On a hot summer Sunday in North Miami, my husband Gary and I stepped aboard the Formula 380 Super Sport Crossover (SSC). As we cast off the lines and got underway, I reminisced about the adventures I had over the past quarter century sea trialing Formulas for magazines.
Some of these trials were aboard high-performance Formula models that flew through (or I should say, over) the water on the company’s signature FAS3TECH hull. Although the 380 SSC we were aboard that morning is a coupe-style boat designed for luxury day cruising rather than racing or poker runs, its deep-V hull is capable of speeds up to 45 knots when powered by the twin 520-hp Mercury Racing stern drives.
“Its bloodline comes from the FAS3TECH,” said John Adams, the longtime designer of the Formula line. “It’s a deep-V with 21-degree deadrise. It’s a stepped bottom with two steps.”
The 380 SSC’s high-performance hull and stern drive propulsion system are more than a nod to Formula’s race-boat heritage. They also give owners who grew up on stern drive boats an alternative to the ever-growing number of outboard-powered boats on the market today. (If you are an outboard person, an outboard version of the 380 SSC is available.)