Silverton 38 Boat Review Firsthand Expert Opinion

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Silverton 38

Silverton 38

Clever utilisation of space makes this Silverton one of the most liveable mid-size cruisers available today.

Building a quality sedan-cruiser is nothing new for the US based Silverton boating company. After 35 years of producing pleasure yachts, a new line of sports bridge sedans are making waves with the boating public. Put simply, this style of cruiser offers a lot of value for today’s boating enthusiasts. By taking the saloon sides right to the extremity of the boat, the Silverton 38 achieves a remarkably large saloon cum living area. The fly bridge at the same time is extended to achieve a generous area of ‘outdoor’ living space and provides a boat that’s very comfortable for eight people to cruise aboard. Add to this the elegance of the interior and the commitment to fine design and finishing and you have a very impressive craft in the Silverton 38.

Stepping into the saloon by way of the tinted, sliding glass door it is hard not to be impressed by the interior space. With a beam of nearly four and a half meters there is ample room for a spacious saloon with ample walking space. There’s also no shortage of natural light. Windows on either side and to the front allow plenty of illumination to the cabin area. The saloon is also lavishly laid out with a combination of semi gloss cherry wood, thick pile carpeting and ultra-leather upholstery, all a testament to Silverton 38’s commitment to provide stylish interior spaces. Walking into the saloon you are greeted immediately with a complete interior layout.

On the port side is a family sized L-shaped lounge which is wonderfully soft. A high gloss settee is enclosed by the lounge. Pleasingly, both settee and lounge have good storage areas underneath. Aft of the dining setting is the entertainment system comprising a smooth edged sideboard, a 20in plasma screen TV, Bose 3-2-1 AM/FM CD/DVD system with MP3 capability. In a drawer below the TV are racks for CD’s, DVD’s and general storage. Overall, it’s a compact and well-designed setup. On the port side, aft of the galley is another full sized lounge also made of ultra-leather. The lounge is of the Silverton 38 convertible and transforms into a double sleeping space at the push of a button, a very nice feature. All floor space is covered with thick, soft carpet, which feels great underfoot.

Speaking of which, there is easy access to the onboard generator and engines through wooden floor panels, which are located in the cabin. The galley is an ergonomic space but certainly not cramped for the chef on board. Located forward on the port side and down one step, it means that the galley is in the thick of the entertaining space. The countertop is of molded ceramic construction and has a preparation area as well as a raised sideboard. Included as standard are a two-burner cook top, microwave oven, inbuilt fridge and freezer. The sink is a good size and there is a ton of shelving and storage space on the Silverton 38 including two large cupboards above the preparation area and five sets of drawers below. The floor is Amtico design and easy to clean.

Down a few steps toward the bow are the living quarters. The master stateroom of the Silverton 38 is located at the sharp end of the bow and features a pedestal-mounted double bed, twin-reading lights and port and starboard inbuilt wardrobes. There is also the obligatory storage space built into the bed. The stateroom is nicely appointed with cherry wood paneling and soft cushioned walls. From the master quarters there is portside access to the shower room which is more voluminous than most and also comes with a good-sized mirror. To the starboard side of the master quarters there is access to the bathroom, containing a vacu-flush toilet, designer basin and faucet, vanity mirror and a medicine cabinet.

The second sleeping quarters are located on the port side and can be accessed via the companionway and also through the shower room. They consist of two single beds, which can be converted into a queen-sized bed with a filler cushion. There is head high clearance at the entrance and forward part of the cabin. All the interior furnishings and sleeping quarters in the Silverton 38 are lovingly appointed, the prevalence of cherry wood, high gloss finish and smooth beveled edges demonstrate this.

The cockpit is partially covered by the sweep of the fly bridge and whilst not as roomy as those of other boats of similar size, it is still big enough for a few deck chairs and perhaps a small table. Contained in an under floor compartment is a lift-out tub facility, which could store just about anything. The transom is quite large and the swim platform could store a small dinghy on its side if need be. It’s a good boarding point from land and also has good water access with a latched transom ladder.

From the cockpit of the Silverton 38 there is access to the bridge by way of a starboard side staircase. Ascending at a 45-degree angle is not a difficult task, even while at sea owing to a series of stainless steel grab rails for support. Once on the bridge you realize this area is also an excellent entertainment space. Focused planning values are inherent, with seating for eight, heaps of room to move about and uninhibited visibility. Another plus is a wet bar and sink facility, which can have an optional fridge built in. Best of all, there is walk around access to the bow from both the port and starboard sides of the bridge, with waist high handrails to complement.

The crowning glory of the Silverton 38 is undoubtedly the design itself. It combines a full walk around from the bridge to bow. The lower cabin level also extends the full width of the boat thus maximizing interior accommodation. When I first viewed this boat in profile form it appeared to come to an abrupt end at the stern. However, closer inspection revealed a brilliantly designed and functional craft that looks different at first, but certainly not unappealing.


The helm position is comprised of three seats in a line abreast formation, which are comfortable and adjustable. The central seat is the driver’s position and two passengers sit either side. A rear-facing seat behind the helm position has room for two more, while an aft lounge/daybed can seat three or accommodate one in a reclined position. The console of the Silverton 38 is well organized with full instrumentation. Included are fuel gauges, alarms, Raymarine chart plotter, floating plastimo compass, dual throttle and marine radio with cover and CD player.

The bow section is easily accessible from the bridge and there is plenty of room on a dual sun bed to recline and catch some rays. There is a deep anchor locker and anchor roller, which is easy to use and maintain. If the interior and bridge are the entertainment hubs, then the bow is the place to get some peace and quiet. As for performance on the water, the Silverton 38 didn’t let us down. On our test day the clouds parted just as we fired up the twin 370hp Yanmar engines. We were conscious of not making too much wash around Cabarita wharf, but the deep Vee hull cast off less wash than was expected and at 5000rpm we were sitting on thirty knots. The handling was sound and the dual throttle controls excellent to use. Our test boat had a bow thruster, although this is normally optional.

All things considered, the Silverton 38 is an excellent choice if you want to do some serious on water entertaining. Both the cabin and sports bridge are first class spaces to bring people together in comfort. The living quarters and interior are beautifully appointed and the boat also handles well on the briny. Although we didn’t test the true sea keeping qualities of the Silverton 38, I have no doubt that the performance we saw would translate into an adept showing in rougher ocean conditions. Ideally though, this is a boat for the harbour when you want to relax on the water in style.

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