Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-)
(w/ 2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 HO)

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We were treated to a look at the mock-ups and tooling of what will probably be the world's largest bowrider. She is the Formula 350 CBR (for "Crossover Bowrider") and she is one of the most exciting designs we have seen all year. As noted above she combines the strong features of three distinctly different types of boat into an all-new type that provides a good solution for people who want more utility in a bowrider.

Key Features

  • 10-year Structural Warranty
  • Imron graphic A, B or C with cockpit accent striping
  • 10 custom Formula logo-cast cleats
  • Clarion stereo with changer control and 2 speakers
  • Garmin GPS navigational system with color chartplotter
  • Twin command seating with dual-position helm and companion seats
  • U-shaped aft lounge seating with storage
  • Molded wet bar with sink, countertop, cooler, trash container and safety rail
  • Aft cabin stateroom with full-sized memory foam mattress and storage
  • American Cherry woodgrain-finish flooring throughout cabin

Specifications

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) Specifications
Length Overall 35' 0''
10.67 m
Dry Weight 13,470 lbs
6,109 kg
Beam 10' 9''
3.28 m
Tested Weight 15,077 lbs.
6,839 kg
Draft 39''
.99 m
Fuel Cap 172 gal.
651 L
Deadrise/Transom 21-deg. Water Cap 29 gal.
100 L
Max Headroom 6' 2''
1.88 m
Bridge Clearance 9' 5''
2.87 m with 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 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 HO
Opt. Power 2 x 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAG ECT Bravo III DTS
2 x 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECT Bravo IIIX DTS
2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG High Output ECT Bravo IIIX DTS
2 x 380-hp Volvo Penta V8-380CE Duoprop

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) Captain's Report

By Capt. Steve

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

In addition to the sheer size of the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider is the creative cabin below the bridge deck. She combines the overnight accommodations of a cruiser, a huge seating area forward like a deckboat, and an express cruiser bridge deck, cockpit and stern.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Formula 350 CBR is to provide a large bowrider that has plenty of forward seating, while at the same time providing a cabin for comfortable overnights. It's a clever combination and one that we’re happy to see come together. With optional twin 430-hp engines she has plenty of get up and go.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

As with all Formulas, the 350 CBR has a chemically bonded and thru-bolted deck to hull joint, pressure treated Perma Panel structural hull matrix, and a 10 year structural warranty.

Distinguishing Features

Some of the features that will distinguish the Formula 350 CBR are…

A Large Bowrider. In fact, this is one of the largest bowriders in a production boat currently made.

Offset Access to the Bow. A companionway to the bow is just offset of the centerline to the port-hand side. Additionally the entire deck from bow to stern is at the same level.

Versatile and Roomy Bow Seating. The bow will feature double wide forward facing seats, two dual-height tables for dining, and filler cushions for turning the entire area into a sun pad.

Cabin to Accommodate a Couple on Overnights. The entryway to the cabin is just to the port side of the helm on the centerline. The cabin is nicely equipped with a modest galley, private head, and a queen size berth.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

The main deck layout combines the features of Formula's Super Sport series with a deckboat bow.

Performance

The Formula 350 CBR has a length overall of 35’(10.7 m), a beam of 10'9" (3.3 m), and a draft of 39”(99 cm). With an empty weight of 13,470 lbs. (6,110 kgs.), full fuel and 3 people onboard we had a test weight of 15,077 lbs. (6838.8 kgs.)

With a pair of 430-hp 8.2 MAG HO MerCruiser engines driving B3 outdrives we reached a top speed at 5000 rpm of 56.6 mph. At that speed we had a fuel burn of 76.3 gph for a range of 115 miles. Best cruise came in at 3000 rpm and 29.4 mph. That produced a fuel burn of 24.25 gph which the 350 could maintain for 6 hours and 28 min. and 188 miles with a 10% reserve.

Handling

As is typical with every Formula boat I've tested, the 350 CBR has the same characteristic sportboat handling that I've come to expect. She was very responsive to the helm and had no problem handling any aggressive maneuvers that I put her through. She came up on plane in only 5.2 seconds and once established only a couple of shots of up trim got her into a 5–degree cruising attitude. If one adds additional trim they'll quickly get into operator induced oscillation.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

Notice how crossing through this wake creates some snow spray and the boat remains fairly level as she slices cleanly through.

I tried to get spray to come aboard but failed as the 350 simply slices cleanly through waves keeping the spray down low and wide. I couldn't even get a pounding through the wake of the camera boat on a high-speed pass.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

Even though she's a relatively large boat, the 350 CBR handles like a small sportboat.

Features Walkthrough

Stern

The aft half of the 350 Crossover Bowrider is largely identical to the SS series. A molded swim platform and a rear facing convertible aft sun lounge provides ideal places to relax while at anchor or nosed up to a private beach. If the plan is to spend as much time in the water as on the water then the boater may want to consider the extended watersports swim platform ($7,490) which includes four drink holders and an under-mount stainless steel swim ladder. Low maintenance teak grain vinyl decking is offered for both the swim platform and the cockpit. A starboard transom trunk, two transom mounted 90 W speakers, a hot and cold transom shower and pull up cleats are all standard. Additional storage is under the sun lounge.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

The integral swim platform measures 2'9", while the extended platform adds 2'8". Notice the convenient handrail running around the extended platform for the swimmers to hold onto. And they are well clear of the running gear.

Cockpit

The cockpit is fabricated from a continuous molded fiberglass liner and features Formula’s contoured seating with additional supports in the lumbar area as well as behind the knees. No less than 24 drink holders are scattered throughout the bow and cockpit and storage is under most seats and in the deck. To port is a molded cockpit wet bar with an integrated sink, Corian countertop, trash receptacle, and a 17.5 quart (16.6 L) carry-on cooler. A dual-voltage cockpit refrigerator is also standard. To starboard is J-shaped seating and a dual height table adds to the entertaining capability and filler cushions create yet another sunning area.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

Our test boat was fitted with the optional 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG H0 engines. The standard engine is the 320-hp 377 MAG MerCruiser.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

With a boat like this having this port side entertainment center is practically a necessity. The standard cockpit refrigerator is a drawer type so contents won't dump out when someone opens it.

Helm

To the port side of the helm is a double wide lounge allowing one person to face forward or aft in chaise lounge fashion, or two people to relax and have a conversation with the captain and "admiral" at the helm.

The helm features double wide seating allowing a second set of eyes to be facing forward. The dash has been completely redesigned from the SS series and includes Livorsi gauges against a liquid black dash with metallic accents. The steering wheel will be a new design and the entire panel will be accented by an upholstered dash eyebrow.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

Our test boat was fitted with the optional Axius joystick ($17,660) and the standard Garmin GPS map 547 Chartplotter.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

There was one big difference to this port side lounger on the 350 CBR. It offered clear sightlines to the water ahead. The seatback forward opens to reveal a huge storage compartment with hooks for hanging lines.

Walkthrough to the Bow

The walkthrough to the bow measures 1'10" (.56 m) across. As if there wasn't enough storage already on this boat the port console allows for a cavernous compartment. There are two doors accessing this compartment and inside is an opening portlight. Its sheer size, along with the portlight, had me questioning whether this was actually intended to be another berth. However, the only indicator that convinced me that it was not is that the doors were not able to be opened from the inside. But that should give an idea of just how roomy this compartment is.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

Naturally there is an air dam that works in conjunction with the walkthrough windshield to block off the wind on chilly mornings.

Bow

The bow is accessed from an offset windshield walkthrough and the deck is on the same level from the stern to the bow. A forward facing double wide lounge seat is immediately to starboard, and a pair of dual height tables will turn the bow into an ideal al fresco dining area. With the tables lowered, filler cushions turn the entire bow into a third sun lounge. The starboard seating features an armrest that flips up when not in use and a removable bow cooler will save having to travel back to the cockpit for a drink or snack.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

The bow area is huge and it's easy to see how comfortable a gathering around a pedestal table would be at mealtime.

The seating area is huge measuring 7'8" (2.33 m) towards the stern and 4'5" (1.35 m) at the bow. The port seat has dedicated storage for the pedestal table. The forward seat conceals a carry-on cooler and trash receptacle. To starboard is another storage compartment and a removable seat allowing for a two–across forward facing bench seat.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

With the starboard filler cushion removed, the seating converts from a lounger to a two-across bench seat.

Cabin

The cabin is accessed from a centerline entryway next to the helm. Three solid wood floating steps lead to a woodgrain finish deck and a full 5'10" (1.8 m) of headroom. The cabin will be finished in high-gloss cherry or ash with cherry or Baltic Birch woodgrain finish decking throughout.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

Because of the entryway to the cabin, the helm had to be completely redesigned. Notice how formula still kept the double wide helm seat.

Several features of the cabin indicate that it's designed to primarily accommodate two people. Immediately to starboard is a double wide lounge. Directly across is a chest of drawers, storage cabinets, and an HD TV/DVD combo. Directly ahead of the stairs is a centerline mounted mini galley with microwave, concealed sink and pullout stainless steel refrigerator.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

To starboard is a double wide lounge with storage just above. The galley is forward.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

All of the drawers are hardwood with dovetailed joinery. The flatscreen TV can be seen just to the left in this shot and directly across from the lounge.

Just to starboard is a private head with a molded vanity, Corian countertop, sink, shower, and standard VacuFlush head. Thanks to the unique use of space, the aft end of the cabin is taken up by a full-size double berth with memory foam mattress meaning there is no need to convert a lounge to a berth.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

The cabin design features a dedicated berth rather than a lounge to berth conversion.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

The galley features all the necessary components for a comfortable overnight.

Several options are offered for cabin amenities including an 8,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioner with digital climate control ($5,875) which will be connected to either the standard shore power, or the optional 5.0 kW gas generator ($14,395). For boaters on larger lakes a gray water holding system is offered ($435).

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

The Imron paint gets buffed to perfection for an unbelievable shine.

Observations

Normally when a company builds a crossover boat, it takes the easy route and makes it a transition between fishing and family fun. This is a new concept that combines the qualities of an overnight cruiser with galley and head with the added characteristics of a bowrider with its wide open bow space and seating that can accommodate entertaining or lounging.

There is no denying the fun of a bowrider or the advantage of having two distinctly separate seating or entertaining areas on a boat of this size. (Adults and children, men and women, Red Sox and Yankees fans, etc.) With two café tables forward and one large table aft, this boat can seat 12 to 14 people for lunch or cocktails. That is something that few, if any, express cruisers can do. We think the Formula 350 CBR is compelling for people who want to do a lot of entertaining by day, and some cruising on long weekends.

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) is 56.6 mph (91.1 kph), burning 76.30 gallons per hour (gph) or 288.8 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) is 29.4 mph (47.3 kph), and the boat gets 1.21 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.51 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 188 miles (302.56 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 HO.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Standard
Radar Optional
VHF Radio Optional
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Optional
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Optional
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Optional
Galley
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Standard
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Generator Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) Warranty

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) 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.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) Price

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider (2014-) Price
Pricing Range $348,360.00
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.


Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 HO
  Range  
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
650 4.8 4.1 2.8 1.7 1.5 267 233 430 7.70 10.41 0.74 71
1000 6.8 5.9 4.4 1.6 1.3 239 208 385 10.90 16.66 0.66 68
1500 9.0 7.8 7.5 1.2 1.0 185 161 298 14.50 28.39 0.51 71
2000 11.6 10.0 12.9 0.9 0.8 139 121 224 18.70 48.83 0.38 75
2500 17.3 15.0 20.1 0.9 0.8 133 116 214 27.80 75.90 0.37 76
3000 29.4 25.6 24.3 1.2 1.1 188 163 303 47.30 91.80 0.51 77
3500 37.9 33.0 32.0 1.2 1.0 184 160 296 61.00 120.94 0.51 82
4000 44.9 39.0 43.4 1.0 0.9 160 139 257 72.30 164.29 0.44 82
4500 48.8 42.4 60.9 0.8 0.7 124 108 200 78.50 230.34 0.34 82
5000 56.6 49.2 76.3 0.7 0.6 115 100 185 91.10 288.83 0.31 86

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 HO
Time To Plane 5.2 sec.
0 to 30 12.4 sec.
Test Power 2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 HO
Transmission N/A
Ratio N/A
Props 28''
Load 3 persons, 9/10 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
Climate 77 deg., 55 humid.; wind: 0 mph; seas: calm
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