New Formula Center Consoles: Choose Fish or Sport
Formula Boats has expanded its offerings with a new series of center consoles. The company says the 387 Center Console Fish (CCF) and Center Console Sport (CCS) are the “logical succession to Formula’s Crossover family.” They are built for anglers and day boaters with a taste for adventure in a luxurious setting.
The two models ride on the same twin-stepped 41’2” (12.55 m) long hull with a 12’ (3.66 m) beam and a deadrise of 23 degrees at the transom that was developed by longtime Formula designer John Adams. Dry weight is estimated at 20,000 lbs. (9,071.85 kg) and they carry 350 gallons (1,324.89 L) of fuel and 55 gallons (208.20 L) of freshwater. The 387 CCF has two 40-gallon (151.42 L) livewells and a pair of 90-gallon (340.69 L) fish boxes. Each model can be powered by triple Mercury Verado 300s or Mercury Racing 450Rs or by twin 600-hp Mercury V12 Verados.
Highlights of the new models include an extra-wide hardtop with multicolored LED lighting, a center ladder and access hatch, a compound-curved windshield with power opening forward glass and a washer-wiper system.
The helm has three individual seats with folding armrests and the center captain’s chair is electrically adjustable while those to the outside move manually. The electronics suite includes twin Garmin or Raymarine 16” (40.64 cm) multifunction displays that include a depthsounder and 1,000-watt CHIRP B175M transducer. Mercury provides digital throttle and shift with a 7” (17.78 cm) VesselView monitoring screen and Joystick Piloting while the trim tab system is from Bennett Marine. Upgrades including radar and FLIR options are available. For entertainment, Formula chose a Rockford Fosgate stereo with JL Audio speakers plus seven dual USB charging ports.
Storage is in the side walls, under seat bases and beneath deck hatches and up to 30 drink/rod holders are supplied throughout. Washdown pumps and hoses come standard.
For the 387 CCF, the fish boxes are available with freezer plates and an owner can add Gemlux outriggers. On the backside of the helm seats, the aft-facing mezzanine bench seats slide out of the way to reveal a Corian countertop, a bait rigging station with a cutting board and a molded sink. A Plano tackle organizer is in the base along with additional storage drawers, a pull-out Yeti cooler and a motorized slide-out cooler. There’s a dedicated fishing-tool locker to port plus a wastebasket and in-deck storage with Yeti buckets.
On both models, the transom has a double-wide flip-down bench seat and there are gates to the stern on each side. The bow has dual chaise lounges on the console with flip-up armrests and beverage holders. Depending on the model, an owner can select an in-deck fish box (CCF) or the bow seating package with a power-adjustable table that comes standard on the CCS.
The swim platform on the 387 CCS swim platform is designed to have more open space with trunk storage. There’s a pull-out refrigerator in the cockpit, plus a bar and pantry to facilitate entertaining. As with all Formulas, a plethora of color and graphics packages let an owner customize the boat to give her a personal touch. Additionally, the boats are painted and finished in a clear coat that is more durable and lasts longer than gelcoat.
Both versions of the 387 have a cabin that’s accessed through a hatch on the port side of the console. Three Corian steps lead down to a woodgrain sole and there’s 6’4” (1.93 m) of headroom. There’s an Ultraleather U-shaped lounge with a dual-height table and filler cushion. Catch a movie or the game on a 32” (81.28 cm) LED/LCD HDTV.
The galley can be had with open-grain or high-gloss finished cabinetry. It includes a Corian countertop, a covered sink, a stainless-steel pull-out refrigerator and a microwave oven. Climate control is provided by an 8,000-BTU air conditioning system and there are two opening ports.
The private head has pressurized freshwater, a vanity with a Corian countertop, a shower and Vacuflush toilet.
Other equipment of note on both models includes a windlass with a digital chain counter, 300’ (91.44 m) of rode and 30’ (9.14 m) of chain with a polished stainless-steel anchor and washdown system. Both models come with a bow thruster and an 8.5 kW Fischer Panda Mini 9 diesel generator with a dedicated battery and 25-gallon (94.64 L) fuel tank.
Formula 387 CCF and CCS Options Worth Considering
- Polished stainless LED docking lights
- Remote-control LED search light
- Lumitec Razor LED light bar
- Three full-spectrum color LED underwater lights
- reFLEX foam docking on the swim platform and in the cockpit
- SureShade ATF electric power retractable sun shade
- Bow sunshade w/carbon-fiber poles
- Carbon fiber gangway w/rail and mounts
- 120-volt Kenyon electric grill in aft cockpit
- Upgrades to Twin Garmin or Raymarine 22” (55.88 cm) 48MFDs or Triple 16” (40.64 cm) MFDs at helm
- 48” (121.92 cm) open-array radar
- FLIR M232 or M332 thermal camera
- 18,000 BTU cockpit reverse-cycle air conditioning
- Helm and leaning post enclosure
- Seakeeper 3 gyro stabilizer