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View the latest post New Member Checking In


Just wanted to say Hi.

We've owned our '98 355 Carver since 2010 and normally keep her in the Tampa Bay area. However this summer we cruised "Flyin Low" to the Chesapeake and left her there for the winter. We'll return next year to bring her home.

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View the latest post Charging the house batteries


I put new alternators on my Cummings 450's about 2 years ago and it has blown the fuse back at the battery. Don't know when they blew :( One had a 10 amp fuse and the other a 2 amp...both blown. I can't seem to find in any of my manuals what the amp size of the fuse is really suppose to be....can anyone help?
There are / should be four fuse holder within 7 inches of the house batters. Two ARE 2 amp but they go to the inverter. It's the other two that come from the back of each alternator that I need to know about.
Thanks in advance.

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View the latest post Another New-old Carver owner


Dave here, my wife Tamie and I just purchased a 1979 Carver Mariner 33'. Our first live aboard boat. Can't wait to get it in the water in the spring. Lots of little projects and one or two larger ones. Really looking forward to it.

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View the latest post New Owner of Old Carver


Hi my name is Paul. I'm new to Carver and boating in general I moved from CO to live on the water. I bought a 1976 33' Carver Mariner to use primarily as a live aboard and running around the Islands and coastal waters around St Pete, FL. I currently have a lot of projects on my list and I'm sure that won't ever change. Any advise as far as the boat, the marina life, or anything else a newbie should know would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to meeting new people here and tapping the expertise of those in this forum.

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View the latest post 1976 Carver Mariner 3396 - Bad V-Drive?


When I recently purchased the boat I cleaned the points on both engines and both ran strong. I was told the V-drive on the port side was bad and only the starboard screw was turning. The previous owner told me the v-drive is bad and the port wasn't turning. This made for an interesting passage from Venice, FL to her new home St. Petersburg, FL. The port propeller turned during the passage so I know it's not stuck below. My question is this a typical item that breaks? I've been told these v-drives are pretty rock solid. My question is will this be a fairly costly repair? Do you think it could be the transmission and not the v-drive? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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View the latest post 1976 Carver Mariner 3396 - Soft Decks


I'm a new owner of this boat and new to boating in general. I grew up in CO but gave up the mountains for the waters of FL. My boat has a soft deck in the bow area and also the port stern under the cleat. The wood looks pretty rotted in both areas. I've read a lot about drill and fill epoxy repairs. Will this work well in these areas? Any advise on better methods? Thank you

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View the latest post Locate breaker on 1986 36 Mariner?


During the survey, the main electrical panel showed no juice to the air Conditioning circuit. USCG and/or ABYC regs require a breaker in place for any wire run greater than 10 feet (between the inlet and the panel in this case). Can anyone help me locate the location of this breaker? Carver didn't supply a diagram of the AC wiring, just the 12V side. Our go/no-go decision will happen Wednesday following the compression test.

Thanks!
Great Laker

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View the latest post Sea Cox Issue


I have a 456 with 2 faulty Sea Cox. I bought the boat last year and it needed to be rebonded. The handles broke off two of these sea cox due to the bonding issue. My question being put out there is "can I change these sea cox myself?" I will be back to the boat is Stuart shortly and am not sure what to do. I am mechanicle but this is a new page for me. Any suggestions. Thanks.

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View the latest post 444 CMY Power Question


I want to change the 2 50 amp 125volt receptacles to one 50 amp 250 volt receptacle so that I do not have to use an adapter all the time. Any idea on how I would wire this? Do I gang the 2 lines together? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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View the latest post Ladder Replacement '06 36 Mariner


Greetings all. I own a 2006 36 Mariner. I love the boat. Other than the holding tank only being 20 gallons, the only other thing I don't like and would like to replace is the fold down swim ladder. Its 3 steps and the steps are made of plastic. Now, I'm 55 years old, 6'4 and 295 lbs. Yes, I know dear, I need to lose some weight.......in the meantime though......does anyone know of a stainless steel fold down ladder that will fit the recessed area that the ladder stores in? The ladder pops and creaks and appears to be on the verge of breaking. My fear is the ladder will break and I wont be able to get back in the boat. (insert fat guy jokes here) Anyone ever replaced one? I would prefer a 4 step but can live with a 3 step, which the current ladder is. I will try to add a pic if I can but due to my age I am technologically challenged and will require help from my kids. Any help/suggestions appreciated. One last thing, I'm only 6'2". I added to my height to make my weight seem more proportionate.

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