The Early Years
In 1969, Mike Howarth began his career building fiberglass tooling and plugs for wood boat construction in Southern California. He was a pattern maker for boats and it was the beginning of a long career in boat building. Later he moved on to Pacific Trawler and Islander Yachts. It was during his time at Pacific Trawler that Mr. Howarth became acquainted with Henry Mohrschladt who shared his passion for boat building and design. Before long, they co-founded their own company, Pacific Seacraft, where they enjoyed many successful years building sailboats. Mohrschladt specialized in mechanical aspects and concepts, and ran the office and the advertising side of the business. Howarth was happy to be in the back, doing the boat building itself. In 1989 after the production of thousands of sailboats, the business was sold, but the partnership was far from over.
The Cabo Connection
One year later, the two began work on a 35’ flybridge sportfisher, and a year after that they introduced the first Cabo to the world. Based in Adelanto, California, this new company placed tremendous efforts on building the best boat available. The fit and finish was second to none and their commitment to customers and boat dealers alike created a winning combination. Howarth explained, “We started Cabo with Henry, myself and one employee. When we sold it we had 540 of the best people around. I honestly believe we were blessed with the best craftsman in the world.
A boat is one of the few things in this world that are still built by hand, so the quality of the build depends on the individual craftsman and the pride he takes in his work.”
After a sixteen year run, Cabo Yachts was sold to Brunswick Corporation.