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Old 11-25-2020, 08:02 AM   #41
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Me, too. I only looked at the 46, but didn't see one with a lower helm. Otherwise a pretty nice boat.

The 450 Voyager could have a lower helm... as did the 530/52 and 570/560.

I've actually looked semi-closely at those larger models, at least on paper, and I like the layouts...

But neither helm in any model suits me all that much. Windshields too raked, limited space for decent plotters, etc...

Otherwise I really like the layout of the 570/560 models... but then again that length is in the "not as easy to take the boat out for a quick lunch" category.

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Old 11-25-2020, 04:41 PM   #42
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96 Carver 430

Anyone with specific experience with the 96 Carver 430 w/ twin cummings 6bta's. ? Thinking pulling the trigger for a christmas present to myself
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Old 11-25-2020, 04:52 PM   #43
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I'm doing some research on powerboats and the Carver Yachts brand keeps popping up. Does anyone know about build quality?

I'm also looking at some Offshore Yacht boats... mostly the 54. I like the 1000 gallon of fuel -- so extended anchoring shouldn't be an issue (with 1000 gallons).

Any thoughts about Carver?
From what I know and think I know is that if you like Ford’s and Chryslers you’ll probably feel the Carver is fine.

I liked the older wood Carvers.

Re anchoring are you say’in running at night is an option to anchoring?
Depends on where one is IMO.
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Old 11-25-2020, 05:37 PM   #44
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We looked at a 53 Carver and liked it well enough but it had Volvos.
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Old 11-25-2020, 07:19 PM   #45
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As former Carver owner for over 18 years, I know that they had blisters issues on anything that was built prior to 1990. yes, the older Mariner models were ugly and i would also say the something about the KK Manatee. in my opinion, the Carver voyager was the best in line as it was easy to handle and to get around on board.
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Old 11-27-2020, 12:03 AM   #46
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Goodluck with your survey. There is a 35 ft carver at my marina. Its a nice looking boat and has gobs of space inside it. It think the only larger 35 ft boat i have seen is the KK manatee. If I were in the market for a 35 ft boat I definitely would not rule out a Cummins powered Carver.
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Old 11-27-2020, 08:08 AM   #47
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Here is the Mariner 37 I was referring to. Still disagree?

We had one of these in our marina for a couple of years. I think I laughed every time I walked by it.

But, I like the older Carvers. They are the Chevrolet of the yachting world. And, that's mostly a good thing.
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Goodluck with your survey. There is a 35 ft carver at my marina. Its a nice looking boat and has gobs of space inside it. It think the only larger 35 ft boat i have seen is the KK manatee. If I were in the market for a 35 ft boat I definitely would not rule out a Cummins powered Carver.
See my signature. I could not agree more. That Cummins powered 356 was a fantastic boat! Loved every minute of it!!!
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We had one of these in our marina for a couple of years. I think I laughed every time I walked by it.

But, I like the older Carvers. They are the Chevrolet of the yachting world. And, that's mostly a good thing.
While I agree it is quite likely one of the ugliest boats ever made, you have to go aboard to understand why they sold so many of these. It is quite a unique boat in the way they used space. In the early to mid 2000s, we had the largest Carver dealership in the world in our area. So these things are EVERYWHERE down here....haha! Anyway, I do inderstand how the "casual non boater with money" could be "ensnared" by this thing. It is appealing to those that don't realize the aesthetics of boat design.
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We're now searching hard for a 444ES, mainly for the interior and deck layout. When I'm driving I can't see it anyway. In my mind the ugliest boat is the one that doesn't get used.
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While I agree it is quite likely one of the ugliest boats ever made, you have to go aboard to understand why they sold so many of these. It is quite a unique boat in the way they used space. In the early to mid 2000s, we had the largest Carver dealership in the world in our area. So these things are EVERYWHERE down here....haha! Anyway, I do inderstand how the "casual non boater with money" could be "ensnared" by this thing. It is appealing to those that don't realize the aesthetics of boat design.
I'm sure, that for use as a floating condo, that never leaves the slip, you could do a lot worse.

But, I often wondered what it would be like trying to work that foredeck, anchored, or going through, some real slop.
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I could see living on a Carver 371 as a floating condo.... if at least the front 2/3 of the boat could be hidden in a boat shed or covered over some other way.
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looking at a 52 Voyager with volvo's. low hours..bow & stern thrusters.. looking to live aboard & charter/entertain. thoughts?
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Welcome aboard. Carvers are fine, maybe look for one with Cummins engines. Volvos have a reputation for very expensive parts, if you are able to get the parts. But that is my opinion, yours may vary. Search the site for Volvo opinions.
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