Power & Motoryacht's First Look at the Silverton 43C.
An old-school convertible profile meets an urban-style loft-apartment interior? Don’t worry—you’re reading that correctly. Look for yourself at how the Silverton 43C makes a case for this curious combination here.
I wasn’t expecting to be impressed with the appearance of Silverton’s new entry-level 33 Convertible when I hit the docks behind the Silverton dealer Sundance Marine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—a couple of computerish drawings I’d seen a week or so before had made the little two-stateroom, one-head cruiser look plump, maybe even a tad chunky. So when I actually caught sight of her for the
I was sitting on my boat at my hometown marina in Freeport, New York, when a voice called out from down the dock, "Hey kid, you gotta see dis" in a distinctly Brooklynese tone. It was the captain of a Silverton 48 Convertible dubbed Caribbean Queen. The boat was spending the summer in my marina, and since Capt. Joe and I had exchanged hellos and shared dock talk over the season, he was
Over the course of 35 years, Silverton has established a reputation for offering extraordinary spaciousness and livability per foot of boat length. Occasionally, however, it's been opined that maximum interior volume has been achieved at the expense of exterior styling and proportion. In other words, Silvertons have been accused of looking top-heavy.
That said, I am impressed by Silverton's
Some boatbuilders concentrate on perfecting a boat’s performance, while others are all about creating an eye-catching interior design. There are those that focus on giving a smooth ride, and even more are fixed on striking exterior lines. To me, it’s a combination of all these elements that helps give one builder an edge over its peers. However, there are also the intangibles that can put one
From the cushy comfort of the helm chair on the flying bridge of Silverton's 48 Convertible, I eyeballed conditions to the east with anticipation. Things looked pretty sporty out there beyond the St. Augustine sea buoy, sporty enough to give just about any vessel, barring an aircraft carrier maybe (or a nuclear attack submarine), a decent wring-out. A wind shift had started the melee. With a
It was a perfect day in Ft. Meyers. The sun was shining, a faint breeze wafted across the marina behind the Chart House Restaurant, and the Silverton 35 Motor Yacht was tied alongside a weathered old dock there, nose-out and ready to go. Passing the restaurant, I felt a little thrill of anticipation upon seeing the 35 for the first time, the same thrill I've enjoyed since I was a kid. Whether