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View the latest post Carver Voyager 450 8.3 Idle Speed

Hello -

I am close to purchasing a 2000 450 with the 8.3 6CTA Engines. The previous owner is running the idle speed adjustment on setting two on the Power Commander EC-100.

I am going to get some help from a diesal guy to adjust the idle rpm (one engine is running a little faster than the other) and I was wondering whether there are target RPM settings for position 1, 2 and 3?

Thanks in advance.

I have already learned a lot from this great resource,

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View the latest post Cruising Range


We are about to start our second season with 1st Date, our 1997 400 with Cummins 6BTAs. So far our longest trip was bringing her home to Paris Landing, TN from Green Turtle Bay in Grand Rivers, KY, about a 45 mile cruise. We were able to do this no problem running on the 100+ gallon reserve tank with fuel to spare, running at about 17 knots or so on the plane. Wondering if anyone has figured out a max range (and optimum speed) for this configuration or similar 355/356 with diesels?


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View the latest post Detroit Boat Show

I went to the boat show on Wednesday. Looked at quite a few nice boats. A few of them were in the 40'+ range. Definitely out of my price range.

Shock of the show. There was a pontoon boat there with a list price of $249,000. Unless it was the wrong sign or a mis-print I have to wonder who would pay that much for a pontoon boat. Was it nice? Yes. But not $249K nice.

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View the latest post Adding Batteries and Inverter?

OK tell me what is wrong with my plan?

I want to add power to my 326 aft simply for a little extra longevity on the hook to run lights in the evening, perhaps and couple hours of tv in the evening and make a cup of coffee in the am. My boat is located at Bayport in Midland and I have had two quotes to do this professionally 1 quote was to add 4 - 6V's with inverter, new charger etc and the installed quote was just shy of $10K. So I then had them quote the above with 4-6V's with separate charger etc and it was $5K. Way too much in my opinion. The quote included isolating the 2 - 12v's as starters only as well which currently these double as starters and house. Boat has a separate starter battery for the Genny so I am fine there.

My plan is to add 2 - 12V's to the existing ones so I will have 2 on each side to double as starters and house and I plan to add 1 - 6V under the counter in the kitchen and run an eliminator 2000W inverter simply for power to the TV and coffer maker when needed which will also be located there. Would have a separate smart charger to charge the 6V when plugged into shore power or running the Genny.

I know this is a little bush league but based on the quotes i have received this do it yourself plan is far more economical and 1 that I can tackle.

Other than the obvious that I should have separate house/starters any potential problems???

Thanks in advance

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Winter boating

Here's a taste of winter boating in the Puget Sound area on New Year's Day. Plenty of dock space at the state park.

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View the latest post Mystery Switch and exhaust fan

I have a switch the same as a 110V light switch on my 2001 404 CPMY right next to the generator control panel. It controls a fan with an intake at floor level next to the couch by the steps going down to the galley. I am not sure where the actual blower is or where it exhausts to. Does anyone know what this is for? Thanks Art

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Buying my Carver 32' and something looked strange...

I am about to be the proud owner of a Carver 32' aft cabin 3207. Just had a look at it and... well, it shows the age but it seems pretty solid. My concern though is the engines... They look great! The bilge and engines are clean enough to eat off. However, the hours meter shows nearly 2,000 hours.

That's fishy. Something like that definitely makes me take a step back and say.. hold on.. what's going on here?

There is no documentation. Current owner is a dealer/broker.. previous owner never used it... What are the chances that the engines were rebuilt/replaced without changing the hours meters in the bridge? And this is just a great buy?

Or, what other signs should I look for that suggest the engine are at the end of the 1,500 hour expected lifespan for gasoline boat engines?

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View the latest post '89 3807 Aft Exhaust Conversion and Aft Windows

I was curious to see if anyone else has been in my shoes on this issue. My '89 3807 Aft had the little holes at the aft port and starboard for the exhaust and AC's. I was getting some serious carbon monoxide through some kind of make shift fiberglass repair to the fiberglass "exhaust chamber." on the starboard side. And the stainless heat shield had come off and was causing some serious rattling and vibration. So I contact the good people at Carver and they sent me an exhaust conversion instructions to put mufflers and go straight out mid ship to bypass the bad design and issue.

So I did the conversion... Love it. So much quieter. BUT.... now I have exhaust leaking through my aft port and starboard windows....

Guess the felts and the windows need to be resealed / rebuilt?! I have no clue how to do it or where to even start.... Pretty frustrating to spend all that money and still have the issue.

Anybody got any guidence? I appreciate it!

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View the latest post WANTED: Carver Voyager 450

Hi Everyone! After losing our 2001 Cruisers Yachts 4270 in Hurricane Florence, we are on the serious hunt for a new boat. We love the layout and the interior helm of the Voyager 450. If anyone knows of an owner considering listing their MAINTAINED Voyager anywhere on the east coast, we would be interested in hearing from you. Thanks so much and hopefully we will be on this forum as an owner soon!

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View the latest post Carver 38ss saloon sofa

I have a 2006 model Carver 38ss & have seen the later model has reclining / lazy boy type seats along the starboard side.
Any idea if i can get these from someone ?

Thanks Peter

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