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2003 Cabo 45 Express

location icon Sunny Isles, Florida
Year 2003
Length 45 ft

The 45 Cabo Express Sport Fishing Boat is a masterful blend of art and engineering that has captured the hearts of avid anglers and seasoned seafarers alike. With a robust combination of cutting-edge technology, enhanced performance, and a design tailored for the pursuit of the ultimate catch, this vessel offers an unmatched experience on the open water.

The 45 Cabo Express is the definitive choice for those who seek adventure and excellence in the world of sportfishing. We will explore its design, the integration of brand-new electronics, the extensive overhaul of its Cummins engines, the various fishing features, onboard amenities, and its unwavering commitment to safety.

Design and Construction

The Cabo 45 Express Sport Fishing Boat is a testament to meticulous design and precision engineering. With a sturdy build, this vessel is constructed to weather the toughest conditions the open sea can muster. Its deep-V hull ensures stability and resilience, making it a reliable partner for those who venture far and wide in pursuit of their prize catch.

This particular 45 Cabo Express is further enhanced by a host of newly integrated features, making it not just a fishing vessel but a marvel of modern maritime design. With fresh upgrades to its electronics and engines, it's a high-performance boat with an added edge.

Power and Performance

The heart of this Cabo 45 Express lies in its performance, and that begins with the twin Cummins engines, freshly overhauled to deliver peak performance. The Cummins engines are renowned for their dependability, making this boat a reliable workhorse on the water. With this reinvigorated power plant, you can count on reaching your fishing grounds with speed and efficiency.

The overhauled engines also contribute to fuel efficiency, reducing operational costs and allowing you to extend your fishing trips, exploring remote and lucrative locations. The engines are the life force of the boat, and these Cummins powerhouses offer the assurance needed for those long and demanding days at sea.

The speed and maneuverability of the Cabo 45 Express are further complemented by the newly installed electronics. From radar systems that pierce through adverse weather conditions to an advanced auto-pilot feature that ensures you stay on course, these technological upgrades offer the tools to make the most of your time on the water.

Cruising at a comfortable 30-35 knots and capable of reaching top speeds in the 40-knot range, this boat lets you reach the action ahead of the competition. It's not just about getting there faster; it's about having the precision and control to maximize your chances of a successful catch.

Fishing Features

The Cabo 45 Express has always been celebrated for its fishing-centric design, and this vessel is no exception. Its cockpit is a haven for angling enthusiasts, equipped with an array of features designed to elevate your fishing experience. The transom livewell keeps your bait lively and active, ensuring that you have the best tools for your fishing adventures.

A tackle center and storage compartments are strategically placed to provide easy access to all your gear. This means you can keep your focus where it needs to be: on the water, tracking the elusive catch of the day.

The fighting chair is the heart of the fishing experience. Securely mounted and ergonomically designed, it is your battlefield for the most exhilarating part of your angling adventure. Strategically positioned rod holders guarantee that your fishing equipment is ready for action, and you're always primed for the catch of a lifetime.

Comfort and Amenities

While the Cabo 45 Express is purpose-built for fishing, it doesn't compromise on comfort. The cabin interior is designed to be a sanctuary for relaxation and respite after a long day on the water. The saloon offers plush seating, a galley, and a dining area. The galley is outfitted with top-of-the-line appliances, ensuring that you can enjoy a meal or prepare your catch in style and comfort.

The air conditioning in the cabin provides relief from the sometimes-intense conditions at sea, and large windows offer sweeping views of the surrounding ocean. The stateroom is designed for a restful night's sleep, with a comfortable berth and ample storage for extended fishing trips.

The attention to detail in the cabin, from the high-quality finishes to the thoughtful layout, is a testament to the level of comfort that Cabo Yachts strives to offer. After a demanding day of fishing, you can retreat to the cabin, relax, and rejuvenate, ready to hit the water again with renewed vigor.

Technology and Navigation

The Cabo 45 Express isn't just a boat; it's a sophisticated vessel with advanced technology and navigation systems. These modern advancements provide you with complete control over your boat and access to crucial information while you're out at sea.

The radar system penetrates through adverse weather, ensuring that you're never caught off guard by a sudden change in conditions. The auto-pilot feature is a game-changer, allowing you to focus on the thrill of fishing without worrying about navigation.

Communication systems keep you connected with the shore and other vessels, providing both convenience and, more importantly, safety in case of emergencies. These features ensure that you're always in touch with the world, even when you're in the heart of the ocean.

Customization and Personalization

Each Cabo 45 Express Sport Fishing Boat is unique and can be tailored to meet your individual preferences and requirements. The option to customize the boat is where you can truly make it your own. You can select from a range of engine packages, choose the interior layout, and select the finishing materials. This level of personalization allows you to craft a boat that aligns perfectly with your vision of the ideal fishing vessel.

Safety and Reliability

Safety is a paramount consideration in the world of sportfishing, and the Cabo 45 Express is designed with safety in mind. The hull construction and the boat's systems are built to withstand the rigors of offshore fishing, ensuring that you can focus on your catch without worrying about the seaworthiness of your vessel.

Redundancy systems and safety features are integrated throughout the boat, offering peace of mind and an added layer of protection, even in challenging conditions.

The overhauled Cummins engines add a layer of reliability that's indispensable when you're far from shore. They are known for their robustness and dependable performance, which is particularly important in the unpredictable and sometimes unforgiving marine environment.


The 45 Cabo Express Sport Fishing Boat is more than just a vessel; it's the embodiment of excellence in sportfishing. With its refined design, robust performance, comprehensive fishing features, luxurious amenities, and unwavering commitment to safety, it's the ideal companion for anglers who seek the ultimate experience on the open sea.

For those who desire not just a fishing boat but a high-performance, technologically advanced, and tailor-made vessel, the Cabo 45 Express with new electronics and overhauled Cummins engines stands as the pinnacle of their dreams. It's a testament to precision engineering, a commitment to performance, and an invitation to embark on the fishing expedition of a lifetime.


Year Built 2003
Category Power
Length Overall 45 ft
Beam 15'8 ft
Max Draft 4 ft
Cabins 2
Cabin Headroom 6'8 ft
Electrical System 12 V
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID CHXD0072E203
Deadrise Angle 13 Ā°
Min Draft 3'6 ft
Drive Type Direct
Engines 2
Total Engine Power 1,320 hp
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 850 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Aluminum
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 100 gal
Water Tank Mat. Aluminum
Dry Weight 34,800 lb
Windlass Electric

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Cummins
Model: QSM11
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 660hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 4 Blade, Bronze
Engine Location: Port

Engine 2 Specifications

Make: Cummins
Model: QSM11
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 660hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 4 Blade, Bronze
Engine Location: Starboard
Manufacturer Provided Description
Elected Boating Magazine's 1997 Boat of the Year, the Cabo 45 Express Sportfisher is the epitome of what it is to be Cabo: quality, performance, attention to detail, and dedication to customer satisfaction. Designer and builder Henry Mohrschladt summed up the concept behind the Cabo 45 Express: "More amenities, more room for bait, fish, live bait and rod storage, but with the quality of our smaller boats. That is what our customers told us they wanted." The Cabo 45 Express was introduced to meet the needs of Cabo owners wanting a larger replacement for their smaller Cabos. Because of its added size and its luxurious accommodations, it would be easy to forget that the Cabo 45 Express is a serious sportfisher. The 45 turns on a dime, backs down like no other and even in the roughest of seas, stays right where she's put. And, because of her wide beam, modified-V bottom, and low center of gravity, the Cabo is a fishing platform with stability in all sea conditions. From the fiberglassed and bronze through-bolted hull-to-deck joint to the custom all-fiberglass fuel tanks, the Cabo is designed to easily outlast even the harshest of conditions and cruise away unscathed. The performance of the Cabo 45 Express Sportfisher at sea is smooth and predictable. And with a maximum cruising range of well over 300 statute miles, top speed of 36.6 mph and a cruising speed of nearly 30 mph, it's clear that size has not compromised performance. This seaworthiness is outshined only by this boat's close quarter handling. Superb visibility astern and Cabo's specially designed Mather's electric throttle controls ensure that maneuvering the 45 Express into its slip is effortless. The hull of the Cabo 45 Express Sportfisher is built with the same uncompromising combinations of materials that have won its smaller siblings critical acclaim over the years. Superior ISO - NPG gelcoat and premium vinylester resins throughout reinforce the Cabo trademark philosophy of placing quality above all other considerations. A solid fiberglass bottom consisting of biaxial stitched fiberglass roving assures a solid and secure hull. From the waterline to the rails, the Cabo incorporates Baltek end-grain balsa coring for strength without performance-hindering weight. And to augment the hull's external integrity, Cabo Yachts employs a unique structural module that eliminates tensional flex and makes the entire hull and interior one solid piece that will build confidence even in severe conditions. In the interior of the Cabo 45 Express Sportfisher, the matched woods and blemish-free finishes gleam in the custom designed halogen lighting. Standard leather upholstery and a six-speaker sound system from Bose take the Cabo 45 Express well beyond the spartan fishing machine category. A fore and aft queen-size berth in the forward cabin allows plenty of room on each side to make up the berth as well as to access the signature Cabo rod storage cabinetry. The galley and full head with shower feature Corian countertops with custom sea rails and Moen fixtures. Children or extra guests will appreciate the comfortable extra large settee on the salon's portside. There is even a built-in vacuum system.
Equipment List
Cabo 45 Express Sportfisher Specifications - Standard Equipment Hull - Molded fiberglass construction with superior ISO-NPG gelcoat finish and premium vinylester resins throughout - Biaxial stitched fabric reinforcement - Solid fiberglass bottom construction - Core cell foam core from upper chine to sheer, vacuum-bagged - Hull finished inside with white polyester gelcoat - Stainless steel rub strip on face of white high-density rub rail - Trim tabs, fully recessed - Bottom paint, complete preparation - 2 coats epoxy, 2 coats antifouling paint, black standard Deck - Molded fiberglass using polyester resin, biaxial stitched fabric reinforcement and vacuum-bagged core cell foam construction - Premium quality molded-in white gelcoat finish - Molded-in non-skid surface - Custom anchor roller assembly - Windlass, electric 24V, remote from helm with deck switches and 25 feet of 3-8 inch HT chain, 250 feet of nylon rope - 35 lb. Fortress FX37 high tensile anchor - Salt water washdown forward in custom molded locker - Custom springline cleats (4) - Forward mooring cleats (2), stainless steel - Stern cleats, stainless steel - Stern hawse pipes, stainless steel - Windshield, tinted, heavy welded aluminum, construction finished; includes electrically actuated vent - Windshield wipers (3), self-parking with heavy duty arms - Windshield washers (3), freshwater supplied Cockpit - Aluminum reinforcing plate installed for fighting chair - Bait prep center portside includes tackle storage, sink, rigging board, insulated icebox ready for optional refrigeration, lockers fitted with custom lid, stainless steel gas spring actuator, full-length stainless steel piano hinge and lockable custom flush latches - Door to engine room with ladder from cockpit - Lighting under gunwales - Fish boxes, large capacity, insulated with macerator pump-out system - Gunwale padding, high-density foam, white vinyl covered, mounted on tough 1-2-inch polyethylene backing board - Bait tank, 60 gallons, molded into transom - Hatches, lazarette and fish boxes, heavy duty with gaskets and piano hinges - Rod-gaff racks starboard - Rod holders (5) - Cockpit scuppers - Step - storage boxes, port and starboard - Transom door with top gate, extreme-duty polished stainless steel hardware - Quick disconnect washdown; freshwater, starboard side; saltwater, portside - Storage boxes under gunwale (2) - Weatherproof stereo speakers (2) - Dockside freshwater inlet Helm Deck - Molded fiberglass helm deck with large removable engine service hatch - Stidd helm seat, adjustable with vinyl-covered high-density foam cushions, pedestal-mount - Large tackle cabinet and storage area to starboard with ice maker - L-shaped lounge portside and aft with lockable rod storage below - Sliding companionway door and fiberglass seahood Helm Console - Palm Beach style helm console with side-mount, single-lever electronic control - Compass with light, flush-mounted - Complete custom engine instrument panel with audible warning system and hours meters - Custom switch panel - Navigation and electronics panel - Fire and bilge water level alarms, audible - Aluminum helm wheel - AM - FM - CD player for outdoor areas - Canvas console cover Mechanical - Aircraft type braided fuel lines - Electric fuel priming pumps - Bright white bilge and engine room, white linear polyurethane paint finish - Bilge pumps, three 24V automatic - manual, one 24V manual in engine room - Engine driven emergency pump Y-valve - Bonding system with transom zinc plate - Double hose clamps on all hose fittings where possible, stainless steel - Double constant torque stainless steel clamps on engine exhaust hoses - Oil change system, mains, generator and transmission - Engine alarm system - Engine room ventilation, 110V - Bilge blowers (2) 24 V DC - Fire extinguishing system, automatic - Freshwater cooling on main engines - High water bilge alarms (3) - Holding tank, with gauge, macerator and dockside discharge - Water heater, stainless steel, 220 V AC, 11 gallon - Hydraulic steering system (Hynautic) - Propeller shafts, high-strength stainless steel, 2.5-inch diameter, double taper couplers - Propellers, 4-blade Nibral - Rudders, high-strength bronze, installed with high-load bearings - Stuffing boxes, dripless lip seal type - Seacocks, UL approved for marine application, bronze, fitted on all through-hulls below waterline - Freshwater hose bib - Braided hose sleeves on all nylon hydraulic lines - Electronic controls with backup cables, engine synchronizer, trolling valves Electrical - 10 kW freshwater-cooled diesel generator with seawater strainer, remote start and gauge panel, water lift muffler, safety shutdown, dedicated battery - Custom AC electrical distribution panel with line voltage and load meter, reverse polarity light and main breakers that trip with reverse polarity - Custom DC electrical distribution panel with battery voltage and load meters - Large flat screen TV in single stateroom model - 20-inch Sony TV - VCR in double stateroom model - Custom Entertainment Center with VCR and Bose AM - FM - CD stereo - Battery on - off switches, vapor-proof - Bonded electrical system - Battery charger 220 VAC - 24 VDC - 50 amp - 50-foot shorepower cord, retractable Glendinning cord master, 220V, 50 amp - Engine room lights, 24 VDC and 120 VAC - Dual air trumpet horn; compressor installed but air trumpets not installed - Navigation lights, International, not installed - DC fuses with uninterrupted power to bilge pump, fire and bilge flood monitors - Electronics supply at helm, 24 VDC and 12 VDC - Ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles in galley and head - Interior lighting, 24 VDC and 120 VAC - Cable television with cable connection - Telephone jack with shore connection - Central vacuum Main Cabin - Access hatch to bilge - Upgraded ultra nylon fabrics on saloon settee - Lighting, 24 V DC and 24 V AC - Air conditioning - heat, dual zone, 16,000 BTU, 220 V AC - Interior teak superbly joined and finished - Positive latches used on cabinet doors and drawers - Deep pile carpet - 120 VAC duplex outlets, GFI protected - Deck hatch with retractable shade - Two portlights, portside - Pull-out double hide-a-bed beneath aft settee Galley - Cook top, two-burner electric, recessed with Corian cover - Corian countertop with custom Corian sea rails - Garbage disposal - Countertop lighting is recessed halogen - Microwave - convection oven - Positive latches used on cabinet doors and drawers - Refrigerator, side by side door, AC-DC - Freezer chest 4.5 cubic feet - Deep sink is custom Corian - Storage compartments and drawers throughout - 110 volt duplex outlet, GFI protected - Trash storage compartment Forward Stateroom - Access to anchor rope locker - Island double bed with 5-inch mattress, coverlets - Foredeck hatch with retractable shade - Hanging locker, port and starboard side, cedar-lined - Positive latches used on cabinet doors and drawers - Drawers operate on sliders - Recessed halogen lights - Custom built-in TV and VCR - Storage compartments and large drawers below bed - 120 VAC duplex outlet, GFI protected - Port and starboard rod storage locker for up to 8 rods - Built-in safe for documents and valuables Head Compartment - Corian countertop, custom with Corian sink - Mirror - Custom vanity with storage cabinet - Head, Sealand VacuFlush electric - Lighting, 24 V DC and 120 V AC - Positive latches used on cabinet doors and drawers - Separate stall shower with automatic shower sump pump - Toiletry storage cabinet, Corian frames with sliding mirror doors - 120 VAC duplex outlet, GFI protected - Ventilating hatch - Designer faucets and shower fixtures Safety Equipment - Anchor, 25-foot chain, 250-foot rode, life jackets, throwable PFD, fire extinguisher, dock lines, fenders, distress signaling device, flashlight, emergency horn, first aid kit Cabo 45 Express Sportfisher Optional Equipment Diesel (Standard Engine Group) - Twin MAN 2848LE 401, 680 hp - Twin Caterpillar 3196, 660 hp Diesel (High Performance Engine Group) - Twin MAN 2848LE 403, 800 hp - Twin Caterpillar 3406E, 800 hp - Twin MAN 2840LE 403, 1050 hp Interior - Teak and holly sole in lieu of carpet - Alternate color Corian countertop - Guest stateroom Interior Fabric Upgrade - Leather sofa (finest full-grain) Sportfishing - Freezer plates, 110V system, in cockpit icebox - Freezer plates, 110V system, installed in cockpit fish box - Ice machine plumbed to portside fish box, available with MAN engines only Generator - 12 kW Westerbeke freshwater-cooled diesel generator with seawater strainer, remote start and gauge panel, water muffler, safety shutdown, sound shield - 15 kW Westerbeke freshwater-cooled diesel generator with seawater strainer, remote start and gauge panel, water muffler, safety shutdown, sound shield - Generator is not intended to supply power for all standard and optional accessories. Load must be limited to generator output rating. General - Hull color other than white - Rails, West Coast style polished stainless or aluminum - Rails, East Coast style polished stainless or (standard) aluminum - Swim platform (fiberglass) - Swim platform ladder (stainless steel) - Double Stidd helm chair - Ice maker in starboard cabinet Mechanical and Miscellaneous Equipment - Single side band ground - Hot and cold hand-held shower in cockpit - Helm deck air conditioning 24,000 BTU - Power steering - Sea recovery water maker - Auxiliary 12V distribution panel for electronics
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.
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