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Old 14 March 2012, 17:01   #1
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early cobra

any views on an early 1990ish cobra.
would it have a reasonable build quality?

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Old 14 March 2012, 17:53   #2
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Bear in mind these wear early days for picton cobra ribs as they were then. My deck was redone in 2003 and badly bodged. That said the hull is pretty solid. Have a look at my refurb thread in the gallery.
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thanks,
crikey, looking at the photos you dont have much boat left now!
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We reckon those are the original stringers and mine had a bodged deck installation 9 years ago. The original deck was removed due to a tank problem so I can't comment on the state of the original.
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Love em! Early ones are really well built.

Not sure how the newer ones are screwed together mind you.

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Would Concour..I had a half share in a realy early Cobra for a While SOLID Boat!
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any views on an early 1990ish cobra.
would it have a reasonable build quality?

thanks
Great boats - I've owned two of them. Very well built. Had one up on rocks twice recently with full fuel and four big adults with barely a scrape to the gel-coat in one case and a small hole the other time. Tubes are original and air tight with just one patch. Other RIBs I've owned might have broken their backs in the same situation.

Highly recommended boats but if you're buying any old GRP hull you better check every bit of it is sound. Bad repairs and/or water seepage over time will destroy a hull from within.
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I would agree as it looks like all the damage that has occurred with mine is due to the bodged deck a few years ago. Not sure who did it and doubt I'll find out. In the main the original hull is solid.
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