Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The all new Four Winns HD 180 OB increases to nine the number of both outboard and sterndrive powered Deck Boats from eighteen to twenty-seven feet in its lineup for 2018. In total, Four Winns offers thirty models of Bow Riders, Deck Boats, Surf Boats, and Cruisers from eighteen to thirty-seven feet.
The HD 180 OB rides on Four Winns’ proven, patented, and popular Stable-Vee® running surface. You have a choice of a Mercury or Yamaha outboard engine ranging from 90 to 150 horsepower. Hydraulic steering is standard equipment on engines of 135 through 150 horsepower. It may be optionally added on engines of lesser horsepower.
By way of clarification, when the RS option package is added, the model name becomes the HD 180 OB RS. This is because the RS even looks different in that it has not only a lower profile sporty windshield with a stainless steel header, but it also has very modern stand-out hull and upholstery colour schemes plus hull side graphics. The RS also takes several popular options and includes them as standard equipment.
But back to the HD 180 OB. A large, molded swim platform section extends on each side of the engine and features a centre walk-across section plus a recessed integrated telescoping boarding ladder within the starboard side platform section. This ladder is Four Winns’ angled, deep-reach design with wide step pads. The starboard side transom walk-thru leads to the extra-beamy cockpit.
An L-shaped bench seat extends across the transom from the walk-thru and forward on the port side. The driver and passenger enjoy fully adjustable, sporty looking bucket seats with forward flip-up bolsters. Storage is found within all cockpit bench seating beneath hinged seat cushions. Additional storage is provided within the cockpit side walls below the padded, hand-fitted side panels.
U-shaped bow seating offers lots of legroom while storage is provided beneath all hinged seat cushions. Beneath the forward bow cushion is a dedicated anchor storage compartment. Recessed port and starboard side stainless steel extended grab rails add convenience and safety. Upholstery is available in colour choices of Tropical Ivory, Tropical Lunar, Ivory with Walnut, Latte with Dark Almond, or Lunar with Ebony.
The HD 180 OB features an exclusive, curved windshield with full aluminum frame, a centre opening walk-thru section plus extended side wings providing lots of wind and weather protection to the cockpit. The driver’s console with top stitch-style detailing on the dash is fitted with Four Winns’ custom, fog-resistant gauges including a GPS speedometer, tachometer, fuel, volt, temperature, and trim functions. Tilt steering is standard and a USB charge port is provided.
Entertainment is from a standard iPod ready AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth® connectivity, MP3 ports, and four speakers. A large in-floor storage compartment is ideal for all of your watersports accessories. Additional standard equipment includes a carry-on cooler, cockpit courtesy lighting, plus stainless steel beverage holders. The molded passenger console includes a lockable glove box. Also standard is a Four Winns’ custom-matched trailer with swing away tongue.
There are many optional ways to personalize your HD 180 OB including seven choices of hull side colour bands. If tow sports are part of your boating lifestyle, add the gas-strut assisted, hinged wakeboard tower with colour-matched bimini top and then add a pair of wakeboard tower racks. You may also want the removable ski tow pylon. Choose also a Sunbrella® cockpit cover, bow cover, or separate bimini top.
You can dress up the bow with a removable, extra wide bow ladder, add bow fill-in cushions to create a lounging sunpad, or even a bow anchor roller. Choose bow walk-thru doors, cockpit flooring in Grey or Tan reed mat or marine mat, a removable cockpit table with mount, or Grey or Tan swim platform mat.
A Premium Sound Package upgrade is available as is a transom stereo remote plus trailer upgrades. You could also choose a most useful Convenience Package which includes a depth sounder plus water and air temperature readouts plus an hour meter. An LX Package includes the Convenience Package plus pull-up cleats plus some of the above most desirable single options. The SLX Package requires the above two option packages and adds even more of the most desirable single options mentioned above.
The HD 180 OB may be Four Winns’ smallest outboard-powered deck boat but it is large on features and value.
|Dry weight:||2,359 Boat Only lbs||1,070 Boat Only kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||32 US gals||121 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury or Yamaha Outboard|
|Engine HP:||90 -150|