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1999 Cobalt 232 restoration

Old 11-01-2019, 09:32 PM
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Default 1999 Cobalt 232 restoration

Bought a 1999 Cobalt 232 a few weeks ago and it had been sitting for a few years. Previous to that it was stored in a wet slip. There was tons of calcium buildup on the outdrive, and there was lots of water staining and mineral buildup on the hull.

* Buffing the hull / gelcoat with heavy compound: No need to wetsand - Easy gelcoat restore

* The vinyl on the rear deck was in really bad shape. I removed it and had a local upholstery guy redo it.
- It used to look like this:


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- I picked up the re-upholstered piece today. I'll be installing it next week after I get some other work done on the interior:





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Old 11-01-2019, 09:37 PM
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We had a Sea Ray Weekender 225 before this, and we loved the extended swim platform. For two main reasons. 1) it gave us lots more space in the rear area when anchored, and 2) it covered up the outdrive so that nobody ran into it when boarding the boat. So I called up Swim Platforms a few weeks ago and ordered one up for our new-to-us Cobalt 232. It finally came in today. The team at SwimPlatforms was very helpful, a pleasure to talk to and deal with, and they made the ordering process very easy with great advice and tips. Turnaround time from order placement to delivery was about 2 weeks. They built a custom wood crate and packed it very well to make the trip from Arizona to Texas for delivery. Here's a photo of it from when it arrived earlier today, I'll be installing it over the next few days and posting some details and maybe a video if I get time.

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Old 11-01-2019, 09:40 PM
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I picked up some new USB ports, cigaratte lighter ports, speakers, cup holders and a bunch of other goodies too. I'll post details and install photos as I get to each step.
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Old 11-01-2019, 09:52 PM
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I was worried about all of the staining on the gelcoat from being stored in the water in a wet-slip for years. But HOLY CRAP, I got a tip from a local boat mechanic I have used for many years to use a gel product, and I can say its better than any hull cleaner I have ever used in the past.

The gel cleaner:
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Make sure to get some acid resistant chemical gloves:
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The end result was a perfectly clean hull with all of the stains removed. Make sure to drape some plastic over your trailer so that the paint is protected. I used the Vvivid chemical grade drop plastic:
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For the hard to reach areas that you can't get to with a sponge to wipe the "gel" on with a sponge, I used the liquid version of the solution in a chemical grade spray bottle:
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acid resistant bottle:
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I'll post some photos of the hull in the next few days.
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:49 AM
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Nice write up... probably not a ton of comments as it more of a saltwater fishing crowd on here. I've always like the look of those boats, fun little sport boat. Are the mechanicals in decent shape? That would drive the decision to rehab IMO...
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Old 11-03-2019, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
Nice write up... probably not a ton of comments as it more of a saltwater fishing crowd on here. I've always like the look of those boats, fun little sport boat. Are the mechanicals in decent shape? That would drive the decision to rehab IMO...
I'd love a larger rig for saltwater, but we are just too far from the gulf to make it worthwhile. Maybe one day when the kids get older

There are a couple of little things on the mechanicals that need fixing. But nothing major so far. There is an outdrive lube leak that I need to track down, and the steering linkage is a little loose. Other than that it seems okay, but I haven't had it on the water for even an hour yet.
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Old 11-04-2019, 03:49 PM
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I have a 2001 206 that could use that swim platform. Interested in the pics of that and all the progress.
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Originally Posted by RRFisher View Post
I have a 2001 206 that could use that swim platform. Interested in the pics of that and all the progress.
i just finished the swim platform installation today. I'll take some photos tomorrow to share. Along with some thoughts/tips.
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Old 11-04-2019, 07:47 PM
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Please do continue. Cobalt hulls have sophisticated design heritage. Efficient lift and able
to handle some water.
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Old 11-06-2019, 07:47 AM
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Here are photos of the Swim Platforms extended swim platform installed. Apologies for the dirty mess, I still have a lot of buffing and cleaning to do once I finish some of the other things. The swim platform fits like a glove, very snug and follows the lines of the boat. I was worried about the gelcoat color matching so I called the Swimplatforms.com guys before ordering to ask some questions. They said they actually use gelcoat to match the exact color of my boat from the year/model/manufacturer, and I have to say that it matches very well. The quality of the swim platform is WAY BETTER than I expected. It's very thick and heavy duty where it needs to be. Installation took around 4 hours start to finish with two people. Make sure to have plenty of 3M 5200 on hand, and some good drill bits. The swim platform included all of the hardware needed for installation and also a bunch of plastic reinforcement blocks that I used on the inside of the transom.

I'm very happy with the end result, added almost 3ft to our rear platform area to hang out on, and makes the boat look complete.



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I got rid of the old yellowed cup holders and installed some brand new brushed stainless steel ones. It's surprising how much of a difference these little things make. Made the interior look newer with just the cup holder swap. There was a total of 6 (4 in the back area and 2 in the bow area).

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In our last boat (Sea Ray Weekender 225), I was really happy with the Polk DB651 speakers that we upgraded to. For this Cobalt I was going to go with the same ones, but noticed there is a Polk DB652 now. I ordered up 4x and got them installed. They are a huge improvement over the old Sony's that were installed. There are no speakers in the bow area on this Cobalt, only 4x in the back area. After getting the 4 replaced I decided I want to add 2 to the bow area as well, so I ordered another pair and I'll be cutting holes and running wiring to the bow area once they come in:

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Got the cover all cleaned up. It looks almost new. A couple more stains I need to scrub out of it.


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That looks fantastic. Great choice on the speaker, I just mounted 6 of those a month ago, but went with a different color to go with my interior. They sound great.

If you are not a member of cobalt chat you should join. Lots of good info and people on there.

On you last pic it sure looks like we store at the same yard. You in the Austin area? My boat is in a storage yard off S.B.
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That looks fantastic. Great choice on the speaker, I just mounted 6 of those a month ago, but went with a different color to go with my interior. They sound great.

If you are not a member of cobalt chat you should join. Lots of good info and people on there.

On you last pic it sure looks like we store at the same yard. You in the Austin area? My boat is in a storage yard off S.B.
The one in Round Rock, right? That's where we have been storing our previous and current boat the last few years. We used to have a Sea Ray Weekender 225 cabin cruiser in the same spot, and now you'll see the Cobalt. Are you in a Cobalt too? I haven't been on cobaltchat, but will definitely check it out.
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We had Seadek on the last boat, figured I would give MarineMat a shot this time. Today i drew the templates onylar, will be shipping out to them to see what they come up with.







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The one in Round Rock, right? That's where we have been storing our previous and current boat the last few years. We used to have a Sea Ray Weekender 225 cabin cruiser in the same spot, and now you'll see the Cobalt. Are you in a Cobalt too? I haven't been on cobaltchat, but will definitely check it out.
That's the one.

I am, 2001 206 white with a tan stripe, I'd post a pics so you can check it out, but I don't have the post count yet. I'm in the open air part east of the covered spots with a blue cover.

Hope to see you out there.
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That's the one.

I am, 2001 206 white with a tan stripe, I'd post a pics so you can check it out, but I don't have the post count yet. I'm in the open air part east of the covered spots with a blue cover.

Hope to see you out there.
Ill be out there later today again. I'll definitely keep an eye out for you.
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Before I install the new radio I decided to refinish the mounting bezel. I sanded it down to metal and then also drilled a couple extra holes for additional USB and cigarette lighter ports. I used the Rust-Oleum hammered finish spray paint. I've used it in the past with great results. I think with the theme I'm going for it.






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My new Perko 2-battery switch came in. Along with another pair of Polk DB652 speakers. Will be installing this along with two new Duracell Marine AGM batteries next week for a total of 6x 6.5" speakers. I'm not huge on loud audio so I think that should be enough, we'll see.

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