The Four Winns V255 is a brand new affordable sports cruiser making its European debut in fine style with a triumphant American victory at the European Powerboat of the Year awards in Dusseldorf on the opening weekend of that city's boat show. So take a look aboard with reviewer Alex Smith.




Despite the relatively generous beam, the emphasis is firmly on remaining compact and efficient with the available space aboard the V255. This is, after all, a 25ft long trailerable boat that sleeps four people – a design feat in itself. Down below there is a decent guest double bunk, a small galley and an enclosed heads compartment. The dining table sinks down to create the forward berth, which is diagonally orientated.

In the cockpit, the aft bench can be converted to a dining area, or left as an open bench for complete wraparound seating. The helm seat is a "cosy" double and there is also a small wet bar to starboard.

For more compact sports cruiser reviews, see the slightly smaller single-berth De Antonio D23 Cruiser review or for a double-berth model, check out the larger Bavaria Sport 330 Open: First Look Video.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.