"Patty Jean" is Hull# 18 of the Chuck Paine-designed Cabo Rico 42 line and the last of this line produced. She is as close as you will get to absolute nautical perfection.. She has been cruised by her current owners for 11 years, exploring the waters of the Bahamas. They are her second owners--her first owner commissioned her with the idea that she would be as easy to sail as possible and have every creature comfort and safety feature imaginable. She has been maintained to like-new standards and looks as if she's at a boat show when you step inside.
Her cabin glows with the high-quality woodwork (Costa Rican teak) that you would expect from a Cabo Rico. Her galley is a chef's dream. Her engine is immaculate and easy to access. Her storage is ample. From her four electric winches to her bow thruster to her elaborate navigation station, she is everything you've dreamed of in terms of a seaworthy and safe and luxurious vessel. According to her owners, "she sails like a dream," and they always feel safe aboard her.
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Melanie Sunshine Neale
Sunshine Cruising Yachts strives to educate and empower both buyers and sellers of fine seagoing sailing and power yachts, combining integrity and passion in order to give our clients a memorable and positive experience.
Accommodations The interior of this yacht is a cruiser's dream come true. With her traditional full keel hull the space for stowage is truly amazing. There are two large comfortable double cabins. The head is large enough for living aboard and includes a separate shower stall. Two large cabins and custom dinette makes into a large double berth. The full galley as it has the countertop space and stowage you need and yet it is a secure offshore galley. Cabo Rico is among the most sumptuous of yachts with the beautiful honey colored Costa Rican teak.
Galley & Plumbing Without a doubt, one of the nicest galleys you will ever see. High quality everything from Corian counters to Grohe faucets with elegant touches like a light under your sink and in the refrigerator. Great live aboard comfort and safe at sea! With all amenities. The head is also perfectly designed for living aboard with space, storage, and separate stall shower and an electric Lavac toilet and tank gauge. Well equipped workable offshore galley
Systems: Mechanical & Electrical Systems All the manuals, instructions, diagrams for electrical, wiring terminal block list, plumbing, and operation. Complete documentation. Spares kits for engine, generator, alternator, water maker. Instructions. Original check sheet for vessel commissioning.
Rig and Sail Inventory This bluewater yacht is designed for the liveaboard cruising couple. Everything is designed to be manageable and provide all the safety and security you want in a cruising home. The sail plan is of designed for a couple. She is perfectly designed for the Intracoastal Waterway bridges and sometimes shallow depth. Her cutter rig makes each sail more manageable and allows for safe sailing in all conditions. The high cut Yankee head sail gives you visibility. The stay sail on a furler gives you options for heavy weather. With this yacht, the in boom furler is an added safety factor as you reef from the safety of the cockpit. The double spreader rig is well stayed with fore and aft lowers. The mast is keel stepped. Cabo Rico uses an elaborate mast step bridge which elevates the mast shoe so the mast base is never in the bilge water.
Electronics & Navigation
Hull, Deck & Ground Tackle Cabo Rico is famous for the qualify if its construction and for good reason. The hull is solid glass. Structural bulkheads are all glassed in to provide strength and stiffness. They are clad in solid teak 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 is a raised bulwark design that creates a large channel structure around the entire vessel which makes the boat even stronger. The joint is sealed with 5200 and thru bolted. The bulwark design has the added benefit of providing a vertical platform for attaching lifeline stanchions which is stronger and less likely to ever leak. 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 exposed to the elements. It is all high quality. There is a complete grounding system using heavy industrial wire and connections and a totally encased keel. Cabo Rico yachts are definitely overbuilt by production boat standards from the keel up. Chuck Paine's deck design is tried and true with high secure bulwarks for safety, safety was the primary requirement of the design. The mainsheet traveler is out of the cockpit forward of the dodger and out of harms way. The cockpit is deep and secure The deck handrails and high lifelines provide real security going forward. Probably the next requirement was ventilation and stowage. There are lockers galore with the aft lazarette and two propane stowage lockers and a large cockpit locker to port.
Additional and Safety Specifications & Items This vessel completed the Caribbean 1500 and the Atlantic Cup Rally and has all the safety equipment required for the bluewater cruising event.
The Cabo Rico 42 was the first Paine-designed addition to that Costa Rican builder’s series of heavy offshore cruisers. Cabo Rico yachts were loved by yachtsmen who valued a comfortable motion, voluminous stowage and overbuilt scantlings, combined with a decent but not spectacular turn of speed. This 40 footer, introduced at the Fall 1998 boat shows, retained all of the comfort and safety of her older sisters, with a "New England" styled hull and minimal wetted surface keel and my now well proven balanced long-keel rudder. The yacht was genuinely fun to sail, fast for a yacht of her weight and an absolute delight to helm. After a few boats were built she was “stretched” to 42 feet and a pilothouse version added.
When Fraser Smith of Cabo Rico first approached me for a new design I almost lost the job right off by claiming that nobody could design a sailboat with a D/L ratio of over 400 that could actually sail. Fraser’s most successful design was his “Cabo Rico 36”of which he’d built hundreds― and its D/L was a respectable 404. His pockets were lined with the profits from building these boats- “What’s not successful about that?” he claimed over our first design session at a restaurant on S.E. 17th street in Ft. Lauderdale. He wanted my new boat to be equally heavy, if possible, but to sail better. I responded that the only way to make it sail better was to build it lighter. A bit of a horse trade went on and in the end we settled on a D/L of around 350 which was heavy enough for Fraser and acceptable to me. In the end the boat sailed extremely well, so Fraser was proven right.
Although this was a long keeled hull we did everything we could to pare away wetted surface. The leading edge of the keel was drawn way aft and the aperture enlarged to comply with my PBSR approach. The waterlines were fine forward, for such a heavy model, with a little bit of flare to the topsides forward to keep her from burying her snout. Fraser loved the way the boat sailed- everybody did. His one critique was that he felt the boat was “wet” to windward. Which it was, I suppose, in comparison to his previous models, in my view because my design sailed so much faster and tighter to windward than they did. Go fast into oncoming wind and waves- you get wet.
There were good reasons why Fraser preferred a heavy boat. It enabled all of the tankage to be located beneath the cabin sole. This freed up the more easily accessed areas beneath settees and bunks for personal stowage. He insisted that there be no exposed wood beneath the cabin sole- it all had to be overglassed to be completely sealed from bilge water. Since I’ve seen ten year old fiberglass boats whose bulkheads had been turned to mishmash by rot, always beneath the sole, this is an incredibly good idea. And he insisted upon internal, encapsulated ballast. This dovetailed with the tanks being located where they were, since you didn’t have any keelbolts needing inspection and thus could place the tanks anywhere you liked.
The sailplan was of modest height, so it could easily pass beneath Intracoastal Waterway bridges. A cutter foretriangle was fitted as standard, keeping the size of the three working sails modest and permitting changing down from the cockpit merely by roller-furling the yankee jib. While a genoa could be carried if the owner wished, it was by no means a necessity– she went just fine with the smaller yankee. The double spreader rig provided excellent lateral support to the mast, and fore and aft lowers added old fashioned redundancy to the staying.
The Cabo Rico 42 proved to me that with enough sail area and a well designed hull, even a D/L of 345 can be made to sail truly fast