35 Motor Yacht — By Capt. Bill Pike
— February 2003
|Part 2: Equipage was top-notch.|
I examined the 35's interior once I'd returned her safely to her berth behind the Chart House, a chore Shea expedited by tossing a long bomb of a bight over a cleat, giving me an instant spring line to work the boat against, not the first time linehandling savvy has saved a boathandler's bacon. My first look at the saloon/galley/dinette area engendered surprise. The 35 was certainly not the first Silverton I'd tested, but it had the nicest-looking joinery of any of them. The dinette table, as well as passageway doors, were well crafted of solid cherry, varnished to a smooth, satin glow. Galley drawers had solid cherry fronts as well, with Accuglide powder-coated steel sliders. Bulkhead veneers were accurately routered and fitted, and the raised-panel head doors were as crisply carpentered as the rest.
Equipage was top-notch. Mattresses in the forward VIP and master aft were both of the marinized innerspring type from Handcraft Mattress Company. The convertible UltraLeather sofa in the saloon bore the Flexsteel logo, and faucets and other plumbing fixtures, including a telescoping galley faucet, were from Moen. Galley appliances were top-notchers, too, as the accompanying standards list indicates. Countertops were Corian throughout, and all carpeting was thick, tight, and Scotchgarded. "We've done some upgrading over the last few years," Shea summarized.
The company has also put some serious effort into creating innovative layouts, it appears. The 35 has two shower stalls, twice what you'll find on most midrange motoryachts these days. Each is separate, with standing headroom, a folding door, and a molded seat. Little genius was required to incorporate this sort of feature into the master head, which is all the way aft on the port side--the company simply stole space from the master itself, a ploy that's hardly noticeable given the stateroom's full-beam width. Adding a separate stall to the forward head was a trickier proposition, however. Silverton put it on the starboard side of the boat, just abaft the VIP bulkhead, and kept the MSD and sink in a separate compartment across the hall.
I finished up the test by looking at aspects of the 35's engineering and design. I liked most of them--for example, the hull-to-deck flanges that are joined with elastomeric sealant, butyl tape, and stainless steel bolts; and the tried-and-true laminate schedules that contain nothing more esoteric than 2415 stitchmat and end-grain balsa. But a couple bothered me, like the inadequate lighting in the machinery spaces and the unfortunate positioning of a faucet control in the back of the molded seat in the forward shower stall, which makes sitting comfortably a little tough.
In the end, though, I came to an overall thumbs-up conclusion. Not only is the 35 Motor Yacht the most nicely finished and laid out Silverton I've ever tested, she also handles like a champ around a dock, even with split controls.
Silverton Marine Corporation Phone: (877) 863-5298. www.silverton.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.