Four Winns V285 (2010-)
(w/ 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI)

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Four Winns V285 (2010-)
Four Winns V285 (2010-)
The Four Winns V278 is now the New V285. Same stable V hull and panted running service with a new name for 2010, the V285. Capt Ron Svoboda gave the model a thorough test to see how this 7200 pound express cruiser works in action.

Key Features

  • Balsa-cored hull sides and deck
  • Bow anchor roller
  • Bow rails, welded one-piece, one-inch stainless steel
  • Aft shower, hot/cold
  • Stable-Vee hull
  • Swim platform integrated with hull and deck
  • Trim tabs
  • Aquaflex vinyl
  • Electric lift engine hatch
  • Double-wide helm with flip-up bolsters
  • Sony AM/FM/CD player
  • Shore power cable


Four Winns V285 (2010-) Specifications
Length Overall 28' 4''
8.64 m
Dry Weight 7,360 lbs.
3,340 kg
Beam 8' 6''
2.55 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 39''
.99 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 85 gal.
321 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity 21 gal.
79 L
Deadrise/Transom 17 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom 6' 0''
1.83 m
Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance 7' 0''
2.13 m
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Four Winns V285 (2010-) Engine options
Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI
Opt. Power Not Available

Four Winns V285 (2010-) Captain's Report

Capt. Ron Svoboda

Four Winns V285

It’s all in the numbers

The V285 is the largest trailable pocket cruiser in Four Winns line. The next size up, the 288, has another foot of beam, making it a little more challenging to tow to your favorite playground. The 285 also has a manageable dry weight of just 7,100 pounds, meaning that you won’t need a big rig to get her to and from the launch ramp.

Four Winns V285

The inside scoop

The boat’s cabin is just right for a couple or small family. A convertible dinette in the bow sleeps two people, while a small aft cabin offers room for two more. The port side galley provides just enough storage space for a weekend cruise along with a microwave oven, and a single burner electric cook top. The counter top has a granite like solid surface with a molded sink built in. Under the work surface is a refrigerator for food and beverage storage. The cabin also features a fully lined head compartment with flush toilet, shower nozzle with curtain, and a compact vanity with sink.

Four Winns V285

Top side, the V285 has cockpit seating for four adults, a removable snack table that can convert into a sun pad. A mini wet bar is to port and offers up a fresh water sink and a removable cooler that is situated in a nook below the counter top. To starboard, the boats helm gets a mixture of class and aviation styling. Analog gauges are placed around the optional Raymarine chart plotter and below a Danforth compass. Switches are located on either side of the tilt steering wheel and there is easy access to the Sony stereo controls and optional VHF radio.

Four Winns V285

Sport-able options

One unique option for this pocket cruiser is the tubular aluminum wakeboard tower. Now, I’m no wake sports expert, but I bet the V285 throws a good size wake for playing on. Plus, at the back of the boat is a large transom locker and spacious, extended swim platform making the boarding experience for all more enjoyable.

Four Winns V285

Jumping to the foredeck is a set of molded steps and a large windshield pass-through. The deck provides a good, non-slip surface and a slopping bow rail for safety. A pair of cushions can be placed here to maximize your sun pad potential and lounge space. All the way up front is an anchor locker and roller. A windlass is optional but makes for a good investment. Trust me on this one.

So if you want a cruiser that you can haul to your lake or pond, but still need more space than the average pocket cruiser has to offer, then the V285 might be the right formula. It’s hard to beat the boat's performance and economy. Not to mention the amenities that are worked into the package.

Four Winns V285 (2010-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Four Winns V285 (2010-) is 38.3 mph (61.6 kph), burning 22.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 86.3 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Four Winns V285 (2010-) is 19.6 mph (31.5 kph), and the boat gets 1.87 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.8 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 143 miles (230.14 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Four Winns V285 (2010-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Standard
VHF Radio Standard
Air Cond./Heat Optional
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trailer Optional
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Optional
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Optional
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Arch: Electronics Standard
Hardtop Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Camper Back Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Generator Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Four Winns V285 (2010-) Warranty

Four Winns V285 (2010-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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