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Four Winns V285 (2010-)
(w/ 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI)


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Brief Summary

The Four Winns V278 is now the New V285. Same stable V hull and panted running service with a new name for 2010, the V285. Capt Ron Svoboda gave the model a thorough test to see how this 7200 pound express cruiser works in action.

Key Features

  • Balsa-cored hull sides and deck
  • Bow anchor roller
  • Bow rails, welded one-piece, one-inch stainless steel
  • Aft shower, hot/cold
  • Stable-Vee hull
  • Swim platform integrated with hull and deck
  • Trim tabs
  • Aquaflex vinyl
  • Electric lift engine hatch
  • Double-wide helm with flip-up bolsters
  • Sony AM/FM/CD player
  • Shore power cable
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 28' 4''
    8.64 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.55 m
    Dry Weight 7,360 lbs.
    3,340 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 39''
    .99 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 17 deg.
    Max Headroom 6' 0''
    1.83 m
    Bridge Clearance 7' 0''
    2.13 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 85 gal.
    321 L
    Water Capacity 21 gal.
    79 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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 MerCruiser 350 MPI
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    650 3.4 2.9 1.0 3.2 2.8 246 214 69
    1000 5.7 5.0 1.6 3.6 3.1 272 236 73
    1500 6.7 5.8 2.6 2.6 2.2 196 170 76
    2000 7.4 6.4 3.9 1.9 1.7 146 127 75
    2500 8.5 7.4 6.4 1.3 1.2 102 89 79
    3000 10.0 8.7 9.8 1.0 0.9 78 67 85
    3500 19.6 17.0 10.5 1.9 1.6 143 124 85
    4000 24.9 21.6 11.3 2.2 1.9 168 146 88
    4500 32.9 28.6 14.7 2.2 2.0 172 149 89
    5000 36.6 31.8 18.4 2.0 1.7 152 132 90
    5600 38.3 33.3 22.8 1.7 1.5 129 112 91
    650 214 396 5.50 3.79 1.37 69
    1000 236 438 9.20 6.06 1.51 73
    1500 170 315 10.80 9.84 1.09 76
    2000 127 235 11.90 14.76 0.81 75
    2500 89 164 13.70 24.23 0.57 79
    3000 67 126 16.10 37.10 0.43 85
    3500 124 230 31.50 39.75 0.80 85
    4000 146 270 40.10 42.78 0.93 88
    4500 149 277 52.90 55.65 0.95 89
    5000 132 245 58.90 69.65 0.85 90
    5600 112 208 61.60 86.31 0.71 91

    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.

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 7.4 sec.
    0 to 30 12.71 sec.
    Props N/A
    Load 2 persons, 1/2 fuel, no water, min. gear
    Climate Temp: 90 deg., humid: 55%, wind: calm, 10 mph: 1' chop

    Captain's Report

    Capt. Ron Svoboda

    Four Winns V285

    It’s all in the numbers

    The V285 is the largest trailable pocket cruiser in Four Winns line. The next size up, the 288, has another foot of beam, making it a little more challenging to tow to your favorite playground. The 285 also has a manageable dry weight of just 7,100 pounds, meaning that you won’t need a big rig to get her to and from the launch ramp.

    Four Winns V285

    The inside scoop

    The boat’s cabin is just right for a couple or small family. A convertible dinette in the bow sleeps two people, while a small aft cabin offers room for two more. The port side galley provides just enough storage space for a weekend cruise along with a microwave oven, and a single burner electric cook top. The counter top has a granite like solid surface with a molded sink built in. Under the work surface is a refrigerator for food and beverage storage. The cabin also features a fully lined head compartment with flush toilet, shower nozzle with curtain, and a compact vanity with sink.

    Four Winns V285

    Top side, the V285 has cockpit seating for four adults, a removable snack table that can convert into a sun pad. A mini wet bar is to port and offers up a fresh water sink and a removable cooler that is situated in a nook below the counter top. To starboard, the boats helm gets a mixture of class and aviation styling. Analog gauges are placed around the optional Raymarine chart plotter and below a Danforth compass. Switches are located on either side of the tilt steering wheel and there is easy access to the Sony stereo controls and optional VHF radio.

    Four Winns V285

    Sport-able options

    One unique option for this pocket cruiser is the tubular aluminum wakeboard tower. Now, I’m no wake sports expert, but I bet the V285 throws a good size wake for playing on. Plus, at the back of the boat is a large transom locker and spacious, extended swim platform making the boarding experience for all more enjoyable.

    Four Winns V285Jumping to the foredeck is a set of molded steps and a large windshield pass-through. The deck provides a good, non-slip surface and a slopping bow rail for safety. A pair of cushions can be placed here to maximize your sun pad potential and lounge space. All the way up front is an anchor locker and roller. A windlass is optional but makes for a good investment. Trust me on this one.So if you want a cruiser that you can haul to your lake or pond, but still need more space than the average pocket cruiser has to offer, then the V285 might be the right formula. It’s hard to beat the boat's performance and economy. Not to mention the amenities that are worked into the package.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Four Winns V285 (2010-) is 38.3 mph (61.6 kph), burning 22.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 86.3 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Four Winns V285 (2010-) is 19.6 mph (31.5 kph), and the boat gets 1.87 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.8 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 143 miles (230.14 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Standard
    VHF Radio Standard


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Trim Tabs Standard
    TV/DVD Optional
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Optional


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard


    Camper Back Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Generator Optional


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