New 40’ Four Winns Express is a Winner - 11/26/2008
We believe Four Winns’ new V408 will set new benchmarks for 40’+ express cruisers of the future. It has been carefully designed for two entirely different uses – 1) day boat entertaining, and 2) two-couples or family cruising. But that is just the beginning. We counted at least 10 innovations on the boat, all features that pack big-boat utility into a 40’ boat. We got a sneak peek at the prototype at the Ft. Lauderdale show and we think you’ll be impressed, as we were.
video “Sneak Preview” of the V408 --
Clear View Astern --
The boat also makes a remarkable entertainment venue, with an optional hydraulic swim platform ideal for snorkeling or scuba, or turn it into your backyard barbie with the grill on the aft deck.
We like the clear Plexiglas in the locker in the swim platform. Just add underwater lights and you’ll have a spectacle of fish darting below at night. The locker is thoughtfully sized for two large fenders as you’ll see in the video.
An example of innovation is the placement of the electric grill in the transom of the boat. Think of the advantages: no greasy smudge on the coupe‘s overhead, freeing up room on the bridge for seating and tables, and by folding down the rumble seat you have an ideal-sized food-prep counter. With a flip of a switch you can turn the rumble seat into sun pad.
The sink, wet bar and icemaker are handy to the “J”-shaped seating. You can put a table here for al fresco dining or filler cushions for al fresco sunning. Finally someone has put drawer-style refer and icemaker in a cockpit. Four Winns has taken a cue from the megayachts and provides blue courtesy lighting around the bridge.
The Bridge --
Probably most notable on the bridge is the coupe-style fiberglass hardtop coupled with an amazingly large sunroof with electronic adjustment. The expansive sunroof, combined with wide windshield walk-thru steps, allows passage to the foredeck with ease and plenty of headroom. It does this because the sunroof goes to the frame of the windshield. When it is retracted, anyone can stand up and not have to duck when going through the open windshield to the foredeck.
The lounge seating aft and the helm seats are all on one level, which is something we like, particularly when going offshore. The helm is well done and the helm seat is electric, which is the only way to go in this size and type of boat. Importantly, you can stand at the helm and have good visibility forward.
Joy Below Deck --
Below, as noted above, the remarkable aspect of the boat is the optional aft (or mid) cabin with full head room by the bed and in the head which has a separate shower. This is a $6500 option over the standard layout. Double sliding doors provide privacy. In the prototype they were translucent doors, Japanese-style, but we are sure you could get them opaque if you wanted.
Many boaters, particularly in the Midwest where they do not do that much overnight cruising, prefer the standard arrangement because it opens up the salon to handle more guests and provide room for entertaining.
We like the fact that Four Winns provides cruising canvas as standard. This lengthens the boating season and Four Winns makes sure the canvas fit and finish is correct.
The boat is available with twin 400-hp gas engines driving through Volvo Penta’s IPS pod drives, or with its 370-hp or 435-hp diesels hooked up to the pod drives and joysticks. The boat will carry at MSRP of just under $587,000 with standard equipment.
The boat’s warranties are --
*Lifetime limited warranty on structural components of the hull and deck
*Five years of pro-rated protection against osmotic hull blistering
*Two years limited warranty coverage on non-structural parts and components
*One year limited warranty against cracking, crazing or fading of the exterior gel coat finish
If you would like a test drive of the new V408 or simply to see one in a dealer’s showroom, click here.