The highly anticipated 42′ Mag Bay Sport Fish Express is a couple of weeks from being ready. Due to make it’s International debut at the Miami International Boat Show, she is destined to turn heads. Currently the 42′ is enroute to Palm Beach, Florida where her Bausch American custom tower will be installed and final sea trials prior to heading south for the Boat Show.
Built by the original owners of Cabo Yachts, the 42′ Sport fish is a new and improved 40′ Cabo, recently referred to as the 41′ Cabo. Being that the original owners owned a 40′ Cabo Express for many years their goal was to build a better boat that was practical, functional, yet esthetically pleasing. Incorporating some of the original features of the 40′ Cabo and change areas where improvement were necessary.
Part I- An introduction to the completed 42′ Mag Bay Sport Fish Express
When Michael & Barrett Howarth sat with designer Michael Peters, their goal was simple. Build a boat that was faster, carried more fuel and water and overall did more than the Cabo 40. In order to achieve that the first hurdle was to incorporate larger motors. The Mag Bay 42 Sport Fish is designed to accommodate up to 1200hp per side and will come standard from factory with 1000hp Volvo D13’s, the 41 Cabo comes standard with 625hp Volvo per side.
In addition to the standard twin Volvo D13’s, 1000hp, standard options include Seakeeper 6, Onan 13.5kw genset unlike it’s competitors. A Reverso Oil change system is mounted to the generator box in the engine room, allowing ability to access the oil change system without having to get into the engine room, allowing to leave oil and fluids in the cockpit when changing oil. Oversized Lifeline 30HT house batteries installed due to their excellent properties compared to a standard group 31 battery.
Keeping their reputation for meticulous electrical wiring, all the wiring is tinned copper, oversized and quality. Showcased in the salon area.
The 42′ Mag Bay’s cockpit design is meant to raise fish. Aft livewell has been made as large as the design could support with rounded corners, generous window (standard), and large openings so large bait nets or cast nets can easily fit inside the tank. Fishboxes are roughly 40% larger than those on the Cabo 41, larger, wider and deeper! Insulated all around, they are made to accept freezer plates as optional equipment. Rounded gunnels allow for a cleaner, more modern look that is fitting. Gemlux Bluewater heavy duty rod holders with swivel bottoms and backing plates, strip lights under all gunnels, under bait tank, and under the lip of the helm deck are also standard.
The additional 2′ difference from the Mag Bay vs. Cabo is in the helm deck & mezzanine. The helm deck is on two hydraulic rams and when fully elevated give you 39″ of room to access the motors. Upon visiting the boat you will appreciate the amount of time spent into turning the helm into the central focus point of the boat. Accessibility to critical components is the most striking feature. The faux teak finished pod with two Ongaro Palm Beach style lever controls and hinged helm roar “look at me”!!!
Continue following us for more information on the 42′ Mag Bay Sport Fish!! Part II, coming soon. Or simply visit us at the Miami International Boat Show, February 13-17th, 2020 at Miami Marine Stadium, Virginia Key, Florida.