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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
Horsepower is another place to bling this beauty, but I felt well rewarded with the smooth-running 320 hp Volvo Penta Duoprop sterndrive. It took just 3.9 seconds to plane and 7.7 seconds to hit 30 mph. OK, so top speed was 2.7 mph shy of that magic 50 mph goal line, but if the GPS hadn’t said so, I wouldn’t have known it. Four Winns’ trademarked Stable-Vee hull delivered the goods.
Our inland lake had just a riffle on it from a fair breeze, so I cut some hard turns to port and starboard to rough things up and then cut back into the wakes to sample her solid feel. And, yes, it was solid. It was also stable, accepting acute helm input as we crossed over wakes at normal cruising speeds between 30 and 40 mph. Some of that stability comes from the sharp chines and 20-degree deadrise and some comes from the superior hookup of the Duoprop drive. With the drive trimmed neutral, it idled forward straight and true, just what you want when taking a starlight cruise or idling down a long channel to a slip.
When I stepped off the H260 and tossed the keys to the engineers, I nodded approval. Here’s American ingenuity and Midwestern dedication to quality that will meet the expectations of any discriminating boater planning to plunk down the better part of $100,000. For the money, count me as one.
Comparable model: Monterey 264 FS