The Marker One models are described by the company as “a re-interpretation of the traditional pontoon boat”. Cobalt abandoned the traditional marine plywood deck, used by nearly every other pontoon manufacturer, in favor of a full fiberglass deck structure mated to three 27” diameter aluminum pontoon logs (standard).
Above the deck, you’d be hard pressed to imagine or even believe you’re on a pontoon boat. The fiberglass gunwale-like sides replace the usual aluminum fence or side panels found on other ‘toons. At the stern, the deck curves down to a unique swim platform, much like one you’d find on a mid-twenty foot runabout or bowrider. The swim platform is equipped with built-in boarding steps that drop below the deck to almost water level, and a built-in stainless ladder. Pop-up stainless cleats and grab handles are of the usual Cobalt quality and feel.
The ML4 model features three distinct seating areas. Two –facing lounges up front; the captain’s and companion seats behind their respective real-glass large windscreens; and an aft conversation area featuring the flip-fold seatback of the aft bench.
LENGTH: 24’ 10” / 7.57 M
BEAM: 8’ 6” / 2.59 M
NUMBER OF TUBES: 3
MAXIMUM HP: 300
PERSON CAPACITY: 12
WEIGHT: 4,600 LBS. / 2,086 KG
FUEL CAPACITY: 55 GALS / 208 L
The Marker One rides on a triple-log pontoon hull (a tri-toon, in pontooner's parlance) and the logs have lifting strakes, chines, and a keel. The pontoons are bolted to the fiberglass deck and topsides' stringer system. Matching up a pontoon hull with a runabout-style deck and topsides may sound a bit strange at first, but it eliminates several of the usual pontoon boat gripes: there are no noisy, flimsy "fences" surrounding the deck, and there's no plywood in the construction.
These boats are also semi-customizable, with multiple graphics and color options, snap-in carpets, and different available seating arrangements. And as you'd expect from Cobalt, the fit and finish is excellent, while pieces and parts are extremely high-grade. Take a peek at the slide-out cooler, for example, and note that it's a Yeti, instead of the common Igloo or Coleman. The helm also looks more runabout than pontoon, with a stitched leather wheel cover, stainless-steel switches, dual digital multifunction gauges, and a stainless-steel framed windshield.
Cobalt has integrated many of the features they've found popular on their traditional line into the Marker One Platform series. Check out the swim platform, for example; it has a molded-in swim step that gets you right down to water level. The picnic table is on a slide-in side mount instead of the standard pontoon pedestal, which makes it easier to sit around without kicking the leg. And the helm has a comfy flip-up bolster seat à la sportboat.