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Old 28 September 2016, 14:31   #11
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Think the boat in the video is my old one before I owned her!
Certainly pay you to try a few brands of rib before you buy, Ed at MRL is very helpful and if he's got a 8m in stock I'm sure he'd let you sea trial it. Incidentally there's a 800gt for sale in Bembridge on the island, think it's around the 30k / 2008 with the 300hp verado.
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Old 29 September 2016, 04:33   #12
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The Stingher 800 loves lovely and seems to cope well with the sea conditions.

Does anyone have experience of the Cobra 8.0 and Stingher 800? If so, I'd love to know which has the softest riding hull, and how they compare to what seems to be the benchmark standard of the Scorpion?
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If I was spending that level of money I'd be going out in them myself, rather than listening to others views.
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If I was spending that level of money I'd be going out in them myself, rather than listening to others views.
Luckily the OP is a sensible individual and wants some owner opinion. He may even be lucky enough to find an owner who is honest and unbiased. I'm sure he'll be taking a test trip as well - although it's not always possible to sea trial a boat prior to paying a deposit.

I test drove a LOT of boats before springing for one. Curiously it was a casual conversation with an owner and another convo with a RIBnetter that steered me away from the wheelhouse boat I nearly bought and to where I ended up.
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He may even be lucky enough to find an owner who is honest and unbiased.
On ribnet?
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On ribnet?

Honest ain't a problem, 'tas always been my downfall, unbiased however...........


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Old 01 October 2016, 01:29   #17
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A stinger isn't remotely comparable to a scorpion hull for "proper" RIB use. I've used a stinger 800 and a scorpion 7.5 in the same place on the same day. No contest, a fiat and a ferrari. Albeit the fiat had some furry dice.

Can't speak for cobra I'm afraid.
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Yes indeed. Martin is a great bloke to deal with (we bought and sold our xrs37 with him.
Zippy. What Xrs37 did you have? Next on my list, if the missus lets me
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I have a cobra 7.5M a 2004 model which is a dave picton built cobra (built in wales), very happy with it bought it second hand and did it up somewhat. Positives and negatives in my humble opinion below. (my 2004 model)

Positives
Good looking rib
Plenty of storage
Dry ride
Handles most conditions (better than I do anyway)
Great for a blast and to relax on, the bow locker cushions great to relax on and read a book laying flat with head on tubes.
Good access to console from front and back which makes upgrading electronics etc easy.
Good fuel capacity.
A Frame, good design means you can easily step around and over to access rear step from transom (good for accessing bathing ladder etc)
Lots off grab rails, which really do give you a more confident feeling of safety.
Seating good and I love the bolster seating.
Good visibility and wind protection.
Quick enouth 40 to 46 knots with a 200hp yamaha 2 stroke in my case.
Solid build.
Good handling, no chine creep or excess in handling terms.
Decent re sale values if looked after.

Negatives
Over use of self tappers in lockers, I have replaced as many as practicle with nuts and bolts.
Cobra now in christchurch expensive in terms of any aftermarket stuff needed, things like new seat apolstraphy (cant spell it) etc, cheaper to find alternative sources for stuff which there are many.
I do at times feel it can have a hardish ride dependant upon weather conditions, does seem to slam a tad but again depends upon the conditions as most would anyway.

Overall a decent rib, fun, friendly and lots around. (one day this year at studland, 8 ribs anchored across the bay and 5 were cobras (4 7.5m and 1 6.6M)

You should also download and read carefully the report into the "Milly" incident in padstow if your looking for a few year old 8m version as there were some suggestions the hull design changes may have had a contributing factor to the incident.

Same as you if I had more funds I would go for a scorpion rib, im looking for an older scorpion rib I can do up for the future. That said I do really enjoy my cobra, i get plenty of use from it and its perfect for around the solent, cant really go wrong.
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