Out and Inside
Topside accommodations aboard the 430 Sport Yacht are amenable, best illustrated by the electrically convertible sunpad, which is incorporated into the athwartship leg of the eight-person Ultraleather L-lounge opposite and abaft the helm. Touch a switch and it folds out into the cockpit, forming a two-person tanning station. Our cover model for this test, Amanda, reported that she was "totally comfortable," even as we romped across the Gulf at nearly 60 mph.
The seat is well built, thickly upholstered, and padded with high-quality foam that doesn't bottom out. But the real credit for Amanda's comfort comes from the soft, stable ride the 430 Sport Yacht delivers. It's fast, rides smooth, and responds the instant you goose the throttles. It's the ride's finer points, however, that kept Amanda from rolling out of her un-strapped thong, despite my efforts.
There's little hesitation as the boat strikes a wave. It maintains a level attitude -- you go through swells rather than climb up and down them. Hit a wave quartering at a different angle than the rest of the train, and instead of dropping on one chine as do many boats, the 430 Sport Yacht keeps its poise, remaining level across the beam.
There's no wetbar aboard the 430 Sport Yacht. Intrepid is a semi-custom shop, ready to satisfy your needs. The same is true of Contender's 38E (roughly $500,000 powered like my test boat). Still, a standard wetbar in a boat of this class seems a no-brainer to me.
The aft cockpit, all 100 or so square feet of it, is a warren of precision-fit hatches. Some conceal insulated stowage boxes. Aboard my test boat, these were plumbed as fishboxes and livewells. But they'd hold scuba gear, deck chairs, or what have you with equal ease. Open other hatches to reveal excellent access to systems and plumbing. A boarding door and platform provide water access, but I had so much fun running the 430 Sport Yacht, I'd have to own it awhile before I'd be willing to stop for a swim.
Extra Point: Tiny, indestructible, prismatic LED sidelights built into the hardtop deliver outstanding luminosity, have a two-mile range, and draw practically no current.