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Since I have not posted since we bought the boat, I thought I would give a update.
We bought it in June. We have used it quite a bit. Almost every week.
We did replace three batteries so all four are the same type and age. Also replaced the waste pump and the shower pump.
The built in air conditioning and heat work well as we have used both.
Everything functions as it should, however there are some of the original gauges that are not working, at the lower helm. Most upper gauges work. So that is something to look into. A few other items, but over all satisfied with the boat and operation.
Motors are twin Crusader 270's going into a Velvet drive transmission @ 1:1 ratio. Then into Walter V-drives. With 19" props.
Hull speed is not too bad gas wise, cruise speed likes the gas.
Starboard motor uses oil and has blow by, port not too bad.
Bow thruster works well.
Took our longest trip, about 30 miles one way, to Put in Bay on South Bass Island Lake Erie. Took it easy most of the way. The former owner installed a engine synchronization system and it seems to work well also.
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I broke the Starboard drive shaft on my '93 350 Aft Cabin just after it exits the hull. I'm having a hard time finding replacement parts.. The prop is a 22x22 and I think the shaft is 1 3/8". Any idea where I should be looking?
Is there any way to do this repair in the water?
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Some where, sometime ago, I thought someone said that the Carver 406 aft cabin could only be moved with a travel lift. Could not be moved safely on a trailer?
I was always taken out of the water with a travel lift then moved to a spot in the yard (while still in the slings) and then put on blocks.
Now I have a new yard and they want to take me out of the water with a travel lift, then the lift
puts the boat on a trailer and the trailer moves the boat into its spot in the yard - like 1000ft over a paved yard.
Now I am worried about it being moved on a trailer - is it safe to move the boat on a trailer?
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My batteries are done.
I disconnected each battery, load tested and all registered as bad.
I am now looking at replacing all 4 batteries but want to make an educated choice.
Reading many articles on battery selection has only left me more confused.
My choice is now down to a MotoMaster Nautilus Ultra Group 31 AGM Deep Cycle Battery
1000 marine crank amps, 105 amp hours, 200 minutes reserve capacity
The price range of batteries leads me to believe that higher price may be better quality but I am skeptical after my research.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
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We've owned a 98 Mariner for 6 years and have really enjoyed it but it's beginning to be move up time. I'm looking at two 396s ( 2000 and 2001). The 2000 has the 8.1 and the 2001 has the 7.4. Both boats are well maintained fresh water low hour boats. My questions are thoughts on the two engine options. Are there any common issues to be aware of on these boats (we'll do a survey if we wind up deciding to buy). What do you like most/least about your boats?
Thanks in advance.
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Hello everyone, I have a 97 carver 325 Aft and yesterday my Capitan seat pedestal screws ripped out of the deck because I leaned to far back in the seat. All the screws come out clean as the pedestal pulled away from the deck. There is no damage to the deck or the wood as I closely inspected the area and the holes. Looking into the screw hole, it appeared that there may be a metal like plate under the wood that the machine screws mounted into. Some people I asked said to re-drill new holes and use stainless wood screws, others recommended drilling a bigger hole and using anchors that will lock underneath. I don't think I can remove the headliner in the salon to get access, otherwise I would use a bolt with a locking nut. I am looking for any advice on how to re-mount the pedestal and what the construction of the upper deck may be. I am a bigger guy so I really need this to be solid. Thank you everyone.
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I plan to replace the original sofa in my 355 this winter. The old sofa is somewhat worn, but the biggest complaint I have is its so heavy. As you know, one has to move the sofa to service the port engine. I cannot lift it and have to take it apart (partially) to move it. I plan to build a sectional replacement. Does anyone have any experience doing this?
Unless someone sends me a plan, I will create my own plan and build a sectional replacement. I intend to design and build a frame; cover it and have the cushions made professionally. The area I live in (northeast Mississippi) is home to several furniture factories. There are plenty of skilled folks around who should be able to help make this come off okay. If there is any interest, I will make photos of the project and post here for anyone interested.
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Heh there, got to downsize here.....got a nice quiet red Honda eu1000w for sale, just had its oil change......500.00 Canuk bucks for Carver people.
Now, unfortunately or otherwise depending on the fillness of the glass.. .... just for people in my general area ( pick-up only ) Midland, Penetang, Orrilia, Barrie, you get the idea. Not shipping !!!!
.....PM if interested......Bud
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I am new to the forum and this is my first season with my 1986 3607 with gas Crusader Model 350s. I appreciate any assistance with the unusual problem I have been having.
The issue began with some difficult starting on the port motor. It needed to have the throttle wide open to get re-started after the engine was warm.
Several weeks later, the port engine would lose power and stall at idle after warming up for about 20 minutes. After reading the forums, I changed the fuel filters, spark plugs, ignition coil, ballast resistor (had a broken wire), and choke coil spring. The choke coil seemed to do the trick and the engine ran better for one trip.
This weekend, the engine had even less power after warming up and then stalled. Made it to my destination on one engine and then the next day, things got very strange. The boat was cold from sitting overnight. I started up the starboard motor without issue. I turned the key for the port motor and there was a buzzing noise that was different from the regular ignition buzzer and a power draw occurred that stalled the right motor. From that point on, there was no 12 volt power anywhere on the boat except to the windlass. The starter on the port motor was also smoking a bit and registered 180 degrees with the infrared gun.
I have a three battery setup which appears to be wired with one to the port motor, one to the starboard, and one for the generator/house?
The 50 amp push button breakers on the battery switch panel appear to be out and don't stay when pushed in. I run with the battery switch on "all" and that was the position when the power draw occurred. The breakers on the 12 volt panel in the electronic control center all appear ok. After a long tow home, I am at a loss.
Thanks in advance for your help.
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