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Old 11-03-2009, 04:16 PM
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Default New Intrepid 40 CC

Does anyone know much about Intrepid boats handling and fishing capabilities? I personally own a Contender 33T w trip F250's and fish the N.E. Canyon's typically running 68 NM's to the edge. I see lots of Contenders and Regulators offshore but I don't ever remember seeing any Intrepids out there on the edge! I know they have a reputation for good fit and finnish and I do see them as tenders to the mega yacht set but hard core canyon fishing....hum? I am considering a slightly larger CC with some nicer ameneties especially a larger more user friendly head! Any thoughts?
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There are two brands I hold to a higher standard than any other vessel out there. One is Intrepid, the other is the R&R Boatworks Conch Series. I have been on many Intrepids and Conchs, and they are by far the standard to measure all boats off of. I am sure others will say that X brand is aS good, but this is THT. Piffy comments to ensue.
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I run a 39 intrepid and have it set up for my use... 80% fish/20% family cruising. It's the "sport yacht" fka the 377...big cabin/under hard top etc...
Intrepid has the experience in house to customize the boat for your EXACT use too.
On my boat for example, I got mine without the removable back seat and have a 45 gallon (removable) livewell, back up/redundant pumps, rod holders, electric reel outlets, macerator fish box etc... The 40cc, I too went on at the boat show. That blue hull is already set up big time to fish hard as well and is the best representation I have seen of an Intrepid that's built to fish more than be a family/tender/cruiser.

intrepid377 here on the forum has his boat rigged big time to fish and can be another resource to compare notes with. Richard was a great asset and I too compared notes when outfitting mine. If you want the comfort/build quality/ service after the sale on an outboard boat... IMO there's just 3 or so mfrs that deliver at that level.

With regards to ride quality, my boat is very nimble, dry, quick to plane....and feels like I am driving a big ski boat not a 20,000 pound 44LOA x 12' express. Pure HEAVEN!
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Hey Has2fish-- I own a 377 that I repowered w/ 3- 300hp verados. It is by far the best fishing,dive and family boat i could ever imagine owning. the ride fit&finish are second to none. Speak of service after the sale--- I am second owner and Joe Brenna and the others @ Intrepid have helped me like you can not imagine. The have even sent me hardware and other parts that they have at no charge . I fish and dive this boat hard , the dive door is the best thing a diver could ask for. I too have to run 50+ nm to our fishing / diving grounds and i can tell you me it gets nasty I am glad i own an Intrepid. As far as creature comforts for my wife and daughters it has genset ac cabin w/ real tolilet and full standup shower make it a real all purpose family boat.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:53 PM
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Thanks for the replies. It sounds like Intrepid really stands behind their product. As you could probably tell I am looking for a boat that can fish 80% of the time but has the amenities for my wife and daughter that the Contender just doesn't have. I am a 2 boat owner and for cruising I have a Formula 33' Sun sport which is great for my family and guests but not my wallet. 2 slips, double the maintenace costs, well double everything! Seems stupid in this economic environment. I have recently downsized from a Viking and can't tell you how happy I am running outboards. They are quiet, smokeless, odorless and require really very little maintenace compared to the hassle of inboards. I'm sold on them. I recently ran the Contender 37T w trip F350's and the ride in a whipped up bay was spactacular. I will need to test drive an Intrepid, perhaps at the Miami show to see how it performs. The personal customization options that Intrepid appears to offer do seem amazing. I need to look into the various seating configurations and to still make sure I have enough room for fish boxes, livewlls, storage for rods, tackle and saftey gear... etc. The Intrepid 40 CC featured on the back page of this months Boating Magazine sure looks sweet and its just like they say about lures, they have to catch the angler first!
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Intrepid build a solid boat! Their factory is in Pinellas Park. Having the option to paint your outboards is sweet.
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Intrepids are wonderful. I've owned three, fished two of them very hard. They can be customized extensively to meet your needs. I agree with the comments about great service. Dealing with them directly on warranty is far better than dealing with local dealers.
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There are two brands I hold to a higher standard than any other vessel out there. One is Intrepid, the other is the R&R Boatworks Conch Series. I have been on many Intrepids and Conchs, and they are by far the standard to measure all boats off of. I am sure others will say that X brand is aS good, but this is THT. Piffy comments to ensue.
I never hear anything about R&R anymore....are they still open?

The rumor on the dock was the boat was wet...never rode one or seen one other than the website.

As for Intrepid......you never hear a negative word.
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Agree with all the above statements. I'm set up for 50%-50% fishing/cruising and ordered the boat with the right amenities for my tastes. I got the hullside dive door and so glad I did. It makes it very convenient when I go diving and spearfishing. The ride is great and handles the seas very well and is overall a pretty dry boat. I've been out 40 miles dolphin fishing a few times and I haven't found any negatives about the boat so far.
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My boss still has his second Intrepid(289) and his son in law is on his first (30). Having dealt w/Joe Brenna regarding both these boats and another belonging to a friend I must add here that Intrepid service, Joe Brenna, is first rate and always a pleasure to deal with.
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like others have said Intrepid does a great job with customer service. and with that they will do what you want with the boat. At the Ft Laud Boat show the 40 intrepid there was set up for two large above deck livewells for the transom. I asked the intrepid rep about deck fills on the transom and he said the owner wanted it set up for live baiting. It was a killer install. (now how much extra that costs - who knows?)

obviously the boat is not going to have the amount of fish box capacity that a pure fishing boat would have, but they definitely offer a level of amentities that many other brands dont offer.
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Not to derail this thread, but of all the center console boats my wife and I walked on these 3 really made us say "wow".

Intepid 40 (gotta love the sliding forward seats).
SeaVee 39 ( persoanlly love the IPS drives but hey I'm and inboard kind of guy)
Hydrasports 4100 (something about the seating behind the helm made me like it)

Each boat had the side access door. If I ever went back to outboard boats, that would be must have option.

Not a big fan of the boats with the access head thru via small door on the side of the console. Some of those boats we walked on the hatch to the head was really too small for a larger person (over 6' tall) to comfortably get in and out off. One boat had about a 2ft drop off to the floor. Head access via the front of the console is so much easier. Keep that in mind.
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The customer service is second to NONE. I had a 289 , now a 300 Open that I had built as a fishing boat. The 400 looks really nice and lots of new ideas--thats what makes them the best.
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Had a 339 WA and the fit and finish was exceptional. The ride however, was not great. I'm not sure if it was just thtamodel or what, but my 23 Reg rides better in the rough stuff belive it or not. i would definitely consider another Intrepid in the future, but I would do a lot more sea-trialing next time.
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A few years ago the Harvard Business school did a case study on Intrepid to show excellence in the marketplace...there is a reason why that happened. We do a lot of work with Intrepid...they are a first class operation. Their pre-owned division is doing great guns too....
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I bought a stolen recovery Intrepid hull that even had the fuel tanks taken (friggen crackheads) I called Intrepid and talked with Joe Brenna (spelling) and to my supprise he pulled the records and blueprints to my boat and was willing to answer any and all questions about the boat. He even gave the # to the tank mfgr and gave me the serial #'s to my tanks so they could be reproduced.
This boat is a 97 step hull that makes all of my previous boats pale in comparison.
My bro in law had one and after ridding in his I built this one.
The whole time she was under construction I was wondering if it was going to be worth the end result. That fiberglass fabrication is a major pain in the butt. The fiberglass swim platforms were stolen. Wt?
7 months after completion I couldn't be happier.
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I have had the pleasure of doing a complete make-over on an '04 32' Cuddy and must say that it has been a great boat to outfit. I work on a lot of different boats but as mentioned above these boats have excellent fit and finish. Along with that, I also have experienced the great customer service provided by Joe Brenna and I don't even own an Intrepid. My customer hooked me up with him and Joe was actually willing to take time out of his busy schedule to walk me through the factory to point out various aspects of the boat I should try to meet while repowering/repainting/rewiring this '04. He and the company stand behind their product with good reason, they have a great one. In terms of working with the boat, great job with the glass work, plenty of blocking under the console, plenty of rigging tubes throughout the hull for adding more accessories, quality fittings and the list goes on. I have attached some pics to show one in a less than shiny state.

P.S. This is my customer's 2nd Intrepid and has sights on more in the future. he runs 50-60 miles offshore regularly for fishing. Great ride, best I've been on and handles the seas well. If you are hardcore about the fishing, would definitely want to spec as such when ordering or if bought used, modify existing wells/add wells to better accommodate more fish and bait.
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What kind of paint are you using? The boat looks amazing!
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