The re-creation of Four Winns began two years ago when its owners, Platinum Equity, gave the go-ahead to create tooling for a new Horizon lineup. The H260 is the latest entry into this new family of day boats: the biggest, most luxurious in its class yet.
With a 320 hp Volvo Penta sterndrive installed beneath the hatch, this boat’s ride was like a rocket ship — smooth, with just enough chutter from the wind chop to let us know we were boating, not flying. The DuoProp drive bites into the water like a tiger, helping the boat to track true — we couldn’t make it blow out, even during the sharpest turns in our test regimen. Acceleration delivered for a boat this size was spot-on exciting.
Striding from bow to stern and gunwale to gunwale tells a tale of extra people-space built into this 8-foot-5-inch beam craft, and it was seemingly carved from nowhere. But it was cleverly eked by the innovative use of a narrowed gunwale and tucked-in coaming panels that left more seating and more deck space for passengers’ fun, dancing or prancing.
The H260 also sports a luxurious sun pad that opens to create a generous transom walk-through. This hatch converts gull-wing style into a reclining lounge for sun bathing or reading. The re-creation of the Horizon 260 proves an exciting offering for the enjoyment of pride in ownership of discriminating boaters.