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1990 34 (ft.) CABO RICO Cutter

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Listing# 118759

Delray Beach, FL, United States
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34 (ft.)
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General Details

 The Cabo Rico story is one of dedication, hard work and unique circumstance that started many years ago with a love for yachting, and flourishes today, because of a constant obsession with quality in true ocean-going yachts. Cabo Rico yachts are fast yet comfortable underway, safe and amazingly easy to sail. Balancing beautifully in light or heavy air, the hands off tracking ability combines with good pointing and a fine turn of speed.

One of the features that set Cabo Rico yachts apart from mainstream boat builders is the level of craftsmanship involved in each hand-made component and in the assembly of the vessel. Excellence in design, comfort, style and performance, the Cabo Rico 34 provides for ample comfort and safety throughout. She has an uncluttered deck layout, spacious cockpit and stowage space. Inside she is surprisingly spacious with two large cabins, good headroom, a large galley and head. The warmth of the interior cabin is accentuated by outstanding joinery and honey colored plantation grown teak. Her cutter rig and full keel, with cut-a-way forefoot, give good sailing performance and a safe, stiff pointing ability.

This fine quality shorthanded blue water cruiser has everything for cruising the Caribbean in style. Her secure cockpit provides the ultimate in safety at sea. A solid one piece hull provides ocean going sturdiness and offers excellent accessibility to points beyond. Her galley allows the cook to safely prepare meals at sea. Her berths can accommodate four in comfort. Her cutter rig provides almost limitless sail combinations for any wind condition. The Cabo Rico 34 is a world class cruiser that can take you anywhere you desire to go.

This gorgeous very rare-to-find classic W.I.B. Crealock design is dry and comfortable offshore and has just become available. An original-owner boat, always well maintained and kept in the water behind a private residence. She has low engine hours having been replaced in 2007 and recent light use on the sails. Owner has sights on next boat. A definite must see to appreciate!!!

"Ra" is an elegant & extremely capable small cruiser - a great opportunity to own one of the finest ocean going cruisers on the market today. I encourage you to come check it out for yourself. Give me a call directly to schedule a showing at your convenience.


The forward stateroom has an offset double berth to port, port and starboard side valence storage shelves, two 12V reading lamps, GFI outlet, an overhead hatch, two s/s opening ports, Hella Turbo fan, and an air conditioning vent . A head w/hand held shower is next aft to port, and opposite to starboard is a large hanging locker. In the main cabin there is a convertible L-settee to port and straight settee to starboard. A teak bulkhead mounted table with great storage behind folds down to accommodate both settees. The nav table is at the aft end of the starboard settee, and opposite is the large U-shaped galley. To starboard of the companionway is the aft stateroom with a double berth. The interior is honey colored teak, a varnished teak and holly sole, and oval louvered doors throughout. There are Hella Turbo fans in each cabin, as well as many s/s opening ports and overhead hatches (with hinged teak framed screens) to provide terrific light and ventilation when the dockside airconditioning is not needed.   Forward Stateroom Double berth Opening ports (2) Port and starboard shelving Cedar lined hanging locker Access to chain locker Stainless steel opening ports Overhead lighting Reading lights Hatch Clothes drawers Privacy door with lock 110 VAC service   Head Std. marine head with Y valve for holding tank or overboard discharge Pressure water Bulkhead mirror Shower seat Linen locker 110VAC service   Aft Stateroom Enclosed cabin with privacy door Large double berth Hanging locker (cedar lined) Teak over-berth storage shelf Reading light 110 VAC service Stainless steel opening port Hatch    
Large U-shaped galley with double stainless steel sink w/cutting board covers, 12 Volt Adler Barbour refrigerator, Tasco 2 burner propane stove/oven gimball mounted with 2 aluminum LP tanks, and abundant stowage.
Electronics & Navigation
Located at the Navigation Station below deck are the following instruments: • ICOM M 304VHF Radio • ICOM Marine Transceiver IC M 600 • Garmin GPS Map 210 Plotter/ GPS • Autohelm Multi Unit • Furuno 24 NM Radar • Energy Monitor / Controller "Ample Power"   At the Pedestal:  • Autohelm Wind • Autohelm Digital Depth • Autohelm Speed • Autohelm Autopilot AP11  • Ritchie Compass
Mechanical & Electrical Systems
Well cared for and properly maintained diesel. 110V and 12V system, 30 amp dockside electrical cable, 60 amp battery charger, dockside 9,000 Dometric Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning , Adler Barbour 12V refrigeratrion, Hella Turbo fans in all cabins, Maxwell windlass, spreader lights, 12V outlet in cockpit, and navigation lights.
Sail Inventory
Cruise Equipped : Aluminum main mast and boom, Roller furling head sail; convertible staysail; IMI Isomat boom for staysail w/cover; Schaefer traveler staysail boom track; Schaefer main boom traveler track w/blocks; two Barient #27 primaries, two Barient #17 halyard winches; one Barient #10 boom winch, one Barient #21 boom vang winch; preventer; main sail, staysail and jib.
Additional Information
Manufacturer Provided Description Cabo Rico creates sailing vessels that can be worked easily for those who take pride in excellence. Each is built to the most exacting standards of construction, detail and finish. Owners enjoy the confidence that Cabo Rico quality brings, while taking genuine pride in the superb craftsmanship and beauty. Many years of experience are embodied in the CR 34's deck layout. From its bowsprit for ease of anchoring, to its comfortable cockpit, this is a safe yacht. The large foredeck gives room to handle a second jib or cruising spinnaker after a downwind run. Wide side decks make it easy to move fore and aft. Handholds are numerous. Stainless steel is fashioned to create strong, safe stanchions, pulpits, and pushpits. The molded-in bulwark gives safe footing while adding strength and watertight integrity at the hull-to-deck joint. A molded-in rub-rail with sacrificial strip, provides extra protection topside. Eight stainless steel opening ports and five hatches, combined with the best running tackle, winches, steering system and other gear; give each Cabo Rico a superb equipment package. Each Cabo Rico is hand-crafted, beginning with a heavily built hull. This is a solid hull built in one piece. Between each hand sanded layer of 1 1-2-ounce mat or 24-ounce roving, the huge mold must be rolled from one side to the other to apply the next layer. The insulated hull and one-piece deck are sealed with 3M 5200 bonding compound and then bolted together to form an amazingly strong hull-to-deck joint. All bolts are accessible from below, as are those for the chain plates and stanchion bases. The interior consists of real wood; doors, cabinets, cabin sole, lovingly crafted and hand-rubbed to a warm lustrous finish. Cabo Rico yachts are designed to be balanced and track well, to be seakindly and seaworthy. Every Cabo Rico 34 carries an over-sized, standing rig and includes adjustable intermediate stays in addition to the two upper and four lower shrouds. Her anodized aluminum spar is one-piece, no seams, and stepped through the deck to the keel. However; Cabo Rico adds its own massive fiberglass and aluminum structure to transmit the load directly to the keel, while keeping the bottom of the mast and its wiring, a few inches out of the bilge and any possible contact with moisture, a unique Cabo Rico feature. To produce a true ocean-going yacht there are no short cuts. Structural integrity is essential. The keel of a true yacht must be strong. We use multiple ballast castings placed inside the keel cavity and separated by fiberglass bulkheads. All voids are filled with special fiberglass compound to ensure immobility of the ballast. Then, the whole area is covered with multiple layers of mat roving to provide the superior strength, rigidity and security of a double hull in this crucial area. The keen eyes of our quality control department watch each and every step of construction and perform numerous tests. All are logged and samples filed by hull number. In fact, Cabo Rico puts more hours into molding a single hull and deck than the vast majority of manufacturers spend on producing an entire boat. A true yacht must meet the challenge of waves and weather. She will amaze you in light air and point 30 per cent relative or better, even when the wind is up. The easy to handle cutter rig gives you superb sailing performance in any weather. With the rig divided into three sails, each becomes easier to handle. It is a simple matter with a cutter, to reduce sail area in high winds by furling your foresail to continue under staysail and main. This moves the centre of effort inboard, leaving the vessel with better balance and control.
Boat Review Article
  The Cabo Rico 34 Underway / Construction / Conclusion by Captain Thom Burns Perhaps the most realistic method to review a cruising yacht is to live on it. When Gunnar of Gunnar’s Yacht & Ship suggested staying aboard his new Cabo Rico 34 as part of our review, I thought “Yes, I will get a feel for this yacht, hopefully, as its potential owner will use it.” Since I had to be in Chicago and Milwaukee, splitting the difference in picturesque Racine, Wisconsin would be ideal. I had seen the Cabo Rico 38 at the Annapolis Boat Show where its beautiful lines and long lines to view it impressed me. As Gunnar and I approached the Cabo Rico 34, I noticed how strikingly beautiful the boat actually is. It’s lines, ports, cutter rig, and wood all point to a traditional boat but its not quite that way. The width of the boat, the shape of the stern, the stern rail seats and the cut-away full keel which I knew was below the forward quarter of the boat indicate a modern flare. The designer,W.I.B. Crealock, has tried to provide enough volume for comfort and to add seakindly performance. When you step into the cockpit there is just enough teak for elegance. This particular boat has a green dodger and canvas covers which accent both the teak and the cream colored hull nicely. The seats are deep and high for comfort. The transom is closed for offshore. Looking forward on deck I noticed the quality hardware and the large dorade vents built in boxes with rails around them to protect them and provide an extra handhold if needed. Below decks this same vent has an adjustable, sliding, offset opening, one of many small but important details for the offshore cruiser. The decks and coach roof are uncluttered. The foredeck is large for a 34 foot boat and the bowsprit extends another three plus feet. Looking down you’ll notice how fine the bow entry is on this relatively wide beam of eleven feet which is carried way aft. From the cockpit you must step up to descend the companionway ladder, another offshore detail. As you descend the ladder the steps on both sides are cantilevered for easy use when heeled. The wood is a lighter honey colored golden teak of Costa Rica throughout. The U-shaped galley is complete with a stainless steel double sink, two burner gas stove with oven, hot and cold pressure water, a six cubic foot icebox with refrigeration and plenty of lockers and drawers for incidentals. Five Lewmar hatches, the two dorade vents mentioned earlier, and eight opening ports provide ventilation and light. The hull and deck are completely insulated. It was in the high eighties during the day when I was aboard. Many boats would have been like an oven. The Cabo Rico was not. It freshened and cooled in a few minutes with the opening of half the ports and hatches. The boat has two full double sleeping cabins, one fore, the other aft to starboard. A third double pulls out using a shelf under the settee. Access to storage under the settees is not by pulling cushions up, sliding a plywood cover off and digging into the void, it is by a drawer which pulls out. The doors and cabinetry are solid teak with fine joinery. Even the hanging lockers are vented. The nav table is starboard across from the galley facing aft. This is a very fine station for a thirty-four footer. The vertical panels forward and outboard of the station fold down for access to the electrical boards. Underway Per Gunnar trimming the genoa off Racine, Wisconsin. One of the differences with the cut-away full keel is that the boat handles well under power, much better than a traditional full keel and steadier than many fin keel boats of about the same size. We sailed the Cabo Rico 34 under its most adverse conditions, in light breezes from 3 to 10 knots on a beautiful, sunny morning just off Racine. Like most full-keel boats, the cut-away full keel tracks very well. Gunnar, who is also a rigger, set the boat up to have a three degree helm. It was perfectly balanced in wind conditions from 3 to 10 knots on all points of sail. In fact, we would routinely let the helm go as we talked or walked around the boat. The Cabo Rico 34 never ventured more than 3 degrees from its original course. Joshua Slocum told the world that he set his “Sprite” to sail by herself for hours. Gunnar did the same thing to the Cabo Rico, at least in light winds. This boat moves really well. We routinely sailed half the true wind speed in a cut-away full keel boat weighing 15,500 lbs.! Its pointing ability is surprising. I would say 33 to 34 degrees apparent was about right. The fore triangle is relatively large for a cutter permitting the use of large lightweight headsails for an extra turn of speed. This is not a boat you would want to get into a tacking dual with on the race course because with all its weight it powers up slowly. But for a seakindly, smooth ride across vast stretches of the Great Lakes and beyond it could be a cruiser’s dream. Construction Gunnar invited me to look everywhere at the construction of the boat. Structural bulkheads help to remove any tendency of a hull and deck to flex, a condition which can cause stress cracks over time. On the Cabo Rico, bulkheads are glassed and clad in solid teak for strength and then fully bonded to both hull and deck using 3 layers of 1.5 oz. mat and 3 layers of 24 oz. roving. The hull to deck joint, one of the most important to guarantee structural integrity is a raised bulwark design. This design creates a large “U” channel structure around the entire vessel. This form reduces the “twist” factor. The joint is sealed and thru bolted throughout. This design has the added benefit of providing a vertical platform for attaching lifeline stanchions. This is both stronger and less likely to leak. Cabo Rico uses an elaborate mast step bridge which elevates the mast butt to the dry cabin sole. This allows for an effective keel stepped mast while never allowing the mast butt to come into contact with potentially corrosive bilge water. The bridge itself is of heavy fiberglass laminate in a crisscross pattern, with a half inch aluminum plate laminated into the top covering fiberglass platform. The solid teak and holly sole is epoxied to the covering platform giving a uniform finished area to which the mast step is through bolted. The void is used for the holding tank. The cabin sole or floor construction on this boat is elaborate. All floor stringers transfers and sub-flooring are solid fiberglass. The solid teak and holly sole is attached with epoxy glue. There is no area of the bilges and substructure that is wood or that can rot under any conditions. While I was poking around the bilges I found a complete grounding system using heavy industrial wire and connections and a totally encased keel. You could actually reach things under the engine as well as on all sides. This boat is overbuilt by production boat standards from the keel up. I would recommend using the design and construction detail of the Cabo Rico as a good comparison model when shopping boats. Conclusion This boat will satisfy its owners in so many ways. It will sail the Great Lakes and oceans of the world in splendid, seakindly and most importantly in a seaworthy manner. It’s built forever, place it in your sailing trust fund. It would surely make an elegant, nautical B & B on Pier 39 in San Francisco. As Gunnar said, one of the main differences in construction and details is the hours Cabo Rico can afford to devote to building the boat from their base in Costa Rica. The company claims they put more hours into building the hull than many builders put into building their entire boat. I believe them. This boat must be seen to be fully appreciated. After you see it your dreams will be rekindled. Clear Great Lakes waters, Caribbean emerald reefs and crystal, pacific lagoons will beckon you as it did Leo Ramer, a novice at 63 who bought his first boat, a Cabo Rico 34, and set out on an extended trip that helped him start living fully again after a personal tragedy. Captain Thom Burns publishes Northern Breezes and Sailing Breezes.  
Technical Information
  Hull Type:  Long Keel Rig Type:  Cutter LOA:  34.00' / 10.36m LWL:  26.67' / 8.13m Beam:  11.00' / 3.35m Listed SA:  745 ft 2 / 69.21 m 2 Draft (max.)  4.83' / 1.47m Draft (min.)      15500 lbs./ 7031 kgs. Ballast:  5800 lbs. / 2631 kgs. SA/Disp.:  19.24    37.42%    364.77 Designer:  W.I.B. Crealock Builder:  Cabo Rico Yachts, Inc.    FG     First Built:  1988 Last Built:   # Built:   AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.) Make:  Universal Model:   Type:  Diesel HP:  38 TANKS Water:  140 gals. / 530 ltrs. Fuel:  40 gals. / 151 ltrs. BUILDERS (past & present) More about & boats built by:     Cabo Rico (CR) DESIGNER More about & boats designed by:     William Crealock
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.