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View the latest post Access to aft portlight


In a 1999, 404 was wondering if anyone has had to get access to the starboard portlight behind the shower. In the process of replacing all the seals and screens and wanted to replace or at least remove the old tattered screen for appearance. Have not yet started the project but was hoping for some advise.

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View the latest post Carver 2003 396 MY Galveston Texas


Hi everybody, new member and my partner family and my family have purchased a 2003 Carver 396 MY. I'll be reading on posts for trouble shooting Kohler Genset and other things! Thanks for your help in advance!

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View the latest post Bow window seals


When I purchased my 1993 390 Aft Cabin Carver the salon bow windows leaked. I cleaned them up and sealed with black marine grade RTV. Leaking again (6 yrs) just wondering if they originally had rubber seals and if so where can I get them. No seals apparently in them when I purchased.

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View the latest post generator removal


I have a 1993 Aft Cabin and of course the diesel generator is under the steps that go down to the salon. Ran great before a bad trip and now won't start due to low compression. I'd like to pull it and rebuild. Anyone out there pull one before?

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View the latest post Main salon battery switch access under steps


Ahoy,
I have a 1999 Carver 404 and am trying to wire in a new house bank. The problem is I need to get access to the battery switch under the steps and do not know how. If I remove the for screws that hold the panel in there is not enough slack to pull the panel up. On my old 355 there was access to the panel from the aft cabin area behind the tv. Don't know if the previous owner cut it or not but it was accessible. This 404 does not have that access and I do not see any screws.
Is there a trick to getting access to that area? Thanks in advance this site has always been AWESOME!

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Water beneath cabinets in the Galley - Rain Intrusion?


Hello there. I am new to this forum since I just got my boat in November. Had it put up on block for winter storage in January. Visited it 2 days ago to check on it and found water seeping out under my galley cabinets. Water systems are all off and winterized.

Doesn't look like I can remove the cabinets without destroying them, but was able to pull up the bottom board under the sink which allowed me to dry up the water (there was at about a half gallon.) It rained today, so I went back to check and there was more water. The wet areas are behind the two steps leading down to the galley and under the cabinets.
The water had also seeped under the parqueted floor boards which appear to be relatively new. Hopefully they will dry out without too much damage.

Is this rain water intrusion? Were would it be coming from? Bilge is dry. I've heard that water can get under the deck ??? If so, how does that happen? Bridge is covered with full enclosure.
Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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View the latest post duckbill replacement, generator location and hose replacement


I was getting ready to post a question about duckbills until I saw Viper's list of questions. So here are my answers:
Yes, the pumps run. (2 heads).
Yes, pumps shut off.
Pumps run 30 to 40 seconds before shut off - could be a little less.
Hardly ever cycle on their own.
Yes, water will remain.
Yes, full evacuation.
Duckbills were replaced approximately 5 years ago.
Duckbills on Admiral's head are making a "weet weet weet" noise just before shutoff. So I figured it was time to replace. Then I figured might as well do both. Is it time?

I'm going to replace some of the hoses with hard plastic. Friend of mine told me I should wait till boat is in water so system can be thoroughly flushed. What does everyone think?

Question: Do anyone know where vacuum generator for forward head is located? Are generators located next to each other on starboard side of engine room near aft head holding tank? I have a waste & water schematic - if anybody wants one shoot me a PM with your email.

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View the latest post Water filters


Do most people use a water filter and if so, do you use them for the dock water and/or filling the tank?

We generally use bottled water for any cooking or drinking but I am curious about an option to use the "boat water."

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View the latest post Fresh water pump while disconnected from shore


I have a 1999 450 Pilothouse and have a water question. When we are at dock, we use the shore water which pressurizes all o four fixtures. With the cold weather we recently had, they shut down the water to save the pipes which meant we did not have water.

I guess I do not yet know how to turn on the pump to pull from the fresh water tank. The main panel was in the on position and I looked in the engine room for another switch but did not find one. I must be missing something, any thoughts as to where to turn on the pump?

Thank you

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View the latest post Planning to cruise from Pensacola to Keys


Good morning all.

My wife and I are planning our inaugural cruise from Pensacola to Key West in May. Having never done this, does anyone have some tips and advice as to duration and places to overnight? Is (for planning purposes) 3 days enough time to get down there or is 4 or 5 more the standard?

We have heard that the typical first stop is Tarpon Springs for the first night and that is a good distance away. It appears that we would be spending a good deal of time cutting the corner which could be fun, but wanted to see if that was the best way.

Thanks all and please understand that I am still learning all that I do not know. There is a whole lot of that. :-D

Jim and Catherine

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