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Formula 387 CCF (2023-)

3 x 450-hp Mercury Racing 450R



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Brief Summary

Formula has entered the center console market as it was a logical next step from the company’s highly successful crossover family of boats. It launched two models: the 387 CCF (Center Console Fish) version that we tested and the 387 CCS (Center Console Sport), which is more family oriented.  Power choices for each range from triple 300, 350 or 400-hp Mercury Verados, triple 450-hp Mercury Racing or dual 600-hp Mercury V12 Verados flanked by 54” (137.16 cm) swim platforms. 

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
600 3.7 3.2 2.1 1.8 1.5 793 689.4 62
1000 5.8 5 4.8 1.2 1.1 544 473.3 65
1500 8.1 7 9 0.9 0.8 406 353.4 71
2000 10.2 8.8 16.4 0.6 0.5 279 242.3 73
2500 11.6 10.1 25.3 0.5 0.4 206 179.4 76
3000 14.8 12.9 36.9 0.4 0.3 180 156.9 81
3500 22.1 19.2 45.3 0.5 0.4 220 190.9 84
4000 32.8 28.5 48.1 0.7 0.6 307 266.9 87
4500 42.6 37 64.5 0.7 0.6 297 258.4 90
5000 48 41.7 75.4 0.6 0.6 287 249.3 89
5500 55.7 48.4 117 0.5 0.4 214 186.3 91
6100 60.2 52.3 123.7 0.5 0.4 219 190.4 91
Formula 387 CC performance

Specifications

Length Overall 41'2"
12.55 m
Beam 12'
3.66 m
Dry Weight 22,500 lbs.
10,205.83 kg
Tested Weight 25,276 lbs.
11,465 kg
Draft 46"
117 cm
Deadrise/Transom 23 degrees
Max Headroom 6'4"
1.93 m
Bridge Clearance 12'4"
3.8 m
Fuel Capacity 500 gallons
1,892.71 L
Water Capacity 55 gallons
208.2 L
Total Weight 25,276 lbs.
11,465 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 6.9 seconds
0 to 30 15.0 seconds
Props 19
Load 4 persons; 331 gal. fuel; 50 lbs. gear
Climate 87 deg., 80 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; sea: 1

Engine Options

Tested Engine 3 x 450-hp Mercury Racing 450R
Opt. Power 3 x 300-hp Mercury Verados
3 x 350-hp Mercury Verados
3 x 400-hp Mercury Verados
3 x 450-hp Mercury Racing 450R
2 x 600-hp Mercury V12 Verados

Captain's Report

Captain’s Report by Capt. Steve

Formula 387 CCF

Not many in the industry saw this coming — a center console from premium builder Formula.  And what a boat it is. 

Mission

The 387 models were designed to bring flexibility and cross-platform boating to the premium market that Formula enjoys.  Both are offshore capable and include the walkaround versatility of the center console design.  With a cabin, these models also make excellent overnighters and weekending platforms. 

Major Features

  • The sculpted hardtop is among the largest in class
  • Forward opening windshield
  • Triple helm seats
  • Electrically actuated captain’s seat
  • Available space for triple 16” (40.64 cm) MFDs (Multi-Function Displays)
  • 120-v shorepower with dual 30-amp cords and failsafe galvanic isolator
  • Portside hullside door
  • Multi-port air conditioning system with lumbar vents in the cockpit seating
  • Deluxe Gemlux outriggers with 18’ (5.49 m) poles
  • Cockpit leaning post with slide-away aft-facing mezzanine bench
  • Custom molded slide-out cooler with electric actuator
  • Separate 35-qt (33.12 L) carry-on cooler
  • Dual forward-facing bow sun lounges
  • Dual 40-gallon (151.42 L) transom livewells
  • Automatic retracting fresh and raw water washdown hose reels
  • 32” (81.28 cm) LED TV in cabin
  • 8,000 BTU cabin air-conditioning with Breathe Easy photocatalytic Nano-Mesh UV Air purifier
  • 6-gallon (22.71 L) water heater
  • 8.5-kW Fischer Panda diesel generator with sound shield and 25-gallon (94.64 L) tank. 

Formula 387 CCF

The 387 CCF is designed around the bluewater-taming FASTech hull with dual steps and a 23-degree deadrise making it sure-footed, dry and confidence-inspiring when in offshore conditions.    

Performance

The Formula 387 CCF has an LOA of 41’2” (12.55 m), a beam of 12’ (3.66 m) and a draft of 46” (116.84 cm).  With an empty weight of 20,500 lbs. (9,299 kg), 66% fuel and four people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 23,276 lbs. (10,558 kg). 

With triple 450-hp Mercury Racing engines turning 19 pitch propellers and run up to 6100 RPM, our speed topped out at 60.2 MPH.  Best cruise came in at 4000 RPM and 32.8 MPH.  At that speed, the 48.1 GPH fuel burn translated into .7 MPG and a range of 307 statute miles.  All while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat’s 500-gallon (1,892.71 L) total fuel capacity. 

Now to be fair, we should mention that Formula Boats tested this exact model in more ideal conditions of half load, flat calm fresh water and two people onboard. The company reported a top speed of 62.7 MPH and being only 2.5 MPH faster, we certainly find no reason to question that. 

Formula 387 CCF

Our test boat was powered by triple 450-hp Mercury Racing engines that brought us to a top speed of 60.2 MPH.  Notice the aft-facing mezzanine seating over the leaning post. 

In acceleration tests, we reached planing speed in 6.9 seconds, 20 MPH in 9.1, 30 in 15 and 40 came and went in 22.5 seconds. 

Handling

As for her handling, it’s easy to tell that this is a Formula.  At 20,000 lbs. (9,071.85 kg) she's heavy and that gives a good solid feel as she’s going through the waves.  Even with our 1’ (.3m) of windblown chop, there was no pounding or no slamming into the waves. She just sliced right through it. I found in these conditions that the best and most comfortable speed was at about 40 MPH.  While she'll do over 60, 40 had her pushing right through the waves with no adverse effects whatsoever. 

She's quite responsive to the steering as well.  I needed only 1/2 turns to get it to respond how I wanted and that’s out of four turns from lock to lock.  There’s no need to be aggressive with the steering.  For acceleration, she’s not quick to come on plane but you don't want her to. Just bring the throttle up, let her get up on plane, get that bow down and she's good to go. I relied on automatic trim and that seemed to take care of everything nicely. I took the trim off and started handling it myself a little, but that allowed for getting just a little more top-end speed.  Cruise was unaffected.   

As for the Seakeeper, not much to contend with here either. Turned off showed us rolling only 2-4 degrees. With it turned on, it immediately snapped down to 0-1 degree.  Maybe if conditions get worse, she’d be rolling a little bit more, but I don't suspect so. It’s an inherently stable boat. She remains docile in turns but if a (test) captain were to get heavy-handed she’ll roll about 20 degrees into the turn and dig her forward shoulder in causing her to bleed off speed. Just back off from the aggressive handling. Freeboard is 40” (101.60 cm) at the stern and 55” (139.7 cm) at the bow.  This, in addition to the FASTech hull design, provides a dry ride offshore. 

Boat Inspection

Cockpit

Because this is a fishing battlewagon, we’ll start our inspection in the cockpit.  It measures 9’7” x 5’ (2.92 m x 1.52 m).  Safety is provided by 30” (76.2 cm) high bolsters that exceed ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) standards.  Padded bolsters surrounding the cockpit add to the comfort. 

Forward, there’s a leaning post with plenty of storage, including dedicated tackle storage. With the touch of a button, we can bring out an electrically-actuated 170-can cooler with a padded top to the lid.  This also acts as a footrest for the aft-facing mezzanine seat just atop the leaning post.  The seat slides out of the way to reveal the sink, cutting surface and open counter space. 

At the transom, there’s a pull-out bench seat with five rod holders across the top of the transom behind two 40-gallon (151.42 L) pressurized livewells with adjustable fills and drains as well as red and white interior lighting.  To port of the bench are two storage drawers with top drawer concealing switches for cockpit lighting and livewell pumps.  Just above is an electric grill.  To the sides of the cockpit are large in-deck fishboxes and each has macerators and freezer plates.  No half measures here. 

Formula 387 CCF

The upper left panel opens to reveal livewell switches for the overhead retractable awning and the control for the sliding cooler below the leaning post.  Notice the air conditioning vents at the lumbar area for the seat atop the leaning post. 

formula 387 CCF

The pullout transom bench adds to the social aspect of the cockpit and makes a comfortable spot to ride out to the fishing grounds.  Notice the livewells above and the rod holders behind. 

formula 387 CCF

An electric grill is to the starboard quarter.  The top drawer beneath conceals switching for the livewell pumps and cockpit lighting. 

Formula 387 CCF

To the starboard quarter, there are the two 30-amp shorepower connections, the breakers and a TV inlet.  The white cover is over the electric reel plug, one of four on the boat, and notice the storage for the dive ladder right next to the dive door. 

To the starboard bulwarks, there’s under-gunwale rod storage with a toe rail just beneath.  Ahead there’s a raw water washdown with the hose on a retractable cord reel.  Behind there are automatic flush-out ports for the engines.  At the port quarter, there’s a transom gate to the swim platforms and there’s a panel ahead of the engine well for walking from one side to the other.  A hullside dive door is standard and to the port side.  The dive ladder stores right alongside.  Because the cockpit is as much a social zone as it is a working space, there’s an option to have an electrically actuated retractable shade overhead. 

Formula 387 CCF

The port-side dive door is a standard feature.  Notice that when the bolster atop the door is flipped open, there are beverage holders underneath. 

formula 387

Here we can see the transom bench seat and the overhead awning.  Notice the hatch in the hardtop and the steps behind the helm seats for getting to the top. 

formula 387

A hatch in the deck leads to the mechanical compartment.  Here is where all the pumps, filters, thru-hull fittings, the standard generator and the optional Seakeeper 3 gyrostabilizer are housed. 

Side Decks

To the sides of the leaning post, there’s a full 22” (55.88 cm) of walking space.  Storage is in the deck to both sides that include a molded receiver for a 5-gallon (18.93 L) bucket.  More storage is in the bulwarks.  To the port side, there’s a compartment for lines with another compartment just ahead for the stanchions that support the bow shade.  To the starboard side, there’s fender storage that even includes dedicated holders for the optional fender clips.  To the starboard side of the leaning post, there are doors leading to paper towel storage, cockpit climate control, fish box freezer plate control and a trash receptacle.  To port is a 35-qt (33.12 L) pull-out cooler, line spool storage and a temp control for the port in-deck fish box freezer plates.   

formula 387 CCF

To the port bulwark, there’s line storage in one compartment with dedicated storage for the bow sunshade just ahead. 

Formula 387 CCF

There's fender storage to the starboard bulwark.

Bow

Continuing forward, there’s a handhold to the side of the helm and a full-length rail along the side of the console. 

At the bow, there’s another social zone consisting of dual lounges ahead of the console.  Both include contoured seating, four Corian accented rod holders in the side armrests, a flip-down center armrest with connectivity and insulated storage below the seats. Safety is enhanced by the side bolsters topping out at 29” (73.66 cm) and rails topping out at 32” (81.28 cm). 

Formula 387 CCF

The forward lounges are sure to be among the more popular gathering areas on the 387. 

formula 387 CCF

The storage under the bow seating is insulated.  The hatch is held open by two support struts. 

In the center of the deck, there’s another fish box.  This can be swapped out with additional bow seating with removable cushions that will create a casting deck.  In the arrangement with the seating removed, it’s much easier to work the ground tackle at waist height. 

Under a hatch at the foredeck is the concealed electric windlass that includes a chain counter.  It handles the 300’ (91.44 m) of rode and 30’ (9.14 m) of chain that leads to a polished stainless-steel anchor.  To the side, there’s a connection for a freshwater washdown and the windlass control switches.  At the bulkhead just below, there are two speakers and a subwoofer. 

formula 387 CCF

The bow area can be put under the protection of the optional bow shade.  Combined with the cockpit extendable awning, the whole boat can be shaded. 

Formula 387 CCF

An in-deck bow fish locker can be swapped out for seating.  Notice the forward speakers and subwoofer.

Formula 387 CCF

The anchor is handled by an electric windlass.  The control switches are to the starboard side, behind the freshwater washdown.  Notice the pull-up cleat to the side of the foredeck. 

Cabin

The 387 is a capable overnighter with a full cabin. Access is via a door to the port side of the console. The full-length console-side grab rail eases the entry. Inside there’s headroom at the entrance of 6’5” (1.96 m), increasing to 7’ (2.13 m) as there’s a step down into the main seating area. 

This features wraparound seating surrounding a removable pedestal table.  A 32” (81.28 cm) TV is mounted to the forward bulkhead and two speakers are mounted alongside. Natural light comes from two opening side windows that include pulldown shades and a smoked-glass panel behind the flip-down bow armrest. 

formula 387 CCF

Here we see the cabin without the table installed.  Notice the high headroom. 

The table can lower to form a berth 6’5” (1.96 m) deep.  Behind the port side seatbacks, there is the vessel’s electrical panel and house batteries.  Behind the starboard seatbacks are storage and a standard hot water heater.  A drawer under the TV houses the table, pedestals and filler cushions. 

formula 387 CCF

Behind the port seatbacks are the main electrical panel and batteries. 

Formula 387 CCF

A drawer act as dedicated storage for the table, cushions and pedestals. 

Galley

A modest galley includes a microwave, a sink recessed into a Corian counter, plenty of storage and a refrigerator.  A Rockford Fosgate stereo provides entertainment in addition to the TV. 

Head

Just aft, there’s a molded private head compartment.  It’s a wet head and natural light comes from an opening frosted portlight.  The compartment includes a vanity with an owner’s choice of open‐grain or high‐gloss finish doors. Upper and lower cabinet storage include a concealed trash container, a Corian countertop, a custom molded sink, a porcelain Flush & Forget VacuFlush head with a 25‐gallon (94.64L) holding tank, dockside pumpout, shower wand, exhaust fan and night light. 

formula 387 CCF

The head compartment includes flip-down hooks making this an excellent place to store wet gear for drying out. 

Formula Difference

Even with a center console design scheme, we still see the “Formula Difference” in the fit and finish.  All bulkheads are upholstered.  There are wraparound padded bolsters for headrests.  Cabinetry is hardwood with dovetail joinery.  The aft bulkhead is upholstered in Chiliwhich material. 

Helm

Saving the best for last, we come to the helm.  And what a helm it is.  It’s triple wide so think in threes.  As is three seats, three displays…

The molded composite dash is available in Charcoal or Mocha with Liquid Black panels.  A Ritchie compass is atop and in line with the center-mounted wheel.  A Garmin or Raymarine 16” (40.64 cm) color chartplotter is standard and a triple-screen installation is optional.  Even with the single, it includes a depth sounder with a 1,000W CHIRP B175M transducer.  There’s a remote keypad and Formula mounted it right next to the wheel, in reach of the main screens anyway.  We’d like to see that mounted on one of the seat armrests. 

There are illuminated waterproof accessory rocker switches, E‐T‐A circuit breakers, an auxiliary 12V outlet, two dual USB charging ports (USB-A and USB-C), captain's and passenger’s wireless charging mounts, a stainless steering wheel with a knob, lockable dash storage drawer and padded mobile device station. 

For controllability, there are the latest-gen Mercury Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) controls linked to a 7" (17.78 cm) SmartCraft VesselView monitor.  Also standard is the Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards (JPO) with Active Trim.  Switching throughout the boat is digital and linked to the display screens.

formula 387 CCF

At deck level, there’s an elevated platform that is hinged to reveal storage underneath. 

Also on the standard list is the Bennet trim tab system, an in-dash multi‐port air boost ventilation system, a Rockford Fosgate AM/FM stereo w/Bluetooth, USB port, dash‐mounted stereo control w/full color display with MP3 connectivity, eight hardtop and four cockpit 6 ½” (16.51 cm) JL Audio M3 multi‐color LED lighted chrome‐finished speakers, 600W stereo amplification and 200W subwoofer and, of course, a subscription‐ready Sirius XM Satellite Radio. 

Formula 387 CCF

The helm panel has room for three 16” (40.64 cm) displays.  Below are lighted switches.  Three inductive chargers are supplied and the air conditioning includes an air boost feature. 

Formula 387 CCF

An upper panel houses the VHF radio, the Seakeeper display, the SmartCraft display and the spotlight remote. 

Formula 387 CCF

Keep in mind that all of this is standard. Most are offered as options on virtually every other model in class.  Aside from the additional displays, owners can also choose a 48” (121.92 cm) open array radar, a dual-band CHIRP transducer, a FLIR thermal camera, Sirius weather and Fish Mapping.  For the triple helm seats, all include flip bolsters and armrests.  The center seat is electrically adjustable fore and aft.  Optional electric adjustability is offered for the port and starboard seats. 

The premium-level hardtop is also standard.  It’s a three-piece with compound curves and includes an access hatch with a center ladder above the leaning post.  Multi-color LED lights are fitted and there are air horns as well.   Rocket launcher-style rod holders are mounted to the trailing edge.  Gemlux outriggers with 18’ (5.49 m) poles are on both sides.  Twenty-two-foot (6.71 m) poles are optional. 

Optional Equipment

  • Solid teak cockpit accents: $7,745
  • Automatic outboard flushing system: $3,400
  • Triple 16" (40.64 cm) Garmin chartplotters: $12,755
  • Garmin 48" (121.92 cm) open‐array radar: $21,340
  • Garmin dual‐band chirp transducer: $2,945
  • FLIR m232 thermal camera: $14,320
  • Sirius weather & fish mapping: $2,465
  • Aft cockpit fishboxes w/macerator and freezer plates: $33,980
  • Four cockpit electric reel outlets: $2,180
  • 18000 btu cockpit a/c, 120v: $15,090
  • Seakeeper 3 gyro stabilizer: $85,490
  • Aft cockpit electric grill, 120v: $4,185
  • Vacuum head, holding tank, macerator: $2,060
  • JL Audio m6 cockpit speaker upgrade: $3,825
  • Remote control LED searchlight: $1,395
  • Three Razor light bars/spotlights: $4,155
  • Fender clips: $1,395
  • Powered passenger helm seats (2): $2,820
  • VHF radio w/antenna: $3,755
  • Underwater multi‐color LED lights: $5,560
  • 22' (6.71 m) outriggers w/3 rigging lines: $8,180
  • Ultimate package rod/drink holders: $4,180
  • SureShade silver: $15,195
  • Helm/lean post encl, silver: $5,240
  • Helm/lean/walkway encl, silver: $7,340
  • Bow sunshade: $6,090

Price

The base price of the 387 CCF is $1,452,820.  As tested, she was $1,777,610. 

Observations

This new model from Formula designer John Adams brings a top-tier center console choice to the world and expands the offerings for established Formula’s dedicated customer base.  With two models to choose from, we think the hardest decision will be... which one.