Customization is a point of pride for Intrepid Powerboats, which is why the company says no two models are built alike. The same will most likely be true of the new 345 Nomad, a center console that fills the gap between the Intrepid 327 and 375. It’s designed to give owners the option of setting it up for day cruising, fishing or both.
One of the most important features to select is at the helm. You can order a composite hardtop, which allows side entry into the helm console, where there’s a head, shower, sink and 6 feet, 2 inches of headroom. Or, you can choose an aluminum arch, for console access from the front. The composite hardtop allows for a curved, wraparound, full-height windshield for protection from wind and spray, and a power vent to control airflow. There are options for helm seating, too. It can be bench-style with electric actuators, or you can ask for captain’s chairs with racing bolsters. Abaft the helm seating is space for a sink, a cutting board, a refrigerator, a tackle station, stowage drawers and cooler.
Space-saving stowage compartments are to port and starboard in the self-bailing cockpit; they can be used as live wells, too. Insulated wells located under the sole keep yellowtail snappers chilled, and can serve as a place to put swim and snorkel gear. Other features include a dive platform, an integrated engine transom with molded steps forward of the outboards, and a hullside door that makes it easy for passengers to get into the water or onto a dock. The door rotates inward to save deck space.
Forward of the helm, the bow’s V-shape seating has electrically actuated backrests. Built into the hullsides are fishing rod stowage, and port and starboard fender compartments. Abaft the anchor rode locker, with its windlass and integral anchor chute, is a dry, locking compartment where you can stow luggage during weekend jaunts to the Bahamas, Florida Keys or Nantucket. On another boat, you’d have to stuff this gear into the head console, but the 345 Nomad SE makes stowage more civilized. In fact, the whole boat is set up to be roomy and comfortable, thanks to the 10’6” beam. It’s wide for a boat in this size range; in fact, the 345 shares the same beam as Intrepid’s 375 center console.
The 345 is offered with twin or triple outboards from Evinrude, Yamaha, Mercury, Suzuki and Seven Marine, providing top speeds from about 54 to 59 knots. The single-step hull ventilates the running surface for lift and acceleration, to plane fast.
With fishing, diving and cruising features, the 345 Nomad SE is built for multiple missions. It can do many things well. Yet if an owner wants to take the design in one direction, he can do so by working with the company. Intrepid is always up for accommodating special requests. Would you like your outboards painted to match the hull? No worries. One customer even requested a gyro stabilizer for a 39-footer. Intrepid executed the installation by customizing the boat’s stringers to accept a Seakeeper system. That’s the type of thing this builder does to keep its customers satisfied and to keep an edge over the competition.
This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue.