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View the latest post Trailer Length for 1994 Carver 280 Express

New to the forum and I apologize if this has been asked and answered in another thread, I couldn't find it if it has. I bought a 1994 Carver 280 express a couple months back and piloted it to my mooring from Plymouth, MA about 50 miles away, it is on the mooring now. I am looking at purchasing a new trailer for it but the manufacturer of the trailer measures from bow eye to drain plug for boat to trailer fit. With mine still in the water does anyone out there know the length from bow eye to drain plug for the above mentioned boat? I am guessing I could fit this on a trailer that accommodates a 25-26 foot boat if measuring from bow eye to drain plug and not considering the pulpit or swim platform. Any insight or information anyone has would be very helpful as I don't want to make an offer on the wrong trailer. Thank you

1994 Carver 280 Express Mid-Cabin
7.2 Volvo Penta

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View the latest post Rotella T4 15w 40

Did my oil changes and all the filters on both engines and generator today. I always used Rotella T4 in my previous gas engines, the SeaDoo and even my summer ragtop. Needless to say I use a lot as the boat alone requires about 12 gallons. They have 5g pails of T4 at Walmart for $57 and some change CDN. Probably the cheapest I have ever seen it as of late. Bought 3 more pails for next years oil change. :-D Not sure if this is provincial or Canada wide.

Oddly enough everything in the states when it comes to gas and oil is always cheaper, exception Rotella. That comes to $43 US for 5G.

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View the latest post 1988 3067 Santego

1988 Carver 3067 Santego

Twin 5.7L, top ends rebuilt about 4 years ago.
Outdrives replaced about 4 years ago with new Mercruiser SE106's
Have receipts showing over 25K of work performed
Bottom painted 2 years ago

Upholstery redone inside and out, bimini top with full enclosure
New Raymarine 9" Element Chartplotter and Simrad VHF both linked using NMEA2000

16.5K BTU AC replaced about 4 years ago with MarineAir unit

Great shape, clean survey done in August showing a declared value of 18.5K

Solid, super clean boat in the water and ready to go!
No generator, originally had one but prior owner removed it.

Needs a new cooktop, old was removed.

Hate to sell it, the admiral and I looked for several months before finding this super clean example. Family emergency forces sale.

Will post pictures later or can send via email.

Boat located in Decatur, Alabama on the Tennessee River. Marina slip is available for transfer.

Asking $15,000

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View the latest post under cupboard coffee maker for 396 carver

I have a 2004 396 carver & the under cupboard coffee maker has just given up..Does anyone know where I can get a replacement..It is a Black & Decker..Not sure they still make this model as I have heard they were discontinued as the did damage to some cupboards ?

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View the latest post 2000 396 AFT CABIN FOR SALE IN PITTSBURGH

I am selling my 396 AC. In the last year we made several improvements including new stereo system, new carpets in helm and cockpit area and new cover for swim platform. The boat is turn key and comes with everything you need to leave the dock, e.g., life jackets, lines, fire extinguishers, tools, etc.

it is has twin gas engines with less than 500 hours. Everything runs like a dream. This boat has been carefully maintained since new.

If interested, I will send photos. Asking $104,900.

Tom Gebler

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View the latest post Attachment(s) 1977 Santa Cruz Window Seals

Does any know what kind of window seals they used back then? I've looked all over the internet and can't match it. They are really tough rubber in a P shape and go between the teak frame and the glass. I've attached a picture of the profile of the gasket. Really appreciate any help!

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Small 300 to 700 watt pure sine wave inverters

Next year I would like to power up a 32" lcd hd tv and a blue ray player with a wired in from the panel inverter. I found a Zantrex 300w in the boat and tried it, but it just alarmed and failed....so that went in the garbage. Before I loaded it the fan was running and making more noise than I would like.

My question, do all of these inverters in that range have noisy fans when not loaded up. I don't think the tv or the blue ray pulls much power, but I will calculate that later.

From the searches so far the prices are all over the place....experience and opinions would be greatly appreciated.....thanks.

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Prop Shaft Coupling Removal

I’m looking for advice on removing the shaft couplings on a 2002 366 Aft Cabin. I need to remove the couplings to replace the shaft seals. The boat has 6.2L Mercrusier engines. I have removed couplings on other boats in the past but they all had set screws, there are no set screws on the couplings so I’m wondering what holds the couplings to the shafts.


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View the latest post Fresh water pump

I thought I would share this with you. My fresh water pump (Sure flow pump) was coming on for a moment then shut off, my first thought was I have a leak in the system. I spent several hours looking for a leak no leak found. I didn’t like listening to the pump run so I turned the pump off and ran shore water pressure, the next day I had water coming out of the fresh water tank vent. I scratched my head for a few and realized there’s only 1 check valve in the system ( hot water tank cold water inlet). I researched the fresh water pump and it has a internet check valve that was leaking and filling the water tank. I replaced the pump and both problems are gone. Hope this helps someone in the future.

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View the latest post BoatUS - Not what it appears to be!

As a Unlimited Gold Member, I recently contacted BoatUS for the first time for a tow. Yes it happens to everyone sometime. This tow was for a haul out and repair, and was from my home dock to a boat yard approximately 5 miles away. My Carver was disabled but not in peril, and was in need of some work covered through my insurer. The BoatUS Service Agreement states in part " Unlimited Gold Service Level, Paid Service includes payment of the cost to tow Member's disabled boat, for the purpose of repairs, from any dock or mooring to the Members port of choice not to exceed a total towing distance of 25 miles." Upon first contact many days in advance, I was advised to call for the tow a day in advance and after discussing my needs, I was told that I was completely covered for the service as an Unlimited Gold Member.

When ready I contacted BoatUS again allowing about 4 days out to schedule and coordinate with the boat Yard, tides, etc. During that contact, I was asked if the reason for the tow involved insurance, to which I acknowledged that the repairs were covered through my insurance. I was then asked if I was insured through BoatUS - Geico. My response was no that I have alternative insurance coverage. The BoatUS representative then explained that BoatUS would not cover my tow expenses but would however provide a TowBoat U.S Captain to tow my vessel noting that I would have to pay (Est. $750.00) out of pocket upon their arrival on the scheduled date. When asked why I would be forced to pay when I have been a covered member for years. I was told because I was not insured through BoatUS - Geico, and insurance was involved. I advised them that one had nothing to due with the other, and cited their own agreement terms (Noted Above) with the representative. It did not matter. I even called a third time to verify and was told the same thing.

It appears that if I had called for the tow before I contacted my insurer, BoatUS would have covered the tow and probably tried to sell me their insurance. My point is, BoatUS appears to make up rules as they go that negatively impact their membership and is especially concerning when their policy is not clearly spelled out within the Service Agreement provided to its members. I paid for a service and thought I was thankful that I had as it was one less thing to worry about with repairs to consider. In this instance, BoatUS only added to the aggravation and caused me to start looking for competitive service providers. Beware.......


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