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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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View the latest post 1995 Carver 325 Propeller shaft size and zincs advice

Carver 325 -Should I have zincs on my propeller shafts? what is the shaft size 1.5 inch? I do have a transom zinc. Any advice is appreciated. I have twin crusader 350's

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View the latest post Sideshift bow thruster

Hi folks,

I have seen this topic discussed in other threads but hoping to have a focused discussion on the Sideshift bow thruster specifically.

My previous boat was a 39’ aft cabin with twin diesels, no bow thruster. I found the torque of the diesels allowed me to put the boat anywhere I needed it to go but, on occasion, wished I had a bow thruster during adverse conditions. The boat was a big sail and I’m surrounded by locks. My new to me boat has less area above the waterline but is 47’ LOA. It has 24” props with 496 gasers so thinking there should be enough power to push it around in tight quarters however trying to plan ahead to avoid a premature visit to purgatory with my admiral. For Sideshift owners...was the investment worth it versus traditional tunnel thruster? A bow thruster in my neck of the woods is $15-20k whereas I can install Sideshift for $7k all-in

I appreciate your thoughts.

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View the latest post Introduction

Hi. My name is Dustin and I've been a boataholic for 20 yrs. I just sold a Trojan F-32 and have a Trojan/Carver in contract. The new boat is a 99 360 Express. I just thought I'd say hi and introduce my self.

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View the latest post Raw\Fresh cooling system

As some of you know, a mechanic sank my boat in June, still working the courts.
I plan to get another Carver Mariner 350, but they are few and far between on the west side.
I’m considering purchasing from land locks states the middle.
Problem I’m seeing is most are raw-water cooled, which means I would need to add a fresh-water cooling system. So as I’m on the same page…
Raw = pumping external water through engine. Fresh = pumping antifreeze through engine

Any thing I should consider\watch out for?

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View the latest post Off season therapy

Hello All! Boating season is behind us in the Midwest, Great Lakes area. I was going to post a picture of our first snow fall, but just could not do it. ANYWAY, seeing as we can't throttle up, I thought I would just start a conversation about whatever. Seems like most of the posts here a a little old, not relative to the therapy we all need to get through the non-boating season. Maybe we can arrange get togethers in convenient gathering regions, so we can do what boaters do - talk smart & lie. ( Just kidding ) We all have different boating styles/habits, and it would be fun to share that stuff. I keep my boat in Menominee MI. On the border of Upper MI, and Wisconsin. I live 12 mi from the Carver factory, now Marquis-Larson Boat Group, and have some excellent resource contacts at Carver. Their customer service group is really very good. The biggest reason I slip in Menominee, is the quality of the marina, the staff, and because we are literally 13 to 20 miles from one of the most beautiful boating areas in the USA. That being Door County, WI. Takes us just 40 to 75 mins to go to any one of many recreational ports. Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor, Fish Creek, Sister Bay, Ephriam, Gills Rock, Washington Island, Rock Island, all on the bay side of Door County. Each of these destinations have multiple marina options, or anchorages that rival anywhere in the world. Half way between the two coasts, for those of you who have beverage break requirements, is Chambers Island. But really, if you need that break, you really need to have a talk with yourself. I am fortunate enough to be retired, but work very part time at a marine store. That allows me to try out all kinds of marine products as a "test facility". Fun to give advice to new mariners, and have them come back and rave above the performance of the product. Enough for now...hope to hear from other boaters. If you plan any trips to my area, I am happy to be your tour guide. Always great fun to boat in groups!

Cooler By The Lake

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View the latest post Pressure check on closed cooling side

Hi, my new to me 410SS has a small leak on the closed cooling side. I see some drips in behind the heat exchanger and would like to pressure check the system to see if I can pinpoint the leak. I have mercury horizon 496 with the coolant reservoir. I have a Stant pressure tester but don’t have the correct adapter to fit on the reservoir cap, wondering if anyone has any ideas? I have contacted Stant to find out what the correct adapter would be, just wondering if anyone has similar issue and what the remedy was. Thx!

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