When I step aboard a boat, I want to relax, and part of that feeling is knowing I have a secure place to stash my car keys, cellphone, etc. Lately, it seems as if more boats longer than 40 feet lack this seemingly simple feature. So when I ascended the stairs to the bridge to the new Silverton 43 Convertible and saw a space dedicated for just this purpose, I smiled.
That wasn’t the only smart feature aboard this tastefully styled convertible that incorporates plenty of amenities to go with its fishability. In the engine compartment, heavy-duty 4-foot-long steel L-angle mounts attach to the stringers with eight through-bolts per side, ensuring that the twin Cummins diesels stay put. Both staterooms sleep two adults comfortably and have ample stowage for a weekend getaway.
There’s also plenty of space to relax in the salon on the L-shaped lounge aft, near the sliding cockpit door, or forward at the raised dinette. Four people could comfortably enjoy a meal here. In a smart use of space, Silverton put a locking rod locker overhead.