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Cobra 850, Bilge keels, Endymion of Colne

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Cobra 850, Bilge keels, Endymion of Colne

As is always the problem with children, they tend to grow up, and our two were rapidly outgrowing our 22 footer. We were looking for a good solid sea boat that would take the family around the coast in both comfort and safety. 

We wanted a bilge keeler to allow us access to the quieter creeks, and also to allow us to take advantage of moorings in the quieter area of the river. Having looked at the options, the Cobra just kept ticking all the boxes. We looked at several before we opted on ‘Endymion of Colne’, choosing her because she was professionally finished, had documents dating back to her original purchase and had obviously been looked after by her previous owners. 

We brought her back to the Colne from the Thames on a very windy November day, and she coped with the conditions admirably. In the 9 years we have owned her, she has never given us any cause for concern, and has always handled as you would expect a Bilge Keeler to handle. Manoeuvring in confined areas is not an issue as long as judicious use of the throttle and rudder is applied.

Sailing in breezes up to mid force 3’s she will comfortably take the full 150% genoa and full mainsail. Once the angle of heel begins to exceed 20 degrees, then it is time to consider a reef, and she will start to let you know through the helm. When sailing in breezes upwards of force 4, it is best to start out with the Jib and one reef in the main, again balancing her to around the magical 20 degrees of heel.

All told a lovely boat to sail, and one that we have had many happy hours aboard.


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19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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