Reviewed by Richard Crowder
In 1975, Bill Winn Sr. and his three sons purchased the small Safe-T-Mate boat company in upstate Cadillac, Michigan, and moved his family there. Thus was the beginning of Four Winns. "What began as a family-owned business has grown into one of the world's largest manufacturers of fiberglass recreational products."
Now part of the Rec Boat Holdings group which includes Glastron and Wellcraft, Four Winns offers 35 models of runabouts, sport boats, deck boats, cuddies, and cruisers in six series from 18 to 48 feet. The V275, part of the nine model Vista series of cruisers from 26 to 48 feet is a brand new model for 2012 and slots neatly between the V265 and V285.
Significantly though, while the V265 and V285 each have a beam of 8'6", the new V275's beam is 9'2". While this 8" increase may not, at first glance, seem to be much, when it is multiplied down the length and depth of the hull, the resulting increase in cubic feet of interior room is enormous. This extra room will be especially noted within the cabin allowing maximum headroom of 6'3" and lots of "elbow" and move-around space. In the cockpit, full double-wide seating can be provided along the starboard side along with a lounge and mini-galley on the port side, plus a decent isle width between them.
At the time of this writing, only initial specifications were available from Four Winns for this brand new cruiser and therefore some features and options mentioned herein may be changed by the time you read this and actually see the boat.
In the Four Winns tradition for its V-series cruisers, the swim platform on the V275 is huge and very usable and practical. An almost centred transom door provides easy access to the cockpit, where, immediately to port, is the cockpit galley/wet bar. An electric grill and refrigerator are optionally available to complete this unit.
To starboard is a double-wide facing lounge which converts from seating to a sunlounge. A cockpit table is optional for this lounge. Immediately forward of this aft lounge is the double-wide helm seat with optional flip-up bolster. Full engine instrumentation including the normal gauges plus an hour meter are Faria fog-resistant type with stainless steel bezels. The charcoal coloured panel helps reduce reflection glare from the windshield. Lots of spare room is provided for your choice of navigation electronics. Trim tabs are standard as is a tilt steering wheel.
Opposite the helm on the port side is a stretch-out single-wide lounge which also can be used for passenger seating for those wishing to be "close to the action." Lots of cockpit storage is found below virtually all seating. Vinyl used on all of the cockpit seating is Aquaflex™. The engine hatch has an electric lift standard. A centred windshield walk-thru provides quick, easy and safe passage to the foredeck.
A centred, bi-fold entry door provides access to the V275's cabin which is constructed with a fibreglass liner and covered with lay-in carpet. This cabin feels very spacious and bright with two large deck skylights and even larger curved hullside windows – plus the normal opening deck hatch. You have a choice of dark cherry gloss or light maple matte cabinetry finish to complement the midnight blue interior décor.
The forward V-berth dinette converts to a large berth with a privacy curtain. The extra beam and cabin height allows great access to the mid-cabin berth with a padded headboard and again, a privacy curtain. This mid-cabin can be optionally converted to a fully private cabin. The basic galley in the V-275 can be optioned up to your choice with a refrigerator, microwave, and hot water package which will also provide hot water to the head and transom shower. Or you can leave this galley as mostly storage and complete the cockpit galley with similar features – your choice. The fibreglass enclosed stand-up head compartment provides the normal features and an electric head is optional.
Although the list of engine choices looks long, it really boils down to five size choices: three MerCruiser Bravo III choices in 300, 320, and 380 horsepower, the 320 and 380 having Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS), and two Duo-Prop choices from Volvo Penta being the 300 and 320 horsepower models, the 320 having Electronic Vessel Control (EVC).
Five optional choices of hull colour are also available, being navy, black, grey, red, or white. Entertainment aboard the V275 is provided by a Sony® AM/FM/CD player, iPod®-ready with MP3 ports and speakers in the cabin and at the helm. A Premium Sound System is optionally available as is a flatscreen television and DVD player for the forward cabin.
Lots of options are available to personalize your V275 just as you would like it. Many have already been noted above and you can also choose from major items such as dockside power, generator, auto fire extinguishing system, foredeck sunpad, anchor windlass, bimini top with or without camper canvas, air conditioning/heating, plus full navigation electronics, etc., etc.
Where many manufacturers have chosen to standardize many features on their cruisers, Four Winns has decided to offer the basics in the V275 and let you choose exactly how much or how little you want to have on your boat according to your own personal needs and wants. Neat.
|Length:||28' 0"||8.53 m|
|Beam:||9' 2"||2.79 m|
|Draft:||3' 3"||99 cm|
|Dry weight:||7800 lbs||3540 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||85 US gals||322 l|
|Engine / Drive:||MerCruiser 350 MPI/Bravo III|