Quoting the Power Boat Guide, "Introduced in 1987, the Silhouette 42 is a truly exceptional design. If her profile is a little awkward (which it certainly is), the Silhouette manages to offer a unique interior with more living space than one might expect in a boat this size. She was built in Taiwan by Chien Hwa on a PVC-cored, modified-V hull. While she incorporates several innovative features, it’s the semi-enclosed pilothouse/sundeck and the wide-open master stateroom (with its private cockpit) that attracts the most attention. A real surprise is the hydraulically operated stern gate which drops to create a practically wide-open transom and swim platform. Below, a breakfast bar separates the full-width salon from the galley, and both staterooms feature double berths, each with a full head. The interior is completely finished with light ash (or teak) woodwork and mica veneers. Additional features include foredeck seating, a molded bow pulpit, and a spacious seating area aft of the helm. With standard Caterpillar 375hp diesels, the Silhouette 42 will cruise around 21 knots and reach a top speed of 25–26 knots. Marketed by Krogen Marine, a total of 12 of these distinctive boats were built before production was discontinued in 1991."
Krogren wasn't afraid to step outside the box, but it didn't always work out. Four years in production and 12 sold seams like a failure to me. Exceptional design but not very well loved. The master stateroom ends up being the primary access route.
The Silhouette was built for my Admiral, for sure. I don't want her to even see the interior of that boat, because it has all the features that she doesn't know exist on a 42' live-aboard boat. The boat is full of other compromises, but to a woman who loves light and convenience, its really a nice package. She'd dream of sliding out of bed in the morning, stepping out to her back deck, pushing a button and voila.....your diving platform Madam. It's the way she likes to use the water. I should have put this in the "Interesting Boats" thread.
It's not all that unusual to find different boats in the history of most Architects and boat builders. Here's two others, a 54 MY that I once read the story of, but can't recall what it was, and a 61 Steeler.