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Formula 350 CBR
Draft (max): 3'9"
Displacement (approx.): 13,470 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 21 degrees
Bridge Clearance (with arch): 9'5"
Max Cabin Headroom (when applicable): 5'10"
Fuel Capacity: 172 gal.
Max Horsepower: 860
Available Power: Twin MerCruiser or Volvo Penta sterndrives up to 860 hp
Formula’s 350 CBR is the only bowrider I’ve tested that comes standard with an all-chain anchor rode. Of course, no other bowrider displaces 13,500 pounds and measures 35 feet in length overall: The 350 CBR is the world’s largest bowrider.
Designated a crossover by Formula, topside there’s a bow lounge boasting seating for eight. Within the starboard-side console resides a cabin with berth, galley and enclosed head. Below the water? A deep-V hull in the Formula tradition: The 350 CBR rode smoothly and handled nimbly. In fact, proving the theory that you can “make the hull deadrise work” with more weight or more speed, the 350 CBR rode smoother in the confused slop generated by 20-knot winds at 50 mph than it did at 40 mph. The 350 CBR is going to be a big hit with big-water boaters.
Sharp-eye readers will notice that the helm is raised and that the bow walk-through is offset to port. Both design features provide the space for the cabin beneath the helm; the former increases cabin headroom (and raises the captain’s sight line, ensuring crew seated forward don’t block the view) and the latter provides more width belowdecks.
The cabin is entered from the helm. The double-size aft berth provided me with sitting headroom, and I’m 6 feet tall. The galley features a Corian counter, sink and microwave. There’s a TV, visible from both the settee that’s opposite the galley and the berth. The head is located on the starboard side and truncated — its sole raised above the cabin sole to allow for drainage and provide comfortable width (remember we are in the lower, forward portion of a deep-V hull; width diminishes both beneath the waterline and as you go forward). You take a step up into this loo to find a nicely appointed, not-quite-standing headroom compartment.
Topside, the bow lounge is separated from the aft cockpit by a solid door, so you can block off the wind blast, if so desired. The latch for this needs more “throw,” since the one fitted on our tester opened repeatedly during our admittedly abusive test run. Formula assured us it would fix the latch on production models.