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Old 14 April 2011, 12:18   #1
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Any info on Cobra 8.5mtr Nautique?

I am purchasing a 2nd hand Cobra 8.5mtr Nautique with 2 x 115hp outboards.

Do any current or previous owners have information they would care to share with me?

The hull and engines need some attention. It is sitting on a Bramber Trailer.
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Old 14 April 2011, 14:56   #2
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I am purchasing a 2nd hand Cobra 8.5mtr Nautique with 2 x 115hp outboards.

Do any current or previous owners have information they would care to share with me?

The hull and engines need some attention. It is sitting on a Bramber Trailer.
I had a 7.5 mts about 6/7 years ago new from the Wales Factory they have since been bourght out and under new ownership i belive
Mine was a nightmere i wont rant on, the threads should still be on here
but i am sure there are 100s of good ones out there
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Old 14 April 2011, 18:30   #3
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I have a 7.5M cobra, I love it, bought it second hand, it's a 2004 model. I've done about 230 hours in a year and a half, out most weekends, the starter model is knackered on the yam outboard but that was due to age and my fault getting it too wet jumping waves etc.

Cobra were based in romsey but have now moved to Christchurch. If you need any replacement parts give Steve a call at cobra ribs.
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Old 15 April 2011, 04:56   #4
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I have a 2006 6.0m HD (no pretty front and rear chaise longues ) from new which replaced a 200 5.5m
I use regularly ( every month of the year) around the coasts and have no issues with build quality or seaworthiness.
I would say the weakest link was/is the quality of the wiring/ rigging which is why I did mine myself on the last one. When they were build by Dave in Bridgend they tended to use stanadrd car wiring and fuse boxes ! I replaced totally with IP67 enclosures and resin crimps etc.
Mine doesn't have the moulded deck which may have been part of the problem but I also had water leaking from the deck into the hull - all resolved by sealing properly around the cable ducts and fuel sender access under the console and seats.
Check particularly under the rear seats on yours. Still very pleased
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An 8.5 must be a real treat !
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Old 17 April 2011, 03:54   #5
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We have 8 Cobra ribs in our dry stack (including 2 x 8.5m and an 8.6m) All our customers seem very happy with them and we've not noticed any "common problems" (not like some other manufacturers). The only negative I can think of is that one of our "commercial" customers is looking to change their 2 cobra 755's for Ribcraft's as they think they are better built?

Anyway good luck with the new boat!
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