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Brief Summary

The first thing that grabs you when you look at the SL260 is its distinctive sport styling. At 26 feet 6 inches long and weighing 5,350 pounds dry, the 262’s hull has the right foundation for a high-end runabout.

Key Features

  • Meets or exceeds applicable USCG regulations
  • NMMA certification
  • Transom Shower
  • Stainless Steel Ski Tow
  • Extended Swim platform
  • Walkthrough Windshield
  • Gas-Assist Engine Hatch
  • Enclosed Head with Porta-Potti
  • SIRIUS satelite stereo system with 6-month subscription
  • Stereo, Sony® AM/FM/CD player
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 6
    Beam 8 '6''
    Dry Weight 5,350 lbs.
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 17''
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20 deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 5' 0''
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 75 gal.
    Water Capacity 15 gal.
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total 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

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi
    Opt. Power Not Available
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 5.9 sec.
    0 to 30 8.2 sec.
    Ratio
    Props Not Available
    Load 3 persons, 7/8 fuel, no water, no gear
    Climate 85 deg., 50% humid, winds: 20 mph; seas: chop

    Captain's Report

    The SL 262 is a Trend Setter

    By Capt. Ron Svoboda

    The SL 262 is not your run-of-the-mill runabout. She is different from bow tostern. First, this is a big boat. At 5,380 to 5,590 lbs., dry, depending on the engine weight, she is one of the heaviest boats in her class. Her freeboard is higher than most boats in her class which makes her ideal for saltwater use as well as for inland lakes and rivers. Third, her “split chine” dull design gives her added stability, makes her dryer, creates a huge bow seating area, and when you put her in a sharp turn she carves it as if on rails.

    Four Winns SL 262

    This model has been so popular since her introduction that Four Winns has introduced two other SL models, the LS 222 and SL 242. All three have proven to be very popular with the boating public, and there were imitators almost immediately.

    The “SL” in the SL 262 stands for Sport Luxury and this boat covers those two bases well. When you step aboard the first thing you notice is the rich-looking tan upholstery and the solid-looking, wide custom-made seats – not seats that are flimsy, off-the-shelf and used by a dozen builders. This is not a rinky-dink, stamp-them-out-100-at-a-time bow rider. This is a substantial boat. That classy and elegant theme is carried through to the helm which has a real wood-grain steering wheel and dash panel.

    Four Winns SL 262Huge, Versatile Bow

    Forward, the extra-wide row makes into its own self-contained sun bathing pad or playpen. We’ve never seen anything quite like it! This is certainly a boat that is versatile so let you imagination run wild. Beach landings are aided by the square snout’s concealed ladder, and by a small swim platform that supplies ample footing while boarding or when working the anchor.The Business End

    Probably more than any other builder, Four Winns has been working hard the last few years to make the stern of all of their boats a major focus. As a result, the stern of the SL262 is another outstanding feature. First, there is a seat to port for observing a water skier or wake boarder. On the centerline, a large sunning ad makes into rear-facing seat for two – and now you have “stadium seating” so an audience can view the aquatic antics of the person on the end of the tow rope.

    Four Winns SL 262

    The SL262 has a big, beam-width swim platform, making it a water baby's dream. The platform includes a soft rubber mat and a recessed, four-rung (not three-rungs like most builders) swim ladder. There is a freshwater shower and stereo remote handy. The walk through to starboard has an acrylic gate that looks like thick glass. It uses magnetic catches to secure it in both open and closed positions, so there is no hassle with a mechanical latch.

    Four Winns SL 262Cockpit and Helm

    Inside the lavish cockpit an L-shaped lounge to port provides seating for at least eight guests and offers the use of an oval snack table. There are storage compartments below the seats and one of them converts into a little lounger. Directly across from this lounger is a small singles seat with easy access to a removable, insulated beverage cooler that tucks under the seat. An optional mini-sink can be ordered and is situated very cleanly into the starboard side bulwark.

    Four Winns SL 262

    The helm is another classy item that sets this boat apart from the norm. The dash is covered in hand stitched leather, and the steering wheel and trim panels are real wood, coated in a beautiful high-gloss finish. All the buttons and accessory switches are done in a classic, aero motif. I loved the look, but struggled a bit with figuring out what switches did what, as labeling and functions were not as obvious as the cool-looking design.

    Four Winns SL 262

    The helm seat is substantial with a nice, wide, thick padding and a useful flip-up bolster pad. The companion side gets the same deluxe seating as the captain. Behind the glove box console is a head compartment with porta-potti. It’s a bit tight for tall people, but is a great feature to have when entertaining guests. The ladies will love it as it also makes changing clothes private.

    Four Winns SL 262The Ride

    As already noted in sharp turns the SL 262 behaves as if she were on rails with no side slipping or cavitations. Her 20-degree dead rise is a good compromise between ride and performance. Here weight gives her a solid feeling and she cuts through waves with authority. We noticed no bad habits.

    Four Winns SL 262

    The MSRP on the boat depends on your engine option, and prices run from about $81,000 to $86,000. We think that the boat runs great with the smaller engine option, so that is the won we recommend, which will save you several thousand dollars.

    Four Winns, in our opinion, has a real winner here. We expect to see more boats with the “split chine” design and we think it will be around for a long time. To the untrained eye, the boat may look a bit odd at first, but we urge you to take a test ride to see for yourself how she feels and handles.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Four Winns SL 262 (2008-) is 50.8 mph (81.8 kph), burning 31.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 118.47 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Four Winns SL 262 (2008-) is 28.7 mph (46.2 kph), and the boat gets 2.83 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.2 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 191 miles (307.38 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Power Steering Standard
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard
    Hardtop Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    Limited Lifetime
    Yes

    Deck Warranty
    Transferable
    Limited Lifetime Yes
    Engine Warranty
    Transferable Extendable
    2 years - Mercruiser or Volvo See Engine Mfg. See Engine Mfg.
    Powertrain Warranty
    Transferable
    Extendable
    2 years - Mercruiser or Volvo
    See Engine Mfg.
    See Engine Mfg.
    Gelcoat Warranty
    Transferable
    1 Year
    Yes

    Blistering Warranty
    Transferable
    5 Year No
    Accessories Warranty
    Transferable
    2 year non-structural parts and components Yes
    Certifications
    ISO Certification NMMA Certification Yes
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