Cabo – 38 Express

Florida, United States

Welcome aboard the 2008 38 Cabo “Miss Shell”.  She is a fantastic example of an exceptionally clean, highly customized, ultra-premium brand express boat. The 38 Cabo offers an innovative layout below with the forward stateroom capable of sleeping 3 to 4 individuals, plus her salon sofa transforms to a bunk bed arrangement. Her layout is perfect for a family or a group of fishing buddies on an overnight or weekend fishing adventure.

The 38 Cabo is an updated Michael Peters hull design. Her sharp entry, wide beam, and shallow draft makes her an extremely good sea boat in a variety of conditions. The 38 Cabo also features an updated gelcoat finish that is not subject to the Cabo crazing of some older models. Her reliable C12 715 hp Caterpillar engines spent 10 years under Caterpillar platinum plus extended warranty.  Although that warranty is up now, she has always had the highest level of care and maintenance.  The 2008 38 Cabo “Miss Shell” represents an excellent value in the premium brand diesel power express boat market. Below please find a list of her features, upgrades, and customizations.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Hull ID
Has Hull ID


38 ft
Length Overall
38 ft
15.08 ft
Max Draft
3.67 ft
Cabins Count

Engines / Speed

Engine #1 Specs:
  • Make : Caterpillar
  • Model : C-12
  • Fuel : Diesel
  • Engine Power : 715 hp
  • Type : Inboard
Engine #2 Specs:
  • Make : Caterpillar
  • Model : C-12
  • Fuel : Diesel
  • Engine Power : 715 hp
  • Type : Inboard
Total Engine Power
1,430 hp


Fuel Tanks
Fuel Tank Capacity
475 gal
Water Tanks
Water Tank Capacity
95 gal


Heads Count
Boat Class
Express Cruiser

Additional Info

Vessel Highlights
  • Cabo pedigree build quality 
  • Michael Peters hull design
  • Cat C-12 power (heat exchangers, aftercoolers 22)
  • Exceptional lower layout with capabilities to sleep up to 6
  • Custom painted while hull 2022 (original hull color was yellow)
  • Jan 24 bottom job and cutlass bearings
  • Full tower
  • Hydraulic outriggers
  • Brand new 2024 SIMRAD electronics package with HALO radar
  • Starlink communication system
  • Freezer plate in one fishbox, both boxes insulated and macerated
  • Livewell
  • 8 rod custom teak rocket launcher
  • Electric reel outlets
  • Air conditioned helm deck
  • Dual double wide STIDD helm seats
  • Electric teaser reels
  • UW lights

Vessel Walkthrough

The cockpit of the 2008 38 Cabo Miss Shell is all business.  Her wide beam gives anglers plenty of room to move around. The centerpiece of the cockpit is the 8 rod teak rocket launcher. She has 2 in-deck insulated, macerated fish boxes with one side having a chiller plate.  A deep bait freezer, tackle storage and washdown sink are additional features. On the transom there is a live well and a liftgate with oversized fish door.

The entire helm deck comes up for easy access into the engine room.  She is powered by twin C-12 CATS with 715 hp each.  The engines have always had the finest care with all maintenance up to date.

Back up on the climate-controlled helm deck, "Miss Shell" has a large tackle center to stbd and a bench/lounge seat to port.  Just forward, there is a double wide STIDD companion seat to port and a match helm seat to stbd.  All her electronics were upgraded to the latest SIMRAD EVO technology with HALO radar. Dual multi-function displays give you everything you need, to find the fish and stay safe.

Down below, the layout of the 38 Cabo is very unique and versatile. In the back port corner is the full head.  Also to port is the galley.  The galley has everything a shipboard gourmet would require. Fridge, freezer, electric cooktop, deep sink, storage, solid surface Corian countertops, and microwave oven. To starboard there is dinette seating and a high gloss teak table.  The back rest of the seating also ingeniously flips up and secures to the ceiling for kid size bunk beds.

The private stateroom is forward with a multi berth arrangement.  There is a double size berth to port, comfortable for a couple and above it on both sides are bunks for adults or children. Elevated rod storage cabinets grace both outboard sides with plenty of room for owner’s belongings in a cedar lined hanging locker and drawers.

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