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View the latest post CO Detectors

Ok, I've got 3 on board. As soon as I turn my battery switch off to leave the boat, they all start chirping the low power alarm. Any way I can stop this short of disconnecting them while away from the boat?

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View the latest post Hi from Canadian side of St Lawrence

Hello, second season with my Carver, looking forward to this season.

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View the latest post Suitable Fuel Filter

I'm looking for a fuel filter to install between the tank and fuel pump. The pump is a Carter electric for a GM 5.7 with a 600 cfm carburetor. Most I see are 10 Micron that in my opinion are not suitable for the suction side of the pump and would cause cavitation and destroy the pump. On my race car I use a 100 Micron filter between the tank and pump, then a 10 Micron between the pump and carburetors. Are fuel filters on boats required to be USGA approved?

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View the latest post aft deck curtesy lights

Recently purchased a 1999 445 aft cabin Carver.
Can not locate the switch to operate the 2 small lights in the aft deck hardtop or the single light at the top of the stairs leading to the salon.
There are 2 swishes to the right of the wet bar, one operates the wet bar light the other apparently does not operate.
I need clarification if this dead switch is in fact the switch for the 3 lights that do not turn on???
Please help.
Mystic CT

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View the latest post 390 Express

New owner, somewhat new to "yachting." We had an older 340 Sundancer, but this is a whole new experience. This boat is a LOT "beefier." Looking forward to getting out on the lake this summer!

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Walter V Drive Systems Gearbox Q

I recently purchased a 390 Trojan Express (made by Carver, I believe) at auction. I am unsure if it was properly winterized. I'm expecting some bugs that need to be worked out once I get her wet, but I'm trying to do as much preventative maintenance, and address as many issues as possible before I splash her.

Upon inspecting the Walter V Drive gearboxes, I noticed that the gear oil was slightly milky. It wasn't a total milkshake, it just had some strands of milky residue on the dipstick. What are the chances that the gearboxes were not properly winterized, and the oil cooler freeze cracked? (the inlet was in the open position, and the hoses are still attached, and fine, with no water or antifreeze in them) We had a rough winter and spring in MI, and it's not uncommon for a small amount of milk to form from condensation.

If a busted oil cooler is a likely issue, how difficult will it be to pull the top plate off, and inspect the same? Does anyone have any pics or advice? The water inlet for the coolant lines was in the open position, no water in the lines, and the lines are in good shape. The motors were properly winterized, and are not freeze cracked, as was the generator. Is SAE 30 the proper lube for the gear boxes? Any recommended brands, or is any quality oil acceptable?

Do these gearboxes have a water pump that draws water, or do they rely on the propulsion of the boat to draw water from the lake? I didn't see any pump on the lines.

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View the latest post New Owner 5539 Carver "Californian" CPMY

Hello Carver Owners:

My wife and I have owned our current 55' Californian for almost a year now and we love it so much that we moved out of our condo and onto the boat. This is by far the best IMO design for a motor yacht to date. We have the three state room three head model and it suits our family well when we are all together. I do have a lot of questions as I do most if not all of the maintenance myself and have several projects that I would like to get into.

Refinish the wood on the Cocpit rail - Done
Replace all house batteries, Inverter, and chargers - Done
Replace eisenglas on fly bridge - Done
Replace eisenglas in Sunroom aft -
New Radar
New Bottom paint
Replace Cutlass Bearings
Re balance Props
Service and Reseal Wing stabalizers
and the list will go on and on but these are priority but nothing is and emergency.

Does anyone know how many 5539's were built and if they were built in Costa Mesa, CA or at Carver in Polaski, WI? Not really important just curious.

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View the latest post New Member

Hi everyone - I just got a Carver 405. This will be our first season. Where can we get info on changing the oil?


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View the latest post Adding Extra Speakers and Subs

I have an 06 41 CMY and would like to add and amp, a couple of 10 inch subs and some 6 1/2 - 2 way speakers to improve the sound in the aft deck and helm area. i'd be using the original Clarion deck as it works great and I've added a bluetooth receiver to it.

Has anyone done this and if so can you suggest good locations and wire run info.


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View the latest post Autopilot for older boat

Looking for autopilot advice,

It looks like it's time for me to install an autopilot on my boat since my previous autopilots grew up and moved away from home :). My boat is a 28ft Carver Santa Cruz 2866 with twin inboard OMC straight shaft engines. My steering system is a dual station mechanical cable system (Morse brand I believe). For navigation I use a Simrad NSS 12. My question is: has anyone installed an autopilot on one of these mechanical cable steering systems successfully? Or do I need to convert the whole system over to a new hydraulic system? The current steering system works fine so would not need to convert it over to hydraulic if there is a suitable autopilot that will work on the mechanical system.

Any advice would be appreciated!


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