By Captain Steve--
The mission of this 375 WA is to add overnight capabilities to a competent day boat with an offshore performing hull. She offers a comfortable cabin with a modest galley, wraparound seating for an intimate conversational atmosphere, and a head compartment separated from the main cabin.
Hullside Dive Door.
This is a feature that Intrepid pioneered and since then, other builders have been scrambling to do the same. The door is fabricated separately, rather than using a cut-out from the hull as a door. It’s engineered to open and close easily with massive hinges and latches. •
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. •
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. Separate molds leave seams that need to be sanded smooth, and gel coated, buffed, polished, etc…. And that is exactly what Intrepid does to build each and every console. The extra time spent, and man-hours do not seem to matter, only the end result does.
All Intrepids are built with stepped hulls that add to the speed by reducing surface friction between the hull and the water. •
Separate Cabin and Head.
The cabin is in the bow of the 375 Walk Around, but the head is in the console amidships. This arrangement has obvious advantages.
The cockpit leaves a lot of wide open space so if the desire is for fishing the 375 WA can certainly deliver from the stern. Full accommodations are made for fishboxes, livewell, and access to mechanical equipment.
The hullside dive door, which has become practically synonymous with the name Intrepid, is to starboard, and Intrepid has improved on the design yet again. It opens by releasing a latch, lifting the door vertically, and then opening it inward and flush against the gunwale (hence the initial lifting). The hinges are spring-loaded but have more of a gas-assist feel, making lifting the dive door easy enough to do with one hand. A hatch in the deck exposes what may very well be the sturdiest re-boarding ladder I've seen to date.
The back of the helm seat has handrails creating a comfortable spot to ride out to the fishing grounds while standing behind the helmsman. A center glove box is handy for storing sunglasses etc. Down low is an optional cockpit refrigerator.
The helm console is double-wide with plenty of room on the panel for dual displays and ancillary electronics in between. Ergonomics are excellent and I had good sightlines past the bow from the standing position, but as usual I feel it could be a little bit better with a 6” (15.24 cm) high flip-down platform. (Captain Steve is 5' 8.5'' / 1.73 m tall - Ed.) A plexi windshield did a satisfactory job of deflecting the wind around me.
Sitting was equally comfortable with a double-wide helm seat that included armrests to both sides and the center. A separate storage compartment is located in the center of the seat and adjustments were electrical with the switch to the port side of the seat.
For lack of a better term, I'll refer to the area ahead of the console as bow seating. A U-shaped seat to starboard opposes a double-wide bench seat to port and these opposing seats make for an intimate conversational atmosphere. The U-shaped seating converts easily to a sun pad and I would definitely request an optional hardwood pedestal table to facilitate al fresco dining.
The cabin features 6'2" (1.9 m) of headroom, and yes it includes a modest galley but it is appropriately sized and fully functional. A hanging locker to port even includes deep storage in the back for filler cushions that will turn the bow seating into a berth.
Intrepid Boats correctly went with a design that calls for the forward V-seating to be set up for dining, and get converted to sleeping. The table electrically lowers and the aforementioned filler cushions take care of the rest. Hullside windows and a massive skylight overhead bathe the compartment in natural light. Up against the overhead is wraparound storage which I have always found to be an excellent use of space.
The head is located inside the console and this is a much more appropriate solution than having it located inside the forward cabin - privacy and ventilation being the main concerns that are addressed in this location. A small button underneath the seat back electrically activates a sliding door, with the seats attached, allowing a spacious entry. Lest anyone have any concerns about this door sliding closed on one of the kids, rest assured that once it lightly encounters an obstruction it immediately reverses direction.
It's very easy to forget that this head is located inside the console as it has an amazing 6'7" (2 m) of headroom. To the starboard side is a sink and vanity, complete with a small seat, and mirrors on two sides. An opening port light allows for ventilation. To the port hand side (to the right side of the entrance) is an enclosed 3' x 2'2” (.9 m x .7 m) enclosed shower compartment and toilet.
The Disappearing Toilet.
As I looked at this arrangement it occurred to me that I've seen several showers with seats that facilitate showering while the boat is underway. I suppose that would be the case here but the toilet paper would need to be in an enclosed compartment to keep it dry. One can't help but feel that the shower would be much more spacious, and functional if the toilet were out of the way. Intrepid Boats seems to agree. With the push of a button the toilet recesses into the aft bulkhead, out of sight and out of the way. It's this brilliant use of space that time and again marks Intrepid as one of the most innovative builders we've come across.
Access to the foredeck is via narrow side decks to either side. Rails along the hardtop make for an easy and safe transition forward. A skylight is in the center of the foredeck, and while I'm sure it can take the weight of walking across it, the surrounding decks are treated with nonskid so I limited my passage to these sections for safety.
Fully forward is an anchor locker that on our test boat was fitted with a windlass and anchor chute running through the stem. The controls were located in the corners and I found them to be a little inconvenient to get to so I would opt for a handheld remote. A separate pull up cleat inside the anchor locker is dedicated to securing the anchor rode.
The Intrepid 375 Walk Around has a LOA of 37'5" (11.4 m), a beam of 11’ (3.4 m), and a draft of 2'6" (.8 m). With an empty weight of 14,000 lbs. (6,350 kg), 220 gallons (833 L) of fuel on board and four people we had a test weight of 16,110 lbs. (7,307 kg).With triple Yamaha 350 4-strokes turning 15.25 x 23 SDS props we reached a top speed at 5800 rpm at 62.1 mph. At that speed fuel burn was a combined 96 gph giving us a range of 233 miles. Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 35.6 mph. That reduced the fuel burn to 33 gallons per hour which the 375 WA could keep up for just under 11 hours and 388 miles.We reached planing speed in 3.7 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 6 seconds and continued accelerating through 30 mph in 9.9 seconds.
On accelerating, the bow comes up 15-degrees, which does block visibility to the horizon since the bow was so far ahead of the helm. Once on plane I found her to be more sensitive to the trim tabs than she is to the drive trim. So leave the trim tabs in the full up position unless compensating for an uneven distribution of weight or a crosswind run. And just a couple of shots of the throttle mounted engine trim will put her into her cruise attitude. In turns she leans 22 ½- degrees but her solid ride makes that feel more like 10-degrees. And when taking power off she settles back into the water and has a relatively level attitude.
Now after the test, I had the unique opportunity to deliver this 375 Walk Around from Miami to Fort Lauderdale and ran offshore to do it. Conditions in the Gulf Stream were averaging 4 foot swells off the starboard quarter. Because no boat would be stable enough in these conditions to film this, all we have are pictures running the inlet after the ride offshore, nevertheless the ride was remarkably revealing.
Heading north from Miami I started at around 4000 rpm which had us running just over 40 mph. We were remaining very level and skipping from one wave to the next, occasionally catching air under the boat. But since this was an Intrepid and I had one opportunity to really see how it performed offshore… I started advancing the throttles. At 50 mph she would catch more air under the hull and re-enter stern first with the bow slowly pressing down rather than slamming down. Still sensing that she had more to give I firewalled the throttles and remarkably we were running at 62 mph, the same speed as on the flat, through 4 foot swells.
Running the Inlet Fast
Coming into the inlet the seas were building against an outgoing tide and based on what I had seen for the last hour and a half, I decided not to slow down, but instead advance the throttles again. The first towering wave we hit, the 375 literally penetrated straight through it completely engulfing the entire boat in water, with the bow showing no tendency to stuff or lose buoyancy. It was exactly what I expected, and a remarkable testimony to the seaworthiness of Intrepid boats.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Intrepid Boats 375 Walk Around (2013-) is 62.1 mph (99.9 kph), burning 96.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 363.36 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Intrepid Boats 375 Walk Around (2013-) is 35.6 mph (57.3 kph), and the boat gets 1.08 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.46 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 388 miles (624.43 kilometers).
- Tested power is 3 x 350-hp Yamaha.
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