This Boat is Off Market

  • Off Market
  • Sail / Cruisers
  • Cabo Rico / 38 Plan B Cutter
  • 1985 / Used
  • 38' / 11'6"
  • 2001 Yanmar 4JH3-E
  • 56 hp
  • 802 hrs
  • Diesel

Cruisers 1985 Cabo Rico 38 Plan B Cutter

Off Market since Aug 2nd 2016

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Here is a nice example of the very popular and beautiful Cabo Rico 38 blue water full keeled cruiser that will take you anywhere you want to go in comfort and safety. Cabo Rico yachts are fast yet comfortable underway, the cutter rig makes her both safe and amazingly easy to sail. This proven Crealock design balances beautifully in both light airs and heavy weather. The hands off tracking ability combined with a fine turn of speed, have shown her to be a classic in every sense of the word, and contains the a mazing Costa Rican teak woodwork below, giving a warm and homey feeling which is difficult to find in todays boats.... if you are looking for a true, proven cruising boat this may be the one.

Boat Name "Melrose" Specs Builder: Cabo Rico Yachts
Designer: William Crealock
Flag of Registry: United States
Keel: Full
Dimensions LOA: 38 ft 0 in
Beam: 11 ft 6 in
LWL: 29 ft 3 in
Maximum Draft: 5 ft 0 in
Displacement: 21000 lbs
Ballast: 7800 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 53 ft 0 in
Engines Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Year Built: 2001
Engine Model: 4JH3-E
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 802
Drive Type: Direct Drive
Engine Power: 56 HP
Tanks Fresh Water Tanks: (150 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (50 Gallons)
Holding Tanks: (40 Gallons)

Vessel Sepecifications


Melrose is the Plan B model, with a comfortable headroom of 6'4". The main salon has a U-shaped settee with beautiful teak table and a bench settee opposite. The galley is to port with a double SS Sink and an insulated top load icebox with 12 volt Grunert unit. The navigation station is across with ample storage and comfort. There is a large quarter berth starboard. The interior boasts beautiful Costa Rican teak and the sole is teak and holly. Forward is the master stateroom with overhead hatch and bronze opening ports, and plenty of storage in shelves and cabinets also under the berth. There is a separate shower stall in the enclosed head to starboard.


U- shaped with ample storage areas.

  – 12 volt water cooled Grunert refrigeration
  – 2 burner propane stove/oven
  – Seawater faucet and filters

  – Hot and cold pressure water
  – Deep double SS sinks
  – Engine and 120 volt hot water heater

Electronics Nav Equipment

--Electronics upgraded with added breaker panel to support 2011.

--Raymarine CW120 Multifunction Display at helm

--CW90 MFD at nav. Station twined with one at helm

--Raymarine Type 3 hydraulic linear drive autopilot with P70 control head

--Raymarine RD418D Radar, displays over charts on MFDs

--Standard Horizon GX2150 VHF with AIS receiver tied to MFDs, auto fog horn

--Hailer horn with integral microphone

--Navionics chips with charts for North America, Central/South-America, Caribbean Bermuda

--Iridium 9555 Satphone and station

--Icom BC 152 vhf handheld

--Icom 802 SSB with latest Dragon P4 modem. Works great with Sailmail and current weather routing service.

Mechanical Engine Equipment

  – Yanmar 4JH#-E 56hp engine, 802 hours as of 1/19/16
  – 4(four) 12volt gel cell batteries
  – 110 volt 30 amp shorepower
  – Heart 1500watt inverter/charger
  – Honda EU2000i portable gas generator w/ marine outlet


  – Aluminum mast and boom
  – Keel stepped cutter rigged
  – All stainless steel standing and rigging
  – New running rigging in 2005
  – Harken and Profurl furling systems for genoa and staysail
  – winches
  – Boom vang
  – All halyards led aft
  – Lazy jacks for the main
  – New main sail
  – New staysail
  – New Genoa
  – Storm trysail
  – All sails replaced in 2016-Quantum Sails to Cabo Rico design
  – Self-tailing genoa sail sheet

Deck Hull

  – Windlass
  – 2 anchors with rode and chain
  – Dodger
  – Cockpit shade
  – Stereo AM/FM/CD with 6 speakers
  – Interior cushions Ultra-leather foam
  – Bimini-
  – Docklines
  – Fenders
  – Life preservers
  – Flares
  – Horn
  – Bell
  – Swim ladder

Recent Upgrades

2016 New main, headsail and staysail Quantum Sails to original Cabo design. There are also an older gennaker and stormsail. Awnings for bow and aft of mast plus side curtains on the lifelines shield the cockpit (very useful at sea)

2011 Givens 6 person life raft mounted forward of the mast

25 gal fuel bladder for extended range, straps to deck and roll up for storage. Gravity drain into fuel tank.

2015 Achilles 4 person inflatable floor dinghy.

Older Nissan 5hp outboard with integral fuel tank.

2015 Forespar whisker pole and RigRite mast hardware.

New West Marine water pressure pump

Head rebuilt 2014

2014 Replaced manual windlass with Muir Cheetah powered windlass 200feet 5/16chain

2014 Spectra Ventura 150 watermaker installed

2014 Battery compartment re-wired, engine battery relocated, 4 th house battery added.

2014 Yanmar 55 amp alternator replaced with Balmar 120 amp.

Added Edson teak cockpit table

Edson rail mount for outboard

2014 Webasto AT5500 diesel boat heater

2013 Kato Marine dinghy davits with solar panel risers.

2013 70 watt solar panels

2013 Deck painted with two-part epoxy, white areas only.

Honda EU2000i portable gas generator with marine outlet

2012 Hull painted from waterline stripe to gunnel, two-part epoxy

Re-glazed portholes 2015/2016

All bulbs changed to LEDs including running lights, huge power reduction

Additional Information

First impressions, as they say, only get one chance, and few boats make a more lasting mark than a Cabo Rico. These winsome cutters, draped in teak, inspire dreams of quitting your job and sailing to faraway places. Its just that kind of boat. Bill Crealock pushed all the right aesthetic buttons when he first designed the Cabo Rico. Crealock stated in his design notes, "The Cabo Rico 38 hull shape is the one in which everything came together best." Cabo Ricos history is truly unique in the boat building industry. The company was born almost 40 years ago in a corner of the British Leland assembly plant in San Jose, Costa Rica, through a yachtsman's love for boating. This man, John Schofield, knew first-hand the craftsmanship and work ethic exhibited by Costa Ricans, who are highly skilled and well educated. They have lived with pride in a politically stable democracy for well over 100 years! Costa Rica, the Switzerland of the Americas. This dedicated and loyal labor force, with an average tenure of over 15 years, is Cabo Ricos greatest strength. They combine an eagerness to constantly improve and learn new techniques with top skills and true pride in their work. They take the time necessary to give attention to each detail. The expertise and care they apply to every facet of the boat building process is their integral contribution to these boats' "Passage to Perfection." The artisans use only the finest materials available world-wide. The exquisite, honey colored Costa Rican teak is plantation grown and, due to the far-thinking environmental and ecological policies of this prosperous little country, will continue grace these boats. Its been more than 25 years since the first hull was laid in Costa Rica, and close to 200 boats and thousands of bluewater miles later, it is not cavalier to refer to the Cabo Rico 38 as a classic. You can list it next to other legendary long-keeled cruisers like the Bermuda 40, Bristol 40 and Shannon 38. The first Cabo Rico 38 was completed in 1977. Although the offshore marine industry in Taiwan was beginning to dominate the cruising boat market in the late 1970's, and consumers were warming to the idea of foreign-built boats, building boats in Central America still carried the stigma of the banana republic. Could they really build decent boats in Latin America? The solid construction and sheer beauty of the Cabo Rico 38 proved that indeed they could.

Manufacturers Comments

C abo Rico Custom Yachts has quietly, without fanfare, taken its place as the best builder of the finest cruising sailboats in the world. Established in 1965, "Cabo Rico has gained a well- deserved reputation ... (by) paying close attention to detail", states SAILING MAGAZINE.

C abo Rico yachts are fast yet comfortable underway, safe and amazingly easy to sail. Balancing beautifully in light or heavy air, the hands off tracking ability combines with good pointing and a fine turn of speed. Elegant and comfortable living accommodations surround you with hand finished, solid teak, plantation grown in Costa Rica. Designed to carry all the provisions and equipment you need for long distance sailing, they will take you quickly and safely anywhere you want to go... and back again.

Sailing as it is meant to be!

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