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Formula 382 FAS3Tech (2010-)
Formula 382 FAS3Tech (2010-)
Formula decided long ago that they weren’t going to compete in the high end of the speed scale, at least with their recreational boats. Instead, they chose to make their boats go “fast enough”, and then attack the market by doing what they do best: Add the “Formula Difference” to the design. This means that the creature comforts and added-touches to the fit and finish are now present. By the way, we are talking about factory engine options up to 700-hp each. In effect, Formula sacrificed weight savings in favor of strength and amenities, and some top-end speed for reliability.

Key Features

  • NMMA Yacht certification
  • 10-year structural warranty
  • Transferable 5-Year Formula Guard Limited Protection Plan
  • FAS3TECH hull
  • Foam-filled continuous molded structural grid
  • Chemically bonded & thru-bolted deck-to-hull joint
  • Heavy-duty PVC gunwale with stainless steel insert
  • Stainless steel hardware & 316L stainless steel welded rails
  • Stainless steel fuel fill with integral vent
  • Four Bomar cabin venting hatches with screens
  • Tinted, tempered curved-glass windshield and polished stainless steel frame
  • Concealed air horn
  • Kenwood waterproof transom-mounted stereo remote control
  • Extended integrated swim platform with concealed stainless steel swim ladder & pull-up cleats
  • 120V shorepower with fail-safe galvanic isolator & 30-amp cord

Specifications

Formula 382 FAS3Tech (2010-) Specifications
Length Overall 38' 2''
11.63 m
Dry Weight 10,450 lbs.
4,740 kg
Beam 8' 3''
2.51 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 33''
.84 m
Fuel Cap 195 gal.
738 L
Deadrise/Transom 24 deg. Water Cap 19 gal.
72 L
Max Headroom 5' 1''
1.55 m
Bridge Clearance 5' 6''
1.68 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 382 FAS3Tech (2010-) Engine options
Std. Power 2 x MerCruiser 496 MAG High Output Bravo One X
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 2 x MerCruiser 8.2 MAG High Output EC Bravo One X
2 x 525-hp Mercury Racing EFI Bravo One XR
2 x 600-hp Mercury Racing SCi Bravo One XR
2 x 600-hp Mercury Racing SCi ITS Bravo One XR
2 x 700-hp Mercury Racing SCi NXT1

Formula 382 FAS3Tech (2010-) Captain's Report

Formula 382 Fastech

Speed is a big part of the equation, but that’s only the beginning of the way Formula does things.

Formula 382 Fastech

The Heart of the Beast

The technology begins with Formula’s Advanced Speed, Stability, Structural Technology (FAS³Tech) multi-plane hull. It incorporates three separate running surfaces produced by two steps built into the hull. The “steps” serve to force air under the hull and reduce surface friction for an even faster ride than a boat with a smooth deep-V. Some builders put in one step, but Formula puts in two. This stepped bottom has proven itself by dominating the APBA Factory 2 circuit for several years. Formula has earned several National and World Championships using race-rigged versions of the same performance hull that you can buy in their recreational version.

Formula 382 Fastech

Here you can see the two steps in the hull that creates the three separate running surfaces.

Limit HP and Don’t Sacrifice the Weight

Because Formula doesn’t want to strive for the fastest boat, they’re free to do two key things: keep the horsepower between 850 and 1400 and add strength to the hull by slightly sacrificing weight savings. Formula adds the strength (and weight) and the amenities. Rather than use a traditional stringer system injected with super light closed-cell foam, Formula utilizes a separately made fiberglass grid system that gets chemically bonded to the hull. The result is a heavier, stronger boat, and that means a more solid riding boat and therefore a safer boat. And yes...slightly slower, but so far no one’s complained.

Formula 382 Fastech

In these three shots, you can see the reason for the added weight in Formula’s FAS³Tech’s. The first shows the reinforcing grid system suspended over the hull. In the center, the chemical bond is being injected onto the hull. And finally, the two are joined with the strength of one.

And Then There Are the Amenities

The stern features four-across seating. The dual bucket seats are McLeod offshore-style seats that wraparound both operator and navigator for comfort in sustained high-speed operations. Rocker switches on each armrest actuate the electric bolster and the electrically actuated footrest. All seats are treated with Prefixx for easy cleanup. Cabin access is through a centerline companionway.

Formula 382 Fastech

Since high speed makes it hard to hear, the cockpit is outfitted with four 150W 6 1/2" marine-grade speakers with polished stainless steel grilles and separate tweeters with 1,000 watt amplification plus a 200 watt cockpit subwoofer.

The helm is laid out with Livorsi Monster & Redline backlit gauges. Optional SmartCraft monitor with Vessel View (add $2,240) gets mounted to the top center of the panel and a Garmin GPS just below that (add $1,080). Your right hand will rest comfortably on the Livorsi chromed shifters/throttles with an in-handle outdrive trim switch at your thumb position. The Kenwood waterproof dash-mounted multi-feature stereo remote control is just above the engine controls, and fingertip K-Plane and outdrive trim override switches just ahead of the remote.

Formula 382 Fastech

The tilt steering wheel is connected to Latham hydraulic steering. And in true Formula fashion, the windshield is framed in stainless steel.

The Cabin

Moving below, the cabin is nicely appointed. Fully forward is a bow berth upholstered in ultra-leather. Just aft is a wraparound lounge/dinette which by lowering the Corian table, can convert to another double berth should you decide to bring another pair of friends to spend the night.

Formula 382 Fastech

It is hard to see in this photo, but forward of the table and seat back is a double bunk in the bow of the boat. Forward of that is the forepeak and chain locker.

Formula 382 Fastech

At the aft end of the cabin is an entertainment center with stainless steel sink, Corian countertop and dual voltage refrigerator lies to either side. A 19” (48.26 cm) LCD TV is mounted to the starboard aft bulkhead. The enclosed head is fully aft. The cabin is cooled via the optional reverse cycle air conditioner (add $5,400) that is powered by either the standard shorepower or optional 5.0 KW Kohler generator (add $11,970).

Formula 382 Fastech

Formula uses the shoe-box deck-to-hull construction design with a chemical bonding material, then the hull and deck are through-bolted together.

Power Options

The base boat is powered by a pair of 425-hp 496 MAG High Output MerCruiser engines attached to B1 outdrives ($377,110). There are six upgrade choices topping out at a pair of Mercury Racing 700-HP SCi NXT1’s (add $184,430). If you go with that engine option, then you’ll surely want the Mercury Racing X-Haust noise reduction system as well (add $14,185).

Formula 382 Fastech

You can be from Miami to the gin-clear waters of the Bahamas in less than an hour in the Formula 382.

Recommendation

While still addressing the need for speed, Formula also managed to squeeze in creature comforts that are not found on some competing brands. In this manner, Formula is managing to fill a niche market with a go-fast boat that has a comfortable and classy side, as well as much brute force that you want up to 1400-hp. It’s a “have your cake and eat it too” boat that will be around for a long time. At least long enough for Formula to feel at ease by standing behind the boat with a 10-year structural warranty.

Formula 382 Fastech

And in case you were wondering, yes, the Formula 382 is a certified babe magnet.

All high-performance boats are not the same. Some are built in a rented bay in an industrial park by enthusiasts who were somewhere else yesterday and will be gone tomorrow. They have virtually no overhead, do not follow ABYC standards, are not NMMA certified and will often disappear at the first sign of a lawsuit. That is why when buying any boat, much less a high-performance vessel, you should go with an established company such as Formula.

And, let’s face it – these boats can be dangerous, because speed can be dangerous. If you think you are ready to move up into the rarified atmosphere of a high performance boat, and you can afford it, then our recommendation is that you go with a brand whose management and culture is dedicated to safety as well as speed. Formula is one such company.



Standard and Optional Equipment

Formula 382 FAS3Tech (2010-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart 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 Standard
Galley
Refrigerator Standard
Exterior Features
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Standard
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Generator Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Formula 382 FAS3Tech (2010-) Warranty

Formula 382 FAS3Tech (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 382 FAS3Tech (2010-) Price

Formula 382 FAS3Tech (2010-) Price
Pricing Range $377,110.00
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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