A Look Inside the New Cabo 36 Express
Cabo Yachts does a re-do on the 36 Express, coming soon to the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The most striking difference between the old and the new is the presence of teak, where there use to be fiberglass. Sure, the cabinet doors have always been wood, but now all of the cabinetry and the framing, as well as door frames, stowage lockers, and bulkheads, are all finished in this eye-soothing material. The cabin sole is teak and holly, and the dinette table is glossy teak. The wall and overhead coverings, other parts of the Cabo’s cabin that used to be gel coated, are now finished with padded panels.
You want a semi-custom interior? No problem; the 36 offers four different color and pattern choices for the upholstery and bedding. That means you—and four other crewmembers— can sleep in whatever style you choose when you hit the bunks, during that long overnighter at the canyons. The forward stateroom offers a twin berth with a raised single over it, and the dinette folds down into a double. There won’t be much privacy since the stateroom is open to the rest of the cabin, but this is common on expresses in this size range, and it makes for a lot of elbow room belowdecks. The compact galley to port, with a two-burner stove-top, under-counter refrigerator/freezer, sink, and microwave, maintains that spacious feel. Countertops are Corian, and feature fiddle rails around the edges. The cabin will even look good in the dark, thanks to recessed under-cabinet lighting.
Abovedecks the Cabo 36 remains essentially the same as the older version, with seating for four at a helm deck that’s protected by one of Cabo’s massive windshields, with a welded-aluminum frame that’s painted in polyurethane. The cockpit is designed to get bloody, with a bait prep station including a sink, cutting board, and tackle stowage; a 40-gallon livewell in the transom; padded gunwale bolsters; two integrated, macerated fishboxes in the deck; and a fighting chair reinforcement plate laminated into the deck.
Cabo is also offering new interior options on their 40 Flybridge (and will have an all-new 44 Express at the show). Like the 36, the boat gains a warmer feel by eliminating stark white gel coat, and replacing it with more wood and new custom décor patterns. You want to get an eyeball on them for yourself? The opportunity is less than two weeks away, at the Fort Lauderdale Boat show.
- Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including Boats.com and Yachtworld.com. With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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