2007 Four Winns 318 Vista

$99,995
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Freshwater!!!2007 Four Winns 318 Vista in Great Conditions for its age, Powered by Twin Mercury 5.7 Liter engines with Bravo 3 Drives (under 300 hours) Asking $103995.00 OBO.
One of the hottest new cruisers is the Four Winns 318 Vista. But don't let its sexy powder-horn sheerline and near-50-mph top speed get you thinking that performance is the only card Four Winns is playing here. I discovered a designer cabin brimming with glossy wood, faux granite, and plush upholstery. Its bilge and engine areas are carefully rigged and arranged with service in mind. And proof abounds that it's been built by actual boaters. Only those who've had to scurry for a line or dock a boat without an experienced crew would install steps leading to the sidedecks at both the platform and the cockpit and cover the entire bow, not just its perimeter, in nonslip. Are there things to gripe about? Sure. But the sum of them won't prevent you from liking this boat.

PRESS ON. Twin 280-hp Volvo Penta 5.7 Gi DuoProp stern drives powered my test boat. You could opt for more power, including a pair of 300-hp Mercruiser 350 MAG MPI Bravo Three stern drives ($3,477), but I don't think that the extra horsepower would be necessary. When I pressed the levers, the 318 Vista jumped, transitioning almost imperceptibly onto plane, and provided plenty of midrange whoosh for confident running in following seas. Of course, the test boat was lightly loaded and had no canvas or bottom paint. But when you run as many boats as a Boating boat tester, you can tell: 560 horses is plenty for this boat.

The test propsets were too big. We got the engines to turn 4900 rpm, and Volvo Penta indicates that 5000 is the spec for wide open throttle. Once the boat is laden with crew and stores and has the canvas up and its bottom painted, the engines may drop several hundred rpm. A smaller prop could prevent the engines from lugging. The 318 Vista is quiet, posting in the low 80s on my sound meter in the cruising speed range. And even at wide open throttle, the sound levels in this boat never pushed the meter's needle past 90 dB-A. It's one of the quietest cruisers I've tested. Credit its robust engine installation, the precise fit of its engine hatch, and the copious use of acoustic insulation.

THE PLUSH RUSH. Acoustic insulation isn't the only soft material that gave me reason to smile aboard the 318 Vista. Squishing into the leather comfort of the salon lounge also elicited a grin. Saddlebuck in color and with pleated and rolled armrests, this is a comfortable pullout sofa-settle down for a long chat or open it up to sleep two, should the need arise. Opposite is the galley, which is anchored by a fiberglass counter that's inset with solid-surface material. The brilliant white perimeter and polished faux-stone insert look great together, and the solid-surface material is set deep enough to provide a fiddle that will contain spills or loose items-a good meld of form and function.
Forward is the slab-shaped master berth that's arranged askew to provide easy access. When you need privacy, just pull a curtain. For more practicality, the area is complemented by deep drawer stowage and an illuminated, cedar-lined hanging locker. Atypically, there's no shelf ringing this berth. Instead, glossy wood laminate cabinetry with smoked glass doors provides stowage above and around the berth's perimeter-another well-done meld of form and function. This berth's mattress lifts on a strut, revealing more stowage, including dedicated recesses for the dining table top and its pedestal.

In the aft berth, I found an expansive view of the forward part of the cabin, plenty of headroom, and a removable pedestal table, all of which make this spot great for entertaining. When guests set up the area for sleeping, they'll appreciate the width of the berth, the ventilation provided by the opening port, and the ample stowage. In the 318 Vista's head is another solid-surface counter. The vanity features a hefty, built-in grabrail. A full-length mirror graces the door. I especially liked the hinged, three-piece medicine chest mirror that allows for a range of adjustment.