Let me start this month’s newsletter by inviting everyone to the Palm Beach Boat Show which runs from Thursday, March 28th through Sunday, March 31st. We really love this venue as it is not nearly as busy as both the Miami and Fort Lauderdale shows and the logistics of getting in and out of the show are the best around. We will have five boats on display. Our flagship 475 Sport Yacht, our extremely popular 407 Cuddy, our most recent Panacea the 407, our latest release the 345 Nomad, and I am happy to report that we will be debuting our all new 375 Nomad at this show. In case you did not get a chance to read last month’s email blast regarding the new 375 Nomad, here are the details on our newest model.
The 375 Nomad has the same deck layout as the 345 Nomad and also offers the same two console options that the 345 has with the Premium Enclosed T-top with side entry (SE) console to the head and the traditional front entry console with aluminum FRP hardtop T-Top. Where things differ from the 345 starts in the bow. Because of the additional length, it allows us to add the integrated cooler/baitwells to the aft side of the forward seating like on the 375 Open. Also in this bow area, we took the high-low actuating table from the 407 Panacea and incorporated it into this new model. The table goes from table height to filler height to create a sun pad with the rest of the forward seating and then flushes out in the floor when in the down position.
Another benefit from the length of the 375 Nomad is being able to make the fender storage wider on this model than on the 345 Nomad. This now allows for three fenders all in one compartment, which allows you some freedom to decide what you would like to do in the same compartment on the other side. Maybe a flip out cooler, dive tank storage, a tackle center, or maybe a flip out garbage can. You decide. The next option that we added to the 375 Nomad is the actuating helm sole where at the push of a button, you can raise the height of the sole an additional 4” for better visibility if needed.
When we get to the aft cockpit of the boat, we have the integrated port and starboard above deck baitwells with windows in the aft corners of the transom from the 345 Nomad that everyone loves so much. As you can see, we took some of the best elements from several models and incorporated them into the new 375 Nomad. Be sure to come out and see the 375 Nomad in person at the Palm Beach Boat Show. We will also be announcing another new model that is ready to go into production at the show so be sure to come and find out what that model is as well! And it is in addition to the 345 Valor!
We look forward to seeing all of you in Palm Beach.
Check out the new video of the 345 Nomad FE (Front Entry) that we just shot a couple of weeks ago. Yes, that’s right! Many people did not know that there are two different models of our new 345 Nomad. There is the 345 SE (Side Entry) with the Premium Fiberglass T-Top and full height glass and this, our 345 FE (Front Entry) with our traditional front entry into the head with the aluminum T-top and open windshield.
Three months into 2019 and we’ve hit the ground running! The Miami Boat Show was a huge success with our largest showing yet with 15 boats in the water. Our 345 (front and side entry) Nomads and the newly resurrected blast from the past 200 Flats boat were centrally showcased and made for an impressive display. We’re very proud of our new Nomad center console line which will now include its newest member the 375 Nomad, also with side entry or the traditional front entry option.
And, speaking of new models, we’ll have another addition debuting in late summer, the 345 Valor. We’re really excited about this totally new and re-designed Walkaround. As you can see, there’s lots going on here. We are confident that everyone will appreciate all of our new models and upgrades.
With all that being said, we’re extremely excited about the upcoming Palm Beach Boat Show. It’s a favorite for many due to its location and atmosphere. This is without question our favorite boat show. Hopefully, most of you can make it as it’s the last of the big shows until fall and a truly enjoyable one for all.
Palm Beach Boat Show line up.
With the Summer boating season fast approaching there’s nothing better than spending quality time with friends and family out on the water. Whether you’re soaking up the sunshine or, my personal favorite, taking a slow dinner cocktail cruise under the stars. There is no better platform to enjoy the water than on an Intrepid. Hope to see you at the Palm Beach Boat Show or on the water!
P.S. We understand that most of our customers are extremely busy during the week and getting to our sales office can sometimes be difficult so, by customer request we have extended our hours of operation at our Dania Sales office on Saturday until 4:00 PM now and we also will come in on Sundays by appointment to better serve you.
Thanks to everyone who came to visit us at the Miami boat show in February, it was great to see you all. Our next boat show is at the end of this month in Palm Beach. I’ll be there and will look forward to seeing all who plan to attend.
In my younger years, I tried to avoid the Coast Guard auxiliary and their inspection teams at all costs. I always thought it was a big hassle for them to board us. There was always the possibility that I missed something and was going to get a ticket. I was usually in compliance, but there were a few moments here and there when I wasn’t! It was about 10 years ago when I was doing a new boat delivery with one of our customers that I realized that these safety inspections were so much of a good thing. The customer welcomed the Coast Guard team onto their boat so that they could do their inspection. I realized after some conversation with the customer why he was so happy about their visit. He wanted the courtesy exam sticker that noted that he had received a safety inspection. I learned that day that once you have that sticker your chance of being boarded again are slim. And I thought I knew it all! Now I recommend that everyone schedule a safety inspection so that they have a more carefree and SAFER season of boating.
There are lots of resources to review that will get you on the right track. I strongly suggest reviewing this website and using the checklists that it offers.
The U.S. Coast Guard has an app that will put safety information on your mobile device. It’s quite handy and allows for easy boating.
We continue our title sponsorship of the Angler Armory’s Wild West Kingfish tournament. It’s a great community-based event that supports local charities and thanks to our military veterans for their service. We look forward to another fun season this year. The Wild West Rush Tournament will take place during the last weekend in April in Madeira Beach. It promises to be their best yet with a larger than ever first prize.
Please join us for the fun and festivities on April 27th.
As always, you’re welcome to come over and say hello at our factory in Largo. If you are here in the Tampa Bay area, please be sure to drop me a line so that we can set up a time to get together at our shop to show you what we do.