The 270 BR may be one of the smallest models in the Formula line, but it shares high-quality, high-performance DNA with its fleet mates. That mirror finish on the hull is Imron paint, not gelcoat. Ditto for the striping, which won’t peel in hot climates like decal striping can. The helm boasts automotive-like detail, right down to the impeccable double-needle vinyl stitching and Torx fasteners. Lift a seat to access stowage, and its hinge is designed to stay open without need of a gas strut. Even something as simple as the latches on the walk-through windshield opening is special. A linkage between the two latches allows for one quick twist to open or secure. As the saying goes, the genius is in the details.
Versatility is key in the 270’s cockpit. At the helm, a double-wide seat allows the captain to invite company when underway. When not, pivot the backrest forward and the seat becomes part of a starboard, L-shaped lounge. The port seat features a similar split personality. With the backrest pivoted aft, it’s a comfortable, forward-facing perch for one. Pivoted forward, it becomes a place for a passenger to comfortably face aft and spot for water sports or to join the party on the L-shaped lounge that runs 6 feet down the port side and another 4 feet across the stern. Behind, a 4-foot-7-inch by 3-foot-2-inch sun pad is positioned overlooking the swim platform. Pull the backrest forward, just like you’d do on the helm and passenger seat, and a cleverly designed hinge allows it to serve as an aft-facing backrest for the now expanded sun pad while simultaneously lifting the cockpit bench for access to the insulated storage below. Even the bow cockpit serves multiple masters, with forward-facing seats in front of each console quickly converting to a wraparound lounge with the addition of two filler cushions.
Weighing in at 6,200 pounds, our test boat took more than six seconds to plane, but once there it rocketed across the water, peaking at a top speed of 53.6 mph. Along the way, its 22-degree deadrise hull displayed confident manners and proved worthy of bigger waters.
*Convertible seat options abound from bow to stern, highlighted by wraparound cockpit seating and a versatile aft sun pad.
*Deep, 22-degree deadrise hull is ready to handle larger, rougher water conditions.
*High level of detail complements exemplary fit and finish throughout.
Dry Weight: 6,200 lb.
Seating/Weight Capacity: 9/1,683 lb.
Fuel Capacity: 100 gal.
How We Tested
Engine: MerCruiser 8.2 Mag
Drive/Prop: Bravo Three/26-inch pitch B3 propset
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 75 gal.
Crew Weight: 375 lb.
$143,760 (with test power)
Decatur, Indiana; 800-736-7685; formulaboats.com