Cabo Yachts enjoys a reputation for great engineering, creative designs and a demonstrated ability to raise fish. That legacy continues with the new “hardtop express” model, the 40 HTX.
Let’s start in the cockpit. Hawse pipes in the transom corners afford unfettered tie-ups. I spied an interesting footrest in the portside cockpit module that folds away when not in use. The portside module houses refrigerator/freezers and sports cushions designed so you don’t need to remove and resnap them to get into the boxes. Also, it’s nice that the hatch on the box is split (as are the cushions) so that crew seated on the mezzanine need not stand if someone wants access. The refrigerated boxes have Dometic’s Cruisair chill coils molded right into the fiberglass, making cleaning easy.
Opposite, I found a rigging station and removable tackle boxes in the starboard module.You could install optional cockpit controls or an electric grill there instead. Fuel valves, raw-water filters and pumps hide under the centerline lazarette hatch. Fish boxes port and starboard can be plumbed for a cold plate. Need to rush forward? I discovered wide side decks and excellent handholds all the way to the bow.