Four Winns has been setting boating trends since it was founded by the Winn brothers in 1975. It’s changed hands a time or two, but today’s owner, Rec Boat Holdings, may just be the closest in capturing the spirit and style of the Winn family. Rec Boat’s investment has helped Four Winns’ new Horizon line recapture boaters’ hearts, and the H230 is the latest in a line of boats offering evidence of its commitment to quality and innovation.
We first saw the future of the Horizon series in 2011, when Four Winns introduced the H210 (check the video). The H230 incorporates the same engineering and design techniques, expanding the platform to an even roomier and more luxurious 23 feet — and they’re done very well.
The helm and passenger consoles are upholstered in leatherlike, UV-protected vinyl, carefully stitched in the Four Winns plant. This speaks to both style and performance in a tone reminiscent of luxury automobiles. Oversize gauges give clear readouts, and aircraft-style lighted toggle switches show at-a-glance status in daylight or dark.
Perhaps the most intriguing benefit to the new design is the wider-than-average cockpit, despite the 230’s 8-foot-5-inch beam. The gunwales are narrower than those of similar boats, an engineering accomplishment enabled by careful layup and reinforcement with top-shelf materials. In the H210, Four Winns claimed a 10 percent increase in cockpit space. The data for the H230 is not reported, but the effect is just as dramatic.
The platform is still low to the water for easy access. That makes water sports or even just an afternoon dip more enjoyable. It sweeps forward to a walk-through transom and stowage concealed beneath a spacious sun pad. Opt for the wakeboard tower ($6,923), and an integrated Bimini will provide shade to the cockpit.
There’s not much missing from the H230. It even includes a trailer — Four Winns equips the sporty runabout with a custom, color-matched road chariot, making the H230 as much of an eye-catcher on the water as it is on the way to the water.
Comparable model: Sea Ray 230 SLX