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1985 Cabo Rico 38

location icon San Diego, California
Year 1985
Length 38 ft

38' Cabo Rico 38 '85 "Truant"

The Cabo Rico was built as a high-quality cruiser with finely crafted beautiful woodwork below. Known for their kind seakeeping, and sturdy build, this full keel cruiser has been proven in the Sea of Cortez and Southern California.  Maintenance log 2011-2020 is available.


Sailing Magazine:

"Cabo Rico 38...Timeless design and sturdy build are the hallmarks of this accomplished cruiser. Crealock stated in his design notes, "The Cabo Rico 38 hull shape is the one in which everything came together best."

Cabo Rico is an unlikely success story. The company was founded in the mid-60s by John Schofield, who managed British Leyland's Rover Plant in San Jose, Costa Rica. Cabo Rico came of age when Edi and Fraser Smith took over the company in the late 1980s. It has a timeless quality. The sweep of the hull includes a clipper-style bow with a sprit and handsome teak carved trailboards, and a fair bit of overhang. The counter stern is narrow and no doubt seakindly in a following sea. If you appreciate traditional boats you'll find the Cabo Rico's sheerline a thing of beauty."


Boats We Love:

"Nearly 200 Cabo Rico 38s were built between 1978 and 2008."


Used Boat Review:

"This boat succeeds because she never pretends to be anything but what she is--a serious cruising boat for serious cruisers. Among common features, they have ample capacity for fuel and fresh water, a strong rig and manageable sail plans, and accommodations and features that consider the safety of the crew and guests above all else. The overall length of the Cabo Rico 38 is actually 41 feet due to a three foot bowsprit. Waterline length is 29'3"; beam is 11'6"; draft is listed by the manufacturer at an even five feet; and displacement is 21,500 pounds. The Cabo Rico 38 hull is constructed of fiberglass laminates. Although some balsa core is used in the hull sides above the static waterline, the core is intended for thermal and sound insulation rather than for strength. Decks and cabin structures are built with half-inch balsa wood core between fiberglass laminates, although core materials are eliminated in the area of through-bolted hardware. Cabo Rico uses solid fiberglass for structural reinforcement below the waterline...There are plenty of deck hatches, opening ports and dorades for good ventilation of cabin spaces. With a full keel and its associated high wetted surface area, the Cabo Rico 38 has a whopping displacement/length ratio of 375, a sail area/displacement ratio of 15.2, and rigging shroud chain plates at the deck edge. When all the pros and cons are considered, this is still a tough boat to beat if you're looking for a serious cruising boat in this size range."


Year Built 1985
Category Sail
Length Overall 41 ft
Length Of Deck 38 ft
Beam 11'6 ft
Cabin Headroom 6'2 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID CQB38105D585
Min Draft 5 ft
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 46 hp
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 56 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. GRP
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 46 gal
Water Tank Mat. GRP
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 30 gal
Holding Tank Mat. GRP
Ballast 78,000 lb
Displacement 21,000 lb
Bridge Clearance 50 ft

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Westerbeke
Model: W-46
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 46hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 Blade
Engine Hours: 2520

Hand-crafted teak interior, with the desirable Plan B layout features a forward stateroom with access to the chain locker above the Pullman berth. Many storage lockers and drawers. Next aft is the head and separate shower stall to starboard. The salon has a long settee to port, and a dinette to starboard. More storage lockers as well. The u-shaped galley is aft of the settee to port. Good counter space with refrigeration and galley storage. Across from the galley is the navigation table which is forward of the quarter berth. She is bright and airy with enough comforts and storage for long voyages.


Dometic 12V refrigerator (new)

20burner Seaward propane stove

Pressure and manual water system

6-gal Kuuma water heater (new)

2-basin sink

Manual fresh water pump

Electronics and Navigation

Raymarine depth sounder

Autohelm 3000 autopilot (non-operational)

Raytheon Pathfinder radar

Standard Horizon VHF radio

Kenwood stereo with (2) speakers


12V DC

(4) US-1800 deep cycle batteries – 208 AH

(1) 12V starting battery

Xantrex TRUECharge 2 charger

West Marine 1000W inverter

Kyocera 135SX and Siemens 48W solar panels


45-lb CQR, plow and small Danforth anchors

130’ of 5/16” hi test chain and 200’ 5/8” nylon 3 strand (plus an additional 360’ more 5/8” nylon 3 strand, spliced 

S-L Hyspeed manual windlass

Bimini, Stack-Pac, and staysail cover

Anchor and steaming lights

Deck light

Running lights

Spreader light

Tricolor light

Bow pulpit and rails

Lifelines and stanchions

Boarding gates

Dock lines and fenders

Swim ladder


Dinghy davits

Outboard mount

Radar reflector



Actual LOA: 41’

Last bottom paint – 10/21/15

Sails and Rigging

Manual boom vang

Wire standing rigging

Manual backstay adjuster

Aluminum keel-stepped mast

Mainsheet traveler

Harken roller furling on headsail


 (2) Barient #23 self-tailing

 (3) Barient #12

 (2) Barient #10




 (2) Genoas

 Asymmetrical spinnaker

Engine and Mechanical

Bilge blower

Fuel filter

Raw water sea strainer

Stove and engine fuel shut-off valves

Cockpit engine controls

(1) manual and (1) electric bilge pump

Manual wheel steering

Manual head

30-gal FRP holding tank


(6) life jackets

(3) dry chemical fire extinguishers

Emergency tiller

Horseshoe buoy


All seller’s personal effects on board and the dinghy are excluded from the sale of this vessel.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.