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Legal Disclaimer

     This information is provided as a Public Service; nobody is making any money from this.

This website and its author are not affiliated in any way with Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC). OMC disavows any responsibility for this website, and the information herein.

Neither OMC nor Stuart Hastings warrantee this information and we accept no responsibility for any consequences if you attempt to apply any of the information stored here.

     OMC has looked at this website. When I created this website, I sent OMC an email describing this location and content. An OMC representative responded with this letter, graciously explaining OMC's position. I have already addressed the issues raised in the letter; you're reading the disclaimer.


Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 20:26:23 -0500
From: "John Pilarski" 
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: OMC Cobra Sterndrive Tech Info

Stuart E. Hastings
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Dear Mr. Hastings:

Your web site at was recently
brought to my attention.  I appreciate your defense of the Cobra
sterndrive and your characterization of its reputation as troubled but
undeserved.  However, it would be appreciated if you could: (a) remove
the smlogo.jpg image which depicts OMC trademarks and copyrights and
makes it appear as if it is an OMC web site; and (b) provide some sort
of disclaimer that your web site is not affiliated with OMC.

Thanks in advance for your consideration.  Drop me a line if you have
any questions.

Very truly yours,

John H. Pilarski
Senior Attorney - Intellectual Property
Outboard Marine Corporation
100 Sea Horse Drive
Waukegan, IL 60085-2195
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     Please understand, dear reader, that I have reproduced OMC technical documents here, documents that OMC could claim copyright protection for. OMC has graciously agreed to tolerate this practice.

     Now that OMC is gone, I suppose Bombardier owns these documents; either way, I can't guarantee they'll stay available here forever.

     Given the fickle and ever-changing nature of the Web, this site will not exist forever. If you own, or expect to own, a Cobra stern drive, I humbly suggest you make personal copies of any/all information contained here that seems useful to you.

Originally Created 19 February 1999

Added Pertronix stuff, OMC bankruptcy, 03 February 2003

Updated 23 June 1999


This Web Page

     My intent in creating this web page is to spread what I've learned about the Cobra to other Cobra owners that others may profit from what I've learned. I'm doing this as a Public Service; I'm not selling anything, or making any money with this information. I'm not trying to criticize anyone or force any changes in any corporate policies; I'm fighting ignorance.

     I did not create this web page to deprive OMC of documentation sales, or to save a few bucks for Cobra owners too cheap to buy the manuals, or to deprive OMC dealers of service business. If you own a Cobra, and you want to work on it yourself, you already know why you need the shop manuals.

     I realize, however, there are many people that are considering the purchase of a boat with a Cobra drive, or have been putting off the purchase of some manuals, or were just curious, &etc.

     Sadly, there are still many OMC dealers and independent technicians blissfully unaware of this information, and occasionally a Cobra gearset is destroyed due to such ignorance. Such incidents are expensive for Cobra owners, and they help propagate the "bad gears" story. For example, below is a  from the March 1998 issue of Trailer Boats Magazine documenting such a case.

If you spot an error, or have any suggestion for improving these pages, please send me a note. I'm reluctant to put my exact email address here, due to spamming concerns, but I'll spell it out: "stuart at hastings period org."


Recreated with the permission of the Author for CBOC


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