The Four Winns H260's classic sportboat style has given way to looks more consistent with a go-fast, only without the cost associated with that breed of boat. The new model, called the H260RS features a tinted low-profile windshield and upgraded gel work and graphics. Inside there are a host of features that are also included with the RS package.
Stable Vee hull
Four Winns custom trailer
RS gel and graphics
Sundeck with lounge
Fiberglass cockpit floor
Four Winns H260RS (2014-) Specifications
26' 6'' 8.08 m
5,100 lbs. 2,310 kg(w/ eng)
8' 5'' 2.55 m
35'' 89 cm
70 gal. 265 L
12 gal. 45 L
8' 6'' 2.59 m (max)
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.
Four Winns H260RS (2014-)Engine options
Currently no test numbers
Twelve MerCruiser engine options from 300-hp to 380-hp. Nine Volvo Penta engine options from 300-hp to 380-hp.
The Four Winns H260RS has a LOA of 26’6” (8.08m), a beam of 8’5” (2.55 m) and a draft of 35” (89 cm).
The mission of the H260RS is to expand the market for the H260 Horizon by adding additional features that change her looks both internally and externally. Now, the classic sportboat style has given way to looks more consistent with a go-fast, only without the cost associated with that breed of boat.
The sleek lines of the H260 remain, while the gel work and low profile windshield make for a more racy looking boat characteristic of a go-fast.
There are some standout features that Four Winns provides. Among those features are --
1. Color-Matched Trailers.
2. Side Guides - These help keep the boat straight in a cross current or cross wind.
3. Fully Welded Fabrication – This is a strong advantage over bolts and clamps. There’s nothing to loosen over time and fewer places for corrosion to creep in.
4. Closed Box Steel Construction – 11-gauge box tube steel adds strength over open channel C-stock.
5. Low Profile Design – Keeps the center of gravity lower making for an easier towing boat and also saves on fuel.
6. Non-Marking Bow Rollers - The forward portion of the keel rests against these high-density rollers, which are made of a special material that won't leave scuffmarks.
7. Fold Away Tongue – Minimizes space requirements and reduces wasted space. Chain it or remove it to reduce theft.
8. Heavy Duty Jack Stand – Four Winns utilizes the workhorse of a jack stand and has a rotating wheel base and locking winch system to assist in the launching and loading process.
9. Polyurethane Finish – Creates a long lasting finish more resistant to the long term effects of sun, salt and temperature changes. Plus, it’s color matched to the boat.
10. Bearing Protection – With TurboLube there is an oil bath bearing system with a plastic hum that shows the oil level in each wheel.
11. High Quality Tires – Important where the rubber meets the road.
12. Disc Brakes – Less prone to head buildup than drum brakes
13. LED submersible lights – These use less electricity and remain cool so they don’t “pop” when hitting cold water. They’re also submersible so water won’t seep in and corrode the connections.
14. Fixed Tie Downs – Eliminates the problem of lost tie downs. These are retractable and permanently attached to the trailer.
15. Longitudinal bunks – These cradle the boat more effectively than rollers and they also spread the load out over a longer surface area.
Stable Vee Hull. This has been a staple on Four Winns boats since 1993 and it’s an award winning design feature.
• During hard cranking turns, the running surface clings to the water and the boat stays flatter giving a more car-like feel, according to the builder
• The stepped running surface reduces surface friction and drag while underway, which is more efficient
• The shaped chines give the hull a larger, more stable footprint
• The chines also provides lateral stability that distributes weight to help remain level while running or at rest
• Stainless Steel – All cleats, lifting eyes, rails and fasteners are stainless steel.
• Wiring Harnesses – Copper wiring is used with tin coating to inhibit corrosion in saltwater environments. Internal silicone seals protect against damage and the contacts are rated for high amperages.
• Stay Dry Foam – Stainless steel springs compress moisture out of the foam, and water passes through the reticulated foam to be shed from the bottom of the rotocast plastic base.
The RS version of the H260 features upgraded graphics and a low profile windshield.
By contrast, here’s the H260 without the RS package. The tower shown here is optional.
The RS Version
With the creation of the RS version, Four Winns has given the H260 a shot of testosterone. The low profile tinted windshield, bow scuff plate and the gel scheme and graphics are designed to appeal to a racier clientele. The trailer will also have premium aluminum wheels.
Step aboard and the improvements continue. Carbon fiber has been added to the vinyl upholstery, the dash panel is now a custom black, the swim platform has a grey non-skid mat and the cockpit has a custom designed snap-in carpet.
The layout of the H260RS is such that it makes good use of all available space, particularly in the cockpit seating.
The layout of the H260RS is fairly typical of a sport bowrider, but there are a few exceptions. The cockpit seating is mostly wrapped around from helm seat to observer’s seat creating a much more efficient use of space beyond the typical bench seating.
Built-in Cooler. To starboard is a doublewide seat that can be swapped out for a “cockpit galley” that includes a sink and refrigerator and counter space for food prep.
A built-in cooler resides under the aft bench seat, but we’d like to see that space accommodate a carry-on. It’s just more efficient to load a cooler at home and bring it aboard.
The port console includes a lockable glove box and hand-fitted, topstitched upholstery. There’s a small electronics storage space as well. Inside is a head compartment with a Porta-Potti included as standard equipment.
Four Winns did a good job on the bow seats. Notice they not only have flip-up armrests, but there are armrests recessed into the bulwarks. And the grab handles are placed much more ergonomically than we usually see. A large anchor locker is forward. We like that.
Vinyl on the seats is Aquaflex with carbon fiber highlights that all will withstand the elements, but we’d still cover her up when not in use. The bow seating is much more inline with the typical bowrider but we notice that the seat cushions are hinged to allow easier access to the storage underneath.
Towards the stern is the usual sun pad, but these cushions kick up to form a chaise lounge as well as aft facing seating.
Notice the steps in the corners of the transom, just under the sunpad. Also, there are speakers at the swim platform. The platform itself has gray mat non-skid as part of the RS package.
We think the black dash panel of the RS package presents a slightly automotive retro look. Even without the options discussed later, the dash is well equipped. More of the hand-fitted upholstery of the port console can be seen here, as well as the expected tilt wheel. There’s also full instrumentation along with a depth sounder that includes air and water temperature.
The command center includes cruise control, a depth sounder with water and air temperature, fuel flow, full engine instrumentation, GPS chartplotter, LCD touchscreen, programmable watersport rider settings, stereo control, trip data, and video inputs.
The trim of the RS helm matches the gel work of the hull. A stereo remote is at the helm and drives the Sony stereo. No Bluetooth though, and we’d like to see Four Winns add that to the standard stereo.
Good Standard Equipment
Additions to the mechanical side of things that we didn’t expect were power steering (not power assist), dual batteries with a battery switch and a transom trim switch… all standard.
Pricing and Options
The H260RS has a base price of $90,769 and at that price the boat can come with either a 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI with BIII drive or a 300-hp Volvo Penta V8-300C with DP drive. Options will go from 320-hp on up to a 380-hp Volvo Penta V8-380 DP.
Towing and watersports options include a collapsible wakeboard tower with color matched Bimini top ($6,615) and speakers ($1,231) can be added.
The hull and deck options include an aft shower ($231) which we think is a must have. A windlass ($2,385) is offered but the anchor for a boat this size doesn’t weigh that much to warrant it. We would add a bow anchor roller ($469) as it simply takes the anchor out of the storage compartment, leaving it dedicated to the anchor rode. Plus, it just looks better on the boat. Underwater lighting is a cool feature but pricey ($731).
This switch panel shows off the precision textured trim that is indicative of an upscale boat. We also love how the horn switch is easily distinguished from the others.
Moving to the cockpit we have a few well thought-out items we’d add. Definitely go with the cockpit table ($662) with side mount bracket. The refreshment center ($1,846) includes a refrigerator and sink plus much needed counter space for food prep. Since there’s an enclosed head, we’d ditch the Porta-Potti and go with a pump-out ($300) and a VacuFlush head ($1,615).
At the helm, is where we would put a good chunk of the optional bucks. The command center adds a host of features that we’ve come to appreciate on any boat. The price is dictated by the brand of engine (Mercury DTS - $4,962, Mercury without DTS - $4,115, and Volvo Penta - $4,146).
Some people will opt for the stereo remote at the transom ($385) but at 26’6” (8.08 m) LOA we don’t feel it’s necessary to go with the premium sound system ($2,192) and its attendant amplifiers, subwoofers, and upgraded speakers.
The aft sun pad not only converts to aft facing seating, as shown here, but also a chaise lounge.
The engine room could use the advantage of the automatic discharge fire extinguishing system ($385) and we’ve seen a growing trend of this being standard on more and more boats. The thru hull exhaust ($3,923) we can also live without but some younger buyers might like the added noise.
Finally, we come to the canvas and even if we store this boat inside, it will need to be covered. The full canvas ($1,169) will keep the interior and caprails protected for trailering, but the cockpit and forward cover will do the job for a little less ($800).
The Bottom Line
So with all of these goodies added onto the base price, we arrive at an MSRP of $115,954, with the base engine. More power will raise the price accordingly. But all things being equal, while this isn’t exactly the lowest priced boat on the market, it isn’t the most expensive either.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Four Winns H260RS (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
= Standard = Optional
Four Winns H260RS (2014-) Warranty
Four Winns H260RS (2014-) Warranty Information
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