Hot Take: Outboard power is increasing, and boats are growing at a similar rate. Who wins this race? With the Intrepid 410 Evolution, it’s the boater with cruising ambitions and a love of trusty outboards.
Don’t sweat the small stuff, a lot of people have told me—the same people who don’t make their living getting the details right. As anyone in the marine industry knows, squaring away the small stuff lets the big stuff come your way when the time is right. It’s something proven time and again by Intrepid Powerboats, where the craftsmen have long understood that the boat belongs to the customer, and that’s the one person who just doesn’t care about the law of averages, and how a builder usually getting it right isn’t enough. Nine times out of ten doesn’t cut it. The customer is only buying the one boat.
That’s why details count. Point out a helm companion seat that rotates into the end of a settee on the bridgedeck to join the action. Or a level of finish in the cabin, complete with a forward queen berth, a hardwood sole, and a U-shaped settee with hi-lo dinette table, all of which takes you right out of the outboard attitude and makes you say “yacht” like you mean it—and punctuate it with a gesture toward the hullside windows.
But all bets are off when you punch that throttle and push her up to near 48 knots, thanks to optional quad Yamaha F350s.
And when you crank the optional air conditioning on the bridgedeck and run to your next port of call, no one on board will be sweating any stuff, big or small.
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- Builder: Intrepid
- Model: Intrepid 410 Evolution
- Year: 2016
- Base Price: $725,160
- LOA: 41'2"
- Draft: 2'6"
- Beam: 12'6"
- Displacement: 25,000 lb.
- Fuel Capacity: 449 gal.
- Water Capacity: 80 gal.
- Optional Power: 3/350-hp Yamaha F350s; 3/350-hp Mercury Verados; 4/350-hp Yamaha F350s
- Cruise Speed: 34 knots
- Top Speed: 47 knots
This article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.