The bridge deck rises on hydraulic rams, exposing an engine compartment with such great access I could lie down between the engines, though finding the lift button proved slightly awkward. Interestingly, the 40 HTX’s target competitor, Viking’s 42 Open, offers a portable remote to raise and lower the deck — a feature with both pros and cons. The Viking’s base price with 440 hp Cummins MerCruiser Zeus pods is approximately $947,000. I admired Cabo’s beautiful wiring and plumbing harnesses and a day hatch that provides alternate access.
Bridge-deck seating consists of an L-shape settee to port housing considerable rod storage and Stidd helm and companion chairs. Opposite, a module houses more tackle storage and an insulated drink box. I enjoyed superb visibility from the helm.
My test boat’s PipeWelders tower (approximately $70,000) looked integral, beautifully melding with the 40 HTX’s lines. Cabo mounted a huge console in the tower station — bigger than the one on the Cabo 44. Sight lines provide a great view of both the cockpit and foredeck.
My test boat was powered by Cummins MerCruiser Zeus pods with joystick control. This diesel propulsion system features Autotab, trim tabs built into the pods. These automatically deploy when you boost the throttle to limit bow rise. Upon attaining plane, the tabs auto-adjust according to the speed. You can override them if you wish to lift the windward side in a beam sea, or simply to compensate for load.
Waiting for a bridge to open or want to fish a specific piece of bottom structure? Press the “Skyhook” button and the pods automatically keep you within a few feet of your position and on the exact heading you were on.