There are only a half a dozen or so express fishboats on the market over 41' and the Cabo 45 is one of the biggest. Interestingly, in the mid-40 range the Cabo 45 at 33,000 lbs. (15,000 kgs.) falls right in the middle of the group even though she is a bit longer than most. Her beam of 15 '8" (4.77 m) is also about in the middle of the range of these fishermen. At 11.5-degrees of deadrise at the transom, she is the flatest of all the express fishboats in class which should make her more stable and a bit faster, all other things being equal.
Cabo 45 Express (2012-) Specifications
48' 1'' 14.7 m
15' 8'' 4.78 m
4' 6'' 1.37 m
800 gal. 3,028 L
100 gal. 378 L
6' 8'' 2.03 m
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Cabo 45 Express (2012-)Engine options
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Twin Caterpillar C18, 1015HPM Twin MAN R6-800CRM, 800HPM Twin MAN V10-1100CRM, 1100HPM Twin MAN V8-900CRM, 900HPM Twin Yanmar 8SY-STP, 900HPM
This is what it is all about: six men on the briny matching wits and brawn with crafty billfish, as the skipper of this Cabo 45 Express backs down to make it a bit easier for his mate.
There are eight major aspects of offshore express fishboats that we look at:
1. Bottom Shape
4. Cockpit size
5. Bridge deck arrangement
6. Accommodation plans
Depending on what kind of fishing you do you may or may not need the tower. We recommend the hardtop in all cases.
We have already discovered that the Cabo 45 is in the middle of the pack on displacement and beam. Where she stands out, is in her draft of 4'6" which makes her the deepest of the lot by 4" (10.1 cm), and in her fuel load -- 800 gal. (3,040 L), a full 100 gal. (380 L) more than the next closest boat, and twice as much as one of the boats in class.
A Distance Runner
Her deadrise at the transom and her fuel capacity indicate to us that she is oriented toward having as long a range as possible. Cabo says she has a 300 nm range and while we have not tested her, we would say that she should be able to easily go that distance at best cruise. For long runs at displacement speeds she can obviously cover some serious ground, as well.
Designed by Michael Peters for Cabo, which was until recently located in Southern California, the 45 was obviously intended to be able to make the long run from San Diego to Cabo with a minimum of stops.
The cockpit has the traditional bait prep console, freezer, sink and tackle drawers as opposed to the mezzanine seating that many boats have these days.
Cockpit and Bridge
The size of a cockpit ends up being more a function of the size of a fighting chair and the beam of the boat. Since all fishboats are flared at the breast their beam in the cockpit is somewhat less than what is published. The Cabo 45 has 95 sq. ft;. in the cockpit. When it come to features like tackle drawers, livewells, and the like, the 45 is as fishy as any boat in the marina.
We like Cabo's bridge deck for several reasons: 1) there are three individual seats facing forward, which means six pairs of eyes involved with the piloting of the boat, 2) the helm is in the center of the boat with two control sticks; 3) there is a large L-shaped settee which is big enough for a table so lunch can be served to the whole crew.
Proportionately, the Cabo 45 has more of its length devoted to accommodations than most boats in class.
As noted in the lead, the Cabo 45 is one of the largest express fishboats in class, with most of them in the low 40-foot range. Nevertheless, each has a cockpit that has about the same fore and aft measurement and their bridge decks are also surprisingly similar. That means that Cabo has elected to put its extra three or four feet in the accommodations area below.
The Cabo 45 has enough wood below to give her a cozy feel yet not so much to make the boat dark. The door in the background is to the head.
That extra length in this area has allowed Cabo to get a cabin with over and under bunks on the port side, along with half of the L-settee -- all of this abaft the forward cabin. The guest cabin has bulkheads and a door which is more private than on some boats. Both the galley and the settee are the largest in class.
The forward master stateroom is somewhat Spartan but we like the cabinets above which make good use of the bow flair.
This is a peek in the door at the guest cabin which is tight but serviceable.
We have discussed Cabo's construction regimen in other Captain's Reports about Cabo, so please see them. Possibly one of the best aspects of the Cabo 45's construction which sets her apart from some other boats, is her fiberglass fuel tanks. Fiberglass fuel tanks are not easy or cheap to make. In fact, just the opposite.
Fiberglass tanks must conform to the shape of the hull bottom in addition to meeting pressure tests. Having a fiberglass tank means that he weight of the fuel can be carried as low as possible and one does not have to worry about the corrosion of an aluminum tank.
Cabo offers five power options from three different engine makers. These options range from 800-hp to 1100-hp. Because of her relatively flat bottom the 45 can scoot with minimum power so we would advise careful consultation with the builder and dealer before selecting which engines to buy. You certainly do not want to buy more than you need.
Someone once said any yacht over 500k should have a separate shower stall. Cabo must have heard that pronouncement. Beam me up, Scotty.
Cabo has always had good fit-and-finish of both the exterior and interior, although somewhat on the plain side. More important is the care with which her systems, wiring and plumbing are installed. Here Cabo has excelled and uses industry best practices.
Cabo was purchased some years ago by Brunswick which moved the whole operation to the Hatteras facility in New Bern, N.C. last year. We think that the mix of ideas between the conscientious craftsmen, shop foremen and middle management of Hatteras and those at Cabo can only make the finished product of both brands even better.
This is an offshore-capable boat, and most people will not need anything more. There are a couple of other good boats on the market so we'd say the 45 should be on your short, short list.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Cabo 45 Express (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
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Cabo 45 Express (2012-) Warranty
Cabo 45 Express (2012-) Warranty Information
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