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An Ovation from Silverton

“We feel as though the Ovation will give us the opportunity to reach higher,” says Mike Usina, Silverton vice president of sales and marketing. “It speaks to the full potential of what the people in New Jersey can do.”

Over Silverton Marine’s 39 years in business, its powerboats have become known to represent value for the cruising family. With the introduction of Ovation Yachts, a new brand of luxury motoryachts, the Millville, N.J., builder says it has a chance to display a greater extent of its abilities — thanks in part to a higher price point.

“We feel as though the Ovation will give us the opportunity to reach higher,” says Mike Usina, Silverton vice president of sales and marketing. “It speaks to the full potential of what the people in New Jersey can do.”

Ovation will have more assets and labor resources behind it, in addition to a different approach to choice of materials, Usina says. The first boat in the line is the 52 Ovation, introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. (The show produced a half-dozen orders for the $1.2 million boat, according to Usina.) The three-stateroom, two-head motoryacht is marked by several key characteristics: triple Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System pod drives, a large flybridge that hangs over the cockpit, panoramic interior views, and a full-beam master stateroom below.

The 52-footer’s flybridge is a focal point. It has a hardtop with optional enclosure, helm station forward with helm and companion chairs, a wet bar and refrigerator, and wraparound lounge seating with a table aft. Flybridge options include an electric grill, icemaker and a flat-screen television. Molded steps lead to the cockpit, which contains seating, storage and engine-room access, with an optional cockpit table available. There are freshwater washdowns on the flybridge, at the bow and in the cockpit.

Silverton has been regarded for making the most of interior space in its boats, and that philosophy appears to have carried over to the high-end Ovation line. The saloon is finished in cherry and has a curved leather sofa to starboard. Two leather recliners flank a 32-inch flat-screen television, entertainment center and wine chiller on the port side.

The galley, which is located to port, is forward and up a couple steps. It comes equipped with a microwave/convection oven, two-burner electric stove, a refrigerator and a freezer with an icemaker. A raised dinette with leather seating is to starboard. A full-beam windshield, screened side windows and sliding glass cockpit doors provide views and natural light to the saloon, galley and dinette areas.

The use of Volvo Penta’s IPS, which mounts the triple drive units through the bottom of the hull, created additional room below deck. “Really what distinguishes this boat, at least competitively, is that in 52 feet we were able to design a full-beam master suite that you’d normally see in 62 feet,” says Usina. Space saved by the IPS setup added 30 fore-and-aft inches to the amidships master stateroom, he says.

The master stateroom has a centerline queen-size island berth with an innerspring mattress, cherry night stands, a pair of cedar-lined hanging lockers, port and starboard dressers with solid-surface countertops, a desk, 20-inch flat-screen television, and a private head compartment with stall shower.

There is a forward “VIP” stateroom with a centerline queen-size island berth and a pair of cedar-lined hanging lockers, as well as access to the separate head compartment (to starboard) and shower compartment (to port). The third stateroom is to port and contains a cedar-lined hanging locker and a hinged queen-size berth. Folding the berth reveals a step-down compartment for a washer and dryer.

Ovation Yachts was in the works for three years before making its Fort Lauderdale debut, Usina says. The company gathered market information and consulted focus groups comprising Silverton owners, competitive owners and the Silverton dealer network.

At this point Ovation has a “three-year plan” that includes a smaller and a larger boat than the 52. “It’s not going to be one boat,” says Usina. “We’re committed to developing a line.”


LOA: 52 feet

BEAM: 16 feet, 4 inches

DRAFT: 4 feet

DISPLACEMENT: 52,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: planing


TANKAGE: 610 gallons fuel, 200 gallons water, 80 gallons waste

POWER: triple Volvo Penta IPS to 1,305 hp

SPEED: 35 mph top, 29 mph cruise (with IPS 600s)

PRICE: $1.23 million

CONTACT: Ovation Yachts, Millville, N.J.

Phone: (856) 825-4117.