Silverton’s 36 C: It’s a cruiser; it’s a sport-fisher. Just pick your options. Great visibility from the bridge of this convertible makes docking, seeing the shallows or spotting fish a breeze. Enlarged accommodations make cruising fun and civilized.
Our test boat boasted twin 315 hp Yanmar inboard diesel engines, an upgrade ($50,617) from the standard 375 hp Crusader gas mills. Easily accessing these via a hatch in the salon sole, I discovered a robust installation and neat rigging, though checking the oil level on the starboard engine proved daunting, yet doable. Yanmar offers the dipstick mounted on either side. I suggest asking about that option.
In light test-day seas, the sprightly 36 C topped out at 30 mph, posting an economical cruising speed of 27.1 mph at 3,000 rpm. Noise levels measured at the bridge, with the optional canvas enclosure ($7,690) erect, were typical for diesel-powered boats of this type, as Boating’s database of boat tests proves. Handling was crisp and responsive under way, and the optional bow thruster ($8,631) enhanced dockside maneuverability, as did big props turning through deep gear ratios. The relatively light displacement and moderate transom deadrise helped to increase fuel economy and decrease draft and dealt with chop admirably on test day.
Silverton offers an impressive list of options for those seeking to mix luxury cruising features with those for serious fishing. The standard boat includes hydraulic steering, 316L stainless hardware, a transom shower, AM/FM stereo, cherry cabinetry and solid doors, plus separate head and shower compartments. The master stateroom features a queen-size island berth with innerspring mattress, and the guest stateroom serves yeoman duty with its six-foot-long upper and lower berths. Besides the aforementioned bridge enclosure and thruster, consider the extended swim platform with ladder ($3,098) and the anchor windlass ($4,656).
The 36 C is billed as a convertible and is an ideal choice for a couple or small family. It is stylish and well thought out and would serve well for extended cruising and occasional trips to the canyon.
Comparable model: Meridian 341 ($386,877 with twin 485-hp Mercruiser 8.2 MPI HO inboards)