The Gist: The 290 EC layout is a successful attempt to mirror the popular layout of the boat’s larger sister, the 310 EC. There’s a transom rumble seat; the aft lounge backrest drops to form a sun pad; and a long, serpentine lounge wraps from the port side and around the transom. There’s no seating to starboard but for the helm bench: That’s where the oversize wet bar resides. The effect is a wide, fluid pathway between platform and cabin.
Lasting Impression: The 290 is perfectly proportional for its size and purpose, neither too beamy for its length or too tall for its beam.
The Gist: This hardtop express lives up to Cabo’s reputation for quality engineering and the ability to raise fish. It turns on a dime, thanks to standard Zeus electronic steering that adjusts for boat speed to keep everyone safe. Based on the sea trial and discussions with Cabo’s factory captain, the 40 HTX’s best cruising speed, with respect to economy and engine load, is 2,710 rpm, making 32 knots and burning 45.4 gph for a net of 0.71 nm per gallon.
Lasting Impression: Beautiful styling includes the tower matching hull/deck profile lines and the integrated hardtop with a huge windshield.