John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Doral Intrigue 30
NOVEMBER 2008 
 
Length 30'6"
Beam 11'2"
Approx Weight 12,500 lbs
Fuel capacity 166 gals
Water capacity 40 gals
Price as tested $209,500


The Doral Intrigue is a 30-plus foot express cruiser designed and built in Quebec, Canada with special attention paid to styling and finish detail. I got the opportunity to review one from Chesapeake Marine Group out of Bay Bridge Marina on Maryland's Eastern Shore this past August. Doral's Express cruisers and sport yachts have names such as Intrigue, Elegante and Prestancia instead of number designations based on length over all. This adds just a little bit more panache to Doral's line-up and is altogether fitting.

Doral uses reverse sheer in its hull designs, which can sometimes be off-putting to my more traditional sensibilities. But they handle it well. Their use of hull coloring, bow rail shape and the dramatic sweep and contour of the windshield gives the Intrigue a sleek and saucy look, while providing roomy accommodations below. And the Intrigue's designers didn't stop there. Once onboard, I could see that they considered the balance between form and function throughout the boat.  

Beginning aft, the teak swim platform flows nicely into the cockpit area via a glass transom door. To starboard is a large U-shaped dinette aft and the helm station forward (a flip-up bolster accommodates standing or sitting at the wheel). To port, across from the dinette is a sink. An aft-facing sun lounge chair is positioned companionably next to the helm station. Visibility is good.

Steps built into the dash lead forward through an opening windshield to the foredeck and a slightly raised teak sun lounge area. The windlass is recessed into the deck but remains accessible and functional. I couldn't help but notice the two custom wedge-shaped hatches either side of the sun lounge—just another example of Doral's commitment to marrying form and function.

Below, the Intrigue is sophisticated yet comfortable. The well equipped galley has a cherry finish and slate gray counter top. A refrigerator, microwave and two-burner cook top together with adequate storage make this galley more functional than those found in many boats of this size. Forward, there is a large V-bunk with a privacy curtain. Just aft of the V-bunk and to starboard, a crescent-shaped settee and table convert to a bunk if needed. The head compartment, with vanity and shower, is aft and to starboard. A mid-cabin saloon offers a double bunk and a settee outboard to port.

Under way the Doral performed well. Her 19 degrees of deadrise mean that she should be able to handle choppy conditions. She got up on plane quickly and held her own in tight turns. Steering felt light but she never felt slippery. At 3200 rpm, we cruised along at 27 knots. Wide open she made 40 knots.

The Doral Intrigue is a stylish, well designed and built express cruiser that offers good performance and comfortable accommodations. She would be ideal for entertaining friends or family cruising.