Boat Test: Cabo 41

Cabo returns with a relaunch of the 41 Express.

August 7, 2019
Cabo 41 running shot
Cabo’s new sport-fisher is a stunning 41-foot game boat. Courtesy Cabo Yachts

“We’re looking for buyers who want more accommodations such as air conditioning, ­mezzanine seating, a nice galley, comfortable berths and more,” says Jeff Donahue, sport-fish segment director for Hatteras and Cabo.

Back in the early 1990s, this boatbuilder rolled out both flybridge and ­express models. Over the years, the Cabo name acquired a cache for high attention to detail, rock-solid construction and sport-fishing excellence—qualities that earned the brand high ­respect for nearly a quarter-century.

The Great Recession, which struck so many other boat brands, also ­eventually hit Cabo, which ­suspended production in 2014. But now Cabo, under the management of New Bern, North Carolina-based Hatteras Yachts, has resumed in earnest, as evidenced by the launch of its new 41.

Cabo 41 bridge deck
The bridge deck features L-shaped seating and a deluxe captain’s chair on the centerline. Courtesy Cabo Yachts

While Donahue touts comfort, ­offshore fishing is first and foremost aboard this model. For example, a molded-in 48-gallon livewell resides in the transom. An optional ­rocket launcher midcockpit features a recessed tray and drawer, along with six rod holders. Our test boat came with a pair of Rupp aluminum outriggers, which are integral to the lofty full-­tower upgrade with a second station.

To keep you comfortable while watching the trolling lines or kites, the 41 features upholstered mezzanine seating in the forward cockpit.

An optional bait freezer can be ­installed under the seat, or you can use the space as secure storage.


Want to haul in a big tuna or swordfish? A beefy tuna door built into the starboard transom side lets you slide one onto the cockpit sole. A pair of 44-gallon insole fish lockers accommodates plenty of ice to chill the catch.

Cabo 41 salon
A step-down companionway leads to a posh salon, galley and forward master stateroom. Courtesy Cabo Yachts

The cabin accommodations aboard the Cabo 41 are resplendent, accessed by a step-down companionway on the starboard-side of the bridge deck. The salon includes a convertible settee with a dining table to starboard, galley to port, and European-walnut cabinetry throughout. Wood-cabinet rod stowage resides adjacent to the settee.

In the port corner is a ­well-appointed head featuring a flush toilet, shower, vanity, sink, and integrated rod stowage inside the shower. In the bow, the master stateroom incorporates wood accents and cabinetry, plus an island queen berth and hanging lockers.


Topside, on the bridge deck, L-shaped seating lies to port. The captain’s chair is set on the centerline, with a companion chair to starboard. A refrigerator on the starboard-side is a great place to chill drinks for the crew. There’s also tackle stowage in the module that contains the fridge.

Cabo 41 head compartment
The head compartment offers an enclosed shower, a sink and vanity, and a flush toilet. Courtesy Cabo Yachts

A standard 11,000 Btu ­air-conditioning unit cools the ­cabin quarters, and an ­optional 24,000 Btu air-­conditioning ­system keeps the crew cool on the bridge deck. Both systems are ­powered by an 11 kW diesel generator.

Three Garmin GPSMap 8622 multifunction displays span the helm panel, with the entire bridge deck protected by a wrap-around tempered-glass windshield with polycarbonate panels closing the gap between the top of the windshield and the hardtop to enclose the bridge deck on three sides.


The Cabo 41 features a bow rail, which runs contrary to the rail-free Carolina styling of most East Coast sport-fishers.

Cabo 41 tower
The full-tower option includes a pair of Rupp aluminum outriggers. Courtesy Cabo Yachts

However, the Cabo line originated on the West Coast (the first models were built in Adelanto, California), where offshore anglers often walk forward to cast to tailing marlin. And so the bow rail serves as reminder of the brand’s roots. The 41 also comes with an integrated bow pulpit with an anchor roller. A vertical windlass hauls up the ground tackle.

With a deep-V hull and 15 degrees of deadrise at the transom, the Cabo 41 rides smoothly through waves and chop, and handles confidently while cornering at speed. Powered by twin Volvo Penta 725 hp D11 ­turbo-diesel inboards, an upgrade from the standard 625 hp D11s, the Cabo 41 achieved a top speed of 40.71 mph at 2,400 rpm.

An optional ­joystick control at both the helm and tower station can be integrated with the inboards and a bow thruster, and that helps immensely whenever maneuvering in tight quarters.

If any boat can manage to lure offshore ­anglers away from center-­consoles and back into an inboard-diesel-­powered express, the Cabo 41 is it.

Volvo Penta D11
The Cabo 41 features Volvo Penta D11 inline-six-cylinder turbo-diesel inboards. Base engine output is 625 hp per 10.8-liter-displacement diesel. Courtesy Cabo Yachts


Length: 42’10”
Beam: 15’9″
Draft: 3’5″
Fuel: 550 gal.
Water: 95 gal.
Displacement: 31,000 lb.
Max HP: 1,450
Price: $1,095,000 (w/ twin 625 hp Volvo Penta D11s)
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Test Conditions

Weather: Sunny
Location: Key Largo, Florida
Wind: West 10 mph
Sea State: 1- to 2-foot chop
Test Load: Four adults, 500 gallons of fuel


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