I would like to start this month’s newsletter out with a giant THANK YOU to all of those who came to the Miami International Boat Show last month. Being able to catch up with everyone was fantastic and I am happy to report that we had an amazing turnout. It costs us well over the quarter million-dollar mark to display at this show which means we need the support of new sales to justify such a big spend in order to be there. You all showed us once again it was worth it. From all of us at Intrepid, WE THANK YOU!
We were planning on debuting our new 409 Valor at the Palm Beach Boat Show but, with the show now being postponed, we have come up with a “plan B” that I hope everyone will enjoy. By the time you read this, the new 409 Valor will be at our Dania Sales office and we invite you to call our office at 954-922-7544 and schedule a private showing. With everything that is going on with COVID-19 we promise to make your safety our number one goal. We take this very seriously and we are taking all of the necessary precautions to keep you safe and still be able to see our newest creation, the 409 Valor. It really has turned out beautiful and we cannot wait for you to see it for yourself in person!
I will also tell you that I would be lying if I said that what is happening with the COVID-19 virus did not have my Intrepid Team a little concerned right now. With everything the press is reporting, I think it is enough to scare anyone and we do not take this lightly. Our 340 employees also look to me to provide them with assurance that we will be okay and that we will get through this. We all preach to each other every day that nobody needs what we build and that is why we need to be the best. We need to build the best boats and give better customer service than anyone else in order to create a demand for something that nobody needs. Then when something like this happens, the Intrepid Team remembers now more than ever that nobody needs our boats and everyone worries about their future because this is how all of us feed our families. I will tell you what I have told all of them.
Intrepid has been through the luxury tax that completely destroyed new boat sales, bird flu, MERS, SARS, EBOLA, HIV, hurricanes that have completely shut down our supply chain, and even a tsunami in Japan that completely halted all Yamaha engines from coming over which was about half of our boat orders at that time, and then the biggest recession since the great depression … and we made it through.
The only reason we were able to make it though is because of you. Our Intrepid family of customers who even in down times stayed with us and ordered boats when nobody was buying boats. You are the ones that have seen us through all of the dark times with your loyalty to the brand and it has kept us in business allowing us to continue to support you with top shelf customer service and continued innovation of new boats and new designs.
And this difficult time too shall pass and we will come out on the other side with your continued support. With that, let me thank you again for always being there for us and allowing us to continue doing what we love to do … build you kick ass boats!
If there was ever a time to be a boater, it is now. With the importance of social distancing to keep you and your family safe, boating still allows you to spend time with your family in a safe environment where you can still get out and enjoy the outside. We are seeing that more people now than ever are using their boats and we hope you are all able to do so as well.
Please know that we are taking every precaution to keep everyone here at Intrepid safe so we can continue to serve you the way that you are accustomed to and I hope that you get the opportunity to come to the Dania Sales office to see our new baby … the new 409 Valor!
Be safe and we’ll see you on the water!
I’d like to thank everyone who came to visit us at the Miami International Boat Show. Our turnout was great despite the fact that we had a couple of days of threatening weather and torrential downpours. Even so, February turned out to be a great sales month with lots of customers coming to see us after the show.
With all future Boat Show plans postponed or canceled due to the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, we invite our friends to contact us directly for a personalized visit to our sales facility in Harbour Towne Marina. Models here include the 477 Evolution, 407 Nomad FE, 375 Nomad SE, 345 Nomad SE/FE, and more. We will also have our newest model, the 409 Valor.
The 409 Valor is testament to the fact that we listen to our customers and build them what they want. This boat checks all the boxes when it comes to providing a new standard of luxury, features and performance! More information can be seen at the link below, but the best way to learn about this exciting new model will be to see it personally at our facility in Harbour Towne Marina.
954-922-7544 ext. 23
The world is a lopsided place right now. A month ago, we never would’ve thought that we would be hearing about the cancellations of work and social events that are now inundating our news feeds. It feels like we should all run away to our own private islands to escape the current calamities. Our extended Intrepid family members are smarter than the average bears though and have survived some terrible stuff in the last 30 or 40 years, and these times are no exception. I highly suggest getting out on the water to be socially distant. It’s a great way to keep your health and happiness in order, so go out and put that smile back on your faces!
The end of winter is just around the corner and it’s time to get ready for a summer season of boating. If your boat’s been in storage, this is the time to test systems to assure trouble-free days on the water in the coming months. Engine service, cleaning and polishing, and maintenance of all systems are chores that need to be done now. Of greatest importance are batteries, as they are a key ingredient to easy use and enjoyment of your boat. The state-of-the-art choice for batteries on our boats is absorbed glass mat batteries. These AGM batteries are maintenance free and hold a charge well if everything is shut down and there are no draws on the battery. One note to remember is that modern electronic equipment has what are called parasitic draws, so it’s important to turn off anything that might have a memory so that you don’t lose battery charge. Tracking systems are notorious for drawing batteries down, they search for satellites and can drain batteries. This is especially true when they are searching for satellites on a boat that’s in a storage building. This can draw the batteries down quickly, so it’s important to shut all equipment down and keep battery chargers plugged in on a regular schedule to account for parasitic draws that may be present. Keeping batteries charged is a key ingredient for a season of carefree boating. Our battery suppliers have great warranty coverage for their products, if they are cared for and used properly.
I am looking forward to our annual Intrepid Owners’ Rendezvous in the Florida Keys in July. We had a great time last year; and this year will be even more fun. Information can be viewed at the link below, or if you have any questions please give us a call.
Our factory is always busy with new projects and boats in production, please let us know if you can come to the Tampa Bay area and visit with us. We can show you how we build our boats, and what makes us different than all the other boat companies.
727-548-1260 ext. 229