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Formula boats on Boat Trader

Formula is a boat builder in the marine industry that offers boats for sale in a variety of sizes on Boat Trader, with the smallest current boat listed at 23 feet in length, to the longest vessel measuring in at 48 feet, and an average length of 34.28 feet. Boat Trader currently has 460 Formula boats for sale, including 42 new vessels and 418 used boats listed by both individual owners and professional boat and yacht dealers mainly in United States. The oldest model listed is a classic boat built in 1971 and the newest model year was built in 2022.

How much do Formula boats cost?

Formula boats for sale on Boat Trader are listed for an assortment of prices, valued from $12,440 on the lower-priced models all the way up to $906,000 for the most luxury model vessels. Higher performance models now listed have motors up to 1,600 horsepower, while more economic more functional models may have as little as 258 horsepower engines (although the average motor size is 750 HP).

What kind of boats does Formula build?

Of the boats listed, Formula offers familiar boat hull types and designs including deep vee, modified vee, displacement, planing and other. These vessels are usually considered suitable for popular boating on-the-water activities like overnight cruising, day cruising, watersports and saltwater fishing. The boats available here currently from this builder come with inboard/outboard, inboard, outboard, outboard-4S and other propulsion systems, available in gas, diesel, electric and other fuel systems.

Why are Formula boats popular?

Formula is popular for their Cruisers, Bowrider, Express Cruiser, High Performance and Cuddy Cabin among other classes and models. Overall these available boats have a medium-depth draft and wide beam, attributes that make them well-suited for overnight cruising, day cruising, watersports and saltwater fishing. Given their classic, crowd-pleasing status as a popular, established boat brand, used Formula boats in good condition often make sensible candidates for boat repowering projects.

What is the best Formula model?

Some of the most iconic Formula models currently include: 350 Crossover Bowrider, 34 PC, 40 PC, 31 PC and 350 Sun Sport.

Sours: https://www.boattrader.com/boats/make-formula/

Formula Launches Largest Model Ever: 500 Super Sport Crossover

By: Scott Way

Formula 500 SSC - In October, we interviewed Scott Smith at Formulawho hinted that something "big" was coming. In the bustle of our conversation, we took that to mean the gravity of a pending announcement, not necessarily the size of a boat. His words were, "I can’t go into details, but I can tell you we’ve got a big product coming out this year that will be memorable. It’s not specifically tied to the 65th anniversary, but that’s all I can say for now."

We were wrong, but happily so. Today Formula unveiled their largest model ever-- the all-new 2021 500 Super Sport Crossover. In the company's press release, the 500 SSC reads as exactly what one would expect from a flagship Formula boat: "The 50-foot SSC pushes our expression of the Crossover Bowrider concept to its ultimate, and we truly feel it will have no rival in its class, with a full-width, single level cockpit with enclosed coupe-top forward cockpit, full bow with our feature portside walk-thru and an expansive aft cockpit with bar, two lounges and immense swim platform—oh, and the fully-appointed cabin with large galley, complete head, lounge and stateroom with sofa—the 500 Super Sport Crossover is made to impress. Outboard power will propel the twin-step FAS3Tech hull, and we are confident it will live up to its Formula performance heritage."

With all that good news packed into a few sentences, we reached out to Scott to get the lowdown on the new flagship model. It should come as no surprise that Formula is continuing to take bold steps, especially when backed by a well-earned reputation for innovation. According to Scott, “(e)veryone here at Formula is excited to let the world know what we’ve been planning, designing and developing for the past couple of years or so: our all new 500 Super Sport Crossover! We are all very proud to have a new flagship for our brand, especially with the 500 bringing all the elements of our very successful Crossover line together in our largest model to date. There is no other 50-footer on the market quite like it, with a complete, one-level, bow-to-stern deck with a full cabin, including stand-up head, galley, and separate aft cabin with lounge. We are sure your readers will be impressed once they see the layout and read the release, and they can learn more at formulaboats.com!”

In recent years, the SSC lineup has served as a tidal shift for Formula compared to their previous stylings, but the performance-driven hybrids with stately amenities have become a boon for the legendary business. There has also been a gradual shift towards bigger sizes, too, with recent additions including the 380, 400 and 430 SSC, now also available with outboard power. It would seem obvious that the next step would be to go even larger, and while we missed the hint, Formula has crafted an impressively large vessel.

Let's take a closer look at the 500 SSC.

Formula's largest boat is the vision of designer John Adams and carries a 50' length to the transom and a 54'4'' LOA. She boasts a 14'6'' beam, and to the delight of veteran Formula enthusiasts everywhere, is moulded with a 19° deep-V hull with FAS3 TECH® multi-step design and molded structural grid. As one should expect, there's no shortage of power either. The 500 SSC comes standard with quintuple Mercury 400 Verados or optional quintuple Mercury Racing 400R's or 450 R's, creating total available horsepower between 2000 and 2250 hp.

The 500 SSC also brings clever engineering to the layout, most notably the SmartZone™ concept that seamlessly intertwines 5 distinct regions of the boat -- the helm, hardtop salon, bow, open aft lounge, and swim platform. All told, the concept creates over 40 linear feet of uninterrupted cockpit space. As an enclosed coupe, the interior carries triple command seating, an L-shaped midships dining lounge, a U-shaped galley, an entertainment bar, and dual aft lounge areas. The swim platform is itself its own entertainment area with 71 square feet of floorspace aided by side extensions. The platform also offers waterproof stereo control and 4 JL Audio speakers with a 200 watt subwoofer.

Below is the main level floorplan with galley and lounge options:

The helm is an obvious magnet for any mariner. Dual Raymarine Axiom XL 24" widescreem color chartplotters are front and center, as well as standard 48" Raymarine open-array rader, a FLIR M332 thermal camera, and Mercury® DTS with SmartCraft VesselViewTM with intuitive waterproof switches. To further add to the captaincy experience, there is a dash-mounted Rockford Fosgate® AM/FM stereo system with Bluetooth® and USB port that delivers music through 16 JL

Audio® multi-color LED lighted chrome-finished speakers. All told, the speaker system brings 800 watts of amplification complimented by four LED-lit 200W subwoofers placed throughout the boat. There is also a stereo remote control, air conditioning control, and LaunchPort inductive charging system for the Formula-provided iPad. The tablet itself supplies digital switching controls for all lighting and air conditioning, as well as chartplotter and engine information.

Other perks at midships include a full-width motorized glass sunroof with a fixed aft moonroof, and a mid-salon 18,000 BTU air conditioner added to the helm. The main salon also hosts a 32” LED/LCD Smart HDTV with soundbar, Blu-ray™ player and multi-color LED accent lighting throughout. The side galley conceals a power lift 65" TV with Bose soundbar. The U-shaped kitchen packs a stainless steel Vitrifigo pullout fridge, two-burner range, convection microwave, and a standard 240V electric grill. The galley is complimented by an Ultrealeather L-shaped raised salon nook to port with a fold-out Corian® dining table and two tip-out barstools, a Vitrifrigo ice maker, a lockable beverage center with three-tier storage and an adjustable bottle keeper, assorted stemware and glassware, and a blender. There is also an optional 26-bottle dual-zone wine cooler.

Moving forward, guests can access the bow lounge through Formula's unique slide-open windshield and glass wind door with Corian frame. Up front they'll find a forward-facing triple-wide lounge that transitions to full-length starboard-side seating by sweeping across the bow until it arcs to port. Two electrically actuated tables with filler cushions create dining and sunning options, and two pop-up LED accent lights can extend social gatherings into the evening hours. The portside bow also carries a waterproof stereo control for 4 JL Audio speakers with a subwoofer and accent lighting.

Below deck, guests will be comfortable with a fully molded cabin liner with woodgrain-finish flooring and 6’7” of headroom. A fully appointed lower kitchen with dining lounge includes an overhead microwave, large pullout Isotherm stainless steel refrigerator, a stainless steel sink with Elka® swivel spout and removable cover,and a Keurig® coffee maker. The lounge is also a convertible dinette/sleeping berth, with guests having access to wireless phone chargers, pop-up 120V outlets, a dual USB charging port, stereo volume control, an iPad LaunchPort inductive charging system, and a 32” LED/LCD Smart HDTV with soundbar and Blu-ray player. The aft stateroom offers a queen-size bed and lounge divan, a private stand-up head compartment, and premium AV entertainment.

Below is the full below deck floorplan with cabin layouts:

Availability on the new 500 SSC is still pending, but we will publish updates as they become available. For Decatur, Indiana's Formula it will undoubtedly be a busy year, as not only is 2021 the company 65th anniversary but the recent addition of the 500 SSC will see one of boating's most legendary companies continue to grow in size.

For a more comprehensive breakdown you can read the full release below:

DECATUR, IN—The Crossover Bowrider revolution, pioneered and perfected by the team at Formula, continues to push perceived boundaries with the debut of their newest flagship: the 500 Super Sport Crossover! Adding to the Crossover

brand with open bow and cabin elements that spring from their unparalleled Crossover Bowrider, then incorporating the nimble versatility of a flush cockpit center console, this unprecedented Formula is the logical product of the Crossover legacy, with entertaining space and amenities unheard of in its class. Years in design and execution, this incredible fusion of art, performance, amenities and layout pushes the Crossover concept to its ultimate expression. At 53’ 4” length

overall, 50’ LOA to transom, and a 14’ 6” beam, the 500 attains Formula SSC flagship status as it is introduced in February 2021. The 500 is Formula Exclusive Designer John Adams’ latest iteration of offshore boating enthusiast desires, born to impress. With over 40 linear feet of cockpit space flowing uninterrupted on one continuous level, the 500 expands the

SmartZoneTM concept, fully optimizing the space with a signature side console helm, creating separate areas that foster a variety of activities and boating preferences while encouraging authentic connections among your guests. Which Zone suits you? Helm, hardtop salon, bow, open aft lounges, swim platform?

Virtually every boater’s preference is satisfied in the 500 SSC cockpit, from up- front exhilaration in the expansive bow to the enclosed coupe with triple command seating, to the L-shaped midship dining lounge, U-shaped galley, entertainment

bar and dual lounge areas aft. The 500 SSC is a true evolution and culmination of

the Formula SmartZone concept. Add to that cabin accommodations – unconstrained by deck walkways or walkarounds – which offer surprising amenities previously encountered only in closed bow vessels, including a convertible dinette/sleeping berth, aft stateroom with queen-size bed and lounge divan, private stand-up head compartment, full galley and premium AV entertainment. Let your imagination soar as your crew escapes to the freedom of open water without the confines of a traditional, narrowly defined vessel. The side console helm maximizes Formula’s offshore heritage with triple command seating that is chiseled for support, yet expertly formed for ultimate comfort. Each seat bottom adjusts for options to sit, stand or rest on the upright seat, affording your team confident command for varying seas and activities. The sturdy

composite dash features dual Raymarine Axiom XL 24 widescreen color chartplotters with standard 48” Raymarine open-array radar and FLIR M332 thermal camera, Mercury® DTS with SmartCraft VesselViewTM and intuitive waterproof switches logically arrayed in Liquid Black panels with bold, metallic accents. The 500 SSC also features impressive digital switching with a helm-mounted, dedicated Raymarine Axiom+ 12” display and wireless iPadTM control with subscription-ready cellular remote control, putting mobile command at your fingertips. Quintuple Mercury 400 Verado Outboard motors, with upgrade to Quint Mercury Racing 400R’s or 450R’s, respond instantly to your control with electronic shift and throttle, Mercury® Joystick Piloting and choice of impressive leather-wrapped, polished stainless tilt steering wheel. Powered adjustable-height footrests further customize the fit, while the standard 30,000 BTU reverse cycle cockpit air conditioner with strategically placed vents incorporated into the helm and seat backs takes this command to an entirely new level. The dash-mounted Rockford Fosgate® AM/FM stereo system with Bluetooth® and USB port delivers music through 16 JL

Audio® multi-color LED lighted chrome-finished speakers in the cockpit with 800W amplification and four lighted 200W subwoofers throughout. The exacting proportions at the dash are accented by an upholstered eyebrow, introducing an upscale sophistication to the helm console zone. A lockable dash storage compartment and padded mobile device station safeguard your personal electronics and valuables as you enjoy the day. Heading toward open horizons or hugging the coast, the ride is fast-paced, yet solid and secure as you pamper your guests with Formula performance and luxury. Sumptuously contoured cockpit seating with crisp, precision stitching speaks volumes in styling expertise. The 500’s SmartZone design optimizes every square inch of your living space, the key to uninterrupted entertainment possibilities in the cockpit. Seven distinct seating areas bow to aft offer ever-changing perspectives for perpetual sharing and discovery.

The spacious salon is fully enclosed with the beautifully sculpted fiberglass hardtop. The full-width motorized glass sunroof with fixed moonroof aft, fully accented with dramatic multi-color LED lighting, opens to the sky, creating priceless encounters under the stars. While closed, a mid-salon 18,000 BTU air conditioner added to the helm 30,000 BTU unit keeps your guests cool in total 48,000 BTU comfort. Enjoy the panoramic view at the Ultraleather L-shaped raised salon nook to port with fold-out Corian® dining table and two tip-out barstools. Flanked by a Vitrifrigo ice maker below and lockable beverage center aft featuring three-tier storage with adjustable bottle keeper and assorted tempered stemware and glassware plus blender or optional 26-bottle dual-zone wine cooler, the best entertaining and conversation begin here. The

concealed power lift 65” television with Bose soundbar raises from the starboard side galley counter, an easy view for all. The full-width motorized glass bulkhead system allows you to choose your degree of salon zone separation from partial to full closure. With the sliding glass door panels to port and bar-integrated power down window to starboard, you can choose the reach of entertainment as you engage between the salon and aft cockpit. Venturing aft, the portside U-shaped lounge with stationary Corian table features four stainless cupholders and center pop-up LED accent light, or choose the powered, adjustable-height cockpit table, which lowers for sunning with a filler cushion or powers into the floor for open cockpit options.

To starboard, the L-shaped lounge with 54-gallon cooler below, complete with refrigerator/freezer coils, offers a quiet respite or extended bar entertainment possibilities. When sun protection is preferred, the standard SureShade extends aft from the coupe top at the touch of a button. Indeed, the entire aft cockpit centers on versatility, yet remains ready to connect – comfortable conversations or private retreats are equally valued. Whether it’s gathering for al fresco lunch, basking in the sun or enjoying a soothing sunset cruise, the 500 is ready for the next on-water activity you and your guests may choose. Let your culinary passions delight your guests at the chef-inspired U-shaped kitchen, which

features an expansive bi-level Corian countertop in a layout created for efficiency and enjoyment. The focus is entertainment-ready equipment, all within easy reach. Creations are effortless with the high-capacity dual-drawer stainless Vitrifigo pullout fridge, two-burner range and convection microwave. Plentiful storage plus two counter levels allow ease for onboard or catered presentations. Directly aft, the stainless sink with cover and design-inspired faucet centers the station flanked by a full bank of hardwood dovetailed drawers, perceptively designed to protect your cooking tools from the elements, keeping them in your favored intuitive location. A dedicated trash container and paper towel holder ensure a shipshape space. The entertainment bar with elevated Corian countertop and two upholstered barstools draws in the

fun while at anchor, adrift or at the dock. The standard 240V electric grill is perfectly positioned in the aft cockpit, offering a separate zone for the creative outdoor chef. When you prefer a closer connection with your on-water experience, head aft through the sliding glass transom door to the spacious, rear-facing portside lounge which converts easily into a

large two-position sun lounge. A starboard utility locker keeps four fenders safely stowed, yet conveniently at the ready. Heading to the reef for an afternoon adventure? The 500’s SmartZone design means easy water access off the roomy, extended swim platform with dual fold-down side entrance ladders. There is no need for imposing hullside entries that limit your seating capabilities or force your crew to move aside. Quite the opposite, the 500 swim platform with side extensions is a zone in itself, with 71 square feet of room, so swimmers can rinse off, towel and transition effortlessly to the cockpit living space without thought or inconvenience to anyone aboard. The platform’s waterproof stereo control with four powerful JL Audio speakers and 200 watt subwoofer extend your entertainment capabilities aft. The upholstered sport

station with six stainless drink holders, available SEABOB F5S and SUP racks make the 500 the central spot at the cove. When you prefer an open vista, the 500 offers a seamless transition forward with the flush cockpit sole leading all the way to the bow through Formula’s unique, slide-open windshield and glass wind door with Corian frame. Wraparound seating offers multiple views and keeps your guests engaged. The forward-facing triple-wide lounge transitions to full-length

starboard-side seating that sweeps widely across the forward bow and even arcs to port, maximizing your space and seating choices. Twin fold-up armrests give sure support at the forward-facing lounge. Two electrically actuated tables with filler cushions increase your dining and sunning possibilities, while two pop-up LED accent lights forward extend gatherings well into the evening. A waterproof stereo control at the portside bow plus four speakers and a subwoofer give mode and volume selection to match the mood up front. When shade is preferred, the bow sun shade with stainless supports is a welcome standard feature.

Designated storage for the sun shade, seating covers and filler cushions is a Formula hallmark. The 500 SSC brings choice to a new level. 26 drink holders throughout the bow and cockpit offer plenty of places for your guests to enjoy refreshments throughout the day. And, as you head out on each new journey, easy-access storage offers dedicated placement for your

boating gear and personal belongings. From underseat storage throughout to roomy gear lockers and points in between, 11 different molded fiberglass tubs and lockers, along with tough, gelcoat-finished equipment holds, make your experience safe, seamless and easy. Dual USB charging ports are conveniently located throughout, and at the end of the day, multi-color LED accent lighting in every zone adds a heightened awareness while soothing the soul. Underwater LED multicolor lights are standard to add distinctive style and appeal. The 'Sound-to-Light' with Wi-Fi control features full spectrum color choices that seamlessly sync to your music, creating a multi-sensory underwater light show. The 500 cabin provides a completely residential experience through the creative, hull-to-hull, wall-to-wall utilization of space only Formula’s unique Crossover layout affords. Enter with ease through the sliding door at the helm. Solid Corian steps lead down to a fully molded cabin liner with woodgrain-finish flooring and 6’ 7” headroom. The environment is yours to control, with spacious, opening windows, motorized blind system, tinted skylight and forward window with electronic privacy smart glass, 16,000 BTU air conditioning with UV purifier and multi-color LED accent lighting. A fully appointed lower kitchen, dining lounge, enclosed head and well- appointed aft stateroom with a full sofa lounge offer the upscale accommodations of a closed bow cruiser.

The U-shaped Ultraleather lounge forward is deep and spacious, accommodating friends for dinner or light-hearted entertainment at the Corian table that hinges up to reveal drink holders and lowers for sleeping at the flip of a switch. Berth legroom is easily revealed by raising the forward backrest. Storage is abundant at the backrests and under the lounge, and a dual USB charging port is conveniently located nearby.

The portside lower kitchen is beautifully presented in your choice of design-inspired open grain or high-gloss woodgrain finishes, rich Corian countertop, multi-colored LED lighted Corian wall accent and brushed metallic architectural features. Culinary conveniences include a spacious stainless sink with premium Elka® swivel spout and removable cover, overhead microwave, large pullout Isotherm stainless steel refrigerator, Keurig® coffee maker and concealed trash

container. A full bank of hardwood dovetailed drawers and dedicated wine storage, spacious concealed cupboard space overhead plus a unique hideaway counter storage compartment keep it all in place. A beautifully presented multi-color LED lighted cabinet showcase, complete with tempered stemware and tumblers, makes entertaining an absolute delight. Also to port is the electronics pylon with Rockford Fosgate stereo remote control, air conditioning control and a LaunchPort inductive charging system for the Formula-provided iPad. Digital switching controls all lighting and air conditioning as well as relays chartplotter and engine information. A separate app puts the stereo control in your hands with four cabin speakers that bring pure audio clarity while dramatic lighting acts as a powerful design element throughout. The 32” LED/LCD Smart

HDTV with soundbar, Blu-rayTM player and multi-color LED accent lighting is perfectly positioned to entertain your guests. To starboard, the seven-position wine cooler brings a toast to the end of the day. Storage is cleverly optimized at the stairway pylon, including a dedicated space for the Dyson V11 vacuum with charging station. A roomy cedar-lined hanging locker at the entryway keeps your guests’ belongings convenient and secure. The spacious head with separate shower is a pampering oasis, blending calming lines and lighting with care-inspired features, including a vanity with Corian countertop, custom-molded vessel sink with wall-mounted faucet, high-gloss woodgrain-finish lower cabinet and large mirrored upper cabinet, and Vacuflush® head unit. The separate shower brings relaxation with both rain and wand dual shower heads, Corian seat, intuitive toiletry keeper, four swimsuit/towel hooks with plush woven towels and tempered glass shower door.

The aft cabin stateroom is a private retreat featuring a permanent queen-size bed with Aerus memory foam mattress, so there is no need to fix up a lounge for primary sleeping. The bed offers a quiet respite with an upholstered headboard with individual reading lights, quilted coverlet and pillow shams, plush throw and bed linens, plus deep side storage with shelf,

wireless phone charger and dual USB charging port. The Ultraleather stateroom sofa is a welcoming space to reflect and reset. Flanked by dual side consoles that pair secure storage with technology answers, it is the perfect base for so many activities, from focusing efforts remotely to sharing satisfaction over a glass of wine. Two additional wireless phone chargers, pop-up 120V outlets, a dual USB charging port, stereo volume control, iPad LaunchPort inductive charging system and 32” LED/LCD Smart HDTV with soundbar and Blu-ray player complete the stateroom/office suite amenities. The 500 SSC 19° deep-V hull with FAS3 TECH® multi-step design and molded structural grid delivers the swift, stable Formula performance that is respected worldwide. Your horizons are limitless in your 500 SSC! Go offshore without compromise, in a vessel that so smartly balances purpose with pleasure, where every feature is on target for your needs. This is the player to

define the 50-foot Crossover class – the Formula 500 Super Sport Crossover.


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Brief Summary

The Formula 500 SSC combines an open bow and deck layout with a full cabin to create an inviting day boat with overnighting capabilities and offshore cruising. She is powered by quadruple Mercury V12 7.6L Verado 600-hp outboards and is essentially a watersports-oriented express cruiser.

Test Results



Length Overall 53'4"
16.26 m
Beam 14'6"
4.42 m
Dry Weight 43,400 lbs.
19,685.9 kg
Tested Weight 48,370 lbs.
21,940.26 kg
Draft 51"
129.54 cm
Deadrise/Transom 19°
Max Headroom 6'7"
2.01 m
Bridge Clearance 19'5"
5.92 m
Fuel Capacity 650 gallons
2,460 L
Water Capacity 100 gallons
380 L
Total Weight 48,370 lbs.
21,940.26 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 6.6 seconds
0 to 30 10.4 seconds
Props 33p
Load 3 persons; 2/3 fuel; full water; 50 lbs. gear
Climate 78 deg.; 65 humid.; winds: 5-10; seas: 0

Engine Options

Tested Engine 4 x Mercury 600-hp 7.6L V12 Verado
Std. Power 4 x Mercury 600-hp 7.6L V12 Verado

Captain's Report

Formula 500 SSC

Report by Eric Colby

Brief Summary

Formula Boats is expanding the boundaries of the crossover bowrider with the debut of the company's flagship, the 500 Super Sport Crossover. She combines an open bow and deck layout with a full cabin to create an inviting day boat with overnighting capabilities and offshore cruising. She is powered by quadruple Mercury V12 7.6L Verado 600-hp outboards and is essentially a watersports-oriented express cruiser. With a highly polished painted hull, she will be immediately recognized wherever she goes.

Mission Statement

The Formula 500 SSC is intended for owners who want to take off to the islands or other inviting destinations for fishing, scuba diving, swimming, or to use water toys, but who also want a boat large enough for entertaining friends and family as a day boat.  By including a master cabin below and an elegant U-shaped banquette forward, and a galley and large head, she can also serve as a cruiser for extended adventures.  Her hull, construction and amenities mean that she is a four-season yacht that can go anywhere where fuel is available.


The Formula 500 Super Sport Crossover was designed by John Adams to be the next evolution in the SSC series. She has more than 40 (12.19 m) linear feet of cockpit space that flows on a single level from the swim platform to the bow seating area. Formula’s SmartZone concept optimizes the space with a helm console to starboard and separate areas that offer passengers the choice of traveling under the hardtop or in open air. Belowdecks she has 6’7” (2.0 m) of headroom, sleeping accommodations for four, a private standup head and a partial galley.

Formula 500 SSC Major Features

  • Quadruple Mercury V12 7.6L Verado 600-hp outboards 
  • Mercury Joystick Piloting
  • Seakeeper 9 gyro stabilization
  • 64,000 BTU reverse-cycle air conditioning
  • 16 kW diesel generator with sound shield
  • Raw-water sea chest manifold system
  • 65” (165.1 cm) retractable TV w/Bose soundbar
  • Triple forward-facing bow seating area
  • Motorized SureShade aft and sun awning forward
  • Powered sun window shades on both decks
  • 4 full-spectrum underwater lights
  • Glendinning motorize 50 amp cord reel
  • Galleys on both decks with a grill aft
  • Stern all-sports launching platform

Formula 500 SSC Features Inspection

The Stern

One of the signature elements of the SSC series is the large full-beam swim platform that offers easy boarding. There are boarding ladders in lockers on each side. On the transom to port is an aft-facing lounge that converts to a doublewide sunpad, while to starboard, a utility locker has dedicated space for four fenders plus connections for shorepower and cable and a transom shower and city-water inlet.

Formula 500 SSC

There's a Gaggenau electric grilland a pop-up LED light just ahead. For entertainment, there’s a waterproof stereo control, four JL Audio speakers and a 200-watt subwoofer. The upholstered sport station just ahead of the outboards has six stainless-steel cupholders and can be upgraded with available racks for Seabob F5s or stand-up paddleboards.

The Cockpit

A gated central passageway makes it easy to head forward into the aft cockpit. It’s in line with the entry to the salon to make it easy to move about the 500 SSC. To port is a horseshoe-shaped lounge around a stationary Corian table that has four stainless-steel beverage holders and a center popup LED accent light. An optional power-adjustable table lowers and fills in with a cushion or drops all the way into the deck.

To starboard is an L-shaped loungewith a 54-gallon (204.41-L) cooler in the base. It’s equipped with cooling coils so there’s no need to add ice. Just ahead, two stools provide additional seating at the Corian cockpit bar. Overhead, a standard SureShade ATF retractable awning extends aft from the hardtop with the push of a button.

Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC

The Main-Deck Cabin

A full-width power-retractable glass bulkhead system allows the boat’s cabin to be opened up, coupe-style, or to be closed to the weather. This gives the 500 SSC year-round cruising capability thanks to the 18,000 BTU reverse-cycle air conditioning system in the mid-salon and the 30,000 BTU system at the helm.

To port are a raised L-shapedraised lounge finished in Ultraleather upholstery and a Corian dining table that has two clever fold-out stools to add to the capacity without restricting the flow for passage. To starboard, the salon galley is U-shaped and has a stainless-steel sink, a Vitrifrigo All-In-One dual drawer refrigerator/freezer, a Samsung PowerGrill Duo convection-microwave oven, six hardwood dovetailed drawers and storage.

Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC

The Helm

On the leading edge of the galley is a digital switching display. There’s an identical Raymarine Axiom+ 12 display and wireless iPad that controls the system at the helm. Triple command seats have individually adjustable seat bottoms so the driver and two companions can customize their riding positions. Power-adjustable-height footrests enhance customization. Air conditioning vents in the helm seat backs keep everyone cool and double as windshield defoggers.

The composite dash is equipped with two Raymarine Axiom XL 24 widescreen color chartplotters with standard 48” (121.92cm) Raymarine open-array radar and FLIR M332 thermal camera, Joystick Piloting System, SmarCraft Vessel View, Bennett trim tab controls and waterproof accessory switches. To starboard are new digital controls with individual trim on the front, collective trim on the side, individual start stop buttons on the back and single start-stop on the side and a digital screen. The ignition switches and theft deterrent system are hidden behind a hinged panel in the dash.

The Rockford-Fosgate stereowith Bluetooth and USB port pumps out the tunes through 16 JL Audio multi-color LED lighted chrome-finished speakers in the cockpit with 800 watts of amplification and four lighted 200-watt subwoofers. Overhead, the Taylor Made glass sunroof has Poseidon retractable sunshades.

Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC

The Bow

To port, the unique Formula slide-open windshield and clear acrylic air dam provide easy passage to the bow. Three lounges with forward-facing backrest extend across the front of the helm console and backrests wrap all the way around so passengers can pick their most comfortable perch. Fold-up armrests for the forward-facing lounge enhance security and two electrically actuated tables with filler cushions can be lowered to turn the area into a protected sunpad or playpen area.

A bow sunshade erects on stainless-steel supports to provide protection from UV rays. Pop-up LED lights keep the fun going when the sun sets. There’s dedicated storage for the shade, seat covers and filler cushions. On the foredeck, the 500 SSC is equipped with a concealed windlass, with a digital counter for the 250’ (76.2m) rode and a polished steel anchor. There’s also a freshwater washdown system for the anchor.Covers come standard for all outside upholstery.

Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC

Formula 500 SSC Performance

The Numbers. The Formula 500 SSC has an overall length of 53’4” (16.25 m), a beam of 14’6” (4.41 m) and she draws 51” (129.54 cm). She has an empty weight of 43,300 lbs. (19,685 kg) and with 98% fuel and three people on board we had an estimated test weight of 48,370 lbs. (21,940 kg).

With the four 600-hp Mercury V12 Verados turning 33” (83.82 cm) pitch prop sets, we hit a top speed of 66.4 mph at 6400 rpm. Best cruise came at 5000 rpm where we recorded 50 mph and 117.5 gph, which translated to .4 mph and a range of 249 miles with 10 percent of the boat’s 650-gallon (2,460-liter) fuel capacity. Because of the two-speed transmission in the V12 Verados, when we accelerated from 4000 to 4500 rpm, the fuel burn drops from 114 gph to 106 gph. Equally remarkable is that the 500 SSC stays on plane down to 18.3 mph. She accelerated to 20 mph in 5.8 seconds, planed in 6.6 seconds and hit 30 mph in 10.4 seconds and we passed through 40 in 14.6 seconds.

New Technology. Two of the most important technological advancements on the V12 Verado are the two-speed transmission and that only the lower units articulate when the steering wheel is turned. The latter allows the engines to be mounted only 4” apart and gives the lower units move 45 degrees in each direction, which is more than conventional outboards. We were impressed by how quiet the ride was at the helm. Running at 40 mph and 4200 rpm, we recorded only 73 decibels, which is basically conversation level. When we put the 500 ASC into a hard turn at 50 mph, she came around 180 degrees in 25 seconds and, thanks to the counter-rotating prop sets, there was no ventilation. Regarding the two-speed transmission in the outboards, we never felt the shifting take place. It provides more torque in the beginning and then the boat planes and shifts to second gear, improving efficiency and economy. When we shifted in and out of gear, we felt and heard nothing. To give an idea of how precise the 500 SSC’s handling felt around the docks with 2,400 hp and 28 propeller blades, our test boat didn’t even have a bow thruster.

Formula also smartly rigged the engines with the outboard engines fed by one fuel tank and the two inboard outboards are fed by the other one. If one tank gets contaminated, two of the engines can still be used to get home and they won’t just be running on one side.

Storage and Systems

The 500 SSC is equipped with 26 beverage holders plus easy-access storage for carry-on gear underneath the seats and in lockers positioned throughout the boat. There are 11 molded and gel-coated fiberglass compartments finished plus a Yeti Tundra 35 cooler on a pull-out drawer.

Dual USB charging stationsare also conveniently located in all the gathering areas. For entertainment, there are underwater LED multicolor lights and a Sound-to-Light with Wi-Fi control that features full-spectrum color choices that sync to the music.

Battery poweris provided by five engine-start and three auxiliary marine units.

A 16-kW diesel generatorhas its own battery and a separate 50-gal. (189 L) fuel tank. This is an important safety installation. 

A Seakeeper 9 gyro stabilizer comes standard.

Systems Access Beneath a service hatch in the deck, there’s an enormous lazarette-style compartment stern are the engine start batteries. In the center is a large sea chest. Water heater and house batteries are to port. Between the two fuel tanks is the Seakeeper 9 gyrostabilizer and ahead of that is a 16 kW generator. There's a Dometic compressor for the undersea chiller above along with the Glendinning cord reel.

Formula 500 SSC Accommodations

Going Below

A sliding hatch adjacent to the helm provides entry to the 500 SSC’s cabin. Solid Corian steps lead down to a fully molded cabin liner with woodgrain-finish decking and 6’7” (2 m) of headroom. Opening windows, a motorized blind system, tinted skylight and forward window with privacy glass let a user control the amount of light that enters the area. Similarly, 16,000 BTU air conditioning with a UV purifier provides control of the climate. The main distribution panel and an iPad charging station are easily accessed.

Dining Banquette

Forward, an Ultraleather lounge wraps around a table that can be lowered with the push of a button to fill in, creating a berth. As we’ve seen on other Formula models, sleeping legroom is improved by raising the forward backrest.

Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC

The Aft Cabin

Formula calls the 500 SSC’s aft cabin a “private retreat.” It has a memory foam Aerus queen berth with an upholstered headboard with individual reading lights and side storage with a shelf, a wireless phone charger and dual USB charging ports.

Across from the berth to starboard, the Ultraleather sofa provides a place to just sit and relax. It’s flanked by consoles that have storage, wireless phone chargers, pop-up 120-volt outlets, dual USB charging ports, stereo volume control, an iPad LaunchPort inductive charging system and 32” LED/LCD Smart TV with a soundbar and Blu-ray player.

Formula 500 SSC
Formula 500 SSC

The Lower Cabin Galley

The cabin galley can be finished in an open-grain or high-gloss. It has a lighted backsplash panel, full Corian countertop, a stainless-steel sink with a Corian cover, a stainless-steel Isotherm pull-out refrigerator, a microwave oven, a Keurig coffee maker and a concealed trash container. The nearby electronics tower has a remote for the stereo, climate control, switches to adjust the table height and a LaunchPort inductive iPad charging system.

Digital switching controlsall lighting and air conditioning and relays chartplotter and engine data. A separate app controls the stereo’s four cabin speakers, while the 32” LED/LCD Smart TV has a soundbar and Blu-Ray. A seven-spot wine chiller is to starboard. Storage includes a dedicated compartment for the Dyson V11 vacuum cleaner and a cedar-lined hanging locker.

Formula 500 SSC

The Head

At the bottom of the cabin stairs to starboard is the door to the private head. It has a vanity with a Corian countertop, a vessel sink and large mirrored upper cabinet. The toilet is a Vacuflush and the separate shower has rain-style and wand heads behind the tempered glass door.

Formula 500 SSC

Power Choices

The 500 SSC comes standard with quadruple Mercury 600-hp V12 Verado outboards. The boat has Formula’s FAS3Tech multi-step bottom design and she’s built with the company’s proven one-piece stringer and bulkhead grid that’s chemically bonded and fiberglassed in place. Small, egg-crate-type stiffening is glassed into the bottom of the boat creating remarkable hull strength. The hull and deck are also chemically bonded before the joint is thru-bolted and protected by a PVC rubrail with a stainless-steel insert.

Paint, Not Gelcoat

Formula uses the best gelcoat material on the market, but even it is subject to oxidation with time. A conscientious program of compounding and buffing can keep it bright for years. Painted graphics come standard. But – our recommendation is: take up Formula’s optional offer of Axalta Chroma Premier polyurethane basecoat that’s protected by an Imron Elite clearcoat. The finish outlasts gelcoat and doesn’t need to buffed as often to maintain its luster. It also creates the best-looking exterior finish in the industry, in our opinion. 

Formula’s Flexplan also lets an owner take customization to the next level by letting a buyer come to the factory and select everything from interior fabric colors to pillow styles. In addition, Formula offers a “Your Way”

Formula 500 SSC

Options Worth Considering (not mentioned in the report)

  • Carbon-fiber gangway w/rails and mounts
  • TracPhone LTE-1 WiFi hotspot (requires KVH service)
  • Mercury Premium Theft Deterrent System (requires Mercury service)
  • Color-coordinated outboard cowl accents


Huge center console crossover boats have been all the rage the last few years, but when it comes to passenger comfort, versatility, and utility they are limited because of the center console design concept, which tends to keep people in a narrow area on the centerline. Formula has attacked the same market with a large boat that is far more comfortable and guest and owner-friendly. It uses the whole boat right out to her 14’6” beam. The result is three dinette lounges outside, inside and below – a moveable feast for all occasions and climates.

First, she has a large cabin with an extended sunshade so guests are out of the sun if wanted, or in it if desired.  When it rains, or there is a chill in the air, the on-deck cabin keeps everyone cozy. On hot, humid tropical days open her up and enjoy the heat, or turn on the AC, and chill.  Putting a queen bed in what is essentially a huge day boat is brilliant because it turns this vessel into an express cruiser in the crossover space.  Because of her tasteful, enduring lines, she will be at home in stodgy Maine, or as avant-garde as they come on the French Riviera.

She is, perhaps more than anything, practical. We can’t think of anything we’d like to do on a boat that can’t be done on the new Formula 500 Super Sport Crossover. There is really nothing quite like her on the market. 

Sours: https://boattest.com/boat/formula/500-super-sport-crossover-2021

Formula Teases 50-Foot Flagship

Formula Boats is taking its crossover, open-bow, outboard-powered concept into super-console territory with the announcement of the 500 Super Sport Crossover.

The 500 SSC expands on the company’s SmartZone theme, with a flush deck that extends from its massive swim platform, past the aft deck and its day galley and gigantic seating area and into the enclosed salon. The asymmetrical layout has a side deck to port leads to the slide-open window and open bow and its wraparound, C-shape seating area.

The list of standards on Formula’s flagship is extensive. Perhaps most notable is its power package: quintuple, 400-hp Mercury Verado outboards. Options include the same amount of 400Rs or 450Rs from Mercury Racing, the latter yielding 2,250 total horsepower. All engine packages are matched to Merc’s Joystick Piloting, DTS and SmartCraft VesselView.

At the starboard-side helm, triple bolstered seating allows the captain some company with a standard array of dual Raymarine Axiom XL 24 MFDs matched to a 48-inch, Raymarine open-array radar and FLIR M332 thermal camera. Digital switching is incorporated throughout the vessel, controlled via a dash-mounted, 12-inch Raymarine Axiom and iPad.

The salon takes full advantage of the 500 SSC’s 14-foot, 6-inch beam and can be as open or closed as you choose. The fiberglass hardtop that covers the entire space features a full-width, electrically actuated sunroof in the forward section, with a fixed glass roof over the aft salon. On hotter days, close the sunroof, utilize the salon’s 30,000 BTUs of air conditioning and close off the area completely via a motorized glass bulkhead.

There’s also an 18,000 BTUs of air conditioning assigned to the aft cockpit, and a standard SureShade that extends from the coupe top.

Belowdecks is a full galley, seating area, head with separate shower and aft cabin stateroom with queen-sized berth.

Other standards include: a Bluetooth-enabled Rockford Fosgate stereo system matched to 20 JL Audio speakers in the cockpit and swim platform area and more below decks, with four, 200-watt subwoofers throughout the vessel, all with LED lighting; a 65-inch LCD TV and Bose soundbar and 26-bottle wine fridge in the salon; a Dyson V11 vacuum with dedicated charging station and a plethora of USB charging stations throughout the vessel.

Pricing and performance numbers were not available at the time of this writing.

Click here for more on the 500 SSC. 

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