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I am about to be the proud owner of a Carver 32' aft cabin 3207. Just had a look at it and... well, it shows the age but it seems pretty solid. My concern though is the engines... They look great! The bilge and engines are clean enough to eat off. However, the hours meter shows nearly 2,000 hours.
That's fishy. Something like that definitely makes me take a step back and say.. hold on.. what's going on here?
There is no documentation. Current owner is a dealer/broker.. previous owner never used it... What are the chances that the engines were rebuilt/replaced without changing the hours meters in the bridge? And this is just a great buy?
Or, what other signs should I look for that suggest the engine are at the end of the 1,500 hour expected lifespan for gasoline boat engines?
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I was curious to see if anyone else has been in my shoes on this issue. My '89 3807 Aft had the little holes at the aft port and starboard for the exhaust and AC's. I was getting some serious carbon monoxide through some kind of make shift fiberglass repair to the fiberglass "exhaust chamber." on the starboard side. And the stainless heat shield had come off and was causing some serious rattling and vibration. So I contact the good people at Carver and they sent me an exhaust conversion instructions to put mufflers and go straight out mid ship to bypass the bad design and issue.
So I did the conversion... Love it. So much quieter. BUT.... now I have exhaust leaking through my aft port and starboard windows....
Guess the felts and the windows need to be resealed / rebuilt?! I have no clue how to do it or where to even start.... Pretty frustrating to spend all that money and still have the issue.
Anybody got any guidence? I appreciate it!
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Hi Everyone! After losing our 2001 Cruisers Yachts 4270 in Hurricane Florence, we are on the serious hunt for a new boat. We love the layout and the interior helm of the Voyager 450. If anyone knows of an owner considering listing their MAINTAINED Voyager anywhere on the east coast, we would be interested in hearing from you. Thanks so much and hopefully we will be on this forum as an owner soon!
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As my boat is a 1994, the weather stripping on all the windows is pretty rough, and we get leaks past it when it rains. I havn't been able to find the replacement weather stripping so am thinking of replacing the entire windows. First would be the port window in the aft cabin. Anyone have a source? I have the original line ticket of the boat, and was wondering if Carver would have windows available like this if I had the part number?
Also, on another note, it appears that the transom was repaired by the previous owner, as there is no HID plate on it. I found the second HID plate under the starboard engine, and photographed it while we replaced that engine. Any ideas on a replacement plate? Should I just have someone make a plate the same with the numbers on it and adhere it to the upper right corner of the transom?
2 more months baby! I can feel it!
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I have a 1988 3807 with 350 Crusaders. Maintanence was done well for first owner but number 2 not so much. I got it last summer and it actually did very well. Wanting to catch up on needed maintenance and since crusader sold out, some parts not easy to find or cross reference. Bottom line I was told to change out entire ignition system and go electronic. Said each kit would be complete with wires etc. Basically plug and play on distributor change with need to change plug gap from .035 to .045 and change thermostats from 140 to 160 degrees.
anyone else do this? What was your experience/results?
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To all you boaters out there. Every body has had buyers regret at on time or another. I for one. been there, done that.
After you buy the item, hence the boat, don't you feel that maybe you should have went for the other model? We were set on a flybridge for the extreme comfort that's for sure, I don't believe we can ever go back to a cruiser. But has anyone bought a model then thought, crap, maybe I should of bought the other one? Just curious because I can't believe I'm the only one.
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