Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production)
(w/ 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG Horizons Sterndrives)


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No longer in production. The Sun Sport 280’s huge cockpit allows for easy entertaining at anchor or the dock, or even enjoying a sunset cruise.

Key Features

  • Transferable 5-Year Formula Guard Limited Protection Plan
  • Transom-mounted stereo remote control
  • Transom shower
  • Complete Livorsi illuminated instrumentation, domed with chrome bezels
  • Dash-mounted full-feature stereo remote control
  • Port lounge with integrated dive tank storage
  • U-shaped aft lounge seating with storage
  • Entertainment center in cherry high-gloss finish with storage & full Corian countertop
  • Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo
  • One-year subscription to Sirius Satellite Digital Broadcast
  • Private head compartment with portable unit, molded fiberglass vanity & stainless sink

Specifications

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Specifications
Length Overall 28' 0'' Dry Weight 7,300 lbs.
Beam 9' 2'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 36'' Fuel Cap 120 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 21 deg. Water Cap 20 gal.
Max Headroom 5' 2'' Bridge Clearance 8' 6'' w/arch
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG Horizons Sterndrives
Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG Horizon Bravo Three
1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG Bravo Three
1 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG HO Bravo Three
1 x 315-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 GXi DP
1 x 420-hp Volvo Penta 8.1 GXi DP W/CWC

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Photo Gallery

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The best of both worlds with this boat.

Entertain friends and family here.

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Room at the helm for driver and guest.

Whip up some cocktails at the wet bar.

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Room to dine at this triangular table.

Easy to clean head.

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Captain's Report

Tested By Capt. Ron Svoboda

If you’ve outgrown your ear shattering performance ride, but just can’t see yourself tooling around in a ‘sleeps six, floating condo’. Then Formula has something for you. Capable but not aggressive, the 280 Sun Sport is a melding of comfort and speed, with a satisfying emphasis on the speed.

By cross-breeding the best of their performance line with one of their cruisers, Formula has produced one of the best built, multi-use fun machines on the market.

Functional Layout

The cockpit of the 280 is where all the action is. Just aft of the helm station, a U-shaped settee provides comfortable seating for the whole crew. As you might expect the seating converts with a table for meals or sunset cocktails and can also be made into a super sun pad. Since no party platform would be complete without a well stocked wet bar.

The Sun Sport ensures a good time with a port side wet bar, supplying generous counter space, an alcohol stove for outdoor cooking, and a freshwater sink. The dual cabinets below the counter provide room for a refrigerator / freezer combo, as well as storage and access to battery switches and circuit breakers.

At the Controls

Like all the Formula control stations, the 280’s helm is top notch. From the twin command seating with flip-up bolsters, to the VDO gauges in the dash, she is thoroughly complimented with a pair of silky smooth, Quicksilver shifter and throttle levers. The helm console also includes molded steps for foredeck access.

Stepping Below

When it comes to overnight accommodations, the cabin is small but proud. The interior features all the luxuries a couple or small family will need on weekend adventures. Flanking the companion way is a full head and shower compartment to starboard, across from a micro galley to port.

The galley offers a microwave oven, some storage space and even less counter space, but is beautifully trimmed in cherry wood cabinetry.

Interior seating is designed around a large V-shaped lounge. The convertible space has a roomy dining format with a cherry wood table that can be quickly made into a small berth with the added cushions. Although I found the double berth inviting, it was much too short for someone of my stature, over 6 feet tall, to be used often.

Specs and Performance

From the dock, the sleek profile of the Sun Sport is 29 feet, 6 inches long with a wave slicing beam of 9 feet 2 inches. The offshore capable cruiser tips the scales at 7,300 pounds and guarantees 120 gallons of fuel capacity. Powered by MerCruiser or Volvo Penta power plants, the 280 can be ordered with single or twin engines. Our test package delivered excellent performance in both acceleration and in handling. The bill at the gas pump wasn’t too bad either with almost 1.9 miles to the gallon from the twin small block motors.

There is no doubt that the folks at Formula build a premium product and make great strides in providing real performance to the consumer. The 280 SS is a perfect example of how much room a 30-foot boat can offer, top that off with excellent performance, and you have yourself a nice cruising package.

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) is 50.3 mph (81 kph), burning 39.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 151.02 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) is 27.6 mph (44.4 kph), and the boat gets 1.88 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.8 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 203 miles (326.7 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG Horizons Sterndrives.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional
VHF Radio Optional
Systems
Battery Charger/Converter Optional
CD Stereo Standard Sirius Satellite Radio
Head: Portable Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Optional
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Optional
Windlass Optional
Galley
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Exterior Features
Arch: Electronics Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Warranty

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years 10 Years
Transferable Yes
Extendable No
Link http://www.formulaboats.com/documents/Formula%20Warranty%20Statement%20Handout.pdf
Deck Warranty
Years 10 Years
Transferable Yes
Extendable No
Link http://www.formulaboats.com/documents/Formula%20Warranty%20Statement%20Handout.pdf
Engine Warranty
Years 5 Years
Transferable Yes
Powertrain Warranty
Years 5 Years
Transferable Yes
Gelcoat Warranty
Years 2 Years
Transferable Yes
Extendable No
Link http://www.formulaboats.com/documents/Formula%20Warranty%20Statement%20Handout.pdf
Blistering Warranty
Years 2 Years
Transferable Yes
Extendable Yes
Link http://www.formulaboats.com/documents/Formula%20Warranty%20Statement%20Handout.pdf
Accessories Warranty
Years 5 Years
Transferable Yes
Extendable Yes
Link http://www.formulaboats.com/documents/Formula%20Warranty%20Statement%20Handout.pdf
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Price

Formula 280 Sun Sport (2005 - ) (Not in Production) Price
Pricing Range $161,220.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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