How often do truly new and innovative designs emerge in the world of cruising sailboats? Of course, builders make small variations on the main industry theme, but not often is there a new concept. Maine designer, Chuck Paine, has accomplished this. He has pushed the fast performance requirements of Cabo Rico yachts even further without compromising our firm commitment to cruising yachts that are safe and comfortable in all conditions, yet swift and easy to handle at sea.
Hull #1, introduced at the Annapolis International Sailboat Show in 1998, is a blend of traditional elements, with the latest thinking and computerized design techniques. The underbody has broken new ground in yacht design.
Sea trials began with backing up in a narrow, 100 yard channel and, like her Cabo Rico sisters, she did it beautifully, in a straight line, under control - then around the corner into a harbor.
Under sail she was awesome. Light, responsive, enthusiastic and fast. She handled like a racy fin keeler....until the wind and waves built up. In 6 to 8 foot seas and 25-30 knots of wind, she had the feel, motion and stability of her larger sister, the CR45. Quite a feat for a boat 8,500 lbs lighter.
When you go below on this yacht you find a sensible sea-going interior with two private staterooms, good navigation station and many thoughtful features, including a special dish drying rack in the large galley.
Classic beauty, quality craftsmanship, and innovative design make this new Cabo Rico and her slightly longer sister, the 42, the perfect modern cruising yacht.
Indeed, the new 42 won SAIL Magazine's prestigious TOP TEN Award this year and was the only boat tested to achieve their top standard as an "ultimate bluewater boat"! - SAIL 03/00.
Draft: 5 ft. 3 in.
Beam: 12 ft. 8 in.