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Brief Summary

Several years ago Four Winns quietly launched the V408 at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. It was mashed in among scores of other express cruisers and in our opinion never received the acclaim it deserved, eventhough she had several major innovations that advanced the state of the express cruiser design art. The Great Recession rained on everyone's parade, including this wonderful boat, but Four Winns has made some changes and has re-introduced it as the V435. Among other things, this boat has gravitas, and we consider it one of the best express cruiser coupes in its size range.

Key Features

  • Light, spot/flood, remote
  • Gel coat, premium: classic navy, rattan, sea glass, steel grey, jet black or all white
  • Hard top, enclosed with multi color lights
  • Port lights, extra large curved hull windows
  • Sunpads, deck with adjustable headrests, and suntop
  • Windlass, with rope, chain, anchor and dual controls
  • Dockside power with Cablemaster
  • Table with mount
  • Compass
  • Trim tab controls with indicators
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 43' 6''
    13.3 m
    Beam 13' 4''
    4.07 m
    Dry Weight 28,000 lbs.
    12, 700 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 44''
    112 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 19 deg.
    Max Headroom 7' 1''
    2.16 m
    Bridge Clearance 13' 9''
    4.19 m with arch
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
    1,130 L
    Water Capacity 85 gal.
    321 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 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 2 x Volvo Penta IPS500 with Joystick
    2 x Volvo Penta IPS600 with Joystick

    Captain's Report

    Four Winns V435
    Her full-beam swim platform is almost three feet long, enough for all sorts of activities. This platform's teak decking is optional, as is synthetic Flexiteek. A hydraulic lift mechanism, ideal for using the platform to carry a tender, is also available.

    When we first saw the boat we were so blown away by the giant strides made in the express cruiser concept we called in our videographer and put him to work immediately at the boat show. We then rushed the video to our website and newsletter to bring this exciting design to our readers. At the end of the video we promised that we would be testing the boat soon, but the call to do that never came from the builder. As a result, we have never been able to put her through the normal sea trials, performance runs, and handling exercises we like to conduct with our trusty cameraman taping. So the following report is based on our taking another good look at this boat over two years after the first one. Done at the Miami Boat Show last month we were pleased to discover that our first impressions were right, and somewhat surprised to realize that its best new innovations had not yet been copied by its competitors. The new V435 takes another step forward in some of the details, but the basic boat is the same -- and still far ahead of the pack, in our opinion.What makes the Four Winns V435 so exceptional? Basically it is five major elements:

    Four Winns V435
    At 28,000 lbs. (12,727 kgs.) and with a 13'4" (4.10 m) beam this 43'6" (13.38 m) V435 is one of the heftiests boat in her class and about the same as the Downeasters.

    1. Weight.

    This is a big 43-footer. She is anywhere from 17% to 49% heavier than the Euro-styled express cruisers in her class. In fact, her displacement is about the same as traditional Downeast-style express cruisers of her length. That is an important revelation because it means that not only is she a sexy and fun day boat for entertaining, but she can also do some serious cruising.Both on the bridge deck and below in the salon, the V435 has remarkable headroom; in the salon it is 7' 1" (1.16 m). All of this is accomplished in 43' without the boat looking like a pregnant guppy or the Goodyear blimp.

    Four Winns V435
    This bridge deck is the key to innovation below. Note that the companionway is all the way to port. The standard fore-and-aft bench seat is moved toward the centerline. The steps to the bow and the helm console create headroom below.

    2. Mid-Cabin Headroom.

    She is the first express cruiser in this size range -- that we can think of -- that has successfully created standing headroom in most of the mid-cabin and in its en suite head. Four Winns has done this by departing from the traditional express cruiser bridge deck layout.

    Four Winns V435
    Capt. Rob is 6' (1.84 m) and he is standing in the mid-cabin with plenty of headroom, as you can see. Above his head is the walk-thru and helm console. His hand is on the Shoji screen double pocket door which he has just opened.

    By bringing the foredeck back to the bridge, moving the port bench seat toward the center, and placing the companionway on the port side, Four Winns has created headroom below not only in the mid-cabin head like most other builders in class, but also in the mid-cabin along most of the side of the bed. In our book this is a huge advancement in cruising comfort.

    Four Winns V435
    This is the new swim platform entertainment venue that Four Wins invented. We would have a rectangular teak tray made to sit on the aft bench seat turning that into a counter or bar for entertaining.

    3. Swim Platform as a Venue.

    If this boat was not the first, it was certainly one of the first to turn the transom and swim platform into a new venue for boat usage by placing a cooking grill there along with a removable cafe table. This not only frees up space under the hardtop, but it also keeps the smoke from the grill from rising into the overhead and soiling it. By turning the aft-facing seat into a counter for condiments or into a bar, with the addition of the extended platform the boat now has an extra entertaining space.

    Four Winns V435
    We call this a "teak beach," a large entertaining area, as well as a place for the tender. The chocks for the tender are removable for parties. The real teak on the platform is a $7,131 option.
    Four Winns V435
    This photo was taken on the foredeck of the V435 looking down at the forward hatch/atrium. We have never seen this treatment before on a production fiberglass boat.

    4. Innovations Galore.

    There are few new boats that we know of that incorporate so many clever, useful design ideas in one boat. The V435 is full of them, starting with the two round holes in the anchor locker for fender storage. The large circular atrium-like skylight around the forward round hatch literally brings the outside in to what is otherwise a dark, enclosed space. And mounting an optional washer/dryer in the mid-cabin head is a master stroke of inventiveness and a godsend for cruising folk.

    Four Winns V435
    The forward cabin can be dark and dank, but not with all of this light streaming in. There is a pull-over shade for the overhead hatch and skylight.

    The sunroof hatch that pulls back over the windshield walk-thru, taking the windshield frame with it, is a commendable feat of engineering. But perhaps the thing we like best about this yacht is that her designer discarded the droopy bow and hull-to-deck rub rail that swoops down to the swim platform that many Euro-styled boats have. Rather, the sheer line is almost straight, with just a slight break in it, courtesy of the Rybovich brothers. To our eye, that is more what a powerboat this size should look like.

    Four Winns V435
    The standard powered sun roof is pulled back and notice the section of hardtop adjacent to the windshield which has been retracted so you stand up when going forward.

    5. Well Equipped.

    Finally, the V435 is equipped with an abundance of standard items, many of which are typically expensive options on boats in this class. Builders do this to get the MSRP base price of the boat down so that when consumers are comparing boats they will be inclined to the one that is less money. Another sales variation on this theme is giving a big discount off the MSRP then adding it back by means of lots of "optional" equipment that most people would like to have. Taken together these standard items on the Four Winns V435 are worth about $100,000, if not more, according to our calculations on the back of an envelope. They include: a well-styled hardtop with hatches and powered extra large sunroof, a 10kW generator, 20000 BTU A/C system, camper canvas, engine room automatic fire extinguishing system (Bravo!), cablemaster, hydraulic trim tabs with indicators, central vac, plus a score of other things boaters usually like to have such as TVs, stereos, microwaves, coffee makers and the like. So perhaps now you can see why the staff at has been so excited about this boat, no matter what its designation, V408 or V435. But as the TV pitchman says -- But Wait! There's More! Indeed there is and that has to do with customizing and personalizing this boat to your own taste. Not only can you pick the hull's gel coat color and the fabrics inside, but you can also choose one of three different interior layouts.

    Three Choices of Layout

    Belowdecks, Four Winns offers three layouts, differing in the treatment of the mid-cabin. Otherwise, the arrangements are the same. As you'd expect, the V435 has a forward cabin with the ubiquitous island queen berth, and a salon with galley and dinette. But aft, where most builders habitually install a mid-cabin, Four Winns puts an open L-lounge; an enclosed cabin is optional, and can be furnished with either a convertible settee or a fixed berth. In both cases, an en suite head is included, and a washer/dryer stowed there is optional.

    Four Winns V435
    Four Winns offers three interior arrangements, differing in the treatment of the mid-cabin. The standard layout puts a settee here, open to the salon, but buyers can have an enclosed cabin with the settee, or one with a fixed berth. Both have en suite heads.
    Four Winns V435
    The V435's salon has a galley opposite a convertible settee with twin pedestal tables. The head is behind the bird sculpture(optional) and there's the typical forward stateroom with island berth. The differences in the three layouts are aft.

    For occasional cruising a deux, or dayboating with friends, the standard arrangement is fine, in our opinion: It keeps the salon open, adds seating and can be used for sleeping when necessary. But we prefer a mid-cabin for serious cruising, since it's quieter and more roomy than a forward stateroom aboard a boat this size. And we like the en suite head, too.

    Four Winns V435
    The private mid-cabin and head live behind sliding Shoji doors; the standard layout has an L-settee in that area, with no bulkhead. It makes the salon bigger and more open.
    Four Winns V435
    All arrangements have this convertible sofa with tables to port, at the foot of the companionway. However, we'd ask Four Winns to cut down the sofa arm at left to keep guests from bumping it.
    Four Winns V435
    The galley has a dual-voltage refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven and two-burner cooktop. A coffeemaker is also standard. Hullside windows let in plenty of daylight.

    A Clean, Well-Equipped Cockpit

    Above decks, the Four Winns V435 looks like a comfortable boat for two couples to cruise, or many more to enjoy on dayboating excursions. She has a big cockpit fitted out with a split refreshment center (island sink near the centerline and fridge and icemaker under a narrow counter along the port side), an electric grill, a U-lounge aft that converts into aft-facing jump seats or a sunpad, twin helm seats and a companion lounge forward.

    Four Winns V435
    Twin helm seats have flip-up bolsters; the driver's seat is power adjustable. Note the thickly padded armrest near the control levers.

    The standard fiberglass hardtop – two skylights and a powered sunroof are standard – encloses the cockpit well enough that some V435 buyers will want the optional cockpit air conditioning, a 16,000-BTU system that we recommend for folks in warmer climates: There's a lot of glass in the windshield, and it could get hot here. (You'll need a back canvas with Isinglass.)

    Four Winns V435
    We like helms with room for a couple of nav screens; the V435 has space for a third, smaller, display on the face of the panel, near the copilot's knees, too.
    Four Winns V435
    In the cockpit is a large seating area; a removable table; rear seats that can face forward or aft or convert to a sun pad lounger; two refrigerators; a large entertainment center; dual helm seats; a sun roof and a walk-through windshield.


    Standard power is twin 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500 diesels with joystick controls; 435-hp IPS600s are available. We haven't tested a V435, so can't comment on speed, other than to report some independent testers claim a top speed in the mid-30 range with the IPS500s. We can't vouch for that number, but pass it along for what it's worth.Four Winns installs a 10-kW genset as standard, along with 20,000-BTU of cabin A/C. A fire-extinguishing system and a galvanic isolator are both standard, too. The only option in the engine room is an oil-change system.

    Four Winns V435
    Choose the mid-cabin with fixed berth option, and you'll get this comfortable cabin that we'd use as the master stateroom. An en suite head is standard with the optional arrangement, and a washer/dryer is available. Note the headroom almost all along the side.

    Fitting Her Out -- The Options

    In our opinion, the Four Winns V435 is good example of the mid-40-something express cruiser. Her base price of $640,636 is competitive, and comparable to other boats of similar size.


    Should you go for the twin IPS500s (370-hp each) or the twin IPS600s (435-hp each) which sell for $42,620 more, bringing the base MSRP price to $683,256? Our experience is cruising at 20 knots is comfortable and fine and the V435 should do that with either engine option. Our guess is -- we haven't tested the boat -- that she will go about five knots faster with the bigger engines. You be the judge of how you want to spend your money.

    Hull and Deck:

    You have to have a plow anchor and the SST anchor is standard. You must have a flag holder ($214), and as we have mentioned, we like real teak on the swim platform ($7,131). You can save $500 with Flexiteek which looks good but it can get very hot. We like the real thing because it is a good no-skid surface, feels great under bare feet, and looks classy -- and it is not that hard to take care of.


    You must spring for the $951 teak table unless you will use this area only as a bunny pad. You could go for real teak or Flexiteek on the cockpit deck (about $8k either way) or stick with the non-skid fiberglass deck and the standard lay-in carpeting. As much as we like real teak, we would go with the standard glass deck here because soda, orange juice, red wine and about everything else will be dropped on this deck sooner or later and we would rather not have angst about spots on our teak deck. However, we would want teak treads on the steps going up to the foredeck at the walk-thru because if they get wet they are very slippery. Your boatyard can install them.

    Navigation Package:

    Four Winns offers a nice navigation package for $21,538 which includes GPS/chartplotter, depth sounder, 4kW radar open array, VHF, and Sirius hook-up. If you want to do serious cruising then you should have all of this equipment. If you are in an area that never has fog and you never plan to boat at night, perhaps you can do without the radar. You might find that your local electronics shop can sell and install all of this stuff cheaper and you can select your favorite brands. We like the ability to simply lean on the boat dealer when something goes wrong with the electronics so we'd buy the package. The autopilot is $4,615 and is a must in our book. Again, you may want to use your own man.


    Having cruised extensively with a KVH satellite system we wouldn't be without one on a boat. We love getting news, weather ,business reports, and watching bowl games -- and there are times when it can get kids out of your hair. ($9,231.)


    We like the beauty and rich look of hardwood on the cabin sole below. It makes the boat look like a true yacht, which it is. Go for a dark wood because everything will get spilled on it, just as on the deck above. ($4,595.) Everything else in the salon and galley, such as refer, sofa bed, etc., comes standard.

    Gray and Black Water Handling:

    We would have separate holding tanks for both grey and black water and overboard discharge capabilities for when we are cruising offshore. ($1,808.)


    We love the V435's ability to have such a great mid-cabin that could even be a master. Certainly we would have no embarrassment in giving this cabin to a couple cruising along with us -- and that is one of the big reasons we like this boat so much. Very few boats this size and price have second cabins that are suitable for gracious cruising with another adult couple. Four Winns charges $6,338 for this option. For another $2,520 you can have the washer/dryer combo in the head. This is most used for towels and swim suits, but on a longer cruises it will be used just like the washer at home.

    Options Cost Read-Out from the Four Winns Website--

    Four Winns V435Four Winns has terrific "Build and Price" functionality on its website where we got all of the costs above. We recommend that you use it. So now you know what the MSRP price plus options that we would ask for would be on the V435.


    When considering boats in this size and type be sure to compare more than just their stated length and price. As I think we have seen in this discussion of the V435, there is a lot more to consider than just those two aspects.If our mail is any indication, yacht buyers these days are viewing their new boat purchase quite differently than they did before the financial meltdown. Whereas people used to trade in their boat every four to six years, they are now planning on holding on to them. Some even plan on passing them on to their children, which for Baby Boomers means their "children" who are already adults. The Four Winns V435 is, in our opinion, the real article: practical, functional, easily adaptable for entertaining, day cruising, or long distance trips with another couple or family, and we think this design will stand the test of time. It is also priced competitively.It is for those reasons that we like this boat.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional


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


    Coffeemaker Standard
    Icemaker Standard
    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

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


    Camper Back Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Generator Standard
    Oil Change System Optional
    Vacuum Standard
    Washer/Dryer Optional


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