Cabo Boat Owners

Corndawg

F/V My Tern
Feb 27, 2004
164
12
43
SD
Name
Corey
Boat
Mako 171 "My Tern" , CABO 216
I’m in the same situation. Need to replace both cuddy windows. I got some information from Guy Schneider about someone who could make them but when I tried to call the number it had been disconnected. So not sure if it’s going to work out or not. Definitely interested in getting replacement windows ASAP.
 

Capt. JB

BD’er
Nov 5, 2008
207
69
Cerritos, Ca
Name
Josh
Boat
Cabo 216
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I recall he had replaced his side windows last year on his 216.
I made the outside piece with 1/4 smoked acrylic. The inside piece was 3D printed...the company that originally was going to make both didn’t come through on their end. Quality was mediocre and quoted price was outrageous, like $600 outrageous. As for Guy, I called him multiple times. Said he was making parts (windows and such) for Cabo’s...he flaked. Never heard back from him after a few conversations. I’m guessing he sold his Cabo and ended his “Cabo” operations...like MANY other marine operations. Build your own with acrylic. Sandwich the 2 pieces with hardware and sealant in the meantime. The other possibility is that I can check if the CAD drawings from the 3D printing company still exist and see if we can make a true OEM quality replacement.

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Fishbones

Your wife thinks about ME
Nov 7, 2005
1,008,216
1,417
57
Chula Vista
Name
Rich
Boat
One Off 28' Custom Built Skipjack (SOUTHWESTERN) & 18' Sylvan (Short Runs)
Non sliding... who cares

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909MARIO

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jun 30, 2011
854
308
Rancho Cucamonga
Name
Mario
Boat
CABO 226 (Yamaha F250)
The original bracket for my 226 is for sale. Aluminum bracket in good condition with no corrosion. See pics below.
I finished the new all Fiberglass/Coosa bracket/swim step install. The kids love it and the transom float much higher now.

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Devin G.

Newbie
Aug 18, 2016
14
4
Ventura
Name
Devin G.
Boat
Radon 22'
Hi There Cuddycon owners, was checking out a 25' for sale today and wanted to ask if anyone knows/agrees if it looks like the original gas tank has been replaced. I can see some of the foam cut through and while the tank sitting in there(no fumes) is very dirty it doesn't look pitted. Trying to make a decision on buying the boat and how much TLC it needs to get back to fighting shape.

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Mike_I

I've posted enough I should edit this section
May 19, 2006
1,039
427
Irvine
Name
Mike_I
Boat
Cabo 216 First Love
Not much information to go by. The more pictures the better. Look at the entire tank, don't guess by looking at a small section of it.
 

rustman

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Aug 4, 2005
545
647
Irvine, Ca
Name
Rusty
Boat
1986 Cabo 216 Cuddy-Con
Hi There Cuddycon owners, was checking out a 25' for sale today and wanted to ask if anyone knows/agrees if it looks like the original gas tank has been replaced. I can see some of the foam cut through and while the tank sitting in there(no fumes) is very dirty it doesn't look pitted. Trying to make a decision on buying the boat and how much TLC it needs to get back to fighting shape.

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Looks Like shit on the outside. Mine was perfect on the outside and had so much varnish and crap on the inside that clogged my filters every time out. Just figure you will replace it at around $2k
 

Devin G.

Newbie
Aug 18, 2016
14
4
Ventura
Name
Devin G.
Boat
Radon 22'
Thanks Mike/Rustman, hull looks solid and will be a good boat for somebody. I wasn't excited to see water sitting for 6+ months under the tank, cabin and in the bilge. Also saw water dripping out between the transom and outboard bracket. I'll hold out for another Cabo that needs a little less repair despite the recent repower. There also seemed to be a solid amount of cracks in the deck, corners that would be opportunistic for water to enter.

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rustman

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Aug 4, 2005
545
647
Irvine, Ca
Name
Rusty
Boat
1986 Cabo 216 Cuddy-Con
A 256 is a very rare boat. With a recent repower, 90% of the work has been done. Any wiring, plumbing, gas tank and miscellaneous stuff is easy and gives you the opportunity to get to know your boat.

Are you saying the gelcoat had cracks or just the areas of the stringer mating to the transom. If you say gelcoat I would be surprised as I haven’t found any gelcoat cracks in mine, but they are generally non-structural anyway.

At the right price, that boat could be a winner if you have some skills. Replacing the tank is a snap. 1 day out and 1/2 a day back in after you have prepared the bilge and cleaned things things up.
 
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Devin G.

Newbie
Aug 18, 2016
14
4
Ventura
Name
Devin G.
Boat
Radon 22'
Appreciate the notes, I'm definitely on the fence as this boat looks incredible. The hull outside gelcoat is in great shape albeit faded as expected. And yeah cracks in both stringers mating to the transom and cracks in most areas of the deck.

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909MARIO

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jun 30, 2011
854
308
Rancho Cucamonga
Name
Mario
Boat
CABO 226 (Yamaha F250)
Appreciate the notes, I'm definitely on the fence as this boat looks incredible. The hull outside gelcoat is in great shape albeit faded as expected. And yeah cracks in both stringers mating to the transom and cracks in most areas of the deck.

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Stringer to transom cracks can be repaired by sanding them a bit and layering 1708 with epoxy. Hardest part is sanding. The minor cracks in The deck are just cosmetic and can also be fixed
 
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momaguro

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Sep 23, 2011
462
215
Pacific Beach
Name
David
Boat
Pequod
Stringer to transom cracks can be repaired by sanding them a bit and layering 1708 with epoxy. Hardest part is sanding.
A concern would be water penetration into the transom core through the cracks. Did Cabo use ply in these transoms? Sanding is important in addition to covering over the glass strands that can wick moisture into substrates.

Mario, your swim step looks great. Do you have a build thread on it?
 
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Fishbones

Your wife thinks about ME
Nov 7, 2005
1,008,216
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Chula Vista
Name
Rich
Boat
One Off 28' Custom Built Skipjack (SOUTHWESTERN) & 18' Sylvan (Short Runs)
Two layers of 3/4 ply was found when we drilled for the thru hull fitting for the bait tank overflow

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909MARIO

I've posted enough I should edit this section
Jun 30, 2011
854
308
Rancho Cucamonga
Name
Mario
Boat
CABO 226 (Yamaha F250)
A concern would be water penetration into the transom core through the cracks. Did Cabo use ply in these transoms? Sanding is important in addition to covering over the glass strands that can wick moisture into substrates.

Mario, your swim step looks great. Do you have a build thread on it?
Cabo did use plywood. 2 layers of 3/4" ply and lots of fiberglass. Some transoms will have a bit of water in them around fittings. Use a hammer and gently hit the transom and listen for a sound difference. Might indicate delamination. Those stringer cracks are high up enough that your probably ok.

No I did not do a build thread but I have many photos. Maybe one day I will post them. Thank you for the compliments
 
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Split Decision

Split Decision
Mar 30, 2005
134
53
67
Downey, CA
Name
Jim Hendricks
Boat
Cabo 216
Cabo did use plywood. 2 layers of 3/4" ply and lots of fiberglass. Some transoms will have a bit of water in them around fittings. Use a hammer and gently hit the transom and listen for a sound difference. Might indicate desalination. Those stringer cracks are high up enough that your probably ok.

No I did not do a build thread but I have many photos. Maybe one day I will post them. Thank you for the compliments
My 1986 Cabo 216 does not have a plywood transom core. It is a solid plank of some wood such as redwood or teak. The wood is reddish and solid through and through. Cabo probably changed the coring material in later models to laminated plywood that offers greater biaxial strength. That said, my transom has stayed fairly dry and solid as, well, an oak. We recently fixed some separation issues under the transom cap and replaced the cracking brass motorwell drains, as well as the brass bilge drain, with stainless fittings after sealing the wood with West System epoxy.

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Split Decision

Split Decision
Mar 30, 2005
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Downey, CA
Name
Jim Hendricks
Boat
Cabo 216
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Corndawg

F/V My Tern
Feb 27, 2004
164
12
43
SD
Name
Corey
Boat
Mako 171 "My Tern" , CABO 216
So, I had stalled for quite a while on my project 216 due to multiple life diversions (house projects, kid stuff, fishing, etc), but am back in the groove and very motivated to get this thing done. Because my boat was stripped to the hull by the prior owner, some things I haven't been able to see how they were set up originally. For most of that, other's photos have helped. In a few cases I have parts that need replaced, for which I don't have the originals as a reference. The splashwell fittings and deck drains are two of those. So in both cases they appear to be a press in fitting with a staggered (stepped) base diameters, to be glued into place with the seemingly permanent white tubing built into the boat. In the case of the splashwell fittings, I see no other way that these could be installed or replaced, other than a press in glue (5200) fitting, aside from cutting up the boat to allow internal access (not happening)... So it looks like they are likely the same fittings as the overflow and drain fittings in the bait tanks (pictured here). Does anybody know this attwood part? I looked both online and at a couple marine stores and cannot find. Has anyone replaced these?

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Do the deck drains look the same as this? Anybody ID'd the part?