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Brief Summary

The V268 is an express cruiser that’s great for weekend getaways. She makes an ideal cruiser for a family who’s looking for space and plenty of amenities.

Key Features

The 268 has luxurious overnighting accommodations for four with a V-shaped dinette that easily converts into a double berth, and mid-cabin. The galley features a refrigerator, cooktop, microwave, sink, and good cabinets. There’s a spacious head with shower to port. The helm features a dual bench seat with beautiful burlwood dash and steering wheel, full instrumentation, Sony AM/FM stereo with CD player, and drink holders. The cockpit features a U-shaped settee with plenty of room for the whole family to spread out. The walk-through transom door leads out to the large swim platform that has a deep reach ladder for easy boarding.

Specifications

Length Overall 28' 2''
Beam 8' 6''
Dry Weight 6,470 lbs.
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 3''
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 17 deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance 8' 9''
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 85 gal.
Water Capacity 21 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 1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi
Tested Power 1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi gas sterndrive
Opt. Power Not Available
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Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

Time To Plane 7.7 sec.
0 to 30 13.7 sec.
Ratio 1.95:1
Props 2 x F4 counter rotating
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, min. gear
Climate 78 deg, 80% humid, wind: 5 knots; seas: flat

Four Winns V268 (Not in Production) Line Drawing

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Captain's Report

Every boat builder claims to have a model that “does it all”, but most of these end up being a waste of fiberglass. A notable exception is the Four Winns V268. The two things boaters want is plenty of elbow room, and pin-you-to-the-seat performance, and the V268 has plenty of both. A full 25’8” (28’2” with the optional extended swim platform) with the look of a mini express cruiser, this boat features a surprisingly large cabin, complete with a stand-up head, full-function galley, mid-cabin for guests, Sony CD sound system, and optional A/C and TV/DVD system to keep you comfortable and the kids entertained during long weekends afloat. In most cruisers, having all that room usually means the boat ends up as wide as a barge, but the 268 has a definitely trailerable 8’6” beam and 6470 lb weight, making this compact cruiser one you can take to distant waters with mom’s SUV instead of a flatbed. Most cabin boats have cramped quarters, especially down below, but despite its narrow beam, the 268 is downright roomy. Back on deck, there’s a huge U-shaped settee with room for half the neighborhood. Since real boaters go out in any weather, the standard camper canvas top has side and aft windows for all-season comfort. If you want to add excitement to your cruising, the settee lifts out to create a large open area that is ideal for piling dive gear or towable water toys and all their related accessories. Lifting the sections out takes a little effort, and requires a large open place to set all the pieces, but doing so really transforms the boat, making it more than just a sedate passenger hauler that has to watch all the other boats have fun. A folding transom door leads out to the swim platform which features a built-in storage locker for dock lines or fenders, plus a fresh water washdown shower, and a remote control for the Sony CD sound system. The focal point of any boat is the helm, and the V268 has one that is drop-dead gorgeous. Set in a backdrop of burled wood is a full array of waterproof rocker switches and gold-trimmed Faria gauges, including a depthsounder. There is ample room to add electronics, and the wood-accented tilt steering wheel is not only infinitely adjustable, but also set so as to ensure a clear view of all gauges. The helm has a double wide seat, so the skipper can have company while he drives. The chair has Four Winns’ signature flip-up bolster, so he can drive seated or standing with a leaning post. Access to the bow is via non-skid steps that lead from the helm through a walkthrough windshield. Up at the bow, there’s a gleaming stainless bow anchor roller – add the optional electric windlass and you can deploy or retrieve the anchor from the helm. All cleats are stainless steel and through-bolted to anchor plates for the utmost durability and strength – building the boat this way costs the builder more, but guarantees the cleat won’t go flying off when the boat gets waked while tied to the dock. Another nice touch is all the gleaming fiberglass – Four Winns uses Armorcote on all fiberglass surfaces to protect the showroom shine for many seasons. And because upholstery is the second-most likely area to show the effects of wear and tear, it is crafted of Aquaflex, which looks and feels like leather, but wears like iron. And since all too many boats look alike, Four Winns gives you the choice of six colors for the hull accents, and five canvas colors, so your 268 stands out from the crowd and will turn heads at the dock or underway. Okay, so it looks good, but how does it go? Power options range from 260 to 375-hp, in your choice of MerCruiser Bravo or Volvo-Penta duo-prop engine/sterndrive packages. The relatively lightweight and well-designed hull made it easy for our test boat to easily break the 40-mph barrier, and the sharp chines made cutting and jumping wakes turns a joy. No matter how hard we crashed wakes, or cut through choppy offshore waves, the helm and cockpit remained absolutely bone-dry – if you want to get wet on this boat, you’ll have to use the Deep Reach boarding ladder. So, if you want a performance boat, but need to bring the family along, the V268 is worthy of consideration. It will deliver all the comfort you’d find in many express cruisers, but unlike them, won’t need liposuction to get out of it’s own way. This is one of those rare boats that not only can really do it all, but does it well.For further information visit www.fourwinns.com.By Capt. Bill LindseyTest Captain

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Four Winns V268 (Not in Production) is 41.5 mph (66.8 kph), burning 24.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 94.25 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Four Winns V268 (Not in Production) is 23.3 mph (37.5 kph), and the boat gets 2.20 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.94 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 169 miles (271.98 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi gas sterndrive.

Standard and Optional Features

Systems

Air Cond./Heat Optional
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard Sirius Satellite Radio
Head: Portable Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Power Steering Standard
Shore Power Optional
Trim Tabs Standard
Windlass Optional

Galley

Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard

Exterior Features

Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard

Canvas

Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional

Warranty

Hull Warranty
Transferable
Limited Lifetime
Yes

http://www.fourwinns.com/warranty.cfm
Deck Warranty
Transferable
Limited Lifetime Yes http://www.fourwinns.com/warranty.cfm
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

http://www.fourwinns.com/warranty.cfm
Blistering Warranty
Transferable
5 year No http://www.fourwinns.com/warranty.cfm
Accessories Warranty
Transferable
2 year non-structural parts and components Yes http://www.fourwinns.com/warranty.cfm
Certifications
ISO Certification NMMA Certification Other Certification Yes CE - when ordered
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