Formula and Sunseeker advise


Junior Member
Aug 25, 2004
Cruising area
Solent and Cornwall
Boat make
Chaparral 260 Signature
Mercruiser 7.4 Bravo III
Hi All

Just sold my Sea Ray 27ft cruiser and am looking for info on the Formula 311 SR-I and Portofino 31. My last boat was really bad in the rough chop even with a 19 degree dead rise which basically put the family off using the boat much so really want a boat which can handle the chop and some power hence my choice.

BTW Is a poker run a rally?
Hi Matt

Nice site and pictures see you have the same engines I had in mine except mine was a single. See by your bio you are in Farnborough? Is that Farnborough Hants? Where do you keep your boat?
Thats my plan for my next boat, kept in Chichester what a pain to get to, thinking of leaving next one dry at Drivers Wharf 9 months in the water each season took a hell of a toll on the outdrive and and underwater gear and anti fouling a pain I can do without.
went out on a sunseeker portifino the othe month twin 200 diesels, was awfull !! far too slow/underpowered and didnt handle well....

the tomahawk 37 seems to get all the plaudits, for hull design/strength and speed...

but like Matt I agree the formulas are (like cigarettes) one of the best looking boats around..... there are plenty of others US boats, but Formula seem to have a good name over here for re-sale...

you get a smooth ride but loose a lot of your cabin/cockpit space etc...... always a trade off unless you got serious $$$
where is drivers wharf guys and how much it cost?? is it by saxon wharf?
Yep and its the cheapest berthing around.;)

It appears they don't build the 311 SR1 any more, but I know lots of guys with those older Formulas and they swear by them. Not the fastest boats, but pretty much bulletproof.

Have you a line on one there? There are 9 pages of Fomulas for sale on Do you have a British version of that site?

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