Formosa Marine have always designed and built with safety and performance in mind and have tested in the most remote areas of Australia. The owners have never been complacent and look to improve and evolve the boats to handle all environments. Every Formosa boat complies with Australian standards of aluminium boat building and these are noted on the Australian Builders Plate issued to each boat. Other safety features include spacious layouts with no trip hazards and plenty of storage, stability and self-draining decks for offshore adventures.
Formosa is renowned for their spacious decks and if you compare to other designs, you’ll notice the space extends right through to the front. There has been a number of design decisions made on a Formosa Hull which combine to give you the amazing space you see when entering the boat. Formosa Marine have refined their hull design to include an ideal balance between the degree of deadrise, reverse chine, generous freeboard, wide beam and ergonomic layout, making you feel like you are in a much larger boat and more importantly, provides a stable platform for you to enjoy. A sharper deadrise is sometimes mistaken for ‘better performance’ which is really just reducing travel time. With a sharper deadrise you also get a much more narrow boat too, which isn’t pleasant in the rough, and with many people on board, space is probably more of a concern. Performance should include the whole day on the water, even at rest. We challenge you to see for yourself and compare to other boats on the market; the deck space will surprise you!
The innovative Quad4™ Water Ballast is a unique four (4) chamber COUNTERBALANCE system and developed for unrivalled stability at rest. Unlike traditional keel ballasts, the Quad4™ off-centre ballast hull combined with a wide beam and reverse chine hull, minimises hull roll from the swell or internal passenger movement. Once you are on your way, the 4 longitudinal stringers empty rapidly, allowing you to get on the plane without any change in performance. The unique internal chambers extend from the transom forward ¾ of the hull, and additionally provides hull strength and integrity.
Quad4™ Water Ballast is an optional extra if you require more stability at rest. Even though a Formosa hull is very stable, some people require a water ballast; it’s a personal decision depending on where, when and how you’re using the boat. Let your Formosa dealer know you want the Quad4™ Water Ballast.
A self-draining deck quickly removes excess water from the floor area which may occur when caught in heavy seas or while hosing down the deck. The Formosa Aluminium Self-draining Deck is a standard feature on the OFFSHORE models. Formosa has designed a large drain channel welded in each corner of the transom which drain the water from the deck, through a scupper on the back transom and to the outside of the boat. It’s what Formosa calls a ‘TRUE’ self-draining deck as the drainage system sits ABOVE the waterline, allowing the water to leave the boat. This is thanks to Formosa’s Hull design which allows for a high floor that sits above the chine line or water line. Other ‘draining decks’ on the market are welded on the chine line, or below the waterline, and so the water is directed into the hull requiring the water to be pumped out of the boat; a scary proposition if the bilge pump is out of action. The Formosa aluminium deck is carpeted with marine grade quality flooring, making it a great non slip surface that is comfortable from the sun’s heat. For peace of mind, the hull is foam filled and an underfloor bilge pump is fitted as a standard feature.
Every Formosa Marine boat complies with Australian standards and issued with a hull identification number (HIN) which is engraved on the Australian Builders Plate situated on the portside side pocket inside the boat. To meet these standards, there are various requirements, one of which is Buoyancy. Every boat should have a certain amount of flotation, installed in the boat, depending on size and weight, so as it continues to float when flooded, swamped or capsized.
Formosa Marine boats all have the recommended closed-cell foam fully packed underfloor. Closed-cell foam has excellent buoyancy and low water absorption. Coupled with Formosa’s high floor which not only gives massive strength to the subframe of the boat, but also allows far more flotation foam to fit underfloor adding even more safety to your boat.
For peace of mind, all boats are fitted with an automatic bilge pump with manual over-ride.
Each boat has an electrical harness kit installed which includes a 6 way Switch Panel, Navigation Lights and Ancor Light.
Gives you structural reinforcement and ensuring the main traffic areas are solid underfoot, providing the ultimate stability and a safe environment.
Strong 32mm extrusions are fully welded to the gunnels, forward and rear which runs to the floor line on the transom for safe boat access.
6mm EVA Marine Deck provides a durable, comfortable and safe underfoot surface.
The aluminium Bowroller is fully welded to the reinforced nose sheet and to the grab rails. Engineered to suit manual deployment and/or drum winches.
Large side pockets welded to the ribs give extra side strength and are mounted high to allow for foot space for the ultimate fishing standing position.
To ensure your boat is secure on the trailer, heavy duty tie down mounts are fully welded to either side of the transom.
Formosa now provides a thicker aluminium on the back of the anchor well, providing heavy duty support for mounting your electric anchor winch.
Underfloor tank especially moulded to fit into a Formosa hull and positioned central in the boat and under the floor to reduce fuel movement. Each tank is fitted with a sender unit and twin breathers to minimise air blockages.
All boats are factory fitted with a two battery isolator switch as standard.
Each boat is installed with an external breather which has a built in fuel trap to prevent unwanted fuel surge.