When I was involved
Posted by: salty on Sep-17-12 12:28 PM (EST)
There we approximately 70 hours of labor in a Cobra built Necky. I know one Brit manufacturer claims his lads can build a boat in a day and a half? To devote that level of attention state side would add huge cost and make the boats too costly As is Cobra was a lot costlier than China. I know that in the case of Necky, neither Stoddard Aerospace, nor Fast Passage could build boats cheap enough to satisfy management or the market, so they were brought in house to Old Town where they were thrown together, cost saved, etc.. After some really poor results they were outsourced to Cobra where they went from crap to world class. I'd own one now! So, however anyone feels about outsourcing the bottom line is a far superior boat for a reasonable cost. In this case it was outsource or drop composites altogether. I suspect so for Confluence as well.
As I said earlier, I'd opt to build here to those same levels and charge an extra grand a kayak, which is what it would probably be. I'd choose that based on my personal beliefs. If I loved a given Brit boat or Kiwi boat etc, I'd buy it and know it's just fine.
My input here is only to share real world experience about Cobra and the quality prduced there. Also the choice of adhesives and resins are top notch.