The Cabo Rico 45 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Cabo Rico 45 was designed by Bill Crealock and built in the USA by Cabo Rico. It' features a full keel with a cutaway forefoot, a heavy displacement, a spacious and elegant interior, and a midship engine installation.

A Cabo Rico 45 sailboat at anchor in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola in the BVIsA Cabo Rico 45 cutter

Published Specification for the Cabo Rico 45

Underwater Configuration: Long Keel

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 45'0" (13.7m)

Waterline Length: 35'0" (10.7m)

Beam: 13'2" (4.0m)

Draft: 5'6" (1.7m)

Rig Type: Cutter

Displacement: 35,600lb (16,148kg)

Designer: Bill Crealock

Builder: Cabo Rico

Year First Built: 1995


Published Design Ratios for the Cabo Rico 45

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 19.8

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 37.9

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 371

4. Comfort Ratio: 46.9

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.6

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Cabo Rico 45

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 19.8 suggests that, in the right hands, the Cabo Rico 45 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern. 

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 37.9 means that the xxxxx will have a tendency to heel excessively in a gust, and she'll need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze. 

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 371, tells us the Cabo Rico 45 is firmly in the ultra-heavy displacement category. Load her up as much as you like and her performance will be hardly affected, not that it was ever startling. Few if any sailboats are built to this displacement category these days - but they remain popular with some long-distance sailors.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 46.9 suggests that crew comfort of a Cabo Rico 45 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a heavy bluewater cruising boat. Pitching and rolling will be well damped - your cup of coffee on the salon table stands a reasonable chance of staying there in most conditions.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.6 tells us that a Cabo Rico 45 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 


Any Questions?

How did the sailing press review the Cabo Rico 45?

The sailing press gave positive reviews to the Cabo Rico 45, praising its quality construction, beautiful woodwork, comfortable accommodation, good sailing performance and offshore capability. Some examples of reviews are:

  • "The Cabo Rico 45 is one of those rare boats that can make you fall in love with sailing all over again" (Sailing Magazine, March 1998);
  • "The Cabo Rico 45 is an elegant bluewater cruiser that offers comfort, performance and style in a proven design" (Blue Water Sailing, July/August 2000);
  • "The Cabo Rico 45 is a boat that will take you anywhere you want to go in safety and comfort" (Cruising World, November 2000).

Is the Cabo Rico 45 still in production and, if not, when did production end and how many of these sailboats were built?

The Cabo Rico 45 is not currently in production. The last hull was built in 2007, according to the Cabo Rico owners association. The total number of hulls built is not clear, but it is estimated to be around 10 to 15.

What is the history of the builders of the Cabo Rico 45 and is the company still in business?

The builders of the Cabo Rico 45 are Cabo Rico Yachts, a company that was founded by John Schofield in Costa Rica in 1971. The company started with the Tiburon 36, designed by W.B. Crealock, and then expanded its product line with other models designed by Crealock or Chuck Paine. The company was bought by Edi and Fraser Smith in 1987 and continued to produce quality cruising sailboats until the recession of 2007, when it filed for bankruptcy. The company is currently doing business in Costa Rica as CR Marine S.A.

How does the Cabo Rico 45 compare to other sailboats in its class?

The Cabo Rico 45 is a boat that can be compared to other sailboats in its class, such as the Valiant 42, the Tayana 48, the Hylas 46, the Island Packet 440 and the Pacific Seacraft 44. These boats are all similar in size, displacement, design and purpose, but they have some differences in features, performance and price. Some of the advantages of the Cabo Rico 45 over its competitors are:

  • Its semi-custom nature that allows for more personalization and flexibility;
  • Its midship engine installation that improves weight distribution and space utilization;
  • Its full keel with a cutaway forefoot that enhances stability and tracking;
  • Its beautiful and durable woodwork that adds warmth and elegance.

What are some common problems with the Cabo Rico 45?

Some common problems with the Cabo Rico 45 are:

  • The long shaft run that requires a jackshaft and a thrust bearing, which can be a source of noise, vibration and maintenance issues;
  • The limited availability of spare parts and service for the boat, especially outside of Costa Rica, due to the low production and the bankruptcy of the company;
  • The high price of the boat, both new and used, compared to other similar boats in its class;
  • The moderate to heavy displacement that reduces its speed and agility, especially in light winds.

What other sailboats have been created by the designer of the Cabo Rico 45?

The designer of the Cabo Rico 45 is W.B. Crealock, a renowned naval architect who has created many other sailboats, especially for Pacific Seacraft and Cabo Rico. Some of his most famous designs are:

  • The Pacific Seacraft 34, 37, 40 and 44, which are all cutter-rigged cruising boats with canoe sterns and full keels;
  • The Cabo Rico 38, which is a similar boat to the Cabo Rico 45 but smaller and more popular;
  • The Cabo Rico Northeast 400, which is a modernized version of the Cabo Rico 42 with a pilothouse and a fin keel;
  • The Cabo Rico Tiburon 36, which is the first boat he designed for Cabo Rico and the predecessor of the Cabo Rico 38.

The above answers were drafted by sailboat-cruising.com using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.


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