It’s easy to spot a Formula out on the water. There is a consistency of design to Formula’s boats that should be apparent even to even the most casual observer, and over time the designs have been decidedly evolutionary rather than revolutionary. There’s good reason for that. Formula’s history is rich, and lead designer, John Adams, has been with the company since 1971.

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The 240 Bowrider Sport carries classic Formula lines.

It’s not an isolated practice among designers of the finer things. Apple products have evolved over the years, but they have always had a certain look and feel. The same holds true for any BMW, which, regardless of the rest of the model year, always has a twin-kidney grill and the “Hoffmeister kink” at the bottom of the rear quarter window.

The 240 Bowrider was added to Formula’s line a few years ago and it has enjoyed the same evolutionary design changes during its lifespan, including the addition of the Sport model, which makes owning a Formula just a bit more affordable.

A bit more sparse than the regular 240 Bowrider, the 240 Bowrider Sport is pure Formula, from it its crisp lines and surface breaks to its snow-white gelcoat and its optional Imron paint. But the design features go a bit deeper than that. A lot of what makes a Formula a Formula lie less in form and more in function.

For example, the 240 Bowrider Sport comes with a massive stowage compartment, which can fitted with a portable head. However, what makes it work so well is not the compartment itself, but the large clamshell-style door, which sweeps from the windshield walk-through to the dash in front the front-seat passenger. It also encompasses about a third of the horizontal surface of the port-side dash, so ingress and egress is easy, even for adults.

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The 240 Bowrider Sport has great form but it's still functional; note the clam-shell head compartment door, flip-up bolster seats, and ergonomic dash.

The Sport model still comes with innovative and functional upholstery features like the flip-up thigh bolsters on the front seats, which swivel and adjust fore and aft. It also comes with the do-it-all rear bench, which converts to a full horizontal sun pad and a rear-facing bench so you can keep an eye on the kids while they swim behind the boat.

The 240 Sport also benefits from the larger siblings in the Formula line, like the 260 Bowrider, specifically in terms of stowage. For example, the “trunk” at the port side of the transom. It makes good use of the space in that corner. It’s deep and usable and easy to access from the transom, so it’s ideal for ski ropes, fenders and lines.
Deadrise20 degrees
Displacement5,000 lbs
Fuel capacity60 gal.

There’s also a removable Igloo cooler under the port lounge, and a jump seat with stowage underneath on the starboard side. The 240 has a sink where the jump seat is located, so if you have no use for a sink, you can opt for the Sport and save a few thousand dollars.

You can spend that money on a couple of options, which will help hold your interest as boating seasons pass by. The most economical engine upgrade is the 300-horsepower Volvo Penta and DuoProp stern drive. At 5,000 pounds, the 240- Bowrider Sport is could use the added ponies. You’ll also want a Bimini top, which isn't standard.

One spillover benefit of Formula’s steady evolution of design is that Formulas also tend to hold their value better over time. It’s not as evident as form or function, but it’s just as comforting.

For more information, visit Formula Boats.


Written by: Brett Becker
Brett Becker is a freelance writer and photographer who has covered the marine industry for 15 years. In addition to covering the ski boat and runabout markets for, he regularly writes and shoots for Based in Ventura, Calif., Becker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in mass communication from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.