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Hammer Down2000 Cabo 31 Express


One of the most capable 31 Express boats ever built. 

This is the best 31-foot inboard fishing boat in the world today. She sports substantial freeboard forward which combined with a deep, 46 degree forefoot, and 18.5 degrees at the transom makes it a head-sea-eating monster. Never in the history of yachting has a 31-foot express sportfisher had as much space as this.

Dimensions and Capacities



  • Call it what you wish Bristol fashion, yacht quality or gold plated the interior on the Cabo 31 will not be outshone by the most expensive custom yacht. The joinery smacks of master craftsmanship of long ago. Look inside the cabinets under drawers and in hidden storage areas (all with positive tensioning latches) and you find fine flawless finishes rather than rough fiberglass or splinters. The beautiful teak and holly cabin sole (optional) sets as the base for rich fabrics, recessed lighting and decorator upholstery. Solid Corian counters and plush sleeping accommodations are guaranteed to impress even the most jaded yachtsman. More storage area than most larger yachts assures that your weekends and extended cruises will never lack the creature comforts of home. Nor will the standard electric stove, microwave oven and refrigerator/freezer leave you wanting. The substantial head and shower provides a good hot shower after swimming or a hard day on the water as well as a comfortable well lit vanity when heading out for the evening.
  • Reverse cycle heat and air conditioning
  • Panasonic microwave
  • Single burner cooktop hot plate
  • AC/DC refrigerator/ freezer
  • Electric head 
  • Corian Countertops
  • V-berth / dinette converts to large double bed storage below
  • Rod storage cabinets port and starboard 

Codega Design

This was the first Cabo designed by Louis T. Codega, best known for his Regulator hulls, along with Carolina Classic , the Hines Farley 63 and some of the newer Ryboviches. The 31 began production in 1996 and finished in 2005. Codega also designed the Cabo 45, 47 & 48. The Cabo 31 is a smaller version of the 35 that was introduced in 1992 but with Codegas touch has a different hull bottom than that on the Bill Crealock  designed 35. The one complaint about the early 35's (pre 2000) was that it was not as good at meeting a head sea as, for example the Blackfin.

When Henry Mohrschladt and Mike Howarth were looking in the 31 for a hull that was soft riding as well as fast and that also would provide a stable platform for fishing. Codega was hired because of his reputation for producing comfortable, workable hulls. They were looking for a ride.

The 31 has an extremely deep forefoot that is carried back fairly far (there's no keel as on the 35) the V at the bow is 46 degrees, tapering but gradually to a moderate 18.5 degrees at the stern. The Cabo 35 by contrast is a modified-V that sports wide flat sections near each chine, each of which incorporate a 1-1/2 inch deep crease along the full length; it's also fitted with a full-length 7 inch keel the whole thought being to enhance lift as well as stability at rest or trolling speeds.

On the 31 the big forefoot and the sharp bow are designed to give the boat great head on seakeeping authority. It also creates a sense of appearing larger than it is. When you see a 31 side by side with a 35 at the dock you will be hard pressed to tell which was the bigger boat. If the 35 could be faulted for head sea performance, there's little doubt it is stable; the deeper-V 31 on the other hand theoretically might give up some stability at rest. But Codega seems to have found a happy balance: Considerable beam (12 feet). reverse chines, and the moderate -V at the transom combine to prevent rolling and provide stability. The 31 draws more than the larger version 3'2" versus 2'6" although prop tunnels (pockets) keep things from getting deeper.


Deck & Hull

A solid fiberglass bottom consisting of biaxial stitched fiberglass roving assures a rock solid and secure hull. From the waterline to the rails, the Cabo incorporates the best Baltek end grain balsa coring for incredible strength without performance hindering weight. And to augment the hull's external integrity, Cabo Yachts employs a unique structural module that eliminates torsional flex and makes the entire hull and interior one solid piece that will build your confidence, even in severe conditions.

  • Pacific Towers anodized aluminum tuna tower 
  • Pompanette fiberglass outriggers with maximizers
  • Offshore cockpit bait tank
  • AC metal halide flood light
  • DC halogen cockpit flood lights
  • Maxwell electric windlass


  • Simrad open array radar
  • Simrad autopilot
  • Simrad sounder
  • Icom VHF
  • Simrad GPS
  • Alpine AM/FM/CD Stereo

Caterpillar 3116TA's


The Caterpillar 3116TA's are rated for 350 hp power with 800 hours

The Caterpillar 3116 is a turbo charged and aftercooled in-line six cylinder four stroke diesel engine. With a displacement of 6.6 litres or 402 cubic inches. The compression ratio is 16:1 and has a dry weight of 1500 lbs. The in-line six cylinder configuration has become the preferred arrangement for most marine applications because it enables one to service both sides of the engine and have adequate room between each engine in comparison to a V8. The 3116 caries 6.6 gallons of lubricating oil and 7.4 gallons of coolant (fresh water/ antifreeze).

Assuming you've heard the rumors or done further research on the Caterpillar 3116's and early 3126's you will undoubtedly discover the topic of "soft blocks". Between 1996 and 1998 Caterpillar was using a foreign foundry to cast some of their iron engine blocks. The issue was discovered early on with issues in the castings causing major engine failures. To Caterpillars credit each engine with the soft block was located by serial number and replaced immediately under warranty, the majority were from 1995/1996. This boat was never affected by the soft block issue however its always good to do your research and learn as much as you can. The Caterpillar engines provided to Cabo Yachts were distributed through Johnson Caterpillar of Riverside, California. 

Power Without Compromise

When it comes to reliable engine power, you can't afford to compromise. You need proven power. Optimum power. Honest power. Caterpillar understands how important your marine power needs are. That's why they design marine engines for superior reliability. That's why every Cat Marine Engine is built to last. And that's why when it comes to fuel consumption, Caterpillar engines are the efficient choice. Not just at certain rpm's but over their entire operating range.

Caterpillar also gives you honest horsepower right where you need it... at the crankshaft, not just on the engine spec sheet. That way you get all the power you pay for. And Cat reliability doesn't stop at the engine design. Because when you buy a Cat Marine Engine, you're assured of continuing product support. The worldwide service and computerized parts system are examples of the Cat commitment to keeping your engine in smooth operation.

-Caterpillar Marine Engine Selection Guide


600 rpm .8 gallons per hour

1000 rpm 3.1 gallons per hour

1200 rpm 4.8 gallons per hour

1400 rpm 6 gallons per hour

1600 rpm 14.6 gallons per hour

1800 rpm 19 gallons per hour

2000 rpm 22 gallons per hour

2200 rpm 28 gallons per hour

2400 rpm 34 gallons per hour

2600 rpm 36 gallons per hour

2800 rpm 38.4 gallons per hour


Engine Room

Beneath the full-sized helm deck that raises on an electric ram lies the heart of the Cabo 31. With systems organized better than any other production boat built today, the engine room satisfies the most demanding engineer. Every wire and hose is labled and run individually, passing through grommets when traveling through bulkheads. Logically, systems maintained frequently are nearest at hand.

  • Westerbeke 5k generator
  • Racor fuel filters with vacuum gauges
  • Hynautic engine controls
  • Walker Airsep intake system


Additional Mechanical

If you want the standard by which small offshore sportfishing yachts will be judged look no further. It's hard to imagine anything about a Cabo 31 could surpass its performance until you see the way it's built. The construction is without equal, harkening back to the days of master craftsmen hand-fitting every piece of a vessel perfectly, producing mirror finishes and taking a personal pride of craftsman-ship in the product they create.

  •  Aquamet 22 stainless steel propeller shafts
  • 3 blade Nibral propellers
  • Bennett trim tabs (fully recessed)
  • 3 automatic bilge pumps
  • Fiberglass mufflers with large backwash surge chambers
  • Hynautic steering
  • Bronze rudders
  • Molded fiberglass helm deck, hydraulically lifted with cockpit controls


The quality of the fit and finish is immediately obvious. The 31 is a fairly heavy boat for this size (19,500 lbs compared to a 31' Tiara at 11,500 lbs or a Blackfin 32 Combi at 16,000 lbs. The primary reason is the solid laminate. Below the waterline, the Cook NPG ISO gelcoat is coated with two layers of epoxy before the bottom paint goes on. Inside the gel is a layer of mat followed by six layers of 2415 biaxial cloth, overlapped at the appropriate stress points. Instead of a separate vinyl ester resin barrier to deter osmotic blistering, vinylester resin is used through the laminate. Vinylester resin not only helps block water migration, it provides excellent adhesion. It's also an expensive way to lay up a boat. 
Above the chines the hull is cored with Baltec end grain balsa, as is the deck. Four longitudinal stringers are cored with fir plywood which is laminated with 2415 stitched roving. There are three glass sandwich bulkheads, but before they are tabbed in the hull -deck joint is made. The shoe-box style joint is mated with 3M 5200 adhesive  then fastened every four inches with through bolts. The inside of the joint is then glassed over twice (the absence of bulkheads means no gaps) for further security. This is about as through as a hull-deck joint can be done, in our experience. "It's like a tank" a heavy little boat.

Layup takes about five days with the hull sitting in the mold for two additional days. Fit and finish aside, its obvious that a lot of work went into the 31's tooling. There are moldings everywhere -64 in all. 14 in just the helm deck alone. A molded glass module forms just about the entire interior of the hull, as well as deck, headliner, head interior, and basis for the bow platform. The engine compartment is another module strong enough to support the weight of the engines on its own. Instead it is installed over the stringer system before the hull leaves the mold. The top part of the engine compartment which is also the bottom of the helm deck is another module, cored with balsa, and with depressions for installing insulation.

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.



Price: $139,900

Length: 31ft

Builder: Cabo

Year: 2000

Hull: Other

Fuel: Diesel

Location: Brisbane, CA

Please Note:

Due to product improvements, changes during the model year and/or transcription errors that may occur, information represented within this website may not be accurate at the time of your purchase.
If certain information is significant to your purchasing decision, please confirm the information with your dealer.

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