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View the latest post 3.8 liter Crusader Engine - Parts-Replacement-Availability

I am considering a purchase of a 1981 3007 aft cabin with 3.8 liter twins.
The engine hours are unknown:
Broker's Quote: "Unfortunately I have little idea of hours on the engines and the owner doesn't appear to have much of an idea either but the Hobbs meters indicate more hours than these engines physically show so I am guessing that at some stage, they have been rebuilt."

The boat looks good but my concern is with the older engines and finding replacement parts and the whole engine, if necessary. It looks like these engines will be hard to find parts for. I have done some searching online and find very little reference to them. I have not found a place to purchase new engines.

If the mechanical inspection is acceptable, I would expect at least several years of use, then, if an engine replacement is needed, I may have to repower with a different model engine. I suspect we would want to stay with gasoline engines.

I have seen a lot of reference to the 4.3 crusader engine. This is a V6 as well and there appears to be easy access to this model. I am hoping that the physical size difference would not be big enough to cause issues with engine room space. I assume that both engines are Chevy, the transmission would bolt up the same.

    *Has anyone on this forum repowered a 3007?
    *If so, what did you repower with?
    *How did it go?
    *Any recommendations?


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View the latest post Carver 355 bridge clearance

Does anyone know the bridge clearance for a 1998 Carver 355 with radar arch? I do have a radar so I will be adding that to the arch height. I have seen 17'6" as the bridge clearance, but I have also see 15', not sure what is right.

I am looking to take my boat up river and have a few bridges to get under so obviously this is critical.

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View the latest post 1998 Carver 355 hydraulic steering

Does anyone know how much fluid/what level I am supposed to fill the resevour at the helm? I opened it up this weekend to check and cannot tell what is considered full.

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View the latest post Carver 355 sliding door - difficult to slide

Has anyone found a way/lubricant that makes opening/closing the sliding door on a 355 any easier. While I appreciate its heft, my 1st mate and my guests constantly complain how hard it is to open/close.

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View the latest post 3007 fuel consumption

:help: We are looking at a 1981 3007 aft cabin and I have a lot of questions which I hope to find answers from this forum. Please bear with me as I ask what might seem to be simple questions.


The unit we are looking for has a pair of V6 Crusaders based on the Pontiac 3.8 litre gasoline engines. Looking at the spec sheet it indicates fuel consumption to be about 1.5 Gals/hour at 6 MPH. (I assume this is US Gals) is this measurement per engine or 2 engines?

Our plans are to 'putter' up the coast, not cruise at higher speeds. Would it be more economical to use one engine a slightly higher RPM or 2 engines at low RPMs?

Is there any issues 'idling' the engines for extended periods of time, such as 8 hours a day during a slow cruise? If so, what would a minimum RPM to shoot for to mitigate these issues?

In my youth when we used to work on cars, we used to say thing like "Blow the carbon out of her". I don't really subscribe to this action, but there may be truth in it. Any suggestions?



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View the latest post 3007 aft cabin & fishing???

I read a comment in another post indicating it might not be possible to fish from an Aft Cabin model. Is this the case?

We want to cruise up and down the western BC coast from Vancouver to Alaska and of course fish as we go. I suspect we will want to do some prawning as well.

Is the roof of the aft cabin strong enough to support walking on?

There is a tender and I see the ladder to the swim step, so I assumed that there is walking area on the deck over the aft cabin. Is this the case?

Can I expect the swim step to be submerged under normal load and slow speeds?

We have not visited the boat yet so we do not have reference to what is actually there. The pictures we have are from an ad and the unit we are looking at has canvas around the rails, making it hard to see what is there.


Any and all feedback is gratefully accepted:



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View the latest post First time poster, not an owner....Yet!

I have been reading this forum with interest. There seems to be quite a bit of information on many models. I look forward to earning more and more.

I do have a question and hope for a quick answer. We have found a 1981 3007 Aft Cabin model and will be flying out to look at it. We will have it surveyed by a SAMS accredited surveyor before any purchase.

My question is in regard to the hull construction. Would this model year have a cored hull or all fiber class?

I have heard horror stories of cored hulls leaking, being water logged, etc. :banghead:

I am always open to free advice and would appreciate any and all feedback! :down:

Thanks for letting me join up!


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View the latest post Replacement bimini top 1994 370 Voyager?

The Isenglass is in perfect shape but previous owner replaced bimini top. New one has no zippers or straps to accommodate original Isenglass panels. Any hints on where to get a replacement bimini for this boat?

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View the latest post Carver 355

Hi all. Closing on my 96 carver 355 on monday. Moved up from a searay 316. Having never owned an aft cabin , or fly bridge am very excited. Boat has been in freshwater its whole life. Keep it at Lake Texoma in Texas. Have enjoyed reading about carvers for the last week.

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View the latest post Convert dining table to bed

2003 Carver 360 Sports Sedan - Is there a kit you can buy to convert the table to a bed.

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