When you step onto a Formula there’s an expectation of crisp lines, precise attention to luxury and comfort, and performance that comes from a company steeped in hot-boat heritage. Formula’s 330 CBR (Crossover Bowrider) boasts all that in a new genre of design that helps define the category of luxury day boat, whether it be for Lake of the Ozarks or Long Island Sound.
First, let’s talk performance. The powerful MerCruiser sterndrives are 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 is 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 could not. Joystick controls made it easy to dock in tight spaces, but for the seasoned boater, it was equally responsive to a light hand on the shifters. Joystick operation also gives the Skyhook benefit, an ability to hold position, even in current and wind, while you wait for a lock or bridge or take a phone call. Just press the button to hand off the helm to Skyhook.
But this showpiece isn’t primarily about transportation; it’s about relaxing, reclining and maybe even snoozing in the cabin below — once you’re done showing off its racehorse capabilities. The dual helm has flip-up bolsters for stand-up driving, and the seat can rock forward, creating an aft-facing seat to complete the conversation deck area.
Formula’s convertible aft lounge offers a cozy, though roomy, circular cockpit seating area 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 seating zone for sunning, relaxing or taking the breeze over the bow. The passenger console swings open James Bond style, like a secret entrance to the berth and head below.
In fact, no one could better appreciate the luxury and performance than an international hero and spy like Bond. Formula must’ve had him in mind as it drew up this boat.
*Optional 6,000 Btu reverse cycle air-conditioner with digital climate control keeps the berth cool.
*An entertainment galley with fresh water and optional stainless-steel refrigerator makes parties complete.
*Our tester was equipped with a Kohler genset.
*Service access to engines and genset was ample.
*An electric motor lifts the hatch, saving the back.
*Wiring was all securely loomed and chafe-protected.
*A starboard double lounge boasts plenty of headroom above and light from a porthole with screen.
*Ample storage for gear and cushions always features dry mat drainage.
*Formula’s hardware is durable, polished and elegant, completing the luxury finish of its boats.
How We Tested
Engine: Twin MerCruiser 8.2 MAG
Drive/Prop: Bravo Three 26″ (15.75″ front, 14.75″ rear) stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 125 gal.
Crew Weight: 240 lb.
$424,160 (as tested)
Formula Boats Decatur, Indiana; 800-736-7685; formulaboats.com