As builders continue to increase the size of outboard-powered boats, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing higher-horsepower engine packages.
But 2,228 ponies?
That’s the total horsepower on the transom of Intrepid’s newest 475 Panacea. Four Seven Marine 557-hp V-8 outboards — each weighing about 1,000 pounds — propel the boat to 70-plus mph, according to Intrepid Powerboats president Ken Clinton.
“We’re still in the process of dialing it in, but it looks like we’ll get a top speed of 73 mph with a cruise of 55 mph,” Clinton said.
The boat-and-engine package will draw the attention of those who want “what nobody else has — the person who wants the biggest and the baddest they can get their hands on,” said Clinton.
The quad-powered 475 Panacea, which has been sold, is the sixth Intrepid rigged with Seven Marine 557s. Clinton said Intrepid was the first recreational powerboat company to rig a boat with 557s.
That boat was a 370 Cuddy.
“Since the first one, we have done a couple 375 CCs, a 375 Walk Around and a couple of 47 Panaceas,” said Clinton.
The first 475 Panacea was powered with three 557s and ran at a top speed of 64 mph, Clinton said.