Okay, okay. This story is for fellow Woody Boater Art Armstrong… Molly-O’s soul mate. The lift rings on Cobra’s have been the bane of his frustration for years. So lets talk about that. Yes, lift rings. I know, I know. But there is some confusion. Do they run horizontal or vertical of the boat? Could there be a reason?
In the factory photo they are Horizontal. Why? One might say to see them in the photo? And not really that way.
Or are they running vertical like we see a lot of because it looks better? More like other boats?
Guess what? There is this profession called Engineering, and they study this stuff. And I will of course butcher this.
Since there are two on the aft section of the boat to work around the fin. It makes sense to have the horizontal so the lift lines can move and cause less stress on the rings.
The Bow one also must be horizontal to allow for that movement and balance from the aft rings. It kinda makes sense. I am no engineer, or ring designer. But, I do have this thing called the internet. And guess what. We have proof of what should be the correct way. No more speculation. It’s math, science, Physics, and thankfully this topic has yet to be politicized by Fox or CNN. Oh, that reminds me, WEAR YOUR DAM MASK!
And so we went to Canada for the answer. They have no skin in the game and seem to be politically free of crap.