At just over 8 meters in length, the new Silver Raptor is not only the largest of the Silver Z fiberglass range, but also the largest Silver to date. The boat is designed by norwegian design agency Eker Design AS and it builds on Petestep® technology. The bold and shapely hull called for a clean-lined, yet modern interior. We opted for calm, harmonic greytones, details in black and a cool brown colored composite teak deck, which is an environmentally friendly option that has a pleasant feel to it. The end result is a modern and timeless Day Cruiser with a Scandinavian touch that suits a wide array of boaters.
Driving the Silver Raptor is a comfortable yet striking experience. Thanks to the Petestep® hull the interior remains very dry from seasprays at the same time as it makes the boat stable and consistent to drive. The sleek windscreen that continues far along the stern sides gives substantial shelter from airflow for the whole cockpit, and the driver has good visibility in all conditions. The driver’s windscreen has been fitted with an integrated defogging feature. An automatic Zipwake trim-control system is included in the standard price, making boating both effortless and fun, no matter the weather conditions. The steering console has been designed not only with style, but especially with ergonomics in mind. The instrument panel includes both a Raymarine Axiom display/chartplotter and space for a separate tablet.
Silver Raptor is a day cruiser made for socialising, highly thanks to the spacious stern cockpit with its sizeable U-shaped sofa. A two-part table can be fitted on the stern deck, around which up to eight adults can fit comfortably. By lowering the table and adding cushions a large sunbed is formed in the stern. This sunbed also functions as a double bed.
Travel comfort is increased by the pantry found on the port side, complete with a gas stove, drawer fridge (incl. freezer), wash basin and countertop space, as well as by the closed-off sea water toilet in the cabin. A double-battery system ensures power supply.
The driver’s wide swingback seat is generous and comfy, and it features a foldable front section, which facilitates a standing-up steering position.
As Silver Raptor is a large premium-class Day Cruiser, berths for several people as well as plenty of storage space is more of an expectation than a wish. The cabin sleeps four and the sunbed in the stern doubles as a bed for two adults. The inside of the 3-way stern canopy can be fitted with separate blackout curtains – this way the persons sleeping in the stern enjoy privacy. The curtain set comes with a drop curtain, which restricts visibility from the cabin to the stern and vice versa.
Large storage spaces can be found inside the U-shaped sofa and under the double bed in the cabin, other storage spaces include compartments in the console and pantry, a storage space underneath the driver’s seat and shelves in the cabin. The aft corners have been fitted with decked fender compartments and boxes for mooring lines and anchor. A box for mooring lines is also found in the bow, complete with a foldable boarding ladder.
Silver Raptor has a comprehensive standard equipment level, which includes e.g. a 9” Raymarine Axiom display with a CPT-S transducer sensor, a 260 liter integrated fuel tank, two windscreen wipers, a water ski tow bar, a Zipwake trim-control system, a bow thruster, the cabin’s and stern cockpit’s cushions, the cabins carpet and a composite teak deck in the cockpit, a 3-way stern canopy, a 2-part table for the aft deck, as well as a double-battery system and a pressurized water system. The bow has been fitted with a substantial spotlight to increase safety when boating in the dark. The curtain set, the harbor cover, SeaStar power steering and a heater are examples of additional accessories, which are possible to acquire for an extra cost. Another example from the additional accessory list is a set of integrated solar panels for the bow deck – with the help of the solar panels electricity is ensured for all electric equipment without having to start the engine.