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Old 07-29-2020, 06:14 PM   #21
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Wow, George, I usually agree with all of your comments. But I really like the Carver Mariners from the early 80's. My favorite feature was the built-in bow seat (because our dogs love that) and next was the decent-sized cockpit (for fishing).

My only complaint was that their dual-engine running gear was too exposed for cruising in unfamiliar waters; I wished they had a deeper keel.

Now this thread has me wondering how their older models from the 80's are holding up.


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Funny we had a 1978 28’ Voyager model that looks almost exactly like your picture. Guessing by the side window that is a 33’.
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Old 07-29-2020, 06:50 PM   #22
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Gotta say that 355/356 is one of my favorite aft cabin (non-trawler) boats!

Space is really well designed and priced around 75K. The only issue for me, is that since most have gas engines, it really wouldn't be a great boat for long distance cruising.

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Yep. Damn good boat. See my signature. And those B series Cummins were a perfect match for that hull. I burned about 16gph doing 18 knots. Not bad for a “big” planing powerboat.
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Yep. Damn good boat. See my signature. And those B series Cummins were a perfect match for that hull. I burned about 16gph doing 18 knots. Not bad for a “big” planing powerboat.
I'd call that darn good for a boat that size. As best I can figure, those Cummins would take about 20 gph for 18 kts in my boat. And my gassers burn 30-32 to do it...
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:07 PM   #24
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We had a 1989 3807. Great boat, but had gas motors. Great use of space and a ton of amenities. Great value and actually pretty good quality.
Had same. Totally agree. Really did a great job on space utilization/maximization. Was a good first boat for me. But gas engines . . . .
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They're just fugly...most of them look like my sneaker shoe except their Voyager line.
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Had a 2002 carver voyager 57 for about 5 years. Great boat and support from factory. Had twin Cummings QSM 11 engines that ran great. Have purchased two new boats since then and wish I had kept the Carver. Resale was great, listed it and sold it within 6 weeks. A lot of windage so be sure to get bow thruster at minimum and stern thruster would be super nice.
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Old 08-03-2020, 09:31 PM   #27
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They're just fugly...most of them look like my sneaker shoe except their Voyager line.
Most of them don't look like a sneaker shoe.....only the ones after about 2002!!!....
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Looking at a carver 370 aft cabin with cat diesel engines. 1993 model. Anything I should be looking for that is common to this model. Plan on using it at trawler speeds. 8-10 knots on the icw. What should I be looking for as fuel usage. Thanks for y'all input. Coming from a 38' sailboat.
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Just had a contract fall through on a Carver. Seems that the last four years or so saw little to no preventive maintenance which has morphed into ten of thousands in corrective maintenance. Not to mention little things like several of the major components were advertised as "replaced" and still wore the serial numbers installed when the boat was new. I'm learning that there are no truth in advertising laws in boating.
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So many dishonest people out there these days. It's really sad. Not the way I was raised.
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Looking at a carver 370 aft cabin with cat diesel engines. 1993 model. Anything I should be looking for that is common to this model. Plan on using it at trawler speeds. 8-10 knots on the icw. What should I be looking for as fuel usage. Thanks for y'all input. Coming from a 38' sailboat.
The only thing I can think of is the soft block issue of the Cat 3116 which is likely what is in this boat. Most of them have been taken out of circulation but I would do my due diligence just to make sure. Call your local Cat dealer and see what the series of serial numbers are and then compare it to what is installed. Great plan otherwise. You are probably getting a great deal on a very roomy boat. Good luck.
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Miz Trom,



I have an '82 3607. 2 cabin, 2 head, Galley down, with flybridge & lower helm, 2 International Harvester 9.0L diesels (parts still available). Very solid hull (a 4x4 bounced off the bow crossing Okechobee @ ~10-12knts). Engine access isn't great (under the salon floor), ad she only carries 240 Gal of fuel, so short legs. Cruises easily 2200 rpm @ 12-15 knts & 6-8 Gal/Hr. I Love her. She's had 6 owners since new, with decreasing skill & care until I got her 5 years ago. I plan to take her through a complete overhaul over the next 5 years. I retire in 7 years & want some shakedown time before doing the loop.

The 3607 is big enough (36ft 7in at the waterline) to be comfortable for 3-4 adults, but small enough to be single handed.

My son & I got caught in a storm (NOAA didn't show anything about it) 6-8ft waves & 20-30 knot winds. Beat the crap out of both of us for ~3-4 hours, but not a drop got inside and all the pots, pans and crockery was still in the cupboards and unbroken.
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Carver went from designing all of their boats by using only straight edges and triangles to using only French curves.

Like overnight.

As if someone put acid in the water cooler at work.
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