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View the latest post What has been the biggest waves you've been in?


Hey All,
So what has been your biggest waves you have been in? I bet some of you Ocean goers have seen some pretty big ones.

So I went to the marina yesterday to go fishing. This has been the 3rd time I was thinking about turning around and going home because of the winds and the waves. I just couldn't do it so we went out. Hmmm...maybe not such a good decision.

So there were suppose to be 2-4 footers, but garenteed there were some 6-8 footers out there. I've been on Lake Michigan through many large waves but these had me a little worried. It was good to see what my Mariner could handle. I will probably not go out in such big waves again but chalk this up to a good experience.

There were small craft advisories. When we got to the dock, the Coast Guard actually put out a location of a boat that was in 'distress'. We were tempted to go help but know how close the Coast Guard is to this boat and they would definitely beat us there.

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View the latest post New to us 2003 Carver 466 - liveaboards now


Hi, my name is Doug. My wife (Julie) and I are new to the Carver family this year via the purchase of a 2003 Carver 466. We hail out of Baltimore MD and were previous Regal owners for about 14 years. I look forward to sharing ideas and experiences with our new Carver friends and if you are ever traveling to Baltimore please let us know.

Here is a link to my wife's blog about our boating experiences and the transition to moving to liveaboards. Yes reference to Regal is still in the blog name but we consider it now the "Splendid" life :-D

http://luvntheregallife.blogspot.com/

Doug
2003 Carver 466

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View the latest post fuel shutoff valves 97 355


Where are the fuel shutoff valves located? Twin 456 gasoline engines 1997 Carver 355.
The fuel gauge switch toggle between starboard and port plus aux tanks.How do you read the aux tank level.
Thanks for your help.

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View the latest post Reduce yearly boating costs or go smaller


Good Morning All,

I have a little dilemma on my hands. This was my 1st big boat (33' Mariner) and really my test year. I love the boat but not everybody in my family does. Also it was a little stressful when all 11 of us sleep on it, go figure. So it is not working out as great as I planned. I would keep the boat but at ~$4000 per year, I just can't justify it.

So I am left with a decision to sell it and go back to my 24', sell it and buy a 26' boat with a trailer, trade the boat for a 26' with a trailer or find a way to reduce the costs. I actually like the idea of trading the boat for a 26'.

What do you all think? You know of anybody that has a 26' for trade? Any idea on how to reduce the costs?

My estimated yearly costs:
$2000 for the marina slip
(I can't exactly remember these cost but I know I'm close)
$1000 for the winter storage
$595 for the shrink wrap
$400 for winterizing

If I go with a 26', the costs are:
$1000 for the marina slip (I think for the smaller slip with no cable)
That's it because with a trailer I can set it in my driveway. I can also do the winterizing and cover it wi tarps. This is a great yearly cost.

I love the marina. It has cameras, it has security, and I can leave all of my equipment and electronics on the boat. It is sooo nice to drive down, jump on the boat and go fishing.

Any thoughts? I threw it on Craigslist to probe the market a little. I am not trying too hard to sell it right now, but would live a trade for maybe a Carver Santa Cruz or a Sea Ray Sundancer.

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Bought a 1978 Carver for the motor for my 29 foot phoenix. think I'm going to keep the Carver and maybe sell the other one. Will have to add a swim platform and dive ladder to the Carver but like the look of the boat. Lots of work to be done but hopefully will be worth the effort.

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View the latest post Buying a 1990 3067 thought


I am new to boating and obviously new to Carver. I am buying a 1990 3067 which has passed the survey with flying colors as has the mechanical. I wanted to reach out to other carver owners and solicit any opinions of the boat, the brand etc.

I bought this as a family weekender with the size I felt I could manage as a first boat :))))

Any feedback or input will be greatly appreciated

Chippery

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View the latest post Is there a issue with early 80's Carver ships..?


I have found an 82' and they wanted 20K which is insane and now will take 16K.The problem is this i found a 90' Santego that is clean and well taken care of for the same price. The 82' has New crate motors and VDrives..fresh interior..nice trailer ( 90' has no trailer).

All other things being equal i have been told the late 70's early 80 Carver's are a ship i want to stay clear of..ANY info is really appreciated.
Yes im having surveys done on both boats. It will be survey 3 and 4. First 2 i thought i wanted i was confused and the owners either completely unaware of major issues OR just trying to hang their nightmare around someone else s neck.

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View the latest post Question about Fuel Economy


The engine cruise RPM is 3100-3200. Max RPM is 4600, it reaches 4100 with the current setup. In general, is the economy at 1500 rpm (around 12 mph by my gps) similar to the higher, cruise setting? I'm sure the fuel usage rate is down but I'm also travelling 10-12 mph slower than at 3100 rpm. :confused:

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View the latest post Norcold DE-251E


The fridge worked fine on "high" on shore power for 12 hours, then started cycling on and off (you could hear the compressor kick for a few seconds, then "off") when I turned the temp knob to the halfway position. I turned it back up again and the compressor turned on and stayed on. I placed it back to the halfway position and then we went to DC power once we were underway. We checked it every couple hours and noticed the temp was coming up. I couldn't hear the compressor, but am not sure it was off or on due to the power plant noise. I verified the DC Refer switch was on, but didn't troubleshoot any further.

Around the evening we were plugged in again, and it was working without the cycling I mentioned earlier, so I swapped over to DC. After an hour, I verified the fridge was still working in that mode (the freezer plate was cold), and then placed it back to AC power.

The next day it was dead, other than a few pathetic attempts to kick on, then off.

I'll have a refrigerator tech check it out in a couple weeks, and can survive on coolers for the time being. I started pricing similar capacity units on the off chance the repair isn't economical, but don't see anything for cheaper than a grand or so. OUCH.

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View the latest post Help !!! , 503 , 506 or 565


Hello everyone , I would like to get input on the 503 , 506 and 565 Carver Voyager as i'm a diver my wife passed away and last son is off to Med School and going to buy a Live aboard in So. Calif. , Dana Point Newport Beach to long beach and any and all recommendations and experiences will be most appreciated .

Thank you Angus M.

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