The twin step
bottom design developed by Formula’s exclusive designer John Adams is intended to improve efficiency by aerating the running surface. The steps also produce tail lift so the boat’s ride is more level compared to a conventional V-bottom. This helps with rough-water handling because the stepped hull will keep more of the boat in the water.
A smart choice for weight savings in a 7,000-lb. (3,175 kg) boat. The standard engines, MerCruiser’s 300-hp 350 MAG ECTs, have a weight-to-power ratio of 3.25 lbs. per horsepower, while the optional engines, the 320-hp 377 MAG ECTs, improve the number to 3.05. If Formula had gone with twin 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECT big-block engines, the ratio would go to 3.28 lbs. per horsepower and these engines would add approximately 550 lbs. (249 kg) to the stern of the boat, which could throw off the balance and increase fuel consumption.
Livorsi Marine Instruments and Controls.
High Performance Mega Series backlit gauges and separate sport-style Livorsi shift and throttle controls with drive trim on the throttle handle.
Mercury stainless-steel propellers are “lab finished” by the company’s racing division to provide maximum efficiency and performance. This is usually something a consumer has to pay for after he buys the boat.
Bennett Trim Tabs.
Race-style twin-ram hydraulic trim tabs come standard on the 292 FASTech. Operators can use them to help keep down the bow in rough water or to balance an uneven load.
Offshore style bolsters have electrically powered drop-out seat bottom cushions to let the captain and co-pilot choose between standing up or sitting with the push of a button. The same goes for the two-step electrically activated footrests forward of the bolsters. Riders can customize their riding position by adjusting these as well.
It’s a small detail, but one that makes a big difference when boarding a performance boat. Most owners have a welcome mat or carpet remnant they put down on the aft bench seat to protect the upholstery. The 292 FASTech has plastic nonskid steps incorporated into the gunwale on each side of the cockpit just aft of the bolsters. The hinged steps open to uncover cup holders and there are storage lockers in each gunwale.
The aft bench
has space for four people and adults can sit up to their shoulders, which provides security when the boat runs in rough conditions. The bottom cushion is hinged and opens to access storage and the battery switches. Aft, the engine hatch is covered in a large sun pad. The swim platform has a ladder beneath a centrally located hatch equipped with a stainless steel rail.
has a full assortment of Livorsi Marine gauges and controls, plus a tilt wheel. The keys are to the port side of the wheel, with the emergency shutoff lanyards to starboard. An angled panel on the starboard side of the helm puts the controls and individual trim switches for the drives and tabs in comfortable reach. To port ahead of the co-pilot’s bolster is a glove box with a USB port and a mirror on the underside of the hatch.
is accessed through a centrally positioned sliding hatch. Aft to port is a small galley with a stainless-steel sink and a 25-quart Igloo cooler. The pumpout head is hidden beneath a removable cushion at the aft end of the V-berth. The longer of two facing lounges is on the starboard side and forward of the ring bulkhead is a V-berth that should accommodate two average sized adults.
Engines and Systems
The press of a button at the helm raises the engine hatch. The twin V-8s are installed with through-bolted racing style mounts. The 292 FASTech comes with an automatic fire suppression system and the batteries are secured in bolted-down racing-style retainers as opposed to plastic boxes. Based on our previous experience with Formulas, routinely maintained items such as trim pumps should be easy to get to.
All Formula FASTechs are built with a pre-engineered grid of stringers, bulkheads and transverse supports. The grid is fabricated out of fiberglass and bonded to the hull with Plexus adhesive and then the grid is filled with foam. Corecell foam is used to strengthen the 292 FASTech’s hullsides and deck. When the hull and deck are joined, Formula uses a two-part process. First, a chemical bond is created with Plexus adhesive and then quarter-inch stainless steel bolts are installed every 18” with steel backing plates.
Power and Performance
We haven’t tested the 292 FASTech, so we don’t have performance numbers, but Formula provided us with some data. With twin 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT Bravo One sterndrives, the boat has a top speed between 62 and 65 mph when turning 4-blade Bravo One propellers, they say. Step up to the twin 320-hp 377 MAG ECT Bravo Ones with the same propellers and the top speed is about 3 mph faster at 5120 rpm. Best cruise with the bigger motors is at 4000 rpm, where the boat runs 49 mph and burns 26 gallons per hour, giving it an estimated range of 165 miles, according to Formula.
Options to Consider and Prices
The Formula 292 FASTech can be referred to as a “gentleman’s performance boat”. She has the high-quality components and comfort-oriented amenities that make a day on the water enjoyable and the performance that comes from a stepped bottom design powered by a pair of V-8 engines. At 29’2” (8.89 m) in LOA with a beam of 8’3” (2.51 m) and dry weight of 7,000 lbs. (3,175 kg), she should still be a good trailerable weight for most full-size half-ton pickup trucks.
Standard and Optional Features
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