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View the latest post Attachment(s) Introduction

Hi all,

My wife and I purchased a 1993 280 Express last week and we piloted it from a marina on Cayuga Lake, NY, through the canal system, to Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, NY. This is our first cruiser; we have owned a variety of ~19-20" open bow boats that we used in North Texas lakes. My first impressions, after the trip are: BIGGER, SLOWER, more comfortable, and the slow speed handling is very similar to our previous I/Os. I had the vessel surveyed prior to purchasing, and am pretty happy with it so far.

We plan to use the vessel as a weekend "camper", and have equipped it with a portable 10K BTU AC, a 410W inverter to drive a fan, LED "party" lights, and to charge our phones while we are on the bridge. I'll be replacing/repairing the fridge and stereo in short order, as the fridge died 7 hours into the shakedown cruise and the stereo is dated. We have a 1yr old female boxer to round out the permanent crew, and are just experiencing the good and bad of marina life.

I'm looking forward to meeting other members, learning about the ins and outs of boat ownership, and am very open to advice!

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View the latest post New to the forum

Just foind this forum and wanted to say hello. I've been cruising on the Trent Severn in Canada for the last 12 years and for the last 4 of them I''ve been the proud owner of a Carver 3007.

I love my pocket yacht and hope to get some great ideas and tips off this forum !


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View the latest post 1992 Carver 28 Aft Cabin Upper Helm Panels

We are in the process of refurbishing the upper helm panels on our 1992 Carver 28 Aft Cabin. I need to replace the original aluminum dash and instrument panels to accommodate modern electronics.
Does anyone have any drawings of these panels that could be used for a fabricator?
Does anyone have a panel that was replaced, that still has the old panel?
Does anyone have a recommendation to have these replaced?
Does anyone know if there is any NOS panels available?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

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View the latest post Looking for advice on a Live Aboard

Hello everyone , i'm looking for advice on a live aboard 503 , 506 and a 56 , 1999 to 2003 in the So. Calif. area , any and all experience would be appreciated , must have upper and lower Helm

Thank you , Angus M.

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View the latest post Looking for my new Home

Hello everyone my name is Angus and i'm looking for my new home my wife and i were divers and I've owned boats all my life and now i'm looking for my live aboard since my wife passed away with breast cancer 3 yrs. ago and would like to learn more or as much as i can and hopefully from Carver owners on this site, our son is off to College to Med School like his Mother was , I'm interested in a 503 , 506 and a 56 , can anyone give me some input based on what i'm looking for ......... , Dana Point , Newport Beach and Huntington Beach CA. Area ....

Thank you and Have a Great Day !!!

Angus M. :captain:

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View the latest post ac pump issues

I have a 1988 36' mariner aft cabin. The pump for my ac units isn't working correctly. The macerator on the pump turns very slow to where its not pushing any water through the lines.I removed it and took it to a shop and had it bench tested. Works perfect and shows no sign of wear. I cleaned the strainer on the inlet after the ballcock. When the pump turns on it stops running after about 30 seconds. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what could be causing this to not work.

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View the latest post What is this hailing speaker for?

Good Morning All,
So I wanted to scare the kids in front of the boat and found that the thing I thought was a horn is a hailing speaker. What is this the purpose for this?

I now have to reconnect the thing I thought was a broken radio!

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View the latest post Funny but informative story...

So I had my sewage tank pumped like a month ago. My son recently filed the whole thin up with water, what can u do? I told everyone, no toilet until I get it pumped out again. It was so full that I had to scoop out pee and water from the toilet to keep it off the floor.

Yesterday I went to get it pumped out again. Nothing would pump out. They said it was empty. I knew that was not possible. I dig around, looked under the floor, looked under the frig and found a pump. It is the macerator pump. It pumps my full 9 gallon tank to a much larger tank under the floor where it can be pumped out.

Ok feeling stupid but thankful that I now know how to work that part :)

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View the latest post Maintenance on Walter V-Drives

Good Morning All,
So my last trip I had a low oil light go off for the Walter V-Drives. What oil do I put into the drives? Do I just pour it into the dip stick hole?

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View the latest post Greetings a Newbie here,always wanted a boat now is

I hoping by getting the info from people who know i can avoid some pitfalls.

Done a ton of reading been to the local Marinas here a few times,know some boat techs ( i did cars for 30 years)
and been on a few forums.With all that the Carver hands down is what i want.The wife and i will be spending a few weekends and longer a a few times some friends would be along some comfort and not being crunched in on each is important and no one does all that like Carver.

Wanting a little advice on my first boat ( yeah im a real newbie ) what to look for and just how you like your Carver.

Thanks all.

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