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Brief Summary

The Four Winns H 260 SS has all the makings of an upscale sportboat, riding on a hull that allows the lowest horsepower offering to push her over 50 mph. We were impressed with the level of comfort onboard and also how Four Winns considered the “human element” in the design. Also, Four Winns’ take on the stepped hull differs from others we’ve seen, and it definitely performs well. Probably most impressive of all, is the long list of standard equipment that comes on this vessel, far greater than most other boats in class. This alone, helps set her apart.

Key Features

  • Stable Vee hull
  • Four Winns custom trailer
  • SS gel and graphics
  • Sundeck with lounge
  • Snap-in carpet
  • Walkthrough transom
  • Bimini top
  • Deep-reach ladder
  • Enclosed head
  • Fiberglass cockpit floor
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 26' 3''
    8.0 m
    Beam 8' 5''
    2.55 m
    Dry Weight 4,900 lbs.
    2,220 kg
    Tested Weight 5,935 lbs.
    2,692 kg
    Draft 35''
    89 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 8' 6''
    2.59 m (max)
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 70 gal.
    265 L
    Water Capacity 12 gal.
    45 L
    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 Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 350-hp Volvo Penta V8-350 DP
    Opt. Power 14 MerCruiser engines from 300-hp to 380-hp
    6 Volvo Penta engines from 300-hp to 430-hp
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 2.8 sec.
    0 to 30 7.0 sec.
    Ratio 2.14:1
    Props FH4 propsets
    Load 2 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 70 deg., 57 humid.; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    Four Winns H260 SS running shot
    The Four Winns H260 SS has a LOA of 26'3'' (8.0 m), a beam of 8’5” (2.56 m) and a draft of 35" (89 cm).

    Distinguishing Features

    Stable Vee Hull-

    This hull design is quite unique in that it’s basically a stepped hull boat. However, where we typically see the step in the center of the boat, at about midships, here Four Winns has placed the step well aft at the stern quarters to each side.

    Four Winns H260 SS stable vee hull
    The Stable Vee hull features a step positioned at the stern quarters of the hull.

    The geometry of the step

    also has some unique features. Its profile shows a teardrop cross-section and the leading edge curves dramatically forward as it moves towards the keel. All of this should provide a more efficient riding hull and a more economical one. Also, as the hull moves outward from the keel the reverse chine has a bit of a hook to it.

    Four Winns H260 SS reverse chine
    Here we can see how the reverse chine has a bit of a hook characteristic to it.

    As for the stern of the hull, there’s an extended running surface that comes out well past the transom where the outdrive is mounted. Our test shows that this not only provides for a quick time to plane (2.8 seconds) but also allows the boat to stay on plane at lower speed. She doesn’t start to fall off plane until dropping to the mid to upper teens in speed.

    Four Winns H260 SS running surface
    Here we can see the extended running surface coming well aft of the transom and outdrive mount.

    SS Version –

    The model we tested is the Signature Series version of the H260. This model includes, as standard, the Premium Color Gelcoat with sporty graphics, the coordinated interior colors, a tinted low profile windscreen, bow docking lights, bow scuff plate, a transom trim switch and 4 aluminum mag wheels for the included trailer.

    Four Winns H260 SS running shot
    Freeboard runs from 43” (109.2 cm) at the bow to 35" (89 cm) at the stern.

    Custom Trailer –

    We’ve seen boats that included trailers as standard features but Four Winns takes the concept to the next level. These trailers are made by Four Winns and are not after-market. Also, the designer of the boat works side-by-side with the designer of the trailer to ensure that the match is perfect, regarding exactly where the load bearing components of the boat are with respect to how she’ll sit on the trailer.

    Four Winns H260 SS trailer
    All trailers are custom made at Four Winns and matched to the hull of the boat it transports.

    Additionally, Four Winns makes sure that all trailers have brakes, most will have dual axles, integrated and ratcheting tie downs and swing-away tongues.

    WIM –

    Four Winns has what it calls "Water Intrusion Management" (WIM) utilized all around the boat. It ensures that any water coming aboard, either from rain, washdowns or heavy seas will not enter the dry compartments where gear is stowed, but instead will get directed back overboard through deck drains in the aft end of the cockpit. In its simplest forms, we can see gutters around all hatches and raised lips under seat cushions. For more intricate measures, all cup holders are fitted with drains to keep water from pooling.In and of itself, this is nothing new. What is unusual is that Four Winns has made this such a high priority that it has made a whole program out of it.

    Four Winns H260 SS wim
    Water Intrusion Management takes several forms, one of which is having gutters around the opening of storage compartments to channel water away from the interior of the compartment -- and making sure that the water actually drains the way it is supposed to.

    Human Element/Ergonomics –

    Four Winns takes the comfort level, and indeed the application of the human element, to a level that some builders don't even think about. As we move about the boat there are no sharp edges or extrusions to be seen or felt --anywhere. Cleats are pull-up. Bimini supports fit into curved mounts. Anywhere the hand moves to quickly, such as around grab handles, shows open or padded areas.Seating spaces all have padding anywhere the arm or body will tend to rest. It’s not necessarily noticed when stepping aboard or giving a cursory glance at a boat show, but sit on the boat long enough and occupy every space and the differences start to become clear, especially to someone that gets to be on hundreds of different boats, such as our test captain.

    Long List of Standard Equipment.

    The H260 SS's list of standard equipment runs several pages, but we are struck by the number of items that we normally see on the options list among boats in the same class and price-point as the H260 SS. Here is a list of just the things that caught our eye--

    • Docking lights
    • 4-step, deep, angled re-boarding ladder with wide steps
    • Swim platform mat with skid-resistant surface
    • Colored gel coat and graphics
    • Snap-in carpet
    • Stainless steel windshield header
    • Blue courtesy lights throughout the boat, including at the helm
    • Molded fiberglass engine room liner
    • Opening head portlight with screen
    • Porta-Potti
    • All integral seats are hinged
    • Adjustable headrest for bow seats
    • Bucket, swivel seats with bolsters and head rest for both helm and companion
    • Sole locker fiberglass liner
    • Trim switch at transom
    • Dual-axle, color-matched trailer
    Four Winns H260 SS
    Everywhere the body is there is a plan for keeping the area free from harsh corners or areas to bump against. Here, a quick reach for the grab handle (required by ABYC standards) has the arm against a soft bolster (which is not required).

    Major Features

    • Four Winns custom trailer
    • Unique windshield design
    • Sundeck with lounge
    • Deep-reach swim ladder

    Performance

    The Four Winns H260 SS has a LOA of 26'3'' (8.0 m), a beam of 8’5” (2.56 m) and a draft of 35" (89 cm). She has an empty weight of 4,900 lbs. (2,220 kg) and with ¾ fuel and two people onboard we estimated her test weight to be 5,935 lbs. (2,692 kg).With the single Volvo Penta V8-350 turning a DP outdrive with FH4 propsets, we reached a top speed of 51 mph.

    Four Winns H260 SS running shot
    Top speed during our test runs was 51 mph with a 350-hp engine. She’ll take up to 380-hp.

    As for achieving the best economy

    , and this is where she’ll be operated most times, we found 3500 rpm and 27.8 mph to be her best speed. At that speed her fuel burn was reduced to 8.4 gph and she could keep that speed up for 7.5 hours with a full tank and holding back a 10% reserve.

    Helm

    The helm is a balance of beauty and functionality. A vinyl visor lines the top and it’s hand stitched with contrasting colored UV-resistant thread. The Faria fog-resistant gauges are mounted to a stylish panel fabricated from billet aluminum. This is one of the many benefits to having a factory in Michigan, close to automobile suppliers. Below is a fiber weave material that is matched to the starboard bulkhead.A depth sounder with alarm and air and water temperatures gauges are standard. The two polished raised bezel Faria instrument keep track of seven functions and minimize instrument panel clutter.

    Four Winns H260 SS helm
    Four Winns created a handsome helm for the H260 SS by not cluttering it up.
    Four Winns H260 SS switches
    The switches are all toggle type and mounted to small circular pieces cut from billet aluminum. Small lights on the tips of the toggles glow when the accessory is activated.
    Four Winns H260 SS engine controls
    The engine controls have the added features of digital controllability such as cruise assist, auto trim and tow mode.
    Four Winns H260 SS sound system
    Our test boat had the JL Audio premium sound system upgrade ($2,269). The standard system is by Kicker.
    Four Winns H260 SS depth gauge
    The standard depth gauge includes a shallow water alarm, air and water temperatures.
    Four Winns H260 SS courtesy light
    The lower panel is illuminated with a long, blue courtesy light. The upper panel doesn’t need this treatment as the gauges are already backlit.
    Four Winns H260 SS windshield
    The low profile windshield on our test boat had tinted glass and a standard stainless header.

    Engine Compartment

    Lifting the aft sun pad accesses the engine compartment and dual assist struts make short work of the lifting. Underneath is a clever storage solution. A mesh bag with a padded bottom and sides is snapped into position, and this makes a great area for putting wet bathing suits and towels as the heat of the engine will serve to dry everything out quite well while at the same time keeping everything contained. Another snap-in storage unit is just to the side.The best feature of all, however, in the engine room is the fiberglass liner which makes short work of keeping this compartment clean. Oil leaks can be spotted immediately.

    Four Winns H260 SS snap in storage
    Snap-in storage is just atop the engine compartment making a great place to dry out wet towels and bathing suits in a jiffy.
    Four Winns H260 SS test power
    The test power on our boat for this model was at 350-hp Volvo Penta. She’ll take up to a 430-hp engine from Volvo Penta.

    Handling

    This is an exceptionally well handling boat. Hitting the throttle brings the bow up 7-degrees, leaving the horizon uninterrupted. We started out making gentle turns and could already feel the added responsiveness of the hooked chines. With the turns becoming ever more aggressive the comfort level in the turns remained the same. We saw perfect tracking throughout the turns and felt none of the grabbing we thought we’d see with the hooked chines. There was no chine walk and no prop cavitation.

    Four Winns H260 SS running shot
    She exhibits an 8-degree lean into the turns and stays well tracked throughout. Note that there are three cleats on the bow, one on the centerline for mooring, as well as those port and starboard for dock lines.

    When crossing wakes from the camera boat she rode right over while shouldering off the spray. We caught minimal air under the hull and then she showed a smooth re-entry.

    Four Winns H260 SS running shot
    There’s just enough slide to the turns so that they remain comfortable while not generating chine walk or a death grip on the water that throws everything to one side.

    Features Inspection

    Bow

    The bow is in the usual configuration of a bowrider with storage under the hinged cushions. However, there’s a marked level of comfort that takes this boat to a higher level than many boats in class. To the outer bulkheads there is an armrest at the caprail and another in a lower position allowing for multiple positions to feel relaxed. To the inboard side are flip-up armrests.And here’s a new amenity -- slide-up headrests. The upper parts of the backrests slide to form headrests… the first we’ve seen of this type of creativity. The seat cushions are also contoured and are slightly elevated under the backs of the knees, a much more comfortable positioning.

    Four Winns H260 SS seat back
    Here the seatback is in its usual position, but the top section is adjustable and can become a headrest.
    Four Winns H260 SS head rest
    Here the massive adjustable headrest is elevated.

    We measured 16” (40.6 cm) between the seats at the footwell so certainly if people choose to sit facing each other then knees will be close together, if not coming together. But this is a rare occurrence as bowriders are typically using these seats in the forward lounge manner… one to each side. In this manner there’s plenty of room for comfort as the padded side bolsters go from 78” (198 cm) apart at the aft end to 37” (94 cm) as we move forward.

    Four Winns H260 SS anchor locker
    Fully forward is an anchor locker with anchor keepers. The rode runs through a notched area in the deck mold and a pull-up cleat is in the center of the notch. All cleats are pull up and measure 7” (17.8 cm). This is one of the few modern bowriders we have seen with the anchor cleat on the centerline where it should be.

    Forward Cockpit

    There is 24" (61 cm) between the consoles for transiting through to the cockpit. A bi-fold air dam can be deployed, along with the walkthrough windshield, to block off the wind on early morning runs or during operations in the shoulder seasons up north.

    Four Winns H260 SS in deck storage
    As expected, there is in-deck storage between the consoles that can swallow up skis and wakeboards. Notice the gas strut holding the hatch open. The compartment measures 2’ (.6 m) x 14” (35.56 cm) x 5’4” (1.6 m).

    The Head.

    Inside the port console is a head compartment with 4’ (1.2 m) of overhead clearance. That translates to 2’4” (.71 m) from the top of the seat to the overhead. Standard equipment includes a Porta-Potti, but our test boat was fitted with an optional pump-out VacuFlush head ($1,992). The door to the compartment is double latched, one latch is a flip strap and the other is a latching handle.

    Four Winns H260 SS head compartment
    Inside the head compartment is an optional VacuFlush head, a sink and a standard opening portlight with screen for ventilation. We'd like to see a bit more radius to the forward corner of the counter in the head. Note the opening portlight for ventilation.
    Four Winns H260 SS head door
    The door to the head compartment has a vinyl brow matching the helm console. A space just beneath is convenient for dropping the quick access items into.
    Four Winns H260 SS dual latches
    Dual latches serve to ensure that the door stays closed should the handle latch come out of adjustment.

    Aft Cockpit

    The cockpit is roomy with 82.5” (209.6 cm) between the bolsters. Seating wraps nearly all the way around with only the offset walkthrough to the swim platform interrupting the U-shaped seating with storage underneath. We measured 32.5” (82.6 cm) of cockpit depth for safety. Snap-in carpeting is included as standard.

    Four Winns H260 SS cockpit seating
    There’s an abundance of room in the cockpit and the layout of the sport seating makes for a welcome social area.
    Four Winns H260 SS forward seats
    With the forward seats swiveled around, even more of a social area is created.
    Four Winns H260 SS optional table
    Adding an optional table ($585) adds to the functionality of the cockpit. We would add a greater radius to all four corners of this table, and possibly add a leaf to the right side to accommodate one more person.

    All seat cushions are hinged allowing convenient access underneath and it can be reached with one hand free. The hinges also permit the cushions to be opened fully, and they remain open without having to hold them. This is an important point and one that is sorely lost on some manufacturers. Under the aft seat cushion, the storage consists of an insulated built-in cooler so it can be loaded up with supplies, or ice, food and drinks, or just used as regular storage.

    Four Winns H260 SS cooler
    At the stern, a built-in self-draining cooler is just under the hinged seat cushion.

    Watersports

    Our test boat was fitted with the optional wake tower ($7,385) and it includes the black canvas Bimini. It had an overhead clearance of 5’10” (1.77 m) at the front increasing to 6’1” (1.85 m) as the deck is slightly canted down at the aft end of the cockpit. The elevated towpoint is 6’5” (2.0 m) off the deck.

    Stern

    Aft Sun Pad

    Four Winns created a versatile, and attractive, sun pad at the stern. In the typical configuration it measures 7’1” (2.2 m) wide x 45” (114 cm) front to back. The starboard side lifts to form a chaise lounge and while we find the positioning to be comfortable, we’d like to see the frame support multiple positions to facilitate anything from a reclined position for cat naps to sitting up and enjoying a cocktail and the waterfront surroundings.

    Four Winns H260 SS
    With the starboard cushion lifted the aft sun pad converts into a chaise lounge.

    Going Two Ways.

    But we do have to give credit to Four Winns for adding a second seating option at the sun pad. In the center is a separate hinged cushion that lifts to form an aft facing seat. The same pull strap that lifts the cushion is also connected to a king starboard support that fits into a pair of notches at the underside of the cushion. Additional comfort is added with the inclusion of a step 6 ½” (16.5 cm) off the surface of the swim platform to rest the feet on. This now makes a great place for two people to sit and relax while enjoying the surroundings at any time the H260 SS is not underway.

    Four Winns H260 SS stern seating
    With the center cushion in the raised position there is two-across seating at the stern. Great for watching the kids swim off the stern or the sun setting in the distance.

    Swim Platform

    The swim platform is accessed by lifting the starboard sun pad cushion and transiting a 15” (38 cm) walkthrough. In the walkthrough deck is a hatch, opened with a lift-and-lock latch, with storage underneath. This storage is actually a mesh holder that is held in place all around with snaps. This makes it ideal for wet items such as masks and snorkels as they can drip dry into the bilge compartment. Just to the side bulkhead is an optional freshwater shower ($231) plumbed to a 12-gallon (45.4 L) tank.To the opposite side is a remarkably convenient line storage space. This is a brilliant solution for where to put the lines, and the cushion will always be lifted anyway when the lines are being handled, so now we can just drop them in place and close the cushion off.

    Four Winns H260 SS mesh net
    A mesh net is snapped to the sides of the compartment at the transom walkthrough. Note the gasket to keep shower water out.
    Four Winns H260 SS
    Just to the side of the walkthrough is a freshwater shower. Notice the line storage under the cushion at the right.

    The platform itself is a bolted-on version that is well supported underneath with large knee braces. With the outdrive in the lowered position, the platform extends well past the sharp edges of the running gear. The corners are protected with stainless guards and there is a grab handle across the center for swimmers to hang onto while waiting a turn at the reboarding ladder. The entire platform rests only 3” (7.6 cm) off the surface of the water.

    Four Winns H260 SS swim platform
    The swim platform is bolted-on and notice the protection at the corners and the platform's large triangular supports. The platform extends beyond the lower unit when it is down.
    Four Winns H260 SS non skid platform
    The surface of the platform includes this non-skid matting as standard. The foot rest will also be large enough for some people to sit while putting boards. Note the standard mats on the platform and the ss grab handle on the outboard lip of the platform.

    With regards to the reboarding ladder, this one is a four-step model that goes quite deep. In fact, with the boat on the trailer it reached all the way down to the parking lot. It also has wide treads that will feel more comfortable under bare feet. Folded away, the ladder is concealed under the starboard side of the platform and easily deployed from the water. It is one of the best stern ladders that we have seen on any boat in class.

    Four Winns H260 SS reboarding ladder
    The four-step reboarding ladder runs quite deep as can be seen here.
    Four Winns H260 SS trailers
    Four Winns builds its own trailers and is proud of it. This image from the builder's website calls out the trailer's numerous features.

    Pricing

    The base price of the Four Winns H260 SS, including the standard tandem axle trailer, is $94,923, equipped with a catalyzed Volvo Penta 300-hp sterndrive. See your Four Winns dealer for other engine choices and option pricing. The Four Winns H260 SS is an upscale boat built with premium materials and craftsmanship with the discriminating boater in mind.

    Observations

    Four Winns is now owned by the Beneteau Boat Group, the largest boat builder in Europe and one of the largest in the world. This bodes very well, indeed, for the brand which has been owned and run by four different groups since the Winn family sold out in the 1990s. We feel confident that Beneteau will bring stability to this brand as well as make available to it the incredible depth of expertise it has gained over decades of building all manner of boats. Certainly, the future of Four Winns looks brighter than ever.As for the H260 SS, she speaks for herself, as the photos and numbers above attest. Her performance, handling, equipment, features and amenities are all top tier, in our opinion.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Four Winns H260 SS (2015-) is 51.0 mph (82.1 kph), burning 28.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 107.87 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Four Winns H260 SS (2015-) is 27.8 mph (44.7 kph), and the boat gets 3.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 209 miles (336.35 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 350-hp Volvo Penta V8-350 DP.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Power Steering Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Optional

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard
    Camper Back Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

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