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2006 Silverton 38 Convertible

Sandusky, Ohio


2006 Silverton 38 Convertible - Two Owner, Freshwater Only, Crusader 7.4 Inboard Engines with only 311 hours.
The main saloon has 6 feet, 8 inches of headroom and nearly one-third of that height is devoted to glass. The view extends almost completely around the space for a spectacular panorama.

Opening panels on each side are screened to allow cross ventilation — and there's a separate sliding screen door in the cabin entrance. Add the ventilation from three hatches in the forward compartments and you may only need to run the optional air conditioning on the hottest days.

The boat is furnished with residential-grade components. There's Scotchgard-protected carpeting and a Flexsteel settee that electrically converts to a double berth at the push of a button. Upholstery is Ultraleather, countertops are Corian and the cabinetry is solid cherry. Even the two-tone Moen faucets in the galley and head are the kind you'd find at home.

Saloon seating focuses attention on the entertainment center, aft and to port of the main saloon. The saloon contains an AM/FM stereo receiver and a DVD player. Those, plus four speakers, are standard features. There's space in the wall unit for adding an optional 20 inch JVC television and VCR.

When it's time for meals or a snack, an adjustable-height table serves the L-shaped lounge, to port.

Gourmet Tools

The galley on the 38 Convertible is as large as the kitchen in many apartments — in part, because it utilizes the space in the companionway to the forward cabins.

A three-burner flush-top electric stove is standard, as are a microwave/convection oven, a coffeemaker and a dual-voltage Novacool refrigerator/freezer. There's also a deep stainless steel sink. The only extra you might consider adding is an optional under-counter electric oven.

Another example of the overall quality of the interior lies underfoot: The galley sole is real oak, not an imitation laminate.

Moving forward to the two sleeping areas, there's a split head to serve both. The shower, located on the port side, is accessible from the guest stateroom or master suite. Opposite is the compartment for the toilet and vanity with sink. Access is from either the master suite or the companionway.

An electric head is standard, but you can upgrade to a VacuFlush system. There's well over 6 feet of stand-up clearance in both spaces.

The guest stateroom, to port, is surprisingly spacious, considering part of it is tucked away under the saloon floor. The forward half of the compartment has 6 feet, 8 inches of headroom — and there's plenty of side-to-side space for changing clothes and moving around.

A floor-to-ceiling hanging locker, another smaller locker and a chest of drawers provide storage. The berth is equipped with an innerspring mattress and can be configured as twins or a standard queen-size berth with the use of a filler cushion.

Pointless Comfort

The first thing you'll notice when you enter the master stateroom is how high the pedestal berth is. The Silverton designers did this for several good reasons.

First and foremost, by moving it up, they didn't have to offer the uncomfortable pointy V-berth typically found in forward compartments. A standard queen-size innerspring mattress could be put in the space. And access is easy, via a step on either side.

Second, you'll appreciate what they did each time you change the sheets — and especially when you buy new ones. It takes standard-sized rectangular sheets, like the beds at home.

By raising the berth, more space underneath can be used for storage. A set of four drawers is in the center, flanked by two lockers on either side. They complement the floor-to-ceiling hanging locker to starboard and the smaller locker to port.
If you plan to spend a lot of time living aboard the 38 Convertible, you will need to do laundry — so, the cabin design allows space for an optional washer and dryer to be installed in place of the drawers.

Ready to Fish

With Silverton's optional Fish Pak, you can add rocket launchers on the flybridge rail, dual washdowns, rod holders in the cockpit gunwales and tackle boxes in the cabinet on the forward cockpit bulkhead. Two fishboxes in the cockpit sole come standard, as does a wet bar that doubles as a bait prep station. You can also install an optional cockpit refrigerator or an ice-maker.

A transom door and a hot and cold shower located next to it are standard features. You can add a swim platform, if you like.

The flybridge is just a few steps up from the cockpit, via molded-in steps. A bench forward of the flybridge helm seats three adults — and there are a pair of swiveling bucket seats behind it. The forward edge of each bucket flips up, so you can stand while running, if you want to.

The 38 Convertible uses the same helm components as Silverton's 42, so space for adding electronics and additional gear is especially generous. A large panel to starboard of the steering wheel can easily hold a pair of large screen LCD screens — and then some. If you select the optional hardtop, it comes with a built-in electronics box underneath.

Responsive Running

Our test boat was equipped with the largest engine option available: a pair of 450 hp Caterpillar 3126B diesels. A wide array of powerplant choices is available — ranging from 370 to 450 hp — including Crusader and MerCruiser gasoline inboards; and Caterpillar, Cummins and Yanmar diesel engines.

During our test, there was a stiff 15 knot wind blowing. At one point, we were working against a 4 knot current — but never once did we feel that conditions overpowered the boat. Even when running cross wind and current — fast or slow — the hull was predictable and went exactly where we wanted it to go.

The 38 offered excellent acceleration from a standing start and at midrange speeds — and it was quite responsive to the helm. The top speed was 29.1 knots, and the cruising speed was around 23 knots.

Whether you're looking for a weekend cruiser or a fishing machine, Silverton's new 38 Convertible offers a lot of big boat features in an attractively priced right-size package.

Basic Boat Info

Make: Silverton
Model: 38 Convertible
Year: 2006
Condition: Used
Category: Power
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: STNAK143K506
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Other Keel


Length: 38 ft
Length Overall: 41'3 ft
Beam: 14 ft
Max Draft: 3'7 ft
Dry Weight: 22854 lb
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Crusader
  • Model: 8.1l HO
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Engine Power: 425hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Drive Type: Direct
Cruising Speed: 23 kn
Maximum Speed: 29 kn


Fuel Tanks: 2
Fuel Tank Capacity: 360 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 100 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 40 gal


Heads Count: 1
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Convertible Boats


Craig Graham
Catawba Yacht Sales


Catawba Yacht Sales
1871 NE Catawba Rd, Ste A1
Port Clinton, OH, US, 43452
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.