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Brief Summary

The Four Winns Vista V255 is a quality pocket cruiser with both a convertible V-bunk in the bow and a beam-width aft cabin accommodation, as well as a standup head. With the optional camper canvas, she can sleep up to six. The aft cockpit seat converts easily to a double-wide sun lounge, and the cockpit galley offers an optional cooktop and refrigerator. A custom-fitted tandem trailer is included in the package.

Key Features

  • Stable Vee hull
  • Four Winns custom trailer
  • Extra large hull windows
  • Convertible seats/lounge
  • Double-wide helm
  • Oversized mid-cabin berth
  • Enclosed stand-up head
  • Cockpit galley
  • Choice of cabinetry wood
  • Dinette converts to berth


Length Overall 25' 2'' / 7.67 m
Beam 8' 5''
2.55 m
Dry Weight 6,175 lbs.
2,801 kg
Draft Up 22''
56 cm
Draft Down 36''
91 cm
Deadrise/Transom 17-deg.
Max Headroom 6' 3''
1.90 m
Bridge Clearance 9' 4''
2.84 m (max)
Weight Capacity 2,100 lbs.
953 kg
Person Capacity 9
Fuel Capacity 70 gal.
265 L
Water Capacity 21 gal.
79 L


Base Price $93623.00
Price Range
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

Tested Engine Currently no test numbers
Std. Power Not Available
Opt. Power 5 Volvo Penta engines from 240-hp to 300-hp
4 MerCruiser engines from from 250-hp to 300-hp

Captain's Report

Four Winns Vista V255 running shot

The Four Winns Vista V255 measures 25’2’’ (7.67 m) with an 8'5” (2.55 m) beam. She’s designed with a high sheer line to increase volume and passenger space in the cockpit and cabin.


Four Winns focused on versatility with the Vista V255, creating four different seating/lounging configurations and a small galley in the cockpit and providing sleeping space for at least four in the cabin. Thanks to the boat’s tall sheer line, she has good headroom below decks, and the cabin is illuminated by a total of seven windows, including those in the folding doors. She’s available with a single twin-prop sterndrive from MerCruiser or Volvo Penta up to 300-hp and comes standard with a custom-matched tandem-axle trailer.

Four Winns Vista V255 running shot

With her tall hullsides, the Vista V255 looks like a seaworthy pocket cruiser.

Features Inspection

Crowd Pleaser.

Four Winns says the Vista 255’s cockpit can be set up in four different seating configurations. Let’s take a closer look. To accommodate the most passengers in what we would call the most conventional layout, the backrest for the aft seat is positioned for forward-facing travel, and the aft-facing forward port lounge extends aft to the bench. Forward in the port console, there are two cup holders and a stainless-steel grabrail.

Four Winns Vista V255 cockpit

This cockpit configuration provides the most seating space for passengers.

Rear View.

Flip the backrest for the aft bench seat forward, and there’s space for at least two people to hangout comfortably on the stern lounge. It would be a great place for Mom and Dad to relax while watching the kids swim. The boat comes standard with a built-in swim platform, and an extended model is an available option.

Four Winns Vista V255 stern seat

The backrest for the stern seat can be moved into position for passengers to sit facing aft.

Al Fresca Dining.

When it’s time for lunch, the aft section of the lounge that runs along the port gunwale can be folded out into the cockpit. It forms an L and creates an aft-facing bench. Install the portable table in the base of the stern lounge to create a four-person dinette. The cockpit galley comes with a sink and storage for a 36-quart (34 L) cooler in the base and a Corian countertop, a cooktop and a refrigerator are available options.

Four Winns Vista V255 l shaped

Notice that there is still room to pass between the L-lounge and cockpit galley.

Four Winns Vista V255 cockpit galley

The cockpit galley is shown here with the optional cooktop, and there’s space in the base for an owner to add a refrigerator.

Soak Up The Rays.

In the final configuration of the Vista V255’s cockpit, the headrest for the aft bench can lie flat to fill in the gap between the seat and the port seat to create a large lounge for serious sun worshipping. Regardless of the seating configuration, there is storage in the port side seat bases. Cup holders and speakers are in the gunwale trays.

Four Winns Vista V255 lounges

When the time comes for serious sun worship, all the lounges fold out flat.

Four Winns Vista V255 bimini

When passengers need a break from the sun, the standard Bimini top provides shade.

The Helm.

To starboard forward of the wet bar, the helm has what we would call a 1 ½-person-wide seat, so one of the kids can join Mom or Dad when driving. The seat has a fold-up bolster, so the driver can choose between sitting or standing, and there is storage in the base.
The Vista V255 comes standard with the appropriate engine monitoring gauges, and a Raymarine A77 chartplotter is an available option. Accessory switches are to port of the wheel, which leaves space to starboard for the trim tab buttons. The dash is finished in dark upholstery that gives the boat an upscale appearance and reduces glare.

Four Winns Vista V255 helm seat

The helm seat is large enough to accommodate a variety of drivers, but we’d like to see Four Winns provide some type of angled footrest.

Four Winns Vista V255 helm

In this photo, the boat is equipped with multi-function instruments flanking the optional Raymarine chartplotter.

Four Winns Vista V255 upholstery

The cleanly stitched upholstery and two-tone upholstery at the dash show the attention that Four Winns pays to the details.

The Foredeck.

Adjacent to the helm, there are steps that lead up to the Vista V255’s foredeck. Because the boat’s bow doesn’t come to a sharp point, the bow has plenty of space to move on the nonskid surface. There are bowrails with a forward opening to make it easy to work with grounding tackle, for which there is a dedicated locker.

Four Winns Vista V255 steps

Molded steps between the helm and cabin doors make it easy to get to the Vista V255’s foredeck.

Four Winns Vista V255 foredeck

If the cockpit is crowded, there’s space to stretch out on the Vista V255’s foredeck as well.

Below Decks

The Dinette/V-Berth.

Folding acrylic hatches between the foredeck steps and port console open to provide entry into the Vista V255’s cabin area. Forward the dinette has space for at least four people to sit around the table. There is storage in the base beneath removable cushions, and, when the time comes to relax, the table can be lowered to convert the area to a V-berth that is 6’8” (2.03 m) at its longest and a maximum of 4’ (1.22 m) wide.

Four Winns Vista V255 below deck

The lower cabin hatches fold cleanly to port, and the top section raises on a gas strut to provide easy entry to the below decks area.

Four Winns Vista V255

The hullside windows and skylights and opening deck hatch overhead let in plenty of natural light.

Four Winns Vista V255 v berth

Lower the table and fill in the cushions to create a V-berth that should sleep two.

The Galley.

The cabin galley comes standard with a sink and countertop in a choice of colors and storage. When an owner orders the optional Dockside Power Package the galley gets upgraded with a microwave oven and a refrigerator. A long horizontal window lets light into the galley area, and removable shades can be secured in all the windows to keep out light at night.

Four Winns Vista V255 galley

The galley separates the dinette from the aft cabin, and it’s shown here with the optional microwave oven up top and refrigerator down low.

Four Winns Vista V255 shades

Pull-away shades secure in place to keep sunlight out when the kids are napping.

The Head.

Directly across from the galley, the head has 6’3” (1.9 m) of headroom and a pull-up faucet at the sink so a passenger could take a shower. The boat comes standard with a portable head and it can be upgraded to an electric model. There is towel storage in the compartment, and a port lets in natural light. Just aft of the hatch for the head, there are two storage shelves.

Four Winns Vista V255 head

The head compartment is finished fiberglass, which makes it easier to keep clean.

The Aft Cabin.

Curtains close off the aft cabin, which has a berth that measures 6’11” (2.11 m) long and 4’6” (1.37 m) wide. Installing the engine as far aft in the boat as possible lets Four Winns create large storage lockers abaft the berth. Outboard to port, there is an area where the headliner is raised so that an adult can sit up comfortably. It gives the area a more open feel than on many pocket cruisers in this size range.

Four Winns Vista V255 aft cabin

The aft cabin looks spacious and inviting with large storage compartments aft.


The Vista V255 has an 8’5” (2.55 m) beam, which makes her a candidate for towing without a permit, so Four Winns packages the boat with a low-profile tandem-axle bunk trailer designed for this particular model. To protect against corrosion, the trailer is sprayed with a polyurethane finish. It comes with side guides for easier loading, all welded closed-box steel construction, non-marking bow rollers, a swing-away tongue, heavy-duty tongue jack, bearing protectors, disc brakes, LED submersible lights, and fixed tie-down straps.

Four Winns Vista V255 graphic

This graphic highlights all of the features of the trailer that comes with the Vista V255.


Five years on structural components of hull and deck. One year against osmotic blistering.

Price With Engine

• Volvo Penta V6 240C, DI, DP -- $93,946

• Volvo Penta V6 280C, DI, DP -- $96,638

• Volvo Penta V8 300C, DI, DP -- $99,869

• MerCruiser 4.5L 250 EC, B3 -- $93,623

• MerCruiser 6.2L 300 EC, B3 -- $97,046

Optional Packages and Prices

• Dockside Power Package includes cockpit cooking plate, dockside power with battery charger, outlets and power cord, microwave oven, cabin refrigerator, and water heater with transom shower ($5,385)

• Convenience Package includes camper canvas, snap-in cockpit carpet, and deck sun pad ($3,692)

Individual Options and Prices

• Cabana Reed mat flooring ($731)

• Cockpit carpet ($485)

• Cockpit galley refrigerator ($769)

• Table with mount ($462)

• GPS, plotter /depth finder ($1,500)

• VHF radio ($631)

• Automatic fire suppression system ($669)

• Generator ($16,923)

• Premium sound system ($731)

• Stereo remote at transom ($362)

• Flatscreen TV with DVD player in cabin ($1,362)

• Cabin refrigerator ($769)

• Gray water system with holding tank ($715)

• Electric head with holding tank ($1,692)

• Upgrade to Galvanized trailer with GatorHyde finish ($1,385)

• Rugged duty towing package (includes electric brakes and higher load range tires) ($1,315)

• Spare tire and wheel ($331)

• Spare tire and aluminum or galvanized wheel ($462)

• Aluminum wheels for trailer ($677)

• Camper canvas with stainless steel hardware ($2,654)

• Cockpit cover ($708)


The Vista V255 should appeal to boating families who like to spend the night beached or on the hook. For her size, she has good headroom below decks, and with the cockpit lounges laid out in the sun lounge positions and optional camper canvas, she can sleep up to six.
The Four Winns Vista V255 weighs 6,175 lbs. (2,801 kg) with power and comes packaged with a trailer, so an owner can haul the boat to different locations for new family adventures.

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