February 28, 2012
By Sam Hudson
Exclusive coverage from FS staff.
Between the lavish yachts docked at the Collins Avenue Marina for the Miami International Boat Show, the Intrepid 245
held its own. Nestled between other Intrepid Powerboat
hulls, the different models (ranging up to 40-plus feet long) attracted plenty of show attention.
The Intrepid 245 center console features a single-step hull built for speed. Constructed from directional knitted fabrics and PVC foam coring, then infused with high-profile resin and vacuum-sealed, the hull can take any pounding the seas deliver. Features include a full console with head compartment (6 feet, 2 inch headroom), forward seating, nonskid surfaces, full console and helm seat, lockable storage,transom door, and a fiberglass folding rear bench seat. Built for divers,fishermen and pleasure boaters, the 245 doesn't have all the standard fishing features one might expect—but just about all of them are available as options.
805 NE 3rd Street
Dania, FL 33004
Length Overall: 24' 10”
Fuel capacity: 150 gallons
Maximum horsepower: 400 hp
Water capacity: 20 gallons
Docked at the Collins Avenue Marina, the Intrepid 245 measures an overall length of 24 feet, 10 inches and can handle a maximum of 400 horsepower. Pictured here with a single 300-hp Mercury Verado, the boat can handle twin engine setups.
At the stern, an integrated rear bench seat folds down when not in use.
At top, one of two dive platforms. Transom door closes flush for a clean look.
When folded open, the rear bench seat features a backrest and has room for two skinny anglers.
Oversize stern access hatch allows plenty of space to inspect bilge area.
Helm seat with customizable configurations and backrest makes for a comfortable ride. Adjustable footrest folds down into place.
Ample deck storage provides a great place to put extra lines, life jackets or other large items. Each compartment hugs the helm seat.
The console features plenty of room for new-breed electronics with large-scale screens. Stainless wheel, instrument cluster and recessed switches are standard.
Breaker panel switches are protected under a tinted lid which folds up to allow easy access to fuses.
T-top features four built-in rod holders and room to add outrigger mounts.
A shot of the molded forward console seating with back and seat cushions. Above, a windshield protects the captain from ocean spray.
The front of the console unlatches to allow easy access to the in-console head with 6-foot, 2-inch headroom. Porta potty or full head is available. At right, full- size mirror on the back of the console head door. Center, a back panel folds down to access electronics wiring.
Wash down hose coils up out the way, and makes for easy clean up.
Gassing up is a breeze. The standard aluminum fuel tank holds 150 gallons.
Forward seating includes seat and back cushions for family members to lounge. Remove the cushions and add a center section to create a non-skid casting platform.
Forward back cushions fold down to reveal integrated storage lockers. The lockers can be mounted with rod holders to hide and protect your tackle.
Under the forward seat cushions is more storage space; notice all hatches are guttered and watertight with seals. Below, there's a handle to hold on to if seas roughen.
The anchor stows all the way forward, under cover and out of the way. An available windlass can be mounted where the center cleat stands. Room for anchor rode storage, at right. Notice that all storage compartments throughout the boat can set in an open position.
FS Classics, April 2011
A better shot of all the forward seating in the Intrepid 245. The Intrepid 245 is now the shortest hull offered by Intrepid Powerboats, but fits in well with its bigger brothers. An available side door can be cut out of the 245 for divers or to haul pelagics aboard (a feature that is well known on larger Intrepid models). In the background, Collins Avenue is blocked off for the Miami Boat Show.