Posted by: No_Kayak on Sep-15-12 9:20 AM (EST)
Cobra are insanely protective of their customer's need for privacy. If they don't adhere to that principle, their use as an OEM manufacturer is highly diminished.
The layups in Tiderace boats vary from boat to boat and are very specific. For example, the Xtreme is designed for very big conditions and requires real stiffness and strength, so uses a thicker core material in the hull than other models in the range. The Pace 18 at the other end has a greater need for lightness, so the matrix for that boat is very very different.
In some ways it's a shame that many composite boat buyers are not as open to understanding the technology as they might be, because the quality of what's coming out of that factory as a product is amazing.
By comparison, the layups produced by Valley and P&H are agricultural. That's not to say they're bad product, just that you are not getting the same thing in terms of advanced product as you might. It's a bit like having two BMWs that look like the latest model on the outside, except one of them IS the latest model and the other one is built on mechanicals from the 1997 model.
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