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.
CLIMBING THE EVOLUTIONARY LADDER
Fortune Magazine recently selected Cabo's owner/management team of Henry Mohrschladt and Michael Howarth to join a very special list, specifically the builder's of one of the planet's top 100 products, regardless of cost or category. Not surprisingly, when you look at competitive sportfishers in the 35 to 40 foot range, the Cabo 35 Express is a benchmark for construction, design and bluewater performance. In their pursuit of excellence, the Cabo team has spared no expense, designing a state of the art fishing machine that employs the highest quality components. This top shelf approach is demonstrated not only in the long waiting lists to acquire just about any new Cabo product, but also the way that experienced Cabos seem to hold on to most of their value in the aftermarket, years after the initial sale.
Although I have spent some sea time on the original Lou Codega designed Cabo 35 bull, the newly minted version has taken this proven performer one more step up the evolutionary ladder, improving some of the minor quirks in the hull and layout to enhance cruising and trolling performance. They have also added more functional utility, thus putting even further distance between them and the fleet of competitors following meekly in their wake. I recently spent some time helping out a Fisherman reader purchase a Cabo (a 31 Express) at this past NY Boat Show and let me tell you, it's an intoxicating experience. You had to see the lines of wishful mariners waiting to step aboard the demo showboat and the look of pride and accomplishment on the face of the lucky gent who acquired his very own customized Cabo. Hey, I hope he lets me drive it for him once or twice sometime this season.
A COCKPIT TO DIE FOR
Whereas the 35 Cabo Flybridge sister ship is more apt to please your better half, due to the larger living area down below, the revised 35 Express is definitely a bluewater aficionado's serious sport fishing tool. The raised bridgedeck offers an excellent view of the Ocean around you, plus you're only two short steps removed from the cockpit, which offers over 100 square feet of unobstructed fishing arena. A pair of insulated five cubic foot fishboxes are neatly tucked under the sole port and starboard, tied into a macerator system that makes cleanup easy at day's end. A flip over transom gate to starboard allows you to bring the big ones aboard with minimum effort. Moving up towards the bridgedeck, a fiberglass module to port offers the convenience of a bait rigging station with freshwater sink and cutting board, with a matching module on the opposite side that houses an insulated ice chest, with optional
12v/11Ov freezer plate system. Lure and rig stowage is accomplished via a superbly crafted six drawer fiberglass tackle center, which can also double as an extra seat, positioned just aft of the captain's extra wide bench seat, which also offers a deep stowage area down below. The rest of the crew can relax in between runs to the fishing grounds on a plush L shaped lounge, which offers horizontal rod stowage directly underneath, with secondary access through a locking hatch positioned under the bait rigging station.
The helm offers an intelligent, ergonomic layout, with all engine support gauges positioned at the top edge of the dash panel for maximum visibility. You can mount an arsenal of fishing and navigation electronics at the helm, with enough vertical bulkhead space to accommodate a large radar, sounder, chart plotter, VHF, autopilot and more. Engine access is unparalleled, with the entire helm deck lifting up on heavy duty dual hydraulic rams at the touch of a switch, providing efficient access to both sides of the twin diesel powerplants.
FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS
Stepping down into the roomy cabin, the Cabo 35 Express offers an incredible amount of standing headroom that's only an inch short of seven feet, so be sure to invite your buddies from the college basketball team for an offshore trip. The interior is accented with golden teak, along with a teak and holly sole, and offers all of the conveniences of home, whether you plan an overnighter at the distant canyons or a weekend with the family at your favorite beachside getaway. Standard features include a marine head with shower, recessed electric stove, microwave/convection oven, refrigerator/freezer, Corian counters and rails to keep seagoing spins to a minimum, plus plenty of stowage. The L shaped dinette settee to starboard converts to upper and lower berths, while the plush vee berth forward will sleep two in comfort in between feeding frenzies. Eight horizontal rod racks will keep your offshore outfits conveniently stowed in between trips.
The fiberglass fabrication on the 35 Cabo Express is absolutely flawless, using state of the art materials and construction techniques that rival the aerospace industry. Performance with twin 3208/435HP Cat diesels delivers a top end of 40 mph with 1 mpg cruising at 27 mph, which offers excellent cruising range with the standard 400 gallon tank. I continue to live for the day that my dreamboat may actually come into port. The base price starts at $329,970 and works up from there.