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Cabo Rico 38
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4 7668 Fri December 28, 2007
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Description: Cabo Rico 38
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed February 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Modified full keel (5 ft. draft), 2 staterooms, teak interior, head w/ shower
Excellent sailing, to quote a friend, "she sails because she loves to sail."
Moderate to heavy displacement cruising hull is very stable, yet efficient sailing vessel.
Avoid models with teak decks unless they have been properly maintained.
Overall satisfaction is good to excellent, most of my problems with my boat have arisen from the first owner's poor maintenance habits!
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Review Date: Wed January 3, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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"Alcyone" was built in 1984, and we purchased her in 1995 from the original owner , who had kept her in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Our last boat, was a SeaSprite 34 which we sailed for 12 years and loved dearly. However we just got tired of sailing at a 30 degree angle of heel all the time, and the older we got the more we kept bumping into each other in this narrow beamed boat. I have always been a sucker for clipper bows and have always loved the Cabo Rico 38.
So after selling our S.S. 34 we began seaching. Because price is always a factor, a new boat was definitely out of the question. We narrowed the search down to the Cabo Rico 38, the Shannon 38, and the Bristol 40. The older Bristol 40 was basically a larger version of the S.S. 34 so we eliminated her.We have always liked the Shannon 38 but were unable to find one to fit our budget. After deciding that the Cabo Rico 38 was what we wanted, the search began. We travelled the coast from Virginia to Maine looking for a decent boat. We quickly learned that most boats kept in the Mid-Atlantic states, that stay in the water year round, are usually not as well kept as boats in New England. I even had one in Texas looked at for me by a local surveyor. It didn't pan out. We discovered that most of these older boats had some serious leaking problems in the scupper areas do to faulty design. It got so that when we looked at a boat the first thing I checked was the port & starboard cabinetry in the area of the scuppers.We did find some boats with deteriorating woodwork in these areas, so this was a problem with this vintage boat. Also we found engine oil leaks to be quite prevelent. After a long search we found "Alcyone", whose scuppers had been repaired, and was in excellent condition compared to what we had seen, and didn't appear to have any major leaking problems. My wife Janice does not like leaky boats. We are nearly finished restoring the boat to near new condition. Since 1995 we have discovered only one major leak which we are having trouble with, when occasionally sailing with the rail under we do get some water under the settees in the storage lockers. To try and pinpoint the exact location is just about impossible without removing the ceiling in the lockers, and even then the chances of finding the entry point is near zero. So by rebedding chain plates and hardware we nearly solved the problem. All of the ports have also been rebedded and new gaskets installed as well. We are happy with as dry a boat as we can get.
We sail in Buzzards Bay, and as you may or may not know, when the Southwester really cranks up in the afternoon, a short steep chop is the end result. With this boat you do have to pile on enough sail to drive thru these conditions or you will lose all forward speed. What seems to work for me is a full set of sails (120 Genoa, Staysail, and full Main) to about 15 knots apparent, from 15-25 knots a reefed Main is needed with the Genny rolled in a bit, without loss of speed, and lessening weather helm. All of this of course depends on the point of sail. Surprisingly she goes fairly well to weather with angles in the 40-45 degree range, which is adequate for my type of sailing. (Perhaps the new sails now being built will help even more). On a close-beam reach she absolutely screams.
As far as sail handling equiptment, we added traveler controls, and the original primary winches could be a bit larger, but I think you will find this problem on most boats. Overall I can singlehand this boat quite comfortably, but tacking the boat calls for falling way off in order to get the Genny to clear around the stays'l forestay. The higher clew on the new Yankee we are having made will hopefully help this problem. Hopefully this will not effect driving thru the Buzzards Bay chop. Everything is a compromise. In light air (6-8 knots)with flat seas, we find her to sail fairly well considering the 20K pounds and all the wetted surface area. 12 knots of wind is when she begins to perform. Besides, the days of sitting in the swelltering sun bobbing around are over for me, I now use the Iron Genny in those conditions.
I hope that this helps anyone interested in Cabo Rico 38s, and by the way there is nothing better for a mans ego as when someone comments on how beautiful your boat is.
Feel free to contact me..
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marcusjan
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Registered: August 2007
Location: netherlands
Review Date: Thu August 23, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: she lookes good and is a save boat for a couple
Cons:

we are sailing hull 172 (cabo rico 38)
from 1996 - 2000 UK-France-Belgium-Netherlands
2000 - Italy-France-Spain
Most of the time just the 2 of us at beautifull anchorages having a great time
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tasmanisle
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Registered: January 2004
Review Date: Fri December 28, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hi,
I have just purchased a Cabo Rico Triburon 36 which I am told is the same as a 38. Is there anyone that can assist me with any information about this boat, I have some rudder problems and what appears to be electrolosis, I discovered that the port and starboard lights were shorting out through the bowsprit. Any info would be appreciated
regards
Rob
Australia
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