Not strictly speaking
Posted by: No_Kayak on Sep-16-12 4:51 AM (EST)
Cobra are an OEM manufacturer. A brand will provide them specification of the product and Cobra will build it to that specification. Assuming Cobra does an equal job for everybody when building products to its customers' specifications, any differences in their quality will be down to design, rather than Cobra.
As a large generalisation, if a Necky boat is better than an Arrow or Tiderace one, or vice versa, it's going to be down to the design provided to Cobra rather than Cobra's ability or desire to build it to spec.
Cobra themselves don't just build kayaks, they make a large percentage of the world's supply of surf boards, full scale yachts and composite parts for people such as Ferrari and Audi. It's about as far as you can get from a couple of guys in a shed that's the tradition in sea kayak building, such is the norm with some of the well known British manufacturers.