Actual Location: Cape Coral, FL
You can own this vessel for as little as $366 per month. Fill our the contact form to learn more!It's no mystery how the people at Thunderbird Products manage to produce winning Formula products year after year. They sweat the details. Of course, that kind of quality doesn't come cheap. This boat new was well over 100 thousand with the options.Thanks to the compact stature of the motors and the boat's wide-beam (hence engine-compartment space), they were a perfect match for the 6,300 pounder. To put the engines' combined 600hp to the water, they were mated to 2:1 Bravo THREE drivesThe propulsion package also was a great "fit" for the boat's 21-degree, conventional deep-V bottom. The hull had slightly reversed chines, a notched transom and four strakes, the outer set of which ran full length, whereas the inner set terminated approximately 5 feet forward of the transom.Top speed for the 280 SS Test Boat,was 59.6 mph at 5100 rpm--almost 2 mph above what the manufacturer predicted and not too shabby for a beamy boat weighing better than three tons. Results will vary based on engines. Ditto for the blistering time to plane of 3.5 seconds with the Bennett trim tabs engaged. Plus, the boat shot from dead in the water to 50 mph in 10 seconds. The 280 SS was also quick in the midrange--4.9 seconds to run from 30 to 50 mph.During agility drills, the 280 SS only felt hefty in maneuvers at lower speeds, such as 30-mph slalom turns. Going through the same routine at 40 and 50 mph, however, the boat felt nimble and responsive. The results were the same for circle turns--good at cruising speed, great at full speed. Regardless of velocity, however, tracking was tops.WorksmanshipImron paint work over the boat's brilliant gelcoat and spectacular mold work was crisp. We looked hard to find flaws and simply couldn't. The manufacturer installed a plastic rubrail with a stainless-steel insert with the kind of care that made it as much an aesthetically pleasing element as one for hullside protection.For lamination materials, Formula went with AME 5000 resin and chopped 'glass for a skin coat, followed by layers of 1 1/2-ounce mat and woven roving with more AME 5000. Coremat was added to ingredients in the deck and hullsides, as was Divinycell coring.Hardware included a nav light, anchor locker and two cleats on the nose. A stainless-steel handrail ran down each side of the deck. For secure and easy foredeck access, the center of the deck was surfaced with nonskid, the Taylor Made windshield had a large walk-through section and the port side of the dash boasted molded steps.The rear section of the lounge, as well as a section of the sole, raised on an electric screw jack for access to the engines. The twin small-blocks were installed on aluminum L-angle blocks with gussets that were through-bolted to the stringers, as well as the standard transom assemblies.InteriorThe cockpit seating layout featured a double-wide helm, a copilot-side bench and a U-shaped lounge.The cockpit seating layout featured a double-wide helm, a copilot-side bench and a U-shaped lounge.One of our inspectors compared the UltraLeather HP upholstery inside the cabin to chamois--that's how soft it felt on the horseshoe-shape lounge, which converted to a berth with filler cushions. Perfectly installed lights in the padded headliner, as well as two deck hatches created excellent interior illumination.Across the way was a private head locker with a porcelain commode, a sink and a porthole for ventilation..The helm seat in the 280 SS was double-wide and featured a flip-up bottom for the driver. VDO gauges complemented the dash. Rocker switches activated all the accessories, as well as the drives and tabs.Steering wheel tilts.The observer's lounge to port had an angled backrest that made it comfortable to ride facing rearward. Aft of that is the wet bar.The 280 Sun Sport's cabin was surprisingly spacious for that of a 28-foot boat.We found stowage space for small items under the U-shape bench aft. The bench bottom flipped forward on dual-action hinges for access. Wakeboards and skis would go in the in-sole locker.Standard EquipmentElectric engine lift, engine-room lighting, automatic fire extinguisher, thru-bolted engine mounts, remote oil filters, alternator noise filters, automatic bilge pump, bilge blowers, sliding, locking cabin door, entertainment center, hanging locker, private head, one-piece fiberglass deck and cockpit liner, Dino steering wheel, VDO Vanguard instrumentation, depthsounder, Ritchie compass, swim platform with ladder, stainless steel grab rail and ski tow eye.OPTIONS: installed on this boat- Merc Twin 350 Mag engines with Bravo 3 drives- Livorsi controls- Bennett hydraulic trim tabs- Red Imron Accent- Cockpit, Garnet- Cabin Accent, Garnet- Front/side/aft Enc, isinglass that is brand new and always in storage in garage.- Full carpeting that is also brand new and always stored in garage.- 120v Shore Power With 60 amp Charger- Clarion Am/fm/ Cd player- Bow Docking Lights- Garmin 545 GPS- Vhf Radio W/ Antenna- Chartplotter Raychart 320- Transom Shower. Shore Power- Fresh water flush system on Engines- HTP Head w/holding tank/Pumpout- Cockpit cover- Full Mooring cover- Dual Batteries (new in 2013)Please submit any and ALL offers - your offer may be accepted! Submit your offer today!At POP Yachts, we will always provide you with a TRUE representation of every vessel we market. We encourage all buyers to schedule a survey for an independent analysis. Any offer to purchase is ALWAYS subject to satisfactory survey results.Contact us for a free BoatHistoryReport.com report on this vessel. We pay upfront for a report on every vessel possible, and we provide this peace of mind to our buyers at no charge and with no commitment. All you have to do is ask!Take a look at ALL ***163 PICTURES*** of this vessel on our main website at POPYACHTS DOT COM. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to speaking with you! - Stock #41973 To view original photos and more detailed vessel specifications, please visit this listing on our main website at:http://www.popyachts.com/Boat/41973/For-Sale/Florida/Formula/280SS.html
Berth; Bimini Top; Cabin Appointments; Cabin Lighting; Cabinets; Carpet (Snap In); Cockpit Shower (Starboard Swim Platform Near Walkthru Door); Countertops; Curtains; Drink Holders; Head; Pressurized Water; Sink; Vanity; Wet Bar; Anchor; Bottom Paint; Gel Coat; Power Engine Hatch; Propeller (Duo Stainless)
Bilge Blower; Control Type (Livorsi); Engine Alarms; Engine Cylinders (8); Engine Flush (Fresh Water Both Engines); Engine Location (Below Decks); Fuel Injected; Fuel Tank (120 Gal); GPS (Raymarine RC320); Holding Tanks; Trim Tabs (Bennet)
Electronics & Navigation Gear:
Cockpit Tables; Compass; Depth Instrument; Fuel Gauge; GPS; Navigation Lights; Navigation Software (Raymarine RC 320); Speedometer; Tachometer (2 VDO); VHF (Horizon Std Omni); Windshield Wipers (1)
110v AC Outlets; 12 V DC Outlets; AC Electric Panel; Accessory Switches; Alternator; Battery (2 New Gell); Battery Charger (C Charger); Battery Switch; Circuit Breaker Panel; Cockpit Lighting; Docking Lights; Electric Engine Hatch; Engine Kill Switch; Gauges; GPS Speedometer; Horn; LED Lighting; Ship's Power (12v DC); Shore Power (110v. AC; Shore Power Cords; Speakers; Stereo (Clarion XMDI); Transducer; Volt Meter (2 VDO); Water Temperature Gauge (2 VDO)
Deck & Hull Equipment:
Aft Deck Sun Pad; Beverage Holders; Bimini; Bolster Seat; Cockpit Carpet (Removable); Cockpit Cover; Cockpit Faucet; Cockpit Seating; Cockpit Sink; Cockpit Table; Cockpit Wet Bar; Courtesy Lights; Dive Tank Racks (Undre Seat); Eisenglass; Fenders; Forward Seating; Glove Box; Lines; Snap-in Carpet Liner; Storage Cover; Swim Platform; Transom Door; Wrap Around Eisenglass; Full Enclosure (Forward, Port And Starboard , And Aft Enclosure With Eisenglass.); Bilge Pump; Dock Lines; Fenders; Fire Extinguisher; Fire Suppression System; MOB System; NMMA Certified
From the owner:
This beautiful 2001 Formula 280SS is a two owner boat and only has 346 hours on the Mercruiser 350 Magnum MPI engines with Bravo 3 out drives. Boat spent most of its life in Northern Il. We bought it in 2009 when it had 250 hours on it. We brought it down to Florida in the fall of 2010 and used at second home. It has always been on a lift and flushed after each use. It now has 346/364 hours on the engines. Sold home and have other boats in Northern Illinois so we no longer have a need for it.
I have been on the boat and have seen and inspected all the details mentioned here. This boat is in exceptional condition. The seats are very comfortable and are look new. You could dine off the bilge floor, and the engines look great.
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Type: Other
Draft: 3 ft. 0 in.
Beam: 9 ft. 2 in.
Fuel tank capacity: 120
Water tank capacity: 20
Speed max: 65