Brief Four Winns Backstory
Four Winns is a quality brand that competes in the upper register of quality sportboats. Founded by the Winn family 40 years ago, the company has remained in Cadillac, Michigan and has maintained its reputation for innovative, thoughtful design, and well-built boats through some rough national economic patches and several ownership changes. Importantly, the shop floor personnel has longevity and pride in their product.
The brand is now owned by the Beneteau Group
with a Cadillac-based management team. Beneteau is one of the largest boat builders in the world, and builds more different types of boats than any other company on the planet.We think all of this bodes very well, indeed, for the Four Winns brand as it is now in the hands of people who are passionate about boats and know how to build them right.
Horizon 210 – Overview
Since we first reviewed the H210 in 2004, this venerable model has undergone a redesign, making her as fresh and contemporary as any bowrider on the market. Six or seven adults can move around easily aboard this boat (rated for 10 passengers or 1,600 lbs., whichever comes first) thanks to her 8’5” (2.57 m) beam and ergonomics. With an ample freeboard, an overall length of 21’7” (6.58 m), and a displacement of 3,580 lbs. (1,624 kg), dry, which is about average for boats in this class.We think the strong suit of the H210 is her exterior styling which is unaffected by garish bling or design flourishes. Rather, she represents the confident look of classic sportboats.
Hull Color is Standard.
One of the most important elements -- after overall styling -- for a sportboat is the hull color and/or graphics. All-white hulls are easier to maintain, particularly in saltwater, but we still prefer colored hulls because in addition from setting the boat apart from most others in the marina -- they simply look better. Four Winns agrees with us and is one of the few sportboat builders that makes several colors available at no extra charge.
The four colors
: Deep Navy, Crimson Red, Phantom Grey, and Jet Black. The gel coat accent stripe comes in six colors. Choose one.
Every boat should have an anchor despite the fact that some builders are eliminating the traditional forward anchor locker to gain room in the cockpit. Not Four Winns. The anchor locker is there, along with a notch in the hatch for the anchor rode. An anchor windlass is optional, but we don't think it is needed on this size boat.
The sport arch with Bimini is optional.
Engine Room Vents.
Virtually all sportboats have their engine room air vents on the side of the hull -- but not on the H210. On this boat the builder has placed them in the transom and we think that has several advantages. First, by wiping them off the hull sides it minimizes water intrusion into the engine room. By putting them in the driest part of the hull, the H210 should have fewer rust and corrosion problems in the mechanical spaces where exposed wires and metals can be vulnerable.Also, although we can't prove it, we think that having the engine vents in the transom probably also reduces noise in the cockpit somewhat.
Virtually all sportboats have a rub rail with a stainless steel insert and the H210 is no exception. However, what is unusual is the fact that the rub rail is essentially horizontal, following the flow of the sheer line. That is to say it does not swoop down in the stern quarter and end up leading to the swim platform. This is a cosmetic detail, but it is one of the reasons we like the looks of this boat.
The H210's swim platform is large, making it a fine place to launch watersports activities. It is not integral to the hull, but it is large enough that it does not have to augment a swim platform already molded into the hull. (When seeing this arrangement, be advised that it might just be an old hull with the platform slapped on to "up-date" the boat.) What this means is that space is not wasted in the hull and cockpit for two swim platforms -- an integral and one bolted on. The H210's stern was designed to NOT have and integral platform in the hull, but rather have just one platform that blends in with the boat's overall design.
, the H210's swim platform extends beyond the lower unit both when it is up and down. The re-boarding ladder nestles under a hatch in the swim platform and is angled out with four steps, something that we rarely see on any boat, much less a 21-footer.
Quality materials and refined design make the Four Winns H210 interior as attractive as is the exterior. Four optional color combinations are available in premium colored vinyls and the subdued two-tone effect goes a long way to position the boat at the higher end of the sportboat scale.
The H210 arrangement is conventional, but well-executed. The seat cushions are backed with composite and are hinged. The chaise-style seat back facing forward are also hinged at the top to allow access to storage both in the port and starboard consoles.
A detail that is unique to the H210 is the way the L-shaped aft bench seat wraps around to integrate the companion seat with a backrest that flips forward, making it convertible to an aft-facing lounge. This is thematically consistent with the many hinged and removable cushions that make the aft sun pad and other areas adjustable to various positions and allow starboard walkthrough access to the swim platform.One of several cockpit configurations will turn the forward facing companion seat to port into a chaise-style lounger facing aft. This is good for sunning or for watching and keeping company with the activity on the swim platform, in addition to spotting when towing.To starboard the sun pad section rises up allowing easy passage without having to climb up on the pads. There is also a designated location for a bring-aboard cooler for beverages.
The helm seat’s optional flip-up bolster is a terrific way for the driver – or different drivers with different dimensions and preferences - to adjust for the changing conditions of real-world boating. This is one of the places Four Winns distinguishes itself as a luxury brand with a vinyl top-stitched dash and other top-drawer materials. The vinyl color here is dark to reduce glare.Instruments on the dash give analog readouts on eight functions. In addition there is a standard depth sounder, and water temperature and air temperature gauge. All gauges are fog-resistant Faria instruments with polished raised bezels.
An KICKER sound system
is standard, with a premium JL Audio premium sound system available. The premium package includes dual batteries with battery switch and controls at three locations including the swim platform. The standard KICKER stereo system has 4 speakers. Protected inside the glovebox you’ll find USB and auxiliary inputs, including Bluetooth, allowing you to integrate the many electronic options available between the factory and a Four Winns dealer.
In addition to the storage already mentioned there is also storage in the cockpit sole which is useful for skis and related equipment. Water toys, life vests and other required items can be put away under the seats, both forward and in the aft cockpit.
The H210 is available with a wide range of accessories, allowing the customer to customize the already well-equipped base boat to his or her requirements. The standard H210 comes with a full-height aluminum frame windscreen, while the RS and SS feature a more tinted, lower profile windscreen with a stainless steel header. One can equip the H210 with an electric-hinged arch with integral Bimini.The boater can have a door below the windscreen at the walkthrough, fill-in cushions for the bow area, a table for the cockpit, and stylish “quick and quiet” thru-hull exhaust ports (or not, in which case exhaust exits through the stern-drive). Underwater lighting is available, as is a hand-held shower.
Special Optional Packages
We recommend that consumers seriously consider two optional packages Four Winns makes available for the H210. One is the "LX Package" which includes a Bimini top, helm flip-up bolster, bucket seats, bow scuff plate, snap-in carpet and pull-up cleats of the kind seen in the images on this page.The second package is the "SLX" which can only be purchased if the "LX" package is also included. It includes cockpit and forward covers, a table, and a walkthrough door, among other things. All of these options can be purchased separately.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Four Winns H210 (2015-) is 46.6 mph (75 kph), burning 20.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 76.46 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Four Winns H210 (2015-) is 24.7 mph (39.8 kph), and the boat gets 4.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.83 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 156 miles (251.06 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 250-hp MerCruiser 4.5L.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!