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 of 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 Caterpillar 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 built in a dedicated locking rod locker overhead.
The galley is on the same level as the staterooms, yet, thanks to its aft location near the salon windows, it has an open feel. There are cabinets at eye level and beneath the countertop, and all the appliances you’d want for a weekend aboard are there.
Given the 43 Convertible’s performance, you can cover some ground during that weekend. Running the boat from the flying bridge helm, I could converse with those seated on the forward J-shaped lounge. During a blustery day with winds at 15 knots on the Atlantic Ocean, we hit 30.2 mph with the engines peaking at a little less than their full potential at 2,650 rpm (2,800 rpm is their maximum rating). Pull back to 2,100 and you’ll be cruising at 18 mph. And you’ll be relaxed knowing that Silverton took care of the small details on the 43 Convertible.
Comparable model: Meridian 441