Boat Specifications

Make: Cabo Yachts
Model: 45 Express
Year: 2009
Length: 48 ft. 1 in.
Type: Express Fisherman Boats
Listing: 511874
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Elected Boating Magazine's 1997 Boat of the Year, the CABO 45 Express is the epitome of what it is to be CABO: quality, performance, attention to detail, and an unparalleled commitment to customer satisfaction. Built in the desert of Southern California, the CABO 45 has raised the stakes for the express sportfisher class and defined itself as the benchmark by which all other boats in the class are measured.

Designer and builder Henry Mohrschladt summed up the concept behind the CABO 45 Express, "More amenities, more room for bait, fish, live bait and rod storage, but with the quality of our smaller boats. That is what our customers told us they wanted." Ask and ye shall receive, the CABO 45 Express is so well executed that its hard to see how anyone could not want to get their hands on this boat.

The CABO 45 Express was introduced to fulfill the needs of CABO owners desiring a larger replacement for their smaller CABO's, in the process of filling this niche, the 45 has effectively established the definition for the large express class.

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Because of its added size and its luxurious interior accommodations, it would be easy to forget that the CABO 45 Express is a serious sportfisher. You won't believe what the 45 Express is capable of when chasing down a fish. The 45 turns on a dime, backs down like no other and even in the roughest of seas, stays right where you put her. And, because of her wide beam, modified-V bottom and low center of gravity, the CABO is a fighting platform with unequaled stability in all sea conditions.

CABO Yachts has made an unparalleled reputation for itself in the sportfishing community by combining ground breaking innovative design with a near fanatical commitment to quality. The CABO 45 Express is the next step forward for CABO; its larger size and luxurious accommodations are designed to provide sportfishermen who recognize the benefits of the CABO name with the world class sportfisher they deserve.

The design of the Cabo 45 is truly bulletproof. From the fiberglassed and bronze throughbolted hull to deck joint to the custom all fiberglass construction of the fuel tanks, the CABO is designed to easily outlast even the harshest of conditions and cruise away unscathed.

The CABO's performance at sea has been described as smooth and predictable, it tracks perfectly in seas that send many of its competitors heading for shore. With a maximum cruising range of well over 300 statute miles, top speed of 36.6 mph, and a cruising speed of nearly 30 mph, it's clear that size is in no way a compromise for performance. This seaworthiness is outshined only by the CABO 45 Express's close quarters handling. Superb visibility astern and single lever electronic controls insure that maneuvering the 45 Express into its slip is effortless.

The helm on the CABO 45 Express reflects its larger size with more room for both pilot and passengers. The 45's bridge deck is simply huge, it can easily accommodate a cruising party of 15 to 20. To ensure that both you and your shipmates are comfortable, the 45 Express' windshield comes equipped with an electrically operated center vent as standard equipment. The large three paned windshield comes with large wipers on each pane to insure that you'll always have unobstructed visibility. The custom designed fiberglass console has more than enough room to flush mount all of your electronics.

CABO has designed the 45 Express to offer unmatched luxury as an express cruiser, but the big CABO doesn't stop there. The heart of this yacht is still very much that of a dedicated sportfisher. The 45 Express comes standard with every fishing amenity even the most demanding angler could want. The 15'8" beam offers almost 100 square feet of fish fighting room. As with all of the CABO sportfishers, the 45's foredeck is covered in a diamond pattern nonskid surface imported from England, even under the wettest conditions, you'll be able to cast from the pulpit with confidence and security. A large in-transom livewell has a large clear Lucite window that allows you to easily check on the condition and supply of live bait, and your thighs will appreciate the transom's heavily padded leading edge. Tremendous fish boxes are built into the cockpit sole both to port and starboard which are equipped with gas shock controlled hatches and CABO's famous airtight seals.

Five star best describes the accommodations aboard the CABO 45 Express. Everywhere you turn the flawless book-matched woods and blemish free finishes gleam in the custom designed halogen lighting. Standard Ultraleather upholstery and six speaker sound system from Bose take the CABO 45 Express well beyond the spartan fishing machine category.

A fore and aft queen size berth in the forward cabin allows plenty of room on each side to make up the berth, as well as to access the signature CABO rod storage cabinetry with cross hatch ventilation panels. The galley and full head with shower feature Corian countertops with custom sea-rails, and Moen fixtures. Children or extra guests will appreciate the comfortable extra large settee on the salon's port side. To keep your Express's interior in ship shape, there is even a built in vacuum system.

Power Plant
The CABO 45 Express derives its enormous power from optional twin inboard Caterpillar 3406 diesels that produce a wave grinding 800 HP a piece, and for hulls delivered in 1999, 2000+ HP will be attainable thanks to Twin MAN 2840LE403s. The size of these engines is easily taken in by the 45 Express's enormous engine-room, gelcoated to a finish that most of our competition would envy for their galleys. Easy access to all sides of both power plants was a main design criteria for the 45 Express. All systems are readily reachable and the precise labeling of every wire and hose makes maintenance a snap.

The design and construction of the 45's superstructure easily accommodates the added weight of the huge Cat diesels by reinforcing the already strong solid-glass bottom with fir cores. The power plants are mounted on engine length L-shaped aluminum angles and hefty plates of steel barstock, through bolted sideways for strength with shock mounts for smooth running.
Draft: 4 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 15 ft. 8 in.
Displacement: 33000
Fuel tank capacity: 800
Water tank capacity: 100
Standard features:

Boot striping – choice of colors
Bottom paint, complete preparation – 2 coats epoxy, 2 coats anti-fouling paint; black, standard
Hull, inside, finished white LP paint
ISO/NPG gelcoat finish
Molded fiberglass construction using premium vinylester resins and biaxial stitched fabric reinforcement; solid fiberglass bottom construction; Core construction from chine to sheer (vacuum-bagged)
Stainless steel rub strip on face of white high-density PVC rub rail
Trim tabs, fully recessed


Anchor roller assembly, recessed, custom, stainless steel
Bow pulpit, integral molded fiberglass
Custom deck rails, aluminum
Deck surface, molded-in, non-skid
Forward mooring cleats (2), stainless steel
Molded fiberglass using polyester resin, biaxial stitched fabric reinforcement and vacuum-bagged core construction
Molded-in white gelcoat finish
Saltwater washdown forward in custom molded locker
Spring line cleats (4), custom
Stern cleats, stainless steel
Stern hawse pipes, stainless steel
Windlass, heavy-duty, DC electric, remote at helm and deck switches
Windshield, tinted, side vents, heavy-duty welded aluminum construction, finished in white powder coat; includes electrically actuated center vent
Windshield washers (3), freshwater-supplied
Windshield wipers (3), self-parking with pantograph arms, intermittent and separate controls

Aluminum reinforcing plate installed for mounting fighting chair
Bait prep center portside – sink, rigging board and tackle storage fitted with custom lid, gas spring, full-length
stainless steel piano hinge and lockable custom latches
Bait tank, 48-gallons, molded into transom
Courtesy lighting under gunwales
Door to engine room with ladder from cockpit
Fish boxes (2), large capacity, insulated, macerator pump-out system
Gunwale padding, high-density foam, white vinyl covered
Hatches, lazarette and fish boxes, heavy-duty, gasketed seals, drains, gutters and full-length stainless steel piano hinge and custom latch
Rod-gaff racks, starboard
Rod holders (4)
Scuppers, self-bailing
Storage boxes under gunwale (2)
Transom door with top gate, extreme-duty, polished stainless steel hardware
Washdown, freshwater, starboard
Washdown, saltwater, port

Helm Deck

Carpet, custom, outdoor
Companion seat, Stidd, matching, mounted on starboard cabinet
Companionway door, sliding, opaque with white acrylic
Helm seat, Stidd, adjustable, with vinyl-covered high-density foam cushions, pedestal-mounted
L-shape lounge, portside and aft with lockable rod storage beneath
Molded fiberglass helm deck, with large removable engine service hatch
Stereo speakers with volume control
Tackle cabinet and storage area to starboard, with space for optional icemaker

Helm Console

Console cover, canvas
Compass, with light, flush-mounted
Engine instrument panel, custom with audible warning system and hour meters
Fire and bilge water level alarms, audible
Helm wheel, stainless steel
Navigation and electronics panel
Palm Beach pod, mounted, single lever electronic controls
Switch panels, custom, stainless steel


Bilge, white LP finished
Bilge pumps (5), four automatic/manual, one automatic
Double constant torque stainless steel clamps on engine exhaust hoses
Double hose clamps on all hose fittings, stainless steel
Electric fuel priming pumps
Electronic controls with trolling valves, engine synchronizer and backup controls
Engine-driven emergency bilge pump diverter, on one engine
Engine alarm system
Engine room liner, white gelcoat finished
Engine room blowers (2), DC
Engine room ventilation fan, AC
Fire extinguishing system, automatic
Freshwater cooling, main engines
Freshwater hose bib
Freshwater pump, AC with backup freshwater pump, DC
Fuel lines, metal braided, fire-retardant
High water bilge alarms (3)
Holding tank, with warning lights, macerator and dockside discharge
Oil change system, main engines, generator and transmission
Propeller shafts, double taper, couplers, high-strength stainless steel
Propellers, 4-blade Nibral
Power steering
Rudders, bronze, high-strength, installed with high load bearings (low friction, precise control)
Sea cocks, UL approved for marine application, bronze, fitted on all thru-hulls below waterline
Stuffing boxes, drip-less lip seal type
Water heater, 11-gallon, AC, stainless steel
Water intake scoops, bronze, high-speed, with integral seawater strainers


10-kW freshwater-cooled diesel generator with seawater strainer, remote start and digital panel, water lift muffler, safety shutdown system, sound enclosure
50' shore power cord with retractable Glendinning Cable Master, 220V, 50 amp
Battery charger, 50 amp with thermal cut out
Battery on/off switches, vapor-proof
Bonding system
Cable TV/Telephone connection, cockpit, shore connection, one (1) outlet – salon
Central vacuum
Distribution panel, custom, AC electrical, with line voltage and load meter, reverse polarity light
Distribution panel, custom, DC electrical, with battery voltage and load meter
Electronic supply at helm, 24V DC and 12V DC at 50 amps
Horn, dual air trumpet – uninstalled
Lights, engine room, AC and DC
Lights, interior, AC and DC
Lights, navigation, international, uninstalled for future mounting on arch, hardtop or tower
Receptacles GFI protected, throughout cabin
Bonding system with transom zinc plate

Main Cabin

AC duplex outlet/GFI protected
Access hatch to bilge
Air conditioning/heating, 16,000 BTU, AC
Carpet, removable, deep-pile
Deck hatch, retractable shade
Entertainment center, Bose Lifestyle® 38 system, AM/FM/CD/DVD
Fabrics and coverings, fine selection throughout
Hide-a-bed, double, pull-out, beneath aft settee
Interior wood, teak, satin finish
Latches, positive, cabinet doors and drawers
Lighting, recessed halogen
Lighting, DC and AC
Port lights (2), port
TV, flat screen


AC duplex outlet/GFI protected
Cook top, ceramic, two-burner, recessed with Corian® cover
Corian® countertop with custom Corian® sea rails
Freezer chest, 4.5 cu. ft.
Garbage disposal
Latches, positive, cabinet doors and drawers
Microwave/convection oven
Pullout stainless steel rack shelves
Refrigerator/Freezer, Sub-Zero® with pullout drawers
Sink, deep, molded-in
Storage, compartments and drawers throughout
Trash storage compartment
Undercabinet lighting, recessed halogen, AC

Forward Stateroom

AC duplex outlet/GFI protected
Air conditioning/heating, 7,000 BTU
Access to anchor rope/chain locker
Berth, double, island-style, 5" mattress, bunkcover
Clock, flush-mount
Foredeck hatch with retractable shade
Latches, positive, cabinet doors and drawers
Lighting, recessed halogen, AC and DC
Lockers, hanging, cedar-lined, port and starboard
Storage, compartments and large drawers below bed
Storage, rod lockers (2), with horizontal rod racks, 8 rod capacity
TV/CD/DVD/MP3, (2) speakers

Second Stateroom - Guest
(must choose double stateroom option)

*Must choose double stateroom option
Air conditioning with slave control
Dresser with custom wall-mounted mirror
Lighting, overhead, AC and DC
Lighting, reading, DC
Berths (2), single

Head Compartment

AC duplex outlet/GFI protected
Corian® countertop
Custom vanity with storage cabinet
Designer faucets and shower fixtures
Head, Sealand Vacuflush, electric
Latches, positive, cabinet doors and drawers
Lighting, recessed halogen, AC/DC
Sink, Corian®, custom
Shower stall, with automatic shower sump pump
Toiletry storage cabinet, Corian® framed with sliding mirror doors
Ventilation hatch in deck

Safety Equipment

Anchor, 25' chain, 250' rode, life jackets, throwable P.F.D., fire extinguisher, docklines, fenders, distress signaling device, flashlight, emergency horn, first aid kit, bell

Optional features:

Engine Options

Twin MAN R6-800 CRM , 800 HPm, 12.8 L (781, in-line 6 cylinder, 4 cycle, 2300 RPM , common rail injection, turbocharged and after cooled, fresh water cooled marine diesel engines. ZF 325-1A transmissions with trolling valves. MAN electronic controls with synchronizer and trolling valve control. Backup control panel. MAN color electronic display.
Twin Yanmar 8SY-STP, 900 HPm, 15.6 L (952, v-8 cylinder, 4 cycle, 2300 RPM, electronically controlled injection, turbocharged with charge air cooling, fresh water cooled marine diesel engines. ZF350-A transmissions. Yanmar electronics controls with synchronizer. Back-up controls. Yanmar electronic displays.

Twin MAN V8-900CRM, 900 HPm, 14.6 L (892, V-8 cylinder, 4 cycle, 2300 RPM , common rail injection, turbocharged and after cooled, fresh water cooled marine diesel engines. ZF 350A transmissions with trolling valves. MAN electronic controls with synchronizer and trolling valve control. Backup control panel. MAN color electronic display.

Twin Caterpillar C18, 1015 HPm, 18.1 L (1106, in-line 6 cylinder, 4 cycle, 2300 RPM , Mechanical Electronic Unit Injection (MEUI), turbocharged and after cooled, fresh water cooled, marine diesel engines. ZF 510A transmissions with trolling valves. Caterpillar electronic controls with synchronizer and trolling valve control. Backup control panel. Caterpillar Marine Power display. 2.75" shafts.

Twin MAN V10-1100 CRM , 1100 HPm, 18.3 L (1115, V-10 cylinder, 4 cycle, 2300 RPM , common rail injection, turbocharged and after cooled, fresh water cooled marine diesel engines. ZF 510A transmissions with trolling valves. MAN electronic controls with synchronizer and trolling valve control. Backup control panel. MAN color electronic display. 2.75" shafts.

Mechanical Options

12.6 kW freshwater cooled diesel generator in lieu of 10kw*
15 kW freshwater cooled diesel generator in lieu of 10kw
Bow thruster 6hp
Cockpit controls
Electronic engine gauge panel in engine room
Helm deck a/c 30,000btu
Reverso fuel polishing system
* Generator is not intended to supply power for all standard and optional accessories. Load must be limited to generator output rating.

Interior Options

Alternate color Corian counter - Galley
Alternate color Corian counter - Head
Alternate color Corian floor - Head
Leather sofa
Sheet set (cotton)
Teak and holly sole in lieu of carpet

Appliance Options

450 gallon per day reverse osmosis water maker
700 gallon per day reverse osmosis water maker
Chipped ice machine plumbed to fish box
Cockpit freezer
Ice maker in starboard helm deck cabinet
Sportsfishing Options

Window in bait tank w/ LED light
Refrigeration plate in starboard cockpit fish box
Audio Visual Options

Express Stereo - 4 speakers, 2 helm deck, 2 cockpit

General Options

Aux, 12vdc, dist. panel for electronics
220-240V/50HZ conversion
C-Tick for Australian wiring specifications with 220-240V conversion
CE Certification for European export with 220-240V conversion
Extra outlets
Hot and cold hand held shower in cockpit
Hull color other than white*
Pre-wire 12v electric reels in cockpit
Pre-wire & plumb for tuna tubes
Pre-wire & plumb for water maker
Pre-wire for under water lights
Propsmith™ propeller installation and removal tool
Spare props
Swim platform ladder, stainless
Swim platform, fiberglass
Telephone shore inlet/cable T.V. inlet

Rail Options

Rails, east coast style, polished stainless in lieu of standard
Rails, west coast style, aluminum in lieu of standard
Rails, west coast style, polished stainless in lieu of standard

* Cabo Yachts limited warranty does not cover or extend to any gelcoat finishes.
Colored gelcoats finished are susceptible to fading.

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