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the cobra story

Cobra RIBs was founded in 1988 and has remained an independent family business ever since.  The company's extraordinary approach to craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail is equalled only by the passion and dedication of the people who design and build these exceptional boats.  The unique relationship between those who create Cobra RIBs and those who experience the adventure of driving them has helped to create a unique and compelling brand that invites power boat enthusiasts from across the globe to 'join the adventure'. 

Heritage Cobra RIB

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The evolution of Cobra RIBs has spanned more than 30 years and we remain the sole designer and manufacturer of the now highly respected Cobra RIBs product.  We are proud of our heritage - from humble beginnings in 1988 to the producer of the now world-renowned Deep V Hulled Nautique power boat range.  Since our beginning, we have launched 5 generations of the Nautique model which today remains at the forefront of the RIB market and has become synonymous globally with the phrase the 'Ultimate Family Adventure RIB.  All of our Cobras are custom built in the UK using only the finest materials.

Generation One

1988 - 1999

Cobra RIBs founded its reputation for build quality and sea keeping, putting them at the forefront of the RIB market. Cobra was unique in building not only commercially based RIBs but was one of the first companies to see the leisure market potential.

Generation Two

2000 - 2006

In 2000 Cobra launched an update to the original Nautique range, keeping the product line at the forefront of the leisure RIB market.

Generation Three & Four

2007 - 2016

Cobra introduced a smaller 6.6m as the smallest boat to the Nautique range. This generation saw a new 'deeper V' hull design on 7.6m upwards providing boats with increased performance and further edge in rough seas.

Generation Five

2016 - Present

Cobra launches generation five of the Nautique range at the Southampton Boat Show 2016. Designed completely from the ground up, this range set a new standard in the market of what the 'Ultimate Adventure RIB' means, again.

meet the team

Steve Arkell

Steve Arkell

Chairman

Joshua Arkell

Joshua Arkell

Managing Director

Kevin Hollingsworth

Kevin Hollingsworth

Business Development Director

Stefan Hollingsworth

Stefan Hollingsworth

Finance Director

Brandy Waters

Brandy Waters

PA to Managing Director

Lee Allen

Lee Allen

Production Manager

Erics Edser

Eric Edser

UK Sales Manager

Hans Borrias

Hans Borrias

European Sales Manager

Hayley Griffiths

Hayley Griffiths

Service and Sales Administrator

Mark Scammell

Mark Scammell

Procurement Supervisor

Ben Robb

Ben Robb

Design Engineer

Russell Gulliver

Russell Gulliver

Service Manager

Tom Arkell

Tom Arkell

Senior Service Engineer

Miles Jones

Miles Jones

Technical Support Engineer

Grant Aitken

Grant Aitken

Marine Valleter

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts

Apprentice service engineer

Alex Giddings

Alex Giddings

Production Supervisor

Richard Brading

Richard Brading

Training supervisor & Project Leader

Richard Pilbeam

Richard Pilbeam

Project Leader

Ed Barnes

Ed Barnes

Production Engineer

Sam Bostock

Sam Bostock

Production Engineer

Jamie Ivey

Jamie Ivey

Artisan Production Engineer

Fraser Culleton

Fraser Culleton

Apprentice Production Engineer

Warren Green

Warren Green

Workshop caretaker

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