Combine outstanding design and features with an attainable price, and you’ve got the premise of the new Four Winns H2 runabout. It’s about value with style, whether you choose this outboard-powered version of the similar H2 model with sterndrive power, including the surfable option of a forward-facing drive from MerCruiser or Volvo Penta.
The near-vertical stem, the compound curves and graceful arc of the windshield, and the gentle taper of the beam abaft midship give this runabout uncommon style for the category. Our test boat was equipped with the Elevate Package, which includes a deluxe interior in near monochrome black cool-touch vinyl with a leatherlike texture, stitched hexagon pattern, and a single bright accent on the rear seat. This is no basic runabout.
The H2 Outboard has a generous 2-foot-10-inch-deep aft platform, with about 11 inches of step space forward of the motorwell. The sun pad is about 2 feet, 10 inches deep and has lift-up backrests port and starboard, which also uncover walk-throughs to the cockpit. A bench seat wraps around to port, with a pivoting backrest at the console position that creates a lounge when angled forward. An electric ram lifts the sun pad and aft seat section to reveal a stowage compartment, which can be equipped with an optional portable head and privacy curtain in the space that would hold the engine in a sterndrive version of the H2.
At the helm, all instrumentation is presented on a Simrad GO7XS touchscreen, with a duplicate adjacent Simrad for navigation as an option. There’s a wireless phone charger tucked into the inwale. The bow seating is 1 foot, 7 inches deep, great for comfort and security.
The Mercury Verado 250 is a real powerhouse, with tremendous midrange torque. But it’s also smooth as silk and so quiet, you cannot hear it at idle. Digital control and power steering are standard with the Verado. Top speed in our test was 50.5 mph, with a time to plane of just 3.8 seconds aided by the signature Four Winns Stable-Vee running surface. The ride is smooth, and the handling is sharp. This boat satisfies in every regard.
- Standard MFD offers more information than a set of gauges ever could.
- Head where the engine used to be is a nice family option.
- Exclusive single lever to adjust fore and aft, and the rotation of the helm seat works like a charm.
How We Tested
- Engine: Single Mercury Verado 250
- Drive/Prop: Outboard/Mercury Revolution 4 14.6″ x 18″ 4-blade stainless steel
- Gear Ratio: 1.85:1 Fuel Load: 42 gal. Crew Weight: 400 lb.
Pricing and Specs
|Price:||$102,434 (base with test power)|
|Dry Weight:||2,800 lb.|
|Seat/Weight Capacity:||11/1,800 lb.|
|Fuel Capacity:||40 gal.|
Four Winns Boats – Cadillac, Michigan; fourwinns.com