By Captain Steve Larivee
Forward Layout and Features
Starting at the bow, the Intrigue offers a custom forged, stainless steel, highly polished Doral anchor with chain, roller and windlass. In our opinion it is the best-looking anchor in the industry. The bow area has heavy-duty, 26'' high bow rails (not 22'' or 24'' like most boats) with a both a navigation and courtesy LED lighting built in. This is about as cool an installation as you will find on a 32-footer. To enjoy more sun, our test boat was equipped with the forward bow chaise lounge with side rails and drink holders all close by. The fully framed windshield has a center walkthrough for easy access forward, or you can gain access forward via 7-inch wide side decks. The radar arch is either a fixed or optional motorized arch, which is handy in low overhead areas. The motorized arch has a safety key on the port side and a switch on the starboard side to prevent accidental operation by the little ones, or adults for that matter. The Bimini stretches both forward and aft of the arch, and will provide much needed comfort in the harsh sun or protection from brief squalls in the humid summer weather.
Functional Cockpit with Entertaining Room
In the cockpit, a lounger with very comfortable cushions lying across from the helm awaits your navigator or first mate. This is a bit of a different design than we usually see as it’s tailored for sitting and reclining facing aft. Normally, these seats are squared off and lend themselves more to facing the captain. This one works much better. An acrylic chart holder is in the top of the dash. Matching acrylic drink holders are mounted in the top of the ledge surrounding the lounger to keep your beverages handy. A refreshment center is just aft of this port side lounger with a sink and pressure water. A cockpit refrigerator/icemaker lies beneath.
At the helm, the seating is a double-wide bench seat with flip-up bolster to make more room for the driver when standing. Doral has allowed plenty of room here to outfit your dash with whatever equipment you want, and I like the brushed aluminum panel that adds brightness but not glare. Analog gauges were arranged around the panel and in two tiers. The upper gauges are only viewable when standing and the lower were under an eyebrow for easy viewing, even in the hot Virginia sun. A compass is mounted way off to the port and forward of the helm, next to the walkthrough. That won’t do on any boat, particularly on a boat that can travel offshore to nearby islands, and out of sight of land. Yes, the helmsman can move to his left to see his heading. Our test model also had a Clarion remote control on the right for the driver to control the tunes underway, along with the bow plane controls and remote spotlight joystick.
The aft cockpit seating is a huge U-shape lounge that appears to seat 5 to 6 comfortably. I say comfortably and mean it. A lumbar support runs around the entire seat and raised cushions are just under your legs. Another neat feature I have enjoyed on Doral models is the sliding aft bench seat, which actually expands the deckspace by moving the aft bench out over the swim platform.The aft deck pops up on twin rams to reveal lots of room in the engine room for standard pre-launch checks and routine maintenance. The table top has a dedicated storage spot on the bottom of the hatch, just above the engine.
The Stern Platform
The swim platform is a mere 7'' (17.8 cm) step down from the aft cockpit. That’s a welcome feature for I found that when pulling off power quickly, the following wave washed over the aft platform, but not into the cockpit. The swim platform measures 6’8" wide by 4’1” and offers a wonderful place to hang out with your feet in the water, or flip out the telescoping 4-step swim ladder and jump in for a cool relaxing dip. Our model had the optional teak inlay on the swim platform which really spices up the look. There was also a flush mounted storage compartment in the platform deck that was self draining. Dock connections are fed into the center stern trunk to keep everything neat, and two stainless steel fender slots will keep your fenders stored where they should be, out of the way. Doral has thought of nearly everything.
Spacious Cabin with Refinements
Heading below, you step through a green acrylic cabin entry door that locks open. What this door lacks in privacy, it more than makes up for in the amount of light it allows into the lower deck. We have not seen this green acrylic used on any other boat line, and it has a classy look that sets this boat apart from lesser brands at the marina.
The mid-cabin has a storage cabinet, portal for natural light, reading lights for night time reading, and a large double berth measuring 6’4” (1.93 m) by 4'6” (1.37 m). An accordion doorway provides privacy to the occupants at night and, in a very nice bit of innovation for a boat in this class, the cabin even has a comfortable reading seat that is also a great place to get ready in the morning. It features 2’6” of seated headroom.
In the galley, the Intrigue has beautiful wood cabinetry with Corian countertops, sink, stainless microwave oven and built-in refrigerator. The counters all have fiddles, raised edges to keep items from sliding off. I really liked the protective stainless steel on the bottom of the Corian burner cover, but I’d like to see this fitted with a micro-switch to turn the burners off when closed. The cabinets above the galley are beautifully curved and look stunning. Across from the galley is the head. It features a full fiberglass liner, shower with curtain, medicine cabinet above the vanity and toilet.
Continuing forward is the main V-berth, and Doral set this berth up for you to sleep across instead of having your head tucked all the way forward. It measures 7’ (2.13 m) across by 5’ (1.52 m) and it tapers to 3’ (.9 m) at the bow. This berth may lend itself more towards guests as it lacks the enclosed privacy of the mid-berth. For privacy at night, a curtain can be pulled across the end of the bed.Our 325 Intrigue had the Entertainment Package which includes the 15” LCD/TV and DVD player that rotates to face the lounger or V-berth. Reading lights are at the head of the berth for night-time reading enjoyment. The L-shaped lounge offers a great place to relax in the day, enjoy an intimate chat with friends or enjoy a movie on the optional entertainment system. The CD changer, stereo head and optional DVD player are within easy reach above the lounger and the main power panel is mounted in the wall just inside the cabin.Doral boats are well known for their headroom and the 325 Intrigue is no exception. I measured a full 6’3” (1.9 m) of overhead clearance in the main salon. Another unique Doral feature… the portlights have notched hinges, so you can open them in increments. Roll up curtains cover all portlights and screens keep the bugs out.
Specifications and Ride
The Intrigue measures 33'2'' (10.1m) length overall, and has a beam of 11'2'' (3.43m). She weighs about 12,500 (5,682kg) pounds dry, and carries 166 gallons of fuel and 40 gallons of fresh water. Her hot water capacity is 6 gallons and she has 6'3'' of cabin headroom.The Intrigue handled very well in tight quarters and in the narrow Intracoastal Waterway in Virginia. She was easy to manage and smooth through the chop of passing boats and crossing wakes. To describe her handling in one word, it would have to be solid. Her heavy weight and 19-degree deadrise make for a very smooth-feeling ride that you and your passengers will appreciate. There was a lot to like on the 325 Intrigue. Throughout the entire day, it was easy to picture taking this boat offshore to Catalina Island, or even spending an evening on Block Island before weekending over to Nantucket. And it’s certainly not a boat that you would want to do any of that alone in. It just begs for company, and I’m sure you’ll be happy to comply.
With a beam of 11'2'' (3.43m) the 325 Intrigue is too wide to trailer in the U.S. without special permits in most states. Other countries have more liberal rules. But for boaters with a slip or a mooring she has the speed and comfort to cruise easily far from home. If you take pride in owning a fine product, then you should get aboard this boat. There is really nothing quite like her in class.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Doral 325 Intrigue (2010-) is 48.5 mph (78.1 kph), burning 43.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 163.89 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Doral 325 Intrigue (2010-) is 32.9 mph (52.9 kph), and the boat gets 1.71 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.73 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 256 miles (411.99 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 OSi.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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