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|Tested Power||2 x 150-hp Yamaha|
The mission of the Intrepid 245 CC is to create the most stringently made center console on the planet, built to exacting standards and completely customizable, allowing the boat to be as distinctive as its buyer.
Specifically, the 245 CC is intended to be the meanest fighting machine in class, able to go toe-to-toe with any center console her size and come out on top. And, of course, she's not just for superyachts, keen anglers anywhere would love to have one.
This is actually a rare shot. Not many Intrepids come with the standard white hull and non-painted engines.
• Hullside Dive Door. This is a feature that Intrepid pioneered and since then, other builders have been scrambling to do the same. Intrepid makes the open section of the hull one of the strongest sections of the boat. It does this by bringing the heavy stringers all the way across the hull and up both sides of the opening. Then the door is fabricated separately, rather than using a cut-out from the hull as a door. Finally, it’s engineered to open and close with massive hinges and latches.
The hullside dive door forms steps when it's deployed, and the rope used to haul it back into position doubles as a handrail. Believe it or not, this opening represents one of the strongest portions of the hull.
• Completely Customizable. Virtually nothing is off the table. If an owner is willing to do his part and write the check, Intrepid will go to any lengths to fabricate whatever is desired. More often than not, that item will make it onto the options list for future models. Sometimes they will even go above and beyond what the customer wishes.
Case in point, the wheelchair bound customer that wanted rungs under the hardtop that could extend out over the dock. The idea was that he would lift himself and move hand-over-hand into the helm seat. Intrepid didn’t seem to care for his idea and instead, fabricated an electric lift that carried him over and into the seat. The cost… only the agreed up-charge for the original idea.
• Fully Molded Backrests. Any other company would simply screw a cushioned bolster to wraparound the bow and call it a day. Intrepid molds a full wraparound seat with a reclined seatback and pads it from the caprail to the seat. What’s more, the seatback’s open to reveal self-draining storage, with enough room for holding rods.
• Contoured Console. Picture a console in a mold and having to be popped out of that mold. For that to happen it has to be smooth, with no contour lines, and no curving corners. Intrepid makes separate molds that come apart, then need to be sanded smooth, gel coated, buffed, polished, etc... The extra time spent, and man-hours do not seem to matter, only the end result does.
The very shape and design of this console precludes having it being made out of a single mold but that doesn't matter to Intrepid, only the end result does.
• Stepped Hull. All Intrepids are built with stepped hulls that add to the speed by reducing surface friction between the hull and the water.
Here the steps in the hull can clearly be seen. Their design draws air across the running surface to reduce friction and increase speed without the added horsepower penalty.
The number one item on the Intrepid “spotters guide” has to be the powder-coated rails and hardtop supports. They are also at a raked angle that gives the boat more of a look of speed.
Item number two…. the flawless and mirrored finished topsides. Intrepid uses Imron paint, an expensive and difficult to apply paint. After the application, techs apply compound and begin buffing, and buffing until the finish is glass smooth and reflects with the quality of a mirror.
Item three… rounded edges. There are no hard corners anywhere on the boat, but easiest to spot are the rounded edges leading from the transom to the topsides.
Which leads us to item four, reverse transoms. The transom on Intrepids leans forward adding to the rakish look of speed.
And finally item five… outboard power. With one exception, all Intrepids are outboard powered, and more often than not, the engines are painted with Imron to match the hull. Again, Intrepid was the first company to do this and most agree that it adds measurability to the look of the boat.
I measured 15 ½” (39.4 cm) between the bulwarks and the hardtop support and 5” (12.7 cm) across the caprail.
Rail height goes from 28 ½” (72.4 cm) at the stern to 34” (86.4 cm) at the bow.
The Intrepid 245 CC has an LOA of 25'3" (7.69 m), a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m) and a draft of 2’ (.6 m). With an empty weight of 5,000 lbs. (2268 kg), 70 gallons (265 L) of fuel and two people on board we had a test weight of 5,840 lbs. (2,649 kgs.).
With a pair of Yamaha 150-hp engines turning 13-3/4 x 21” Reliance props we reached a top speed at 5900 rpm of 51.3 mph. At that speed fuel burn was a combined 32.15 gph, giving us a range of 215 miles. Best cruise came in at 4000 rpm and 34.2 mph. That speed reduced the fuel burn to 14.5 gph which gave the 245 CC an endurance of 9 hours and 18 min. and 318 miles. We reached planing speed in 3.9 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 6.2 seconds, and continued accelerating through 30 mph in 9.3 seconds.
The 245 Center Console has a very solid feel to her performance thanks to her heavy weight. When going straight, the reduced friction on the bottom can actually be felt as the boat seems to glide. She carves cleanly through the waves throwing water well out to the sides and comes around almost as if on rails. She leans 16-degrees into the turns which had a tendency to keep me planted in position. With 8 turns of the wheel from lock to lock things have a natural tendency to happen slowly and that's something that guests will appreciate.
The Back Story
Intrepid prides itself as builders of semi-custom boats. Unlike production boat builders, Intrepid will pretty much do whatever the customer wants as long as he's willing to do his part and write a check for it. With this much freedom of movement, new iterations of Intrepid's boats, built on 10 different hulls, are commissioned virtually every week. Each new boat has some form of customization, and it's unlikely that any two will be the same. In fact, the company’s motto is, “One of a kind, one at a time.”
Note that the outboard engines are mounted on the hull and not on a bolted-on transom bracket.
Intrepid has no dealer network, so clients are literally talking with the company itself when ordering a new Intrepid. Because there is no dealer inventory, insurance, floor plan, rent, property taxes, etc., that come with having dealerships around the country, more of every dollar spent with Intrepid goes into the boat. So what does one get for the money?
Most Intrepids are usually dark colored. That, along with the powder coated rails, is pretty much the first item on the "spotter's guide" for these boats. I like that for two reasons. White is so ubiquitous and is too bright in high-noon sun. Colors stand out and look so much classier. Intrepid will paint (with Imron) the boat any color desired.
However, colors also tend to highlight any imperfections. Look down the side of the next dark colored boat at the next boat show and see if the reflections are wavy, or mirror straight... see if the finish has any sort of imperfections in it, or is it glass smooth? It's not hard to tell, so if a company makes boats that are primarily dark hulled, then it better be prepared to have a first-rate build process.
But color is just one thing that can be customized. Let the mind soar.
Since Intrepid is well aware that beauty is only skin deep, the 245 CC is built with the same degree of attention as the rest of the line using a combination of multi-axis knitted fabric and unidirectional fibers in the resin-infused layup.
PVC foam core is used on the sides and solid laminates on the bottoms. Intrepid decks are bonded to the hull, which is bonded to the stringers at the bottom. Large knee-like frames occupy the area between the deck joint and cockpit flange. This last construction detail is unusual.
This is one of Intrepid’s boat decks that is undergoing the vacuum bagging resin infusion process. Note the tubes at left which will be carrying a measured amount of resin into the mold. Atmospheric pressure infuses the resin into the fiberglass laminates.
Intrepid vacuum bags all of its hulls. This is a process used by a number of builders of larger powerboats, but rarely is it done on a boat as small as 24'. Vacuum bagging with resin injected into the glass fabric insures a tightly controlled glass-to-resin ratio and Intrepid claims to produce hulls that are on the order of 60/40 glass-to-resin. This process saves weight without losing strength. In fact, Intrepid says that its glass fiber laminates have 20% more tensile strength than conventional hand layup.
Intrepid managers work closely with chemical suppliers to create a unique resin formula that is ideal for saturating both glass fiber and the Kevlar that is used in every Intrepid hull, according to the company. This is important to consumers, because delamination problems or gel coat irregularities can’t be easily fixed on a boat in the aftermarket. While they do not happen often, when they do, the scene is unpleasant.
The thermal imaging process used by Intrepid was first developed by NASA. We know of no other boat builder in the world that uses this process or anything remotely like it to QC its hull laminates before moving them to the next stage of production.
Thermal Imaging QC
Intrepid uses Thermal Imaging to achieve a quality-control check on its laminates, something virtually unheard of in the boating industry. Thermal imaging displays minute variations in temperature between layers of fiberglass fabric and core, revealing even the slightest inconsistency. Any anomaly, air pocket or defect displays as a color different from the flawless laminate surrounding it, and will thus be repaired, replaced, or even discarded.
Intrepid also uses thermal imaging equipment and software to determine the extent of damage if one of its boats has suffered damage in the aftermarket. This process is a lot less invasive than sawing into a laminate to see the extent of damage. (Some of the top yacht surveyors also use thermal imaging to inspect hulls.)
All Intrepid hull bottoms have a step-design. A step works on the principle that if the surface resistance of the hull is broken up as it goes through the water, the result is more speed and better fuel economy. A step injects air under the hull to break up that friction between the hull and water.
Intrepid’s version utilizes what it calls a "transverse stepped hull". The aft panel behind the step is at a shallower angle than I've seen on other designs. This allows for more lift, not only from the step, but from that shallow aft section of the hull, according to Intrepid. The bow rides higher and turns are enhanced. After years of testing and refining, Intrepid seems happy with the results.
Intrepid includes a lot of sought-after standards in the 245 CC, starting with the aft platforms. If entertaining thoughts of using the 245 CC as a dive platform then perhaps the optional hullside dive door would be the way to go. The concept makes a lot of sense.
Whether swimming or diving, the 245 CC can be customized to suit, even to the point of adding scuba tank storage.
The entry way to the platform is a bit narrow and only holds one person at a time. But it’s a fair tradeoff for having the hullside dive door.
That's not to say that the 245 CC isn't a fishing boat. Quite the opposite is true in fact. Aside from the reality that these boats are right at home in snotty conditions, there are the usual features of fish storage and livewells as standard, and outriggers, fresh and raw water washdowns, macerator pumps etc… residing on the options list for you to make the 245 as fishy as desired.
The helm seat/leaning post lacks a rigging station in the standard version, but custom configurations abound. This is convenient as not everyone who wants a boat in this class will be dedicated to fishing. This version offers a flip-up bolster and flip-down foot rest and the seatback is removable.
In the cockpit there's a flip-up rumble seat and when deployed it makes a comfortable spot to ride out to the middle grounds on. It has a high seat back, so as with the bow seating, occupants are not just leaning against a padded bolster. When stowed, there’s plenty of room for a couple of people to fish off the stern, and of course the rest of the boat as well.
Fortunately, Intrepid does not align itself with any engine manufacturers so it will rig the 245 for any brand desired.
The helm is to port, so I'd like to see the compass over there as well. Notice how the waterproof switches are also covered by a plexi panel, and circuit breakers are all connected with tinned wiring.
Below the ignitions is another key that serves as a battery switch.
My two favorite features with Intrepid can be seen here: seat backs instead of padded bolsters, and dedicated storage in the seat backs in the gunwales of the boat.
With rod clamps, the seat backs can store three rods, or use it for towels and swimsuits. It's self draining so don't limit storage to dry items.
The anchor locker has a mounting point for a windlass, and there’s an anchor roller going through the stem. This, in combination with the flush mounted running lights, and pop-up cleats, makes for a deck that's fishing line friendly.
Forward of the console is a molded seat that is right within ear-shot of the forward seats. Notice the way the seat tapers in to avoid whacking shins. When seated, the driver still has a clear line of visibility over the bow.
It's hard not to appreciate the quality of workmanship and detail that goes into a boat like the 245 CC. As for price, well…. being customizable means that no two boats will be priced the same, but it can be expected to be starting in the mid to upper $110s and working up from there.
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Washdown: Raw Water|
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