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Formula 500 SSC

The offshore performance builder sets a high bar with its new flagship.

01-Formula 500 Super Sport Crossover

In my line of work, being surprised doesn’t come easy. Bombshell announcements dropped on an unsuspecting marine journalist like myself don’t typically pack the explosiveness of outright shock. Boatbuilder A has announced a 33-foot yacht to slot in between the infinitesimal space between their 32- and 34-foot models? Color me predictable. So trust me, I don’t mean this lightly when I say the announcement heralding the new Formula 500 Super Sport Crossover has me gobsmacked. When it debuts in February, the 500 SSC will be the unequivocal flagship of not just the SSC lineup, but the entire company—an impressive feat for a builder that counts both yachts and a line of performance cruisers in its ranks.

In the Formula announcement, I counted the word ‘open’ 12 times. That’s because, if nothing else, the offshore performance company wants to impress upon us the idea that this absurdly large, 53-foot, 4-inch vessel is open in every sense of the word. Designed by John Adams, Formula’s exclusive in-house designer, the 500 was created to shift what we’re accustomed to seeing in this class. That includes a monster sunroof, lower galley, yacht-like accommodations and a fully furnished bar (with two barstools) connecting the cockpit to an enclosed salon, where you can luxuriate in a 30,000 BTU reverse-cycle air-conditioning system. More of a wind-in-the-hair cruiser? Hit a switch, and that sunroof stretching the full width of the 14½-foot beam will unfurl. Hit another switch, and the sliding glass door at the transom opens as well, while your guests can open the windshield to port, leading out to the wraparound seating forward.

Speaking of guests, get ready for friends and neighbors to get a lot chummier. The swim platform has 71 square feet of room, with a waterproof stereo control with four JL Audio speakers connected to a 200-watt subwoofer. Underwater LED lights are standard to add a distinctive style for each owner. What Formula is calling its ‘sound-to-light’ system comes with Wi-Fi control features, offering full-spectrum color choices that seamlessly sync to your music, so you can create your very own underwater light show. Also, did I mention Adams has outfitted the 500 with 26 separate drink holders? Kiss your favorite watering hole goodbye forever.

There are too many other features to mention here, but I would be remiss for not pointing out the accommodations. You get there by entering through the sliding door at the helm (with its triple bolster seats). Corian steps lead down to a cabin with 6 feet, 7 inches of headroom. Down below has features Tony Stark would be jealous of, with a motorized blind system, tinted skylight and forward window with electronic privacy smart glass, 16,000 BTU air conditioning with a UV purifier and multi-color LED accent lighting. A fully appointed lower galley, dining lounge and enclosed head with separate shower stall offer upscale accommodations. And when you need an escape from the bevy of social zones the boat provides, the aft stateroom includes a queen-size berth.


Formula’s performance DNA has found its way into the 500 SSC in the form of a deep-V hull and quint outboards hanging off the transom. While the builder isn’t disclosing how fast this model will perform just yet, it’s safe to say that she’ll be more than capable of high speeds. Anything less would truly be surprising.