The Bill Crealock designed Tiburon 36
The Father of the Cabo Rico line of Yachts.
Cabo Rico is an unlikely success story. The company was founded in the mid-1960s by John Schofield, who managed British Leyland’s Rover plant in San Jose and molded sailboats in his spare time. His first boat of note was the Crealock- designed Tiburon 36, launched in 1971. He didn’t make many Tiburons, but occasionally you will come across this stout ketch on the used boat market. However, one thing has remained constant, the boat is solidly built for the purpose of ocean sailing. The hull layup is interesting. Although sometimes it’s reported that the hull is balsa cored, that is a bit misleading. A layer of balsa coring is added to what is essentially a solid fiberglass hull and then covered with a thin skin. The balsa is not necessarily a structural part of the hull, instead it is for thermal and sound insulation.