Surprising Standard Equipment
Most folks think "fishboat" when they see a center console, but -- and some of you reading this will disagree -- there's more to life than fishing. Intrepid's standard equipment list for the 245 CC reflects this. For example, rod holders are not included, not surprising when you consider she can wear many hats, and not all of them fit fishermen. Intrepid includes an insulated fishbox with macerator pump on every 245, a feature that can also serve as an in-deck icebox or for general stowage. Otherwise, the fishing gear is optional – but everything even the most avid fisherman would want is available.
Maybe you want your 245 CC as a support boat for SCUBA diving. Intrepid will install a hullside dive door with swim steps, so you and your buddies won't have to climb onto the transom platform to reboard. Underwater lights are also optional. Swimmers can add a folding swim ladder; skiers, a tow bar. The standard boat comes with platforms on either side and a nicely molded transom door to port. There's plenty of stowage, both in guttered cockpit hatches and behind the seat backs forward; Intrepid will install lockable catches to keep your stuff safer.
A Head For Adults
Lots of boats have a head in the center console, but too often they are a tight fit for adults, especially in height. Intrepid managed to find 6' 2" (1.88 m) of headroom in the console aboard the 245 CC, which is equipped with a Porta-Potti, sink and vanity mirror. An electric head, fresh water faucet and overboard pump-out are optional.
One thing that's not optional aboard an Intrepid is raceboat-tough construction. The 245 Center Console is built with uni- and multi-directional knitted fabrics and PVC foam coring, assembled in the mold then infused with high-profile resin and vacuum-bagged to ensure 100% bonding and a precise resin-to-glass ratio. (Too much resin only adds weight, not strength.) This building process – one that's expensive and time-consuming – results in a strong, lightweight laminate. If you're using your Intrepid as a yacht tender or in other demanding service, her strength and toughness will pay off.
The 245 Center Console can handle up to 400-hp, and Intrepid offers almost every combination of single and twin outboards you can imagine. A single 300-hp four-stroke is a nice choice; we haven't tested the boat with this power, or any power, but we found independent test results suggesting speeds over 50 mph (80.5 kph). Given the boat's wet weight, with lots of equipment, of approx. 6,000 lbs. (2,722 kg) and her fast, efficient stepped hull, that sounds about right to us. But wait for our test to hear our official opinion.We think a single OB is the way to go. Now that most manufacturers have added 300-hp models to their lineups, boats like this one no longer need twins to get adequate power. Single vs. twin OBs cost less to buy, less to maintain, are lighter and therefore a little faster. Today's OBs are reliable, so it's no longer necessary to have twins for redundancy purposes – that's why a single would be our choice.
What's not to like about the Intrepid 245 Center Console? She's one of the best boats of this type you can buy. She's built tough, has an excellent hull design and can be rigged any way you want her. We think if you're in the market for a boat like this, particularly if you have special, non-fishing needs, you should check her out. But she does not come cheap -- custom and semi-custom boats rarely do, not matter how small. If this is your first center console, we'd suggest that you buy something else for less money. But if you are a veteran boater and have owned center consoles before, then you will be able to more fully appreciate the quality and value that this Intrepid offers. That is why you often see this boat riding on the deck of a megayacht.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
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