Contents of Report
- Mission Statement
- Major Features
- Features Inspection
- The Console
- The Bow
- The Cockpit
- Options to Consider
The Intrepid 345 Nomad is designed to be a performance-oriented, high-end center console with enough cruising and fishing features to satisfy an active on-water family.
• Power backrests for bow lounges
• Full-height tempered glass windshield
• Contoured bolsters at helm
• Hullside door
• Heavy-duty boarding ladder
• Available in twin or triple outboard configurations
The Head. Boats in the Nomad Series have a head in the console, not a cabin, so let’s take a closer look. Entry is provided by a two-part locking hatch to starboard. Three 11” (27.9 cm) steps lead down into the compartment where there is 6’7” (2.0m) of headroom and 4’1” (1.2m) when seated on the porcelain toilet. There is a mirror above the sink, which has a locker in the base and there is additional storage in a dedicated compartment. An opening port lets in air and a hatch provides access to the helm rigging.
Bow Seating. Intrepid offers the head door on the front of the console as well, but on our test boat, there was a doublewide lounge that has cushions that extend forward on each side. The hinged bottom cushion picks up to reveal an insulated draining cooler and the recessed powder-coated bowrail wraps around the seating area. Forward, the backrest wraps at a comfortable angle around the entire bow. Forward-facing side lounges measure 81” (2.06 m) long and when the optional power backrests are raised with the push of a button to create a chaise-style lounge, the bottom cushion is 51” (1.3 m) long.
Bow Storage. There’s storage beneath all of the seat bases and inboard of the backrests, which creates extra capacity. Dedicated fender lockers tilt in from the gunwale adjacent to the console seat. The foredeck has two hatches, one for the anchor locker and an aft one for a storage compartment. Inside that compartment is a hatch to access the rode locker. There are two in-deck hatches between the bow lounges. One accesses wet storage, the other gives technicians access to the bow thruster.
Side Passageways. Hatches in the gunwale on each side tilt in to reveal dedicated fender storage. Intrepid takes the extra step of creating hinged sections of the caprail that cover the fuel fills to starboard and the waste outlet and freshwater inlet to port. There’s 20” (50.8 cm) between the console and the gunwale and in the port side of the console, a hatch opens the locker that contains the circuit breaker and battery switches.
The Helm. Intrepid offers the 345 Nomad with two windshields, a full-height version or one that leaves a gap at the top. Our test boat had the full-height windshield and a power-opening vent. At the dash, the electronics panel is 42” (1.07m) wide by 15” (38.1cm) tall. The compass is on top, but it’s in the center instead of in-line with the tilt steering wheel, which we would prefer. Just ahead of the wheel is the Yamaha Helm Master screen with the accessory switches that light when activated to starboard. Abaft the switch panel are the Yamaha controls with the trim tab buttons alongside. Ahead of the trim switches are the wiper controls. To port are the engine start-stop buttons and the bow-thruster joystick. Storage is provided in the locking glovebox to starboard and inside are connectivity ports.
The Helm Seats. The captain and a companion can choose to travel in a standing or seated position on the 41” (104 cm)-wide helm seat that can be moved fore and aft with the push of a button. Individual 18” (46 cm) bolsters are hinged and when they’re raised the bottom is contoured to support a person leaning back into them. There are fold-down armrests and a flip-down footrest. Forward on the console are angled footrests and there’s space beneath for a driver to place his feet when running while standing.
The Hardtop. On the aft side of the helm seat, there are large custom supports for the hardtop on each side. On the underside, the hardtop has LED spreader and courtesy lights and stereo speakers. Rocket-launcher-style rod holders are on the trailing edge and our test boat had a Taco anchor light that can be hand-cranked into the up or down position from underneath the hardtop.
The Prep Station. On the aft side of the helm seat structure, the hinged workstation top opens to show the sink to port with dedicated storage for the cover. To starboard, there’s space for an optional grill and the station has a sturdy grabrail. Below is a wastebasket and alongside is a cooler in a dedicated drawer with stainless-steel tracks. If an owner prefers, this area would house the optional Seakeeper 3 gyroscopic stabilizer.
Open Space. The 345 Nomad’s cockpit measures 8’ (2.4 m) wide and 5’ (1.5 m) fore to aft. On our test boat, there were optional livewells in each corner flanking an optional 5’ (1.5 m)-wide bench seat that tucks into the stern when not in use. The bottom cushion and backrest are at a comfortable angle. Each livewell has lights, aeration, a drain, and a window in the front to make it easier to keep an eye on baits. In the port gunwale is a hullside door that opens inboard, making it easier to pull up to a dock or alongside another boat to raft up. Just inboard of the hullside door, the heavy-duty boarding ladder folds out from beneath an in-deck hatch.
On some Intrepid models, just ahead of the hullside door are steps that make it easier to debark over the deck but because the hardtop extends so far outboard, Intrepid didn’t use the steps. The manufacturer didn’t want people hitting their heads. Instead, there are storage drawers in the gunwale. To make it easier to move astern to the swim platforms on each side, there are steps built into the stern outboard of the transom splashwell on each side.
Clean-up Time. When it’s time to clean up, there’s a freshwater washdown under the port gunwale and alongside is the freshwater flush for the motors. The raw-water washdown is beneath the starboard gunwale and there are drains in the aft corners of the cockpit.
Cockpit Storage. Storage in the cockpit includes a long insulated fishbox to starboard and a centrally located draining insulated cooler. In the aft corners are compartments that offer additional capacity.
Systems Access. Forward to starboard alongside the console, a hatch opens to provide access to the batteries. To starboard, the same setup offers access to the plumbing for the head. A large centrally positioned hatch ahead of the helm seat opens the mechanical room that contains the fuel-water separators for the engines, the bilge, and livewell pumps and transducers.
The Numbers. The Intrepid 345 Nomad measures 34’6” (10.52 m) long with a 10’6” (3.20 m) beam, and we were carrying two people, 175 gallons (662 L) of fuel and 15 gallons (57 L) of freshwater. The boat rides on Intrepid’s single-step bottom and the twin 425-hp outboards spun 16 3/8” x 21” (41.6 cm x 53.3 cm) stainless-steel propellers. Running in 20-mph winds and about a foot of chop, we wound up the motors to 6100 rpm and hit 62.9 mph. Best cruise was at 3500 rpm where the boat ran 31.8 mph and burned 22.5 gph. That gave us 1.4 mpg and a range of 445 statute miles with 10 percent of the boat’s 350-gallon (1,325 L) fuel capacity in reserve. At 600 rpm, the boat ran 4.0 mph and at 1000 rpm, she ran 6.3 mph. In acceleration tests, the boat planed in 4.2 seconds and ran through 20 mph in 5.6 seconds and through 30 in 8.5 seconds.
In the windy conditions, the 345 Nomad refused to be blown off course, even in speed runs. The boat’s sharp bow entry and deep V design cut through the chop and in maneuvers, she carved through turns and had the appropriate lean angle.
Options to Consider
• Bow thruster
• Windlass with 200’ (60.96 m) of rode including 15’ (4.6 m) of chain
• Polished stainless-steel anchor
• Freshwater washdown for windlass
• Diesel generator
• Extra batteries
• Switchable fresh/raw water inlet for head
• 75 gallons (284 L) of auxiliary fuel
• Pressurized freshwater
• Electric head with holding tank
• Docking lights
• Gyro stabilizer
• Towing package with double-tow eye, high water warning, and engine covers
• Electric sunshade for aft cockpit
• Ski tow bar
• Bow filler cushion
• Removable table
• Aluminum T-top for console
Intrepid was one of the first center-console builders to target non-anglers with its boats and the 345 Nomad is another offering that displays the manufacturer’s versatility. Not everyone wants a center console with a cabin so the company keeps it basic with a usable head in that area. The bow seating area and hullside should prove popular with families.
The boat is available with whatever engines an owner wants, including twin or triples from Evinrude, Yamaha, Mercury, Suzuki, and Seven Marine. Twin 425-hp Yamahas push the 345 Nomad past 60 mph so serious hot-rodders who like to play in poker runs might consider twin 627-hp outboards from Seven Marine.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Intrepid Boats 345 Nomad (2019-) is 62.9 mph (101.2 kph), burning 74.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 280.47 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Intrepid Boats 345 Nomad (2019-) is 31.8 mph (51.2 kph), and the boat gets 1.4 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.6 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 350 miles (563.27 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x Yamaha 425-hp V8 5.6L.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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