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Formula’s Outboard Revolution Culminates In New Five-Engine 500 Super Sport Crossover

Thanks to its Crossover Bowrider revolution, the team at Formula Boats in Decatur, Ind., continues to push perceived boundaries with the debut of its newest flagship—the 500 Super Sport Crossover. Adding to the Crossover brand with open bow and cabin elements that spring from the unparalleled Crossover Bowrider, then incorporating the nimble versatility of a flush cockpit center console, this unprecedented Formula is the logical product of the Crossover legacy, with entertaining space and amenities unheard of in its class.

Powered by five outboard engines, the forthcoming 500 SSC from Formula Boats is in a class of its own. Photos courtesy Formula Boats

At 53 feet, 4 inches long with a 14-foot, 6-inch beam, the 500 SSC is sure to attain Formula’s SSC flagship status when it is introduced in February 2021. Born to impress, the 500 is the latest creation from Formula’s exclusive designer, John Adams.

With more than 40 linear feet of cockpit space flowing uninterrupted on one continuous level, the 500 expands the Formula SmartZone concept, fully optimizing the space with a signature side console helm, creating separate areas that foster a variety of activities and boating preferences while encouraging connections among onboard guests. Whether it is the helm, hardtop salon, bow, open aft lounges or swim platform, virtually every boater’s preference is satisfied in the 500 SSC cockpit.

Add in the cabin accommodations that offer surprising amenities previously encountered only in closed-bow vessels, including a convertible dinette/sleeping berth, an aft stateroom with queen-size bed and lounge divan, a private stand-up head compartment, a full galley and premium AV entertainment, and it is clear Formula thought of everything.

The boat’s side console helm maximizes Formula’s offshore heritage with triple command seating that is chiseled for support, yet expertly formed for ultimate comfort. Each seat bottom adjusts for options to sit, stand or rest on the upright seat, affording your team confident command for varying seas and activities. The sturdy composite dash features dual Raymarine Axiom XL 24 widescreen color chartplotters with standard 48-inch Raymarine open-array radar and FLIR M332 thermal camera, Mercury DTS with SmartCraft VesselView and intuitive waterproof switches logically arrayed in Liquid Black panels with bold, metallic accents.

The 500 SSC also features impressive digital switching with a helm-mounted, dedicated Raymarine Axiom+ 12-inch display and wireless iPad control with subscription-ready cellular remote control, putting mobile command at the driver’s fingertips. Quintuple Mercury Marine Verado 400 outboard engines—or the upgraded quint Mercury Racing 400R or 450R engines—respond instantly to user control with electronic shift and throttle and Mercury Joystick Piloting.

Powered adjustable-height footrests further customize the fit, while the standard 30,000 BTU reverse cycle cockpit air conditioner with strategically placed vents incorporated into the helm and seat backs takes this command to an entirely new level. The dash-mounted Rockford Fosgate AM/FM stereo system with Bluetooth and USB port delivers music through 16 JL Audio multi-color LED chrome-finished speakers in the cockpit with 800W amplification and four lighted 200W subwoofers throughout. The exacting proportions at the dash are accented by an upholstered eyebrow, introducing an upscale sophistication to the helm console zone. A lockable dash storage compartment and padded mobile device station safeguard personal electronics and valuables.

Check out the slideshow above for a few more renderings of the new 50-plus-foot Formula.

Formula expects the ride to be fast-paced, yet solid and secure as owners can pamper their guests with Formula performance and luxury. Sumptuously contoured cockpit seating with crisp, precision stitching speaks volumes in styling expertise. The 500’s SmartZone design optimizes every square inch of your living space, the key to uninterrupted entertainment possibilities in the cockpit.

The spacious salon is fully enclosed with the beautifully sculpted fiberglass hardtop. The full-width motorized glass sunroof with fixed moonroof aft, fully accented with dramatic multi-color LED lighting, opens to the sky, creating priceless encounters under the stars. While closed, a mid-salon 18,000 BTU air conditioner added to the helm 30,000 BTU unit keeps your guests cool in total 48,000 BTU comfort. Enjoy the panoramic view at the Ultraleather L-shaped raised salon nook to port with fold-out Corian dining table and two tip-out barstools. Flanked by a Vitrifrigo ice maker below and lockable beverage center aft featuring three-tier storage with adjustable bottle keeper and assorted tempered stemware and glassware plus blender or optional 26-bottle dual-zone wine cooler, the best entertaining and conversation begin here.

The concealed power lift 65” television with Bose soundbar raises from the starboard side galley counter, an easy view for all. The full-width motorized glass bulkhead system allows you to choose your degree of salon zone separation from partial to full closure. With the sliding glass door panels to port and bar-integrated power down window to starboard, you can choose the reach of entertainment as you engage between the salon and aft cockpit.

Of course, the features in the cockpit, the galley and the cabin are seemingly endless so if you’re looking for more details, check out the Formula Boats website and see for yourself how the 500 SSC smartly balances purpose with pleasure and sets that standard for the 50-foot Crossover class.

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