SOC Club FAQs

SOC Club FAQs

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works and also about our Club. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

Why pay for membership?

Question:
My friends and I keep our boats on the same dock and own Silverton boats. We have visited your website and we all have a lot of questions and reservations about joining the club. What can you tell us about the club? Why should we spend $25 to join? Why isn’t this club membership free? I own a Silverton boat, doesn’t that make me automatically a member of the club?

SOC Answer:
No, buying a Silverton boat doesn’t automatically make you a member. You have to send in a membership application along with the annual membership fee. The club would be free if Silverton & their dealers was funding the operations. But they do not provide any funding. We are a group of individuals who put a few dollars in the pot every year to keep our website and other activities going. If the members didn’t chip in, my family would have to either fund this operation out of our personal bank account or we would have to close down because no one else is going to give us money to operate the club. I own a Silverton boat just like you and I need your help to keep this afloat with just a few dollars a year. The other members don’t ha ve a problem at all with setting aside $2.10 a month ($25 a year) to help me keep things going. As low as our annual fee is, and as expensive as boating is, we don't think the cost of membership presents a hardship on anyone.
Give us your list of your other questions and reservations. If we haven’t already answered it here, contact info@silvertonclub.com and we’ll get an answer for you!
#1

Can I contact a club member?

Question:
I found a Silverton boat that I want to buy. Can you give me the name of someone who owns a boat like the one I want to buy?

SOC Answer:
Unfortunately we can’t allow you to contact anyone in our club unless you actually join the club. We allow Wannabee’s in the club before they buy or put a boat under deposit. If you join now, you will be able to participate in our mentor program where we exchange your email address with someone who owns a boat like the one you want to buy. As a member, you will also be able to locate email addresses from our password protected membership directory and contact others who own a boat like the one you want to buy. So there is a way that you can get your questions answered but it’s not going to happen unless you pay $25 to join the club. Smart Boat Shoppers join before they put out $350 to $500 for a survey so they find out what the right questions are to ask the surveyor and seller. Our Wannabees get more out of being a member than anyone because they find out what they need to know before they buy. Finding out what you should have asked won’t do you much good after you have sign ed on the dotted line. All you can do at that point is either fix it or get rid of it.

Question:
Well I am not interested in the club, I only want to talk to someone to ask them how to fix my boat. Can't you help me find someone?

Answer:
Sure we can, as soon as you join the club we would be more than glad to do this. Our members have rebuilt older Silverton boats from top to bottom. And we are all more than willing to share what we know. But We need owners to join us and support us financially to be able to continue to exist for the benefit of those who need the sort of assistance that you are looking for right now. Without owners pitching in to help us stay afloat financially, we will have to shut down our website and disband because we get no help from Silverton Marine Corp or any of their dealers to stay alive. We gladly help those who support us. We are a group of individuals just like yourself, who got together to create this group so we can talk about boats and how to keep them in good repair.

Question:
I have a 39 motoryacht with Cat diesels. I just want to find someone who has a boat like mine to compare notes with, like what kind of fuel economy he's getting. I am also having some other issues and would like to find out if I am the only one or are there others with the same issues. Can't you give me the name of someone who has one of these boats?

Answer:
We sure can. When owners join, the first thing we do is include an email to sign up to exchange their email address with someone who has the same boat. When the message arrives in your email box after you join, all you have to do is hit your reply button and we'll begin the search. The sooner you join, the faster you will begin communicating with someone to compare notes with.
#2

When do I get my password?

Question:
I need to find someone to talk to in a hurry, I am about to close on my boat…..So how soon can I get into the password protected areas of the website?

SOC Answer:
Only webmasters create passwords. You cannot create your own user name. We make them up and they cannot be changed. We create all passwords. After we assign a password, you can change it. But you can never change the user name. How long will it take for us to complete the user name & password process? The webmasters in this club are all boaters. Sometimes we can set things up right away. If we are at work or not available, it will take longer. If we aren’t out on our boat, you can usually get set up with passwords within 24 hours or less after we receive your application . During boating season, it could take a little longer.
#3

How can the club help when Silverton can't?

Question:
All I need are some plumbing and electrical blue prints of my boat. I called Silverton and they can't or won't help me. So how is joining the club going to help me?

Answer:
I have ways of coming up with things for members, no matter what age or model. . Often, someone in the group has whatever you are looking for, if it ever existed. I know who has what boat and many times, I know the extent of how familiar they are with it........all of this comes from past experience and the amount of help that I have seen them give to others on the bulletin board. 80% of our members maintain their own boats and are more than willing to help others learn. That's why there are thousands of messages on our bulletin board to read thru.
What we can do for you is post notices in the newsletter and on the bulletin board to come up with information that you are seeking. Our club members are always the best and most reliable source of information. Silverton refers people to us with questions they can't answer and they also call us to askquestions about older boats themselves. There is very limited information on boats built prior to 1990. At that time they were still using hand drawings with a pencil and many of those were lost in a flood. So our resources are about all you are going to find. You can either join us for $28 or go it alone on your own. And I can tell you from experience, that you will spend more than $28 in mistakes before you get it fixed. You can save a lot of time and money by heeding the advice of those who have already made the costly mistakes.
Why would Silverton need to call the Silverton Owners Club?? Because most of the employees at Silverton have been employed there less than 10 years, so they don't know anything about let's say a 1991 or 1996 boat,because they were either in college or employed somewhere else back in the days when your boat was built. We can't expect them to know details about boats that were built before their time, just like we don't really know many details about cars built in the 1920's. Nottoo many of us were around back then and buying new cars.
#4

What do you offer for owners of older boats?

Question:
I have an older boat from the 1970’s , would there be anything of interest for me?

Answer:
We call the older ones vintage boats, and have a forum just for owners of these boats. You will get more out of the club than those who have brand new boats just for the simple fact that owners of new boats aren’t in need of the kind of in-depth projects that you probably need to do. Those in-depth projects for the owners of brand new boats will come in later years. We have a forum on the board to get help from other members to find anything you need to get to keep your boat running. Our board is full of ideas and information.
#6

I only want to sell my boat - can I just place an ad on your site?

Question:
I am not really interested in the club. I am only interested in selling my boat and moving on. So How much does it cost to place an ad on the website?

Answer:
The adds are free to members. The ad stays on until your membership expires or you sell the boat and tell us to take the ad off.

Question:
Well, what can you do to help me sell my boat?

Answer:
We have our website listed and updated continually with all the big search engines to bring people to our website, who are looking for a Silverton boat. We have more Silverton buyers come to our website than the high $$ brokers. Buyers know that when they come to our website, they are only going to see Silverton boats. We have more than 200,000 hits on our website each year. Other websites charge $75 to $100 to stay on their website for 6 months. The cost to put your boat on the Market Place is free. Boats stay on the Market Place until you sell or your membership expires.

Question:
I just want to sell my boat. How can I get my boat listed for sale on your Classifieds?

Answer:
You can join the club for $25 and list your boat and anything else you want on there for free. Or you can just pay for the ad. Ads without membership are $30 per boat. They stay on for 12 months. If you just want to put an ad on without membership, call the webmaster at 239-940-0405 to pay the fee and find out how to get a user name & password for the Classifieds.

Question:
So what do I have to do to get my ad on?

Answer:
All Market Place ads have to be sent to the webmaster AFTER YOU JOIN THE CLUB. We create the ads from the information you send us. We allow up to 5 photos on with your text. All ads are required to have a price and a general location. People visit our website from all over the world. They need to know the general area where the boat is located. This helps them decide if it is located too far away for them to consider taking delivery from. We have an extensive amount of information on our bulletin board regarding how to sell your boat yourself---including how to write and ad, how to price the boat and how to submit it to the webmasters. And you can look at ads that are currently on the Market Place and use them as an example from which to write your ad.
#5

What does the club offer for owners of new boats?

Question:
I have a brand new boat, is this a club full of old boats? As the owner of a new boat what could I get out of this club?

Answer:
50% of the boats are 1995 or newer. Even with a brand new boat, there is always something you’d like to compare notes on with someone who has the same boat. Things like speed, performance, fuel economy. Perhaps you are pondering where the best place is to install a dinghy on your boat.
#7

Is the Club only for novice boaters?

Question:
Is this a club full of novice boaters? I have been boating for years and know everything there is to know about my boat. Why should I spend $25 to join?

Answer:
If you already know everything about boating and your boat, we need your help. Join us and teach the others. Share what you have learned with someone else. Don’t keep your knowledge to yourself. Yes, we have a mix of those who are new to boating, or new to the Silverton brand and we have the old salts. Our group is fun for all, no matter what your level of experience is.
#8

What models of Silverton are in the club?

Question:
I know the boats in the group are Silverton boats, but What models are in the club?

Answer:
We have motoryachts, convertibles, express, aft cabin, sport bridges, sport cruisers, sedans etc. The numbers of each model in the group, follow along the lines of Silverton’s production runs. In other words, we have less express boats than convertibles simply because Silverton built more convertibles than they have express boats.
#9

Has anyone in the club converted from gas to diesel?

Question:
Well I want to convert my boat from gas to diesel, do has anybody in the group done this?

Answer:
Yes, we have owners of many models and ages who have done conversions in the group. As conversion is different from a repower. A repower is gas to gas or diesel or diesel. A conversion is a change of fuel.
#10

Is the club shut down during the winter months?

Question:
Are you guys shut down during the winter months?

Answer:
No, this is a year aound club. Many of our members are in Florida, South Texas and California, where there is no ‘off season’ from boating. So there is no reason to wait until spring to join. Any time of year is a good time to join the club
#11

How will I get my newsletter?

Question:
How will my newsletter get to me?

Answer:
SOC Our newsletter is put on our website each month in an HTML format and PDF, which requires the use of Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to open. You use your newsletter area password and go there, download it and print it out on your computer. If your email box is large enough, (it needs to be 8 or 10MB) we can put you on the list for it to automatically show up in your email box each month, when it is ready to go out. All you have to do is download and print. This way, You get the newsletter without the use of a password.
#12

How often is the newsletter published?

Question:
How often is a newsletter published?

Answer:
We can’t say what day each issu e of the newsletter is going to be ready. We all have to make a living, so we all go to work each day just like you. Our work schedule dictates when we can get a newsletter put together. The name of the month on the front of the newsletter usually doesn’t match the name of the month you see on your calendar. But with each membership, you are buying a certain number of issues (12) so it doesn’t matter what the name of the month is. After your 11th issue you get your first renewal form and your 12th issue is the last, if we don’t’ hear from you with a renewal.

In addition to a monthly newsletter, for the same $25, we publish a WEEKLY electronic newsletter called the E-news. I comes right to your email box. It's full of news, links, information, pictures and anything that might be of interest to our members. So you get a lot of bang for your buck here.
#13

Do I have to print my own newsletter?

Question:
My printer is not that great. I have trouble opening up files and printing them so I guess having to print out my own newsletter leaves me out??

Answer:
No, for an extra $1.25 per month, we’ll print and mail the newsletter to you so you don’t have to download anything. Just chose the $43 membership on the application.
#14

Can I get past months newsletters?

Question:
How about my computer breaks down and I am a while getting it up and running again. Won’t I miss out gett ing the newsletter that month?

Answer:
No you won’t miss anything. We k eep each newsletter on the website for a period of at least 3 months. If you are longer than 3 months getting your computer fixed, you can contact the webmaster and get all the newsletters emailed to you that you missed during your membership period.

Question:
Can I get back issues of the newsletter?

Answer:
SOC Answer; We have them bundled up by the year and on a CD for $28 per year. We don’t have them available by the individual month.
#15

Do you need a lot of computer skill for the website?

Question:
I’m a beginner with a computer. Do you need a lot of computer skill to use your website?

Answer:
No, all you really need is a web browser and a good working copy of Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. We have telephone tech support available on weekends and in the evening Just call the Webmaster and we'll help you get on.
#16

Are Canadiens allowed in the club?

Question:
I am a Canadian. Are Canadians allowed in the club? Are there any other Canadians?

Answer:
Yes, Canadians are welcome. We have a large Canadian community. However Our membership fee is in US Dollars. We also have members from European countries as well as some of the Caribbean nations & other places overseas.
#17

Who operates this club?

Question:
Is this club operated by Silverton Marine Corporation or Luhrs Marine Group?

Answer:
No, everyone who is involved with the operations & website of this club owns a Silverton boat. No one in this club works for Silverton, Luhrs or any of their dealers.
#18

Can you get Silverton to fix my problem?

Question:
I am having a problem with my new boat, can you get Silverton or my dealer to fix it for me?

Answer:
No, we don’t have any ability to resolve or influence issues between Silverton Marine Corporation and their dealers.
#19

Will I get sales calls after joining this club?

Question:
As a result of joining this club, are there salesman who are going to be calling me to bug me about buying a new boat?

Answer:
No, we are not into selling new boats. That is your local Silverton dealer’s job. Although there is always lots of discussion about new boats in production and upcoming models.
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