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Formula 400 FX 8 (2014-)
Formula 400 FX 8 (2014-)
The FX line was created to add over-the-top features to an already first-rate brand. We've been impressed with each model and the 400 FX8 continues that trend. She represents the largest in the lineup and is loaded with upscale features.

Key Features

  • 10-year structural warranty
  • Imron FX Graphic with Silver Diamond Pearl Metallic on hullside and deck
  • 12 custom Formula logo-cast cleats
  • Extended swim platform with concealed ladder and pull-up cleats
  • Garmin 740s GPS with color chartplotter and depth sounder
  • U-shaped aft lounge seating with storage
  • Dual-height cockpit tables with filler cushions
  • Light Cherry woodgrain-finish flooring throughout cabin
  • In-floor dining table and filler cushion storage
  • Aft cabin stateroom with Sensus memory foam queen mattress

Specifications

Formula 400 FX 8 (2014-) Specifications
Length Overall 41' 6''
12.65 m
Dry Weight 16,100 lbs.
7,303 kg
Beam 11' 0''
3.35 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 36''
.91 m
Fuel Cap 250 gal.
946 L
Deadrise/Transom 22-deg. Water Cap 50 gal.
189 L
Max Headroom 6' 2''
1.88 m
Bridge Clearance 12' 6''
3.81 m (max)
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 400 FX 8 (2014-) Engine options
Std. Power N/A
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 2 x 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG High Output ECT Bravo IIIX DTS
2 x 520-hp Mercury Racing Bravo III XR DTS

Formula 400 FX 8 (2014-) Captain's Report

Formula 400 FX8

The largest model in the Formula FX lineup is the FX8. She has an LOA of 41'6" (12.65 m) and a beam of 11 feet (3.35 m) and is powered by MerCruiser twin 430-hp 8.2 MAG High Output engines.

Mission Statement

The 400 FX8 is designed for people who like to go very fast, in style with sumptuous luxury and every amenity imaginable aboard. Because the 400 is so big she has lots of room in the cockpit for friends and an interior to turn them green with envy. She is a boat that can admirably handle friends for a thrilling day on the water, but also be taken on long-distance cruises by a couple needing to get away. With the FAS3TECH hull, 22-degree deadrise at the transom, and an 11' (3.35 m) beam she can handle lots of horsepower and challenging sea conditions with the comfort and security that only a proven offshore design can provide.

Distinguishing Features

Speed with Class. The Formula 400 FX8 was created to bring out the best of the best for boaters who want something very special. She is designed to go very fast, but there is more to the FX concept than sheer speed -- and it is here that Formula excels. Her fit-and-finish both on deck and below, her amenities, styling, and attention to detail are second to none in the genre.

Imron Paint and Superior Finish. After the hulls are completed, for their hull graphics they move into a spray booth to get an expert application of Imron paint -- very high-end paint with proven lasting power. However, even this high-end paint isn't up to Formula standards and after the application the hull is then wet sanded and buffed out, waxed, buffed again, and again, and again until a mirror like finish, like none other, is achieved.

Surprisingly Expansive Standards List. I'm not talking about items to get added to the standards list just to make it look longer (nav lights, stainless cleats… etc.). I'm talking about actual items that are rarely seen on any standard list. From the minor items such as Bennett trim tabs, to the built-in central vac system. And that's just scratching the surface. This is part of what sets the FX line apart from the rest of Formula's boats, to say nothing about other boats on the market.

FAS3TECH hull. FAS3TECH is Formula's line of go-fast boats. Their hulls are specifically designed to bring speed to the table, and it is the same hull design that is being used in this high-end, high-speed cruising yacht. The most notable feature of this hull design is the double-stepped hull which sucks air under the bottom to make the boat even faster.

5-Year Service Contract. Formula calls its warranty/service contract program the "Transferable 5-Year Formula Guard Protection Plan." It is one of the best in the business and only a handful of builders have anything quite like it.

Styling and Good Taste. Like all Formula boats the 400 FX8 has been designed and styled by John Adams who exclusively works for Formula. He is a veteran in the business and his concept of go-fast styling has been much emulated but it is hard to match his keen sense of nautical style and taste.

Features Walkthrough



Formula 400 FX8

Optional features include these Bravo 1 XR outdrives, through-hull exhausts, and underwater LED lights. The hydraulic trim tabs are standard. Note the wide pad at the keel.

Formula 400 FX8

One can clearly see how the molded engine vents really scoop air into the engine compartment. The stainless is standard. Notice how this hull shines even in the shade.

Formula 400 FX8

Here is a close-up shot of one of the two hull steps. These will draw air under the hull to reduce surface friction and increase speed.

Formula 400 FX8

The polished stainless steel anchor is connected to 150’ (45.7 m) of all chain rode hauled by way of a concealed electric windlass… all standard. The optional LED docking lights ($785) are extremely bright and illuminate to the front and sides.

An aft facing double wide rumble seat is custom embroidered with the FX8 logo. Formula is quick to state that this seat should not be used while the boat is underway, and they are correct to do so. But while at the dock or at anchor, this makes an ideal spot to hang out and watch the kids swimming off the stern or the sun setting over the horizon.

Formula 400 FX8

The aft facing rumble seat makes a great place to lounge under the sun when the FX8 is not underway.

Formula 400 FX8

The swim platform features a custom logo compression molded decking. It has a rubbery feel and even my wet bare feet weren't sliding on it. The reboarding ladder is mounted in the center of the platform.

U-shaped cockpit seating is well padded and constructed using weather resistant StarLite synthetic marine panels, DriFast foam, and vinyl treated with PreFixx stain inhibitor assembled with Tenera element resistant thread.

Formula 400 FX8

Entry to the cockpit is to port placing the U-shaped seating to starboard directly across from the wet bar.

To the stern, the U-shaped seating lies back to back with the aft facing rumble seat at the swim platform. By pulling out a side mounted pin and lowering the seat backs both seats form a double wide sun pad.

Formula 400 FX8

The aft cockpit seat and rumble seat blend together to form a double wide sun pad.

Formula 400 FX8

The molded wet bar is standard and includes an integrated sink, a carbon fiber composite countertop, dual voltage pullout refrigerator, two carry on coolers and a trash container.

Helm

The helm of the FX8 has Livorsi oversized mega series gauges with red bezels and blue backlighting mounted against a carbon fiber composite dash. A Garmin 740s GPS chartplotter is fitted as standard equipment. Options include a Raymarine e127 GPS ($5,680), GPS and radar ($14,840) or a combo GPS radar and autopilot ($24,850).

Formula 400 FX8

A separate power quadrant with dual controls is to starboard and I like the bow thruster control mounted in such a way that the skipper can have one hand on the engine controls and a separate hand for the thruster.

Axius is available as an option for joystick maneuverability ($16,720), but I found the 400 FX8 to be plenty maneuverable without it. A more cost-effective option however, is the bow thruster ($9,520) that we had installed on our test boat.

A port side lounger allows for a pair of people to face the captain and admiral at the double wide helm seat, or a single person to lounge facing forward or aft. There is storage under the seat but in the case of our test boat that space was taken up by the optional 16,000 BTU reverse cycle cockpit air conditioner ($7,730).

Formula 400 FX8

Notice how nonskid runs down the center of the bow as well as off to the sides leading to the cleats.

Bow

The bow is accessed by molded steps leading to a walkthrough windshield. Formula thoughtfully interconnected the upper and lower latches of the opening for the windshield. Bow rails seem to be more aesthetic than functional at 1'4" (.4 m) high. Four opening hatches provide light and ventilation to the cabin below. Nonskid runs down the center of the foredeck and off to the sides where the cleats are mounted. Forward is a flush mounted hatch concealing an electric windlass. A polished stainless steel anchor is connected to 150’ (45.7 m) of all chain rode -- all standard.

Formula 400 FX8

Access to the bow was from molded in steps leading to a walkthrough windshield. The latches for the windshield are interconnected. Note the wide steps and the SS hand-holds to aid movement forward and back.

Cabin

The cabin is accessed via solid wood entry steps. Cherry wood grain decking is used throughout the cabin (standard). Temperature is controlled by an optional 16,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioner.

Formula 400 FX8

The port side galley is relatively large for this type of boat. Her large, stand-up refrigerator/freezer is unusual.

The galley is to port with the hardwood dovetailed drawers that we’re so used to seeing in Formula boats. The refrigerator is dual voltage and there is a concealed electric stove with a safety shutoff switch on the cover. The galley also includes a microwave oven, a 5 speed blender and a trash container. The counter top is Corian.

Formula 400 FX8

Remember this boat is all about being cool on the water and nothing says that louder than the soft, mood lighting treatment below. The counter top is dark Corian.

Formula 400 FX8

The deep wood cherry finish of the galley, flooring, and companionway treads contrast tastefully with beige carpeting.

A dinette is forward, and that's a feature I'm always happy to see as it adds usable space to the bow area. It's easy enough to convert something like this to a berth but to have it as a dedicated berth means it's only going to be used if the boater is spending the night with extra company onboard. This is a much more usable scenario and high marks to Formula for going this route.

The upholstery is a mix of pillow top cushions and UltraLeather/crushed velvet upholstery. The high-low table and filler cushions allow a conversion to a berth.

Formula 400 FX8

The salon of the 400 FX8 is made for cozy entertaining for a crowd or just a couple. Not only is the upholstery UltraLeather, but the double-cushion design of each of the seats is remarkably comfortable.

Formula 400 FX8

With the table down and the filler cushion in place there is a lot of room for even two very large adults. Notice the mood light strips overhead above the valence.

Head

The deep cherry finish of the cabin continues in the head which also features Corian countertops, a polished stainless steel sink with swivel faucet, a porcelain VacuFlush head leading to a 50 gallon (189.3 L) holding tank with dockside pump out, and a separate shower with a molded-in seat.

Formula 400 FX8

The molded fiberglass head features more of the deep cherry finish of the cabin.

Formula 400 FX8

The ship’s electrical panel is located behind the cabinet door that also serves as a mount for the flatscreen TV.

Formula 400 FX8

The flatscreen TV faces the U-shaped banquette in the bow so all can watch the flicks. The head is just behind the TV.

Formula 400 FX8

Layout plan of the Formula 400 FX8. Note the size of the head compartment and the mid cabin berth.

The Mid-cabin features a queen size berth with memory foam mattress, full width storage, and an 19”(48.3 cm) flatscreen TV ($1,610). This berth has crawl-in access between the companionway and the door to the starboard hanging locker. Once inside it is remarkably private because a bulkhead closes it off from the companionway stairs and the galley equipment. Inside there are reading lights, portlights port and starboard, and of course, A/C.

Observations

The first thing that occurs to me is that this is not a boat for people who want a stripped out, lightweight muscle boat that makes a lot of noise and goes fast. Boaters wanting the appearance of speed and little more should look elsewhere and save their money.

For Businessmen. Because the boat can be cruised for a long weekend or even more, she is more than just a day boat for entertaining and thrill seeking. She can also be a terrific way for a busy businessman to get in a weekend of boating far from home because she goes so fast, and so comfortably. Once at the destination, the owner can sleep aboard or ashore. Like sailing, the fun is in getting there.

The 400 FX8 is quite a different kind of boat for a different kind of boat owner, one who appreciates a finely built vessel that is a classic in its genre. She is a boat that will turn heads in any crowd.

Price. Always with Formula we have to address the price. As we always say about Formula boats -- they are simply not for everyone. It takes someone who is truly successful to be able to afford one. This FX8 has a base price of $722,960 and fully loaded the price can get upwards of around $789,600. To add a little perspective, this compares to Formula's 400 Super Sport with a base price of $686,100.

The people that I know who own Formula boats don't mind spending the extra money to get what they want, and Formula knows what this caliber of customer wants.



Standard and Optional Equipment

Formula 400 FX 8 (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
Autopilot Optional
GPS/Chart Standard
Radar Optional
VHF Radio Optional
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Optional
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Galley
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Hardtop Optional
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
Bow Thruster Optional
Generator Standard
Vacuum Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Formula 400 FX 8 (2014-) Warranty

Formula 400 FX 8 (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.

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Formula 400 FX 8 (2014-) Price

Formula 400 FX 8 (2014-) Price
Pricing Range $722,960.00
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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