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Cobalt has a long and rich history of creating premium boats and they’ve done it again with the 323. It’s a very classy day boat with room for overnighting. This is a boat that not only says you’ve arrived, but you’re doing it very well.
Designed for Speed. One of the most important aspects of the 323 is her bottom at the stern. Not only does she have a 22-degree deadrise, but her bottom extends past the transom and flanks the lower units. This adds buoyancy to the stern which helps keep her bow down when accelerating and gives her more running surface to make her more stable at high speeds.
Under the pad is the lid to the motor box and it has a standard electric actuator. This system has a low-tolerance fit which makes a tight seal and reduces noise in the cockpit.
Under the Pad. The sun pad on the stern is large for the size of this boat. Under the center section of the pad is a wet storage which is insulated and can be used as a built-in cooler for beverages. Just behind it is another box for storing lines, fenders and other gear needed at the stern.
The interior cockpit width is 9' (2.74 m). There is seating along the port side that wraps around the stern. To starboard is an entertainment center, with additional seating for one person, or two close friends. Naturally there is storage under the seats.
Over to starboard is an entertainment center with a fridge, sink, and trash receptacle. Given the pedigree of this boat, its not a stretch to see the fridge used as a wine cooler. There’s also plenty of open counter space for putting together snacks.
There are no surprises at the helm. Visibility is excellent whether seated or sitting up on the bolster. All gauges are easy to see, and the most important -- the fuel gauges -- are front and center.
The 323's stainless steel ladder for the walk-through has teak treads and retracts into the port bulkhead.
Galley. The cabin is roomy for a boat this size, and although the modest galley is not appropriate for a five-course meal, that is not how this boat will be used. Standard equipment includes a microwave, refrigerator, stove top and sink with pressure hot and cold water.
Salon. Because this boat will be used primarily as a day boat and for entertaining, the forward area of the salon was designed to be a convivial setting for cocktails, light food, good conversation and watching the TV. Air conditioning/heating is optional. Placement of the vents is high over the valances and the air was channelled throughout the cabin perfectly. We were able to cool the entire cabin down in just a couple of minutes.
Our A/C was powered from a shore power kit which includes a battery charger, but an on-board 5-kW generator option is available.
The hanging locker is lined in cedar, something usually not seen on boats until they get a bit larger.
The head has a hot and cold shower and a VacuFlush toilet, all standard.
Construction -- The Cobalt Difference
Kevlar. The hull bottom has a layer of Kevlar laminated into it. Cobalt is one of a handful of builders that use this material, which helps make the boat a bit lighter and protects against catastrophic damage if the owner runs over a dead head at high speed. In addition to Kevlar there is a protective barrier coat called Z-thane in the lamination schedule which allows Cobalt to have the best blister free warranty in the industry.
Sandwich honeycomb construction keeps weight down and strength up.
Honeycomb. The cockpit sole of the 323 has honeycomb composite construction (called Nida-Core), much like what is used in airliners. The honeycomb has great vertical strength but is extremely lightweight, and of course does not rot or get mushy like plywood deck cores can.
Gelcoat. The builder says it uses a "proprietary" barrier coat for improved cosmetics and blister protection. Its "buffback" gelcoat process is intended to retard fading to UV degradation. Hull graphics are in the gelcoat which means they won't fade or come off.
Seats. The seats in the 323 have variable density foam for comfort as well as being impregnated with an antimicrobial chemical to stop mildew and mold. Interior materials are all composite.
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