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    1979 Cabo Rico 38
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    North Carolina, United States
    1979 Cabo Rico 38
    $58,000 USD

1979 Cabo Rico 38

North Carolina, United States
$58,000 USD
Condition: Excellent

Complete refit 2020 Cabot Rico38. This boat is ready to go. She comes with 5 gal bottom paint of highest quality. Typically a 5yr paint or more used by navy. Photos and equipment list to follow shortly.

Equipment: Ground tackle 35lb car High tensil danforth 2 danforth anchors 66lb car storm anchor Manuel windlass 600ft 5/8 3 strand rode 170(approx) 3/8 triple B chain Various spare lines Dock lines

Electronics New Garmin chart plotter with sonar/depth Simrad autopilot Icom vhf New in Hull depth sounder ray Marine Furuno radar

Engine Perkins 4-108

Rebuilt rod bearings up… New valve train 150 amp Balmar alt. Spare alt New hoses and high end clamps 3 new starters.

Electrical New wiring(80%) remaining circuits deemed good. 2000w inverter 2 265w 24v solar panels High end charge controller with in and out circuit breaker 2 135a a GM batteries 2 new 125a flooded deep cycle batteries 1 starting battery 2 battery control switching New 12v refrigeration Water maker 2 new bilge pumps ( high capacity)

Plumbing New fresh water pump New water lines. New galley faucet Engine driven hot water Atlantic Marine hot water heater New propane supply line and safety shut off

Rigging New oversized standing rigging Roller furling headship New halyards Excellent condition all sails Fully batton main Staysail Drifter Spare mainsail( old sail) Selftailing primary winches Lazy jacks Fully enclosed cockpit

Gear Dingy davits 10 full hard bottom inflatable Tuhatsu 9.9 Full sun cover Documented Vessel USCG

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William Crealock
Cabo Rico
Cabo Rico
# Built


Length Overall
37 11 / 11.6 m
Length On Deck
37 11 / 11.6 m
Waterline Length
37 11 / 11.6 m
12 0 / 3.7 m
4 11 / 1.5 m
21,500 lb / 9,752 kg
7,000 lb / 3,175 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
962′² / 89.4 m²
Total Sail Area
692′² / 64.3 m²
Sail Area
285′² / 26.5 m²
38 9 / 11.8 m
14 8 / 4.5 m
Mast Height
50 0 / 15.2 m
Sail Area
407′² / 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
Engine Hours


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.

Links, References and Further Reading

» Cabo Rico 38, John Kretschmer, Used Boat Notebook
» Cabo Rico 38, Earl R Hinz, Seatrials
» Cabo Rico 38 Review, Richard Jordan, Waves



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