Design and Construction
When it comes to engineering, the marketplace refers to Cabo as the benchmark. One look at the wiring and plumbing systems makes it clear why.
You don't even realize that this is only a 38-footer until you reach the engine compartment, where admittedly, you'll find it a tight squeeze between the engines. Thankfully, Cabo doesn't locate any equipment outboard of the engines because even Olive Oyl couldn't get there. But it's no matter, as all systems are right where they belong. For example, find the raw-water intakes immediately at the bottom of the ladder. Should you ever need to reach the crash-pump valve, it's the first thing you come upon in the compartment. The optional Reverso oil-change system abuts the forward bulkhead, and the generator hides aft under the forward cockpit sole.
Belowdecks, a portside guest cabin with over/under singles boasts one of my favorite features: A "showcase" locker with dark background and artistic lighting for vertical rod storage. I consider quality tackle to be a work of art and love how it looks when presented well. Put a clear, Lucite door on the locker with black-velvet interior, and that will surely set off your gold-anodized reels and colorful rod wraps.
Throughout the Cabo, each cabin has the company's signature cabinet facing with latticework ventilation.
This 38 shares a head between the two cabins. With just one head, Cabo can afford to make it larger and more deluxe with a larger-than-average shower stall and molded seat.
In the saloon, a C-shaped settee to port sports a gorgeous birdseye maple and teak, hi-lo table. When lowered, it accepts a filler cushion and makes into yet another double berth. The amazingly complete starboard-side galley runs almost the full length of the saloon.
As to the overall picture, today's Cabos continue their high-quality ways, but you now get even more bang for your bucks.
LOA......40 ft. 8 in.
Beam......15 ft. 1 in.
Hull Draft......3 ft. 9 in.
Max HP......T800 hp MAN common-rail diesels
MSRP......$757,960 (base boat/std. power)
$806,775 (as tested w/MANs)