Silverton 38 Sport Bridge — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca —
A Family Focus
Part 2: The 38 Sport Bridge is built by an employee-owned company. And that makes it a family of its own.
While the 38 is not geared for hardcore performance-oriented handling, her speed was admirable. With standard twin 425-hp Crusader 8.1 MPI gasoline inboards (twin diesels up to 440 hp apiece are also available), the 38 made an average cruise speed of 27.1 mph at 4000 rpm while burning 39.8 gph. When the engines hit WOT (5000 rpm), my test boat made a top average speed of 34 mph while burning 61.4 gph. The gasoline powerplants did offer a cool neck-snappin’ hole shot (see specifications, this story), and the kids will like the occasional hair-raising WOT runs. I know I did. But a quick word on the 38’s engine space: The powerplants are accessed via a hatch in the saloon on centerline. There’s only about 3'5" of usable headroom here and a foot worth of space in front of the engines, plus saddle tanks restrict outboard access aft.
Going fast makes for some great on-the-water fun, but not every day on the water is flat-calm or even sunny for that matter. So, if the family’s day or weekend on the water simply consists of stopping by the boat to whip up some lunch, play Scrabble in the saloon, or watch some tube, the 38 is up to the task. The saloon, which is set in warm cherrywood, features an Ultraleather settee to starboard that offers the best view of the standard 20-inch, flat-panel TV for those rainy-day movies. The dinette table, to port and up a seven-inch step from the main saloon, is a great gathering place for that Scrabble game. In addition, the raised dinette offers clear vistas out the shapely side windows. My test boat’s dinette table wasn’t mounted and could possibly roll in bad conditions. Silverton says subsequent boats will have fixed tables.
The galley to starboard, which is an eight-inch step down from the saloon, is fully outfitted with standards such as Corian countertops, a side-by-side Nova Kool refrigerator and freezer, a Sharp microwave, and a Princess two-burner electric cooktop. Suffice it to say, a family meal can be easily prepared.
Your family’s day can conclude in peace and quiet in one of the two staterooms. The master forward features a queen berth, and there are two single berths for the kiddies aft to port. A split-head arrangement sits between the two staterooms, and access to the port-side shower stall is available from both staterooms. But it’s a high 13-inch step up into the shower from the guest room, which could make for some stubbed toes on the little ones. From the master forward, it’s a seven-inch step up into the stall. The MSD is accessed via the master forward and from the companionway. A family of four (and two-tenths, remember the 2.2 kids?) could have quite a fun weekend or do longer voyages onboard this vessel.
The 38 Sport Bridge is built by an employee-owned company. And that makes it a family of its own. So it’s no wonder why the solid build, open layout, safety features, and quality gathering areas were designed into this boat: because it’s what they’d want for their own families. And from what I’ve seen, I think my son will soon have memories of a new generation of Silvertons around our own marina.
Silverton ( (877) 863-5298. www.silverton.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.