IN RESPONSE TO CUSTOMER AND FAN REQUESTS, INTREPID UNVEILS 400 CENTER CONSOLE LOADED WITH INNOVATIVE OFF SHORE FISHING AND FAMILY
Largo, Fla. (Oct. 20 2009) – Intrepid announces the introduction of the 400 Center Console, their most powerful and most capable offshore fishing and family friendly vessel to date. The 400 Center Console Intrepid features a multitude of new designs including a new hull, convertible forward seating, sleek console, hullside dive door, cavernous head with electronic door, higher freeboard and abundant storage and fishing amenities.
With a total length of 40’3” and beam of 11’1”, the 400 Center Console is the biggest of Intrepid’s six center console models and can comfortably hold up to 15 people. The boat’s base price is $286,000 with triple Yamaha 350s. “This is the most amenitized, wave-crushing center console in its class. This is the boat where the wife and family won’t mind if you want to chase gamefish into the bluewater 100 or 150 miles off shore,” stated Intrepid President Ken Clinton. The 400 Center Console will be unveiled at the 50th anniversary of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, October 29 through Nov. 2, 2009.
The 400 Center Console’s completely new hull, custom-machined propellers and engine mounting system result in the renowned Intrepid comfort ride; dry, smooth and free of vibration. Higher freeboard enhances safety and dryness on off shore jaunts in any kind of water even as it travels at 60-plus MPH. The hullside dive door, with swing-out or fold-down option, makes snorkeling or diving easy and inviting.
Fishability is a key feature of this new Intrepid. An extra wide bow provides a stable and generous fishing platform. Just inside the bow, the 400 Center Console ingeniously reveals additional walk-around fishing room by sliding the seating for six into a huge sunpad into the center at the touch of a button. Another unique feature is the boat’s cavernous 6’3” head with an electronic sliding door that opens up to a spacious shower, sink, vanity and storage area.
The Bullet-style console, an innovative, aerodynamic design that maximizes visibility, reflects the sheer power and style of the 400 Center Console. At the helm, with optional power seating and adjustable footrest, tilt wheel and seating choices, a massive pop-up electronic dashboard accommodates a suite of the latest flatscreen technology and ergonomic accessory switches installed to the owner’s preferred specifications.
Fishing amenities include a 5’2” forward in-deck insulated fishbox with macerator pumps, 9-foot gunwale rod lockers, a variety of optional large bait wells, and 15 stowage compartments. In addition, Intrepid will always customize each boat to suit the owner’s personal fishing style with options such as a fiberglass T-top supported by sturdy 3-inch diameter bars, outriggers, rod racks, additional bait wells and the latest in electronic and navigational packages.
The 400 Center Console is built with resin-infused vacuum bagging and core construction making it the lightest in its class. The hand-laid uni- and multi-directional fiberglass fabrics and Kevlar construction process add superior strength, making the 400 Center Console safer and more comfortable for the great bluewater fishing and family excursions. The boat’s strength and lightweight translates into greater fuel efficiency.
“The 400 Center Console is our ultimate and most innovative offshore fishing, socializing and performance machine,” said Clinton. Known for a commitment to uncompromising quality and customer satisfaction, Intrepid produces four lines of powerboats: Center Console, Walkaround, Cuddy and Sport Yachts. Intrepid currently produces 14 different outboard models. The new 400 Cuddy, which shares the 400 Center Console’s new hull design, will also be on display at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
In spite of the economic challenges, Intrepid’s $40 million in backlog orders will keep its 250-person workforce busy for a long time to come. Founded in 1983, Intrepid’s manufacturing plant is located in Largo, Fla. and sales offices are in Dania, Fla.