28' 2006 Four Winns 278 Vista | Tampa Yacht Sales

28' 2006 Four Winns 278 Vista


28 ft 278 Vista

Take a look at this 2006 Four Winns 278 Vista in Tampa. She is lift kept and has been been lovingly cared for by her owner. All engine and systems services are up to date. 

The Vista model of boats is Four Winns express cruiser line. These overnighters range from trailerable models to the stunning 458 flagship. The 278 is the largest boat in the pocket cruiser segment due to her beam of only 8 feet, 6 inches.

*Key Features

*Balsa-cored hull sides and deck

*Bow anchor roller

*Bow rails, welded one-piece, one-inch stainless steel

*Aft shower, hot/cold

*Stable-Vee® hull

*Swim platform integrated with hull and deck

*Trim tabs

*Aquaflex vinyl

*Electric lift engine hatch

*Double-wide helm with flip-up bolsters

*Sony® AM/FM/CD player

*Shore power cable

The boat's cabin is just right for a couple or small family. A convertible dinette at the forepeak sleeps two people, while a small aft cabin offers room for two more. The port side galley provides just enough storage space for a weekend cruise along with a microwave oven, and a single burner electric cook top. The counter top has a granite like solid surface with a molded sink built in.  Under the work surface is a refrigerator for food and beverages storage. The cabin also features a fully lined head compartment with flush toilet, shower nozzle with curtain, and a compact vanity with sink

Top side, the 278 has cockpit seating for four adults, a removable snack table and can convert into a sun pad. A mini wet bar is to port and offers up a fresh water sink and a removable cooler that is situated in a nook below the counter top. To starboard, the boats helm gets a mixture of class and aviation styling. Analog gauges are placed around the optional Raymarine chart plotter and below a Danforth compass. Switches are located on either side of the tilt steering wheel and there is easy access to the Sony stereo controls and optional VHF radio.

Jumping to the foredeck is a set of molded steps and a large windshield pass-through. The deck provides a good, non-slip surface and a slopping bow rail for safety. A pair of cushions can be placed here to maximize your sun pad potential and lounge space. All the way up front is an anchor locker and roller. A windlass is optional but makes for a good investment. 

So if you want a cruiser that you can haul to your lake or pond, but still need more space than the average pocket cruiser has to offer, then the Vista 278 might be the right formula. It's hard to beat the boat's performance and economy. Not to mention the amenities that are worked into the package. 

Test Result Highlights

*Top speed for the Four Winns V278 (2008-) is 38.3 mph (61.6 kph), burning 22.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 86.3 liters per hour (lph).

*Best cruise for the Four Winns V278 (2008-) is 19.6 mph (31.5 kph), and the boat gets 1.87 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.8 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 143 miles (230.14 kilometers).

*Tested power is 1 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MPI.

Upgrades include;

* New dash panel in 2019 

* New Garmin GPS Map 942XS

*Full cockpit cover

* Volvo Penta remote engine flush 

Services performed in October 2020;

*New exhaust manifolds and risers

*New motor mounts

*New engine sensors throughout

*New raw water pump

*New engine belts and hoses

*New engine starter

*New batteries (house and engine)

*Full outdrive service including new input shaft and u-joint assembly and Volvo synthetic gear oil

*New oil pressure switch

*Replaced spark plugs, engine oil and all filters

*New trim sensors and calibration

*New bilge pump float switch

Print Specifications


Manufacturer: Four Winns
Model: 278 Vista
Year: 2006
Category: Cruisers
Condition: Used
Available in US Waters: --
Location: Tampa Florida United States
Vessel Name: Sanderling
Boat Type: Power
Speed (max): 39 kn
Cruise Speed (max): 27 kn
Range: 213 NMI
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Designer: --
Flag of Registry: United States
Days On The Market:
Length: 28' 4" - 8.64 m
Beam: 8' 6"
Displacement: --
Dry Weight: --
Draft (min): 2' 10"
Draft (max): 3' 3"
Bridge Clearance: 9' 7"
Engine Count: 1
Engine 1
Make: Volvo Penta
Model: 8.1GIDP
Type: Stern Drive
Year: 2006
Fuel Type: Gas/Petrol
Hours: 576.00
Power: 375.00hp | 0.00kw
Serial Number:
Drive Type: Stern
Fuel Tank: 85 gallons - Gas/Petrol
Fresh Water Tank: 21 gallons
Holding Tank: 21 gallons
Total Cabins: 1
Double Berths: 2
Single Berths: --
V Berths: --
Total Sleeps: 4
Total Heads: 1
Crew Cabins: --
Crew Sleeps: --
Crew Mess: --

Hull and Deck

* Anchor line locker, access w/lid
* Balsa-cored hull sides and deck
* Bow anchor roller
* Bow and stern eyes, stainless steel
* Bow rails, welded one-piece, one-inch
stainless steel
* Cleats, stainless steel (6)
*Deck hatch (1), translucent w/screen 
* Designators, dome-style
* Dockside inlets
*Dockside power
* Water
* Drain plug, brass-threaded
* Engine compartment ventilators 
*  Fill caps, stainless steel
- Fuel
- Water
* Gel band colors: Red, Navy, Green,
Sandstone, Black
* Gel coat, premium
* Horn, concealed
* Meets or exceeds applicable USCG
* Navigation lights
*NMMA certification
* Port lites, stainless steel (4)
- Opening w/screens
* Rub rail, rigid white vinyl w/stainless steel insert
* Skid-resistant swim platform, fore- deck, walk-thru, cockpit floor
* Stable-Vee® hull
* Stern assist rail, stainless steel
* Swim platform, aft, integrated
w/hull & deck
- Ladder, angled, deep-reach,
hidden w/wide-step pads
* Thru-hull fittings, stainless steel
* Transom storage locker
- Dock line storage
* Trim tabs
*Walk-thru windshield
* Windshield wiper, starboard

Cockpit and Helm

* Aquaflex vinyl
* Battery management system w/separate engine start and ship's system circuits
* Beverage holders, stainless steel 
* Carpet, 40 oz., snap-in
* Courtesy lights
* Engine hatch, electric lift
* Fiberglass liner
* Insulated engine compartment
* Refreshment center
*Cooler, removable, 36-qt. - Sink w/pressurized water
- Double wide adjustable helm
w/flip-up bolsters
- U-shape stern seating w/pleated
* Storage
- Beneath helm seat
* Table w/mount
* Compass
* Dash, includes space for GPS & VHF
* Depth sounder w/shallow water alarm
* Instrument panel, charcoal
*Instrumentation, Faria, fog-resistant
w/polished stainless steel bezels - Fuel gauge
- Oil pressure
- Speedometer
- Tachometer w/hour meter
- Temperature gauge - Trim gauge
- Volt meter
* Receptacle - 12 VDC @helm
* Single lever control w/tilt/trim switch ? Steering wheel, tilt
* Speakers, Clarion® (4)
* Stereo, Clarion® AM/FM/CD player ? SIRIUS satellite stereo system
w/6-month subscription
* Stereo remote w/display 


* Speakers, Clarion® (4)
* Stereo, Clarion® AM/FM/CD player ? SIRIUS satellite stereo system
w/6-month subscription
*Stereo remote w/display @helm

Cabin, galley and head


* Cabin entry, centered
* Cabin panel, 110 VAC (220 VAC-intl) 
* Carpet, lay-in
* CO monitors
* Convertible forward berth/dinette
- Large U-shaped dining area
- Under seat storage   
* Fiberglass liner
* Headliner, easy clean 
* Interior décor choices
- Black Stone
- Natural Shell - Nautical Blue
* Lighting
- Forward berth, overhead
- Multi-zone lighting system
* Receptacle 110 VAC (220 VAC-intl)
12 VDC
* V-berth mirror
* Cabinetry
- Woodgrain
- Positive latch system
- Upper and lower, enclosed
* Countertop, polished granite-look - Sink w/cover/cutting board
- Generous counter space
* Lighting
- Under cupboard
*Microwave, 110 VAC (220 VAC-intl)
* Receptacles (2) 110 VAC (220 VAC-intl) 12 VDC
* Refrigerator dual voltage, 110 VAC 12 VDC (220 VAC- intl)
*Trash receptacle
* Door, woodgrain, locking w/mirror 
* Fiberglass enclosed stand-up head 
* Head, porcelain, w/holding tank 
* Lighting, overhead
* Medicine storage area
* Port lite, opening w/screen
* Power ventilation
* Receptacle, 110 VAC (220 VAC-int?l) ? Shower w/sump pump
* Sink
*Towel rack
* Vanity mirror

* Berth access, wide opening 
* Privacy curtain
* Storage
- Hanging locker
- Overhead
- Sidewall cabinet
* Window, opening w/screen


* Batteries (2)
* Battery charger/converter (20 amp)
*Bilge blower
* Bilge pump, automatic (2)
*Color-coded wiring w/chafe protection ? Potable water, 21 gal.
* Power trim & tilt
* Remote oil filters
* Shore power cable
*Shore power galvanic isolator
* Water heater (6 gallon)