The deck boat was born a bath-tub style tri-hull with a rectangular (card-shaped) deck plan. From those 1960s models, deck boats have evolved into sleek party platforms with sweeping lines. Most deck boats, though, are still built on some variation of the tri-hull plan with more width and depth farther forward. That's the key to a desirable deck boat: more space where it counts — up top.
However, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who'll claim a tri-hull cuts waves as smoothly as does a V-hull. So we now have a deck boat like the Four Winns 264 Funship. It is one of the larger deck boats around, and when you put this size deck on a V-entry hull (17-degree deadrise) you have less rat-a-tat-tat-tatting over chop than is felt in a tri-hull.
You'd normally sacrifice some space in a monohull deck boat, but the 264 Funship has a massive cockpit that sits deep, so you could teach dancing to a kindergarten class. The size also allows up to 375 horses and duoprop drives.
This is clearly Sea-Ray's approach as well. The four boats in their Sundeck line, from 20 to 27 feet, are as much wide-beamed, wide-bow sport boats as they are traditional deck boats — a little more spacious than their bowrider brethren, but just as snappy.
Four Winns 264 Funship
Why it stands out: This is the biggest of the Four Winns deck-boat lineup, offering swim platforms, showers and ladders off the bow and stern. The hull rides deep, which also translates to massive storage areas in the cockpit and a 2,300-pound capacity.
Length overall: 28'2"
Dry weight (w/ base engine): 5,170 lb.
Weight capacity: 2,300 lb.
Fuel capacity: 80 gal.
MSRP (w/5.7 Gi/DP 280 hp): $61,415