The Cabo 41 is Cabo’s latest version of their express-style offshore sportfishing line. It is designed for an owner/operator who desires an easily maintained, overtly proficient offshore fishing platform that is also comfortable for simply cruising with family and friends. Combined with Cabo’s reputation for quality build and attention to detail, the new Cabo 41 should prove to be sought after by serious sportfishing enthusiasts.
- Twin Cummins QSM11 715-horsepower diesel inboard engines
- Large uncluttered aft cockpit
- Transom door
- 48-gallon (182 L) live bait well built into the transom
- Aft facing mezzanine cockpit seating with freezer built in
- In-deck fishboxes
- Lower helm deck with L-shaped seating
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane
|0 to 30
4 persons, full fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear
78 deg., 91 humid; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: 3
2 x 715-hp Cummins QSM11
2 x 625 Volvo Penta D11
By Capt. Mark Kellum
Although the new Cabo 41 is reminiscent of Cabo express models from the past. The all-new for 2020 Cabo model is a fully updated version.
There is no mistaking Cabo’s latest entry into the express sportfish market. The Cabo 41 has inherited the lineage of this venerable line.
The Cabo 41 is designed, engineered, and built to be an offshore sportfishing platform with all of the accoutrements sportfishing enthusiasts have come to expect from Cabo models in the past. Cabo also made the Cabo 41 easy to maintain by an owner/operator and provide a comfortable dry ride for those aboard. The lower deck’s accommodation’s sleeps four in air-conditioned comfort and the galley is well equipped for creating meals. The salon and head compartment provide further comfort for all aboard.
The test Cabo 41 was equipped with the optional full tower with optional upper helm station.
The layout of the cockpit and helm deck makes it clear Cabo intended the Cabo 41 to be a fish fighting machine.
The lower deck accommodations make it clear that Cabo did not forget the comfort features that those aboard can appreciate.
- Dual Cummins Inboard Diesels. The test Cabo 41 was powered by the optional twin Cummins QSM11 715-horsepower diesel inboard engines.
- Full Tower. The full tower with outriggers and upper helm station is an option on the Cabo 41. Cabo also offers a half tower as an option. The helm deck hardtop is standard.
- Rod-Holders and Storage. Along the helm deck hardtop and ladder stanchions are rocket launcher style rod-holders and in the cap rail of the cockpit are strategically angled rod-holders, 16 rod-holders in all on the test Cabo 41.
- Cockpit. The cockpit on the Cabo 41 measures 12’4” (3.76 m) wide by 10’9” (3.28 m) from the transom to the mezzanine seating for fish fighting.
- Cockpit Transom Door. Built into the starboard side is a transom door that is 8” above the water at its foot that can be used to get larger fish onboard.
- Transom Live Bait Well. The 48-gallon (182 L) live baitwell on the Cabo 41 is built into the center of the transom.
- Master Stateroom. The forward master stateroom is private with a centerline pedestal mounted double berth.
- Full-Featured Galley. Under-counter refrigerator and freezer drawer unit, microwave oven, and ceramic cooktop.
- Salon. The salon has L-shaped seating the converts to a double berth.
- Head Compartment. The head compartment features flushing toilet, vanity, sink and walk-in separate shower.
With decent chop during the test, the Michael Peter’s designed hull provided a smooth, dry ride underway.
The Cabo 41 has a length overall of 42’10” (13.05 m), a beam of 15’9” (4.8 m), and a 3’5” (1.07 m) draft. With an empty weight 31,000 lbs. (14,061.36 kg), with 100% of fuel onboard, four people on board and 50 lbs. (22.68 kg) of gear, there was an estimated weight of 35,850 lbs. (16,261.69 kg).
Top Speed. The test boat was outfitted with optional twin Cummins QSM11 715-horsepower diesel engines running at 2500 RPM, the test boat reached a top speed of 39.1 mph (62.9 kph).
Best Cruise. At 2500 RPM and 29.2 mph (62.9 kph) the Cabo 41 achieved a 44.2 gph (167.1 lph) fuel burn that translated to 0.7 mpg (1.13 kpg) and a range of 327 statute miles (527 km) while still reserving 10-percent of the Cabo 41’s 550-gallon (2,082 L) total fuel capacity.
The Cabo 41 demonstrated responsive overall handling. With a solid fiberglass hull, Divinycell foam core, and Michael Peter’s hull design, the ride proved to be soft and dry. There was reasonable chop for the Cabo 41 testing conditions. Nonetheless, the Cabo 41 performed with minimal pounding. Banking through turns was uneventful, which is a good thing and those on the helm deck stayed dry from the cross spray thanks to the enclosed helm, also a good thing.
The Cabo 41 was responsive to the helm feeling solid when turning hard.
Being a serious offshore sportfishing machine, the test Cabo 41 did not have the optional swim platform. Therefore, the natural way to board is by stepping onto the gunnel while holding on to the aft hardtop stanchion stepping down 2’ (0.61 m) to the cockpit deck.
The business end of the Cabo 41 is the aft cockpit. The width of the aft cockpit is 12’4” (3.76 m) by 10’9” (3.28 m) deep.
The aft facing mezzanine seating is forward of the cockpit. There is a 14” (3.56 cm) step up to the mezzanine seating.
Inside the aft facing mezzanine seating on the test Cabo 41 is an optional freezer compartment for frozen bait and to keep the catch fresh. There is a 14” (35.56 cm) step leading to the aft facing mezzanine seat.
Forward on the port side of the Cabo 41 cockpit is built-in tackle drawers with a prep area on top that measures 1’1” (0.33 m) fore to aft and 1’9” (0.53 m) wide.
Forward, below the gunwale to port of the aft facing mezzanine seating is the control switches for the live bait well and washdown pump, the port and starboard fish box macerators and the switches for raising and lowering the helm deck. Below is the raw water washdown bibcock and the optional freshwater washdown bibcock.
There are two strategically angled rod holders on both the port and starboard gunwales that are designed to keep lines from tangling when trolling. The gunwale is 2’ (0.61 m above the deck.
The Cabo 41's cockpit has fish kill boxes on both the port and starboard sides of the aft cockpit. Note the gas-assist struts that help lift and hold open the fish kill boxes.
The center aft hatch leads to the bilge. At the top is the fuel cutoff valve manifold for the generator along with the port and starboard engines.
To port is the baitwell pick up pump, float switch and bilge pump center and the hydraulic steering rams to starboard.
On each port and starboard transom corner is a hawsepipe leading to a 12” (30.48) vertically mounted cleat.
Mounted in the center of the Cabo 41 transom is a 48-gallon (182 L) live bait well. The hatches are spring loaded to stay open and closed.
Below in each corner of the transom are molded in scuppers to quickly drain water from the cockpit deck.
On the starboard side of the Cabo 41 is a transom door with a cap-rail that swings up and open and the door opens out and latches. The deck at the transom door is 8” above the waterline. There is a grabrail and steps built into the transom for reboarding.
There six rocket-launcher-style rod holders on the two ladder stanchions with six more mounted abaft the hardtop on the hardtop support rails.
The helm deck on the Cabo 41 is designed for serious fishing and easy comfort. Entering the helm deck on the starboard side of the aft cockpit there is 2’2” (0.66 m) wide companionway with two 7.5” (19.05 cm) step risers. The helm deck hardtop is 6’10 off the helm deck.
An overview of the helm shows the L-shaped bench seating to the port side immediately forward of the aft facing mezzanine seating and prep station on the starboard side.
The L-shaped bench seating on the Cabo 41 helm deck is a comfortable 1’9” (0.53 m) above the deck. The backrests come up 1’3” (0.38 m) above the seat which is 5’10” from the inboard side to the port side and runs 5’7” along the port side.
Under both of the cushions are solid hatches with finger openers that lead to storage below. This section contained two fire extinguishers.
Adjacent to the bench seating on the Cabo 41 helm deck is a storage cabinet with the main counter space measuring 4’5” (1.35 m) long by 1’9” wide.
The aft section of the cabinet houses a drawer-style pull-out refrigerator.
Forward the cabinet forms the base for the starboard side companion seat with two pull-out drawers for storage.
The fully adjustable helm seat is mounted on a pedestal and can be height adjusted. The helm seat has armrests that fold up and a footrest that folds out.
With the seat adjusted all of the way forward there is 16.5” (41.91 cm) space between the chair and the helm console.
The matching fully adjustable starboard side companion seating has armrests that fold up and a footrest that folds out. Both seats have custom ladder-back wood finish, and both are comfortable.
The wraparound windshield provides panoramic views and the optional three-sided enclosure with isinglass windows continues the all-round visibility when needed.
The helm is mounted on the port side console. The throttle and shift engine controls are mounted on each side of the fixed mount stainless-steel steering wheel. Set into the port side of the dash is two VHF radios and the three 17” (43.18 cm) Garmin multifunction displays above system switches.
The compass is mounted forward on the top of the helm console directly in line with the steering wheel.
On the outboard side of the helm console is the windshield wiper controls, fusion stereo, the Cabo system information display, the combined Cummins engine displays, and port engine start stop.
Mounted in front of the steering wheel is the autopilot and the starboard engine start/stop. Mounted in the dash is the engine status and shift indicators.
Mounted on each side of the helm station are VHF radio remotes related to the two VHF radios mounted in the dash.
Trim tab control switches are under the console below the steering wheel.
The test boat had the optional full tower and upper helm station. The upper helm gives the operator a great vantage when sight fishing and of the cockpit when fish fighting. There is 6’5” (1.96 m) of standing headroom under the upper stations hardtop.
Reaching the upper helm station is via port and starboard stanchion ladders built into the Cabo 41’s full tower.
It was readily apparent that the weldments throughout the tower structure were achieved by skilled technicians.
To reach the upper station the operator must crawl under the helm stations 5’10” (1.96 m) wide bolster seat.
The upper helm console has a Garmin multifunction display to port, a fix mount steering wheel in the center with a compass directly in front. The Cummins engine controls are to starboard and there are two electronics boxed below. There was no VHF radio at the upper helm station. However, one could be easily installed, or the operator could use a handheld VHF radio.
Shown is the upper helm station operator’s view of the aft cockpit on the Cabo 41.
The Cabo 41’s hardtop structure provides natural and safe handholds when traversing from the cockpit to the bow area.
Shown is the port side deck on the Cabo 41. It is an average of 13” (33.02 cm) wide with non-skid finish.
The diesel fuel fill is abaft the beam on the starboard side deck on the Cabo 41.
Cabo mounted a 10” (17.78 cm) midship cleat on the side deck toe-rail.
Just ahead of the midship cleat is the city water fill.
The bow area is what should be expected on an express sportfishing boat. A single hatch that leads below to the master (only) stateroom.
The deck is finished with non-skid and the bow rails start at 4” (10.16 cm) and steadily increase in height to 24” (60.96 cm).
Mounted on the foredeck is the Maxwell windlass. The 25’ (7.62 m) of chain leads to the rope rode. The bow pulpit has an anchor roller and there are two 10” (25.4 cm) cleats to each side of the pulpit. The foot controls for the windlass are to starboard.
Lower Deck Accommodations
Transitioning below on the Cabo 41 is via a traditional companionway sliding door to starboard of the helm on the helm deck. There is a 3.5” (8.89 cm) step over at the entrance.
There is a 12” stainless-steel grabrail just inside the companionway door.
There is a 15” (38.1 cm) drop to the first stair top. Each of the three next steps have much easier risers of 10” (25.4 cm) each.
The companionway stairs on the Cabo 41 lift to reveal storage space.
Once below, the salon is on the starboard side with a plush salon L-shaped seating area. There is 6’8” (2.03) overhead from the salon deck to the salon overhead. There is a combination of recessed and overhead lighting throughout the salon area.
Entering the salon, the L-shaped seating has recessed lighting to starboard with air conditioning vents above. Across from the seating is a storage cabinet with a 29” (73.66 cm) by 8.25” (20.96 cm) countertop with fiddles to keep items in place.
The L-shaped seating in the Cabo 41’s salon converts to a double berth.
Mounted over the storage cabinet countertop is a 32” (81.28 cm) flat panel television.
On the port side of the Cabo 41’s lower deck is the galley complete with microwave oven, two burner cooktop, refrigerator, and freezer as well as plenty of counter space and storage.
The L-shaped galley has cabinets above the solid surface counterspace and storage below.
The finely finished joinery is indicative of the quality Cabo builds into the Cabo 41.
The microwave oven is mounted above the flush mounted two-burner cooktop.
Forward on the port side is the under-hung stainless-steel sink. Note the large amount of prep area on the countertops both port side and forward in the galley.
The over/under refrigeration drawers can be set up to be refrigerators or freezers or both.
Entering the master stateroom on the Cabo 41 is through a door in the forward bulkhead that separates the stateroom from the galley and salon. This provides a modicum of privacy to the only stateroom.
The door that provides privacy to the master stateroom on the Cabo 41 opens towards the galley.
From the deck to the overhead is 6’ (1.88 m). The centerline island double berth is 77” (195.58 cm) long by 60” (152.4 cm) wide.
There is drawer storage under the foot of the berth and the berth lifts up to reveal additional storage.
There is a cedar lined hanging locker to port in the Cabo 41’s master stateroom. Note the wood shelf that runs the length of berth on both sides.
There is a second cedar lined hanging locker on the starboard side.
The main mechanical space on the Cabo 41 is a good example of the effort that Cabo put into the overall design and construction of this model. Cockpit switches raise and lower the helm deck to form the entrance. When fully opened there is a 3’4” (1.02 m) egress.
Operated with switches mounted in the cockpit, hydraulic lifts open the helm deck hatch.
Inside the mechanical space on the Cabo 41, there is an average of 6’3” (1.91 m) of headspace and the twin Cummins QSM11 715-horsepower diesels are 2’11” (0.89 m) apart.
Mounted on the forward bulkhead is the battery charging system and galvanic protection system mounted over the 12-volt, electronics breaker box that Cabo builds in-house. The starboard side engine controls are mounted just ahead of the diesel.
To port mounted on the forward bulkhead is the fire suppression system with port side engine controls below.
In the center of the forward mechanical space bulkhead is the main battery switches.
Centered on the aft bulkhead is the Westerbeke generator.
The Cabo 41’ Dometic air chiller system is mounted on the port side.
Between the two Cummins diesels is the emergency crash pump system. If it becomes necessary, the raw water intake can be closed, and the crash pump intake can be opened making the diesel a large pump to discharge intrusive water overboard.
The Glendinning shore power cable feed is mounted on the starboard side above the cable reel.
- Twin Volvo D11 625 MHP
- Twin Volvo D11 670 MHP
- Twin Volvo D11 725 MHP
- Twin Cummins QSM11 670 MHP
- Twin Cummins QSM11 715 MHP
- Joystick maneuvering system (compatible with any engine selection)
Options to Consider
- Full tower with upper helm station
- Full helm deck enclosure
- Helm deck air conditioning
- Helm deck icemaker
- Swim platform
- Fresh water washdown
- Seakeeper 6 gyro stabilizer
Cabo and Hatteras Yacht are covered by the Hatteras Cabo Purchase Order Terms and Conditions. https://www.hatterasyachts.com/hatteras-cabo-yachts-llc.
Price Range: TBD
The Cabo 41 is a well-executed express offshore sportfishing yacht with luxury features. Owner operators will appreciate the attention to detail and easy maintenance of this well-built vessel. With exhilarating performance, predictable handling and fishing amenities, blue water sportfishing enthusiasts will recognize the potential of the Cabo 41 to deliver pelagic predators. In turn the spacious living areas, full galley and plush seating will appeal to those who want to cruise to new destinations or an evening at a dockside restaurant. The Cabo 41 is a fishing forward, family-friendly option for those moving up from a center console who want the creature comforts of a larger cabin boat and the strong fishability of Cabo’s latest model.