Cobalt 200 is Affordable and Fun

In the market for a 20-foot runabout? There’s a lot to be said for buying the smallest boat in the line of a high-end company, and Cobalt’s new 200 is a great case in point. In a well-upholstered “sportboat,” there are lots of places where a builder can cut corners, but Cobalt invites close inspection in places where the sun doesn’t normally shine.

Power options include engines from Volvo or Mercury, with entry-level prices as low as $42,838. However, a good choice is the 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3 MPI ECT V-6 engine with Bravo 3 dual-propeller sterndrive, Digital/Shift (DTS), and SeaCore anti-corrosion system. ECT stands for the company’s latest Emissions Control Technology, which also quiets the engine at cruising speeds and reduces fuel consumption for this already stingy engine. The Bravo 3 sterndrive offers good tracking at low speeds, strong acceleration and solid handling at speed. DTS provides smooth engine control, and SeaCore protects the engine in salt water. Those options raise the price to $53,844, but they also protect the owner’s investment in the boat.

So what about the 2000 itself? She features a generous swim platform, a stern sunpad that converts to a lounge, a wide passageway from the stern to the cockpit, a comfortable chair at the helm, wraparound seating to starboard aft of the helm seat, and an aft-facing lounge/settee to port. The open bow holds 2 more lounges. There’s plenty of storage under the seats, plus space for skis, wakeboards, or dive tanks in the port console.


  • LOA (w/ swim platform): 20’ 10”
  • Beam: 8’ 4”
  • Draft: 6” (drive up)
  • Draft: 19” (drive down)
  • Deadrise: 20°
  • Weight: 3,500 lbs. (dry)
  • Fuel: 40 gals.
  • Water: 10 gals.
  • Base price w/ 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3 MPI ECT V6 and Bravo 3 sterndrive: $53,844

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