Riding the latest refinement of Intrepid’s transverse stepped hull, and with more than 1,000 ponies pushing, I found running the 400 exhilarating. I buried the throttles and took off with a rush that caused me to first hold my breath … and then exhale slowly. I trounced through waves, performed mock emergency maneuvers and, to be honest, joyously cavorted like a 17-year-old who’s stolen the keys to dad’s new toy. Through it all, it delivered the deliberate feel and smooth recovery of a slower, heavier boat. Yet, I was hurtling along at almost go-fast velocity, without the flightiness, the chine walk or the need for carefully considered steering input when running beam to the waves. Innovative, yes. But even better in the long run, it’s a great ride.