Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The Vista 255 express cruiser from Four Winns is all new for 2016 and the smallest of six models in its Vista series up to forty-three feet. In all, for 2016, Four Winns offers a comprehensive selection of fifty-two models of bowriders, cuddy cabins, tow sport boats, and express cruisers in seven series ranging from eighteen to forty-four feet.
With its 8-foot, 5-inch beam, the Vista 255 is the only cruiser legally trailerable (without a permit) in the Vista series. And with a dry weight of 6,175 pounds (2,801 Kg), and even with the weight of a trailer plus carry-ons, it is well within the towing capacity of any number of today’s heavy duty pick-up trucks.
Four Winns has built remarkable flexibility into the cockpit seating of the Vista 255 to accommodate lounging, dining, or entertaining. The helm seat with forward flip-up bolster is double-wide allowing driver and navigator to both face forward. The entire port side of the cockpit and across the transom is one large, level L-shaped bench seat with a cushioned backrest on the passenger helm for rear-facing lounging.
The double-wide aft-most port-side cushion of this L-shaped lounge rotates 90-degrees out into the cockpit and the seatback of the transom seat flips fully forward and down flat to create one huge aft sun lounge. In addition, flip this seatback up and with the optional cockpit table, a four-seater cockpit dinette is created. This seatback is also the backrest for the rear-facing transom seat. Neat.
Aft of the driver’s helm seat is a standard refreshment center with sink and removable 36-quart cooler. This center may be optionally upgraded with a cooking plate and/or refrigerator in place of the cooler. Storage is found under both the helm seat and the stern seat.
A starboard side transom walk-thru leads to the integrated swim platform complete with Four Winns’ angled, deep-reach boarding ladder. Most will opt for the extended swim platform which is much more convenient for water accessibility. Both platforms may be optionally covered with non-skid matting.
A center bi-fold smoked acrylic door leads four steps down from the cockpit to the cabin with its commendable maximum 6-foot, 3-inch headroom. Between this door and the helm are molded-in stairs leading to the foredeck. In the cabin, two choices of cabinetry wood finish are available: dark gloss cherry or light matte maple. Choosing the lighter colour would of course increase the perception of roominess.
Again, Four Winns has added greatly to the perception of space in the cabin of the Vista 255 with two large hullside windows plus two large foredeck skylights to allow natural light into the cabin in addition of course to the opening and screened deck hatch. The mid-cabin berth offers a huge 6-foot, 11-inches of stretch out room.
Forward in the cabin is a U-shaped convertible dinette/V-berth with storage beneath its cushions. The galley to port with stainless steel sink and storage cabinetry may be upgraded with a microwave oven and refrigerator. The starboard side head compartment with sink, shower, power ventilation, and hull side portlight may be optionally upgraded with an electric head with holding tank.
The straightforward yet attractive dash of the Vista 255 features hand-fitted, top-stitched upholstery, a tilt steering wheel, plus multi-function Faria fog-resistant gauges with polished stainless steel bezels including all normal stern drive engine function monitoring plus an hour meter. A dash-mounted remote control for the standard AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth® connectivity plus iPod®/MP3 ports and four speakers is standard.
Most notable in the standard equipment offerings of the Vista 255 is a Four Winns custom-matched, tandem-axle trailer with tandem brakes. This trailer may be deleted if not needed or it may be optionally upgraded with several desirable features. Other notable standard equipment includes split foredeck safety rails to allow for easier anchor handling, a bimini top, and trim tabs.
Most notable of available optional equipment for a mini-cruiser of this size is a generator. You may also choose reverse cycle air conditioning/heating in the cabin, bow thruster, anchor windlass, aluminum arch, port and starboard windshield wipers, remote spotlight, foredeck sunpads, dockside power with a hot water heater, transom shower, underwater lighting, cockpit carpet or Cabana mat flooring, cabin wood accenting package, camper canvas, cockpit cover, premium stereo upgrade, in-dash Raymarine GPS, plus a choice of five hullside colours.
Single MerCruiser® or Volvo Penta® power choices from 240 to 300 horsepower with a Bravo III or Duo-Prop outdrive respectively is available. If you’re looking for a trailerable “pocket” cruiser which comes standard equipped with the basics of overnight and weekending amenities yet can be optionally loaded virtually to your heart’s content for extended living aboard, then the Vista 255 could be exactly what you want.
|Length:||25' 2"||7.67 m|
|Beam:||8' 5"||2.55 m|
|Dry weight:||6,175 lbs||2,801 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||70 US gals||265 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||MerCruiser or Volvo Sterndrive|