Far from being a result of poor planning or disorganization, the wait is due to the semi-custom approach Intrepid takes to the design, prototyping and construction of its boats. The 350 follows the successful 348 that I reviewed in 2002. Instead of simply redressing the design's proven tooling, John Michel, Intrepid's owner and creative force, designed and built completely new tooling. "After the last 348 came out of the mold we destroyed the tooling for the hull and cap," says Mark Beaver, Intrepid's vice president of quality control. This decisive approach encourages new thinking and as Intrepid's model cycle runs about three years, its tooling remains fresh-which results in higher quality parts.