FORMOSA MARINE is known for the quality of build, safety and performance. The SEA-ROD brand was developed in 2011 in response to customer demand for a water ballast hull giving extra stability at rest. Formosa Marine’s unique four (4) chamber, COUNTERBALANCE water ballast system expands across the width of the hull, available in sizes 520 and over. There are eight (8) SEA-ROD models sizes from 455 to 740 and a large range of optional extras to help you to custom build the boat of your dreams. Others can only talk about what makes an aluminium plate boat, FORMOSA MARINE builds them. Check out the unique design features found on the SEA-ROD below.
Formosa Marine’s SEA-ROD transom includes a step down transom allowing for the innovative ‘Active Transom’ design. Choose the access you need with the new Active Transom for fishing, casting, diving or simply enjoying the waters. Available from sizes 520 apart from the Full Access option which is only available on sizes 520, 550 and 580.
Full Access has the unique folding transom door and folding platform for the ultimate water and motor access, fishing platform or lounge deck on the back.
Dual Access has the ultimate folding transom door on either side giving double the access for the family and ideal for diving.
Have it all with the Single Access option that includes a single folding transom door and storage, allowing room for accessories such as the folding back seat and the Formosa designed bait board and bait tank.
Select the Closed Access for a greater storage option.
The new SEA-ROD Active Transom is fitted with an accompanying heavy duty dive ladder on all boats with non slip tread mats as standard for the ultimate water access.
The SEA-ROD range have a unique four (4) chamber COUNTERBALANCE water ballast system for unrivalled stability at rest. Unlike traditional keel ballasts, the SEA-ROD off-centre ballast hull combined with a wide beam and reverse chine hull minimises hull roll or sway from swell and internal boat movement.
Once you are on your way, the 4 chambers rapidly empty, allowing you to get on the plane without any change in performance. The water ballast hull is available in sizes 520 and over for the OFFSHORE and CLASSIC range.
Formosa Marine CLASSIC models have taken the standard hull design to the next step in innovation by developing not only a COUNTERBALANCE water ballast hull but have also developed a process that makes them available in the CLASSIC 520, 550 and 580 models – a design unique in aluminium plate boats with plywood floors.
Each boat is fitted with an accompanying heavy duty dive ladder and deck treads on a step down transom design, so entering the boat and accessing the water and motor is a breeze.
The latest advancement in hull design, the V2 Hull offers enhanced performance and strength, while maintaining and taking advantage of Formosa Marine’s acclaimed sharp nose line, deep hull and wide beam. The V2 Hull advances and modernises the boats through the following enhancements:
SHARPER DEADRISE: A sharper, more defined deadrise provides greater trim range, enhanced tracking, softer ride and a quick response out of the hole.
UNDER FLOOR CELL DESIGN: Increased floor rigidity using an under floor lock cell design, gives the floor more structural reinforcement.
INCREASED STORAGE: Extra side pockets for more storage and additional hull strength.
HULL STRENGTH UPGRADE: From size 455 and over, all Formosa Marine built hulls now feature 4mm sides with no pressings as standard.
While an increase to the deadrise usually results in compromising a boat’s design, the new V2 Hull sees no change to beam width, no effect to the renown stability and most importantly still allows for a true self draining deck with scuppers on the OFFSHORE models; a bilge pump is not required to drain the deck. Safety is still paramount with foam filled hulls and bilge pump installed in the hull.
A large drain channel is welded in each corner of the transom. This true 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 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.
The exterior hull on an OFFSHORE model is built with High Tensile 5083 Marine Grade 4mm aluminium sheeting. 5083 Marine Grade Aluminium is known for its exceptional performance in extreme environments. FORMOSA MARINE offers even more – OFFSHORE models sizes 620 and over are built with 5mm bottom sheets as standard.
SeaStar Solutions® Steering Systems are standard on the SEA-ROD range. The OFFSHORE models are fitted with the premium SeaStar Hydraulic Steering System. The CLASSIC models are installed with the new high performance XTREME™ Cable Steering System. View our supplier page for more information.
A Formosa Marine built hull is renowned for its generous freeboard height, wide beam and ergonomic layout making you feel like you are in a much larger boat! Combined with the sharper deadrise of the V2 Hull and reverse chine, a Formosa Marine boat gives you more stability and a smoother, drier ride in all boating conditions.
With not only a sportier look, the raised sheer line provides protection from large swell keeping a drier deck and also allowing the massive internal space and deeper sides Formosa Marine is known for. The distinctive curved chine line has become Formosa Marine’s ‘hallmark’ well noted on the water.
FORMOSA MARINE uses 4mm Marine Grade Aluminium side sheets which do not require pressings to strengthen. Box style side ribs act as support and house wiring and tubing internally to keep your deck clean and free of obstructions. The bottom sheets consist of longitudinal water ballast structures running the length of the boat with lateral cross structure, all fully welded to the hull creating massive strength and a solid feel underfoot when underway. Be assured of a strong hull built to withstand open water conditions and provide many years of trouble free boating.
The 120mm wide reverse chine combined with a wide beam and the COUNTERBALANCE water ballast hull makes this Formosa Marine built hull one of the most stable hulls at rest or in a rolling sea. The reverse chine and the welded on planning strakes provide excellent tracking performance and a smooth ride in choppy conditions.
The side decks and gunwales on a Formosa Marine hull are fully welded and not stitched, offering greater rigidity and strength. The welded side decks are easy to clean and give better paint longevity. You will notice on a Formosa the welding is not sanded smooth and bogged, keeping the full strength you expect with a fully welded plate boat.
Enjoy the benefits of solo deploying and retrieving at the boat ramp. After working closely with major trailer brands, Redco and Dunbier, the Formosa Marine designed Tow-Catch™ is a hook and eye design welded to the keel, a standard feature that gives you the option to install a quick release boat catch onto a suitable trailer. Talk to your dealer for more information on this new feature.
Designed by Formosa Marine for the V2 Hulls, this new aluminium Bowroller has been engineered to suit manual deployment and/or drum winches.
The Ali Bowroller is fully welded to the nose sheet and also welded to the 32mm grab rails for extra strength and a superior design. The Bowroller protrudes sufficiently to allow self-gravity release.
Whether boarding or disembarking, the FORMOSA MARINE designed and manufactured heavy duty aluminium ladder provides total stability underfoot at all times. An internal grab rail, shown to the right of the ladder, is a standard feature on all boats with a transom door. The design is proving to be the best on the market and so FORMOSA MARINE installs one on every boat unless not required.
SeaStar Solutions® Steering Systems are installed as standard to all SEA-ROD boats. The OFFSHORE models come with the premium SeaStar Hydraulic Steering System. CLASSIC models have recently been upgraded to the new high performance XTREME™ steering cable, reducing cable friction improving performance, runs smoother for longer and provides precision control.
FORMOSA OFFSHORE floors are constructed out of 4mm aluminium and finished off with marine grade carpet. The CLASSIC models have BS1088 Marine Grade plywood pre dipped in an anti-fungal agent and finished off with Marine Grade carpet. FORMOSA MARINE don’t skimp on quality to save costs, so you will be hard pressed to find the same quality of plywood floor in other boat brands. All FORMOSA hulls are constructed from superior materials to ensure performance and longevity.
Make the most of your deck and transom area with the SEA-ROD range. Depending on the model, the range features a unique folding transom door to extend your fishing platform. Also unique to the SEA-ROD is a folding, recessed lounge option. The lounge can safely seat up to three people and be folded away to optimise valuable deck space.
FORMOSA MARINE has the ability to customise and create a boat to suit you. Choose between the CLASSIC or OFFSHORE features, various models and sizes, and from the largest range of optional extras. Download the online brochure or view the range of Optional Extras (link below) for your desired model. Contact your local dealer to discuss what you need to enhance your boating experience.View Optional Extras