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Cobra 850

Brief details


Cobra Yachts, Hayling Island

The Cobra 850 is a modern styled family cruiser offering a good combination of sailing performance and accommodation. Both fin and bilge keel versions were built, though the majority appear to have been bilge-keelers. Many of these yachts were also kit-built, to varying standards.


28' 6"

Sail area

428 sq ft main and genoa


22' 0"




9' 6"


forecabin and saloon


3' 6" twin keel or 4' 3" fin keel




7,750 lbs


usually Volvo or Yanmar diesel


3,500 lbs


12 - 15

Keel type

Twin bilge keels or single shallow fin keel with encapsulated ballast and skeg-hung rudder

Designed for Cobra Yachts by David Feltham in 1976, the Cobra 850 was the first, and most popular, of the Cobra range. Around 700 Cobra 850s were built in total.

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Cobra 850

The interior of the yacht illustrated had just been reupholstered throughout - the new cushions being still in their plastic wrappers. The saloon table fitted in this picture is a non-standard small sized 'coffee table' - the original full size table fits on the same floor fitting, and can be dropped to create a double berth in the saloon

Cobra 850

The forecabin has a conventional vee-double berth, and the heads compartment, separated from the saloon by a louvred door, has a marine WC and washbasin, with hanging locker space opposite

The galley and chart table are to starboard, with a deep quarter berth aft of the chart table

Cobra 850

Accommodation plan

Cobra 850

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This yacht was fitted with a 13 hp Volvo diesel, although many boats had a 12 hp Yanmar

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Cobra 850  

As with a fair number of Cobra 850s, the yacht shown here was finished by the first owner from a kit, with all the structural work done and engine installed by Cobra Yachts. The joinery was fitted and finished by the owner. As not infrequently happens, the standard of finish achieved in this yacht is generally better than that seen in most factory-finished Cobras. You do however sometimes find badly finished kit-built yachts.

Cobra 850

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