Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Formula’s newest model also becomes its newest flagship but that term does not do justice to this magnificent vessel. The 500 Super Sport Crossover (SSC) is an absolutely stunning boat. Stunning in every respect; stunning sleek lines, stunning features throughout, stunning room aboard, stunning list of standard amenities, stunning flexibility of purpose and pleasures, and stunning performance.
By combining its vast experience and the best features of its other bowriders, crossovers, and performance cruisers, Formula has designed a true crossover in every sense of the word. And by maximizing its SmartZone™ concept of space utilization to the fullest, Formula provides five distinct areas onboard for relaxation, entertainment, nourishment, privacy, lounging, and/or partying, all depending on your mood: the bow, cabin, cockpit, swim deck, and lower-level cabin.
As Formula’s exclusive designer for over forty years John Adams has incorporated the best of all of his past work into this incredible yacht, culminating in a vessel with a totality of features in one boat that would take two or three other boats together to duplicate. Some of the exclusive highlights include over 40 linear feet of continuous level access from the cockpit through the cabin to the open bow seating/lounging area. Add to this flow, aft of the cockpit and only a few inches lower is the massive full beam swim deck with a concealed fold-down boarding ladder on each side, not to mention three-foot extensions on either side of the motors.
The outboard motors themselves are also the newest and largest from Mercury® and the 500 SSC was designed specifically to accommodate them. There are four Mercury Verado 600 horsepower 7.6 liter, V-12 naturally aspirated, quad-cam powerheads. You will notice in the pictures that these motors are extremely close together and that’s now a possibility as the new Mercury powerheads do not turn.
Only the lower units with dual contra-rotating propellers turn, and they are able to turn much further than if the entire motor turned, thus helping with docking and tight maneuvers. These motors are Mercury’s first with a two-speed automatic transmission to allow optimum torque delivery depending on speed and loading. Combining these incredible new motors with Formula’s proven deep-vee FAS³Tech® multi-step hull design and this forty-three thousand pound, fifty-three foot yacht is capable of mid to high sixty miles per hour top speed!
The 500 SSC comes as a complete standard package of all of the luxurious appointments and upscale equipment you could ever dream of on a yacht its size. This short review can only highlight the most relevant and enticing of its lengthy standard equipment list.
To start, the bow lounging area is accessed via a portside companionway with wind door ahead of the salon dinette. Wraparound bow seating with available forward-facing stretch-out lounging and a pair of folding armrests is complemented by two powered, adjustable height tables with filler cushions providing full lounging and sunpad opportunities. Seat covers, cockpit cover, and a portable sunshade are provided along with pop-up LED accent lighting, a pair of USB ports and a remote stereo control with four speakers plus a subwoofer.
Individually adjustable triple helm/companion seats with powered footrests and powered adjustable backrest ventilation face a custom leather wrapped wheel with a molded dash in your choice of Charcoal or Mocha with liquid black panels. The windshield with wiper and washer boasts a defogger system and powered side vent windows. A 30,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioning system serves the helm area.
Prominent on the dash are the pair of Raymarine® Axiom XL 24-inch GPS widescreen chartplotters with depthsounder and remote keypad. A dedicated Raymarine® Axiom + 12 display with wireless iPad provides digital switching control. Engine control comes via Mercury DTS with 9-inch SmartCraft® VesselView® and Mercury® Joystick piloting with Active Trim.
Other standards include Mercury® Theft Deterrent System, open-array radar, AIS receiver, Bennett® trim tabs, FLIR thermal camera plus forward and aft-facing cameras with augmented reality, two USB charging ports, a pair of wireless charging mounts, plus a dash-mounted control for the Rockford Fosgate AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth, USB and MP3 ports, chartplotter integrated stereo control, subscription-ready SiriusXM™ satellite radio, 600 Watt amplifier, and a total of twelve 7.7-inch JL Audio M6 multi-colour LED lighted speakers and three 200 Watt subwoofers. Beneath the helm seat is a pullout Yeti® Tundra® 35 cooler.
The salon on the 500 SSC can be another space unto itself or alternatively a part of the whole. Aft sliding glass panels to port and a powered-down window to starboard can seclude the salon from the cockpit or open it into one flowing space. The hardtop roof features a powered glass sunroof with retractable sunshades and soft panels and multi-colour LED accent lighting. On top is a powered mast with LED spreader lights plus all of the antennae.
To port in the salon is an L-shaped Ultraleather raised lounge/dinette with multi-foldout table sections plus two tip-out barstools on the aisle side. Beneath the aft seat section is a 25-quart ice maker. Aft of this lounge/dinette and ahead of the sliding glass enclosures is a customizable pullout beverage centre or 26-bottle dual-zone wine cooler. A second 18,000 BTU air conditioning system serves this area of the salon.
Opposite the lounge on the starboard side at the back of the galley is a power lift 65-inch LED/LCD 4K Smart TV with Bose soundbar, subwoofer, and Blu-ray player. The U-shaped galley has the expected accoutrements including a Samsung PowerGrill Duo convection microwave, concealed dual-burner induction cooktop, Vitrifrigo pullout dual drawer refrigerator/freezer, and of course dovetailed drawers with an electronic drawer lock system. When the powered window is open, the aft portion of the galley doubles as an entertainment bar with a pair of upholstered barstools on the cockpit side of the bar.
The cockpit is another large and well-equipped multi-purpose zone. To port is a comfortable six-person U-shaped settee/lounge/dinette with a Corian table with pop-up LED accent lighting making it well suited for dining or entertaining. This table may be optionally replaced with a multi-position powered table with filler cushions. This optional table may be powered right down into the cockpit sole to provide more open area in the cockpit. The backrest of the aft portion of this U-shaped lounge flips forward to accommodate rear-facing sitting or full sunlounging.
To starboard is an aft L-shaped lounge fitted with a 54-gallon insulated cooler with refrigerator/freezer coils. Seat covers are provided for all cockpit seating. A concealed SureShade ATF™ electric power retractable cockpit sun shade is standard along with a full colour-coordinated Sunbrella® cockpit enclosure.
A transom-mounted stereo control with four speakers and one subwoofer provides the audio entertainment for this area. Four full-spectrum colour LED underwater lights with wireless control and “Sound-to-Light” stereo integration provides after-hours mood enhancing entertainment. A starboard side transom-mounted Gaggenau® electric grill with pop-up LED accent lighting will well serve the on-board chef. A swim platform mounted upholstered sport station with drink holders and sliding safety rails provides protection around the motors.
A sliding door next to the helm and four Corian steps down lead to the sumptuously-appointed cabin with impressive six-foot, seven-inch headroom. Immediately to port is a second galley in your choice of two finishes with stainless sink, pullout Isotherm refrigerator, microwave, Keurig® coffee maker, dovetailed drawers, multi-coloured LED lighted backsplash panel, and a multi-colour LED lighted cabinet with tempered stemware and tumblers. An electronic drawer lock system is of course provided.
The electronics control station resides here, as well as a LaunchPort inductive charging system for the Formula-provided iPad with several apps to view and control nearly all onboard functions. Beside is a cedar-lined hanging locker beneath the entry stairs and a portable Dyson V11 vacuum with charging station. To starboard is the head compartment with upper and lower storage cabinets, molded sink, Corian countertop and flooring, porcelain Flush and Forget® VacuFlush® toilet, and separate shower stall with both rain and wand shower heads, seat, and glass door.
Forward is a convertible U-shaped Ultraleather™ lounge with powered adjustable height Corian table with flip-in cocktail conversion, filler cushions, and custom décor pillows. Above is a tinted overhead skylight and forward window with electronic privacy smart glass. Poseidon motorized blinds service the hullside windows. This forward entertainment area cum guest stateroom also features a seven-bottle wine cooler, two USB charging ports, and a 32-inch LED/LCD Smart HDTV with soundbar, Blu-ray player, four stereo speakers, and an electronic security safe.
A separate 16,000 BTU reverse cycle air conditioning system with integrated Breathe Easy™ photocatalytic Nano Mesh UV air purifier services this lower cabin area. The aft master stateroom features a queen memory foam bed with quilt, shams, throws, and linens. Opposite is an Ultraleather settee with a pair of side consoles with storage and another 32-inch LED/LCD Smart HDTV with soundbar and Blu-ray player, wireless phone charger, dual USB charging ports, remote stereo control, four reading lights, and another iPad charging system.
Additional notable standard features with the 500 SSC include three choices of hullside graphics protected with Imron® Elite clearcoat, a 16 KW diesel generator with sound shield and separate 50-gallon fuel tank, a Seakeeper® 9 gyro stabilization system, electric windlass with through-stem polished anchor and 250-feet of chain with digital counter and freshwater washdown, LED docking lights, ACR LED searchlight, and a Glendinning motorized 50-Amp shorepower cord with remote control.
Some of the few notable available options include several choices of custom hullside graphics, colour-coordinated outboard motor cowls, different and additional choices of electronics including TracPhone® and TracVision®, remote cockpit joystick control, a carbon fiber gangway, removable dual Stand Up Paddleboard rack system, and a SEABOB F5S underwater scooter with quick charger.
The Formula 500 Super Sport Crossover is a truly stunning vessel in all respects. In Formula’s own words, “Years in design and execution, this incredible fusion of art, performance, amenities and layout pushes the Crossover concept to its ultimate expression.”
|Dry weight:||43,400 lbs||19,686 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||650 US gal||2460 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Verado Outboard|
|Engine HP:||4 x 600|