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View the latest post Which Starter on a Crusader Engine

So I have 1995 Carver Santego 310. It has twin Crusader 270 Engines. GM 350 platform I believe. I have velvet drive inboard setup. The starboard engine has been very slow to crank since I bought the boat a year ago. But it always started. I often had to switch over to both batteries to get it started however. This is the first attempt at putting it in the water this year and I started it on land for a few seconds and it ran. But again cranked real slow. I got to the water and it cranked slower and didn't start. So I believe it is time for a new starter on the starboard engine. It was late and getting dark and long story, but it was a very long day. I hastefully decided to leave the boat on the trailer, connected to my truck and rode home with my wife in another car with plans to return today with a starter. However, I didn't bother to look at the starter before I left. I guess i thought it was just going to be a matter of stopping by an auto parts store and picking one up, but obviously I am finding it is not that easy. So now the boat is a couple hours drive away, and I don't know which starter. I am finding several available. But I am not sure which one. I also don't know if I need CW or CCW rotation or how to know. I know it is a starboard engine and I know it has a velvet drive. I have not looked at it in nearly a year, but I am thinking it mounted through the velvet drive bell housing or something like that. I don't think it was under the engine like on most cars. Can anyone point me in the correct directions. I was hoping to not have to tow it home and that will mean another wide load permit in another state. but I am also not sure how long the Marina is going to allow it to sit in their lot, before I launch it. I don't feel safe in putting it in the new slip without both engines... I have been trying to find a mechanic in that area to just go look at it, but so far no luck.

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View the latest post Captain Chair and Pedestal

I need to replace the captain chair and pedestal on my 1987 Carver. My pedestal base is 9.25" and all of the new bases available (that I can find) are 9" base. Does any one make a 9.25" base pedestal that would fit the bolt pattern that I have? I welcome any help.

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View the latest post Rudder water leak

Hi guys! I noticed water around the shaft of the starboard rudder shaft. Port side is dry as a bone. Anyone have this happen? 360 Sport Sedan.
Thanks in advance, Andrew

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View the latest post Carver Santego 3867

Hi all,

I have been fixated on the largest of the Santego's - the 3867.

The one that I like is the one with all the wood inside and the large galley island.

I went to look at this one and even put in an offer.


The engine bay scares the hell out of me! Not sure whats up with all the rust and paint cracking on the 454's, but I see dollar signs flying out of my bank account. Maybe the paint cracking is common?

There was also some bad mildew on the carpeting surrounding the stateroom windows (portholes?) that was concerning.

I like the boat though. Does anyone have experience with these?



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View the latest post Not a Carver Owner


My name is Matt and I'm from Mississauga, Ontario Canada.

I have been keeping my eyes on the various classified sites and the one boat that I've been fixated on is the Carver 3867. There are a few of them for sale in my area.

I was looking for a boat that has sufficient space but also has the potential for year-round liveaboard as that lifestyle intrigues me a great deal. I understand the 80's Carvers had rock solid hulls - truth or fiction?

I will start another thread and post the links to the boats I've been eyeing up!

Happy to have found this place!


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View the latest post Attachment(s) Carver 280 overheating

Hi guys looking for some help and advice please , I have a carver 280 s , 7.3ltr v8 turbo diesel , I have recently got her back in the water / fresh water river in the uk , and I’ve had a few teething issues , she keeps over heating so I investigated and found that the impeller had ripped apart so I fished out the loose/ broken parts out of the pipe work , installed a new one , got it running to find it overheating again , so I re investigated and found that the new impeller had ripped apart again checked the hoses to find they was dry so it has ripped apart due to running dry and no water circulating the engine ! I have checked the inlet in bottem of boat where the water would be sucked up from and that’s clear with no blockage and the water filter was empty so although the inlets clear it isn’t sucking up water ?!! Help please TIA

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View the latest post New carver owner

My family just purchased our second boat. A 1980 carver mariner 3396. We haven't boated in several years as we sold our 26 wellcraft excel because we outgrew it with 3 kids and no a/c. We boat on the south shore of Long Island with many overnight trips to fire island.

The boat seems so roomy. We will not be putting it in this year because we need to do some cleaning, cosmetic updates and get my husband ready from going from a single screw to a double.

No a/c currently and eventually our goal to do a whole unit. Meanwhile we are thinking of a marine hatch or portable a/c. Thoughts, size? Thanks for the feedback!

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View the latest post How to select fuel sending unit?

My gas gauge needle sits all the way on empty and occasionally jumps rapidly to mid level and back down again. I suspect I need to replace the fuel sending unit. There are some replacement units that are the traditional “float on a lever” types and then what looks like the newer “float rides on a shaft” types. I was considering the shaft types. However, I don’t know 2 things... 1. Do I measure clearance in the tank and subtract an inch for total shaft length? Maybe just subtract 1/2”? 2. What resistance range would my original 1989 Carver gauge need? 240-33ohm seems kind of standard when I look at replacements, but how am I to know? Anything else? Thanks!

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View the latest post Attachment(s) New Dinghy Added...

No, it not a carver, but we needed something bigger than the mercury airdeck and 4hp with all the grandkids.

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View the latest post AC not turning the compressor on

i have a 1985 3607 that the front a/c wont turn on the compressor. The light comes on like it should but compressor won't.
The heater works fine as I can hear the relay kicking in. Thanks

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