Cabo 31 Express
The Cabo 31 is a premium offshore express whose precise handling, exceptional range, and superb engineering set her apart from just about everything boat in her class in the mid- 1990s. Heavily built on a modified-V, a wide 12’5″ beam gives the Cabo 31 the cockpit and interior space of many larger boats. Standard features include an integral bow pulpit, bait prep center with sink, transom livewell, in-deck fish box, cockpit rod storage, fresh/raw-water washdowns, 5 kW generator, gunnel rod holders, transom door with gate, power windshield vent, cockpit bolsters, cockpit rod storage, trim tabs, and cockpit lights. The entire helm deck lifts hydraulically for engine access. Below, the Cabo’s well- appointed interior sleeps four and includes teak cabinets, teak- and-holly flooring, full-service galley with Corian counter, standup head/shower, and convertible dinette forward. The attention to detail found throughout is exceptional. Note that the hull chines retooled in 2002 for a drier ride. No lightweight, Cat 350hp diesels cruise the Cabo 31 in the high 20s, and optional 420hp Cats cruise at close to 30 knots.
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The 31 has an extremely deep forefoot that is carried back fairly far (there’s no keel as on the 35); the V at the bow is 46 degrees, tapering, but gradually, to a moderate 18.5 degrees at the stern. The Cabo 35, by contrast, is a modified-V that sports wide flat sections near each chine, each of which incorporate a 1-1/2-inch deep crease along the full length; it’s also fitted with a full-length 7-inch keel—the whole thought being to enhance lift as well as stability at rest or trolling speeds.
Fit and finish aside, it’s obvious that a lot of work went into the 31’s tooling. There are moldings everywhere—64 in all, Howarth estimates, 14 for the helm deck alone. A molded glass module forms just about the entire interior of the hull. The engine compartment is another module, strong enough, Howarth says, to support the weight of the engines on its own. Instead, it is installed over the stringer system before the hull leaves the mold. The top part of the engine compartment—which is also the bottom of the helm deck—is another module, cored with balsa, and with depressions for installing insulation.
To step down into the 31 cabin is to forget you are on a fishing boat. The interior is well-arranged, roomy, and more tastefully done than on many dedicated cruising boats, even if there is less emphasis on cruisability than on a Tiara for example. In addition, headroom is a generous 6′ 9″ in the main saloon. There’s plenty of teak trim below, and you can choose an optional teak and holly sole over a carpet. Overhead, a molded liner with vinyl inserts conceals recessed halogen lighting. To port, is a cleverly laid out galley with pedestal sink (7″ deep) that opens up counter space while providing a rounded edge to the module.