Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The outboard powered Vista 355 Coupe OB is the newest, and along with its sister, the sterndrive powered Vista 355 Coupe, are the largest in Four Winns’ five model Cruisers series from twenty-five to thirty-five feet. In all, Four Winns offers a total of forty-nine models from eighteen to thirty-five feet in four series of Bowriders, Deck Boats, Surf Boats, and Cruisers.
Standard power comes from a pair of Mercury 300 horsepower Verado’s. You may alternatively choose a pair of Yamaha 300 horsepower outboards and whether Mercury or Yamaha, you may want to upgrade to a pair of 350 horsepower and available in white and with each brand’s version of joystick control. Either choice of brand comes with electronic controls and digital instrumentation.
As the “Coupe” name implies, the cockpit and salon is at one level and the salon is fully surrounded and enclosed and weather protected with glass. A starboard side cockpit window flips up and a double-wide, bi-folding, full-height glass “patio” door opens up the salon to the cockpit for ease of entertaining, conversation, and enjoyment. A convertible transom seat with two-position seatback extends from the port side to the transom walk-thru to the swim platform and permits forward or aft-facing seating. Four vinyl colour combination choices are offered.
The integrated swim platform allows full walk-across access ahead of the motors and optionally available slightly lower level platform extensions on each side of the platform and complete with a concealed, “deep-reach” telescoping boarding ladder offer even greater access to the water. Blue LED swim platform courtesy lighting is standard as is a hot and cold transom shower. Standard hull colour is white with five available hullside colour choices and eight bootstripe colour choices.
A lot of features that would often be optional on other cruisers of this size are standard equipment on the Vista 355 Coupe OB. For example, reed mat cockpit flooring in Dune or Ash is standard as is a cockpit refrigerator and both a cockpit and a foredeck sail shade. A generator is also standard equipment. The cockpit “engine” hatch is electric and offers a day hatch providing access to a large storage area where sterndrive engines would otherwise be. Storage is also provided beneath the transom seat. Standard on the foredeck is a large sunpad cum lounge with adjustable backrest support.
With its surrounding windows, the bright and inviting salon is aided by a pair of hardtop opening skylights. Port and starboard sliding opening windows offer fresh air circulation. A portside full length L-shaped lounge fills the salon and features a pair of bamboo dinette tables for comfortable dining or entertaining. Salon flooring is laminate. The aft starboard side salon galley features a large stainless front refrigerator/freezer, electric stove, microwave, plus sink and storage cabinets and drawers.
Ahead of the galley is the helm station with its double-wide helm seat with flip-up forward bolster, premium tilt wheel, and a straightforward dash with two raised molded pods ready to accept your choice of navigation electronics. An electronics package is available to suit your boating preferences. A USB charging port is provided as is an integrated footrest. Trim tabs with indicators are standard as is an anchor windlass with anchor washdown, windshield wipers for the expansive one-piece windshield, and a three-zone Fusion MS-UD755 stereo system.
Three steps down leads to the central “open atrium” area with port side lounge offering storage within and above. Opposite, the starboard side head features a separate shower with acrylic door, shower seat, VacuFlush® head, sink and vanity with storage. The forward guest stateroom provides port and starboard side single berths with pillows and sham package and which, uniquely, may be slid together to form a double-wide berth.
The full-beam midship master stateroom has a full king size bed with inner sprung mattress, opening window with screen, plus hullside fixed windows for natural lighting. Privacy curtains are provided for both staterooms. Privacy doors are optionally available for each stateroom. Air conditioning/heating is provided for both the salon and for the sleeping areas. Hardwood flooring is optionally available throughout as is central vac.
Other notable options for the Vista 355 Coupe OB include bow thruster, remote spot light, underwater lighting, cockpit fill-in cushions, cockpit grill, cockpit table, a television package, Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, plus swim platform, cockpit, and side deck marine mat.
The Four Winns Vista 355 Coupe OB is elegant and well equipped and filled with comfort and conveniences for cruising and entertaining in style.
|Dry weight:||16,000 lbs||7,258 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||200 US gals||757 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Twin Mercury or Yamaha Outboards|
|Engine HP:||Twin 300-350|