Unauthorized Prototype Cobra In The Water Spy Photos

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18ft Chris Craft Cobra Prototype

We have the scoop here at Woodyboater, secret spy photos of Proto, the Prototype Cobra in the water. Here at WoodyBoater we go the extra mile for you in capturing the uncapturable. Our photographer snuck out in an old aluminum row boat and just blended in with the lake, while snapping away these breathtaking images .

WOW, just wow!

A classic lake scene

So who is our mystery photographer? Kob Bays. BTW not his real name, we had to protect his identity for obvious reasons. By the way, you can possibly expect one of these images in a possible calendar, Or not.

One of Proto’s 21ft daughters out running with her

Dang! What a site that must have been to see this in person. Thanks Kob!

Headed back after the water test

If you would like to see more of this amazing boat, stop on by the lake Hopatcong show this weekend. This show has some amazing boats for its size.

Pulled and more preparing for tomorrow’s show

14 replies
  1. RH in NY
    RH in NY says:

    I’ve been a passenger in a Cobra. Once in a lifetime for me I’m sure. To see 2 run together?! Looking forward to seeing Proto tomorrow.

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    The marina has been for sale for 5 years. Seth will only sell to someone that wants to take it for what it is. To keep it going.

  3. tom
    tom says:

    I think the most beautiful shot is the last one; hanging on the hoist. Boat is stunning with that flawless finish.I’ll be there tomorrow.

  4. Art
    Art says:

    It’s great to see that Kats knowns the CC design orientation of the lifting rings……………….kudos to Kats.

      • Art
        Art says:

        George, because I have seen the CC engineering drawings which clearly show the holes facing for and aft as Kats has them.

        • Art
          Art says:

          George, because I have seen the CC engineering drawings which clearly show the holes facing for and aft as Katz has them.

      • Art
        Art says:

        It can be seen in most of the other photos.

        BTW the “other” Cobra also has them positioned

        A few years ago there was a big controversy as lots of owners/restores had them with the hole going side to side.
        The for to aft hole orientation design is simple, if the boat was lifted without the suggested spreader bar (using a strap or cable to clear the fin) the lifting rings could/would get bend inward. The bow lifting ring could be orientated either was but CC designed it to be the same as the aft ones.

        • George N Burgess
          George N Burgess says:

          Art, Joe Kabot who was a Boat Show judge and a Cobra Boat owner had the holes of the lift rings on his Cobra side to side not aft like you claim is the correct position. And Joe was considered an expert on Cobra’s.

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    What a beautiful Boat!!!! After seeing what she looked like under the blue tarp. to seeing her running with the other Cobra, Damn! Hats off to Katz for saving her, and making her look so great! I can see a Darrel Bush painting coming from the classic lake scene.

  6. Damon
    Damon says:

    Salad Bar! There was a restaurant in Santa Rosa CA that had an old Chris Craft inside that was converted into a salad bar. One of these would make an awesome salad bar. Open the fiberglass hatch and pick from ranch or thousand island! They are cool looking and make great photo shoots, just need some iceberg lettuce and croutons! Probably more practical than as a boat in everyday use. Pretty though!

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