Originally Posted by asteroscop
Will appreciate any comments if you are familiar with the Cobra 850 (designed by David Felthem, UK build )
Any feedback is much appreciated.
Hi Asteroscop ....
I've probably seen a Cobra 850 around but can't recall
anything specific. I looked them up on the Yachtworld site and there seems plenty for sale
so I suspect they were very popular.
I don't think that they are of the same breed as the Contessa's at all. Whether they are okay for offshore
sailing depends on a lot of things:
Form .... if it slams a lot with a full bow it may cause you problems working to windward .... if it is fine like the Contessa it will be wet, but it will drive through the waves.
Strength of Rig
How the exhaust
is rigged up for the engine
(you don't want water working its way back into the exhaust
arrangement .... Bilge
keelers tend to heel more and have more leeway ... but I'm assuming yours is a fin keel
Generally the biggest difference between an inshore boat and an offshore
boat is it's ability to cope with rougher conditions because it's that much further from a safe haven. A category A boat .... i.e. Ocean is suppost to be able to take a storm ..... I don't think anyone will classify a boat to take a hurricane!
I suggest you talk to owners of the Cobra and other 28'er's and ask them what there experiences are. You should also talk to experienced surveyors, naval architects, and seasoned sailors in your area so that they can point out the good and bad points of any boats you have in mind.
Lastly do get a qualified experience surveyor
to inspect the boat you choose AND tell him what you want to use it for. Make sure the surveyor
is an experience offshore/ocean sailor too ..... some probably don't even sail!!
I'm afraid that's the best I can do.