Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 )
(w/ 2 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG with Axius)


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We’ve come to expect a lot of Formula. They have a reputation for building upscale boats that, yes… cost more, but you get more for those extra dollars, too. And, let’s face it, if everyone built boats with the same laundry-list of features, most people couldn't afford the boats. As her name implies, she goes fast, but more important everywhere we looked on this 34 PC (Performance Cruiser) we found items reserved for larger cruisers.

Key Features

  • Imron standard graphic & cockpit accent striping
  • Pressure-treated Perma Panel structural hull matrix
  • Heavy-duty PVC gunwale with stainless steel insert
  • Integrated bow platform
  • Electric windlass with chain counter, 200' chain, polished stainless steel anchor & hand-held remote control
  • Garmin GPS navigational system with color chartplotter
  • Burlwood-finish dash panels
  • Livorsi chromed shifters/throttles within-handle outdrive trim switch
  • Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo with changer control
  • Radar arch with mast light

Specifications

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Specifications
Length Overall 35' 7''
10.85 m
Dry Weight 16,510 lbs.
7,489 kg
Beam 11' 6''
3.51 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 36''
.91 m
Fuel Cap 206 gal.
780 L
Deadrise/Transom 18 deg. Water Cap 55 gal.
208 L
Max Headroom 6' 8''
2.03 m
Bridge Clearance 11' 4''
3.45 m
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 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 2 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG with Axius
Opt. Power 2 x MerCruiser 496 MAG Bravo Three
2 x MerCruiser 8.2 MAG EC Bravo Three
2 x Volvo Penta 8.1 Gi DP
2 x Volvo Penta 8.1 GiC DP
2 x 300-hp Volvo Penta D4 DPH Diesel

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Line Drawing

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Captain's Report

Formula 34 PC 2010

We find that the Formula 34 PC comes nicely equipped with features usually reserved for larger boats.

Capt. Steve Says...

Try as I might, I’m never able to find much to be disappointed about in a Formula. So don't be too critical of me for not being critical -- believe me, I try hard to find things I don't like on this boat or that I would change.

Welcome Aboard

You step aboard the 34 PC from the swim platform that measures 9’10” (2.99 m) across, by 2’6.5” (0.77 m). In the middle is the concealed re-boarding ladder and here’s where the Formula difference begins. It’s a four-step ladder (not three steps as most boats have), held on by massive stainless steel hardware, the lid is supported by two gas-assist struts (not one or none) and the recessed well that the ladder resides in is self draining (a small detail that shows Formula is constantly thinking).

The transom door that leads into the cockpit is fitted with a micro-switch that prevents the engine hatch from opening when the door is closed. The push of a button lifts the electrically actuated engine hatch; once it's raised, you really appreciate the roominess of the engine compartment.

Everything is done right here, and I mean everything. All electrical connections are sealed for a harsh saltwater environment, sea strainers are massive, all hoses double clamped. I even tried to shove the batteries with my foot and got nowhere. If you look at the aft quarters of this compartment, you can see extra bracing at the hull-to-deck joint, right where an errant captain may tag a piling in approach. Hey, even with joysticks it can happen.

Formula 34 PC 2010

Notice the optional hardtop with dual hatches. Ten custom-made cleats surround the boat and make tie-ups a breeze.

Back up in the cockpit, all stowage areas are accessed by articulated stainless steel piano hinges for no-hands access. Nice touch. In those places where hinges can be seen, such as on doors or countertop hatches, the hinges are powder coated white.

Helm

The helm features dual flip-up bolsters, and I usually have trouble actually flipping up the bolsters on Formulas, but these worked flawlessly and easily. The layout was textbook Formula with a Garmin Chartplotter front and center and the MerCruiser Vessel View off to port. Engine controls were mounted on the 45-degree angle (which I usually don't like because it is not an ergonomic angle) but it wasn’t so bad on this boat because these were digital throttles and worked effortlessly. Just ahead of the engine controls were the trim tab rockers. Just ahead of the tab controls was the Axius Joystick. These were all lined up in a row as they should be so there is no fumbling.

Formula 34 PC 2010

Note the careful and expert placement of everything at the helm.

Below Decks

Down below, Ultraleather is everywhere and oh-so nice to touch. The aft (or mid) cabin was well laid out and just a step down from the main salon. This makes for a great conversation pit, and because it’s wide open to the salon, it really keeps everyone in the thick of the gathering when there’s a crowd below. And of course there are filler cushions for converting to a berth. I found 4'9” (1.45 m) of head room, but the sole goes forward to the salon enough, before stepping up, that you’re never in danger of hitting your head.

Formula 34 PC 2010

Note the pull-down blinds behind the settee. These do a much more effective job than the curtains we see in other boats. The electrical panel is in the locker to the aft end of the settee.

The Main Salon

In the salon, between the dual overhead hatches, large portlights, and cabin door, plenty of natural light is allowed to enter. The 34 PC comes standard with an 18,000BTU air conditioner that worked marvels on our sweltering test day, but evenings tend to cool down to more tolerable levels and then the addition of a sliding screen in the companionway would be a plus.

The settee is C-shaped, also Ultraleather, and converts to a berth. It faces the galley that is nicely appointed with a dual voltage 4.6-cu-ft stainless freezer/fridge, and a two burner stove recessed into the counter to keep pots from sliding; the cover has a micro-switch that shuts it off when closed.

The upper cabinets are 13” deep so they will hold dinner plates. (You'd be surprised how many boat cabinets look nice until you try to actually use them!) This galley also has a feature that we see on all Formula cruisers now... a coffee maker garage. There is an outlet inside and the compartment holds the standard Krups coffeemaker.

What I thought was going to be a wastebasket in the counter turned out to be wine storage for four bottles. It was not refrigerated so this will be for your reds, and use them before the corks dry out since they are standing up. (I think I will use this compartment for trash after all.)

Formula 34 PC 2010

Note the convenient grab rail for traversing the salon. The door to the left is access to the head.

The head is large enough to include a separate shower stall. I loved the contemporary faucet and Corian countertop. There is a portlight in the head that I’d like to see moved into the shower. The shower door is usually open so ventilating odors will still be effective and you’ll have the added bonus of allowing shower steam to be vented as well.

Forward Berth

Up forward is an island berth that measures 6’4” by 5’9” (2 m x 1.5 m) and features a memory foam mattress and roomy storage below. The overhead hatch is screened and shaded to allow you to sleep in. The hatch also provides an emergency egress route. The two lockers to either side of the berth have shelves and internal lights on a micro-switch.

Formula 34 PC 2010

Under the forward berth are two large drawers. Additional storage is in the center of the deck. Notice how all the cabinet doors join in perfectly straight lines. Any obsessive-compulsive type will love Formula.

Handling and Performance

We tested the 34 PC on a (as usual) hot and humid day. She was powered by a pair of 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Mags with Axius. We reached a top speed of 46.3 MPH at 4880 rpm. This gave us a fuel burn of 63.6 gph or .73 mpg.

Dialing it back to a more economical 3500 rpm turned in a 30.5 MPH speed. That generated a 28.8 gph fuel burn meaning 1.06 mpg and a range of 196 miles with the 206 gallon tank topped off and holding back a 10% reserve. Time to plane was 6.2 seconds and time to 30 MPH was 9.6 seconds.

Handling was just like you’d expect from a Formula. She took to the maneuvers just like… well, a performance cruiser. Her deep V hull and 18-degree deadrise, coupled with her fairly light 16,510 lb. dry weight with hardtop kept her nimble and quick to respond to the helm. I did find the 34 PC to be sensitive to weight distribution (because of her V bottom) but nothing a tap or two on the trim tabs couldn’t correct with ease. That's what they are for.

This is a sterndrive-powered boat so a couple of shots of up trim had us running nicely and at a good clip. Hard turns at speed showed no ventilation and the boat rolled into the turns comfortably so nothing got thrown to the outside of the turns. Jumping wakes showed no spray coming over the bow and we tended to go through the waves rather than over them. All in all, it was a nice experience handling this boat.

Docking

Of course with Axius, docking is a non-issue. If you are moving up from a sportboat and have any reservations about whether you can handle this boat or not, rest assured… you can, and so can your wife and kids. One thing though, the Axius system starts off in whatever mode you have the engine controls in. Therefore, a word to the wise, hit the “docking mode” button and then you can have a much more sedate and gentle approach to your docking.

Also, don’t be heavy handed. Just use pulses of joystick controls as you approach and let the boat’s momentum take effect. What you don’t want to do is crank on the stick like you’re playing a video game. You have to consider that each time you hit the stick, you’re engaging mechanical gears. You wouldn’t throw the engine controls back and forth, and you shouldn’t do it here with the joystick either. Slow and steady works every time.

This is a comfortable and great handling yacht that has a lot to offer. Not only does Formula add a lot of features that are typically reserved for larger yachts, but they stand behind their product with a 10-year hull and deck warranty. As I said in the beginning, what's not to like?

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) is 46.3 mph (74.5 kph), burning 63.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 240.73 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) is 30.5 mph (49.1 kph), and the boat gets 1.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.45 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 196 miles (315.43 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG with Axius.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
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 Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Galley
Coffeemaker Standard
Icemaker Optional
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Arch: Electronics Standard
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Hardtop Optional
Ice Chest 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
Bow Thruster Optional
Davit Standard
Generator Optional
Vacuum Standard

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Warranty

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) 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
Deck Warranty
Years 10 Years
Transferable Yes
Engine Warranty
Years 5 Years
Transferable Yes
Powertrain Warranty
Years 5 Years
Transferable Yes
Gelcoat Warranty
Years 2 Years
Transferable Yes
Blistering Warranty
Years 2 Years
Transferable Yes
Accessories Warranty
Years 5 Years
Transferable Yes
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Price

Formula 34 PC (2009-2010 ) Price
Pricing Range $370,610.00
Price as Tested $447,530.00
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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