At the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, Formula Boats showed off its new Cyber Ice graphics on its flagship performance boat, the 382 FAS3Tech. In recent years, Formula has focused on extending the graphics aft beneath the wraparound windshield and onto the dash panels for a continuous look. The engine-hatch sun lounge also has more graphics to give the boat a modern appearance.
Taking a closer look at the sun lounge, the headrest cushions angle up at the front to create a chaise-style lounge where sunbathers can stretch out. The boat comes with a trunk that contains the shore-power hookup, cord storage and a freshwater transom shower.
Formula provides the captain and co-pilot with the ability to customize their riding positions with power-adjustable drop-down bottoms on the McLeod bolsters and multiposition footrests that move with the push of a button.
The helm has a full array of Livorsi Mega Series backlit gauges with a Ritchie 5-inch offshore compass. The 382 FAS3Tech is equipped with Latham external hydraulic steering for precise control, and the shifts and throttles are Livorsi-chromed levers with drive trim in the handle. There are also switches for the K-plane trim tabs as well as position indicators.
Belowdecks, the 382 FAS3Tech’s cabin has long lounges with plenty of seated headroom and a removable Corian cocktail table. Forward is a V-berth that could comfortably sleep two. The entertainment center has a stainless-steel sink, Corian countertop and refrigerator. The private head compartment comes with a pump-out toilet and exhaust fan.
Back in the cockpit, a push of a button raises the engine hatch that is mirrored on the underside. The motors are installed on through-bolted, racing-style mounts. For convenient servicing, the trim pumps for the drives and tabs are forward in the compartment. In the engine room, we could see the backbone of the 382 FAS3Tech, a single molded structure that includes all the stringers, bulkheads and reinforcements.
Formula offers the boat with twin engines, ranging from twin 430 hp MerCruiser 8.2 Mag HO Bravo One X sterndrives up to 700 hp Mercury Racing motors with NXT6 drives or twin 725 hp Ilmor MV10 engines with Indy drives. With a pair of Mercury Racing 525 EFI engines and Bravo One XR drives, Formula has run the 382 FAS3Tech at a top speed of 76 mph at 5,150 rpm. The most popular engine package for the 382 FAS3Tech is twin Mercury Racing 700 SCi NXT6 drives. For more information, check out www.formulaboats.com.