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Brief Summary

The Four Winns H230 is a good-looking mid-range bowrider that can offer sporty performance along with family-friendly features, like the seating which faces the swim platform -- it's convertible to a sun pad or chaise lounge spanning the width of the boat. Quality touches include tin-coated copper wiring harnesses with silicone connection seals and all-composite construction for long-term durability.

Key Features

  • Stable Vee hull
  • Custom trailer
  • Unique windshield design
  • Sundeck with lounge
  • Walkthrough transom
  • Deep-reach swim ladder
  • Fiberglass stringers
  • Fiberglass cockpit floor
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 23' 7''
    7.19 m
    Beam 8' 5
    Dry Weight 3,850 lbs.
    1,505 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    - Draft Up 16''
    0.42 m
    - Draft Down 33''
    0.84 m
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 7' 5''
    2.26 m (max)
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity 11
    Fuel Capacity 56 gal.
    212 L
    Water Capacity N/A
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight 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 Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power 10 MerCruiser engine options from 250-hp to 320-hp
    9 Volvo Penta engines options from 280-hp to 380-hp
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    Captain's Report

    Four Winns H230
    The Four Winns H230 is 23'7" long (7.19 m) and 8'5" wide (2.55 m) with a draft of 33’’ (.84 m) with the drive down.

    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.

    Mission Statement

    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.

    Four Winns H230
    The H230 is a roomy and exceptionally deep bowrider with plenty of space for a neighborhood-sized crew.

    Distinguishing Features

    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.


    Four Winns H230
    The transom is accessed by folding up the sun pad and aft seat.

    Magnetic Latch:

    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.


    Four Winns H230
    The walkthrough door has a magnetic latch -- simple and more dependable than mechanical latches.

    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.


    Storage

    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.

    Four Winns H230
    Most storage boxes are covered by upholstered lids secured with stainless steel latches.

    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.

    Four Winns H230
    The roomy ice chest is located under the aft center seat.

    Sport Versions

    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.

    Hull Design

    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.

    Entertaining

    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.

    For Watersports

    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.

    Four Winns H230
    The water-level swim platform provides easy in and out for watersports. The sun lounge converts to an aft facing seat, a nice spot for a family gathering.
    Four Winns H230
    The boarding ladder hides away under the swim platform when not in use. It tilts outward for ease of boarding, and has broader steps than most, easy on the feet.

    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.

    Seating

    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.

    Four Winns H230
    The bow seating offers full wrap-around upholstery, with extra shoulder room adjacent to the two forward facing lounge seats.

    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.

    Four Winns H230
    The console seats slide and swivel, and bolster seats are an available option.

    Helm

    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.

    Four Winns H230
    The helm includes fog-resistant Faria gauges and has adequate space for mounting a GPS.

    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.

    Trailer

    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.

    Comparisons

    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:

    • Most buyers will probably want the snap-in carpet option, which keeps feet cool on hot days and also protects against slippage.


    • The console seat bolsters will be an asset on bumpy days or whenever the driver needs a better view of what's ahead.


    • Those who boat in saltwater may want to add the transom shower to knock off the brine after a swim.


    • The folding wakeboard tower adds both utility and eye appeal, and with this option buyers can also add a Bimini top, which everyone will appreciate both on days that are too sunny and on those when a rain storm pops up.


    • For any boat that won't be stored in a garage or boathouse, a full cover is a great investment -- the boat will stay far nicer over the years of ownership, repaying the owner at resale or trade-in time far more than the cost of the cover.

    Price

    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.

    Observations

    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 H230
    The Four Winns H230 offers value and performance in a bowrider that won't break the family bank.

    Warranty

    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

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Windlass Optional

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional Snap-in
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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