Obsessive commitment to quality, comfort and safety.
The incomparable construction, flawless fit, finish and performance of your Intrepid is the result of the most obsessive research, new product development, testing and quality control systems in the industry – all focused on creating the safest, most comfortable, convenient and family-friendly vessels on the water.
Our quality control technicians test and validate the quality of every material, part and fabrication technique we use. Cameras and sensors are installed in the hulls of prototypes to measure the forces of stress, water flow, impact, lift and drag. Burn and gel tests also measure the effects of heat and stress – all part of an exhaustive, real-world testing process that each component must pass before coming on board with Intrepid.
Every square inch of our hulls is meticulously hand-inspected by a team of quality control specialists to eliminate even the most minute flaw, air bubble or uneven surface. Then we sand, buff and polish their deep gel coat finishes to a state of absolute gleaming perfection.
Additionally, our own in-house machine shop enables us to design, manufacture and install many of our own parts and accessories. Sound deadening materials, frameless stateroom doors, drain plates, hatches, cabinets, transoms, light fixtures, and our signature seating, sun pads and tables are among the scores of custom parts that make each Intrepid truly one-of-a-kind.
Built like no other.
It’s our dedication to the industry’s most advanced design, engineering and fabrication techniques that puts Intrepid in a class by itself:
Vacuum Bagging/Resin Infusion – This pioneering technique makes our boats lighter, stronger and more fuel-efficient. Creating a vacuum seal bond between resins, hand-laid fiberglass cloth, and coring materials delivers greater strength and rigidity while shedding 20 to 40% of the weight in boats built with traditional materials and techniques.
- This method creates the best bond between resin, cloth and coring materials. And it establishes great strength and rigidity. You never have to worry about core-laminate bond failure, as on other boats.
- A precise resin-to-glass ratio, keeps weight down to enhance performance and efficiency.
- Makes for a seamless look of parts that are "finished on both sides." Open a cockpit hatch, for instance, and you’ll find its underside is smooth gel coat – making it easy to keep clean, with no shards or splinters of glass, and a great look that adds to your pride of ownership.
- Green: This contemporary method minimizes/eliminates VOC’s. It’s a very enviro-friendly method compared to standard build methods.
Custom Resins – Collaborating with world leaders in resin technology such as AOC® and Ashland®, Intrepid has developed specialized, low-density resins that provide unmatched adhesion and durability with up to 40% less weight.
Fabric Reinforcement – To ensure the utmost in durability and virtually eliminate stress fractures, hand-laid uni- and multi-directional fiberglass fabrics are precision engineered to withstand the various stresses and loads that different parts of the boat must endure in prolonged exposure to rough seas.
Small Parts Fabrication – Our small parts go through the same rigorous fabrication process as the boat’s hull and deck, which add strength and stability to every Intrepid.
Knitted Fabrics – Our fiberglass clothes provide a 20% increase in tensile strength over the woven fabrics commonly used in the industry. They require less resin to “wet out” which makes our boats lighter, and the lower profile of knitted fabrics creates less “print-through” for a smoother finish.
INTREPID goes where no boat builder has gone before.
SPACE AGE QUALITY CONTROL
Proof that perfection never stands still, Intrepid is writing a new chapter in an unparalleled history of innovation by adopting the same cutting-edge technology used by NASA in the production, testing and quality assurance of its world class powerboats.
Since 1983, Intrepid has been the acknowledged industry leader in quality and safety. Advanced design and fabrication techniques such as resin infusion, the use of multi-directional fiberglass fabrics designed to withstand precisely calibrated load paths have made Intrepid the semi-custom boat builder that few other manufacturers even attempt to follow.
So it comes as no surprise that Intrepid is now leading the recreational marine industry by investing in the same infrared thermographic imaging technology utilized by the aerospace industry to further ensure the excellence customers have come to expect from an Intrepid center console, walkaround or sport yacht.
The Ultimate Quality Control
For many composite boat builders, the standard procedure for testing structural quality and integrity is to tap completed parts with a quarter and listen for a hollow sound – a practice that might leave captains with a hollow feeling in times of extreme weather or long hauls when a severe pounding will exploit even the tiniest flaw in a boat’s construction.
Thermal imaging displays minute variations in temperature between layers of fiberglass fabric and core, revealing even the slightest inconsistency. The precision of infrared cameras and software is such that each pixel on the screen is assigned a distinct heat value. Any anomaly, air pocket or defect displays as a color different from the flawless laminate surrounding it, and will thus be repaired or replaced.
A Non-Invasive Procedure
Incomparable customer service is another reason why those who know boats choose Intrepid. Should yours ever endure an incident that could compromise its integrity or performance, the company’s technicians can apply thermal imaging to quickly identify and assess any damage without having to apply the destructive testing techniques currently typical in the industry, such as taking a saw to your hull.
Intrepid. One Of Kind. One At A Time.
Individually custom crafted on a built-to-order basis, each Intrepid’s advanced composite construction results in a boat that is stronger and stiffer, yet lighter, faster and more fuel-efficient. An unmatched combination of family-friendly comfort and thrill-inducing performance, it’s all part of a well-earned reputation for delivering the safest, smoothest, driest-riding boats on the water.
Only With An Intrepid
Every new or Certified Pre-Owned Intrepid was has already undergone the most extensive inspection process in the industry. Thermal imaging is just the latest demonstration of the founding company principle that, “Only the best will do.” Another reason their boats enjoy the highest resale values on the market, and their owners enjoy the unique sense of pride and peace-of-mind that come only with an Intrepid.
Intrepid Powerboat Engineering
Industry benchmark-setting boat design and fabrication techniques have secured Intrepid's place in high-performance boating. We never stop redesigning, improving and enhancing our product – one of the many reasons our owners keep coming back to us for their next custom created Intrepid boat.
* A - Deck and hull liners utilize infused, multi axis glass reinforcement and lightweight structural cores to achieve the toughest, high strength product possible.
* B - Structural knees reinforce side decks and hull sides to handle high impact loads along boats sheerline.
* C - All areas where equipment is to be mounted have a molded-in, high-density core to withstand the compression loads.
* D - Molded hardtop with integrated wire chase.
* E - Forward lounge seating with powered adjustable backrest.
* F - Cuddy storage & anchor windlass.
* G - Tightly controlled resin impregnated composite structural stinger panel system is bonded into a hand laminated hull, infused deck and hull liner system.
* H - Copper tinned wiring secured neatly and routed in conduit.
If we can create a better, safer boat or more pleasurable boating experience, we’ll stop at nothing to reach our goal.
Our zero-defect, one-at-a-time manufacturing process includes wood-free, vacuum-bagged PVC foam hulls rather than the Styrofoam™ used by other manufacturers. We’ve pioneered exclusive combinations of knitted, uni- and multi-directional laminates to attain unprecedented levels of strength and rigidity, while shedding performance-robbing weight. And of course, our breakthrough transverse stepped hull design means our custom crafted boats literally glide on a cushion of air, enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the smooth, dry ride we’re famous for.