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Four Winns H260
Draft (max): 2'11" (drive down)
Displacement (approx.): 5,100 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 5'3" (8'6" with arch)
Max Headroom: N/A
Fuel Capacity: 70 gal.
Max Horsepower: 380
Available Power: MerCruiser and Volvo Penta 300 to 380 hp
You have expectations from a boatbuilder based in a town called Cadillac. You want to see American know-how, sound engineering, sleek design and a soft ride with plenty of creature comforts. That’s the goal of Four Winns boats and one I believe achieved aboard the H260, which offers more cockpit space, more versatility and a higher level of quality that’s bound to keep other premium boatbuilders on their toes.
The first thing you notice about the H260 is the expansive cockpit. From the platform, step through the transom door by lifting the hinged sun-pad wing, and you find yourself standing on a swim platform that’s easy to board because it’s just a scant few inches above the waterline. Striding from there to the bow, peeking in at the fiberglass-lined enclosed head with its sink and designer vanity along the way, you can see and feel the extra space built into the H260’s 8-foot-5-inch beam. The room was cleverly eked from narrowed gunwales and tucked-in coaming panels.
In boatbuilder lingo, Four Winns uses a short deck — which is the gunwale, or cap, ringing the cockpit, not the cockpit sole. Most other builders use a tall deck, which must be wider in order for the lamination crew to reach in with tools to wet out and smooth the fabric. Compare the distance between the rub rail and the top of the gunwale aboard this boat to that of other runabouts and you’ll see the difference. The result is more seating and more deck space without increasing the maximum beam.