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Intrepid 400C

Intrepid's 400C engages in a diversity of fun.

December 21, 2010
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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.

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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.

Extra Points
Stepped hull is nimble, efficient and a blast at speeds up to the mid-60s.

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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.

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Test Drive
» Test Engines: Triple Yamaha F350 Outboards

» Test Props: Yamaha 15¼” X 23″ Three-Blade SS

» Test Load: People (390 LB.); Fuel (200 GAL.)

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» 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

Vital Stats
» 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

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