Cobalt A40: Sporty Comfort Under the Sun

A 40-foot boat that combines a lot of hull volume and cockpit space with advanced styling — while promising both speed and serious comfort — has to accomplish quite a bit to get it all right.

Cobalt's new A40 cruises at planing speeds while providing a high level of comfort.

Cobalt’s new A40 cruises at planing speeds while providing a high level of comfort.

The new A40, the biggest boat in Cobalt’s current lineup, coordinates these ambitions well. Defined accurately by the company as a “sport yacht,” the boat features twin dual-prop stern drives, with either gasoline or diesel engine options in a range of horsepowers, and is meant to cruise at planing speeds. The helm area is ultra-modern, with twin 12-inch multifunction touch displays under an anti-glare visor, throttles/shifters and trim controls inset in the cockpit coaming, and stainless-steel pushbutton switches, individually lit.

The air-conditioned V-berth area can be set up with a dinette table (top) or converted into a full  cushioned berth (bottom).

The air-conditioned V-berth area can be set up with a dinette table (top) or converted into a full cushioned berth (bottom).

The main focus is on outdoor living, lounging, and cooking, with major sunning areas fore and aft, plenty of seating under the fixed hardtop mid-cockpit, and a sheltered galley area to starboard that can be fitted with an optional barbeque grill. A full-beam transom platform lowers into the water hydraulically, allowing swimmers to stay cool, stand up, and step right into the boat.

The forward cabin is small but versatile, with a dinette table and wraparound settee that converts to a full-width V-berth.  Just aft is a small galley area to port and a comfortable head compartment with shower to starboard. There’s a second bunk area with sitting headroom behind the companionway to starboard and under the cockpit – a good place to stow duffle bags or put the kids for a nap or an overnight.

The interior also has air-conditioning and heating — standard equipment — allowing the crew to come in out of the elements and extend the fun season. Natural light is provided by skylights in the cabintop and hullside windows.

Specifications
Length overall 39’6″
Beam 12’
Deadrise at transom 20 deg.
Dry Weight 19,926 lbs.
Fuel Capacity, gasoline 225 gal.
Fuel capacity, diesel 248 gal.
Water capacity 50 gal.

While a lot of boats this size try to squeeze in amenities for a bunch of people, Cobalt’s new A40 takes the opposite — and better – approach with top-flight comfort and fun for a smaller crew. The whole setup would be ideal for a family or two to enjoy a fun and comfortable day afloat, or for a couple to get away for a weekend in ultimate comfort.

Watch Brett Becker’s First Look video of the A40 below, and stand by for his full review on boats.com. For more information, visit Cobalt Boats.

 

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