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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
Seating for a crowd is comfortable and luxurious. In fact, filler cushions convert this entire space into one big “playpen.” Take that, wakeboard boats. There’s a table, and stowage beneath the lounges. Pause for a closer look at the cushions while inspecting this area. We discovered rot-free backing boards and upholstery fitted with drainage vents and made with special foam that allows moisture to pass right through. Seats aboard the 350 CBR will last a long time and won’t produce a wet squish when butt meets cushion.
In the aft cockpit, Formula’s convertible lounge serves as an aft-facing seat, a forward-facing seat or a flat-out sun lounge, and can be arranged as a recliner. Another differentiator of Formula’s lounge versus other morphing lounges is that the stowage beneath it can be accessed from both the platform and the cockpit. The wet bar in the cockpit is large enough to be called a cockpit galley.
The aft lounge rises on rams, revealing the engines. Twin 430 hp MerCruiser Bravo Three X sterndrives provided the push on our tester. These were bolted to some seriously sturdy bearers and stringers; Formula is capitalizing on its racing heritage with respect to rigging. We also admired batteries secured in bolt-down boxes, diamond-plate step pads and a through-bolted hull-to-deck joint. You can tell a lot about a boat after just a few minutes in its engine space. The 350 CBR screams quality. Our only gripe is that we’d like to see a handle, or recessed grab, fitted to the engine hatch. While its rams are designed with free travel so you can lift it manually should the mechanism fail, you’d still need to lift this hatch a few inches to get a finger hold under its edge.
Comparison boats include Cobalt's 336 BR ($230, 045 with twin Volvo Penta V-8 300C Duoprop sterndrives), Regal’s 3200 ($229,254, with twin 380-hp Mercruiser Bravo Three DTS Sterndrives) and Monterey’s 328 SS ($252,820, with twin 430-hp Mercruiser Bravo Three X sterndrives). I’ve also been made privy to the line drawings for a big Cruisers Sports Series bowrider that may be available later this year, but pricing isn’t yet available. These boats don’t offer the sheer size of the Formula, among other things, but I assure you that their intended missions rate them placement on the short list of anyone considering the 350 CBR.
Most boaters with cruisers use the cockpit way more than they use the cabin. The 350 CBR is for the boater who’s had that “a-ha moment” and realizes the need for more cockpit, a smaller cabin and a wave-taming hull.