We Say: Thrilling speed, a stepped bottom, narrow beam and high horsepower-to-weight ratio make the 353 FAS3Tech a go-fast first. Powered by twin 570 hp Ilmor MV8 570s and IMCO SCX sterndrives, we rocketed to 85 mph. The boat likes some trim, and running straight at high speed delivered the light and on-the-edge feel that performance boaters demand. The 353 FAS3Tech responded instantly to every twitch of the wheel and leaned into turns, providing excitement and urgency tempered with a sure feel of pulling G’s. It is a driver’s boat.
The fiberglass-lined cabin features an enclosed head, a refrigerator, a sink set in Corian and a TV. Four deck hatches provide ventilation and, aboard our tester, were painted to match the stunning Imron Platinum-series Stiletto graphics ($25,520). There are four berths, or a combination of berths, lounge and table, depending upon how you arrange the convertible cushions.
Topside, the helm boasts electric stand-up bolsters, racing gauges and engine controls. The cockpit is deep, providing secure seating. Plush describes the sun pad. We’d have liked some padding in the companion stowage compartment. But, hey, boaters need at least one reason to buy a trinket for a new boat.
Who'd Want One: Boaters operating on the “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” basis.
Another Choice: Donzi’s 35ZR ($303,955 with twin 430 hp MerCruiser 8.2 Mag HO Bravo Ones).
Bottom Line: $484,570 with test power; formulaboats.com