Captain's ReportCaravelle’s High Performing 232 InterceptorBy Capt. Robert E. SmithCaravelle combines 100% wood-free construction with their patented XPV design to deliver quicker planing times and the ability to stay on plane even at slower speeds. Now, keep in mind slower speeds is not what this boat is about, unless you are slowing down to let someone get a good eyeful! We tested the 232 Interceptor on Lake Lanier in Georgia on some rather rough water, so we really got the chance to have fun!Starting at the Bow The Interceptor has a large pop-up docking cleat in the center of its aerodynamic pointed bow. Up here seating wraps from a lounger back on the helm side to a matching lounger back on the companion dash front. Under the hinged seat on the starboard side you will find storage and there is a built-in cooler on the port side. Stainless drinkholders are just ahead of the windshield base on either side and bow rails are severely canted in for a smooth gunwale top. Beneath the bow’s removable cushion is an anchor well with clips for a Danforth-style anchor. If you need additional space for sun tanning, add the filler cushions and you have a great layout up front.Companion SideCaravelle now offers a low-profile tinted sport windshield on the Interceptor. This really looks great and deflects much of the air as it comes over the bow. In the floor between the bucket seats is a large in-floor storage compartment for skis, boards, and more. The bucket seats are spring suspension and quite comfortable. On the companion side you have speakers in the side wall along with an auxiliary jack for plugging in an MP3 player. A stainless drinkholder is located in the corner along with a heavy-duty grab bar across the front of the dash. Just below the grab bar is the control for the Kenwood CD player. There is a place to keep wallets and valuables dry in the large glove box on the top of the dash.At the HelmOver on the driver’s side, there is an equally comfortable seat with tilt padded steering wheel. Lighted rocker switches are grouped to the left and right of the wheel. A 12 volt socket is next to the ignition for portable gear. Color coordinated bezels surround the Faria gauges, including a digital depth gauge and there is a drinkholder for the driver mounted in the top of the dash. Our model was tested with zero effort controls that made operating this boat a breeze.Cockpit Seating & MoreAft cockpit seating wraps around from just behind the companion seat to just aft the driver’s seat with a lift-out filler for the transom walk-through. Seat bases form generous storage for all your gear. The engine hatch doubles as a large sunpad and next to the engine is a large storage space for keeping the life jackets warm and dry.Stepping out on the integrated swim platform, our model had a Kenwood remote commander mounted in the sidewall next to the walk-through so you can easily control the tunes from the water. The telescoping swim ladder is concealed under the starboard aft edge of the extended swim platform.Specifications & PerformanceThe 232 Interceptor measures 23’ length overall and has a beam of 8’4”. She weighs about 3,500 lbs dry and carries 36 gallons of fuel. While rated for a maximum 375-hp, the 320-hp 5.7GXi performed well.We tested the 232 Interceptor with a Volvo 320-hp 5.7 GXi with SX sterndrive. With two full sized men and ½ tank of fuel in sloppy conditions, this boat was a joy to drive. I didn’t get the first bit of spray and the spring suspension seats performed wonders on the rough water. Turns were as if the water and the boat were one. She was out of the hole in 3.2 seconds and passing through 30 mph in 6.2 seconds. I found she cruised most efficiently at 35.9 mph turning 3000 rpm for a full tank range of 121 miles. Although I got 58.6 mph for a top speed, in smoother conditions, she is probably capable of more.Speed, luxury, and comfort are all attributes of a bowrider you want and the232 Interceptor is ready for action. Just fill up the cooler, the tank, and go!
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Caravelle Interceptor 232 (2007-) is 58.6 mph (94.3 kph), burning 22.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 86.3 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Caravelle Interceptor 232 (2007-) is 35.9 mph (57.8 kph), and the boat gets 3.74 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.59 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 121 miles (194.73 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 320-hp Volvo Penta 5.7GXi.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Kenwood|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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