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Formula Continues Push With Outboard-Powered Platforms

Like many of the manufacturers we’ve communicated with throughout the summer, the team at Formula Boats in Decatur, Ind., has been extremely busy despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only has the builder continued to produce models throughout its different lineups, it keeps evolving within the outboard-engine-powered market.

Formula Boats has added a hardtop option to its popular 310 Bowrider and Sun Sport models. Photos courtesy Formula Boats

In fact, this afternoon, speedonthewater.com test driver John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine is going to get a chance to drive the new 380 Super Sport Crossover powered by triple Mercury Racing 450R engines, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say. That’s mainly because last summer Tomlinson took the wheel of a 38-footer powered by twin Mercury Racing 520 engines and Bravo Three XR drives and was impressed (read the story), so it should be interesting to get his comparative feedback on the latest outboard-powered model in the company’s expansive lineup vs. the sterndrive offering.

“We have been very active, taking and filling orders to such an extent that we are vigorously recruiting employees from our community,” said Formula marketing manager Scott Smith. “During this time, we have been working hard on the marketing side to get those willing onboard our new outboard-powered version of the 380 Super Sport Crossover.”

Smith added that the 380 SSC, which incorporates FAS3Tech multi-step hull technology and a molded structural grid to deliver the sure-footed performance that is a Formula hallmark, continues Formula’s open-bow, full-cabin dayboat legacy without compromising full-width deck space and complete belowdecks accommodation.

“No other competitor in its class can offer both a full single-level deck as well as sleeping for four with a cabin galley and sink plus a stand-up, enclosed head below,” Smith said. “While pretenders are happy to take shortcuts, such as splitting cabin living spaces or combining galley and head equipment into a single area, the 380 boasts a true living area below without the claustrophobic limitations forced by conventional center or dual console designs.”

Formula’s 380 Super Sport Crossover is now available in an outboard-powered configuration.

Smith explained that the Formula Crossover fleet, now six models strong, continues to push class expectations as it challenges others to defy compromise. He also added some news about the additions the company has made to its 31-foot boats.

“In other developments here at Formula, we added a new hardtop option to our popular 310 Bowrider and Sun Sport models,” Smith continued. “At first glance, it probably doesn’t seem like ‘national news,’ but this is a trickle-down offering from our 350 and 330 models, and adding it changes the whole nature of the boat, so much so that we scheduled a photo and video shoot dedicated to it in June. The new hardtop offering has increased enthusiasm and sales for this model.”

Editor’s note: Look for a story on Tomlinson’s impression of the new Formula 380 Super Sport Crossover later this week.

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