Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 08 August 2018, 11:50   #1
Member
 
jambo's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Girvan & Tayvallich
Boat name: Breawatch
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 F/stroke
MMSI: ex directory!!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 6,111
RIBase
Cobra

Looking for some info on this make as I have no knowledge and I have a mate that asked my opinion.
__________________

__________________
jambo
'Carpe Diem'
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club
Member of SABS ( Scottish West Division)
jambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08 August 2018, 16:44   #2
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Plymouth
Boat name: Andante
Make: Cobra
Length: 8m +
Engine: Yamaha V8. 350 hp
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 120
Oooooooh, donít even go there
__________________

__________________
Sutty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08 August 2018, 17:51   #3
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Chesterfield
Boat name: Sea Quell
Make: Picton Cobra
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 4 Stroke
MMSI: 235038298
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 1,013
I am a happy Cobra owner :-) On my 2nd but to some degree it depends on the age and spec of the boat your pal is looking at.
Plenty of fans and critics as with lots of marques - may be marmite RIBs?
Up to 2006 they were made by Dave Picton in Bridgend and post that, in Dorset when he sold out. The originals are a heavy build up with later ones allegedly a lighter build with some claimed hull flexing in dry stacks - I have no first hand knowledge of these or the 'claims' or know if there is any truth in it. Seating and storage space is good
There have been some minor developments to the hull profile/spray rail arrangements over the years and a very nasty accident with a high powered version a few years ago
Both mine were 'HD' spec (no fancy bow cushions, rear bench seating or moulded deck)
The Welsh ones well built but with very poor electrical installations.
Wide beam, deep V and need plenty of power
Mine is a mere 6.0m, now with a Merc F150 4S, and is used most of the year-round for diving on the north east coast and west of Scotland and is very capable with 4 fat boys and dive kit. I have been caught out with some unexpected, pretty grim weather, and never felt unsafe.
She is now 12 years old and still in good fettle, in spite of extensive use incl dragging it 2500 miles to Greece annually for the last 12 summers.
PM me if your friend has any specific question I can help with.
Jeff
__________________
Jeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08 August 2018, 18:16   #4
Member
 
boristhebold's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Length: 7m +
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,543
I agree with Jeff, mine is a dave picton boat going on 14 years, still on same tubes and all is well, I did re do the elctrics a few years back. Good solid boat more a sports leisure rib than an out right sports rib. Great seating and locker space.
Im not so keen on the newer ones but maybe thats just because many ive seen looked overpowered and with huge plotter screens...i just dont understand it...

Also read the MAIB report on the incident in Padstow which suggests a slight hull mod may have effected the stability of the rib being driven a certain way.

lots of examples of cobras out there so they must be ok.
__________________
boristhebold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08 August 2018, 22:25   #5
Member
 
jambo's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Girvan & Tayvallich
Boat name: Breawatch
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 F/stroke
MMSI: ex directory!!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 6,111
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by boristhebold View Post
I agree with Jeff, mine is a dave picton boat going on 14 years, still on same tubes and all is well, I did re do the elctrics a few years back. Good solid boat more a sports leisure rib than an out right sports rib. Great seating and locker space.
Im not so keen on the newer ones but maybe thats just because many ive seen looked overpowered and with huge plotter screens...i just dont understand it...

Also read the MAIB report on the incident in Padstow which suggests a slight hull mod may have effected the stability of the rib being driven a certain way.

lots of examples of cobras out there so they must be ok.


Thanks Jeff and Boris for your in depth answer to my post much appreciated. J
__________________
jambo
'Carpe Diem'
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club
Member of SABS ( Scottish West Division)
jambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09 August 2018, 03:55   #6
Member
 
boristhebold's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Length: 7m +
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 1,543
your welcome, great ribs if you have family,kids or out on your own for a blast or a day exploring, one recomendation if you do buy one is to get rid of all the self tappers used in the locker area's/seat lids etc etc as they can catch you out snagging your hands/arms or boat cover, I changed as many as I could with ss nuts and bolts. LOL
__________________
boristhebold is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09 August 2018, 04:05   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Cheltenham
Boat name: Mavi Su
Make: Cobra Nautique 6.6
Length: 6m +
Engine: 150
MMSI: 235114058
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 242
RIBase
I have used 3 cobras over time, all have been excellent boats, 2 have been Picton cobra and the other a more recent version. They are very comfortable and ride well and seem to stack up compared to other top brand ribs of similar sizes. I would have no problem recommending one.
__________________
You Can't cross an Ocean unless you have lost site of shore.
charliee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09 August 2018, 04:11   #8
Member
 
jambo's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Girvan & Tayvallich
Boat name: Breawatch
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 F/stroke
MMSI: ex directory!!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 6,111
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by charliee View Post
I have used 3 cobras over time, all have been excellent boats, 2 have been Picton cobra and the other a more recent version. They are very comfortable and ride well and seem to stack up compared to other top brand ribs of similar sizes. I would have no problem recommending one.


Cheers thanks. J
__________________
jambo
'Carpe Diem'
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club
Member of SABS ( Scottish West Division)
jambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09 August 2018, 05:30   #9
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Plymouth
Boat name: Andante
Make: Cobra
Length: 8m +
Engine: Yamaha V8. 350 hp
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 120
I am on my 3rd Cobra all of which have been the new type with big engine and big plotter screen. Big engine to go fast and big screen to see where I am going when I go fast - why wouldnít you, is there an advantage in a little engine and small plotter screen?

I have been very satisfied with them and have been to the Channel Islands in choppy conditions and never felt uncomfortable.

Obviously geared up for leisure but that is what life is about, sun bathing area and nice rear seat to have your picnic on. Why would you not want that?

With regards to the nasty accident at Padstow, Cobra got a lot of stick as they had made slight alterations to the hull but would anyone bet their RIB would be any different with 300hp flat out from a standing start on full lock?

Would definitely recommend them and the guys that run/own the business are a great bunch.
__________________
Sutty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09 August 2018, 06:15   #10
Member
 
jambo's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Girvan & Tayvallich
Boat name: Breawatch
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 F/stroke
MMSI: ex directory!!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 6,111
RIBase
Thanks Sutty. J
__________________
jambo
'Carpe Diem'
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club
Member of SABS ( Scottish West Division)
jambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09 August 2018, 13:37   #11
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Keyhaven
Boat name: Orion
Make: Bombard
Length: 5m +
Engine: Outboard Honda 50HP
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 157
I've got two friends who now on Cobra's bought from Cobrea in Christchurch - which I assume is where they are now based. They seems fine boats from a quick look around and I've not heard them complain about them at all.
__________________

__________________
BigE is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 22:42.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×