Cabo Rico 38

US $78,000 Finance
38' - 11.58m
Family, Cruising, Live Aboard
Vessel Location
Launch Year
Hull Material

Beautiful and Seakindly Bluewater Cruiser offered for $78,000 USD.

Caramba is a very comfortable and true bluewater cruiser. Designed by one of the world's most respected yacht designers, William Crealock. He said in design notes "The Cabo Rico 38 hull shape is the one in which everything came together best. ". John Kretschmer notes in his review of the Cabo Rico 38 that " It is certainly true that few boats make a more lasting mark than the Cabo Rico 38. This winsome cutter, draped in teak, inspires dreams of quitting your job and sailing to faraway places. It's just that kind of boat. "
We have owned 'Caramba' for over 20 years and in 2014 completed an extremely thorough refit. She has been a wonderful home and sailing companion and we never had any intention giving her up. So no detail was overlooked and no expense was spared. However, our life plans have changed and she is now available for sale. She is truly well outfitted and turnkey ready to take new owners anywhere in the world. Please let us know if you would like any further details or would like to coordinate a visit to see this wonderful cruiser for yourself.

Extensive refit completed in 2014
Beta Marine 50HP and Borg Warner Velvet Drive
Spectra Cape Horn Extreme Watermaker (56L/Hr @ 4.2W/L)
Top of the line cruising sail inventory in great shape
Carbon fiber whisker pole and many rigging upgrades
Iridium Go! with external antenna
Furuno UHD radar, MFD, and chartplotter with extensive chart collection
450 Watts of Solar mounted on top of the line Iverson dodger and bimini with offshore frame
Many interior comforts including pillow top mattress, Dickinson Newport heater, Dickinson Mediterranean stove

Dickinson Diesel heater Dickinson Mediterranean 3 burner stove New (2014) solid teak and maple cabin sole in main salon and vberth White/Red Alpenglow LEDs throughout as well as multiple LED light bars for additional brightness. Well ventilated with 9 cabin fans. (7) Caframo Scirocco (2) Caframo Ultimate Sony MEX-B100BT Stereo (New 2018) with Polk Audio interior speakers and Bose external speakers Custom innerspring mattress with pillowtop in V-Berth Pullout berth in the salon makes full size bed, 2 meters/6.5 feet long Updated cushions throughout (cockpit, salon, quarter berth) waterproof mattress covers for vberth and quarter berth with templates that can be used for any future coverings you desire Port side lee cloth made from Phifertex and Sunbrella fabrics
Fridge- / Freezer: Cool Blue system from Technautics.  Research shows it is one of the better units in that it not only has a great compressor but also a receiver/dryer unit.  It is easy to maintain and very efficient.  Owners also opted for one of the larger holding plates they offered.  The holding plate is in the freezer portion of the cold box and the refrigerator is forward of that with insulated divider between.  Much the same way a household unit is organized.  The original cold box insulation was removed and replaced with more effective material as part of the refit.    
Caramba has two shower systems:  One is in the head and utilises the sink plumbing with an ingenious sump system designed by the manufacturer (detailed in head video).  The second is a flush mount cockpit shower (by Whale Systems) with an integrated hot/cold mixer valve.  So it is nicely unobtrusive and easily accessible.  

Carbon fiber whisker pole with heavy duty offshore fittings installed on mast front track (New 2017) Asymmetrical cruising spinnaker with ATN Spinnaker Sock Stormsail with dedicated separate track, outhaul and tack Port and starboard preventers led through ronstan low friction rings spliced to dyneema Custom dyneema lazy jack system Shaeffer traveller mounted on custom UHMW frame Selden rodkicker vang Selden boom with internal control lines and clutches Running backstays with Schaeffer blocks and dyneema runners Lewmar Self tailing winches for Jib sheets, Main halyard and sheets Silicon bronze chainplates, bobstay and stem fittings (New 2014) White/Red Imtra LED spreader lights, White/Blue LED boarding lights

Sails designed and constructed by Carol Hasse of Port Townsend Sails
Fully battened main with Schaeffer battslide system and strong track (New strong track 2018) Jib on Profurl Furler with foam luff and two reef points Staysail on Profurl Furler with on deck track and control lines led to spinlock clutches in cockpit

Iversons dodger and bimini with 60 mil. Makrolon windows and offshore frame (1.25 inch stainless tubing) with side grabrails, solar panel mounting system and installed zippers to facilitate adding full enclosure panels. Edson cockpit table Folding stainless swim ladder by Mystic Stainless Dickinson SeaBQue Kato Marine stainless pole with delrin sleeves for external antennas including purpose made mount for Furuno radome and quick pivot system for adjustment of radar angle Outboard lifting davit Mantus anchor rail mount for stern anchor Schaeffer jib tracks replaced with refit

Viking Rescyou Pro 4 person life raft new 2018 ACR Global Fix Pro 406MHZ GPS EPIRB Lifesling in fiberglass case (upgrade from cloth pouch) with additional 5:1 lifting tackle option. Davis Radar Reflector Dedicated throw rope Extensive ditch kits Assorted flares and signaling devices Offshore medical kits Four Amerex serviceable fire extinguishers. This includes one halon. All recently inspected and serviced.

Automatic diaphragm bilge pump with cycle counter is first line of defense and located in lowest portion of the bilge. This is self priming and less affected by head pressure than centrifugal pumps. Manual Jabsco gusher pump is also routed to lowest point in bilge Crash pump is located below the engine but above other pumps. This is a Rule 4000 centrifugal pump with dedicated switching and wired directly to the battery fuse panel (i. E., not main power distribution panel). Output is via a two inch reinforced hose exiting a dedicated thru hull well above the waterline.

ICOM ICM-506 with integrated AIS Receiver ICOM external command mic at helm Furuno UHD Digital Radar Furuno MFD8 at helm with radar display, depth, sea temperature, and chart plotter with extensive set of charts Garmin fishfinder with Chirp Iridium GO satellite hotspot with external antenna DMK Wireless repeater. Transmits NMEA 2000 data to phones and tablets Monitor Windvane (new in 2015) Raymarine Tillerpilot ST-1000+

Rocna 25KG with 300ft chain spliced to an additional 200 ft of nylon Fortress FX-37 with chain/rope rode Danforth (approximately equivalent to current S2000 model) with chain/rope (8 plait) rode 10KG genuine bruce anchor with chain/rope (8 plait) rode Maxwell 2200 VWC windlass with separate chain stopper Flush mounted windlass foot controls at bow Reinforced bronze stem fitting at waterline for snubber attachment. Increases effective scope and eliminates chafe from bobstay. Flush mounted jabsco saltwater washdown pump

All wiring inspected for continuity and corrosion in 2014. Any suspect wire and all outdated components were replaced. New blue sea power distribution panel custom made from factory to include
Automatic charge relay for both house and starting bank Remote isolation switches for both house and starting bank Integrated AC Multimeter 24 position DC Panel 7 position AC panel with reverse polarity indicator
Prosine 1000 watt inverter with isolation switch Xantrex linkpro DC amp hour meter and battery monitor Balmar smartgauge battery monitor Two pronautic 50 amp battery chargers wired together to provide redundancy while producing a total possible 100amps of charging. These battery chargers have "Automatic Global AC input - they are designed for 100-240VAC operation at 60HZ (US) and 50HZ (European and Australian)" DEI Failsafe Galvanic Isolation System Smart Plug shorepower connection Balmar "big red" AT Series high output alternator on engine with external balmar mc-614 regulator all new in 2014 Four Rolls Surrette EIW250 6V flooded deep cycle batteries with hydrocaps. Wired series/parallel to produce 500AH at 12V. With regular equalization these batteries are a great fit with the limited charging available to cruisers at anchor. Not something that can honestly be said for AGM batteries. 450 watts rigid solar panels installed on dodger. Arranged in two separate arrays each with a dedicated MPPT blue sky controller.

Water tanks are fiberglass. These are stronger than rotomolded and do not have the pitting and corrosion issues associated with stainless steel. As part of refit all water tanks were removed, cleaned, new fittings and access ports added, and relined with food grade NSP 120 barrier coat. In addition, all water lines were replaced and new water heater, watermaker, and water filtration installed.
Spectra Cape Horn Extreme watermaker Raritan 6 gallon water heater (A/C and heat exchanger heating) Seagull IV Water Filter installed in galley Whale Gusher foot pump for saltwater spigot in galley with dedicated thru hull (new in 2018) 311 Liter (82 Gallon) forward water tank under v-berth 341 Liter (90 Gallon) midship water tank under cabin sole Shurflo Aquaking pressurized water pump

95 Liter (25 Gallon) aluminum diesel day tank was replaced with new in 2014 102 Liter (27 Gallon) Fiberglass diesel tank. Removed, cleaned, with new fittings and access port installed as part of refit. 151 Liter (40 Gallon) holding tank with port and starboard access ports

Achilles HB-300FX Mercury 9.9 four stroke

Teak decks were removed and core thoroughly inspected for any water intrusion. None found and any hardware piercing deck was potted. Core was reefed out around fasteners, filled with thickened structural epoxy (west systems 404) and then countersunk prior to reinstallation of all fasteners. We have been very strict in demanding any fastener piercing the deck follow this protocol.
All port lights were removed and core was inspected for water intrusion (none found). Port lights were then "Potted". Core was then removed to at least one inch and replaced with thickened epoxy to provide barrier to any future water intrusion. Ports were then re-installed using sikaflex and butyl tape as bedding compounds.

US $78,000    Finance    Insurance
Vessel Name
Launch Year
38' - 11.58m
Vessel Location
South Pacific
William Crealock
Hull Material
Decks Material
Beta Marine 50 HP with Borg Warner Velvet Drive
Number Engines
Fuel Type

Louie Bugenig
City / Suburb
Gig Harbor

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