A couple of years back, Formula Boats of Decatur, Ind., introduced its first Crossover Bowrider (CBR) model. Among the many clever features built into the sharp twin-engine 35-footer was an unusually spacious cabin below the helm station, accompanied by spacious open-bow and cockpit areas.

The new Formula 330 CBR embraces the best of the 350 CBR—but in a smaller package.

The new Formula 330 CBR embraces the best of the 350 CBR—but in a smaller package.

Responding to the success of the first model and customer input, the builder has added a more compact version of the model, dubbed the 330 CBR.

At 33 feet long with a 10-foot, 3-inch beam, the new 330 CBR—a unique boat from Formula's exclusive designer John Adams—expands the fun into the bow and aft areas while maintaining the ever-important plush cockpit as well as a cabin with full stand-up headroom, according to press release from the company.

Featuring a 21-degree deep-V hull, the new boat offers a smooth, stable ride, and can be ordered with a variety of powerful twin MerCruiser or Volvo Penta engine packages. The first 330 CBR from the factory is powered by a pair MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECT engines with Bravo Three X drives, while Hull No. 2, which is currently in production, will include MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT engines with Bravo Three X drives.

In early sea trials, the Formula test team had the boat running 55 mph at 5,000 rpm and found a fuel-efficient cruising speed of 36 mph at 3,500 rpm. At that speed the boat was consuming 23 gallons per hour for 1.2 miles per gallon. With 151 gallons of fuel capacity that's a cruising range of 162 miles.

The helm station on the 330 CBR features chrome shifter/throttles, Livorsi Marine gauges, and a Garmin 547 color GPS/plotter.

The helm station on the 330 CBR features chrome shifter/throttles, Livorsi Marine gauges, and a Garmin 547 color GPS/plotter.

The helm of the 330 CBR boasts all-new dual-position command and companion seating with options to sit, stand, or rest on the upright seat. Individual backrests easily adjust fore and aft for watersport lookouts or all-around conversation. The chrome shifters/throttles and waterproof rocker switches are within easy reach. Livorsi Marine gauges provide confident command at the liquid-black aluminum dash, with a standard Garmin 547 GPS color chartplotter. A richly upholstered dash eyebrow and leather-wrapped, polished stainless steering wheel give a refined look and feel to the entire dash area, which is constructed of sturdy fiberglass composite.

The cockpit incorporates a layout that maximizes space, comfort, and style. The roomy portside lounge and U-shaped lounge aft take full advantage of the helm seat convertibility to expand seating options, while the table adapts to fit various entertaining activities and lowers for  sun lounge extension.

Forward, the deep bow section is a seamless transition from the cockpit, with a flush floor all the way to the bow. Seating is plentiful, yet convertible to a spacious sun lounge with a double-wide lounge seat to starboard, two dual-height tables, and wraparound seating with filler cushions.

The rear-facing, extra-wide aft sun lounge with convertible backrests and storage below also adds to the sunbathing space and overlooks the optional extended swim platform. Blue/white LED lighting is standard on the swim platform and in the cockpit, and is recessed at the transom.

A centerline door at the helm station and solid wood steps provide access to the cabin, which features woodgrain-finish flooring and a full six feet of headroom. The cabin’s L-shaped Ultraleather lounge features a dual-position backrest that can be converted to a queen-size sleeping area. The cabin is ideal for overnight trips or taking a break from the sun, with room to stretch out and relax.

For more information, visit Formula Boats.


Written by: Matt Trulio
Matt Trulio is the co-publisher and editor in chief of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site with a weekly newsletter and a new bi-monthly digital magazine that covers the high-performance powerboating world. The former editor-in-chief of Sportboat magazine and editor at large of Powerboat magazine, Trulio has covered the go-fast powerboat world since 1995. Since joining boats.com in 2000, he has written more than 200 features and blogs.