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View the latest post Attachment(s) Reusing the shrink

I think this is my 6th year reusing the same shrink. I cut it at the back the first year and rolled it up towards the bow. Stuck it in a bag for the summer and pulled it out and put it back on in the fall. My process has gotten a little better over the years and each year I think it's going to be the last, but then I find I can get one more year. I have bought two rolls of 4" shrink tape over the years to patch little holes or to replace the old tape... seems like the tape glue is the first thing to give out after sitting outside a few years.

Here's a "before" and "after". I can get the shrink folded down small enough (about 18"x24"x42") to fit up my attic stairs ladderway.



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View the latest post JVC audio head is also in the throes of death

From the "Boats For Sale" listings I've seen on line, it appears most Carver 28' aft-cabins, Carver 300 aft-cabins, 325's, 326's and probably many others of similar vintage (90's - early 2000's) were equipped with similar audio systems. Mine has a JVC Model KS-RX750 cassette receiver paired with a 25W KS EA400 Equalizer/Amplifier. The radio makes some intelligible noise occasionally, but my cassette collection predates too much of my current taste and I quite honestly haven't had the nerve to put my Cheap Trick tape in this machine.

Does anyone know if there is a more modern audio head that might either be a "plug & play" replacement or a simple installation without replacing the Equalizer/Amplifier?

Any advice will be welcome. I would like to have a functioning sound system, but do not need more than basics. Anything with a single disk CD player and MP3 jack would do.


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View the latest post Attachment(s) Reupholstery

Part of the refurbishment of The Black Rose will be reupholstering her exterior and interior seating. If anyone has had experience (good or bad) in this area, please share your advice, wisdom, and/or warnings. Exterior seating on the bridge will be first, then the dinette in the bow and fold-out couch in the salon. All is original and in fair to poor condition at best.

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View the latest post REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Can anyone tell me how to remove the radar arch on my 1996 Carver Voyager 320? How hard is it and how many hours are involved?

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View the latest post Looking hard at a 91 Carver 26 Command Bridge

Hi all,

Just finished looking at a boat that isn't seen much in Pacific NW, but appears to fill our needs for a transition boat. Just repowered with a new long block 383, original volvo penta outdrive, appears to be in very nice shape. My admiral and I are 6 years from retirement, and plan to cruise between Bellingham and Alaska and points between in a boat we can't yet afford.

So, for just weekend San Juan Island cruising, or Vancouver Island, we have been on a search for a "transition boat". This Carver 26 meets our objectives but with so few like this around I have the standard questions: are there any particular caveats with this model? Anyone else in the Puget Sound with one of these that can speak from experience? Are Carver boats of this size typically utilizing an exchanger and fresh water cooling (forgot to ask)?

Last question: with a command bridge and a bimini top, I don't see where radar would be easily installed, short of a radar arch over the bimini.

Thanks for any thoughts or advice for this newbie

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Carver 506 rocker switch replacements in Bridge

Does anyone know where to get replacement rocker switches for the control panels in 2001 Carver 506 flybridge ? See attached pics of my current switch panels.
Thanks for any assistance.

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View the latest post Best route & fuel consumption advice,, please

I bought a 1993 Carver 300 Aft-cabin. It feels like the perfect boat for my solo travel. Next May I plan to reposition it from Fulton, MS on the Tenn-Tom where I'm refurbishing it, to Sanford, FL, which will be its hailing port.

Two questions:
1.) Is cruising Florida's Big Bend a good idea, vs. making a direct run from Carrabelle to Inglewood or Port Charlotte? I have a month to make the trip.

2.) If I were to limit my speed to 5-6 mph (hull speed) for most of the trip, could I expect to get 3mpg, vs the 1mpg I've experienced on-plane (350cid Chevy engines)?

Your thoughts and advice will be appreciated.

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View the latest post Fireboy-Xintex CO2 CMD-4MR model

My wife and I are purchasing a 2006 Carver 36 MY with Fireboy-Xintex CMD-4MR Co2 detectors.

it appears these have a "fixed" 4yr 11mo life span. if you have replaced yours, what and where did you get the "marine" equivalent version?

thanks in advance for your replies,
Cliff & Beth

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View the latest post Seattle area Boat Survey impression

My wife and I are wrapping up purchasing a 2006 Carver 36 MY via Denison Yachts. During our interaction with the brokers we were introduced to Bill Evans to perform our purchase survey.

I wouldn't hesitate to use or recommend Bill again, he's not only thorough, but very responsive. After pointing out a water logged /delaminated swim step in the initial survey, he suggested a technician to handle the work and followed up with post completion survey as well.

His report was comprehensive and detailed which we passed along to the bank.

William D Evans, AMS430
Blue Water Marine Surveys
O 206-932-2415
C 206-226-0512

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View the latest post ZF63A port side transmission spins in neutral w/engine running

My Wife and I are in final stages of purchasing a 2006 Carver 36 MY with twin 8.1L and zf63A transmissions, 2.5 gearing.

The idling starboard engine output shaft does not spin in neutral, but the port side does?

Is this issue related to the reverse gearing for port side transmissions to make the port side prop spin opposite direction of the starboard side prop?

Both engines have low hours, but the port side is lower than starboard, 217hrs on port side, and 223 on starboard side? is the higher starboard hours likely due to port trans issues ?

anyone had similar issue with their Zf63A transmission and if so, what was the fix/cost?

thanks in advance for your reply's
Cliff & Beth

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