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Formula Putting ‘Sport’ in 43-Footer Outboard-Powered Sportboat

In the purest high-performance boating world, diving and fishing have no place—and that makes sense. But that doesn’t mean less devout performance-minded buyers wouldn’t like the option to pursue those recreational activities from their vessels of choice. And that’s why this fall Formula Boats will release its 430 All Sport Crossover, a 43-foot quad outboard-engine powered model “designed with the offshore adventurer in mind” that builds on the successful 430 Super Sport Crossover unveiled late last year. (A feature/cover story on the then-new model was published in the October-December 2016 issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine.)

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Formula is planning to release its new 430 All Sport Crossover in early fall.

For recreational fishing, the Formula 430 ASC is decked out with “integrated action stations” including a bait prep/tackle storage to starboard and a 55-gallon live-well/dive tank module aft. The prep station features a freshwater sink, large, removable cutting board and retractable raw water hose. The covers for the station are Corian, with an integrated paper towel holder at the sink and an expanded, flip-open workstation with tray recess aft. Below, twin doors with dedicated keepers for tools and lines reveal a forward locker with five-gallon bucket storage and a bank of tackle drawers.

A fish box is concealed under the portside seat, ready for ice or for use with optional refrigerator/freezer coils with a digitally controlled thermostat to preserve “your hard-fought day’s catch,” according to a Formula press release. The setup also includes several stainless-steel rod holders and rod storage lockers.

On the diving side, the pressurized 55-gallon live-well module also can accommodate four dive tanks and features a thru-hull drain. But it’s the 43-footer’s extensive swim platform, which offers plenty of space for the equipment-centric activity, that makes the boat particularly suitable as a recreational dive vessel. The platform is completely open on its port and starboard sides, which should make getting in and out of the water easy for divers accustomed to a traditional “dive door.”

Editor’s note: To download the October-December 2016 issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine featuring the Formula 430 Super Sport at no charge, click here.

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