Cobalt

Cobalt Boats, of Neodesha, Kan., builds sterndrive powerboats ranging from 20 to 40 feet in runabout bowriders, cuddy cabins and cruisers. The company is still family-owned and led by its founder, Paxson St. Clair.

Cobalt dealer in California has new owner

San Ramon Boat Center, a longtime Cobalt Boats dealership with stores in Rocklin, Calif., and Lake Tahoe, recently announced the sale of the business to Scott Vanderbeek.

Pack St. Clair launched Cobalt Boats in 1968 in an unlikely locale: landlocked rural Kansas.

‘Keeper of the culture’

If you had no experience building fiberglass boats and wanted to start a company, where would you go? Michigan? Good idea. Florida? Another fine choice. Texas or North Carolina? Sure. Kansas? Eh, maybe not.

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