Cabo Rico 38 cutters are famous for their rugged construction, and their sea kindly motion under way. Ruby Mae is a Cabo Rico 38 that enhances those characteristics because she has the rare “XL” cabin-layout (only six were made). As such she has two features critical for blue-water cruising and/or live-aboard sailors that other Cabo Rico’s lack: 1) a proper navigation station, and 2) her head/shower are located aft. The standard cabin-layout for Cabo Rico 38’s has a quasi nav-station that has no seat or storage capacity and the head and shower are forward.
A proper navigation-station, as on Ruby Mae, has a seated position, an opening nav-station compartment for storage of charts, etc., and a nav-station-facing “board” on which such things as radio, battery-monitor and navigation instruments can be mounted. Any experienced passage-making sailor will tell you that you will spend many hours each day at the nav-station, looking at digital charts, route planning, checking battery status, among other things. They will also tell you that using a head or shower that is forward in an active seaway is at a minimum challenging, and possibly dangerous. Ruby Mae also has her entire electrical board at the nav-station, rather than in the galley, as on conventional Cabo Rico 38’s.
The owners of Ruby Mae have been sailors for decades. They lived-aboard a 47’ cutter-rigged sloop for five years (2000-2005). So, they know blue-water sailing vessels. In 2005 they sold their sloop and built a home in the mountains of western Virginia. In 2010 their love of sailing led them to purchase Ruby Mae, which was at the time in somewhat diminished condition. Her layout was to their liking, but there were many systems on board which required, upgrade, or repair. Below is a list of the major items addressed in what amounted to a complete refit of the vessel. The refit was accomplished over several years, culminating in removing her engine for a complete rebuilding in 2018/2019.
Awlgrip (marine paint) topsides (hull above waterline), including cove-stripe and boot-stripe: $12,478.
Repair cockpit: remove weathered teak from seats and cockpit sole, repair scuppers, repair delaminated fiberglass on cockpit sole: $20,198.
Replace standing rigging: $4,186. (The stainless-steel shrouds and stays); they that should be replaced every 15-20 years of use but rarely are).
Replace cockpit pedestal-guard and engine/transmission controls (from existing antiquated “single-lever” controls): $4,653. (New pedestal required for new navigation equipment; see below; new engine controls are duel levers, one for engine speed, another for forward, neutral or aft).
Replace running-rigging. (These are the lines used to raise or lower sails (halyards), or to control sails (sheets) and spinnaker-pole.
New electronics: Raymarine wind/depth/and speed, Garmin GPS chart plotter and radar: $8,259.
New safety-lines: $1,180.
Repair/replace overhead cabin hatches, fans and lights: $919.
New Dodger stainless steel frame and canvas: $2,909.
New Bimini stainless frame and canvas.
Anchor wash-down system: $1,872.
New air conditioning system: $7,874
Head-sail: roller-furling system: $1,344.
Replace existing Dahl primary fuel filter system with Racor Primary fuel filter system.
Mainsail cleaning, restoration and upgrade to full-batten; U-stack sail recovery system: $1,766
Replace waste-disposal system (Lectra-scan) $1,199.
Gorgeous handcrafted interior with custom joinery of Costa Rican honey teak is a feature of this boat; one of only six built in the XL series, she is comfortable, roomy and designed for comfort and safety at sea. Forward is the queen vee berth, vanity, hanging locker and lots of storage. The main salon has comfortable U shaped settee to port which can convert to a berth, a large teak table , two leather captains chairs to starboard. The galley is aft to port with the roomy, efficient nav station to starboard. The aft stateroom is a double with even more storage. At the foot of the companionway to port is the large head featuring vanity, shower, teak grating and storage. All opening ports (13) hatches and companionway are screened.
With ample storage and counter space in the lovely teak, the galley has Tasco two burner stove with oven, double stainless sinks with teak covers, refrigeration and great storage.
Adler Barber 12V Refrigeration
Tasco Two Burner Propane Stove
Hot & Cold Pressure Fresh Water
Raymarine ST60 Wind
Raymarine ST60 Speed
Raymarine ST60 Depth
Raymarine ST6000 Autopilot
Standard Horizon VHF
Two 30 amp shorepower cords with splitter
Maxwell electric windlass
Primary bilge pump
Freedom 2500 inverter/130 amp battery charger
Grey water pump
Cruisair reverse cycle heat/air
SSB grounding plate
Interior lights upgraded to Halogen
AM/FM radio/ DVD (Jensen) with 4 speakers
Lectra-san sanitation system
Engine and Mechanical
Westerbeke W46 -Just rebuilt at Stingray Point Marina
650 Hours Total
15 Hours since Rebuild
Max Prop Feathering Propeller
Sails, Rigging and Canvas
ALL SAILS SERVICED BY EVOLUTION SAILS (Jerry Lattell)
Fully Battened Main w/ Two Reef Points
Harken MK II Headsail Furler
New Standing Rigging
Two Barient 27 Two Speed Self Tailing Primary Winches
Barient 12 Cabin Top Winch for Main Sheet
Two Barient 21-30 Two Speed Self Tailing Winches on Mast
Three Barient 12 Winches on Mast
Forespar Whisker Pole mounted on the Mast
Lazy Jacks & Stack Pack
Sunbrella Covers for All Isenglass
Sunbrella Covers for All Hatches
Sunbrella Cover for Helm
Fuel 56g (Fiberglass)
Water 180g (Fiberglass)
Holding - Electro-Scan System
Maxwell Electric Windlass
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.