I am sure some of you know this, and of course, I did not. But yesterdays story on Cobra 001 started a bit of a comment debate on the subject of the siren on 001 and should it stay? First, the siren is not on the build sheet, nor is the light. So? From a judging standpoint. Poof, gone. And considering she is the first production 18 Cobra. It’s a no brainer. OR IS IT?
And here is where it kinda gets interesting. Herb Hall from Sierra Boat Co. filled me in on a bit of why a siren would be on her. To quote Herb.. Or Copy Paste Herbs email”.
Cobra #1 was sold by the Tahoe Boat Company, Tahoe’s Chris Craft dealer at that time. Typical for many of the boats by them was the installation of a siren. Why? Besides being cool, the story I have heard is that in an era before cell phones and VHF radios became common, a siren was an affective means of getting someone’s attention when a boat was in distress. Lake Tahoe is a big lake and a sirens wail would carry for miles, so it was sold to customers as a safety device, but I think people wanted them because they were cool.
SO? Herb has spoken, so it is kinda part of her history. Installed at the dealership. Ya thought this would be easy? Nope. And since it was number one? Maybe? If there was a document from the dealership with an instal date at delivery?
So there ya have it, a rational reason for a siren. SAFTEY. And an emotional reason. COOL. And you thought being safe wasn’t cool.