Silverton 43 Sport Bridge Page 4
43 Sport Bridge — By George L. Petrie
— September 2005
Silverton introduced its first Sport Bridge model, a 33-footer, six years ago, then added a 41-footer about 18 months later. For the next five years, those two models were produced without significant refinement and without further additions to the Sport Bridge line. The company’s rationale seemed to be “Why mess with a winning formula?” But like any successful boatbuilder, Silverton knew that sooner or later they'd need to come up with a fresh concept to maintain the brand’s market appeal.
Last year, the company introduced a new 38 Sport Bridge, in part to fill the gap between the two existing models, but mainly to offer a variant with a more pleasing profile. So favorable was the reaction to the 38’s new styling that Silverton quickly moved ahead with plans to update its 41-foot flagship, redeveloping the 410 (as it was known) into the present 43 Sport Bridge.
Although the new 43 shares the same hull tooling as the old 410 Sport Bridge, the deckhouse and bridge have been given a totally new look. This strategy let Silverton bring its new model to market more quickly, while eliminating the uncertainty (and cost) of developing a new running bottom.
Development of the 43’s new look was aided by 3-D modeling and engineering software, and the builder’s five-axis router. The router was particularly beneficial during the process of refining the new deckhouse, because it gave Silverton’s design team the ability to easily create 3-D scale models to help visualize the final product. The new 43 is a testament to the success of their efforts. —G.L.P
This article originally appeared in the October 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.