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Four Winns 378 Vista: A Winning Weekender

The Four Winns Vista 378 was a popular boat built for about a decade in the early 2000s before it evolved into its closest sibling, today’s Vista 375, currently being built and sold. A fun couple’s cruiser, the 378 was a Raymond Hunt deep-V design with good top speed and easy maneuverability, especially with the optional bow thruster.

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The V378 is larger than it sounds. The LOA is 41’ 3” when measured with the large aft swim platform (teak slat covering was optional) and the beam is 12’, which gives the boat a voluminous interior. With a 3’6” draft, the model could get into most skinny waters including those around Florida.

This sport cruiser offers plenty of space above and below. The large entertainer’s cockpit has an L-shaped settee to starboard and a wet bar module to port with an optional sink and icemaker. The helm to starboard has a double seat with another double companion bench on the centerline facing the helm. The captain can have three friends keeping a lookout, but there is a pinch point between the two seats so getting into position may be a bit of a knee-knocker.

The optional electronics package was from Raymarine, with an MFD offset to the left of the wheel and an array of rocker switches and gauges straight ahead nestled into the burlwood trim. Molded steps lead to an opening center section of the windshield, for quick access to the bow sunpad or windlass.

The entry to the cabin is outboard to port. Three steps lead down to a posh interior with an L-shaped galley and two convertible settees and a table. A stand-up fridge, microwave, an electric cooktop and a single sink mean weekend cooking will not be a chore. A flatscreen TV faces the settees.

The master suite is in the V-berth. Earlier models had the berth on an angle but that changed to a more traditional fore and aft berth over the years. The head is quite large for a boat of this length, featuring a vacuum-flush head and a separate stall shower. Headroom of 6’2” adds to the feeling of volume below. A high-gloss cherry finish provides bit of opulence, and air conditioning keeps the boat comfortable and dry in all season.

The V378 standard power included twin 375 HP Volvo Penta gasoline stern drives. However, there were other engine options including 420 HP Mercruisers and 385 HP Caterpillar diesels, so used models may be variously equipped. Top speeds were in the low 30 knot range with a cruising speed in the mid 20s. With 300 gallons of fuel capacity, the V378 had a range of 300 to 350 nautical miles depending on speed and conditions. A 5 kW Kohler genset came in both gas and diesel options.

Priced over $300,000 when new, today you can pick up one of these pre-owned models for between $85,000 and $100,000—which is a bargain given how lightly used many of these boats are.

For more information, visit these Four Winns 378 Vista listings.

Written by Zuzana Prochazka

Written by: Zuzana Prochazka

Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.

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