Boat Test: 2007 Silverton 330 Sport Bridge

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Boat Tested2007 Silverton 330 Sport Bridge
Price As TestedNot Available
Category Convertible Sedan Bridge
Manufacturer Silverton
Length35ft 4in / 10.77 m
Silverton has delivered an innovative new

flying bridge cruiser for 2007 that we

think sets new standards in this more popular

and affordable size range.

The slightly radical styling on the 330 Sport

Bridge may be a matter of personal taste, but the

features and accommodations will appeal to anyone.

In the 330, the emphasis is on the flying bridge

and the salon as the two key living areas.

This spacious flying bridge is accessed by a set

of starboard side stairs. There is an aft bench with

storage under and a sun lounge behind that.

Cruising or relaxing, the refreshment centre with

icemaker, sink, Sony CD stereo and hefty handrail

will be very convenient.

The 330 Sport Bridge features a double-width

helm seat, tilt wheel, arm rest with drink holder

and the throttles. Nearby are the switches and the

helm, which has a full array of analog gauges. Our

test boat had a Raymarine Tridata system, VHF

radio, Bennett trim tabs, bow thruster and a Ritchie

compass mounted on the binnacle top.

To port is an L-shaped seat with storage underneath

suitable for up to four, making a great spot

for conversation. A more radical design feature, the

stairs leading down either side to the deck will be

handy when mooring or anchoring. The large

welded stainless steel handrails have lifelines and

integrated fender baskets. Because of the unusual

berth arrangement in the forward Vee, Silverton

was able to provide a cavernous anchor well under a

cover to protect the electric windlass.

Starting at the front of the 330's cabin, the master

stateroom has a queen-size berth placed sideways

with drawers underneath, lockers on either

side and a mirrored forepeak. The advantage to

having the bed this way is that you can actually

reach three sides to make it up.

The test boat had reverse cycle heat and AC for

cruising comfort. More innovative thinking went

into the cabin with a spacious galley that features a

two-level, granite-type counter, convection

microwave, Norcold double-door fridge and generous

storage.

By the aft bulkhead is a convertible dinette to

port with storage under the seats. Opposite across

the companionway is the head, which is very spacious

for a 34-foot boat with enclosed shower stall,

head, sink in a vanity, mirror and storage, plus a

large piece of side glass for a really open feel.

You really get an open and roomy feeling

throughout the cabin of the Silverton 330 Sport

Bridge.

When it comes time to head out for the cruising

grounds, the twin Crusader 5.7-litre MPI V8

V-drive engines, each making 330 horsepower, do a

creditable job of making all this go. Driving from

the flying bridge, the boat was easy to handle at

dockside - aided by the bow thruster (although you

can't see your stern easily) - and it tracked nicely at

low speeds.

Planing off, you open the throttles on the 330

and hit 20 mph in about 7.13 seconds. The best

cruising speed seemed to be 3500 rpm doing 23.4

mph without the aid of trim tabs. We got a top

speed of 33.3 at 5000 rpm. The ride was at least

comparable to other sedans in this size class and

turning was sure-footed and manoeuvrable, even

wide open.

We are pleased to see so much effort go into a

new design in a size that suits the wallets of more

boaters and matches the size of the slips we often

see available in the marinas!
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