Boat Reviews/Brochures


Here's a small collection of third-party boat reviews to enhance your boating knowledge before you purchase, or as you shop!

Tiara 4200 Open: Spring News 2003
Tiara 4200 Open: Spring News 2003
Last March the opportunity arose to leave the chill of Michigan and meet up with Kevin Falvey from Boating for a fish trip aboard the new Tiara 4200 Open. Meeting at Allied Richard Bertram/Ft. Lauderdale, we joined Ben Smith (local fish finder) and Capt. Chris Scrimger, on a beautiful south Florida morning. Ben suggested that we set off to Miami, where the concentration of baitfish had been greater than off Lauderdale. Running with a set of 700 HP CAT C-12’s at 2100 RPM gave an efficient 32-knot cruise for the quick trip down to Miami. Kevin and I had a chance to talk about the lineage of the 4200, and why it didn’t look like a typical sport fishing machine. I noted that the sloping sheer line, fiberglass windshield, and reverse transom of the 4200 were characteristic of the Tiara Open Series. The 42 also took attributes from the 4100 and 4300 to create the perfect platform for cruising or fishing.
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Top Flight Cat Harbor Cabo 31: Hitting new highs: Boating By Lenny Rudow
Top Flight Cat Harbor Cabo 31: Hitting new highs: Boating By Lenny Rudow
I love crawling around in bilges and engine rooms. I've found them exciting-even mystical-ever since I discovered an antique goop-encrusted Sears screwdriver in the lowest reaches of dear old Dad's 31' Trojan. Many years and bilge-archeology projects later, I still keep my fingers crossed whenever I creep belowdecks. So stepping under the helm of the Cabo 31', raised via hydraulic rams, I felt like Indiana Jones on the verge of a great discovery.
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Boat Review Cabo 35 Express: Sport Fishing By Dean Travis Clarke
Boat Review Cabo 35 Express: Sport Fishing By Dean Travis Clarke
There are plenty of great boats to like out there. But when you start talking love, over the period of a lifetime there are very few. The new Cabo 35 Express captured my heart without even breaking a sweat. In close quarters, the boat stays where you put it, turns when you tell it, and incremental adjustments measured by the inch. The twin 3208TA Caterpillar diesels churning out 35 horse-power each gets the 35 going quickly. The effect is much like watching the star ship enterprise engage warp drives. Put the throttles to the wall from a stop and the Cabo moves forward mildly while you listen to the diesels " wind up." No sooner do the turbos kick in than the Cabo is on plane. You almost expect a flash of light.
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Cabo 35 Express: A Tale of Two Boatbuilders; Robb Report By Chris Caswell
Cabo 35 Express: A Tale of Two Boatbuilders; Robb Report By Chris Caswell
It's one of those situations that harried businessmen daydream about. First, you're in the sailboat business, which means that you get to wear Hawaiian shirts, live in a temperate climate, and fool around with boats all over the world. Then your boatbuilding company is picked by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 best manufacturers in America, and in 1988, a conglomerate comes along with a suitcase full of cash and offers to buy you. So there you are: happily out of the business and without a care in the world.
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The New CABO 35: The Sportfishing Report BY TERRY BEERS
The New CABO 35: The Sportfishing Report BY TERRY BEERS
It was mid June and we were 1-2 mile off Wrightsville Beach. The winds were blowing a friendly 15-20 knots and the seas were 3-4 with white caps on most of the waves. Pete Horst was leaning his left arm on the port side of the windshield while sitting in the optional forward facing companion seat. Pete's friend, Joe McLeod, was along for the ride and telling funny story after funny story. Joe has a CABO and my guess is that Pete was as much interested in his opinion as mine. However, my current mission was to see if I could get Pete's arm wet or at least some water in the cockpit!
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CABO 35 Express Review: On the Water By Captian John N. Raguso
CABO 35 Express Review: On the Water By Captian John N. Raguso
Every Fisherman reader has their version of the ultimate dreamboat, you know, the one that you would pick up in the event that someone in your immediate family' hit the Lottery or had some dot com stock magically multiply itself by 100 fold overnight. Cabo's recently updated 35 Express Sportfisher has been the subject of my dreams and hallucinations on more than one occasion and someday, if the planets are in proper alignment, “I'll get me one”. Let me tell you why.
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CABO 48 Flybridge: A bigger bang, Boating Magazine Review
CABO 48 Flybridge: A bigger bang, Boating Magazine Review
Two hours into the fight, you finally see the glow stick zinging back and forth below the boat. The silhouette of a bigeye tuna-certainly more than 100 pounds and maybe your biggest ever-comes into view.  Another 20 minutes playing tug of war, and the fish is within gaffing range. Your buddy gets ready to strike and you're wondering how the heck you're going to help him outmuscle the Herculean psychotic squid-killer when, after this epic battle, you can barely turn the crank on a 50 International. You wish you had a boat with coffin-size fishboxes in the deck, so you could just drag the fish through the transom door and slide it into the ice pack. Damn, why didn't you buy the CABO 48 Sportfish?
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DYNAMITE FISHING CABO 47 : Start with a bang. Boating February 2000
DYNAMITE FISHING CABO 47 : Start with a bang. Boating February 2000
BY LENNY RUDOWPhotographs BY Forrest Johnson ADD TOGETHER ONE DEADRISE CHANGE, TWO STRAKE eliminations, one keel addition and one keel sub traction, two chine widenings, and a three inch hull deepening. Mix in three dozen sea trials, add a dash of tank tests with a five foot scale model. Bake for one year. The end result? Cabo's new 47 Convertible is so hot, you'll need oven mitts to handle it.
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Cabo Dacious - Sport Fishing Boats April 2001
Cabo Dacious - Sport Fishing Boats April 2001
In the world of production sportfishers, there are many legendary builders, but one stands apart from the crowd - both literally and figuratively. Offering express and convertible models from 31 to 47 feet, Cabo Yachts has developed an enviable reputation for quality and performance. Its boats are so well engineered that they often are used as benchmarks for comparison. Cabo breaks the mold in other areas, too. The company builds its boats in the Southwest, not the East - and in the Mojave Desert , not on the coast. Recently, we enjoyed the opportunity to sea trial a 2001 model 47 Flybridge Sportfisher that the company claims is the most tricked-out Cabo ever built. 
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Going Themselves One Better - The Cabo 47
Going Themselves One Better - The Cabo 47
Cabo's 47 foot convertible embodies the builder's philosophy... Only the best materials, design and construction When Henry Mohrschladt and Michael Howarth sold Pacific Seacraft, they were not ready to stop building boats. Those who now them, might say they couldn't stop, anyway.. Instead, they turned their talents to building sportfishers. Their reputation for building quality boats, earned at Pacific Seacraft, was continued in this new direction. And that, too, was no surprise. This concern with quality is not just a marketing ploy. It's a business philosophy that results in only the best materials, design and construction being employed.
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Mainship 400 Trawler Review
Mainship 400 Trawler Review
New Generation Of Mainship Begins With The 400 WHEN I GO TO A BOAT SHOW THESE DAYS THE ASSORTMENT OF CRUISING BOAT choices is staggering. From heavy displacement battlewagons to speedy custom cruisers, the options are endless. Most of the offerings come from smaller yards that produce a couple of yachts a year. Even the revered names in the business create boats one at a time, with annual production numbers that often seriously lag behind customer demand. For the majority of people interested in cruising motorboats, the cost of entry into the trawler lifestyle represents a significant financial investment, and one that requires planning and managed priorities. Despite the gleaming brightwork on custom and high-end yachts that draw crowds and bring smiles, having the boat of one’s dreams is ultimately less important than simply having a good boat. It is foolish pleasure indeed to hold off boating enjoyment because one hasn’t quite got the budget for the ultimate.
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Some answers to questions you've been asking about the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66
Some answers to questions you've been asking about the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66
Robert Perry designed the LaFitte44 and LaFitte66 as his "Ultimate Sailing Yachts" of their size categories. With grace, beauty, speed, seakindliness, and simplicity to suit the demanding seaman within us, and find-crafted luxurious accommodations to suit our aesthetic souls as well. What is the philosophy of the Lafitte44 and LaFitte66? Today, there are many excellent production and custom yachts being built throughout the world. Unfortunately, though, production builders must sometimes skimp on quality in one aspect or another of engineering, construction, accessories, or equipment in order to keep prices within affordable limits.
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Lafitte 44 Review (Nautical Quarterly Summer 1985)
Lafitte 44 Review (Nautical Quarterly Summer 1985)
At last we have had the opportunity to visit some yards in the Far East, one of them the LaFitte facility leased from the Chung Hwa yard in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, Republic of China (R.O.C.). Before going into a detailed description of the Lafitte 44 it seems appropriate to set down some of our opinions and observations concerning the quality of Taiwanese boat building, since an earlier article on Taiwan in Nautical Quarterly 10 is now somewhat dated. The LaFitte 44 is an excellent vehicle for these remarks, since it represents the exact opposite of what many yachtsmen associate with Far East construction
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It's A Top Cat: Review of the Leopard 40 Catamaran (Moorings 4000)
It's A Top Cat: Review of the Leopard 40 Catamaran (Moorings 4000)
By The Cruising Helmsman Caroline Strainig Multihull fans will find much to like about the new Moorings 4000 – and it might even just convert a few monohull devotees too, writes Caroline Strainig. Okay, so I own a monohull, but occasionally, just occasionally, I can be tempted to stray, and I admit that this straying is becoming increasingly common. I’ve now gone from a “no way” to a “maybe” in terms of crossing over when retirement and some more serious cruising are in the offing. Much as devout monohullers hate to admit it, multihulls do have a lot going for them. Their shallow draft enables you to anchor close in, which gives you more protection from the elements and makes it easier to explore. Then there’s the benefit of being able to sail relatively flat. It’s wonderful to make lunch, have a drink or go to the loo without having to hang on like grim death. That’s not to say these boats don’t rock and roll – when seas get up a bit they do pitch and can slam – but the heeling feeling is absent and life is definitely a more upright affair.
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Leopard 40 Review (Yachting Monthly)
Leopard 40 Review (Yachting Monthly)
Leopards can't change their spots, but that's no bad thing since this new Leopard 40 Catamaran offers space, speed and safety says Paul Jeffes. Multihulls are one of the fastest-growing segments of the marine market. Visit any exotic charter location, from the Caribbean to the Seychelles, and you'll find a wide choice of cruising catamarans. Why so popular? They offer incredible living space for families. Two couples sailing together can have the privacy of a hull each, with their own shower and heads.
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82' Monte Fino Cockpit Motoryacht BOAT INTERNATIONAL Review
82' Monte Fino Cockpit Motoryacht BOAT INTERNATIONAL Review
Dag Pike believes that, with its raised pilothouse, the Monte Fino 82 Skylounge will have a worldwide appeal. Italian-looking and built in the Far East, the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht is actually aimed at the American Market, with particular emphasis on easy maintenance. Chris Caswell Reports. Whether you are designing a mousetrap or a yacht, there is no trick to creating a look-alike of an already existing style. The real genius, of course, is to do it better, which is exactly the case with the Monte Fino 82 Cockpit Motoryacht. Italian styling is a phrase so over-used that it has become as passé as "Euro-styling" but, in this case, the yacht seen here is ineffably italian. With melted edges and a steeply raked windshield and bridge, it fairly shouts "Ciao" to the competition.
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Got to Go To Rotto - An Experience on the Riviera 36
Got to Go To Rotto - An Experience on the Riviera 36
‘Rotto’ is the local slang term for the island, a picturesque reef nine nautical miles off Fremantle, near Perth Western Australia. It’s been a Mecca for boat owners for many years, with skippers heading out on weekends to moor in the over than 20 reef-bound bays found around the island’s shores. In fact, Ken Sims, of Western Australian Riviera dealer Beacon Marine, says that on fine weekends the bays ‘fairly bristle’ with boats of all sizes, ranging from trailer boats to fifty-footers.
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Riviera At Work - In Southern Gamefish Tournament
Riviera At Work - In Southern Gamefish Tournament
For Tasmanian-based Riviera skippers Ron O’Connor (Riviera 43’ ‘Royale II’) and Greg Plunkett (Riviera 36’ ‘The Specialist’) the St. Helens Gamefishing tournament staged over the last weekend of February will remain memorable for different reasons. Ron O’Connor and his crew will recall the marlin they lost; Greg Plunkett and his team will forever remember the tough fight they were given by a 56kg (124lbs) Mako.
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Blackfin 33 Slips to New Comer CABO 35
Blackfin 33 Slips to New Comer CABO 35
Reprinted from POWERBOAT REPORTS APRIL 1992... By Belvoir Publications. It would be interesting to give two boat builders a blank sheet of paper and ask them each to come up with the "ideal" convertible sportfisherman in the low-to-mid 30-foot range. For this hypothetical exercise, the requirements would be permanent berths for two, a galley and head suitable for overnighting, a big cockpit, and a gas-engine price tag under 200 grand.
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Boat Report: CABO 35 Express Salt Water Sportsman By John Brownlee
Boat Report: CABO 35 Express Salt Water Sportsman By John Brownlee
An innovative express design loaded with fishing features and high-tech engineering. There are lots of express boats on today's market that offer large cockpits, along with helm stations set on raised bridge decks that make it easy to fish with only two people aboard. Cabo's new 35 Sportfisher is also an express design, but it stands apart from the crowd, much as their popular 35 convertible did when it was introduced a few years ago.
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2008 Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge Brochure
2008 Meridian 411 Sedan Bridge Brochure
While the 411 Sedan has the appearance and manageability of a true sedan bridge, this sleek, responsive yacht is much more. Within her stylish lines lie spacious master and guest staterooms, each with island berths, innerspring pillowtop mattresses and extensive storage space. In addition, her dedicated dinette converts to a comfortable double bed, her galley contains all the features for gourmet food preparation under way, and her impressive, wide-open salon incorporates comfortable seating and a well-appointed entertainment center.
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2005 Meridian 459 Cockpit Motor Yacht Brochure
2005 Meridian 459 Cockpit Motor Yacht Brochure
The 459 Cockpit Motoryacht’s innovative design allows her owners to fully enjoy life on the water. This attractive yacht’s highlight is her full-beam master suite, which boasts private access to the cockpit through large sliding glass doors as well as separate en-suite head and shower compartments. The impressive guest accommodations, located forward, also incorporate private head facilities. With fresh breezes and plenty of natural light through large salon windows, the 459’s welcoming interior is well-suited for live-aboard cruising, while the large bridge and aft decks – now available with Flexiteek decking – extend the yacht’s living spaces for the big cruise as well as for al fresco entertaining in style. Now, that’s cruising with flair!
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44' HUNTER 44 DECK SALON BROCHURE
44' HUNTER 44 DECK SALON BROCHURE
The Hunter 44 is offered in two distinct configurations - an aft cockpit cruiser and a raised deck salon. Each model has the space and accomodations usually found only in much larger boats along with the type of performance typically associated with class racing. Noted Hunter designer, Glenn Henderson, took his sportboat heritage and combined it with the Hunter interior designers to provide a truly versatile cruising boat. This hull has a special "bow hollow" just aft of the stem, which provides a longer waterline to increase speed.The aft underbody features a "stern reflex" giving a flatter edit, adding stability and decreasing the wake and turbulence - all providing better performance. Your choice of fin or shoal keel can match your sailing location and performance needs.
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2004 Chaparral Signature Cruisers Brochure (350, 330, 310, 290, 270, 260, 240)
2004 Chaparral Signature Cruisers Brochure (350, 330, 310, 290, 270, 260, 240)
You've never seen a line of cruisers quite like our new 2004 Chaparral Signature Series. From our flagship 350 to the value-minded 240, our 2004 fleet is sure to include a cruiser that's custom designed to your exact needs. Shopping for a cruiser but confused in a sea of claims and counterclaims? We can help. Get out your checklist and compare feature for feature. We not only invite the scrutiny, we welcome it. At first glance you'll notice a difference in style, workmanship and appointments. The Chaparral Advantage will be crystal clear. When you get to the bottomline, it's important to remember that our Signature cruisers are often equipped with standard equipment that rivals only offer as costly upgrades.
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2009 Formula 45 Yacht Brochure
2009 Formula 45 Yacht Brochure
The 45’s classic Formula design lines emanate an overall grace and beauty that immediately attracts attention and admiration. Well beyond state of the art, the very best materials and components are assembled with expert craftsmanship to produce this distinctively fine yacht. Measuring 48´ 2 ˝ overall with a 13´ 11˝ beam, the 45 Yacht design is equally suited to day cruising with family and friends, enjoying several days on the water or extended cruising. The coupe-top design effectively protects the forward cockpit from extreme weather conditions, yet affords ample ventilation through the expansive motorized sunroof. Fresh air also enters through the center walk-thru door and adjustable side vents. The tinted, totally integrated curved windshield reveals a panoramic vista in the absence of forward bracing, an unprecedented feature in this yacht class. (Formula Boats)
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2004 Carver Voyager 460 GS Brochure
2004 Carver Voyager 460 GS Brochure
After a full day of cruising, you and your family will undoubtedly appreciate the exceptionally well-appointed environment of the 460 Voyager. Here, you'll find the kind of amenities you would expect aboard a Carver yacht: comfort, abundant space, and the level of quality craftsmanship that typifies their luxurious interiors. The 460 Voyager GS Incorporates an incredibly spacious Grand Salon. 
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Boat Test No. 866 Stalking Tall Cabo 35: Rises to the occasion. Boating By Peter Frederiksen
Boat Test No. 866 Stalking Tall Cabo 35: Rises to the occasion. Boating By Peter Frederiksen
You know the car commercial where they roll a marble in between the crease of the hood and fender? Big deal. If the car was really cool, the marble would roll up the hood. Good thing for car makers that Cat Harbor Boats, builders of the Cabo 35 Express, isn't in the automobile business. These guys could make that marble stay in the groove, roll uphill over the windshield and back down the trunk crease doing 30 knots.
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[Boat Test 2253] Cabo 40 - West Coast Offense: Sets the record straight Boating By Lenny Rudow
[Boat Test 2253] Cabo 40 - West Coast Offense: Sets the record straight Boating By Lenny Rudow
Before your Acme Glitzcraft was trucked to the showroom floor, did the builders run the boat with the steering disconnected? Did they add and remove running strakes? Or change chine angles? Get real-the majority of builders don't bother. Instead, they mass produce a new model for a year or two, then tweak the hull and systems as they catch flack from customers. "Feedback;' they call it. But you and I know better. 
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Cabo 35 Express: Seakindly - Motorboating and Sailing
Cabo 35 Express: Seakindly - Motorboating and Sailing
By Reg Bragonier The new Cabo 35 from California is bullet proof, nimble and roomy. Ed Rice looked up at his sleek new sportfisherman, sitting on the rocks at Point Loma. The props and shafts had been torn off the night before when he'd run the boat aground in the fog at ten knots. "But the hull was practically unmarred," says Rice, an avid 56-year-old San Diego fisherman. "The scratches didn't even go through the gelcoat." So awed was he by the vessel's strength and finish that he phoned the manufacturer to suggest that a photographer be assigned to document the lack of hull damage.
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Cabo 31 Express: Fast (But Soft) Track to Blue-Water Fishing Powerboat Reports - April 1998
Cabo 31 Express: Fast (But Soft) Track to Blue-Water Fishing Powerboat Reports - April 1998
The builders of the Cabo 35 offer a smaller version with a smoother ride. One of the many things you can say about the Cabo 31 Express is that it is not a boat for everyone. At a base price of about $210,000 quickly ascending to $300,000 for a dressed-out boat, we're in heady territory shopped by those who'd also (if only they could) be making hull-to-hull comparisons with Blackfin and Bertram.
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Cabo 35 Boat Review: Sport Fishing By Chris Caswell
Cabo 35 Boat Review: Sport Fishing By Chris Caswell
Okay, let's cut to the chase here. You're a serious fisherman, and you don't care if a sportfisher's interior is lined in ultrasuede, the cushions are tufted, or the vanity has a lighted mirror. You know, the stuff you hear in most boat tests. What you want to know is how this boat backs down hard on a fish, how quickly it spins, and if the cockpit is big enough to do some serious fishing without everyone stepping on each other.
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Cabo 35 - Cat's Meow: Power and Motoryacht By Chris Caswell
Cabo 35 - Cat's Meow: Power and Motoryacht By Chris Caswell
Here's the situation: you're the owners of a company that built a sailboat picked by Fortune magazine as the best in America. You've sold the company and, because of a non-compete clause, you can't build sailboats, but you've always liked fishing. What do you do? If you're partners Henry Mohrschladt and Mike Howarth, you decide to build the best sportfishing boat in the world. You look at what's available, bring in top saltwater fishermen as consultants, pull together a skilled crew of builders, and create the Cabo 35, a boat some companies might want to study as a model for how a boat ought to be built.
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CABO 35 Solid Quality and Attention to Detail - Salt Water Sportsman
CABO 35 Solid Quality and Attention to Detail - Salt Water Sportsman
Salt Water Sportsman By Jim Hendricks Taking the new Cabo 35 out fishing was actually the final step of an in-depth look at this new sportfisher that had begun several months earlier in the middle of the California Desert. That's when I first saw the Cabo 35, at the facility of Cat Harbor boats near the high-desert town of Victorville, some two hours east of Los Angeles. Still under construction and less than half assembled, the innards of hold number one were almost completely exposed. They couldn't hide anything. Now at the helm of the finished product, heading passed in the Newport Beach Jetty, I had a rare opportunity to test the same boat I had seen built from the keel up.
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Santa Bring Me A New Cabo 40 -The Red Sled Motorboating By Captain Stuart Reininger
Santa Bring Me A New Cabo 40 -The Red Sled Motorboating By Captain Stuart Reininger
MY old delivery partner had a passion for sportfishing boats. Whenever the chance came along to deliver one, he'd jump at it, usually by offering the owner a deal he couldn't refuse. We moved a lot of battlewagons over the years deep-V designs with wave-slicing entries and relatively narrow beams. Many of them rode bow-high with lousy forward visibility and, in any kind of sea, would pound our knees into our teeth. But that's the nature of the beast. All boats are trade-offs weight for range, low profile for interior acreage and sportfishermen are built to run out to the fishing grounds fast, with comfort and livability coming in a distant second.
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CABO 31 Express Sportfisher...On the Water By Captain John N. Raguso, The Fisherman
CABO 31 Express Sportfisher...On the Water By Captain John N. Raguso, The Fisherman
Ever since their inception in 1991, the singular objective of Cat Harbor Boats co-partners Henry Mohrschladt and Mike Howarth was to build the best midsized sportfishing boat that money could buy. As former owners of Pacific SeaCraft, the lessons both partners had learned building high-tech sailboats paid immediate dividends with their Cabo lineup. Cabo was able to create an immediate quality niche as a premium builder, attracting a market segment of gold-plated anglers who are driven to posses the best products. The Cabo 35 Express and 35 SF models have taken the sport fishing world by storm over the past five seasons, and the new-for-1996 Cabo 31 Express has experienced a similar whirlwind acceptance among knowledgeable coastal anglers.
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CABO 45: Altitude with an attitude Boating 1998 By Bill Pike
CABO 45: Altitude with an attitude Boating 1998 By Bill Pike
Five years ago, at the Norwalk Boat Show, I saw my first Cabo-the 35 Flybridge, built by Cat Harbor Boats of Southern California. A walk-through quickly turned into a lovefest. Here was one of the most intriguing sportfishing ingénues ever to charm the East. A virtual unknown, with no pedigree or reputation, it was so supremely built and engineered that the top-marque fish fighters in nearby ships looked positively nervous.
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WESTPORT 112 RAISED PILOTHOUSE MOTORYACHT REVIEW - YACHTS INTERNATIONAL - March 2004
WESTPORT 112 RAISED PILOTHOUSE MOTORYACHT REVIEW - YACHTS INTERNATIONAL - March 2004
They said 'no,'" said Buz Divosta, who wanted to upgrade his Westport 112' halfway through its build stage. His changes weren't monolithic - no modifications to the hull mold - but they were nevertheless significant. For example, on his 112' Betty Jane he wanted a hard top over the flybridge, widened aft deck doors and a saloon without a bar.
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Tiara 52 Express - Owner Stories: Recreating Childhood's Fondest Memories (Rick Rosenfield)
Tiara 52 Express - Owner Stories: Recreating Childhood's Fondest Memories (Rick Rosenfield)
Rick Rosenfield landed at 197-lb Marlin on his first fishing trip aboard his Tiara 5000. Aboard His TiaraExpect no simple answer when you ask a boater what motivates him to invest in a Tiara 5200. It's a complicated issue--part practical, part emotional. It may be driven by the desire for quality, security, or sex appeal. It may simply be the love of the sea and the fine machinery that makes you sea-worthy. Richard Rosenfield will tell you that his motivation began simply with an aluminum skiff in the mid-1950s. He and his dad would throw their 3-horse outboard into the trunk of the family sedan, drive it from Chicago up to Fox Lake, Illinois near the Wisconsin border, and attach it to the rented skiff so they could spend the day together chasing pan fish or pike. "I have to say that those are my fondest memories as a kid. What a great time for my father and me! Just being together and fishing," says Rosenfield. "It's a feeling I'd like my children to share." 
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Tiara 41 Open - Owner Stories: A Tradition of Excellence (Bob Mirabito)
Tiara 41 Open - Owner Stories: A Tradition of Excellence (Bob Mirabito)
What does Massachusetts' Commissioner of Aeronautics do for fun? He does fly planes on occasion, but his real passion is on the water. Bob Mirabito is, among many other things, a 59-year-old former college star quarterback who knows how to enjoy the successes of his life. Last July he purchased his fourth Tiara, Fair Winds, a 41' Open, at the Tiara Rendezvous. His first, purchased in 1975, was the largest boat in the line at the time. "I moved on to much larger boats and had to leave Tiara. They couldn't keep up with me," he quips. He has since stood at the helm of almost a dozen vessels, including a 45' Viking, a 45' Hatteras, a 75' Director Chris Craft and a 110' Lydia. The largest was an aircraft carrier in the 1960s. Recently Mirabito, who was once an ocean operator, has been working his way down the line again. "We wanted to get out of the entertainment business and get into boating," he explains. "This time they are building bigger boats and I can grow right along with them, grow within the family," Mirabito says of his decision to go back to Tiara. 
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Westport Yachts Profile - Boats International, USA - August, 2002
Westport Yachts Profile - Boats International, USA - August, 2002
Over the past 30 years, this Pacific Northwest builder has evolved from building commercial fishing boats to become the largest luxury yacht builder in North America. Boat International USA visits their facilities in Washington. We'll keep on running," says Daryl Wakefield, when asked how he plans to stay ahead of the competition. And, as president of the largest boat builder in North America, he is certainly fit. Wakefield joined the Pacific Northwest builder in 2000, and he has a mission: secure Westport Shipyard as not only the largest builder on the continent, but also the best, and he is well on his way to succeeding.
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