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.
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 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.
|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.