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.
SUMPTIOUS galley and dining area, lots of wood and Corian.
Forward and down is the master stateroom and head
The hull has a solid fiberglass bottom and from the waterline to the deck it has a core-cell vacuum-bagged sandwich construction. Throughout, top vinylester resins are used. Although the bilge is seldom seen, the inside of the hull is finished in smooth, white, polyester gel coat.
Handling and performance are the heart and soul of a sportfisher but everything that goes into it is part of a system. The weakest link in that chain determines the strength of the whole. That's why the Cabo principals insist no corners be cut.
If a small inferior fastener fails and stops the boat, it doesn't matter that the rest of the boat is well built. If you can't get to the fish, it's all over.
It is the consensus of professionals and testers who have run the Cabo 47, that she has no peer. In fact, they compare her to larger custom boats. With her 800hp MAN engines she is quick to come up on a plane. The wake breaks away well aft, looking like it was generated by a smaller boat.
This indicates an efficient planning hull getting up and skimming the water rather than pushing it aside. In a beam sea, backing down, or trolling, the Cabo 47 is a rock solid stable fishing platform.
While you're there looking at the wake, turn around and examine the cockpit. You are looking at 156 square feet of fighting space, about what you'd expect in a 55- or 58-footer.
As much as the space itself, you notice the care and attention given to the details. There are bait freezers, live wells, drawers for rigging tools, compartments for lures and tackle and cabinets for gaffs and nets. All are organized i custom-built drawers and cabinet handy to the prep sink and bait freezer.
Twin 7-foot fish boxes, equipped with macerators and piano hinges, are molded into the cockpit sole. The lids have gas struts keeping the lids open while using two hands on the fish.
The transom door opens outward, providing security from following seas and keeping the cockpit free of obstruction. The top molding opens separately from the transom door. When closed while wrestling a large fish aboard, this prevents overboard accidents. All hinges and hardware are of massive stainless steel construction.
Padded bolsters around the cockpit provide comfortable backup and security when using stand-up rigs. The whole area is well lit for fishermen who can't sleep. Also lit is a 48-gallon live fish well located in the transom.
A tournament style bridge offers the helmsman a 360-degree view and unobstructed observation of the cockpit action. Single lever electronic controls provide smooth shifting and rapid response handling, enabling the helm to keep the fisherman in the fight at all times. Passengers can watch all this from the Flybridge using a forward bench seat and a settee on the port side.
The bridge is equipped with analog engine instrumentation and the console is set up to receive today's state-of-the-art navigation electronics including radar, GPS, fish finder, communications, autopilot and more.
Going sport fishing no long longer means roughing it for a time and the Cabo 47's interior is worthy of a single-purpose luxury yacht. The large salon is perfect for entertaining friends or business acquaintances with its large screen TV/VCR home theater system and perfect fit and finish. Craftsmanship is evident wherever you look. Premium quality solid teak and stainless steel hardware are used in all cabinet and locker doors. These doors are crafted to provide cross ventilation. Positive latch hardware is used to prevent doors from opening in rough seas.
Deep pile carpeting is standard on these boats. Specifying teak and holly soles and leather upholstery adds to the richness of the salon. Dual air conditioning climate controls provide environmental flexibility. After the hubbub of fishing all day, the designer interiors, with ultra nylon fabrics in the seating areas, soft recessed halogen lighting and soothing music, are welcome.
The portside galley, located amidships forward of the salon, has a two burner ceramic cook top with a recessed Corian cover. Backing up the stove is a microwave/convection oven. The counters and sinks are Corian, also.
Three steps down and forward from the salon/galley area are spacious master and guest staterooms. In the bow, the master suite has an island double berth on the boat's centerline and a private head/shower with a Sealand electric Vacuflush toilet. A hatch, with shade, serves this area providing light and ventilation.
There are hanging lockers to port and starboard and storage lockers for eight foot rods on both sides of the stateroom.
The guest stateroom has one double berth and one single. The hanging locker is cedar lined. The head attached to this stateroom serves both guests and crew, It also has a shower and Sealand toilet.
The engine room is finished with bright white linear polyurethane and high density foam sound barrier. There are aircraft-type braided fuel lines hooked up to the two standard, fresh water-cooled=800hp MAN diesels. The electronic engine controls on the bridge have backup cables and there are engine synchronizers; and trolling valves. Where it is possible all lines are double clamped with stainless steel hose clamps. There are four 24-volt bilge- pumps and a high bilge-water alarm system.
All through-hull fittings are attached to a bonding system with transom zinc plates. There are two 110-volt engine room fans and two 24-volt direct current bilge blowers. Four blade propellers are mounted on high-strength stainless steel, double-tapered shafts passing through dripless stuffing boxes. The high strength bronze rudders are installed with heavy load bearings.
Electrical power is supplied by a 10kw fresh water-cooled diesel generator with a water lift muffler. There is a remote start switch, a dedicated battery and a safety shut down system. There is also a 50 amp, 24-volt, battery charger.
The draw comes from items such as the clothes washer/dryer, the entertainment center, icemaker, and so on. When shore power is available, there is a 50foot retractable Glendinning Cord Master. The engine room lights run on both shore and shipboard power. All shore power outlets are protected against ground faults.
In all innocence I asked one of the Cabo people why there were no windows in the front of the house on Cabo's sportfishers? He said about 80 per cent of these boats are sold to fishing enthusiasts on the East Coast. Back there, a day with four foot waves and ten foot swells, was a calm day: A day when you slam the throttle forward and let 'er rip.
It's obvious, he said. Under those circumstances it's better not to cut a hole in something that's going to get pounded.
Those Cabo people: They know what they're up against and they build accordingly.