The Four Winns H230 is a bowrider in the "sweet spot" for capacity, performance and price, and it's now offered in three versions, including the upscale SS and RS versions that have the bold look more common to performance boats and are aimed at a younger (or younger at heart) demographic.
The Four Winns H230 is a good-looking mid-range bowrider that can offer sporty performance and probably higher speeds than some competitors due in part to a lighter weight. It's also a deeper boat than many in-class, promising a drier ride as well as better security for family boaters. And all-fiberglass construction, including stringers and decks, offers long-term durability even for boats that have to spend some time out in the weather.
Aft Sun Pad Chaise Lounge:
The aft swim platform spans the transom, with the pad on the starboard side flipping up to reveal a walkthrough to the cockpit. This sun pad can also be propped up with the included brace to turn it into a broad chaise lounge running the width of the boat.
The door below the windshield walkthrough includes a magnetic latch. This is cleaner and easier to use than most mechanical latches, and should be less subject to breakage from rambunctious kids and dogs.
Tin-coated Copper Wiring Harnesses:
Four Winns utilizes copper wiring harnesses with a tin coating to inhibit corrosion in saltwater environments, plus internal silicone seals to keep humidity out of connectors. Quality touches like this, which are not visible to the buyer, make a big difference in the maintenance issues owners face as a boat ages.
There's storage under almost all the seats, including an ice chest aft center. There's also storage under the port side of the aft swim pad. Most of these are covered by cushions on stout stainless steel hinges, eliminating the possibility of loss while trailering.
The glove box on the port console is larger than most, and includes a full-width door that will make it easier to stow large items inside as needed. It also hides the iPod/MP3 connections. It's lockable, as well.The anchor locker in the bow is adequate to hold the temporary ground tackle needed for a dayboat like the H230, and there's a hawse hole for the line, so that users can close the hatch lid and still have the anchor at hand.
The SS and RS versions offer bold graphics, brightly contrasting upholstery and a deeply tinted, low profile windshield -- these upgrades totally change the looks of the boat, and for frustrated performance boat owners, this may be just the right version of the H230. The streamlined windshield looks great. The SS also offers optional thru-hull side exhausts, for those who love that rumble.
Four Winns' "Stable Vee" hull is a hallmark of the company. It starts with a stepped hull -- properly designed step-bottoms suck in air and create a laminar separation between water and hull surface, slightly reducing friction and increasing speed or fuel efficiency or both.The hull also has aft "pods" or hull extensions beyond the collar of the sterndrive lower unit. This adds running surface behind the transom and increases buoyancy where the boat needs it. Again, this is a design concept we have tested in other boats and found it to make time-to-plane faster and bow rise lower than it would otherwise be. The 20-degree deadrise at the transom is aimed at softening the ride in a chop, though probably at some slight penalty in hole shot times and beam stability. However, the design also includes uniquely-shaped chines, broader than many, aimed at making the boat more stable as they counteract the natural tendency of deep-V boats to roll at rest.
A Kicker stereo with Bluetooth connectivity is standard, as are four speakers. There are connections for iPod/MP3 and the stereo upgrade includes a JL stereo, JL audio Amplifier, dual batteries with switch, JL audio speaker upgrade, stereo remotes at helm and transom, JL audio subwoofer and JL audio transom speakers. Two speakers are mounted in the bow peak facing aft, two on the inwales just aft of the console seats and two on the transom in this package. For those who feel the need to deliver plenty of decibels to those on the tow line, JL audio tower speakers are also available for mounting on the optional ski tower.
The swim platform is almost at water level, making for easy entry and exit. A soft-touch pad, easy on the feet and much less slippery than fiberglass, adds security as well as eye appeal to this space.The folding deep reach swim ladder tucks away neatly under a lift-up hatch in the swim platform. The ladder is angled out slightly--a small touch, but one that makes it much easier to climb aboard, especially for those less agile than they used to be. The steps are wider than some, as well. The hatch covering this ladder is held in place by a full-length piano hinge that's hidden under the soft-touch covering of the platform -- it should survive years of tough use.
The ski locker in the deck has a wider hatch than some, making it easier to stow wakeboards and other large gear, and a gas-assist lift keeps the hatch lid out of the way as you search for equipment. This storage box, like all aboard, is fully finished inside. The optional ski tower flows nicely into the line of the boat. It can be lowered electronically and the company provides a support so that it does not rest on the upholstery in the "down" position.
The wrap-around seating in the cockpit should readily seat six, and there's lots more space up front. The bow seating area is somewhat unique in this price range in providing a complete wrap-around on the upholstery, with no exposed fiberglass to bump into in rough going. The inwales beside the bow seats have cutouts to provide added shoulder room for those leaning back on either side -- a thoughtful touch rarely seen elsewhere. The boat has an 8'5" (2.55 m) beam, but thanks to narrower gunwales, achieves the advantages of a wider cockpit throughout. The aft sun pad back flips up to create a broad aft-facing seat overlooking the swim platform, a comfortable family gathering spot when the boat is at anchor.
The console seats are deep bucket, with slide and swivel adjustments. According to the builder the Comfortride seats' unique suspension system absorbs the impact caused by motion, while side air vents help keep passengers cool. Bolster seats are an option that will be appreciated by those who like to drive from a higher position on occasion.
The gauges are Faria fog-resistant analog with Four Winns insignia on the larger central readouts. A digital depth finder with shallow water alarm and water and air temperature readouts is also included. The racing-style tilting three-spoke wheel has a soft grip for added security and comfort, and the switches are also racing style with LED indicators. The dash is fully upholstered, with a good looking topstitching in contrasting color finishing all edges.
Performance and Handling
We have not yet had the opportunity to test the H230, but company test runs report top speeds of 39 to 42 mph with the base MerCruiser 4.5L, and 53 to 56 mph with the maximum Volvo-Penta V8-380 with DuoProp.
Four Winns’ standard custom trailers add value to the package. These are not base-class trailers: they're box-beam all-welded steel that's electro-deposition polyurethane-painted, with side-guides, non-marking rollers, LED tail lights, disc brakes and oil-bath bearing protection, plus a swing-away tongue that makes it much easier to fit the rig into the typical garage.
The H230 is similar in layout to many other runabouts, including the Regal 2300 Bowrider, which is a narrower boat at 8'2’’ (2.49 m) but slightly longer at 23'11" (7.29 m). The Regal is more expensive at a base of about $64,000 with similar power.
Options to Consider:
Base price on the H230 is $61,254 MSRP, including the 4.5L 250-hp catalyzed MerCruiser and the standard trailer.
Standard and Optional Equipment
The Four Winns H230 has a long list of standard and optional equipment -- for details, visit their website at: http://www.fourwinns.com/overview/H230.
The Four Winns H230 has a deeper interior than many in-class, which gives added security, which is particularly important to those with small children, and the extra freeboard also helps to keep the cockpit dry on those days when wind and wave conspire to send spray aboard. Added depth provides the feel of a larger boat without the price tag, too. Overall the boat would appear to be a strong value in its price range, and buying a brand that's been around for decades is always a plus.
Four Winns has one of the better warranty programs in class, with a limited lifetime warranty on the structural components of the hull and deck. In addition to the 5-year warranty against blistering, it also has a 1-year warranty on non-structural parts and components. There is a 1-year warranty against cracking or fading of the gel coat. The warranty is transferable.
Standard and Optional Features
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