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Four Winns’ super-sized bowrider

Among the dozens of new boats introduced during the fall boat show season, one of the most innovative is the Four Winns Horizon 440 Bow Cruiser, a 44-foot open-bow express powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drives. “It’s the largest bowrider on the market,” says Christophe Lavigne, vice president of engineering for Rec Boat Holdings, parent company of Four Winns.

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The boat combines an open-bow design with an express-style hardtop and a hydraulic swim platform that can hold a personal watercraft. “We challenged the design team to look at a typical 43-foot cruiser-style boat and find a way to create more useful space,” says Lavigne. “The bow of the boat, with limited useful space above deck, became the obvious target for innovation. The result is the open-bow concept that does not sacrifice the living space below deck.”

The builder packs the bow with storage, plenty of seating, including long lounges, and a hydraulic table that rises from the deck, eliminating the need to store it. The company also offers an optional sun shade for the bow.

The 440 is a true bowrider, but it has a cabin that includes a full head with a separate shower, a galley, an aft twin berth, a port-side couch that converts to a double berth and a forward stateroom with a V-berth. With the IPS600s, the 440 sells for $774,923. Four Winns, Cadillac, Michigan, (231) 775-1351.

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January 2015 issue