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Old 10 September 2005, 20:11   #1
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cobra 7.5 with an opti 200

looking to buy a 99 cobra 7.5 with a Merc Opti 200, have owned boats for years and had my current shetland 4 plus 2 from new and is great on the river and a bit on the sea but i cant wait to retire that to just river work with the family drinking beer on the thames and mooring up somewhere solitary and get a rib.

have read a lot of posts on here and not seen much on the cobra ribs. it does come with a trailer so i can go to different coastal areas but will probably use it most out of chichester and mevagissy

can anyone give any advice on the cobra/opti 200, the opti is 2002 with low hours, any thing to be aware of, look out for

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I own a Cobra (8.5) with a 225 Opti, and have had past experience with a 7.5 Cobra with a 175 Opti. Generally, a good looking well equipped boat, built to a price and great value for money. It's a leisure RIB not a commercial RIB so bear that in mind when assessing the quality. Design is basically good but there are silly issues (as in all boats). The Opti is a fab motor IMHO, and the Cobra/Opti combo just seems right. The Cobra is a comfortable and very stable RIB, and although not the fastest out there, is dry and safe. I believe the lay up and basic build is quite heavy and durable which is good. Dave Picton has had many years experience is planing boat design and as far as I know, his order book for these boats is always full.

That's my 2 cents. If you need further info please PM me.
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Old 10 September 2005, 22:15   #3
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I have visited the factory and have seen these boats at quite a few shows - they are a great choice for family use and leisure cruising.

Dave Picton is very canny with the way he runs his business - he deliberately keeps resale values high which is in his interests and the owners. In fact if he sees a boat too cheap he will buy it himself....
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trailer often overlooked

Hello Chris
Buying a new boat can be exciting. I would suggest that an area often overlooked is the trailer and its condition.

Check it is plated (both draw bar and trailer). Is the total weight of boat + fuel + wing engine + this plus that going to be within the limit.

Taking it to a weighbridge (cost approx£5) before the deal is done will ensure no surprises.

brakes - it could cost £500 to £600 to get them fully operational if in poor condition. Checking them out is more difficult.

good luck and let us all know if you buy the Cobra
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thanks for replies and this was very quick

i have done a good bit of research on the optis and they seem quite good, thanks for the advice on the dave picton angle with him buying up second hand ones, a good tip i think so will call the owner now to try to close the deal. OK thats done so i now have a Picton, will post on here when i get it, am amazed how quick i got some replies which is great. plus i am learning the features of this site. I will arrange to go see it for a sea trial this week and final inspection and then go for it

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I own a Cobra (8.5) with a 225 Opti, and have had past experience with a 7.5 Cobra with a 175 Opti. Generally, a good looking well equipped boat, built to a price and great value for money. It's a leisure RIB not a commercial RIB so bear that in mind when assessing the quality. Design is basically good but there are silly issues (as in all boats). The Opti is a fab motor IMHO, and the Cobra/Opti combo just seems right. The Cobra is a comfortable and very stable RIB, and although not the fastest out there, is dry and safe. I believe the lay up and basic build is quite heavy and durable which is good. Dave Picton has had many years experience is planing boat design and as far as I know, his order book for these boats is always full.

That's my 2 cents. If you need further info please PM me.
how would i pm you, is that just replying like this, also the couple of niggles/issues, could you elaborate on those, many thanks, chris
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Hello Chris
Buying a new boat can be exciting. I would suggest that an area often overlooked is the trailer and its condition.

Check it is plated (both draw bar and trailer). Is the total weight of boat + fuel + wing engine + this plus that going to be within the limit.

Taking it to a weighbridge (cost approx£5) before the deal is done will ensure no surprises.

brakes - it could cost £500 to £600 to get them fully operational if in poor condition. Checking them out is more difficult.

good luck and let us all know if you buy the Cobra
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thanks for the info on the trailer, i always go for roller coasters and have a super roller coaster 7 which i purchased for my current boat and replaced everything, the cobra has a snipe roller coaster which has new brakes, rods, hitch assembly etc so is in fab working order. Regarding the weighbridge i have always wanted to take my 4 plus 2 to a weighbridge when it is loaded up with stuff for 9 days on the thames, it has so much luggage space that i am sure it weighs a huge amount with all the crap i seem to take away with me. it has lots of stowage space and by god we fill it.
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Old 11 September 2005, 08:50   #8
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So Codders, whats your opinion on fitting "Batwings" to a 200 Opti?
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So Codders, whats your opinion on fitting "Batwings" to a 200 Opti?
i think i chose a very boring name on here, i need something inspiring like codders or codprawn or fisheyes or something, i know i will change the name to the name i wanted to register my first boat with, except they wrote to me saying it sounded a bit odd phenetically, not sure how you spell that
anyway changing name by depoll to Hugh Jardon
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Old 11 September 2005, 09:06   #10
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ok this is the new me, could not seem to change my previous name so set up another account with a sexier name, haha, i think i will apply to have the name on this boat as i wont be taking it on the river so those happy chappies wont be able to moan

does anyone know who i need to check with for naming my boat when i get it, are they flexible?

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