Four Winns added another model to its line of Sundowner cuddy-cabin boats with the debut at the Miami International Boat Show of the Sundowner 265RS, a 26-foot model with the lines of an express cruiser and a modest mid-cabin stowage area.

Four Winns 265RS

The Four Winns Sundowner 265RS makes a solid play for the cuddy-cabin market. It's sporty looking, practical, and still trailerable.


“We are seeing resurgence in the cuddy market," says Roch Lambert, Group President, Rec Boat Holdings. “Our Sundowner models are designed to provide extended time on the water with functional, roomy interiors and cockpits. The new 265 provides the added space needed for the consumer looking to move up into a larger family boat, yet still able to trailer to their favorite weekend boating location.”

In a boat this size – the beam is 8 feet, 5 inches – Four Winns is able to offer a cabin that’s more than just a stowage area. The Sundowner 265 cabin has an enclosed head with standard porta-potti, a full V-berth and a modest galley that Four Winns calls a “breakfast center.” I could see a couple overnighting while beached at a remote sandbar on this boat. The roll-down tambour door to the cabin is a space-saving feature carried over from smaller Sundowner models. There’s a mid-cabin cubby that extends below the cockpit deck but it’s intended for stowage rather than as berth space. It’s perfect for stashing sleeping bags and pillows.

The cockpit is more typical runabout fare, with ComfortRide bucket seats at the helm and a wraparound bench seat aft. A four-speaker Sony audio system with MP3 is standard, as is a bimini top and a flip-up walk-through to the swim platform.

The boat at the Miami show was decked out in the dramatic RS package (there’s also a Sundowner 265 and Sundowner 265SS in less flamboyant trim), which is highlighted by green and black graphics on the hull sides, and green and black highlights in the interior. This is the first time I’ve seen the green color in person, and it’s not as intense as it may appear in photos – think 70s muscle car, not Kawasaki motorcycle. The “carbon texture” vinyl has a sort of shimmering appearance.

This is a well-appointed boat that’s nicely finished. The example at the Miami show was heavily optioned and had an MSRP of $86,000 with a 320-hp MerCruiser and a trailer. Max power is 380 horsepower from MerCruiser or Volvo Penta. I agree with Four Winns. I think more buyers are going to start turning to cuddy-cabin boats, a style that fell out of favor during the go-go economy but makes more sense now in a more practical era. Four Winns is out front in this trend.

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