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Formula 242 LS for sale in Southampton United Kingdom


Aspire Boat Sales


Southampton United Kingdom




24.02 ft.





Formula 242 LS



Make & Model

Formula 242 LS

Boat type



24.02 ft.

Fuel Type



Southampton United Kingdom

Tax status

Tax Paid



2.46 ft.


0.89 ft.



For sale, an immaculately preserved 1988 Formula 242 LS, located in Southampton, United Kingdom. 'Big Bad Barry', as it's currently named, is a modern-day classic emitting a blend of 80’s elegance and contemporary brilliance. Polished and re-fitted, it features an up-to-date 7.4 Ltr V8 Petrol Engine producing 450 HP with fewer than 10 hours on the clock. Coupled with a new Garmin Navigation System, a Fusion RA770 Stereo system with 2 Sub Woofers and 6 Speakers, and new, luxurious upholstery, this sports boat effortlessly blends style and performance. Wrapped in a stylish blue and silver exterior, this 2 berth sports cruiser features a sleek, race-style hull that is certain to turn heads wherever it ventures. Enclosed below deck is a cosy cuddy cabin offering the perfect storage space for water sports gear or a leisurely night away. Unravel the 1980s charm with the convenience of modernity with Big Bad Barry — a retro power boat offering a truly distinctive boating experience. Don't miss the chance to view this fine vessel through Aspire Boat Sales in Southampton.


This fantastic boat has to be seen to be appreciated & is in great condition. Originating from the highly respected racing stable of Formula Boats, this Formula 242 is a modern classic that has been completely re-worked & re-fitted to make it fit for the modern day. With its race style hull & elegant 80’s styling this is a Sports Boat that will really turn heads. However, what lies beneath is a 21st Century re-work, complete with a new 7.4 Ltr V8 Petrol Engine producing 450 HP, that has completed less than 10 hours, mated to a re-built Bravo X Drive, Garmin Navigation System, Fusion RA770 Stereo with 2 Sub Woofers and 6 Speakers, Suspension Seating for the helm & Navigator & new upholstery. This Formula 242 certainly belies its age. It also has a stunning Blue & Silver wrap, new transom shield, new battery charger, new trim tabs & more. Below deck she houses a 2 berth cuddy cabin, perfect for the odd night away or storing all your kit and watersports toys. If you want a fast, fun, retro power boat that will get you noticed, then Big Bad Barry is the boat for you. It is currently available for viewings with Aspire Boat Sales and is lying Southampton.

Main Specifications

Stock Number : ABS 2402

Year of Build : 1988

LOA : 7.32 m

Beam : 2.45 m

Draft : 0.90 m

Engines : Swaymar Marine 7.4 ltr – 450 HP – New 2022

Drive : Mercury Bravo X Drive – Completely Rebuilt in 2022

No of Hours : 10 hrs (approx.)

No of Berths : 2

Plotter 1: Garmin 923 Colour Plotter

Plotter 2 : Garmin 923 XSV with Fishfinder

Stereo : Fusion RA 770 – 2 x 10” Subwoofers & 6 Speakers

Main Features

Formula 242 - refitted over a few years.

Fully wrapped blue hull silver deck -

New engine, 7.4 V8 450hp (less than 10 hrs running) Still running in.

800CFM carb - Forged & Stroked – Stainless exhaust and risers.

New transom shield 2022

Rebuilt drive Bravo X Drive - Mint

Garmin Nav system

923 x 1 & 923XSV and fishfinder


Digital switching

Fusion RA770 Stereo & Sound system

2 x 10 inch subs

6 x speakers

New Bennett Trim Tabs

Battery Charger

Fire extinguishers

3 x bilge pumps

New toe rail - black

2 x Fuel Tanks

Suspension Seating – Helm & Navigator

Rear Bench Seat

2 berth Cuddy Cabin

Tinted Sliding Companionway Door

Bucket seats and a spare ( Spare seat needs re-covering)

Full cover

Currently Winterised by Bentley Marine

Survey report available - completed 2022 for insurance purposes


Due to the age of the boat, sadly a lot of the title Documentation has been lost. The purchaser will be provided with a Bill of Sale, proof of Ownership & Declaration of No Liens. There is no proof of VAT payment available.

Brokers Comments

Oh my goodness what a boat. If you fancy yourself as Don Johnson in Miami Vice and want a boat with all the styling and panache of the “Super 80’s” era but with all the convenience and reliability of modern day boating, then this Formula 242, currently named Big Bad Barry, is the one. Having had tens of thousands spent on it in recent years, this stunning boat features a new 7.4 ltr, 450 HP engine that is still being run in, new electronics, suspension seating, a full hull wrap and so much more. It also features a Fusion RA770 Stereo that has 6 speakers fitted, but also has not one, but 2 Sub Woofers, enough sound for a real party !!. It also has the convenience of a rear bench seat to accommodate the rest of the family and a generous 2 berth cuddy cabin beneath the bow to crash out on the occasional nights away or store all those water sports toys and skis

This truly is a very special boat that will attract the attention of fellow boaters and is a real conversation starter wherever you go. Being sold at a price that doesn’t go near the amount spent, this Formula 242 LS offers amazing value and is certainly one to view. Whether you want to relive your youth with your mates or have a solid, fun & versatile family sports boat, then BIG BAD BARRY ( the name can be changed !! ) is the boat for you. She is currently lying in Southampton and is available for viewings through Aspire Boat Sales.


Engine Hours




Hull Material

GRP Planing Hull



Swaymar Marine 7.4 Ltr - 450 HP

Length Overall

7.32 metres


The Formula 242 LS is 24 feet long that boasts a 2.5 feet beam. The Formula 242 LS is made of grp planing hull.



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