thank you all for your comments - really appreciate it. seems that cobras are good boats provided that the sea conditions dont get to ugly, which frankly they rarely do in the part of the world i am from, so seems like a good buy, except perhaps for the age... anyone with any experince with mercruiser inboards out there? especially those that are about 8 years old? this one in the cobra i am looking at has just had its gimbal bearing replaced and will have new injectors very soon - will it cause a lot of trouble? (there is no hour meter on it, so no indication of how much it has been used....)
also, how well do cobras do on the tubes - will they require replacement any time soon?
i am just trying to figure out worst case (cost) scenarios for when i buy this puppy...
thanks again for your help!