If you have been following the episodes of discovery on the tarp find Cobra, you may have been thinking that we sure are making a big deal out of this under bite boat. Whats with WoodyBoater? Well, today is the day we can officially announce that the Prototype for the Chris Craft 18 Cobra has been found and home at Katz’s Marina. Yes, P.R.O.T.O.T.Y.P.E. I think I spelled that right?
You can just imagine the excitement this boat has brought to the Marina and team, that has been looking, and discovering. Terry Fiest is beyond excited as is Seth. Katz’s marina is well known for its work on Cobras, and further more, finding the un-findable.
For those of wondering how this was found. The good guys at Antique Boat America, a series of rumors and a huge chance. This boat was bought on a chance. It could literally been a pile of wood and a fin! But the hull plate, and fuel tank are the two dead on facts. There is countless other things that are even more clear that its the prototype. This is history, and a archaeology now. Museum type stuff.
The way the wood is cut on the deck is different than all the other production models. We of course will go into detail at some point on that stuff. The engine is not original of course. And trust us, Seth and VanNess will go to beyond extreams to find the original engine or one from the same casting series. Not one screw will be over looked and researched to death!
And the hull plate. The beautiful Hull plate. with the magic coveted numbers BR-18-00P, P as in Prototype.
Note it also has a grey bilge. There is zero evidence that it has been changed. This boat despite being bashed up, Beaten, left to die under a blue tarp, and loved. A LOT! Has survived enough for her history to still bring the thrill of COBRA alive
A little time in the intensive care unit of the Marina, maybe some new this and that. She will be perfect, in all her imperfect ways. Remember this is the team that on Mariah the US Mail boat went to the extreme of reupholstering the original red vinyl, and then painting it brown like in the film. This boat will be Restored/preserved to all the way it was produced as a prototype. This is critical. Since her history is her uniquness. After all she is literally the fist before there was a first.
We will of course be updating to the point that Dim chimes in and yells at us about too much Katz’s stuff. But ya gotta admit, this sure is a far cry from Sausage Days. Dang, I feel alive again.