Cobalt R5 Surf – Discover Boating Excellence | 2022

Last Updated November 25, 2022

Back in the day, surfing behind a sterndrive-powered boat was but a dream – it was dangerous and illegal and most places. If you wanted to wakesurf, you had to get an inboard or V-drive boat that safely tucked the propeller under the hull.

One innovation changed that – the Cobalt R5 Surf

Cobalt Boats came with a simple twist. That is to turn the propellers on the dual-screw sterndrive propulsion system a full 180 degrees to position them safely away from the surfer. It was a technology that blew up all the rules about wakesurfing.

Who Are Cobalt Boats?

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Founded in 1968, Cobalt has inspired a sense of ownership equivalent to accomplishment. Cobalt Boats has been recognized as America’s boat-building experts. Their commitment to standard-setting performance and luxury continues to make it more than just a purchase but a destination.

Cobalt Boats places a premium on meticulous construction and technical excellence in its design. They have built their reputation on quality instead of price. Buyer satisfaction has always been at the top of the list in all major categories.

In July 2017, Cobalt Boats was acquired by its competitor Malibu Boats. This valued deal will have Malibu Boats maintain Cobalt Boat’s manufacturing operations in Neodesha, Kansas.

Cobalt R5 Surf Reviewed

The most important thing people love about Cobalt R5 Surf is how it allows sterndrive fans to experience the most popular watersport. One of its optional features, the Flip-Down Swim Step, is no longer just an option but a standard feature in this lineup.

As the name suggests, a simple flip down the broad step recessed into the platform allows reentry from the water and is an effortless step for humans and pet passengers. This step is a great place to sit while immersed on warm summer days.

Aside from the swim step, another great feature is the Sundeck Convertible Lounger. This lounger has its flip-up backrest set into the sun pad that creates a rumble seat for two people to sit facing aft with their feet on the swim platform.

All of these, including the interiors, are designed exquisitely. The beautiful white, pleated upholstery supported by Varadense from padding accommodates up to 14 passengers. Plus, its Free Space Reclamation maximizes interior space by reducing the width of the gunwales.


Cobalt R5 Surf – Discover Boating Excellence | 2022 2Cobalt R5 Surf’s standard engine is a Volvo Penta 5.3L V-8 300. This engine draws from its forward-facing drive and large IPS Pod Drive systems scaled down to their inboard and outboard outdrives to create the first-ever forward-facing outdrive.

This boat utilizes proprietary surf tabs bigger than the Forward Drive competition with a straightforward deployment through its integrated touch screen at its dash. Turn on the Performance Mode, and the surf tabs automatically deploy.

It doesn’t matter whether the ballast is full or empty. The Performance Mode will help the boat get on the plane quickly.


The forward Drive system offers more benefits, including the slightly forward boat’s pivot point. This position allows for faster and harder turns – to the point where drivers should take it easy for the first few attempts until they get the hang of it.

It makes Cobalt R5 Surf exceptionally responsive during docking maneuvers. This responsiveness comes in handy against stiff crosswinds. Typically, most ski boats beat passengers up in a chop because of their flat bottomed hulls – this is not a concern with the Cobalt R5 Surf.

This boat’s extended running surface offers a sharp entry and 21 degrees of deadrise at the stern. This valuable feature of Volvo Penta is called the Power Trim Assist, which maintains the boat appropriately trimmed at all speeds.


While the name implies that Cobalt R5 is for surfing, it isn’t. The Cobalt R5 Surf is not limited to surfing only. With its 2,100 pounds of ballast spread over three hard tanks combined with the boat’s dry weight of 4,880 pounds, it has the immensity to plow up a decent surfing wake on either side.

This power allows you to switch sides quickly without heeling far over because of the surf tabs. The wakes aren’t as massive and don’t have quite as much push as the wakes V-drive surf boats create. But, they are certainly large enough to get the job done efficiently.

The Cobalt R5 Surf’s list of standard features is remarkable. Its Zero Off cruise control system that is GPS-based for accuracy is perfect for letting the driver set the speed, advance the throttle all the way and concentrate on steering.

This boat also comes standard with a wake sports tower plus Samson board racks for surfboards and wakeboards. In addition, a screw-in pylon delivers a low tow point for an active day of tubing and slaloming.

Lastly, Cobalt Boats introduces their patent-pending technology, Wave Control System, in the Cobalt R5 Surf. This technology automatically tunes the boat’s attitude for optimal surfing. It allows the pumping of huge waves and can take the variables out to perfection when used with Zero Off.


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The insides of the Cobalt R5 Surf define the style and fashion of Cobalt Boats even more. Its interiors are refined with double-stitched leather, tilt steering, flush-mounted pop switches, stylish gauges, and a superior sound system.

Its bow features a one-of-a-kind layout that offers a lounger seat on the port side and a captain-style seat on the starboard side, all with folding armrests for that comfortable seating.


Cobalt Boats speaks for itself. The company’s dedication to water sports gave us some of the most natural evolution in boats, including the Cobalt R5 Surf. Considering the existing and newly added features, we won’t be surprised just why a lot want to jump on it.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How fast can a Cobalt R5 Surf go?

A: The Cobalt R5 Surf, with its tabs automatically retracted, can reach 30mph in just 5 seconds. The top speed is recorded at 50 mph.

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