 23.1 2.2 1.9 136 118 88
    500 183 338 4.80 3.41 1.42 63
    1000 185 341 9.50 6.62 1.43 74
    1500 147 272 12.40 10.79 1.14 73
    2000 124 230 16.40 17.03 0.97 76
    2500 152 282 28.20 23.85 1.18 78
    3000 176 327 41.20 30.09 1.37 78
    3500 167 309 52.10 40.31 1.29 81
    4000 156 290 63.60 52.43 1.21 82
    4500 134 248 72.30 69.65 1.04 86
    4975 118 219 80.30 87.44 0.92 88

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.8 sec.
    0 to 30 6.8 sec.
    Ratio 2.2 : 1
    Props 26 ss
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, min. gear
    Climate 75 deg., 66% humid.; wind: 10 knots west; seas: calm

    Cobalt 246 (Not a Current Model) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    Like all the Cobalt models, the 246 looks like it’s in motion even at the dock. A combination of common sense engineering, abundant creature features and good old solid boat building technology has gone into the 246. At just 24’6” she has a roomy beam of 8’6” giving her the feel of a larger vessel.All of these comforts ride on an exceptional hull design derived from years of boat building experience. After running the 246 I had to find out how they got a boat to handle this well. So I found a Cobalt on a trailer and crawled under for a look. The first thing I noticed was the large reverse chines and the absence of the inner planning strakes from the windshield aft. This combination, coupled with a 20-degree deadrise, allows the vessel to drop into the waves smoothly without banging in most situations. To top it all off because of the large reverse chines she had a dry ride with no water hitting the windshield. The vessel tested did not have trim tabs and, despite this, rode surprisingly level even when the load wasn’t. The reason for this was also found under the hull. Aft, on ether side of the out drive, the hull is extended beyond the transom creating a kind of a large fixed trim tab surface. Cobalt uses this on all of its models and calls it the “Extended running surface”. The effect is much in the same as training wheels on a bicycle. When running at speed, the added surface has the effect of holding the boat steady not to mention popping up on plane quickly. The vessel also leaned into turns with a very solid feel and tracked well. This running surface is not a bolt on but the molded hull extending aft of the transom on either side of the outdrive and out to the freeboard on both sides. This hull configuration also allows for a full beam swim platform over the outdrive. Cobalt uses Kevlar over the chines to add strength and rigidity to the hull. An other contributing factor to the vessel’s solid feel is the all fiberglass box longitudinal stringers running just about the full length of the hull. A box stringer is far stronger than traditional stringers at less the weight and the fact that they are solid fiberglass and not wood can only add to their life expectancy. The longitudinals are not fiberglassed to the hull but glued with a product called Plexus. Is this superior to fiberglass? Only time will tell. Moving topsides we found an abundance of just plain old good ideas. Starting with gas cylinder assisted hatches. The small rubber lined anchor locker forward, and the rubber lined ski storage compartment below the deck forward as well as the engine hatch all have gas cylinder assist. These not only help lift the hatches but also keep them securely open. The engine hatch has an electric power lift as well as the ability to be opened manually, a bit heavy but double. The U-shaped bow seat has padded bolsters below the deck line so your guests can face each other and lean back in comfort. Both seats have additional storage below. Cobalt has managed to install a head (toilet) compartment behind the port bow seat back rest that is accessible by opening the port console aft. The compartment is small for a large person but still large enough to close the door for privacy. A self-contained camper type toilet was installed having the holding tank in the base.The seating arrangement in the cockpit area consisted of two pedestal chairs and an L-shaped lounge across the back and up the starboard side. Under the aft seat was storage extending beyond the seat area to below the step and the corner seat section on the portside. Cobalt also installed the battery selector switch in here for easy access. But this puppy also has a wet well with drain under the port seat just begging for ice and cold drinks. Cobalt calls them Flip-Lip seats. What they’ve done is, for lack of a better description, double hinged the forward half of the seat to rest on top of the aft half creating a bolster seat so you can see over the windshield. There is also an adjustable helm to make it really comfortable in all driving positions. How many times have you bumped into or torn a shirt on a fire extinguisher? I have done both. So I liked the recessed fire extinguisher cubby located under the helm with a touch latch clear door, nice touch. The helm area was pleasing to the eye as well as functional. From the high gloss finish real rosewood dash to the double stitched vinyl covering, the area is nothing but elegant. Even the gauges, with a touch of gold and had very legible numbers, giving the helm an almost classic style. Moving aft, was a large padded sun deck located on top of the engine hatch. The swim platform had a built-in baitwell to starboard and stainless steel folding boarding ladder with its own storage compartment to port. The vessel tested had the optional removable swim platform aft of the stock unit. All in all creating a fairly solid swim platform with minimal spring. The boarding ladder was made of two telescoping stainless steel pipes with T steps. The whole unit was tucked under the port quarter of the platform with a lever-locking device. When it was time to extend the ladder I had to kneel down and lean over to locate and reach it. Also I had to keep reminding myself when docking that it was back there, because from the helm, even when standing, I couldn’t see it. Let’s not forget the engine room with the full beam hatch. There was no corner that was not easily reached. As a matter of fact I could have climbed in on either side of the engine to do work.So after testing the 246 I found that she rode and handled well, looked great and had loads of creature comforts. Little things like the encapsulated backing plates used under all the solid stainless steel deck hardware, and the optional telescoping stern navigation light just gave me the feeling that this was a well-built boat. But I’m not alone in my opinion. J.D. Powers and Associates have recognized the Cobalt for two years in a row and now I can see why.By Capt. Manny RebeloTest Captain

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Cobalt 246 (Not a Current Model) is 49.9 mph (80.3 kph), burning 23.10 gallons per hour (gph) or 87.43 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Cobalt 246 (Not a Current Model) is 25.6 mph (41.2 kph), and the boat gets 3.22 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.37 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 203 miles (326.7 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 320-hp MerCruiser MX 6.2 MPO.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Power Steering Standard
    Trim Tabs Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Ice Chest Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard


    Bimini Top Optional
    Camper Back Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Deck Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    10-Years 10-Year transferable protection No
    Engine Warranty
    5-Year No
    Powertrain Warranty
    5-Year transferable protection
    Gelcoat Warranty
    2-Year transferable protection
    Accessories Warranty
    1-2 Year Yes
    ISO Certification NMMA Certification Yes
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