There are eight major aspects of offshore express fishboats that we look at: 1. Bottom Shape 2. Displacement 3. Beam 4. Cockpit size 5. Bridge deck arrangement 6. Accommodation plans 7. Power 8. Price
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!