The Intrepid 430 keeps the sleek lines of a sportboat yet offers the amenities of an express cruiser and at the same time is packed with nearly all the fish-fighting attributes that most anyone in South Florida would want. The mission of the boat is aptly described in the appellation "Sport Yacht." With her high-end fit-and-finish interior and exterior, two cabins and the ability to comfortably cruise, she is certainly a "yacht." Her open cockpit, outboard power, and deep-V stepped hull make her an ideal platform for fishing, scuba diving, or quickly dashing off across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas for a day, if not a week of play.
Heritage is Important
For decades largish boats have been built to go fast offshore for fishing and cruising, but most have had their roots in the high-performance genre. Typically, they had deep-V hulls, were narrow and had long, low foredecks. These boats were made for speed in rough water, and typically were rather rudimentary below. Their hulls were not intended to be cruising boat, or even offshore fishing boats, but that is what they were turned into as the high-performance market weakened and builders were forced to morph their boats into something people would buy.
The Intrepid 430 Sport Yacht has a different heritage. First, Intrepid started out in the offshore fishing market. As a result the boats were designed for that purpose. As they got bigger, and owners began using them for more than just fishing, Intrepid listened to its customers. Its owners were using their boats for all sorts of things. In fact, 20% of their sales were to owners of megayachts who were using them as fishing boats, tenders, and day boats for watersports activities.
At the same time owners of large sportfishing convertibles were trading down, looking for a large, solid boat that they could fish from but one that would not require a captain or engineer. Intrepid was one of the first builders, if not the first, who recognized this trend and also recognized that people used to two-to-four million dollar yachts were also used to getting what they wanted. If a buyer wanted something changed or something different, Intrepid's "can-do" attitude and willingness to give the customer whatever he wanted landed the company lots of sales. Word got around that Intrepids were not really production boats like most brands and the company would build more-or-less to order. The company finally adopted the slogan, "One of a kind. One at a time." And the folks at Intrepid mean it. On their website it says, " At Intrepid, you call the shots. We can and will personalize your boat any way you want it. Take a look at some of our customization features. If you don’t see what you want, just ask."
The 430 Sport Yacht
This boat has a 12'8" (3.9 m) beam which gives the design plenty of room both in the cockpit and down below. This is a key aspect of the design. At 6,500 lbs. (2,954.5 kgs.) she is relatively light for a 43' and is relatively easy for the outboards to push which gives her better range. Like virtually all Intrepids, the details of the boat are well-designed and carefully thought through. The interior treatment in the Intrepid 430 is about as good as we have seen on this size and type boat. We like the styled, fixed portlights in the bow to illuminate the queen berth located there. These portlights are about as far forward as we've ever seen and in this boat the concept works well. The 430 has another set of swirling portlights that are even larger to brighten the mid cabin. These are the kind of design details that help set Intrepid boats apart large production builders.
One of the reasons that Intrepids are popular is that their lines are so pleasing to the experienced nautical eye. There is a slight tumblehome in the hull, the transom reverses ever so slightly, the bow shape is tulip-shaped, the coach roof is raised slightly and rounded -- all of the major design details have been drawn to look beautiful rather than to make construction easier or cheaper. In fact, Intrepid is famous for having far more molds per model -- over 100 on some models -- than most production builders. The compound curves and reverses require molds within molds to create the pleasing shapes in the hull, on deck, and in the interior.
The beauty of Intrepid boats is more than skin deep. The 430 hull is made with vacuum bagged, resin injected system that is used by most of the best builders these days. Intrepid uses vinylester resin throughout the hull which is impervious to water osmosis. The vacuum bagging makes sure that the glass to resin ratio is lean and controlled. This process also insures that the best bond possible is made to the foam core material that Intrepid uses in its laminate to save weight and add strength.
Intrepid does not use conventional woven roving, which has been the major strengthening element in fiberglass boat hulls since the beginning some 50 to 60 years ago. Instead, Intrepid uses fiberglass cloth materials. The builder says that this results in a 20% increase in tensile strength over coarsely woven glass reinforcing material. The fabric is actually knitted together which creates a lower profile and requires less resin for complete wetting-out. Since there is no roving there is no worry about pattern print-through.
Intrepid also uses unidirectional glass fabric in certain areas to add strength without adding weight. Kevlar (tm) is also employed in certain places to provide added puncture protection and strength. Taken together, Intrepid's laminates are among the most modern and sophisticated used in the industry.
Intrepid is the only boat company we know that uses thermo-imaging to check the hull laminate of every boat they make. Thermal imaging displays minute variations in temperature between layers of fiberglass fabric and core, revealing even the slightest inconsistency, says the company. 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. In this way the QC people can see if there are any voids or weak spots in the laminate.
All Intrepids use outboard engines which provide a lot of advantages for the end user. First, they take up a lot less space than inboard engines because they are hung on the transom. Second, they are now quite reliable and seem to need less care than they ever have before. They are quiet, especially while trolling, and burn gasoline, not diesel.
Inboard boats with diesels at trolling speeds emit unpleasant fumes. Outboards these days have very low emissions. They can also be trimmed differently, and even can be trimmed to make the trolled bait look wounded to attract billfish. Intrepid will paint your engines to match the color scheme of the boat, something many people find appealing. Finally, at trolling speeds most outboards these days are so quiet you won't even know they are running.
Since we have not tested the Intrepid 430 Sport Yacht we cannot give you performance numbers and handling observations. But because the boats are bought by discerning, veteran yachtsmen, we can assume that handling is as good as the rest of the boat obviously is. Our experience is that builders who go the extra mile to build quality into a boat, particularly in many ways that can't be seen, will also not release a boat to the public unless it also handles well. The sense of pride that these builders have simply will not let anything less than the best be made available.
As you might expect, this boat is not low-priced. Since every boat is configured differently it is difficult to pin a price on the 430, but suffice it to say that if you are interested in one, be prepared to pay something in the mid five hundreds. That is a lot of money, but on the other hand to get a boat as customized as the Intrepid 430 can be, with the quality of construction and materials that are used, and to get a boat that is as pleasing to the eye as this one is, will never come cheap. Intrepid is a marquis brand that has built a solid reputation over 28 years in the high-end offshore boat business. If you are looking for a boat that you can do more than fish from in the 40' range, or you want a boat that you can take over to the Bahamas from Florida for a week or so of watersports fun, then we advise you to put the Intrepid 430 on your short list.
Standard and Optional Features
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