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Old 28 September 2016, 10:17   #1
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I'm thinking of buying a Cobra 8.0 ... How good is the hull?

Hi, I'm thinking of buying a Cobra 8.0 to use in and around the Solent. How good is the hull? I don't want a RIB that is going to crash and bang on every wave. If you have one, please can you PM me your telephone number ... I'd love to pick your brains.

I've tried a Scorpion 8.1, which had an amazing hull, but I cannot get one in my budget because I want one with a heads.
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Old 28 September 2016, 13:14   #2
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Hi, I'm thinking of buying a Cobra 8.0 to use in and around the Solent. How good is the hull? I don't want a RIB that is going to crash and bang on every wave. If you have one, please can you PM me your telephone number ... I'd love to pick your brains.

I've tried a Scorpion 8.1, which had an amazing hull, but I cannot get one in my budget because I want one with a heads.


I'll be honest. Never been on a cobra. My mate has one and he was gob smacked at the difference in ride between his and my scorpion8.1. That said I did the lymington challenge a few years ago and a 7.5m cobra pretty much paced me in a 7.5 scorpion. He was faster in flat and me in the bumps. My boat didn't earn any scars but his transom crushed under the engine. It was very rough weather.

They started life as a speed boat and some width was put into the hull in the form of flat surfaces in the hull I believe. They certainly have more flat edges which In my mind make a harder ride. Very leisure in comparison to some hard core ribs but the do look very smart.
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Old 28 September 2016, 13:14   #3
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Depending on your budget I know a very nice hunton 904 for sale with a heads....

Personally I wouldn't have a cobra
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Old 28 September 2016, 13:22   #4
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Zippy, are you thinking of this one?

Used Boat | Hunton Brokerage

Ideally I'm after an outboard version.
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Sing song. Love that hunton. Lovely company with a real personal feel too. Like when graham ran scorpion.
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Hi, I'm thinking of buying a Cobra 8.0 to use in and around the Solent. How good is the hull? I don't want a RIB that is going to crash and bang on every wave. If you have one, please can you PM me your telephone number ... I'd love to pick your brains.

I've tried a Scorpion 8.1, which had an amazing hull, but I cannot get one in my budget because I want one with a heads.
Have you considered a Stingher? ( I'm a little biased )
Very beamy and consequently lots of internal space, also a nice high bow for lumpy conditions, I personally don't like the 'flat' style ribs - more prone to stuffing??
There's a cobra 7.5 in Yarmouth , 2-3 years old and the tube grab handles are peeling off..........hopefully a one-off

8m's a lovely size for the solent and easily large enough if you want to travel further afield.
I ran a stingher 800gt for 3 summers and I'd have another one tomorrow
MRL Home page.. Quality RIBs UK and Channel Island supplier of Stingher RIBs, Predator RIBs, and Redbay Storm Force Ribs
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Old 28 September 2016, 14:15   #7
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Hi, I have got an 8.0m Cobra and I had it from new 5 years ago and can honestly say that I have had no issues regarding the hull. I have been in all sorts of sea conditions from smooth to choppy to rough with no problem or discomfort. It is good for nearly 55 knots and will cruise all day at 30 -35 knots. I previously had a selection of Avon Ribs and as good as I though they were the sea keeping was not a patch on the Cobra hull. I had the Cobra 755 from new and had no issues and then had the 8.0. I love the style which suits my use and personally do not like the Scorpion which I accept has a better hull but I am no racing driver so can't really put it to the test. I also like the leisure styling of Cora as opposed to the more industrial/commercial style of Rib as supplied by Humber, Ribcraft, Rib X etc. Horses for courses spring to mind and I would certainly buy another Cobra Rib
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Yes indeed. Martin is a great bloke to deal with (we bought and sold our xrs37 with him) and that boat has had extensive upgrades.

Diesel economy in that boat is amazing and for something of that size and speed I would be going diesel and dry stacking.

I sea trailed a 7.6 (can't remember the exact model) cobra and was surprised how flighty it was compared to the shearwater I trailed back to back which was absoltly rock solid.

We have had 7.5 and 8.1 scorpions and. It much touches them in the rough.

I haven't been on a Hunton rib but it's based on the 28 hull Which was a great boat. Our 37 was a monster and absolute dream.. They do know how to make a decent boat!

Would think a deal could be had on that price.
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Have you considered a Stingher? ( I'm a little biased )
Very beamy and consequently lots of internal space, also a nice high bow for lumpy conditions, I personally don't like the 'flat' style ribs - more prone to stuffing??
There's a cobra 7.5 in Yarmouth , 2-3 years old and the tube grab handles are peeling off..........hopefully a one-off

8m's a lovely size for the solent and easily large enough if you want to travel further afield.
I ran a stingher 800gt for 3 summers and I'd have another one tomorrow
MRL Home page.. Quality RIBs UK and Channel Island supplier of Stingher RIBs, Predator RIBs, and Redbay Storm Force Ribs
Good luck
I'm also considering a Stingher 800, how would the ride compare to the Cobra 8.0 in the Solent?
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