1984 Cabo Rico 38

Titusville, Florida, United States
$74,900 USD
Condition: excellent

This Crealock designed world cruiser is rugged and well equipped and ready to carry you away from the chaos. Cabo Ricos are built to the most rugged specifications and standards and are truly go-anywhere word cruisers. With her ample solar power, battery bank, and newer engine, you can be entirely self-sufficient. She has ample storage, classic good looks, and can be your own little universe at sea.

Designer: W.I.B Crealock
Hull: Monohull
Year: 1984
Official ship number: 687535
Hull number: CQB38090M84J
Hailing Port: Annapolis, Maryland

Beta 43: (2017)
Engine Hours: 725 Hrs
Propeller: 3 blade
HP: 43
Pss Dripless: (2017)
Cutless Bearing and Shaft: (2017)
Dual Racor Fuel Filter 10 and 2 Micron
Rudder: (2013)

Fresh Water: 150 Gallons (2 tanks)
Holding: 20 Gallons
Diesel: 45 Gallons

1 Lavac Toilet (2018)

Batteries: Four 6-volt golf cart (430 Ah)
Battery Charger Xantrex 20amp
Inverter Xantrex 2000 WATT
Solar Panels 2, 140 WATT
Solar Controller Morning Star 45 amp MPPT
Balmar 120 amp Alternator
Balmar 612 External Regulator
Shore Power 1, 30 amp Plug with Cord
Adler Barber ColdMachine 12V (2020)
Seaward Hotwater Heater (engine & 120v ac)
Force 10 Oven with 2 burner propane stove
2, 20-gallon propane tanks

Ground Tackle:
200 Feet 5/16 Chain
Manson 45 lb and Bruce 35 lb anchors
Maxwell Electric Windlass

Depth Sounder: 2 Sitex Bow, Raymarine Midships (2019)
Chartplotter/GPS: Garmin GPSMAP 840x (2016)
Radar: Garmin HF (2016)
Ritchie Compass (2016)
Standard Horizon VHF
Garmin AutoPilot (2020)
Sony car stereo with Boze speakers

Fully battened main Mack Sails (2012)
Head sail Mack Sails (2011)
Roller Furling Furlex 300 (2018)
Main Sailpack Cover and Lazy Jacks
Rigging inspection (2018)
Lifelines (2018)
Main and head sail halyards (2018)
Awlgrip oyster white paint on hull with jade green stripe (2014)
Awlgrip oyster white paint with non-skid on topsides (2015)
Hardtop Bimini (2018)
Full Erin Green Sunbrella and glass cockpit enclosure
Full beige Coolaroo shade cockpit enclosure
Sunbrella bow awning and rain awning with poles
Sunbrella covers for windlass, anchor grate, hatches, grab rails, fuel jugs, dorade vents

Interior cushions with basil linen Sunbrella upholstery (2012)
Foam for upholstery (2019)

AC Air Conditioner hatch mounted for boat yard storage
Sunbrella cap rail covers for boat yard storage
Full boat shade cloth cover for boat yard storage

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About the Cabo Rico 38

William Crealock
Cabo Rico
Cabo Rico
# Built
Hull Type
Long Keel


Length Overall
41 0 / 12.5 m
Length On Deck
37 11 / 11.6 m
Waterline Length
29 3 / 8.9 m
11 6 / 3.5 m
4 11 / 1.5 m
21,500 lbs / 9,752 kg
7,000 lbs / 3,175 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
962 ft2 / 89.4 m2
Total Sail Area
692.2 ft2 / 64.3 m2
Sail Area
285.1 ft2 / 26.5 m2
38 9 / 11.8 m
14 8 / 4.5 m
Mast Height
50 0 / 15.2 m
Sail Area
407 ft2 / 37.8 m2
43 11 / 13.4 m
18 6 / 5.6 m
Forestay Length
47 8 / 14.6 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
55 gal / 208 l


Water Capacity
150 gal / 568 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
7.25 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
good performance
less stiff, less powerful
Comfort Ratio
heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
better suited for ocean passages


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

Cabo Rico started building their sturdy boats from a corner of British Leyland’s Rover assembly plant in Costa Rica. Among their success stories has been the Cabo Rico 38 which has won a reputation for legendary soft motion and stout offshore performance. The design came from Bill Crealock who had previously designed the Tiburon 36 for Cabo Rico. Not many 36s were built but the 38 on the other hand found popularity in a time when Taiwanese manufacturers were beginning to dominate the US market.

The lines of the Cabo Rico 38 are timeless with a full keeled underbody which follows the design lineage of Crealock’s Tiburon. She’s configured as a true cutter with a bowsprit mounted foresail. Her sheerline is sweet which swings low (as is often the case for older seaworthy designs), with traditional trailboards and teak trim.

The construction is a balsa cored deck paired with a thick skinned balsa sandwich hull. Ballast is internal and changed from iron to lead at around hull 40. The mast is keel stepped. The Costa Rican craftsmen take tremendous pride in the quality of work, and it shows with the spectacular honey colored teak interiors that define these yachts. In fact on older versions, it is hard to find a single spot of gelcoat down below. While on most engine access is through the companionway, the engine location was moved forward on recent models to underneath the centerline galley.

Costa Rican craftsmen hand laid the first hull in 1977, and from there Cabo Rico Custom Yachts has delivered hulls are a steady clip. In fact for a long time, Cabo Rico was a one-boat manufacturer pumping out the 38 with an incredible variety of configurations. You name it, and a 38 will have a layout to suit: two heads, single cabin, v-berth, and so forth. In 1990, they introduced a popular pilothouse version.

There have been over 200 boats built to date, the last hull was built in 2005. Cabo Rico is currently reorganizing according to legal fillings in the state of Florida, USA.

Buyers Notes

Teak decks were common on 1980’s and earlier models. As with any screwed down teak decks, these can be prone to leaking.

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