THIS WAY UP. Access to the 410 Sport Bridge's flying bridge, as aboard the 400 Sedan Bridge, is up a set of wide, molded steps with a handrail, rather than a ladder such as the one aboard the 3988 Command Bridge. Up here you can walk out to the bow on wide "sidewalk" sidedecks. No longer will you whack your shoulders or be forced to shuffle sideways to walk to the bow or the sunlounge. Going forward is safe and easy. The helm is wide and white - too white in my opinion. Some gray or black panels would reduce the glare. A Plexiglas Venturi windshield is standard, but take my advice and opt for the stainless-steel framed fiberglass unit ($2,999). Not only does it double as a grabrail, but it complements the design of the 410 Sport Bridge better. The arch is aluminum instead of fiberglass. Yes, it costs more, but it doesn't sway underway. There's plenty of seating, a wetbar, and a second sunlounge up here, too.
The cockpit? It's deep and self-bailing, plus there's ample room to party. Shoreside utility connections are within easy reach. Our test boat lacked cockpit steps, but Silverton says they'll be added to production models. Check that they are; otherwise, it will be a long step up to the gunwale without them. And unless you are berthed at a floating dock, the swim platform won't help you gain the shore. Also, a latch to secure the boarding door in the open position would be a welcome addition.
LAST WORD. Not only is the Silverton 410 Sport Bridge a well-built, capable performer, but its galley design sets a new standard.
Displacement (lbs., approx) ..........29,000
Minimum cockpit depth ..........2'10"
Max. cabin headroom...6'8"
Fuel capacity (gal.).....450
Water capacity (gal.)...210
Price (w/standard power) ..........$249,860
Price (w/test power) ..........$249,860
STANDARD POWER: Twin 405-hp Crusader 8.2L MPI V-8 gasoline inboards.
OPTIONAL POWER: Twin gasoline inboards to 810 hp total; twin diesel inboards to 860 bhp total.
TEST BOAT POWER: Twin 405-hp Crusader 8.2L MPI V-8 gasoline inboards with 502 cid, 4.47" bore x 4.00" stroke, swinging 23" x 21" four-bladed Nibral props through 2.68:1 reductions.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT (major items): Flying bridge AM/FM/ CD stereo; 2 sunpads; transom shower; wetbar; AM/ FM/CD stereo w/6 speakers in cabin; convertible settee; designer blinds; innerspring mattresses; enclosed separate stall shower; electric head; parallel start switch; compass; life vests; bottom paint; anchor; trim tabs; Manganese bronze struts and rudders; coffeemaker; electric range; microwave; refrigerator/freezer.