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1990 Cabo Rico

$89,000 USD

  • $89,000 USD
  • Glen Appelbaum
  • Active
  • Used
  • Cruiser Racer Sailboats
  • 1990
  • Cabo Rico
  • Charleston, South Carolina, US
  • Sail
  • 38ft / 11.58 m
  • 11ft 6in / 3.51 m
  • Westerbeke
  • Diesel
  • Fiberglass
  • 2010-03-03
  • 2016-10-17
  • 2293171

This boat has been set up to sail offshore in comfort. This is NOT a dockside condo, and has been set up for short-handed sailing. The current owner is a knowledgeable sailor who has owned a number of boats, and he understands the importance of maintenance and upkeep. There is a complete SECOND engine and transmission in running order, as well as a third engine which may be used for parts! This boat is seen regularly sailing in the harbor, and everything is kept in excellent running order. The previous owner kept the boat in a low humidity area in Bonaire, under cover and on the hard when not in use. The current owner bought the boat and had the yard manager sail her to the Bahamas, where he sailed it to Charleston without incident. This is a quality boat that has been cared for on an ongoing basis, and one only has to step aboard to see this.


Ballast: 7000
Displacement: 21500


Total Power: 50

New injector pump - 2014


Fuel: 54
Fresh Water: 150
Holding: 25


Accommodations on this vessel are more than what one expects from a 38 foot boat. There is an offset double berth in the forward cabin. As one enters the cabin there is a comfort seat to port, with louvered lockers and a hanging closet. There is a hatch above the berth, with a solar fan to ensure continuous ventilation. Just aft of the cabin is the separate shower and head. There is a sink and mirrored medicine chest above,locker storage and an opening SS porthole. The head is a Raritan PH II. Access to the separate shower stall is through the louvered door. There is a seat, and water is drained with a pump.
The starboard settee may be converted into a double berth, and the port settee will accommodate an adult. There is also a quarter berth aft of the navigation station. The nav desk folds down to maximize space and comfort.
  • Double berth in forward cabin
  • Comfort seat and standing room
  • Louvered lockers and sliding doors for closet
  • Easy access to tank in forward cabin
  • Solar vent in forward hatch
  • Separate shower stall
  • Head and vanity
  • Beautiful teak joinery throughout
  • Starboard settee converts into double berth
  • Port settee sleeps one adult
  • Behind nav area is a quarter berth
  • 10 SS portholes
  • Storage lockers throughout the boat, including under the settees


The U-shaped galley is designed with blue water passage making in mind, and allows one to cook while underway. There is a gimballed Tasco 2 burner Stove and oven, pressurized water, and storage both in the fridge box as well as lockers. there is additional storage under the double stainless Steel sinks. Facing forward is an overhead cabinet, and at the end of the counter-top is a recessed cutting board that slides out. The cooler box is hinged, allowing complete access to the interior.
The salon area is spacious and easy to move around. This is facilitated by the folding salon table, which may accommodate up to 8 people. It is just behind the bulkhead on the starboard side.


The boat is set up for offshore sailing and short handed sailing. The current owner literally sails alone many times, and handles the boat easily. He has focused on what he considers priorities for safety and ease of handling.

  • Raymarine ST 7002 Smartpilot
  • Raymarine Autopilot computer
  • Raymarine Autopilot control head
  • Rebuilt Raymarine A/P RAM
  • West Marine 500 DSC VHF 
  • West Marine HH VHF
  • Second Autopilot Ram


There are two on-board electrical systems. The 120 volt A/C is brought to the boat via an umbilical. It supplies power to the outlets and the battery charger. The 12 volt DC systems is supplied by 3 AGM batteries (2015). There is also a 3 stage battery charger with battery type selector as well as temperature shutdown (2015). The charge is regulated via a remote Alternator regulator, and the 12 system has an S.V.S. electronic monitoring system. There is a small trickle-charge solar panel which has it's own regulator. The alternator is a Kenyon 120 Amp high output alternator.


Cabo Rico has quietly become known as one of the finest producers of blue water boats, and this is one of their classic designs that has withstood the test of time. The cockpit is compact and safe, ensuring that the occupants remain comfortable. The decks are wide and easy to move on, and the shrouds are out of the way outboard. There are safety bars around the mast to ensure one's comfort and safety when working forward, as well as grab handles all the way forward. The owner has also put on a Boombrake as a Gybe-preventer. It is evident that the boat is outfitted for safe shorthanded sailing, which the current enjoys.

  • Starboard boarding ladder
  • Bimini
  • Dodger
  • Sail cover 
  • Monitor self steering
  • Dual propane tanks in vented locker
  • Solar panel
  • Cockpit cushions
  • Standing rigging replaced
  • EDSON ROD Steering & pedestal
  • Ten (10) sails, including new Yankee, Drifter, Asymmetrical & bag, and new 5 Year Ocean Sail - US made Dacron (April 2012).
  • LED lights
  • Anodized mast
  • New Strong Track system
  • New prop (Aug 2015)


The Westerbeke has proven to be reliable and starts every time. It is a lower revving engine, which produces the necessary torque but is fuel-efficient. The oil is changed every 75 hours, fuel filters are replaced every 100 hours, and the fuel tank is kept at least 90% full. The transmission was replaced new in 2007, and the raw water pump was replaced in 2010. There is the "quick change" impellor housing with brass thumb screws to facilitate the change. The cutlass bearing was replaced in 2009.

  • Transmission w/cooler 
  • Oil replaced every 75 hours
  • Fuel filters replaced every 100 hours
  • Raw water pump
  • Cutlass bearing
  • New engine hoses
  • Dual Racor filtration


This boat is outfitted for someone who wants to go sailing on a regular basis, whether it is short day sailing, overnight trips, or long passages. The critical structural items have been maintained, replaced or upgraded. A good example of this is the replacement of cable steering with EDSON ROD steering. It is a durable system which does not stretch or jump sheaves. The standing rigging was replaced in 2007, reducing the risk of rig failure substantially. There are numerous redundancies, including the A/P, monitor steering, and of course the wheel itself. There are numerous spares, including a complete and running engine and transmission. The seller is willing to assist in delivery of the vessel to most East Coast locations.

Additional upgrades:

9 Sails.

Raymarine A/P Computer

Raymarina A/P Control Head

Rebuilt Raymarina A/P RAM . Secondary, independent steering system.

3 Stage Battery Charger, with battery type selector and temp shutdown

3 AGM Batteries     

Raw water pump

LED running light -

Quick change impeller cover

Fresh water pump

New engine hoses

Dual Racor Filtration system

Starboard boarding ladder

Cutlass bearing

2nd auto bilge pump

3 coats paint



Remote alternator regulator

Remote 12 volt system monitor


Monitor self steering

The owner had expected to keep the boat, and did not anticipate the terror his wife feels when heeling. Hence, a catamaran is now on his radar, and he is willing to let the boat go to new horizons.


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

For Sale By Denison Yacht Sales - Charleston

Haborage at Ashley Marina 33 Lockwood Drive, #1a
Charleston, South Carolina, 29401