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View the latest post 8 Bells for a remarkable man

During the sale of Carver Yachts, many of you read about my affiliation and friendship with K C Stock, previous owner of Cruisers Yachts and short time owner of Carver/Marquis. A truely "good man", who always treated his colleagues with respect and generousity. I learned a lot about life and attitudes from KC, a man with the Midas Touch. I felt compelled to offer this link in homage to him. He touched many lives! https://boattest.com/article/8-bells-ow ... e=hs_email

RIP KC! 8-) er

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View the latest post 1997 Carver Aft 355 with twin Crusaders.. 7.4's...

Hopefully, I can help another when the time comes...
Today I need some ideas...
Started out on a 7 day boat ride...
Fresh oil, fuel, plugs, wires, filters, 2 new heat exchangers...
First day...average 9 knots around 2300 RPM for...8/9 hours...uneventful day....stopped for fuel and slip.
Next AM....2 hours in...port engine....RPM's drop to 1000 then 2000 then 1000....fluctuating...tried increasing the throttle...throttle wouldn't move up/increase....ran around 1200 RPM and matched the port engine the same and limped along. Got to a marina....mechanic does his diagnosis...replaced the coil and control module....next morning...underway fine.
Port engine no issues. 7 hours in....SB engine...acting up...same symptoms as port. Stopped...mechanic comes out...replaces coil and module also.
Underway...few hours in...SB cutting out....lower the throttles and mosey along...1800 rpm's...
SB acts up still...after a few hours....
Doing research...cause so far... money spent been....questionable...
Engines do NOT overheat....180° area..
Oil pressure is fine..
Transmission issues ruled out.....
1020 hours on engines....
Concensus is.. we all agree to disagree.....
Half say...electrical issue...half say.. fuel injection issue...
Paying a tech...to guess...essentially just swap out parts...wasted money. Both techs hooked up....some code reader with flashing red light and went from that point..
Just before the engine acts up...tried increasing the throttle...gas lever...won't allow me to go up...down is fine....
Pompano Beach area...
Thank you for reading and potential replies...

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View the latest post Hull number deciphering, what info does this give?

Got the following message from Jim through a PM, I seem to remember that the hull number is built up of various segments that refer to certain location/year and perhaps model. The latter is what Jim is looking for as apparently there's a lot missing from the boat he obtained.

@jim: insert some pictures here, surely someone can tell you more about that particular model.

quote="hull numbers are missing from the boat. all i have is the hull # from the title i received when i got the boat, OHZ51149F073[/quote]

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View the latest post Attachment(s) 1984 Carver Mariner 3697 rear Ac model number request


I attached a photo of where the rear AC is located for reference. Mine was removed before the purchase, so just need the make and model number so I can acquire it. Any alternatives are also welcome. The FWD AC has a Cruisair stowaway v sh12/ 12000 beta. Icemaker brand and model number too if you're super bored :) Thanks in advance.

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View the latest post '89 Santego 38 Fiberglass panel under rear platform

My friends have an '89 Santego and the thin panel under the platform came off. It was one big piece and had a wooden strip on the transom that was used to screw that part in place and the wood rotted, allowing the front to scoop water- that ripped it off and when they reversed, it tore up the wires for the lights I had installed.

I'm looking for info about a better material to use for a replacement but if someone in the Milwaukee-Chicago (or, along the East cost of Wisconsin) area has one of these panels, I might be interested.

Thanks, in advance.

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View the latest post Restoreing a Carver 2557 twin 3.7

Hello everyone new here. I'm a commercial service Tech for commercial cooking equipment. I picked up this Carver a year ago and it was supposed to be turnkey ready we all know how that goes. I've invested little over $25,000 in new parts and upgrades. I wish I documented what I've done to the Carver as I went along because it's really quite interesting. Here's my question I was upgrading some of the wiring inside the boat . I was installed a new grounding bar in the cabins 12 V electrical Box the grounding in there was very much inadequate. I accidentally hit the ground wire against the 12 V bus on the electrical panel and blue the breaker or fuse from the battery to the panel. Normally this isn't an issue for me But I had surgery 5 months ago and digging around these compartments is very difficult for me at the moment. Any knowledge anybody has could be a big help . The schematics shows an Orange wire coming from the battery to the breaker Box in the cabin and it should be fused. But I can't find where they tied into the engine or battery. And again thank you for any help anybody can give me.

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View the latest post Attachment(s) Newbie

Hello to everyone;
I just got a hold of a carver 280 express ... exterior is very ruff but interior seems to be in good shape.
engine and outdrive are gone ... off hand would anyone know of where to get factory specs on a boat of this nature?

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View the latest post New owner

Hello all,
I am about to become a new/first time owner of a Carver 380 SANTEGO.

I have owned a small sea ray, and have done my fair share of time on a sail boat. I am also former navy.

I own a RV rental and RV repair company. I bought the Carver to rent.
I know less than zero about owning a boat like this, and am pretty sure it will be different than my old bowrider...

I am good with electrical and fiberglass work...
While I know engines, I am not knowledgeable on these marine engines.

I look forward to learning from many of you guys.

I will be getting a pre-purchase inspection. Any tips on what to lookout for from you old dogs is welcome.

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View the latest post Kohler 3kw generator not putting out power

So I started my generator like I normally do just to keep things working and it starts fine but, never kicks in to "high gear" and start putting out power. Just stays in the "idel" mode. Starts and stops with no problem. Never had the issue before. Any thoughts? Thanks.

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View the latest post Adding solar - Replace battery charger or just add inverter

Looking for advice.

I have a 456 year 2000. This boat does not have an inverter just battery charger. I want to add solar to avoid running geny (or at least limit the time it is running) while anchored. The purpose of solar addition is to operate my fridge (which is ac only) and maybe another outlet for computers etc.

I am trying to decide if I should replace battery charger with a new unit that is a battery charger/inverter, thus tying solar into the boats entire electrical system, or just keep the present design and add an inverter and enough batteries to run the fridge independently while not on shore power.

I have lots of room to mount solar, house batteries and could easily arrange inverter installation beside my fridge enabling me to plug into shore power/geny or switch and plug into inverter/solar.

Any past experience/ideas will be appreciated.


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