Four Winns has released its latest in a whole new line of boats slated to revitalize this venerable boat builder under the banner of Recreational Boat Holdings Co, formed last year and led by Roch Lambert.
Charged with revamping the Four Winns models, the Cadillac, Michigan, company's engineers have worked from the top down, going from their popular cruising models all the way to this brand-new 21-foot runabout.
We haven't tested the new craft yet, but it is expected to hit speeds in the low 50s with maximum horsepower and up to 42 mph with minimum horsepower. Four Winns' patented Stable-Vee hull takes some of the credit for this performance. We've tested that hull configuration before on Four Winns boats and can attest to the fact that it works. Invented in 1992, the Stable-Vee hull lets the boat step on plane faster with less bow rise and enhances speed. It also provides a more stable ride, resisting roll at rest and when crossing wakes. What Four Winns calls stepped afterpods assist performance by creating lift and combating bow rise on the hole shot. We'll put a stopwatch to that claim when we get aboard this summer.
Our photo files indicate styling matches performance in the new H210, and the sleek craft is accented by an exclusive design curved glass windshield that blends with the sporty lines.
The cockpit is wrapped in supple vinyl, contoured and accented with contrasting colors to enhance the sporty feel. Spread out inside it; the cockpit is roomy with a captain's seat fore and an aft bench seat that wraps around the port coaming to meet a lounge back that can flip forward for aft-facing seating or flip aft to give the main passenger a forward facing seat. It's a very cool feature not usually found on 21-footers. First-class seating in the bow has its own stereo speakers, convenient grab rails and cup holders for a relaxing. What about cleaning up at the end of the day? No problem. Advance information indicates the optional lush carpet unsnaps from the fiberglass sole for shaking out sand and for line-drying to make it fresh for the next excursion.
The ample swim platform is easily accessible from the cockpit through a walkway that opens from the sun pad. Once there, boot up for a board ride or get the kids ready for a tube ride. There's a tow point in just the right place for easily hitching up the fun. It looks like the platform sits as close to the water as popular ski/wake boats—a nice touch.
Choose the power option for the sport and load you want to carry. Whatever you choose, the fun is controlled by the racy-looking helm that includes a compartment for stowing a phone with 12-volt charging plug, toggle switches, full instruments with polished bezels and a competition-style three-spoke helm you won't want to release to another captain. An auxiliary port for an MP3 player is also in the mix, but to port. The helm station's look is enriched by the hand-stitched vinyl padding and on the instrument brow that reduces glare in full sun.
Not sure which waters are your favorite? Don't worry. We're told the H210 comes with a custom Sure-Load trailer with disc brakes and a swing-away tongue to make it easier to stow in your garage. And all this is suggesting one thing: the new Four Winns isn't just revamping boating; it's enhancing the whole boat ownership experience.
» Length Overall: 21' 4""
» Beam: 8'5"
» Fuel Capacity: 40 gallons
» Max Load: 1,600 lbs. (725 kg); 10 passengers
» Boat & Engine Weight: 3,300-3,540 lbs.
» Trailer Weight:1,320 lbs.
» Cost: Please contact your Four Winns dealer for pricing information. Go to fourwinns.com to locate your nearest dealer.
» Maximum speed: 44-52 mph (depending on engine specified)
Check out the Discover Boating segment, featuring the Four Winns H210, which appeared on WGN television Friday, May 27, 2011:
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