The Cabo 43 is the newest addition to Cabo’s growing stable of sportfishing boats. Few builders anywhere can match the quality, engineering and craftsmanship Cabo Yachts has become so well known for. Built on a hull designed by David Napier, the 43 provides a superior head sea ride while at the same time being remarkably stable in the trough due to the fact that its 15’1” beam is carried well aft to allow for a cockpit that measures 12’ 7” wide inside the cap rails. Not only does this provide for extraordinary stability while drifting or chunking, it gives the Cabo 43 one of the largest cockpits offered in any sportfisherman under 50 feet-over one hundred and ten square feet of usable floor space. 

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From the bridge all the way down to her keel, the 43 screams quality with standard features not seen from any other yard. The bridge features a very large instrument console to accommodate today’s large screen electronics such as side scan sonar and PC driven displays. The single lever electronic controls and power assisted steering are mounted on an ergonomically designed pod that provides every advantage when backing down on a fish or while easing into a tight slip.

Below decks, the 43 tested by Cabo Yachts was equipped with a pair of 800hp MAN motors and topped out at 36.2 knots over averaged runs of a measured mile. At an economical cruise setting of 2000 rpm, the 43 runs at a comfortable 32 knots even in the afternoon chop of the Catalina Channel. With 700 gallons of fuel the 43 has a range of 370 nautical miles at 32 knots. Outstanding for a vessel of her size.

The remarkable performance of the 43 is not surprising when you understand the rigorous testing and development program Cabo utilized in designing the 43. A scale model of the 43 hull was tested in over 400 runs at the highly regarded Stevens Institute Test Tank Facility. Data from each test run were carefully analyzed for optimum performance, weight distribution and the ideal overall displacement of the finished yacht. The result is the fast and stable platform of Cabo Yachts most refined offering to the sportfishing arena to date. The Cabo 43.

The Interior of the 43 is what we have come to expect from Cabo Yachts. Exquisitely finished in every detail, the layout is sensible and highly livable. The salon is warm and inviting for entertaining, however fishing is the mission of the 43 and many owners will want to interface their electronics to the salons Sony Flat Screen TV. After all, it’s much more comfortable to watch the baits from the air-conditioned salon through the large picture window at the back of the cabin.

The Galley is amidships and easily supports the demands of those who enjoy cooking their catch and amazing their friends with their command of the culinary arts. Separate Sub Zero Refrigeration and Freezer units hold provisions for the long haul and there is ample counter and locker space with a huge storage locker easily accessed through a deck hatch in the galley floor.

Moving forward, the Master stateroom is also amidships and utilizes more than half of the 43’s 15’1” beam to accommodate a larger than normal double island berth complete with teak end tables and en suite head and shower, abundant storage and an optional entertainment center featuring a space saving LCD flat screen television by Panasonic.

The forward cabin is ingeniously arranged with a three single berths and more storage for personal gear and clothing in 4 large drawers below one of the berths and a nearly full-length hanging locker. There are also lockers for rod storage on both sides of the cabin up under the deck.

While many builders have sought to increase their sales with larger and larger boats, it’s refreshing to see the innovation and creativity Cabo Yachts has brought to bear in developing a complete offshore sportfisher capable of extended offshore trips yet still manageable for a couple to operate. The Cabo 43 does it all.


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