You choose a motor yacht for luxury afloat, and you choose a convertible for the open cockpit/flybridge design. But few boats are good at combining the two. One that has a history of success building convertible-style motoryachts, however, is Silverton Yachts. This company has gone through a lot of changes in the past few years, but was recently acquired by the Egg Harbor Group, which also produces such nameplates as Predator, Buddy Davis, and Topaz. And the first thing they decided to do was take the 36 Convertible and make it reminiscent of a Miami penthouse suite. Was the endeavor a success? Let's find out.
Naturally, the biggest challenge was taking the interior of a relatively small convertible and making it seem spacious and luxurious. To that end, large hull windows were added to the panoramic salon windows, bringing in a flood of natural light. John Kelly Interior Design was brought in to completely redesign the décor, which features a dramatic contrast between light-colored fabrics and dark-stained cherry wood cabinetry, doors, and trim. Custom blinds, drapes, pillows, and bedspreads were added to the mix. Net result? Oye, baby, lets’ cast off the lines and check the zeen in So Be.
A new interior is great, but a “new” boat this alone does not make. And, it’s not the only thing about the 36 Convertible that’s changed. The old version had an arch with a soft top over the flybridge, but the new incarnation features a full-blown hard top. It also has solid hardwoods in the doors, cabinets, and drawer face frames. What hasn’t changed are two design features that set the 36 apart from much of the competition. First off, instead of using a ladder to access the flybridge you get an easy-to-navigate stairway. Yes, this does eat a bit into cockpit and cabin space, which is why you usually see it only on larger boats. But if you've banged your shins, knees, and chin on a ladder or two, you’ll consider it a good trade-off. Secondly, there’s a full-enclosed guest stateroom. It’s on the tight side and there isn't room for more than a pair of over-unders, but having this kind of additional privacy on a motoryacht in this size range is almost unheard-of.
|Fuel capacity||286 gal.|
|Water capacity||94 gal.|
So, does the 36 Convertible live up to the Miami condo comparison? I suppose that depends to some degree on which part of Miami you’re familiar with, and just how many coconuts you have in your hold. Since I’m a far cry from chic, I’ll leave the decision to those more qualified. But when I found the new 36 along the docks at the Annapolis Boat Show, it was getting a lot of attention from the crowd. And—I am not making this up, folks—while walking through the saloon I heard one woman say “wow, it really does look like a Miami condo inside.”
Another Choice: The Carver 34 C Command Bridge Motor Yacht is a slightly smaller boat which also combines convertible with motor yacht, and manages to squeeze in a stairway to the flybridge.
For more information, visit Silverton Yachts.