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.
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 Boats will donate proceeds from flagpole sales to Folds of Honor in 2015 to support the group’s mission of providing educational scholarships and assistance to the families of those killed or disabled in service.
Cobalt Boats and its platform boat brand Marker One gave donations to the American Heart Association and Folds of Honor after a dealer meeting last fall at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo.
Five of the top 10 dealers in Boating Industry’s Top 100 Boat Dealers in North America were Cobalt Boats dealers.
Cobalt Boats introduced its new R7 Water Sports Series and a new S-interior option for the 200 at its 2015 dealer meeting this fall.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is naming a four-lane stretch of U.S. Highway 400 west and southeast of Neodesha, Kan., the Pack St. Clair Highway in honor of the Cobalt Boats founder and CEO.
Cobalt Boats appointed Kim Slocum as vice president of product development and engineering. Slocum will join Cobalt with 38 years of experience in all aspects of boatbuilding and manufacturing at Nautic Global Group. He is a former president and general manager at Nautic brand Rinker. Slocum will work with Cobalt president of product development and…more
Top Notch Marine signed on as a Cobalt Boats dealer for the southeastern Florida coast. Top Notch has locations in Fort Pierce, Melbourne and Pompano Beach and is a full-service dealership offering a full line of new Cobalt models and a large selection of used boats. “Cobalt Boats is thrilled to have Top Notch Marine…more
Cobalt Boats was one of five companies to receive top honors in the Wichita Business Journal’s 2013 Best in Business Awards. Honorees were selected on April 25 by an independent panel of business leaders based on revenue growth, community involvement, marketing and production innovation. Cobalt said a combination of pride, innovation and customer satisfaction are…more
Bret Chilcott launched First Source Composites to match fabricators and buyers in niche industries As boatbuilders faced a near collapse of manufacturing during the economic downturn, some thought outside the box to find new revenue streams. Last April, Cobalt Boats launched its fiberglass component department specifically to generate new manufacturing business from non- marine industries.…more