Powering into the Atlantic, closely spaced two- to three-foot seas proved a nonevent for the 40 HTX. Drifting in a beam sea, the Cabo exhibited a remarkably short roll moment with very gentle transitions.
It turns on a dime, thanks to standard Zeus electronic steering that adjusts for boat speed to keep everyone safe. Based on my 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.
Heading belowdecks, I found a handsome rod locker to showcase fishing weapons. To starboard an L-shape settee pulls out, forming a twin berth, while its back hooks to the overhead as a pullman berth. Or, replace the settee with an enclosed second cabin with over/under singles. The primary sleeping quarters in the fo’c’sle consist of an island double with tray stowage beneath the mattress. The head boasts lots of room and a stall shower. The small galley comes equipped with a microwave, single-burner cooktop, stainless sink and refrigerator/freezer drawers under the counter. The entire cabin is lined with beautiful book-matched teak veneer.
The 40 HTX’s impressive construction consists of a solid bottom, cored topsides and vacuum-bagged decks. The biaxial fabric is set in vinylester resin.
While every inch the hard-core fishing machine, the 40 HTX exudes a sense of cruising comfort at the same time. Integrating the hardtop with the windshield — eliminating the curtains between the two — makes this boat look radically better. Looks aside, however, rest assured that if it’s a Cabo yacht, it still raises fish.
Comparable model: Viking 42 Open