The mission of the Four Winns H190 is to serve as an entry-level bowrider that keeps price down and features up. She comes with a custom built trailer and rides on the Stable Vee stepped hull that our tests have shown provide quicker planing times, lower planing speeds, and ensure that she performs better in turns while remaining flatter.
Stable Vee Hull –
Four Winns Stable Vee hull design is a proprietary stepped hull, but not like any that we’ve seen. The step is well back from the midships area, closer to the aft quarters. The cutout in the hull is also curved both as it runs to the keel and as it flows aft along the chine. The chines themselves are also reversed so more of the outsides of the hull are deeper in the water. This provides for stability at rest and better turning performance while remaining flatter during those turns.
What You Get with a Four Winns
Four Winns boats have some features that get shared across the entire product range. Let’s take a look at just what those features are.
Four Winns has its own trailer manufacturing facility right next to the boat factory in Cadillac Michigan. The trailers are not just thrown together either. Each one is custom made to the specific model. The boat’s designer works closely with the metal fabricator to ensure that the support systems for the trailer line up exactly with the stringers of the boat so no undue stress is put on the hull. Each trailer is fully welded, includes slide guides for lining the boat up better, has a low profile design, includes non-marking bow rollers, a swing away tongue, a heavy duty jackstand, polyurethane finish, high quality tires, disc brakes, submersible LED lights and fixed ratcheting tiedowns.
Choice of Engine.
Not only are these boats offered with various sizes of engines, much like other brands, but buyers can also choose from different manufacturers. That little feature is very much unlike other brands. Four Winns does not align itself with any one manufacturer and it is not owned by a parent company that also owns the engines. So it’s free to offer whatever it likes. That’s a direct benefit to the buyer. Chose engines from MerCruiser and Volvo Penta.
Water Level Extended Swim Platform.
There’s a molded platform and then a bolted on optional extended platform that is lower than the first. This makes for easy use when watersports are on the game plan. Additionally, Four Winns utilized deep reboarding ladders that are angled out from the boat. This makes it easier to find the lower run when in the water. And all treads are wider so it feels more comfortable on bare feet.
Water Intrusion Management System (WIMS).
The boat is going to get wet, it’s a fact of life, but some boats deal with it better than others. At Four Winns, the goal is moving water away from compartments and gear. All storage spaces onboard Four Winns boats have gutters that prevent water from entering the compartment, and serve to channel water into drains so there’s no puddling. All the water drains into the bilge where it can be pumped out with a flip of the switch, or automatically with the included float switch.
Four Winns Seating.
The seating includes Comfort Ride bucket seats that feature a spring system with multiple densities of foam for a more comfortable seating experience. Rigid pedestals for swivel utility support them. Seatbacks wraparound for added support while the lower sections remain open so occupants can swing their legs around without having to reach under to swivel the seats. Flip-up bolsters are optional on some models including this H190. All seats are constructed with the highest quality materials such as Aquaflex/Silvertex vinyl. Hinges on seating surfaces offer easier access to storage.
While we haven’t tested this model, the team at Four Winns has and they’ve shared some of their results with us.Depending on engine sizes, top speeds have been in the range of 43 to 55 mph. Mid range fuel flow runs between 8 and 10 gph (30 to 37 lph), all numbers right where we would expect them to be.
Power options are offered from both MerCruiser and Volvo Penta. For MerCruiser, choose from 190, 220, 250 or 260-hp engines. With Volvo Penta choices include 200, 225 and 270-hp.
The helm is kept basic with just a pair of 3-in-1 gauges located in the center of the panel. The trim gauge is kept separate and over to the right side. An optional digital depth gauge can be added further to the right. This is part of the convenience package that also includes a digital hour meter, however the placement of that hour meter leaves little to be desired. It’s under the console, way in back and above where the right foot would go if there was a gas pedal. It’s nearly impossible to see there and can only be viewed if crawling under the console. We can think of several alternative places to put this, top of which would be under the engine hatch so it can be seen when doing the daily checks.
Below is a grey plastic panel housing the few electrical switches. A stereo remote is to the left. A drink holder is to the right. The steering wheel is leather wrapped and mounted to a tilt base as standard.
While the features of the H190 separate her from the pack, her layout remains true bowrider with V-seating forward. The cockpit has a three across bench seat at the rear and a pair of swiveling and sliding bucket seats forward. Just behind is a sun pad with a convertible lounge seat. The swim platform is mated to an extended platform just behind, and lower to the surface.However, the H190 is much more than the sum of her parts. Drilling down a little closer shows some thoughtful features throughout the boat. For example, Four Winns takes a lot of pride in the fact that the design takes in the human element. Grab handles are placed such that a quick reach will not result in a slammed funny bone or jammed fingers. The fact that the reboarding ladder is much easier to use than on other brands isn’t lost on us. Seating has hinged cushions so they don’t blow off and can be accessed with one hand.
At the bow there is V-seating with premium vinyl upholstery. All seat cushions are hinged allowing access to the storage underneath. This storage is limited so we’d advise wearing some inflatable life vests and not filling the storage compartments with those orange PFDs that no one wears (but every boating class tells the boater that they should). Bow filler cushions are offered as an option and turn the entire area into a comfy sun pad.
The cockpit seats are 5 between three across seating at the rear and a pair of swivel bucket seats forward. There are plenty of drink holders and all are stainless steel. A cooler is built-in under the starboard side of the bench seat and this can also be used as basic storage along with the rest of the bench. Additional storage is in the deck compartment.
The port console has a lockable glove box as well as added storage just before the glove. This makes a great place to toss the glasses, suntan lotion and the cell phone as they’re deep and also separated into tow separate compartments so items won’t slide all over the place when the boat starts to turn.
Now there are several options offered for the cockpit that are all worth considering. We’d certainly opt for the pair of bucket seats with flip up bolsters but they are also offered with some optional package deals.
The LX Package is First.
This adds the Bimini top, a bow scuff plate, the deluxe bucket seats with flip-up bolsters, a snap-in carpet, pull up cleats, and the convenience package of a depth gauge and hour meter for the helm.
The SLX package
adds (not replaces) a cockpit and forward cover, bow filler cushions, swim platform matting, and walk through doors.
Across the aft end of the cockpit is bench seating with storage under two thirds and a built-in cooler under the remaining third. As with the bow, the seat cushions are hinged to allow for easier access. The engine hatch doubles as the sun pad to allow for easy access to the entire width of the engine compartment.
At the stern is a sun pad atop the engine compartment. This is a staple of nearly every bowrider and naturally it, along with the rest of this aft area, should only be used when the boat isn’t underway. Four Winns added a clever touch by adding two aft facing lounge seats to both sides of the sun pad. Just flip-up the cushions and voila, aft seats.
In addition to the molded-in swim platform, there is an optional second platform extending from the hull. This second platform is bolted on and sits much lower making it a great place to sit and dangle the legs in the water. It’s also a more convenient staging area for watersports. To the right is a concealed reboarding ladder that, when deployed, angles away from the boat making it easier to find with the feet. Also, the treads are widened for more comfort under bare feet.To the right of the molded platform is a hatch that would conceal the ladder, but as the extended ladder is standard we question why this hatch isn’t being used to cover wet storage like masks and swim fins. Right now this hatch covers nothing but empty space.
Pricing and Observations
MSRP ranges from $34,480 to $37,600. While this may not reside in the “price point” category she should still remains competitively priced. But more to the point, she has more features that add to her allure that make her a solid candidate between the basic ho hum boats and the more pricey upscale models.Of course for any of those buyers on the fence with this model, we recommend taking a test ride. The H190’s Stable Vee hull should serve well to seal the deal.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
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