Picture this: a lake, an open boat, a full-throttle ride. You can be in this picture Saturday, June 11, when Cobalt Boats hosts a demo day at Newport Cove’s private marina, located on Bluff Lake on the Chain O’ Lakes near Antioch, IL. This is your chance to test drive some of the best power boats on the water.

Sponsored by Gordy’s Boats and Newport Cove, the event will allow prospective buyers (or dreamers) to get behind the wheel of a new 2011 Cobalt boat, such as the 23-foot 232 and 24-foot 242 bowriders, and go for a cruise on Bluff Lake. Rides will be on a first-come, first-served basis from noon to 4 p.m.

Gordy’s Boats, headquartered in Lake Geneva, WI and with a Chain O’ Lakes location in Fox Lake, IL, is Chicagoland’s only Cobalt dealer. For eight straight years, the J. D. Powers’ customer survey has ranked Cobalt’s day boats as the best of their category. “That’s a pretty strong standing,” said Tom Whowell, whose grandfather Gordy founded the family-owned boat dealership in 1955.

The Cobalt company is located in the small town of Neodesha, KS. A crew of experienced builders handcraft the limited-production boats. “We’ve had customers go down to watch their boats being built, and they always are floored by Cobalt’s attention to detail,” said Whowell. Although Cobalt makes everything from 20-foot ski boats to luxury yachts, the company is best known for its runabouts and bowriders.

Gordy’s Chain O’ Lakes showroom is located at 36 South Route 12 in Fox Lake. Both it and the Lake Geneva showroom have waterfront locations. “Visit one of our showrooms, and we can have you behind the wheel and on the water in five minutes,” said Whowell.

Newport Cove is a 42-acre, 67-home waterfront community. It features upscale coastal-style homes, an open landscape planted with trees and prairie flowers, an eight-acre waterfront park, 1,800 feet of shoreline and a 100-slip private marina. Award-winning builder New American Homes is offering its Newport Cove residences at prices ranging from $325,000 to more than $1 million.

Newport Cove is located at Bluff Lake and Elime Roads in Antioch. For further information call 847.726.2727.

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