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Cobia or Hydrasport

Old 01-11-2019, 07:52 PM
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Found 2 boats within my budget. 1999 Cobia 264 twin 06 f150 160hrs or 2000 hydra sport vector 2390 twin 07 E Techs 280hrs. Havenít seen either but I like the layout of the HS. Boat will be trailer for now until I move to a new house. Both are priced same (25k). What I want to know is the Kevlar reinforced better than Cobias quality? Boat will mainly be use for diving and fishing offshore up to 35miles.

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Old 01-11-2019, 08:11 PM
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My opinion, and I venture to say the majority will vote for the Hydra sport especially if based on the hull only. Hydra sports is where the term brick shithouse would come from when you're speaking about boats, heavy, thick super strong hulls. I would prefer the Yamaha over the etecs, but I would have no issues running etecs. IMO.....
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:18 PM
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Hydra-sports. Don't forget those cobias were pre Maverick, and the length included a bow pulpit.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:28 PM
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I agree, the Cobia does look cheap to me. Neither of those boats come with trailer. Any advice on what to look out for on the Hydra sport hull and motor? Not sure if I should get a survey, iím From ny so boats are all winterized. As of now I have a 17ft cc that I use on Long Island sound. I donít feel comfortable taking my kids out for a cruise
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:05 PM
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Always, always, always get a survey.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:27 PM
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If boat has original tank, does it require cutting out deck to replace tank?
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:25 PM
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Please get a survey brother! We have enough "I bought a boat and x,y,z doesn't work, but oh yeah, I didn't get a survey" threads. It is the best CYA insurance that exist. I would go as far as agreeing to split the cost of re-shrink wrapping the boat with the seller if I chose not to purchase the boat.
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Old 01-12-2019, 06:51 AM
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The 2390 is in a completely different class then the Cobia. The hull of the 2390 is Kevlar reinforced down the keel, everything is grounded, and is over built. My Cobia is still a great boat but is just not built as well.

The e techs can be a problem. I would get the Vector and look for a pair or a single 300/350 Verados down the road.
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I love the new Cobias since Maverick Boats took over, but in your case go with the Hydra Sport. Better built boat. Owned a 20 ft Hydra Sport Vector and it was a tank. Never a problem solid boat. Any 18 year old boat can have problems, but you will have fewer with the Hydra Sport if they were both taken care of the same way. Cobias, didn't have a very good reputation back then for quality.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:50 AM
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I almost bought a 2000 2390 back in 2001 and if I did I would likely still have it today. 99 cobia versus a 2000 vector is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. My buddy has a 2001 2796 vector and all I can say is wow, great riding boat. I wouldn't be overly concerned about the etecs. however 07s with 280 hours means they haven't been run too much. I love my 2100 vector....
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Originally Posted by volleybum1970 View Post
always, always, always get a survey.
^^^^ this!!!
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:06 PM
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Thanks everyone for the replies, unfortunately the boat is pending sale, waiting on a survey. I did came across a 2017 leftover 21fter that iíll also consider. Dealer is offering 18% off msrp, no electronics but has trailer. Thatís with no negotiation . Can I get 25-30% off?
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:59 PM
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I almost bought a 2000 2390 back in 2001 and if I did I would likely still have it today. 99 cobia versus a 2000 vector is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. My buddy has a 2001 2796 vector and all I can say is wow, great riding boat. I wouldn't be overly concerned about the etecs. however 07s with 280 hours means they haven't been run too much. I love my 2100 vector....
This! I had 2001 26 Cobia. With twin 225's. I bought it right and new so no complaints, but it does not come close to the quality of a Hydrosports.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:23 PM
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those old cobias were chit..... old hydro sports where tanks ... i dont love the idea of buying Etech's i would probably keep looking for a little while boats of that vintage opti max or yamaha
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Originally Posted by Phishdaddy View Post
I agree, the Cobia does look cheap to me. Neither of those boats come with trailer. Any advice on what to look out for on the Hydra sport hull and motor? Not sure if I should get a survey, iím From ny so boats are all winterized. As of now I have a 17ft cc that I use on Long Island sound. I donít feel comfortable taking my kids out for a cruise
It may not be relevant but I had a buddy with a 23 hydra sport around that age and he had a lot of problems with the tower cracking.
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I would lean towards the HS also. Built like tanks. Run the ETec's until they puke and then consider a re-power.
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