Comparing what 270K gets you is not apples and oranges but rather what do you get. Shogren has a 90 hour 2008 TG for 199K and Pier 57 has an '11 TG with similar hours for 259K. That difference in price can buy a whole lot of parts (to make up for the lack of warranty).
Not sure you can lump Formula in with builders like Cig, OL and NT......that would be apples vs. oranges. Formula doesn't build a single boat that breaks 100 mph, yet the competition does.
Nothing wrong with Formula, they just need to spruce up the Fastech product line to be competitive in today's market. Their line up is identical to the line up they offered 5-7 years ago, nothing has changed but the prices (and they have gone up!). They don't have 50 dealers across the country to order one of each model anymore so they need to build a boat that makes people want to buy. The Ilmor 382 is a step in the right direction for sure.
Even with Ilmor Power MSRP is $300k. http://www.sonicusaboats.com/shop/in...series/35.html
Formula makes a nice boat, but they are dated with graphics and outfit, etc.
Sonic Versus Formula, Sonic wins out in several aspects.
Seems to have a nice sized cockpit which is missing in a lot of performance boats and is even worse with staggered motors.
Maybe boat manufacturers would be better off if they came back to Earth with some of their upgrade pricing for starters.
I`m always amazed that an upgraded stereo for example is $7,000... or hull side paint.. (a black stripe) is $12, 0000
You could buy my OL...and have allot more boat for allot less price, and run quicker
It's great to have choices, isn't it?
All the brands mentioned have their plusses and minuses. Sonic has it's strong points, but I feel that it is not built to the same standards as Formulas. OL, Cig and Nor-Tech are brilliant, but likely to cost far more than the 353.
Maybe a Sunsation 36XRT would a good comparison? With side-by-side 525's and similar options, it comes to $360,468. Add $22,300 for staggered engines. I don't know what sort of discounts you could get on a Sunsation, though.
Personally, I'd scrape up the extra coin for a 382 with Ilmor 725's and Indy drives, but that's another thread...
Retired! Boating full-time now.
I wouldn't say the formula is outdated, but I will say that when I compare it to one in the classifieds from 2002 its exactly the same. Then again, what do I know? I'm still in a 98 baja
I will say formula makes a beautiful boat though, I've always liked them
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