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Old 09-17-2019, 12:56 AM
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Iíll start by saying I thought I knew quite a bit about boating. Then I bought this 1988 Formula 357 and realized I donít. I love it, but I know nothing. I am looking in every direction and seeing things I donít even know what to call. If an artist rendered a drawing of me with this boat is would be me standing there looking at it confused with my hands on my hips. Iíve searched the forum and done some reading but still. Do any of you guys know anything about this boat? The electrical system, the TRS drives, heck Iím not so sure the previous owner didnít change the throttle control cables (shouldnít forward/reverse be on the left side?), but I have no context with these boats. Any Formula experts care to weigh in and give me some general operating and maintenance advice? I grew up with Mastercraftís, Supraís, Sea Rays, and a Chaparral cruiser, but this offshore stuff is a different animal.
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:09 AM
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If you want help, you are going to have to ask some specific questions. In reality, there are a lot of boaters that don't know much about boats.

As far as the shifters, it depends on what you have.
If you have normal offshore style controls like pictured here https://www.offshoreonly.com/classif...57-o75654.html
they can be taken apart and configured with the levers in a number of ways. Its personal preference. A lot of people like the shifters on the outsides and throttles in the middle.
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Griff View Post
If you want help, you are going to have to ask some specific questions. In reality, there are a lot of boaters that don't know much about boats.

As far as the shifters, it depends on what you have.
If you have normal offshore style controls like pictured here
they can be taken apart and configured with the levers in a number of ways. Its personal preference. A lot of people like the shifters on the outsides and throttles in the middle.
Thanks for the reply. I am trying to upload pictures with specific questions but the forum wonít let me until I post 10 times. Itíll be easier for me to post pics and ask questions bc Iím just not familiar enough to even have the vocabulary to ask a coherent question.
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:15 AM
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A - you're in the right place - OSO
B - take a deep breath. They aren't that complicated once you get to know them, I promise.
C - congrats on your purchase!
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:24 AM
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Keep posting comments, then get us some pics! We'll help.
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:25 AM
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Nice boat good luck old style throttles my guess?
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:27 AM
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Congrats on the Formula, member since 2013 and only 8 posts. What part of TN. are you in? Kuttawa (HU-B'S) has a few 357's that frequent the area. May be a place to investigate for knowledge. Good Luck
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Originally Posted by Griff View Post
If you want help, you are going to have to ask some specific questions. In reality, there are a lot of boaters that don't know much about boats.

As far as the shifters, it depends on what you have.
If you have normal offshore style controls like pictured here https://www.offshoreonly.com/classif...57-o75654.html
they can be taken apart and configured with the levers in a number of ways. Its personal preference. A lot of people like the shifters on the outsides and throttles in the middle.
This boat should be put back together,
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by GLENAMY 242SS View Post
Congrats on the Formula, member since 2013 and only 8 posts. What part of TN. are you in? Kuttawa (HU-B'S) has a few 357's that frequent the area. May be a place to investigate for knowledge. Good Luck
Yea, what part of TN are you in?
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:48 AM
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Just push all four levers all the way forward. You’re welcome.
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