Cabo 35 Flybridge

Cabo 35 — By George L. Petrie May 2001

Cabo’s new 35 Flybridge is loaded with eye-grabbing details.
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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s the way the adage goes, but Henry Mohrschladt and Michael Howarth have added their own twist: If at first you do succeed, try, try again. Ten years ago, after selling Pacific Seacraft Corporation, a sail-boat builder named on Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 best American manufacturers, the duo founded Cat Harbor Boats and earned themselves high acclaim in the mid-30-foot market for sportfishing boats. That venture evolved into Cabo Yachts, offering six models from 31 to 47 feet, including the 35-foot Express and 35-foot Flybridge, of which 307 have been delivered to date, with 63 on order.

Meticulous attention to detail is a key to their success—that, and never resting on their laurels. Not content with producing one of the best 35-foot flying-bridge sportfishermen around, they redesigned her from the keel up, improving the mechanical layout of what was already an exceptionally well-designed machinery space and reengineering the hull for better performance. While the 35 was generally known to be a good sea boat, it had a reputation for being wet and hard-riding in choppy head seas. To remedy that, the new model sports a Lou Codega-designed hull form with a deeper entry and steeper deadrise forward. Farther aft, formerly V-shaped sections are now flared, with moderate concavity, to soften the landing coming off a big wave. Lifting strakes on the bottom were eliminated after model testing showed that they were doing little more than generating spray, while the chines were widened and shaped with a four-inch radius on the underside to divert spray downward.

As for the mechanical layout, coming aboard the Cabo 35 Flybridge on test day, my first order of business was hooking up the fuel-flow measurement gear. The redeeming aspect of this dreadful chore is that it offers a hands-on opportunity to assess engine access, and it is safe to say that the machinery layout of the 35 exceeded my expectations. A large gas-assisted hatch in the saloon’s optional teak and holly sole provides easy entry to the cavernous void between the two Caterpillar 3208TAs. The space along the centerline is so large and uncluttered, in fact, you might be tempted to throw an air mattress and sleeping bags down there, and take along another fishin’ buddy or two.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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