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Old 19 December 2015, 05:42   #1
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Cobra 7.2m

Hi all,

Can I have opinions on the seaworthiness of the 2003 COBRA NAUTIQUE 7.5m rib?

I may be buying one and want to know if she is a good sea boat or just a poser.

She'd be spending her days as a dive rib on the west coast of Scotland!

Cheers Stevie
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Old 19 December 2015, 16:25   #2
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Should be fine, i have a 2004 cobra 7.5 no problems handles rough better than i can and plenty sold so not an issue. Pretty dry ride.
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Old 19 December 2015, 16:38   #3
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Look great leisure boats, however not sure it's a one-off but there's a 2013/2014 ish 7.5m Cobra not too far from me on the island and the rubbing strake and grab handles are starting to peel off - it's just a year or so old!!
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Old 20 December 2015, 05:24   #4
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Never driven one so can't comment on Sea keeping, but are the deck layouts not quite leasure oriented - which is a lot less space for bottle racks and kitting up etc. I'm not sure I'd want hairy ersed divers chucking their bottles around on fake teak floor etc...
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Old 20 December 2015, 09:44   #5
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From experience, a pretty dry ride and copes with most sea states well. At 7.5 this should be significantly better than my 6.0m, which was a world apart from my previous 5.5m of the same stable.
They were well made but I am not sure how you will find the Nautiquew layout suits you for dive kit. The front sundeck and rear seat arrangement do take up a lot of space. Mine is the HD version ( ie, cheaper stripped down version, no teak decking and only the two man side-by side helming seat - great dry storage and best used in the leaning post arrangement) I have a fold-down bottle rack arrangement for 4 cylinders as part of the seat frame which works well.
The things to watch out for are poor wiring (auto electrical stuff - best ripped out and start again if not already done), water in the hull from poor sealing of the ducts, and on the nautique, check under the rear seat for water not running into the sump/bilge pump working and man enough) Quite a heavy lay up in that era and needs plenty of power
All JMHO and obviously you have seen them/it and assume you are happy the layout will suit your needs. Have a good poke around and a test run
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Old 20 December 2015, 09:47   #6
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Which flavour of Cobra spat it's occupants out in Padstow back along?
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Old 20 December 2015, 09:52   #7
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A very high powered, 8.0m one, with a later adaptation of the original hull design/ spray rails - coupled with some very unfortunate handling. A very sad day for that family
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Old 20 December 2015, 10:49   #8
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I have had the 7.5 and now have the super dangerous (if you believe everybody) 8m with even a bigger engine that the used in the fateful day at Padstow. I can only speak highly of them with regards to quality and sea keeping and certainly a totally different league to the various Avons that I had previously. With regard to the fateful day, how sure are the owners of various other makes that their model would have performed any better?
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Old 20 December 2015, 13:14   #9
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What size was the Cobra that had the horrid accident off the Needles a couple of years ago ?
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Old 20 December 2015, 13:43   #10
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It was a 6.5 but if you read the report the boys were lying on the front of the boat when the driver encountered large waves that unfortunately threw the boy into the water and he was run over, with the propeller doing the damage. Hardly the fault of the make of boat. Part of the problem might lie in the fact that Cobra make very attractive leisure ribs and will therefor attract more than their fair share of casual purchaser and inexperienced skippers. Both of these horrific accidents were caused by pilot error.

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