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1988 Silverton 40 Foot Sport Fisherman Convertible!
A Fishermen's Paradise!
The Silverton 40 Convertible’s styling is conservative. Designer Bob Rioux gave the boat a long foredeck, swept-back cabin topped with a flybridge, and a distinctive stepped sheer that breaks well aft. The fishing-oriented cockpit and flybridge steering station, set up to give the helmsman a good view of the angling action, make the boat popular with anglers. Wide side decks help give the boat all-around deck access. The fibreglass hull has a modest 14 degrees of transom deadrise, and standard power came from twin 350-hp Crusader gas engines for a cruising speed of 17 or 18 mph and a top speed of around 25 mph.
Though the flybridge and deck layouts remained the same over the years, the interior went through some design changes. The original floor plan cantered on a galley/dinette to port, a step down from the saloon. Beginning with 1988 models, the galley/dinette is truly down. The later plan replaces the bench-seat dinette with a U-shaped one. In both plans, the master stateroom is forward, with an offset bunk to port and a vanity to starboard. The head compartment has a separate shower. The saloon is roomy, taking advantage of the boat’s 14-foot beam, and came equipped with a standard convertible sofa/sleeper. An inside helm station wasn’t offered.
The Silverton 40 Convertible is easily found on the used-boat market, and prices begin around $40,000 to $50,000, with later-model or well-maintained vessels fetching up to $90,000. A 1988 model was selling for $40,000 in Florida, with AC/heat, new carpeting and drapes, bow pulpit with windlass and a swim platform. A 1989 model outfitted “for serious fishing” was for sale in Maryland at $59,999, with twin Crusaders, a full slate of electronics and a new flybridge enclosure, AC/heat, and teak sole in the galley. A “well-maintained” 40 Convertible in western Florida was listed at $45,000, with twin gas 350s, a full enclosure and an electronics package that included depth- and fishfinder, GPS and radar. In New York, a “like-new, pristine” 40 Convertible was selling for $89,900, with a custom radar arch, two head compartments, a new flybridge enclosure, and a pair of gas engines with less than 500 hours.
The Silverton name has been well-known for decades. Originally a small-shop Jersey skiff builder (Silverton Sea Skiffs) out of Toms River, N.J., the company was bought by John and Warren Luhrs — sons of Henry Luhrs, founder of Luhrs yachts — in 1969 and renamed Silverton Marine. Production on midsize fibreglass boats began, and the brothers struck pay dirt with the Silverton 34 Convertible in 1978. An immediate success, it went on to become Silverton’s best-selling model, establishing the builder as a force in the family cruiser/convertible market.
The 40 Convertible, introduced in 1985, was a good example of the Silverton brand: economically priced and versatile, with suitably contemporary styling. Production continued for six years before the 40 was replaced by the 41 Convertible. Other well-known models include the 31 and 37 Convertible (both with 10-year production runs) and the 34 Convertible (1978 to ’83).
Today, Silverton Marine is part of the Luhrs Marine Group, which includes Luhrs and Mainship powerboats and Hunter sailboats.
Your Captain & Host
Rick began fishing Salmon in 1973 while with the Canadian Armed Forces in Comox B.C.
Fishing began in Lake Huron in 1988 and the Charter Service was born in 1998.
He has also fished Newfoundland for Salmon and Panama & Dominican Republic for Tuna etc.
His Safety & Boat Training come from the OPP & Canadian Coast Guard.
Did We Mention That We Simply Love To Fish!