New Cobalt 220 Owner

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New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by Jsherhart » Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:29 pm

Hey all - Just picked up a very low hour 2005 Cobalt 220 w/ 5.7 Volvo last week. Boat has an interesting history in that it was owned by one of the Seattle Mariners (which probably explains the low hours). As much as I wanted the new seat configuration of the 2012+, this thing was too good of a deal to pass up.

Sadly it has not left the driveway since picking it up, but hoping to get it out this weekend and get a slip secured on Lake Washington for next year. Would love to meet other folks in the Seattle area if there is anyone on here. Otherwise just looking for tips and tricks as I grew up around boating but this is the first one I've owned.

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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by Big Block Power » Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:44 pm

Very sharp looking boat. I wish mine had the tower and the colored gel. Every bulb on my boat had been converted to led. I think you have docking lights and it was a little work to get leds for them but I did I just have not installed docking lights yet. I'm having a hard time cutting the big holes.lol. Any specific questions ask up. Show the inside of the boat. Enjoy it great boat. The swim platform and the walk through gets very slippery if you are in a hurry getting in the boat. I put this in my 200 it's from hsi inc I have some for this boat I just have not installed it yet as I'm not sure what I'm doing yet with the carpet or sea grass.
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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by Jsherhart » Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:22 pm

The maiden voyage last week was a mixed bag. Getting it in and out at the launch went smoother than I thought. Boat started up great, but showed some fuel delivery issues under load. We managed to swap out the fuel filter, but it did not fix the issue, so we just puttered around the lake since it was a beautiful day. All signs are pointing to fuel pump. Contacted previous owner who had the pump replaced in the last year, so still under warranty and he is going to pay for the labor to get it fixed which is cool. What's not cool is it is going to be perfect weather tomorrow, but boat will be in the shop. Looks like the Volvo's are pretty notorious for fuel pump issues. Good times.

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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by jhnmdahl » Fri Sep 09, 2016 2:37 pm

That black-on-gray color scheme looks so sharp. I have the 5.7L Volvo V8 as well, but no problems yet - I'll have to keep an eye on the fuel pump.

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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by Jsherhart » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:32 pm

Thanks John. I do like the look of the boat. Just wish it was running ;-)

Apparently some versions of the fuel pump are painted on the inside (no joke). As you can imagine, the gas starts to eat away at the paint and eventually flakes off, gets caught in the pump screen (or filter) and starts to restrict the flow of gas. If you have had no issues, consider yourself pretty lucky.

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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by Big Block Power » Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:38 pm

Yep very bad issue with the pumps. The good thing is there cheap. Not!
Hope it fixes the issue and you get back on the water. Glad the PO is stepping up.
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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by liquid » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:06 pm

Congratulations on the boat - sorry about the (hopefully) pump...

Which Mariner? That points to a very punny name for the boat.
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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by Jsherhart » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:33 pm

Missed this Liquid. Omar Vizquel. Now the 3rd base coach in Detroit. His wife supposedly got it in a divorce and wanted nothing to do with it. Have some paperwork with her name and the guy I bought it from had no reason to make it up, so probably true.

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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by Big Block Power » Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:07 pm

Interesting. I have a question for you though Jsherhart, I'm only 5.7 have you lowered your tower? Do you have any hints on getting it up and down? This b is heavy. And I keep my boat in the garage.
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Re: New Cobalt 220 Owner

Post by Jsherhart » Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:21 pm

Big Block - Have not had to lower mine yet, but imagine I will if I do indoor storage this winter. The manual recommends flipping up the cushions in front of the windshield, putting something over them to protect the vinyl, and resting it on them. I would only do that as a temporary solution and would probably make a wood jig to rest it on if I needed to do it for more than a few hours.

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