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Four Winns V458

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When Four Winns picked the naval architectural firm of C. Raymond Hunt to design their 378 last year they were sending a signal that the company was getting serious about taking on the blue water market. The boys in Cadallic, Michigan are walking softly, but they are carrying very big plans, indeed. If you are thinking about an express cruiser in the mid-40 foot range, the V-458 should be a “must see” before you make any final decisions. The hull’s fine entry and deadrise at critical hull stations enables it to deliver soft ride in rough water. That’s what the deep-V and Ray Hunt designs are all about. (FYI—Ray Hunt designed the bottom of the Bertram 31 which was first produced in 1961 and started the deep-V trend in offshore powerboats.) But there is a lot more to the new 458 than a deep-V bottom, the interior is a giant step forward for Four Winns in terms of opulence, large-yacht features and technology. Powered by Volvo’s IPS pod drives, the 458 delivers some 25% better economy than similar-sized yachts with conventional inboards, and fingertip control with the Volvo IPS joystick makes handling this boat dockside a pleasure for the whole family. Helm station visibility is very good with a big expanse of windshield glass forward and minimal interference from the sculpted hardtop supports and mullions. Full-height bow railings lead all the way forward along wide, flat side decks, adding a good measure of topside safety. The oversized power swim platform lowers to serve as a tender dock or diving staging area, while two sets of stern cleats add mooring options. Down below, the layout features cherry cabinetry, and large side ports and overhead hatches flood the interior with sunlight. There’s more: the cockpit railing and deckhouse railing back aft, the transom trunk, extended visor over the cockpit, enclosable cockpit area, storage bins under the deck port/stbd aft, long pantograph windshield wiper, teak aft, etc. all of which our quality up-grades and good, thoughtful design.