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Cobalt 200
(w/ 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI)

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Cobalt 200 Test Video

The Cobalt 200 incorporates once optional luxuries, conveniences, and power additives into a standard package that raises the bar for runabouts. Enhanced fuel consumption, aggressive acceleration, tight turning response, and a gentle ride make the 200 a dynamic sportboat.

Key Features

  • 10 year Hull/Deck Warranty
  • 5 year Powertrain Warranty
  • Kevlar in hull
  • Extended running surface
  • Gelcoat graphics
  • Bow Walk-Thru Doors
  • "Ski Tow, pop-up"
  • SS Engine Vents
  • Depth & Water/Air Temp Gauge Package
  • Huge Cooler


Cobalt 200 Specifications
Length Overall 20' 4'' Dry Weight 3,850 lbs
Beam 8' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 2' 0'' Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 40 gal.
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom 20 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance 4' 3'' Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
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.

Engine Options

Cobalt 200 Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI
Opt. Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3 MP
1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0 L MPI
1 x 320-hp MerCruiser 6.2 MX MPI
1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi SX
1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GXi DP

Cobalt 200 Line Drawing


Cobalt 200 Photo Gallery

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Impressive features for a 20-footer.

An entry-level boat that delivers quite a ride out on the water.

You won’t feel cramped back here.

The 200 offers good seating for friends and family.

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This little bowrider handles very well.

The hull provided a very tough and solid feel, with no creaking or rattling.

All the gauges and switches you need.

Cobalt combines first-rate materials with top-notch workmanship.

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Good storage for your gear.

Cobalt offers a list of very useful options too. For instance, an on board air compressor for your water toys and a telescoping anchor light that disappears at the touch of a button.

Cobalt 200 Captain's Report

For decades the legendary 190-bow rider has been introducing people to the pleasures of casual boating. Now for 2003, Cobalt is introducing the replacement for the 190 with their newly designed 200-bow rider. The new boat is almost two feet longer than her predecessor and provides greater comfort and styling. The only thing that hasn’t changed is Cobalt’s renowned quality and durability.

Even though this is a 20-foot boat the fabrication of the hull and detailed parts is first rate. Weighing in at a healthy 3,800 pounds dry, the 200 rides smoothly and cuts through the rough water confidently. Our test crew had the opportunity to take the 200 out on a very rough day, and though we got a bit of water over the bow, the hull provided a very tough and solid feel, with no creaking or rattling like we sometimes find in other boats. Performance is based on what engine package you decide to choose from. Our test boat came equipped with a peppy Volvo-Penta 5.0 liter GXI SX motor attached to a Duo-prop drive. This combination produces 270-horse power at the prop and is capable of pushing the 200 to over 46 miles per hour. As expected, this bow rider handles very well. Slalom turns can be accomplished with precision, and circling around to pick up skiers is performed with a tight radius.

Cockpit layout is typical for a bow rider, with wrap-around seating up front, dual bucket seats at the helm, and a wide aft bench seat. Cobalt uses high quality vinyl and dri-fast foam in the construction of their seating components. The upholstery work is some of the best in the industry, and will give you many years of enjoyment.

Integrated into the aft seating and the engine hatch/sun pad, is a transom walk-thru. Combined with an excellent non-skid surface, this walk-thru makes transitioning to the swim platform easier and much safer. At the stern, the molded swim platform houses a small, self-draining wet locker for your ski rope, and a telescoping boarding ladder. An optional extended swim platform is available and mounts just above the water line. I really liked the thinking that went into this concept because it provides you with two tiers of platform space and it makes getting in and out of the water a breeze. Since the platform extends well aft of the propeller, a huge margin of safety is provided for those in the water.

Of course, there is plenty of storage space in the 200, and drink holders are everywhere. Cobalt offers a list of very useful options too, for instance, an onboard air compressor for your water toys and a telescoping anchor light that disappears at the touch of a button. One of my favorite options is the stainless steel tube framed Bimini top, which is secured by using quick-release tube stanchions, rather than fabric straps.

What stood out the most to me was the premium build quality. Cobalt combines first-rate materials with top-notch workmanship. Rigging details like double clamping all plumbing connections, lining all storage compartments with rubber mats or carpet, and most importantly, the use of tapping plates and/or backing plates on every fastener. All these manufacturing details, combined with an outstanding hull lay-up, result in a boat that might just outlast her owner! Now be prepared, because all this quality does have a cost attached to it. But years from now, that may not matter.

By Capt. Ron Svoboda

Test Captain

Cobalt 200 Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Cobalt 200 is 46.6 mph (75 kph), burning 14.10 gallons per hour (gph) or 53.37 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Cobalt 200 is 25.7 mph (41.4 kph), and the boat gets 4.21 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.79 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 152 miles (244.62 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Cobalt 200 Standard and Optional Equipment
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Transom Shower Optional
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Cobalt 200 Warranty

Cobalt 200 Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 10-Year
Transferable Yes
Extendable No
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Deck Warranty
Years 10-Years
Transferable 10-Year transferable protection
Extendable No
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Engine Warranty
Years 5-Year
Extendable No
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Powertrain Warranty
Years 5-Year
Transferable 5-Year transferable protection
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Gelcoat Warranty
Years 2-Year
Transferable 2-Year transferable protection
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
Accessories Warranty
Years 1-2 Year
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.cobaltboats.com/info/warranty.html
NMMA Certification Yes

Cobalt 200 Price

Cobalt 200 Price
Pricing Range $43,424.00
Price as Tested $47,218.00
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.

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