It’s been said that avid boaters require three boats to enthusiastically engage in a diversity of fun. Intrepid’s 400C provides cruising amenities, combines big-water seaworthiness with thrilling performance, and dives and fishes like an osprey.
Much of this multiplicity comes from the topside layout. With a center-console helm replete with a pop-up electronics pod and electrically adjustable seating, there’s room aft for a huge self-bailing cockpit fitted with a bevy of hatches, wells and fish boxes. Forward, between console and cabin, there’s an expansive L-lounge that converts to a sun bed. Belowdecks, there’s a V-berth and private stateroom, a full head and a complete galley, and all of it soaked sunlight via hull windows, skylights and deck hatches.
Intrepid includes specialties like the drop-down hull-side dive door, custom cockpit seating, custom-colored hull paint, electrically convertible dinette and the sleek, protective half-tower. Personalized features like these, and others too numerous to list, mean few 400Cs leave the shop for less than the mid-$400,000 range.
Construction is tops, featuring a combination of multi-axis knitted fabric and unidirectional fibers in the resin-infused layup. Quality control includes thermal imaging of every hull. These techniques produce a stiff, light and strong boat — perfectly complementing the performance delivered by Intrepid’s transverse stepped-hull form. The 400C exhibited blistering acceleration en route to a flip-your-cap-around 64.25 mph top speed. But it’s also docile, carving turns with aplomb and shouldering through waves with a soft, purposeful feel.
It’s been said that every boat is a compromise. Whoever said that never ran Intrepid’s 400C.
Stepped hull is nimble, efficient and a blast at speeds up to the mid-60s.
Hull-side dive door provides unparalleled water access for swimming as well as fishing.
A true multitasker, the layout offers equally excellent cruising amenity and fishing accouterment.
With a finish so fine and fit, craftsmanship is its best descriptor.
» Test Engines: Triple Yamaha F350 Outboards
» Test Props: Yamaha 15¼" X 23" Three-Blade SS
» Test Load: People (390 LB.); Fuel (200 GAL.)
» Top Speed: 64.25 MPH @ 5,875 RPM
» Time to Plane: 5.5 sec.
» Time to 30 MPH: 7.3 sec.
» Most Economical Cruise Speed: 56.7 MPH @ 4,500 RPM, 54 GPH, 1.07 MPG
» Length Overall: 40'
» Beam: 11'1"
» Dry Weight: 17,000 LB.
» Seating/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
» Fuel Capacity: 400 GAL.
» Max HP: 1,050
» MSRP: $337,338 (base)
» NMMA Certified