When you board a Formula there’s an expectation of crisp, sporty lines, above average attention to luxury and comfort, and performance that comes from a company steeped in hot-boat heritage. Formula’s 330 CBR boasts all that and helps define the category of luxury day boat.
The twin 430 hp MerCruiser sterndrives proved as responsive to the smooth, short stroke of the throttles as a light switch. When they’re on, they’re on. At high speed, the 330 CBR rides smooth, as would be expected for a boat of its length and weight, but what is not expected is its nimble grace in hard-over turns and its ability to hold speed in them when many boats its size would slow. Joystick controls made the 330 CBR easy to dock in tight spaces, but for the seasoned boater, it was equally responsive to a light hand on the dual digital shifters and separate dual throttles. On the left throttle, under the thumb, is a dual-drive trim switch. Individual trim switches and trim tab controls are within fingertip reach of the throttles at speed. Joystick operation, available with either MerCruiser or Volvo Penta drives, also gives the station-keeping benefit, an ability to hold position even in current and wind while you wait for a lock or bridge or take a phone call. MerCruiser calls it Skyhook.
This 330 CBR is also about relaxing, reclining and maybe even snoozing in the cabin below.
Formula’s dual helm has flip-up bolsters that snap in place for stand-up driving. The dual helm seat backs rock toward the helm, creating an aft-facing seat.
Formula’s convertible aft lounge completes the cozy, though roomy, circular cockpit seating or folds into an aft-facing sun lounge for hanging out on the hook, sunbathing or watching the kids swim off the platform.
Forward seating at the bow offers yet another spacious zone for sunning, relaxing or taking the breeze over the bow. Ample grab rails and optimum seating depth mean the ride is comfortable and secure at speed.
The cabin below the bow seating is surprisingly spacious. There’s a full head. To port, the fully functional galley enables easy meals, cold drinks or hot morning coffee. The latter would be most appreciated after being rocked to sleep in the large berth.
Comparable model: Cobalt 336