Originally Posted by Rogue Wave
I certainly would be busting my arse to buy a secondhand Cobra but for your budget you can buy a proper boat secondhand Scorpion, Ribcraft Osprey and a Redbay
Have look at the rebuild threads on this forum for Ballistics and Cobras and see how far a relatively young boat had degraded. They do look nice though bit like my first wife great looking and a real good ride but went downhill quickly
My opinion is boats degrade because the owners dont look after them is the most common cause, I have a 10 year old cobra 7.5M which gets admiring looks and looks better than many 2 or 3 year old cobras. Just wash em down with hose pipe after use and every few months give em a bit of attention, wash, polish, check the usual etc etc and they will last years and years and years. Many of the cobras which dont look so good you find people dont wash em down after use and dont bother with a boat cover. The only problem ive found is the seat material needs replacement every couple of years but that may be down to the fact mine gets a lot of all weather use and I think I need to find the magic formula for keeping the seats supple and protected against the salt, usually its the stitching that goes and fabric splist in certain strain points. Having said all that I have spent considerable time in re wirring last year plus replacement of many self tappers for nuts and bolts.
Any boat that is neglected is going to break down and look shabby in record time.
I dont know what the answer is, yes would love a big scorpion someday but prices even for second hand are very high and woudl a scorpion not degrade if it was neglected ?