|Length Overall||17' 4''||Dry Weight||2,050 lbs.|
|Beam||7' 6''||Tested Weight||N/A|
|Draft||30''||Fuel Cap||24 gal.|
|Deadrise/Transom||21 deg.||Water Cap||none|
|Max Headroom||open||Bridge Clearance||3' 8''|
|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.|
|Std. Power||1x135-hp MerCruiser 3L|
|Tested Power||1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L|
Entry-level sportboat with good features.
At 17’ 4” in length overall and plentiful seating arrangements to choose from, this versatile boat (think recreation, picnicking and skiing) makes entry level power boating a pleasurable experience fo
You'll enjoy driving this nimble performer.
Available options include bolster seats, cockpit and bow covers, and a 4.3 liter 190 HP Volvo package
The helm offers a simple and functional layout.
The helm is relatively no frills (as it should be on an entry-level vessel) but nicely laid out.
Comfortable bow seating with padded backrests.
A walk-through windshield separates bow and cockpit. Bow seating is an inverted “V” with padded backrest.
Thick padded seats will provide a happier ride.
The cockpit is spacious despite the boat’s 7’6” beam. To the port side and starboard of the engine cover are two incredibly comfortable bucket seats. To the side of each are handrails, as well as rece
Plenty of room around the boat for small items.
Skis may be stored in a locker below the sole that is also carpeted and slotted for water run off. The ski locker is hinged, opening to the port side. Additional cockpit storage runs the length of the
Tested by Captain Tom Shackleford
Considering your first purchase of a motorboat? Or are you re- entering the boating lifestyle you have enjoyed in the past? If you are nodding your head yes to either question, Four Winns has a trailerable inboard/ outboard for just such considerations – the H170 bowrider.
At 17’ 4” in length overall and plentiful seating arrangements to choose from, this versatile boat (think recreation, picnicking and skiing) makes entry level power boating a pleasurable experience for the whole family. If you are a previous boater seeking a low-key way back to the water, the H170 is just the ticket you’ve been looking for.
Four Winns has chosen the dependability of MerCruiser to power this fun runabout. The 3-liter I/O motor has 135 horsepower delivered from its 4-cylinder layout. Incorporated into the power plant is a power steering unit for ease of operation. You may not think a 17’ boat needs power steering but, for those times you are powering up or down while maneuvering, you’ll appreciate the smooth control.
The cockpit is spacious despite the boat’s 7’6” beam. To the port side and starboard of the engine cover are two incredibly comfortable bucket seats. To the side of each are handrails, as well as recessed drink holders. Seating on the port side of the H170 is a “back to back” affair that easily pulls out, folding open into a sun pad. The helm seat both pivots and moves forward and backwards.
Carpeting covers the sole. Skis may be stored in a locker below the sole that is also carpeted and slotted for water run off. The ski locker is hinged, opening to the port side. Additional cockpit storage runs the length of the cockpit on both sides and is recessed to the hull. The detachable stern lamp is housed on the starboard side and has a cover. Above these side storages, the toe rail is coated with non-skid. This will prove helpful boarding dockside when stepping over.
Behind the Wheel
The helm is relatively no frills (as it should be on an entry-level vessel) but nicely laid out. Faria gauges sport fog resistant poly-carb lenses and the lay out includes indicators for: fuel; volts; oil pressure; temperature; MPH; tachometer and trim. The throttle/ gear selector has a kill switch attached by a lanyard.
A walk through windshield separates bow and cockpit. Bow seating is an inverted “V” with padded backrest. Minimal stowage is below the port side and starboard bench seats, handrails are provided forward along with drink holders.
A Clarion marine stereo AM/FM/CD provides the tunes while you are tooling around and includes one-year Sirius satellite radio activation.
The engine compartment has a nice, one piece and molded cover that is held upright with a single hydraulic support while opened. Lifting the engine cover was easily done with one hand. Also molded into its design (while closed) are air intakes at the stern corners. I noticed ample space in the engine compartment for access during pre- ride engine checks and routine maintenance. The top of the engine cover has a non-skid surface.
That non-skid cover will come in handy when climbing in and out of the water from the swim platform. That’s right, a swim platform on a 17’ boat! Also molded into the deck/ hull design, this platform runs the width of the boat’s stern and juts out about a foot or so. The platform has also been covered with a non-skid traction surface. A tow/ ski ring is located at the center of the transom and on the starboard side of the transom is a three section telescoping swim ladder. The ladder is powder coated and has stainless steel nuts and bolts. Access to the ladder is underneath a hatch cover with an oval cutout incorporated into it as a handhold for that last step aboard. The ladder hatch is flush with the platform when closed.
The 170’s extra shallow draft is provided by a deadrise of 18 degrees and 30 inches of draft with the outdrive down. Fuel capacity is a fair 24 gallons. Maximally passengers and gear are not to exceed 1150 pounds and all totaled this boat weighed in at 2050 pounds.
There is a limited life hull and deck structures warranty but get this: all components have a 3 year warranty honored through the folks at Four Winns.
Available options include bolster seats, cockpit and bow covers, and a 4.3 liter 190 HP Volvo package. With a draft of just 30” with the out drive down, thin water is not scary. The 135 HP 3 L Mercruiser carries this boat economically. The 12 gallons of fuel carried on board propelled us to a 6-MPH (900 RPM) while burning a .5 gallon per hour, while 11.5 GPH were needed at 4425 RPM’s and 34 MPH. IN the middle, 3000 RPM’s used about 5.18 GPH to go 14.4 MPH.
The four cylinders popped this vessel out of the water and on a plane in as little as 3.06 seconds. Keeping it at full throttle, 30 MPH arrived in 10.45 seconds.
It should be noted that testing occurred in choppy seas for this little boat. Fuel capacity was at half with the minimal gear aboard.
It couldn’t be any easier to get started boating the Four Winns way – the H170 is packed with usable features both newcomers and experienced boaters will appreciate.
|CD Stereo||Sirius Satellite Radio|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
= Standard = Optional
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