|I hope everyone got a chance to read the update on the new 477 Evolution that went out last week. We were getting so many questions about it that we thought a more thorough update was necessary.
The other new model that we are getting lots of questions on is the new 345 Valor. Our new “mini yacht” as I like to call it. Based off of our latest new hull from the 345 Nomad, the 345 Valor is the ultimate day boat. It has a cabin with all of the amenities such as a galley with a refrigerator, microwave, and sink set in a solid surface countertop. We also made sure to make use of every square inch of the cabinetry for storage.
|Then we have a head with an upper and lower vanity, electric head, and shower. As you move into the forward part of the cabin, you will see one of the largest settee areas in a boat of this size. Sitting at the table in the v-berth is amplified by the view from the skylights overhead and out of the hull side windows shaped after our 410 Evolution Sport Yacht. Pair that with an electric hi-lo table that lowers at the push of a button to create the filler for an easy to make berth. The filler cushion has its own storage compartment up against the rope locker bulkhead because everything should have its place.|
|Being a “Walkaround” model means that we provide you a set of built-in steps on both the port and starboard sides of the cockpit. They lead you to a walkway that will bring you to the foredeck where our traditional clean install of the hidden windlass with footswitches sits on the very bow. Aft of that, there is a spacious bow area for forward deck cushions where you can lay out on the bow with your favorite book.|
|Mid-ship you have a very spacious L-shaped seating area to starboard with a slide-out filler to create a larger area to stretch out just forward of the helm. You can choose an optional windscreen for additional protection for those who want it. To port, we have a small cabinet where you can add a refrigerator, icemaker, or whatever else you want to paint on this part of the canvas.|
|The helm has its own windshield with a large electronics area just behind it for great visibility for the latest electronics. To the starboard side of the helm we have an aft-facing seat and t hen there is our hi-lo actuating cockpit sole to ensure the best visibility regardless of the height of the person at the helm. Behind that, we have our Ocean Elite helm seat with flip-up style racing bolsters and a slide-out Frigid Rigid cooler underneath it.|
|Over the top of the helm, we have an all-new FRP hardtop with skirted sides and inset style line with recessed forward-facing LED light bars. All being held up with our aluminum framed ½ tower in anodized aluminum or powder coated to match the boat.|
|We finish up in the aft cockpit where you will see our traditional swing in dive door with fold-out swim ladder on the port side. On center, there is the genset compartment with the aft rigging compartment to access all of the fuel filters, pumps, and other rigging. To the starboard side, we provide you with a large foam insulated fish box/storage compartment that is also macerated.
Across the transom is our fold-away rear bench seat with above deck compartments in each corner that can be used for storage or rigged as pressurized baitwells with windows, if fishing is your thing.
|For engines, you can rig this boat with twins or triples all the way to 1350 HP. Like the 345 Nomad, this boat loves the twin Yamaha 425’s, or Mercury 350, 400, or 450’s. For triple applications, Mercury 450’s, 400’s, or 350’s and the Yamaha 300’s are always a popular set up. We can also do Suzuki, Evinrude, or other engine applications. It’s totally up to you.
This is just a brief summary of some of the key features of the new 345 Valor. We are building hull #1 now and are taking orders to be built in the order that they are sold, so be sure to reach out to our sales office to lock in a spot on our schedule before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where it will debut at the end of October.
You are also invited to come to the factory to see the boat that we are building right now in person!
|This summer’s been a busy one for all of us at Intrepid. I recently traveled to the 66th Annual International Billfish Tournament in Puerto Rico. Roger Casellas from Yacht Center in San Juan is our sales partner there and asked if we would like to provide sponsorship and participate. We have a presence in most places in the world and this was a great opportunity to see friends in the Caribbean, so we decided to join in on the fun. There was quite a selection of boats entered and we were happy to have some of our boats there as well. I want to give a big thanks to Roger for his help on this project. Information about this annual event can be seen at http://sanjuaninternational.com/V3/.|
|Next month we will be at the Newport International Boat Show. Newport is the yachting capital of the Northeast and there’s always quite a selection of things to see at this show. Hyannis Marina is our New England sales partner, Ira Markus and his team will be showing off their new 375 Nomad in Newport. September is a wonderful month to be in Newport, so I hope that any and all our friends in that part of the country can come to see us. There’s more information about this show at|
|After Newport, it will be full speed ahead with our preparations for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show. I’ll send more information about what we’ll be doing there in my next newsletter. Have a Happy Labor Day and stay safe on the water.
|I hope that everyone in our extended Intrepid family is having a great summer. Our boat show season is just about upon us now, so we are busy getting ready with some new models that we are preparing for debut in Fort Lauderdale. Plenty of work goes into developing and building our new models, but I’m not sure if everyone realizes how much work goes into setting up and breakdown of the various shows in which we participate. Che de Boehmler and our service team in Dania are the ones that make all this happen, and they are going to be very busy in the coming months. That, while juggling a service schedule, is quite a task for Che and his team but they handle the challenge well!
Some may ask how we take care of service and warranty needs without a dealership network. For mobile service, we have a pair of service trucks that travel to boats here in Florida. Our trucks are equipped with tools and parts to take care of whatever work is necessary. One truck is based on the East Coast at our Dania shop and the other travels from our Largo factory. We also have a network of trusted vendors who are available for service and warranty needs.
|For boats outside the state of Florida we are able to draw upon the resources that we’ve collected in our past 35 years of business and call upon sales partners and trusted boatyards throughout America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, and anywhere else in the world that might be homeport to one of our boats.
Enjoy the rest of the summer wherever you are. Let me know if you find yourself in the Tampa Bay area anytime soon so we can arrange a visit to our factory. Best wishes for a Happy Labor Day to everyone.