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Brief Summary

The Four Winns TS 242 is the company's first dedicated wakesports model, fully-loaded with all the necessary extras including 1800-pound ballast tanks, ZeroOff speed control and wakeboard tower. The boat's props are tucked forward of the lower unit, providing safety for the boarder, and along with the trim tabs, excellent fine-tuning for the quality of wave for surfing. The U-shaped bow seating area converts to a sunpad with addition of an optional cushion to cover the footwell.

Key Features

  • StableVee Wake/Surf hull
  • Four Winns custom trailer
  • Ballast System
  • Zero Off speed control
  • Custom wakeboard tower
  • Board racks
  • Enclosed head with Porta-Potti
  • Swim platform lounge seat
  • Walkthrough transom
  • Deep-reach swim ladder
  • Anchor locker
  • Custom trailer
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 24' 5''
    7.44 m
    Beam 8' 6''
    2.59 m
    Dry Weight 4,660 lbs.
    2,110 kg
    Tested Weight 5,410 lbs.
    2,454 kg
    - Draft Up 17''
    43 cm
    - Draft Down 33''
    84 cm
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 20-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 7' 3''
    2.21 m
    Weight Capacity 2,100 lbs.
    953 kg
    Person Capacity 14
    Fuel Capacity 55 gal.
    208 L
    Water Capacity 15 gal.
    57 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight 1,418 lbs.
    643 kg

    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 350C/DI/FWD
    Opt. Power 1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta V8-300C/DI/FWD
    1 x 350-hp Volvo Penta V8-350C/G/DI/FWD
    1 x 380-hp Volvo Penta® V8-380C/G/DI/FWD

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    650 3.0 2.6 0.8 4.0 3.5 198 172.2 65
    1000 4.3 3.7 1.2 3.6 3.1 177 154.2 67
    1500 6.4 5.5 1.7 3.7 3.2 185 160.8 75
    2000 7.6 6.6 2.5 3.0 2.6 150 130.9 72
    2500 8.6 7.5 4.2 2.1 1.8 103 89.2 78
    3000 12.3 10.7 6.1 2.0 1.7 99 86.4 81
    3500 20.3 17.7 7.0 2.9 2.5 144 124.8 84
    4000 26.4 22.9 8.5 3.1 2.7 153 133.4 88
    4500 31.8 27.7 11.4 2.8 2.4 139 120.6 87
    5000 35.6 30.9 14.5 2.5 2.1 121 105.5 87
    5500 39.6 34.4 17.9 2.2 1.9 110 95.5 89
    5800 42.6 37.0 22.5 1.9 1.7 94 81.7 90
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    650 172.2 319 4.80 3.03 1.70 65
    1000 154.2 285 6.90 4.54 1.53 67
    1500 160.8 298 10.30 6.44 1.57 75
    2000 130.9 241 12.20 9.46 1.28 72
    2500 89.2 166 13.80 15.90 0.89 78
    3000 86.4 159 19.80 23.09 0.85 81
    3500 124.8 232 32.70 26.50 1.23 84
    4000 133.4 246 42.50 32.18 1.32 88
    4500 120.6 224 51.20 43.15 1.19 87
    5000 105.5 195 57.30 54.89 1.06 87
    5500 95.5 177 63.70 67.76 0.94 89
    5800 81.7 151 68.60 85.17 0.81 90

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.1 sec.
    0 to 30 7.0 sec.
    Ratio 2.32:1
    Props K3
    Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear
    Climate 86 deg., 75 humid.; wind: 0-0 mph; seas: calm
    Elevation Sea Level

    Captain's Report

    “Four
    The Four Winns TS242 is a great family surfboat.

    Mission

    Four Winns has come out with their first tow series wakeboard/surfing boat, a part of the market they are new to. With Volvo Penta's Forward Drive system, the props are tucked forward of the lower unit, which provides safety for the boarder, increased bite in power and speed, and along with the trim tabs, excellent fine-tuning for the quality of wave for surfing. Designed with space and accommodations to spare for entertaining a group, the TS242 is a watersports boat first and foremost, and should be in consideration for anyone looking for versatility in watersports.

    Key Features

    • • StableVee wake/surf hull
    • • Four Winns custom trailer
    • • Ballast system
    • • ZeroOff Speed Control
    • • Custom wakeboard tower
    • • Board racks
    • • Enclosed head Port-a-Potty
    • • Swim platform lounge seat
    • • Walk-through transom
    • • Deep-reach swim ladder

    Overview

    “Four
    The key to the TS242 is wave creation, as it aims to provide wakeboard and tow-line experiences for the user.

    The major point of focus for the TS242 is its Volvo Penta Forward Drive system. This one design feature signals an attention to watersports detail that is reflected throughout the boat. The Forward Drive simultaneously maximizes power while, in tandem with the trim tabs, creating a wave primed for surfing and wakeboarding. The wakeboard tower coming standard is a nice touch as well; given the other attention to watersports, not including it as a matter of course would have stopped short of their mission to provide a best in-class surf boat.

    Features

    “Four
    Bird’s eye view of the TS242 layout.

    Seating. The TS242 is rated for 14 people (or 2100 lbs.), and one thing that really stands out is the space. There is versatility built-in to most of the seating, but in any setting, the seating is comfortable and large, and the common space never feels crowded; the seating really is a big part of her appeal.

    “Four
    All of the seating on the TS242 comes upholstered with the color matched shark skin textured vinyl.
    “Four
    The bow seating lounge. Note the bolsters for back resting, the stereo speakers, and stainless steel grab rails.

    Bow seating. The bow has U-shaped seating area with option for a cushion to cover the footwell and make it into a lounging sunpad. Two forward-facing backrests flank the footwell.

    “Four
    The bow seating.

    The TS242 also has a bow swim platform forward of the seating, and although the anchor storage it provides is a convenient addition, it does cut into the legroom in this section. Stainless steel guide-rails are on each gunwale, and a plush bolster, cup holders, and speakers all add to the comfort.

    “Four
    The cockpit seating area transformed to the aft sunpad seen from starboard; note the aft-facing seat is in the pulled-down position, transitioning to a sunpad.

    Cockpit seating. The transom seating is U-shaped, but broken by a dedicated transom-walk-through to the stern. This leaves two sections -- one that wraps aft along the transom and butts up to port against the companion seat, and then a shorter bench like seat to starboard behind the captain’s chair.

    “Four
    The adjustable companion’s seat in it’s forward-facing position.
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    The adjustable companion’s seat, shown here in motion of adjustment.
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    The companion’s seat with its sliding backrest in action.

    The companion’s seat does have a nifty feature wherein the seatback can easily slide and tilt along the seat’s surface, allowing for it to face forward or aft with little adjustment.

    “Four
    The stern aft-facing seat in the “up” position.

    Stern seating. Facing aft just over the swim platform is a double-wide upholstered seat that shares its backrest with the transom cockpit seating. As a staging area for surfing, wakeboarding, and tubing it provides a convenience -- getting ready to hit the water and engaging the equipment is much easier with this seat right over the swimpad.

    The seat-bottom can also be pulled forward, flattening the shared seat-back, creating another sunpad.

    Helm seating. Both the captain’s chair and companion’s seat are ComfortRide bucket seats with sharkskin texture vinyl. Both come with flip up bolsters. The captain’s chair swivels to watch the action off the stern.

    The companion’s seat butts up against -- but are not attached to -- the transom seating section. It does, however, have a feature wherein the seatback can easily slide and tilt along the seat’s surface, allowing for it to face forward or aft with little adjustment.

    “Four
    The dashboard on the TS242.

    The helm. The dash on the TS242 is intuitive and simple with a layout that emphasizes clarity. The finish is high quality, carbon fiber with hand stitching.

    “Four
    The fog resistant Four Winns gauges.

    The Four Winns gauges are fog resistant and include sterndrive engine warning indicators, speedometer with fuel gauge, tachometer with temperature gauge and oil pressure, and a trim gauge. A depth sounder comes standard as well. The TS242 also comes with the Zero Off GPS speed control technology, which simplifies the act of dialing in and achieving a particular speed. Finally, the trim tabs on the TS242 take some learning to perfect, but allow for fine-tuning the wave created in the wake for watersports.

    “Four
    The Lenco trim tabs on the dashboard.

    The steering wheel is comfortable, stylish, and comes with tilt steering standard.

    “Four
    The light-up toggle switches on the dashboard.

    The dash also has lockable storage shared with the stereo auxiliary/USB port space.

    Storage

    “Four
    The bow storage located under the seating. Note the lifted backrest as well as the compartment extends under the starboard console.

    Bow storage. Typical of boats with the bow seating lounge, storage can be found beneath the seats. The TS242’s, however, are designed with some extra space, expanding to include the lift-up seat-backs and extending all the way under the consoles.

    “Four
    The bow anchor storage latch with swim platform non-skid surface and telescoping ladder.

    Additionally, a latched compartment on the bow swim platform acts as anchor storage, giving the option to keep that wet equipment from the larger bow storage.

    “Four
    Cooler storage just behind the captain’s chair.

    Cockpit storage. As is common, the TS242 has storage underneath its seating. Starting with the doublewide seat to starboard, there is space for a removable cooler with a small, triangular compartment filling out the space.

    To port under the seating is a more straightforward compartment, and just along the walk-through transom sits another small latched storage compartment.

    “Four
    The in-deck ski locker. Note the rubber mat at the bottom.

    Finally, the TS242 has an in-floor ski locker with a hinged lid and gas-assisted piston. It has a molded fiberglass finish and overboard draining. It can fit waterskis, kneeboards, and wakeboards and comes with a rubber mat for lining (as do the other storage compartments).

    Amenities

    “Four
    The enclosed head, just under the passenger’s side console. The forward cutaway section and overhead makes getting in and out much easier.

    Enclosed head. One of the TS242’s better design features is the fully enclosed head located in the passenger’s side console, which eliminates concerns about having to halt the action and return to the dock when nature calls.

    “Four
    The wakeboard tower from a birds-eye view with a look at how comfortable the seating can be for a larger party.

    Watersports Features

    The TS242 comes standard with a wakeboard tower (hinged for easy lowering) that has tow-line capabilities, speakers attached, as well as board racks for drying and stowing equipment, and a ski mirror for monitoring any participants from the helm.

    “Four
    Close-up of the wakeboard tower; note the board racks in the foreground.

    The aft swim platform is one of the largest and lowest-to-the-water in class. The boarding ladder unfolds and submerges deep, making for easier access. The ladder is one of the best we’ve seen in-class, angling intuitively into the water with a wider design. The ski tow is located in the stern as well, offering a second tow-line point along with the wakeboard tower.

    “Four
    The aft swim platform with no aft-facing props and the excellent ladder unfolded and in action.

    The TS242’s ballast system provides stability and the boat’s ZeroOff technology is a perfect match for watersports. She also has a ballast system, which has an 2,000-pound capacity. The ballast bags are located in the in-floor locker in the cockpit -- these are a huge part of creating the boat’s wake for watersports.

    Power and Performance

    “Four
    Close proximity wake surfing in a nearly 3-foot tube carved out by the stern.

    Power options. Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive system comes standard with the TS242, and offers both 350 and 380 horsepower options.

    “Four
    Wake is caused by sinking the stern and displacing water. Because of the shaft and prop angle of inboard boats, to some degree, they work against the ballast. The FWD drive does not counteract the boat’s ballast in the stern but instead aids it.
    “Four
    A look at the VP Forward drive on dry land.
    “Four
    Forward Drive uses a standard sterndrive mounting configuration with the engine fixed to a standard transom assembly and upper Volvo Penta DPS gear case. The drive rigging and trim actuators are also retained for simplicity and reliability.
    “Four
    The VP Forward Drive System in action.

    Key to the TS242’s success is it’s wave-creation, and between the Forward Drive system, the boat’s ballast system, ZeroOff control, and 350-hp, the TS242 exhibited an excellent wake. As many wake surfers and wakeboarders know, the size of the wave is often not as important as its shape, and the ballast system gives her the wake it needs for consistent fun for all participants.

    “Four
    The removable table shown here attached and ready to use. The table can also be installed in the bow section of the boat, in the footwell.

    Options

    • • Color scheme (Atomic/Cognac)
    • • Underwater lighting
    • • Docking lights
    • • Stainless steel bow scuff plate
    • • Wake enhancement tabs
    • • JL Audio wakeboard tower speakers
    • • Removable cockpit table
    • • Bow fill-in cushion
    • • Cockpit heater
    • • Garmin 421 GPS/Map
    • • Premium stereo system upgrade
    • • Canvas Bimini top
    “Four
    Optional JL Audio stereo speaker on the wakeboard tower.

    Observations

    Four Winns’ TS242 has storage and seating comparable to others in its class and excels in the power and maneuverability it offers on a watersports boat. The efficient design offers plenty of space for a large party -- 14 capacity is on the high end compared to TS242’s peers -- and the Forward Drive placing the props 26” forward of where they normally are on a conventional sterndrive improves safety for a boat in which close-by swimming will be a constant. It should be a huge hit for a family looking to play on the water in all modes imaginable.

    “Four
    The Four Winns TS242 seen here on its trailer, which comes standard.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Four Winns TS 242 (2017-) is 42.6 mph (68.6 kph), burning 22.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 85.16 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Four Winns TS 242 (2017-) is 26.4 mph (42.5 kph), and the boat gets 3.1 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.32 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 153 miles (246.23 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 350-hp Volvo Penta V8 350C/DI/FWD.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard AM/FM, Bluetooth & speakers
    Head: Portable Standard
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

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

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Standard
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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