"Intrepid" is optimized for extended Pacific Northwest exploration. Two heating systems, large fuel tanks, updated electronics, full cockpit enclosure, and big Rocna anchor will make a summer cruise to Alaska a reality in 2017 vs a long shopping spree at the local chandlery. "Intrepid" is clean and scrupulously maintained.
Besides capturing the general arrangement and features of this boat, I've tried to convey some of the details that make the Sceptre 41 such a great boat. Let's start with the photo of the double anchor roller. One roller for cruising boats is simply not enough. Two rollers are a must. Just aft of the anchor rollers is a very large bow locker. Currently, there is a wash down hose, and chain snubber in this locker. There is plenty of space for dock lines and fenders, or other gear. When offshore, this is my favorite place to store trash. As far away as possible from the "living spaces" in a self contained locker where odors will not permeate the boat. It's also a nice place to keep that tank of outboard gasoline for the dinghy. Anchor chain is piped below the "V" berth, low and slighty aft of the bow locker. Right at the companionway a very clever teak bridgedeck box stores halyard tails, provides a step and also a fold-down washboard as needed. The cockpit is "T" shaped. This allows one to easily walk around the wheel and sit outboard on the cockpit coaming while helming. Note the primary winches are just forward of the cockpit "T". Grinding is easy when one can stand over the winch, inside the cockpit, and standing on the sole rather than the settee. The primaries are also easily reached by the helmsman. But what about those warm, starry nights when sleeping in the cockpit might be enjoyable? There are teak infills(see photo)for the cockpit settees, that when topped by a cushion allow one to lie down on the settee in comfort. One can also see two other clever details in the cockpit photos. There are drainage gutters around the cockpit sole perimeter. This minimizes those annoying puddles from rain or spray. Note the sole is angled at the "T" areas allowing a level platform for helming or jib sheet trimming when heeled over. These are the little details one learns about when sailing these boats. Not something that jumps out during a boatshow. Finally, access to the water is through the walk-through transom. The raised helm seat lowers on it's hinges allowing one to walk through. A gate is provided to seal off this area when underway. A stainless steel and teak swim platform provides all the functionality of the scoop stern found on a newer Sceptre 43. Step easily into the dinghy or climb out of the water from the attached swim ladder hung beneath this platform. Spend a few hours aboard with us and you'll see why we're passionate about this Sceptre 41.
Interior is of select oiled teak with teak and holly sole throughout. The overhead is white vinyl over marine ply with teak battens and is removable. All openings and doors are trimmed with solid teak. The large side windows and overhead hatches are trimmed with teak as well. Underway there are secure handholds provided by overhead and side handrails with no sharp corners to fall against. All joinery is rounded and trimmed solid. Lighting is provided by new numerous overhead lights and well placed reading lights. Natural light is amazing in the raised salon with two overhead fixed windows, one overhead opening hatch and seven fixed windows. Storage is abundant with numerous lockers and cabinets.
Descending four steps from the cockpit over a small bridgedeck, one enters the bright and airy raised salon. Immediately to port is a “U” shaped galley. One can easily see outside from the galley while being able to converse with those in the salon and cockpit. Deep double stainless sinks with a single lever faucet are positioned close to centerline. A pull out trash bin is under the sinks. A large dry goods storage bin is in the forward, port corner. The cavernous storage space is made very usable with a sliding acrylic shelf and double bottom shelf. Outboard and under the side decks are three lockers, two with smoked acrylic sliders and one with a fold down door. A microwave oven is forward most in a fitted space. A gimballed, three burner Force Ten stove/oven sits outboard and is protected by a stainless steel crash bar. A pan storage locker is located underneath the oven. The large, top opening refrigerator/freezer space is aft to port. This space is made very usable by three sliding acrylic shelves. A teak paper towel holder is mounted on the aft bulkhead. Closest to the companionway is a vertical row of five drawers.
To starboard of the companionway is an enclosed quarter cabin. A hanging locker and small sink/faucet are outboard and forward. A double berth is aft with storage beneath. A removable infill inboard allows engine compartment side panel access. Hull and cabin side opening ports ventilate this space. Reading and dome lights light this cabin at night. Teak battens are along the hull side.
Just forward of the galley and navigation area is the salon. Headroom in the raised salon area is 6’ 6”. This area is spacious, open and light. A “U” shaped dinette is to starboard with a straight settee to port. The settee is over seven feet long and has two large pull-out drawers. A teak dinette seats six. Outboard, under the deck edge are open bookshelves and lockers. Further storage is found outboard and under the settees. Below the salon sole are fuel and water tanks. On centerline, the removable sole opens to a large storage area and deep bilge.
The aft dinette seat double as the aft facing navigation station seat. A large hinged top chart table and flush mount electronics console are aft. The electrical switch/breaker panel is outboard, beneath the deck edge. A flat screen TV and cabin fan are mounted above the electronics console.
Down one step and to port is a storage area with a large, double hanging locker. A Dickenson diesel stove is to starboard of the passageway, adjacent the mast. To starboard are the head and shower compartments. There are two doors to this space, one from the passageway, and one from the forward cabin. The marine head is aft and outboard. There is a china sink set in a white laminate counter. This counter is trimmed with teak fiddles. An overhead opening hatch and closing cowl vent provide ventilation. Outboard, under the side decks are lockers closed off with mirrored sliders. Forward of the head compartment is a separate shower stall. A curtain separates this space from the head. There is 6’ 3” headroom in the shower. Outboard is a teak capped seat for showering underway. A sump box and pump are connected to the shower drain.
The forward stateroom has a long, offset berth to starboard. Headroom is 6’-3” in this cabin. The mattress is a custom, high quality foam mattress. A dressing settee is to port. There are shelves under the deck edges and teak battens along the hull sides. Aft and to port is a hanging locker, and two smaller lockers. Underneath the berth are five drawers. More storage for extra sails or other gear is also under the berth in lift up compartments. Ventilation is provided by two opening ports in the hull side and one large overhead hatch. There are two reading lights and a cabin fan.
"Intrepid" has a beige gelcoat hull with red boot and double cove stripes. The deck has nonskid in a contrasting light grey color with waterways between sections. The antifouling bottom paint is red.
The “T” shaped cockpit is very well conceived. Protected from the elements by a windshield, white yacht acrylic dodger and full cockpit enclosure, one can comfortably sail or lounge. Settee backs are contoured and high. Primary winches are located adjacent the steering wheel on the cockpit coaming. There are teak boards and cleats for infilling the cockpit “T” when one might want to sleep in the cockpit. Access to the dinghy, dock, or water is provided with a split, fold-away helmseat and walk-through transom. A teak line-storage box is cleverly located at the bridge deck. All sail control lines are led aft to the cockpit. Spinlock stoppers and two self-tailing winches are installed at the companionway. There are three cockpit lockers for storage and access to engine and machinery. To port is a large locker with steps allowing one to climb below. In this locker are two long shelves along the hull sides below the deck. The refrigeration compressor is located on this shelf. Port side and aft engine access is provided through a removable panel. Two more lockers are proved aft. The propane locker is housed in the transom along with the fresh water bathing shower.
"Intrepid" is powered with the very desireable 55hp Yamar engine. Access to the engine is excellent through the companioway ladder and removable panels in the cockpit locker and quarterberth. Access to pumps, filters, hoses, and other systems beneath the cabin sole is superb through wide, removable centerline floorboards.
"Intrepid" is a joy to sail. Her sails and rigging were selected by a knowlegable cruising sailor. A Hood in-mast furling mainsail has proven convenience and dependability. All major controls are led aft to the cockpit where self-tailing winches control the mainsail and jib. The primary winches are well positioned for use by either the helmsman or crew.