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Content courtesy ofThe swim platform is one of the more attractive venues in the stylish Four Winns HD 220 OB; it's covered in two-tone soft non-skid with the company logo embedded, and overlooked by a broad lounge seat that readily converts to a sun lounge. The outboard configuration means space usually taken up by the motor box is now available for storage, and the lighter outboard power produces strong performance.
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’ HD 220 model is a sportboat first. Built with storage for a day cruise with watersports and comfortable accommodations that can seat 11, Four Winns has matched its profile with practical design. Four Winns has also taken aim at the luxury end of this market, outfitting the HD 220 OB with small design touches and amenities that look to put the HD 220 OB at the head of its class.
Swim Platform Lounge. The HD 220 OB has a walk-through transom back to a swim platform that is designed like a lounge: aft-facing bench seating with stainless steel cup holders overlooking a swim platform with comfortable non-skid surface and a hidden reboarding ladder.
Deep-Reach Ladder. The swim ladder on the HD 220 OB is stainless steel and is, as described by Four Winns, a “deep reach ladder.” It telescopes and is longer than your conventional reboarding ladder, which is a more user-friendly design and increases safety for younger and less-experienced swimmers.
Stable-Vee Hull. Developed by Four Winns in 1993 and introduced as a major innovation, the Stable-Vee Hull remains a very attractive piece of engineering. The stepped running surface reduces friction and drag while underway with the after-pods helping the boat plane quicker. The angle of rise in the boat’s hull creates a smooth ride, and the uniquely shaped chines give the boat a large, stable footprint. A hard-cranking turn is a great example of where its advantages show up -- the running surface clings to the water, staying flat for a more car-like feel.
Premium Materials. Not only are Four Winns boats meticulously designed with computer-assisted engineering geared toward ergonomic performance, but the execution of that design is carried forth with top-quality materials. Stainless steel in the cleats, lifting eyes, and rails means low maintenance and long-lasting performance. Copper wiring harnesses with a tin coating protect against saltwater corrosion over years of use. The comfort-ride seat that Four Winns boasts “may be the most comfortable marine seat ever,” utilizing a unique foam integrated suspension system that absorbs the impact caused by motion with side air vents keeping things cool and ventilated on long days under the hot sun.
Four Winns Custom Trailer, standard. For a 22’ sportboat like the HD 220 OB, a trailer is many times a definite necessity. Four Winns offers their trailer, made custom for the HD 220, as part of the standard package; no budgeting for the boat and finding an extra expense late in the game when a trailer becomes a necessity.
Enclosed Port-a-Potty Head. For many, this feature can be a game-changer. Depending on the nature of the trips you’re interested in for the HD 220 OB, the ability to have an enclosed head on board can really change and improve the profile of destinations and size of parties one can entertain.
Bow seating and storage. The bow of the HD 220 has the U-shaped seating section familiar on sportboats of this size. The seating is as comfortable as advertised -- perhaps not as clearly better than its competitors as the advertising would suggest, but it clearly prizes a soft, responsive ride and delivers for sure. The gunwales are lined with plush bolsters with two cutouts to port and starboard housing stereo speakers.
As is also familiar for these bow seating configurations, the center footwell space can be converted with a filler cushion to make one uniform “sun pad” surface. Additionally, an optional cocktail table can be installed (and easily removed). The table has cup holders installed in the surface.
As is the case throughout the boat, the seating surfaces represent both accommodation and storage space. The seating panels in the bow lift up to reveal fiberglass-molded storage cubbies.
The apex of the bow has a small swim platform, with non-skid surface and a telescoping “deep reach” reboarding ladder under a hatch in the middle. Stainless steel grab rails rest atop the gunwales to port and starboard. Access to the bow, comes via the flip-open windshield hatch.
Helm Seating and Dash. The helm seating on the HD 220 OB is the same Comfort Ride foam technology found throughout the boat only in bucket-seating, ergonomically precise form. As such, they are extremely comfortable and well-ventilated with flip-up bolsters and the ability to swivel.
The dash on the HD 220 OB has something of a luxury car design with a hand-fitted, top-stitched upholstery and precision-textured trim. Fuel gauge, hour meter, oil pressure, speedometer, tachometer, temperature gauge, and volt meter all come standard with an option to upgrade to a Raymarine A77 GPS.
Enclosed head compartment for optional Port-a-Pottie. The door latch gives way to a fiberglass molded space with the Port-a-Potty style head and an overhead light.
The center walk through between the captain and companion seats also has in-floor storage. Typically this is used for water-skis, but, in any event, it is one of the larger storage spaces on the boat with gas-assisted struts and a rubber mat lining.
Seating with storage. The seating in the HD 220 OB’s cockpit is U-shaped, wrapping from both port and starboard back and along the transom. This “U” is only interrupted at the starboard side corner by a transom walk-through to the stern, via fiberglass-molded steps. The seating is bench-style with Aquaflex vinyl upholstery. The port and starboard-side seating is “backed” by the gunwale plush bolsters with the transom seating up against a fuller backrest.
An optional cocktail table can be installed in the seating area via a mount on the side of the seating.
The seating is on hinges that lift up and reveal storage below. The HD 220 comes with a built-in cooler in the cockpit, as well as a dedicated space for a carry-on. The main cockpit also has stainless steel cup holders, stainless steel grab rails, and a water intrusion management system.
Aft Seating Lounge. Mirroring the backrest along the transom in the cockpit, the stern has an aft-facing bench seating in Aquaflex vinyl upholstery. The seating has two armrests with built-in stainless steel cup holders.
This seating looks out over the rear swim platform, covered in a non-skid surface. To starboard is a latch over the swim ladder, which is a “deep reach” design that extends further into the water, giving more ladder to grab against for increased safety and convenience.
The swim platform comes with an optional transom shower as well.
The HD 220 OB comes standard with a stereo with iPod/iPhone connectivity and four speakers throughout the boat. Of course, an option exists to upgrade this with JL audio speakers and subwoofers, as well as a remote with transom display.
The HD 220 OB is outfitted for watersports -- a tow line point, reboarding ladder, and copious water toy storage all point to this, as does the boat’s power and handling. A major upgrade to this end exists as well, as the HD 220 OB can be outfitted with a wakeboard tower. This wakeboard tower itself comes with an optional colored Bimini top, as well as further stereo upgrade via two more premium JL stereo speakers.
Further, Four Winns offers the Turbo Swing Ski Tow as an upgrade, along with board racks for further water sports storage. The Turbo Swing is an attractive option -- working with the outboard motor, it is a C-shaped tow point that does not restrict the anchor point of the tow line to just one point, instead swinging across the wake as the boat whips the skiier/tuber back and forth.
The HD 220 OB uses an outboard motor, and offers a range of options at purchase for power.
The Four Winns HD 220 OB has a LOA of 22’1” (6.73 m) and a beam of 8’5” (2.57 m). With an empty weight of 3,530 lbs. (1,601 kg), 98% fuel and 2 people onboard, we had an estimated test weight of 4,208 lbs. (1,909 kg).
With the 250-hp Mercury Verado outboard powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 49.1 mph at 2500 rpm. Best economic cruise came in at 4000 rpm and 29.7 mph. It was at that speed that the 10.2 gph fuel burn translated into 2.9 mpg and a range of 116 miles.
The Four Winns HD 220 OB with a 250-hp Mercury Verado outboard came up on plane in 3.7 seconds, reached 20 mph in 6.3 seconds, and continued through 30 in 9.3 seconds. All with minimal bowrise.
Her handling was exemplary and certainly consistent with what we’ve come to expect from Four Winns proprietary Stable Vee Hull design. On acceleration, there’s minimal bowrise with no interruption to the forward sightlines. She carved through turns with a solid feel to the water and no slip. Crossing wakes showed no pounding and a clean transition across the chop. All in all it’s a comfortable-handling boat with gentle characteristics that families will appreciate.
Options to Consider
Here is a look at the highlights of the options available on the HD 220 OB and the prices for their addition at purchase.
Four Winns calls their warranty the Winning Edge Owner Protection Plan. The warranty has, with some exceptions, the ability to be transferred -- making the boat more valuable immediately.
This warranty consists of a lifetime warranty on the structural components of the hull and deck. Further, five years of protection against osmotic hull blistering and one year of protection for non-structural elements, non-structural parts and components, and against cracking, crazing or fading of the gel coat finish.
As always though, check with your local dealer for the full details on Four Winns’ warranty offer.
The MSRP on the HD 220 OB is listed at $68,462 with a Mercury Verado 200XL
The HD 220 OB fits the Four Winns standard of ergonomic design, high-quality fit and finish, and clear awareness of the needs of the market -- in this case, the sportboat market. The HD 220 OB nicely keeps pace with the market for storage, options for customizing and upgrading the watersport capability, and offering (through design) amenities that maximize the boat’s versatility -- such as the enclosed head.
The HD 220 OB offers a lot bang for the buck, and with the wide array of power options, potential owners can select the exact right engine for their budget.
Test Result Highlights
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!
Pricing Range: $68,462.00Prices, 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.
Test Results - Change Measurement Unit
All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.