With a focus on versatility, not to mention affordability and enjoy-ability, the new twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R-powered 350 Crosssover Bowrider—the second outboard-powered model announced this month from Formula Boats—is set to make its debut at next week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (Nov. 3-7).
Formula’s popular 350 Crossover Bowrider is now going to be available with either twin or triple outboard engines.
Dubbed the Formula 350 CBR Outboard, the boat, which is going to be available in a twin- or triple-outboard-engine configuration, provides an excellent alternative to its sterndrive sibling. According to Formula, the 13,000-pound 35-footer is the only outboard-powered boat in its class with a spacious aft-facing rear sun lounge and extended swim platform that brings you closer to on-water activities.
Of course the entertainment and overnight capabilities of the 350 CBR, which Formula introduced in 2012, remain the same no matter what the power. Featuring a full-size bed and an enclosed head, the cabin is plenty big and luxurious for a 35-foot V-bottom. The bow entertainment space also is nice as it converts from the wraparound lounge seating with a removable table to a spacious sunpad thanks to filler cushions and a removable backrest for the walkthrough.
Check out more images of the new 350 CBR outboard model from Formula in the slideshow above.
Between the 350 CBR Outboard and the new 430 Super Sport Crossover, which is also going to make its public debut in Fort Lauderdale, it’s clear that the Decatur, Ind., company is taking the outboard trend seriously. Formula believes it has another “best of all worlds” boat on its hands, and you won’t find any arguments against that here.
“Simply put, Formula has decided to run with the Mercury outboard packages due to customer demand,” said Scott Smith, Formula’s marketing manager. “Many people prefer the outboard engines because they can raise them out of the water completely and because of the fuel economy.
“We aren’t just slapping two or three outboards on the swim platform and calling it good,” he continued. “The hull bottoms are completely unique for each type of power, and you don’t make that kind of investment if you’re not serious about getting your money back and then some. As I’ve said before, there are a lot of passionate people for each type of engine-and-drive system, and we are going to serve each segment going forward.”