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Old 08 February 2007, 15:41   #11
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Old 12 February 2007, 15:20   #12
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For the price of that I think I would take my money to Scorpion ribs, I am sure that they would be able to build a pretty good boat for that kind of money. Not owned either but have read enough to know that Scorpion aree number 1.

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You must know someone at Scorpion who will do you a nice discount then. I went to their website and specced a similar(ish) boat to the Cobra. It came out at 65k if you add a trailer, electronics, and VAT for the 8.6 with 300hp.

Dave Pictons boat ain't anything like that much and is a turnkey package!


AND... just to stir things up - Scorpions don't look as good!
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Dont know how you got it to 65K
Phone Scorpion you will be suprised.
I think its the fact that it is turn key, is why the quality isant upto it.
but what ever extra you spend on a Scorpion you know you will get it back later.
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Old 13 February 2007, 02:52   #14
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From their website, I took the bare boat and just added the stuff that the Cobra comes with to get a roughly equivalent price comparison.

If you add A-frame, sculptured bench seating, swim ladder etc to the Yamaha 300 price it comes to about 49k. Plus VAT. Add a trailer, some electronics and you are getting to the price I said.

Please understand, I am not having a moan at Scorpion. I know they are very well built, solid boats and have a very loyal following.

What I am saying is that if you were looking at buying a BMW or Audi, and someone came along and said you should buy a Porsche that's fine, but the three are not in the same price bracket and it is not really fair to compare them. After all, not everyone will have the extra 10k to buy the Boxster over the Z4 or TT. You would expect the Porsche to be better built and have a higher resale value, but you are paying for that and it may just be out of reach.

So unless someone would knock off an awful lot from the Scorpion website price, you could not have a Scorpion for the same price as a Cobra - which was my original point.

BTW, how does offering a turnkey package that includes trailer, electronics etc., in any way affect build quality?
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What I am saying is that if you were looking at buying a BMW or Audi, and someone came along and said you should buy a Porsche that's fine, but the three are not in the same price bracket and it is not really fair to compare them. After all, not everyone will have the extra 10k to buy the Boxster over the Z4 or TT. You would expect the Porsche to be better built and have a higher resale value, but you are paying for that and it may just be out of reach.
I wouldnt say the Scorpion is a particularly clever buy brand new - % depreciation might be okay and better than cobra, but in hard pounds and pence there is a big hit to be taken. Just like a 911 may hold 58% of its value compared to a Audi that holds 40% after three years, 42% depreciation on a big number is worse than 60% on a small one. I'd be surprised if you got more than 40k back after three years on that Scorpion you've specc'd up.

From someone well versed in losing money on cars and boats.
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Cobra's seem to hold their value better than most - I know cos I tried to do a deal with Dave Picton and he wouldn't budge. He is very shrewd and if he sees one selling too cheap he buys it back - it is nice to see a manufacturer who cares about residuals - then again he has been around long enough to know the boating world!!!

As 911 says - luxury and good build don't guarantee a good resale - it's a lot to do with the market. That's why a diesel 206 loses less money that an Audi A8 quattro. The A8 can lose as much as 40,000 in 3 years!!!
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Old 13 February 2007, 09:57   #17
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Cobra's seem to hold their value better than most - I know cos I tried to do a deal with Dave Picton and he wouldn't budge. He is very shrewd and if he sees one selling too cheap he buys it back - it is nice to see a manufacturer who cares about residuals - then again he has been around long enough to know the boating world!!!

I agree totally. When I bought mine off him, I asked if he was open to offers - he said he would be happy with anything over the asking price!

Like you say - he wouldn't move an inch.
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Cobra's seem to hold their value better than most - I know cos I tried to do a deal with Dave Picton and he wouldn't budge. He is very shrewd and if he sees one selling too cheap he buys it back - it is nice to see a manufacturer who cares about residuals - then again he has been around long enough to know the boating world!!!
Dave didnt want mine back how ever cheep it was
As for caring about customers i had to take mine back to the factory for warrenty work at my own cost 450 miles round trip twice.
As for turn key ready. well you will get a great suit at M&S but you will get a better one from a Saville Row taylor. I accept the cost issue but i for one would rather have a good second hand Scorpion than a new Cobra.
Sorry i am not knocking other peoples cobra,s just the brand new one i had.
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Cobra's seem to hold their value better than most - I know cos I tried to do a deal with Dave Picton and he wouldn't budge. He is very shrewd and if he sees one selling too cheap he buys it back - it is nice to see a manufacturer who cares about residuals - then again he has been around long enough to know the boating world!!!

As 911 says - luxury and good build don't guarantee a good resale - it's a lot to do with the market. That's why a diesel 206 loses less money that an Audi A8 quattro. The A8 can lose as much as 40,000 in 3 years!!!
I disagree, when I was looking I saw two 8.6m cobra's for sale both were priced around the 30,000 mark and they were only a year or so old. A Scorpion of that age would hold its value better.
There is Scorpion for sale at Lymington for 60000 and its absolutely beautiful!!
http://www.lymingtonmarinesales.co.u...+8.5+00567.pdf
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I disagree, when I was looking I saw two 8.6m cobra's for sale both were priced around the 30,000 mark and they were only a year or so old. A Scorpion of that age would hold its value better.
There is Scorpion for sale at Lymington for 60000 and its absolutely beautiful!!

I'd be very interested to see where you saw Cobra 8.6's that were one year old for that price!!

The bit about the Scorpion and its price proves my original point exactly.....you cannot buy a new Scorpion for the same price as an equivalent new Cobra - the two are not in the same price bracket...that's what I was saying! Someone said you could and you can't.
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