Skip to main content

Formula’s Super Sport Crossover line just got bigger. The SSC models pay homage to the builder’s racing heritage, riding on stepped, deep-V hulls that offer great performance. The 500 SSC, a new flagship for the builder, has that, plus a lot more volume.

Previously, the builder’s largest model was its 45 Yacht, but Formula recognized that its business was trending away from that type of conventional cruising boat. “People are moving toward day boats, but there was nowhere to go after our 43-foot SSC model,” says Scott Smith, marketing manager at Formula. “The 500 is really a reflection of people wanting to stay within the line, but get into something with more room.”

Don’t let the day boat distinction fool you. The 500 is equipped for weekending, and there’s room to host guests too. There’s an aft cabin with a queen berth and sofa, plus a forward cabin for two. If you want to squeeze a few more people aboard for an overnight, the salon in the upper cockpit can be closed off and is climate-controlled. “You can easily get six or eight people aboard,” says Smith.

The 500 is distinctive from other Formulas. “We’ve got a lot of zones on this boat that really set it apart from anything we’ve built,” Smith says. Among them are the enclosable salon with U-shaped cockpit galley and lounge to port. Then there is another lounging area just forward of the swim platform. The 500 also has a number of high-tech features too, including digital switching, a full-width motorized glass bulkhead system and a 65-inch TV in the cockpit.

“There’s just a lot of boat,” Smith says. “We have a bowrider here, yet it has a full-width cabin, and you’re not really sacrificing anything down there.”

The 500 will be powered by quintuple Mercury Verados, and while Formula was still kicking around horsepower numbers at press time, Smith expects many owners will opt for 400s or 450s. Performance figures were not available when we went to press.

The 500 SSC will debut in February. Formula anticipates demand from a broad range of boaters. Says Smith, “It allows us to keep serving our established customers, but I think we’re going to see some other people coming in from the outside.”

This article was originally published in the January 2021 issue.

Related

H35_072021_11

The Dazzler

Hinckley’s new outboard-powered 35 represents the evolution of a legacy brand

TY_48LS_MM904351

The New Cruiser

Three new designs from a trio of Midwest builders represent a new breed of hybrid family cruiser that has been in the making for quite some time.

202

Talkin’ Boats

Sam Chamberlin has designed everything from Downeast cruisers to center consoles to sailing yachts, and has spent the last 14 years with Rockport Marine—a custom wooden boatbuilding and yacht restoration yard in Rockport, Maine.

082921-PrettiRose_127

A Workboat That Works It

Newport Yacht Builders turns a proven commercial hull into a custom luxury cruiser

DEPP-20

The Downeast Peapod by Sparkman & Stephens

Rooted in traditional workboat design, the Downeast Peapod is being reimagined for a new generation of boating enthusiasts.

silken_2019-04-22-1291_1800

Day in the Sun

Four boats with ties to the Northeast make a splash at the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.

leopard-catamarans-0363_1800

A Cat in the Stream

The new Leopard 53 Powercat is perfectly suited for the laid-back lifestyle in Bimini.

2022-BW-280-DV1-DJI_0275

On The Horizon

Builders are launching some exciting new boat models this fall.