Boat Test: 2016 Four Winns TS 222

Boat Tested2016 Four Winns TS 222
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Bowrider
Manufacturer Four Winns
Length22ft 7in / 6.88 m
Beam8ft 6in / 2.59 m
Drive TypeI/o Sterndrive
Engine MakeVolvo Penta
Fuel Capacity44
By Steven Bull
Four Winns has been a respected name in the boat-building world for decades, known for sport boats and larger cruisers alike. Now, they’re making a splash in the tow sports world with their Tow Series.

The TS222 has Four Winn’s StableVee hull which gives excellent handling at speed and good lateral stability since boarders and surfers spend a lot of time chilling at idle or on the hook.

When you’re ready to rock, 1,300 pounds of ballast can be spread across three tanks to customize the wake shape. There is also the standard wakeboard tower that is colour matched to the hull.

The ballast tanks are easily filled with simple toggle switches, nota complicated touch screen system, perfect for someone new to the sport, or who wants a capable tow-boat that isn’t too specialized for runabout use.

The helm has a thoroughly modern look to it. At first glance it’s minimalist, but that’s only because it’s so well designed with switches, gauges and equally simple tab controls.

The playpen seating at the bow, the benches mid-ship ��“ includingthe captain’s seatback that flips forward to make more room starboard side ��“ isn’tenough for Four Winns. There’s an additional transom seat facing the extended swim platform and the sunpad covering the engine compartment with a fold out extension to cover the walk-through for more lounging space.

Speaking of engines, this one is about as unique as you get on a boat this size as it has Volvo’s forward-drive system so it pulls the boat rather than pushes it through the water and to call the turns responsive is a massive understatement. Acceleration is quick, which is key for tow sports, and with standard Zero Off speed control you can maintain the speed your rider needs.

The TS222 is ready to ride without being overwhelming and with this much standard gear for much less than the big boys of tow sports are now charging, it will likely be a big hit for Four Winns and riders alike.

Test Boat EngineVolvo Penta V8-300, 5.7 L, 300 hp V8 Forward Drive
ACCELERATION (mph/sec)0-20 / 3.7; 0-30 / 5.6
TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)5,100 / 43.8
3,500 / 28.5; 4,000 / 33.9; 4,500 / 37.8
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