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View the latest post REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Can anyone tell me how to remove the radar arch on my 1996 Carver Voyager 320? How hard is it and how many hours are involved?

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View the latest post Looking hard at a 91 Carver 26 Command Bridge

Hi all,

Just finished looking at a boat that isn't seen much in Pacific NW, but appears to fill our needs for a transition boat. Just repowered with a new long block 383, original volvo penta outdrive, appears to be in very nice shape. My admiral and I are 6 years from retirement, and plan to cruise between Bellingham and Alaska and points between in a boat we can't yet afford.

So, for just weekend San Juan Island cruising, or Vancouver Island, we have been on a search for a "transition boat". This Carver 26 meets our objectives but with so few like this around I have the standard questions: are there any particular caveats with this model? Anyone else in the Puget Sound with one of these that can speak from experience? Are Carver boats of this size typically utilizing an exchanger and fresh water cooling (forgot to ask)?

Last question: with a command bridge and a bimini top, I don't see where radar would be easily installed, short of a radar arch over the bimini.

Thanks for any thoughts or advice for this newbie

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Carver 506 rocker switch replacements in Bridge

Does anyone know where to get replacement rocker switches for the control panels in 2001 Carver 506 flybridge ? See attached pics of my current switch panels.
Thanks for any assistance.

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View the latest post Best route & fuel consumption advice,, please

I bought a 1993 Carver 300 Aft-cabin. It feels like the perfect boat for my solo travel. Next May I plan to reposition it from Fulton, MS on the Tenn-Tom where I'm refurbishing it, to Sanford, FL, which will be its hailing port.

Two questions:
1.) Is cruising Florida's Big Bend a good idea, vs. making a direct run from Carrabelle to Inglewood or Port Charlotte? I have a month to make the trip.

2.) If I were to limit my speed to 5-6 mph (hull speed) for most of the trip, could I expect to get 3mpg, vs the 1mpg I've experienced on-plane (350cid Chevy engines)?

Your thoughts and advice will be appreciated.

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View the latest post Fireboy-Xintex CO2 CMD-4MR model

My wife and I are purchasing a 2006 Carver 36 MY with Fireboy-Xintex CMD-4MR Co2 detectors.

it appears these have a "fixed" 4yr 11mo life span. if you have replaced yours, what and where did you get the "marine" equivalent version?

thanks in advance for your replies,
Cliff & Beth

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View the latest post Seattle area Boat Survey impression

My wife and I are wrapping up purchasing a 2006 Carver 36 MY via Denison Yachts. During our interaction with the brokers we were introduced to Bill Evans to perform our purchase survey.

I wouldn't hesitate to use or recommend Bill again, he's not only thorough, but very responsive. After pointing out a water logged /delaminated swim step in the initial survey, he suggested a technician to handle the work and followed up with post completion survey as well.

His report was comprehensive and detailed which we passed along to the bank.

William D Evans, AMS430
Blue Water Marine Surveys
O 206-932-2415
C 206-226-0512

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View the latest post ZF63A port side transmission spins in neutral w/engine running

My Wife and I are in final stages of purchasing a 2006 Carver 36 MY with twin 8.1L and zf63A transmissions, 2.5 gearing.

The idling starboard engine output shaft does not spin in neutral, but the port side does?

Is this issue related to the reverse gearing for port side transmissions to make the port side prop spin opposite direction of the starboard side prop?

Both engines have low hours, but the port side is lower than starboard, 217hrs on port side, and 223 on starboard side? is the higher starboard hours likely due to port trans issues ?

anyone had similar issue with their Zf63A transmission and if so, what was the fix/cost?

thanks in advance for your reply's
Cliff & Beth

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View the latest post 1995 Carver 325 Propeller shaft size and zincs advice

Carver 325 -Should I have zincs on my propeller shafts? what is the shaft size 1.5 inch? I do have a transom zinc. Any advice is appreciated. I have twin crusader 350's

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View the latest post Sideshift bow thruster

Hi folks,

I have seen this topic discussed in other threads but hoping to have a focused discussion on the Sideshift bow thruster specifically.

My previous boat was a 39’ aft cabin with twin diesels, no bow thruster. I found the torque of the diesels allowed me to put the boat anywhere I needed it to go but, on occasion, wished I had a bow thruster during adverse conditions. The boat was a big sail and I’m surrounded by locks. My new to me boat has less area above the waterline but is 47’ LOA. It has 24” props with 496 gasers so thinking there should be enough power to push it around in tight quarters however trying to plan ahead to avoid a premature visit to purgatory with my admiral. For Sideshift owners...was the investment worth it versus traditional tunnel thruster? A bow thruster in my neck of the woods is $15-20k whereas I can install Sideshift for $7k all-in

I appreciate your thoughts.

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View the latest post Introduction

Hi. My name is Dustin and I've been a boataholic for 20 yrs. I just sold a Trojan F-32 and have a Trojan/Carver in contract. The new boat is a 99 360 Express. I just thought I'd say hi and introduce my self.

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