- Stock #095236 -
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With a company culture that stresses ingenuity, pride in workmanship and small-town family values, Cobalt crafts high-end runabouts and cruisers that are considered among the best in the industry.
Starting the boat-building business in landlocked Kansas was anything but smooth sailing, however, for founder Pack St. Clair, 70, a former football star at Kansas University. He always loved boats and, growing up in southeast Kansas, boated with his dad on area lakes. But St. Clair knew nothing about building them in 1968 when he converted his slide-making fiberglass company into a boat factory in Chanute, Kan. (pop. 9,411).
At his first boat show in Chicago, he failed to sign a single dealer, and the headliner on one of his cruisers even fell off during the drive from Kansas. "My wife [Jill] spent the whole boat show inside the cabin," he recalls. "Every time someone would stop by to look, I'd tap on the side of the boat, and she'd hold the loose headliner in place."
Undeterred, the rookie boat builder invested the family's savings into developing a high-end runabout, an undeveloped market at the time, then hauled his new high-performance Cobalt to the West Coast. When dealers in California insisted that their customers would not pay 15 to 20 percent more for a luxury cruiser, St. Clair parked his aerodynamically striking Cobalt at a service station across from San Francisco's Cow Palace during the venue's annual boat show. Passersby gushed about the sleek design, and finally a dealer in San Ramon, Calif., took a chance on St. Clair's luxury boats.
"We're family-owned, and Cobalt is family-owned," explains Frank Warn, 82, who signed on as Cobalt's first dealer in 1971 and continues to sell the boats, as do 125 other dealers across the globe.Cobalt designs and creates most of its own components. Hand-sewn vinyl interiors are double-needle stitched. Decals are molded into fiberglass bodies rather than glued on. Structural materials are chosen to produce a ride that is quieter and safer than most other boats.Cobalt employs 400 workers, including many farmers who started with the company in 1970 when St.
Clair moved his factory from Chanute to a former Standard Oil refinery in Neodesha. His son, Paxson, 45, became CEO in 2006 and plans to stay the course.
This is the 4th ski boat owned by the owner who rates her great ride and good "pull". Selling due to interstate move.
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Reason for selling is moving to texas
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