USED REVIEW: Silverton 43 Motor Yacht

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By Mike Gridley

From every angle the 43MY is just plain big. It’s not just the dimensions that are large, but her volume too. The sheer size just means there is more boat to love.

Moulded stairs with a solid railing lead up from the large platform to the spacious aft deck. The owners of our test model opted to invest in custom doors, windows and screens to enclose the space where up to five people can socialize with the enjoyment of the standard fully outfitted refreshment centre.

From there, three steps lead up to the massive flybridge with a centre forward helm. The three-wide helm seating is comfortable with a commanding view forward and to the sides while seated or when using the bolsters. With real estate like this it is hard fault the layout. Behind the helm, seating in the social zone can accommodate up to eight people, making this area popular at rest or while underway.

This Silverton boasts a length overall of 47 feet, a beam of 14’10” and a clearance of 16’3”. But, even at that size, two can manage the 43 MY. Side doors and the sidewalks make moving about quick and safe. At the bow, the deck is flat with excellent antiskid so handling lines and working the windlass is no problem.

Below, the salon is full beam. The cherry panelling is elegant and sets off the two large, cream Ultraleather settees. The larger forward settee has a high-low dining table and the smaller port side settee has a nicely crafted cherry chest. Storage is found throughout the salon, with dedicated space for the entertainment systems. Setting off the salon at night are well-placed spot and accent lights.

The 43MY has a galley down layout with abundant counter space. The black Corian countertop accents the cherry cabinets that provide above average storage space. Features include a fullsize dual-voltage fridge-freezer combo, a three-burner cooktop, electric oven and a microwave oven.

After spending an evening aboard dining and entertaining guests, another great benefit of the spacious salon is that it provides separation between the aft master stateroom and the VIP stateroom.

Both staterooms are equipped with separate shower stalls and heads. The guest stateroom is forward and features a queen island berth with an innerspring mattress with drawers below. Extra storage can be found in the hanging locker. The day or guest head, has access from both the companionway and cabin. The choice of black for the head and vanity works well. And guests will really appreciate the separate private shower.

The master stateroom also features an island berth, with a queen innerspring mattress. Storage is abundant with three hanging lockers, under berth drawers and multiple lockers. What really makes the master stateroom exceptional is the open vanity flanked by the separate shower and head.

Access to the engine compartment is via the salon sole and requires the use of drop sheets to keep the carpet clean. The below-deck space and access to the engines and systems is typical for boats of this class.

Weighing almost 32-thousand pounds, the 43MY is a stable platform underway, yet she responds well to steering input. The test model had the base Crusader 8.1 L 425 hp gas-powered engines that moved her along at 11.7 miles per hour at 3,000 rpm. If pushed, she could reach 27.5 mph at wide-open throttle. But, this is a vessel best cruised at moderate speed while enjoying her comforts and the views.

Buyers shopping for a boat in this class typically lean towards diesel-powered engines, not gas like our test model.  Unless you are planning on cruising south, or racking up a lot of hours every season, the cost to upgrade to diesels is really not justifiable. You can purchase a lot of fuel for the money spent on the upgrade. It’s also much cheaper to repair gasoline marine engines over diesel.

This boat is featured in the Summer 2015 issue of Boats&Places and in episode 3 of the 2015 Season of PowerBoat Television.

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Mike Gridley is a Producer and Host of PowerBoat Television and contributor to Boats&Places Magazine, BoatTest.ca and BoaterNews.ca. A lifelong boater, Mike started on the water with a 12-foot Peterborough cedar strip. Graduating to fibreglass, he has owned a series of boats from cuddy cabins to cruisers. He has come full circle back to wood with the purchase of a 1964 Greavette.

After graduating from Ryerson University, Mike joined Molson Breweries where he spent 17 years in a variety of sales, marketing and promotions positions. He went on to hone his marketing communications, creative and advertising skills as a Senior Account Director with several national advertising agencies for clients including Bank of Montreal, Petro-Canada, Canadian Tire and Polaroid.

In pursuit of his love of all things boating, Mike joined Lifestyle Integrated in 2004 and assumed the role of Producer in 2006.

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