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Brief Summary

The 45 Yacht is the largest boat in the Formula lineup, and as the flagship of the fleet, she offers everything that the company has built itself on. She’s powered by Volvo Penta’s IPS drives providing joystick maneuverability, so even novices will have no trouble expertly docking her. Luxury appointments are seen throughout this premium level cruiser. She easily transitions between black tie cocktail parties and extended cruising getaways. And of course, she comes equipped with bragging rights as the epitome of what Formula Boats has to offer.

Key Features

  • 2 vinyl Drifast foam deck sun pads with adjustable chaise backrests
  • Burl wood-finish instrument panels and brushed metallic accents
  • Raymarine GPS navigational system with E120 chartplotter
  • Clarion weather-resistant dash-mounted marine stereo with 10-disc changer in salon
  • U-shaped lounge seating aft with fiberglass-lined storage
  • Twin command seating with dual-position helm and companion seats
  • Aft sun lounge package with two dual-height Corian tables and filler cushions
  • U-shaped Ultraleather sofa seating convertible to double berth
  • L-shaped galley with high-gloss Deep Cherry finish cabinetry
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 48' 2''
    14.68 m
    Beam 13' 11''
    4.24 m
    Dry Weight 32,500 lbs.
    14,742 kg
    Tested Weight 34,350 lbs.
    34,351 kg
    Draft 41''
    1.04 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 18-deg.
    Max Headroom 6' 11''
    2.11 m
    Bridge Clearance 16' 1''
    4.9 m (max)
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 350 gal.
    1,325 L
    Water Capacity 100 gal.
    379 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    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

    Std. Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesel with joystick
    Tested Power 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.6 4.0 0.9 5.1 4.4 1610 1400.0 70
    1000 7.1 6.2 1.8 4.1 3.5 1278 1111.3 71
    1250 8.5 7.3 2.6 3.3 2.9 1044 907.7 74
    1500 9.6 8.3 5.9 1.6 1.4 510 443.4 72
    1750 10.7 9.3 9.1 1.2 1.0 371 322.3 72
    2000 11.3 9.8 13.5 0.8 0.7 263 228.3 76
    2250 12.6 10.9 17.5 0.7 0.6 226 196.4 77
    2500 17.9 15.6 22.0 0.8 0.7 256 222.9 81
    2750 22.0 19.1 27.5 0.8 0.7 252 219.1 81
    3000 26.8 23.3 32.5 0.8 0.7 259 225.5 81
    3250 31.2 27.1 37.0 0.8 0.7 266 231.0 80
    3500 35.3 30.7 44.0 0.8 0.7 252 219.4 84
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 1400.0 2591 7.40 3.41 2.17 70
    1000 1111.3 2057 11.40 6.81 1.74 71
    1250 907.7 1680 13.70 9.84 1.40 74
    1500 443.4 821 15.40 22.33 0.68 72
    1750 322.3 597 17.20 34.45 0.51 72
    2000 228.3 423 18.20 51.10 0.34 76
    2250 196.4 364 20.30 66.24 0.30 77
    2500 222.9 412 28.80 83.28 0.34 81
    2750 219.1 406 35.40 104.10 0.34 81
    3000 225.5 417 43.10 123.03 0.34 81
    3250 231.0 428 50.20 140.06 0.34 80
    3500 219.4 406 56.80 166.56 0.34 84

    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. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 6.5 sec.
    0 to 30 19.8 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 3 persons, 1/4 fuel, 9/10 water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 84 deg., 78 humid.; wind: 0-0 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation 10

    Captain's Report

    Formula 45 Yacht still shot
    The Formula 45 Yacht has a LOA of 48’2” (14.68 m), a beam of 13’11” (4.24 m), and a draft of 41” (104 cm). Can anyone spot the most distinguishing feature for this latest model year?

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Formula 45 Yacht is to serve as the flagship of the company’s lineup, and therefore as a representative example of the best of everything that the company has to offer in a single boat. She excels in her ability to cruise comfortably while at the same time serve as a premium-level entertainment platform and overnight retreat on the water.

    Formula 45 Yacht two cabin layout
    The Formula 45 Yacht features a two cabin, two head layout. The master head is split with the water closet to one side and the shower to the other. The guests get the sink and vanity separated from the wet head.

    Construction Notes

    No one ever said that Formula boats weren’t built tough. Everyone that comes off the Decatur, Indiana assembly line is as strong as we’ve ever seen. The hull features a molded structural grid matrix that is pressed into place and chemically bonded to the hull with methacrylate. The hull and deck are also bonded in the same manner, creating a joint that is as solid as if they were molded together in the first place. In fact, it’s so strong that Formula stands behind the product with a 10-year structural warranty.It should be remembered that Formula hulls are the result of nearly 50 years of experience, much of it involved in offshore racing which is the most abusive activity imaginable for a boat of this type.

    Enclosed Coupe

    With the 2015 model, Formula offers an optional feature enclosed helm deck and cabin ($26,520). With it, a whole new feel has been created that elevates the experience from the open express cruiser realm to something more akin to a small motoryacht. Previous versions of this model features drop down isinglass style curtains aft that were ordered by a vast majority of customers, so the next step of creating this dedicated enclosure was inevitable.

    Reduced Sound Levels.

    Our tests showed a measured sound level of 70 dBA at no wake speeds and 80 to 81 dBA at cruise speeds, thanks to the enclosed cabin. This made conversations a simple matter, requiring no shouting above engines turning at over 3000 rpm and no effect from exhaust noise. And while on the topic of exhaust, let’s not forget that we’ve also eliminated the “station wagon” effect of drawing exhaust gases back into the boat during operations in following seas with the IPS drives and exhaust through the lower units.

    While there’s a lot of glass now surrounding the cockpit

    , there are several ways of dealing with greenhouse effect. First and foremost: air conditioning. An option for 30,000 BTU cockpit air conditioning can be added ($11,075), and our experience testing during a hot Florida day shows that this is certainly an effective solution.

    Natural Breeze Conditioning.

    Additionally, there’s the dual opening side vent windows. Both of these are hinged from the backside and as such, will scoop air into the helm deck as the boat moves forward even at low speeds. A door with a window that can be lowered for even more air closes off the windshield walkthrough. And then there’s the electrically-actuated sunroof that provides an opening 6’ x 3.5’ (1.8 m x 1.1 m). Any of these, combined with simply opening the aft enclosure door will effectively provide cabin cooling.

    Formula 45 Yacht side vents
    These side vents do an amazing job of scooping air into the enclosed deck.

    In our opinion, the enclosed pilothouse is the single most noticeable improvement and has given the 45 Yacht a shot of adrenaline in the functionality department. Best of all, those who liked the open coup layout can still have it as standard.

    Major Features

    Full-Height Windshield.

    Even without the optional glass enclosure, Formula avoided the need for having isinglass type curtains filling in the area between the windshield and hardtop by having the windshield integrate directly into the hardtop. This gives the boat a bit of a higher profile and means that the windshield is not on a low angle, but the practical benefits are obvious.

    Formula 45 Yacht profile shot
    The “Coupe” design integrates the windshield right up to the hardtop with no need for isinglass style fillers. At the opposite end of the cabin top, the coach roof has been extended over half of the boat’s cockpit.

    Extended Roof Overhang.

    Another important change that Formula has made to the 2015 45 Yacht is the extended coach roof overhang. It extends over about half of the cockpit. An optional extended sun shade (more below) can be hidden inside it for complete cockpit shade. Also, the fiberglass roof extends far enough aft to permit isinglass to surround the cockpit so that this space can be used on chilly evenings or in the rain.

    IPS is Standard.

    Formerly an option, IPS pod drives are now standard on the 45 Yacht and with good reason. The hull is so well matched to the drive system that the fuel-efficiency of the yacht changes very little from 2000 rpms on up to her top speed. So now we have a boat that allows us to operate with less of a concern about how many nautical miles per gallon the boat is achieving and instead focus strictly on riding comfort or speed.Traveling to a distant destination? Go ahead and advance the throttles. Going for a moonlight cocktail cruise with a boatload of guests? Slow down the boat and the mood will follow. From 2500 rpm to 3500 rpm (from 17 mph to 35 mph) fuel consumption is almost the same, varying only 14 statute miles in a full tank of fuel, with a 10% reserve.

    Premium Hull Treatments.

    There are no decals on the topsides of the 45 Yacht. All graphics are applied with specially-formulated paint over Ashland Maxguard gelcoat that is then covered with a clear coat. After that it’s compounded and buffed continually to achieve its mirror-like level of finish.The 45 Yacht’s high-gloss hull finish has been one of this builder’s secrets for success for many years. To attain it is costly in man (and woman) hours, but there is nothing quite like it on the water in class.

    Blue Mood Lighting Below.

    Perhaps one of the coolest things that Formula has incorporated into its new model for 2015 is the blue mood lighting below. The builder first used this concept in its FX Series of boats in the smaller sizes with great effect. Below in the 45 Yacht, Formula has unleashed all sorts of blue mood lighting to create a sexy, romantic , elegant, or exotic setting -- depending on one’s imagination (or fantasy). See pictures below.Through-Windshield Bow Access. Only a few boats in class have bow access through the windshield, and the Formula 45 Yacht is one of them. Depending on conditions and who is going forward, this might be the egress of choice. Side decks are minimally wide to provide bow access and this route has its advantages, too.

    Formula 45 Yacht running shot
    With the hull buffed to perfection, the 45 Yacht virtually glistens in the sun. This is the one feature that is at the top of the “Formula spotters guide”.

    Changes to this Model Year

    While the overall design of the 45 Yacht hasn’t changed, there are certainly subtle differences that distinguish this year’s model from previous ones. Let’s go over some of them--

    Hull Paint Changes

    -Standard B and Flagship B have new designs. Standard A and Flagship A have no change-Garnet Metallic (available warm or cool) replaces Tropical Red Metallic-Moonlight Silver Metallic replaces Silver Diamond Pearl-Pewter Metallic replaces Charcoal Metallic (used in accent striping)-Deep Red Replaces Bright Red (used in accent striping)-Espresso, Mocha, Cappuccino, Phantom Black, Graphite and Black Cherry (All Metallics) and Dark Red (not metallic) added as accent stripes-Flagship Designer Imron Graphics removed-Midnight Blue Metallic with Deep Red added. Black Onyx Metallic with Deep Red added-Flagship Vision added as option-Portlight frames change to black with Flagship Vision painted graphic

    Upholstery Changes

    -Garnet replaces Tropical Red-Bright Red changes to Deep Red in name only (same material)-Base Vinyl, Main Accent, Accent Piping and Sun pad Piping called out separately

    Canvas Changes

    -Tropical Red changes to Garnet in name only (same material)

    Other Cockpit Changes

    -Gelcoat on wet bar tops and cockpit tables to match dash color-New dash panel colors: High gloss dark wood-grain and high gloss charcoal wood-grain (both straight-grain) replace existing burl offerings-Liquid Black available with new Raymarine gS165 Chartplotters

    Hardware Changes

    -Two cockpit USB charging ports standard-Bluetooth for stereo standard-Hardtop redesign to accommodate for new SureShade option

    Standard and Option Changes

    -JL Audio LED lighted cockpit speakers standard-Raymarine twin gS165 Flush-mount GPS chartplotters with autopilot, iPad with wireless integration and HD radar optional-Raymarine twin gS165 Flush-mount GPS chartplotters with T303 thermal camera, autopilot, iPad and HD radar optional-Forward cockpit glass enclosure optional (replaces standard drop curtain)-Cockpit electric grill not available with forward cockpit glass enclosure-Gas grill/transom mount optional-Aft cockpit enclosure optional (no longer needs Bimini Extension due to new hardtop shape)-Concealed SureShade electric power retractable sun shade optional

    Performance

    With the twin Volvo Penta 435-hp IPS600s powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 30.7 knots at 3500 rpm. At that speed we were burning 44 gph giving us a range of just over 219 nautical miles. As is usually the case with IPS powered boats, the efficiency is not far separated from the top speed and here we found her to be most efficient at 3250 rpm and 27.1 knots. That speed produced a fuel burn of 37 gph and a 231 nm range.

    Handling

    We had a calm day for our tests and therefore can’t comment on how she handles heavy seas, but we did the usual wake crossing thing and saw that she simply sliced right through the wakes rather than ride up and over them. She also throws water low enough to present a dry ride and that’s important. She remained comfortable throughout and responded well to the helm. She leans 14-degrees into the turns and we also found that to be a comfortable experience onboard.

    As for the maneuverability

    , this 48’2” (14.68 m) yacht handles like a sportboat with excellent responsiveness to the helm, a gentle roll into the turns and docile acceleration. Her 32,500-lb. (14,742 kgs.) displacement and sharp entry make sure she plows through chop with authority without a tremor.

    Of course, There’s the Docking Factor.

    When transitioning to a boat of this caliber, there’s always the understandable apprehension of whether an owner can handle her at the dock. With joystick functionality, this is no longer a concern and it is standard.

    Formula 45 Yacht docking
    Docking the 45 Yacht in even the tightest confines is child’s play with the IPS drives and joystick.
    Formula 45 Yacht running bow shot
    Turns were more consistent with a sportboat and she responds quickly to the helm inputs.
    Formula 45 Yacht running shot
    Wave penetration leaves little spray and hardly any feeling in the cockpit. She just slices cleanly through.

    Helm

    It’s hard not to appreciate the functionality of the helm. Suffice it to say that nearly everything has a remote control and we’ll leave it at that. Twin flush-mount 15” (38 cm) displays take up the center of the panel and with the ship’s Wi-Fi connectivity all the displays can be repeated in most of the boat’s many TV screens. The doublewide helm seat offers plenty of room behind the helm to stand and face aft with a hand on the joystick when maneuvering into the dock.

    Formula 45 Yacht twin displays
    Twin 15” (38 cm) displays are just below the two analog fuel gauges.
    Formula 45 Yacht joystick
    The control group consists of the IPS joystick, the remote controls for the main displays, the automatic trim panel, and the digital engine controls.
    Formula 45 Yacht evc display
    The EVC display gives selectable readouts of everything Volvo Penta.
    Formula 45 Yacht autopilot
    Our test boat was also equipped with an autopilot and multi-function display.
    Formula 45 Yacht infrared camera
    Yep, we even had the forward looking infrared camera. It was amazing to see the difference between looking at a boat in the camera and then through the windshield where we only saw the boat’s lights.

    Engine access

    is through one of two hatches. Firstly, there’s a day hatch in the center of the cockpit deck. Beneath it is a stepladder leading directly between the two engines. If that proved too restricting, then in the corner of the seats, under the cushion, is a switch that electrically actuates the deck to allow full access to the engine compartment.

    Formula 45 Yacht day hatch
    A day hatch in the cockpit deck allows for access to the engine room.
    Formula 45 Yacht electric lift
    An electric lift deck allows for more unrestricted access to the engine room.
    Formula 45 Yacht pod drive engines
    Our test boat was equipped with a pair of Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drive engines. Note the clearance between them which makes getting around easy.

    Features Inspection

    Helm Deck

    Upon entering the helm deck the first impression is of spaciousness. A lot of that has to do with the sheer amount of glass giving an uninterrupted view of the outside, but the reality is that there really is a lot of open space here. At the doorway, the headroom is 7’7” (2.31 m) and just a step up to the seating area still offers headroom of 6’8” (2.0 m). This is remarkable in a boat of this size and type.

    A sizable lounger to port

    offers aft facing, forward facing or four across facing the two at the helm. An optional 24" (61 cm) TV ($2,425) is across the cabin and behind the helm. A small cubby runs the length of the settee that not only makes a convenient spot to put stuff but also includes a 12V charger and 110V outlet.

    Formula 45 Yacht four across seating
    Four across seating is to the portside of the helm deck and regardless of the position chosen there’s always a clear sightline to the horizon from the seated position.

    Behind the helm

    is a color coordinated molded wet bar/beverage center with integrated sink, flush Corian countertop, a standard 150V ice maker/refrigerator combo unit, an in-counter trash container, ice chest, a stainless grab rail and a fire extinguisher. Now if the glass enclosure is not chosen as an option ($26,520), then there’s an option for having an electric grill in the cockpit ($3,995). If the glass enclosure is chosen, then the cockpit grill isn’t available, but, the transom mounted grill is ($1,410).

    Formula 45 Yacht wet bar
    The wet bar adds to the entertainment aspect of the 45 Yacht with ample amenities. The empty space can accommodate an electric grill if the glass enclosure is not chosen.

    Aft Cockpit

    This is another gathering venue and one of two exposed to the elements. The glass bulkhead is notched so that it still retains the geometry of the cockpit with its trunk storage just ahead of the seating. A U-shaped seat wraps around a pedestal table – or two tables that fit together to provide more tabletop space, depending on what is needed. Both tabletops and pedestals can be stored in the handy trunk. With short pedestals and filler cushions a sunpad can be created.

    Formula 45 Yacht glass enclosure
    With the geometry of the glass enclosure maintaining the form of the cockpit, Formula was able to keep the trunk storage ahead of the U-shaped seating.
    Formula 45 Yacht sunning
    With the table tops forming a foundation for an insert cushion, a world-class sunning playpen has been created. Note the new extended overhang above.

    Now there are a couple of caveats with this cockpit area. If the glass enclosure is chosen, then there’s only one way into the wraparound seating. There’s just not enough room to slide between the glass wall and the table. Also, the tables need to be removed to access the day hatch to the engine room.

    Formula 45 Yacht table
    With both tables in place there’s limited access to the forward seats between the table and the glass bulkhead. By removing the inboard, asymmetrical table, this problem is solved. (A fold-down leaf might be another solution when full seating is needed.)

    Made for Shade.

    Another important change that Formula made to this latest model year is to redesign the overhead hardtop to accommodate a retractable shade ($10,200) and it makes a huge difference between enjoying a day on the water and enduring one.

    Formula 45 Yacht extendable shade
    It’s easy to see how the overhead was reconfigured to accommodate the optional extendable shade.
    Formula 45 Yacht aft facing seating
    Aft facing seating serves as an excellent place to relax when the 45 Yacht isn’t underway.
    Formula 45 Yacht sun pad
    It also converts to a sun pad in a snap, creating the vessel’s second sun pad in the stern. In fact, both sun pads aft can be installed at once, providing a total sun pad area that will be hard to beat in this size range.

    Bow

    Forward is another gathering area in the form of dual sun pads that convert to chaise lounges with multiple positions for the backrests. They measure 6’8” x 34” (2.0 m x .86 m). The foredeck is protected by rails 24" (61 cm) high.

    Formula 45 Yacht chaise lounges
    Dual chaise lounges at the bow allow for relaxing with a commanding view of the waters ahead. With the two sun pads aft and the bow sunning area the Formula 45 Yacht rivals any boat in class built for the Mediterranean.

    There are Two Ways to Access the Bow.

    One is via the centerline windshield door accessed from molded steps to the side of the helm. The door is held closed with two latches that we’d like to see interconnected, as the lower one is nearly impossible to reach. There is a strategically located ss handrail to aid passage.The second method to reach the bow is via side decks 10.5” (26.7 cm) wide with no shortage of grab handles.

    Formula 45 Yacht access door
    A centerline access door leads to the bow.
    Formula 45 Yacht windlass
    A concealed windlass is included as standard equipment and runs through a roller in the stem for a clean bow deck. We think the ss anchor also looks cool resting in the stem. A secondary benefit is that it keeps mud off the deck.

    Lower decks

    We enter the lower decks through a curved sliding and locking cabin door. Solid wood cabin entry steps have non-skid strips. An L-shaped galley is across from a U-shaped settee and both are augmented with high overheads at 6’11” (2.1 m) off the deck.

    High Style Below.

    Our test boat was fitted with the Ralph Lauren fabric package ($11,200) using saddle Ultraleather lounge upholstery with contrasting Brownstone Ultrasuede lumbar support. The cabinet finish and Corian countertop colors complimented the upholstery schemes. Overhead skylights as well as opening side portlights allow natural light to fill the area and provide ventilation.

    Decking

    is offered in a choice of either Light Cherry or Baltic Birch. The area is kept climate controlled with an 18,000 BTU air conditioning system as standard.

    Galley

    The galley comes finished in a choice of high-gloss Bourbon Cherry, as with our test boat, and Ash or Wenge are offered as alternatives. Corian countertops are used throughout.A 6.8 cu. ft. refrigerator is above a 2.5 cu. ft. freezer, both with stainless facing. A double basin stainless sink is in front of an opening portlight and the swivel faucet has a contemporary styling. A two-burner electric stovetop is under a hinged cover and a micro-switch cuts off power to the stove when in the closed position. Below, a microwave/convection oven rounds out the cooking abilities of the galley.

    Formula 45 Yacht galley
    Blue highlighting casts an elegant look across the galley with its light counter and dark wood cabinetry.
    Formula 45 Yacht stove
    A two-burner stove is recessed into the Corian counter. A trash receptacle is alongside making short work of sweeping things in from the counter.
    Formula 45 Yacht led cabinet
    A blue LED lit cabinet with tempered stemware and tumblers showcases the galley. It’s a corner mounted piece just below the counter and augments the blue LED lighting behind the sink.
    Formula 45 Yacht joinery
    Dovetail joinery is used throughout to assemble all the drawers.

    With all the covers in place, there’s 107” (272 cm) of available counter space for food prep.

    Salon

    The salon is to port and the settee wraps around a pedestal table that lowers to form a berth. The Ralph Lauren interior comes with matching pillows. Two Ultraleather pedestal stools expand the dining area into one that will accommodate more people than is possible with the settee alone.

    Formula 45 Yacht designer package
    The Ralph Lauren designer package includes this Ultraleather settee with Ultrasuede lumbar accent.

    At the forward bulkhead, Formula mounted a 46” flatscreen TV connected to a Bose Lifestyle Surround Sound home theater system with 5 double cubed speakers, a powered subwoofer module, a Blu-Ray DVD player and Wi-Fi connectivity.

    Formula 45 Yacht mounted TV
    The TV is mounted to the forward bulkhead and connected to a home theater system.

    Forward Stateroom

    The owner’s stateroom is forward and is accessed by a pocket door with a full-length mirror on the inside. There is a centerline-mounted berth with a memory foam mattress that includes storage beneath in four dovetailed hardwood drawers. Individual reading lights are above the bed and Formula includes quilted beading, pillow shams, bed linens and two custom woven towel sets.

    Formula 45 Yacht island berth
    An island berth is mounted to the centerline and utilizes a memory foam mattress. Bookshelves are to either side and ventilation comes from both sides and overhead. The blue mood lighting theme is continued here.

    Two cedar lined hanging lockers

    have automatic lighting and one includes an electronic security safe. To the aft bulkhead is a 22” (56 cm) flatscreen with Wi-Fi connectivity, so as with the salon TV, information from the helm displays can be repeated here.This stateroom has both natural ventilation and a 10,000 BTU air conditioning system for climate control.

    The ensuite head

    has a contoured vanity offered in high gloss Bourbon Cherry, Ash, or Wenge finish. A full vanity wall mirror and a padded seat hinges to reveal the head unit itself. Corian countertops give way to the custom sink with wall-mounted faucet. Standing room is provided with 6’2” (1.7 m) overhead clearance.

    Formula 45 Yacht vanity
    Here’s a clever feature: a vanity is created with the ultraleather seat placed over the toilet. A drawer is under the counter just before the full sized mirror.
    Formula 45 Yacht single basin sink
    The single basin sink is fed from a wall-mounted faucet and water mixer handle to the right.

    Head decking

    is Corian and the VacuFlush head is a porcelain style and includes a 78-gallon (295.3 L) holding tank with dockside pump-out.

    The shower is to the opposite side

    of the cabin and this is always a creative way for two people to get ready for a night on the town at the same time. It includes a separate shower compartment with adjustable-height showerhead. There’s a Corian seat, mirrored storage cabinet, towel pars, robe hooks exhaust fan and Corian decking.

    Formula 45 Yacht portlight
    An opening portlight provides ventilation. The seat includes cutouts for soaps and bottle holders – something we rarely see on any yacht.
    Formula 45 Yacht removable shower
    The removable shower wand has an adjustable height mount. Storage is behind the mirror.

    Private Guest Stateroom

    Moving aft, we come to the private guest stateroom that can accommodate either single guests or couples. Twin berths can be combined into one queen with a filler cushion. The usual accommodations for storage are under the berth. A mirrored cedar lined hanging locker incorporates the same automatic lighting that we saw in the master. A 24" (61 cm) flatscreen TV is mounted to the inboard cabinet door that swings open for viewing and accessing the storage behind.

    Formula 45 Yacht twin berths
    Twin berths convert to a queen with the addition of a filler cushion.

    The head compartment

    in the guest stateroom is separated from the sink and vanity, again allowing for two people to use the facilities at the same time. The head compartment includes a shower and porcelain VacuFlush head. Our test boat was fitted with the Bourbon Cherry vanity with Corian countertop. A mirrored storage cabinet and stainless sink with walk mount faucet is also present.

    Formula 45 Yacht separate sink
    The sink is separated from the water closet wet head.

    The ship’s electrical panel is also mounted here

    and frankly it was the last place we looked for it. We’d rather see it in the salon where it can be more easily accessed by all, as opposed to having to interrupt guests just to flip a switch. Regardless, it incorporates separate panels for 120, 240 and 12V systems. It also includes remote starting battery access, a battery parallel switch, generator control and switching and a tank level for the freshwater.

    Options to Consider

    Of course one of the things that Formula prides itself on, other than premium level fit and finish, is the ability to offer choices. And of course when purchasing a yacht on the level of this one there are a myriad to choose from.

    Starting with the exterior

    , standard graphics add design and styling lines to the white hull. It isn’t until we start to add color to the hull itself that the price starts to climb. Adding color in this case adds $11,480 to the $1.143 million base boat and the colors are offered in 11 different choices.

    We Can Forget About Power Options.

    Formula got it right the first time and there’s no need for tweaking. Everyone gets the twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s with joystick functionality.Of course there are a myriad of options for each section of the boat and when we cycle through the list picking and choosing what we would want, of course money is no object, we come away with a well dialed-in yacht that bumped up from the base price of $1,143,560 to $1,396,215. However, Formula has incentives that will knock 20% off that price, bringing our tricked-out 45 Yacht down to $1,117,010.

    Observations

    With the 20% discount the Formula 45 Yacht comes in under one big bean. Add a fair number of options, and she is about $1.1 million. This is a premium level boat with fit-and-finish above most others on the market. As we say, she speaks for herself.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Formula 45 Yacht (2015-) is 35.3 mph (56.8 kph), burning 44.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 166.54 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Formula 45 Yacht (2015-) is 31.2 mph (50.2 kph), and the boat gets 0.8 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.34 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 266 miles (428.09 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    GPS/Chart Standard
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Standard

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Standard
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Galley

    Coffeemaker Standard
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Ice Chest Standard
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Canvas

    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Freezer Standard
    Generator Standard
    Glendinning Cablemaster Standard
    Oil Change System Standard
    Vacuum Standard

    Warranty

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