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REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

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REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby armincate » November 13th, 2018, 2:26 pm

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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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby tomschauer » November 19th, 2018, 12:09 am

Sawzall.
Just kidding.
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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby waybomb » November 19th, 2018, 12:30 pm

I have no idea, but when we bought our projectm, we had to take ours down to get under bridges.
The big surprise was the weight of the thing. It was just my wife me.
Get help if you do it yourself.
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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby megbert » January 2nd, 2019, 8:58 pm

I have a 320 Voyager as well, thought of taking it off as easier to strip and repaint, but I have the same question as you regarding pain vs. gain. Good Luck!

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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby Viper » January 3rd, 2019, 6:51 am

Look for access ports or panels that can be removed close to the bases of the arch. There should be 3 or 4 bolts on each base. Cut out any caulking around the joint before you start unbolting. Depending on what you have fastened to the arch in terms of wired accessories will dictate what has to be disconnected or cut before the arch can be removed such as wiring for lights, radar, antennas, etc. I wouldn't cut a radar cable, and while you can cut coax cables and mend them with a coupler, every connection you introduce increases signal loss.
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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby armincate » March 15th, 2019, 11:48 pm

Fast forward to today - I almost died putting the Radar Arch back on the boat after it was taken off the truck and put in the water. First, the arch is extremely heavy. I had four people including myself and it was a struggle, primarily because the way the arch fits into the angel of the windshield on both sides. The best way to do it is tying the arch to a forklift or a crane so all you have to do is guide it in place. I almost fell off the back of the boat - about a 10' drop onto the engine covers trying to manual lift and juggle the arch into the windshield on both sides at just the right angle. Don't tempt death! Use something to do the heavy lifting for you or get six or more people.
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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby RGrew176 » March 16th, 2019, 2:07 am

Thanks for sharing your experience. We all can learn from it. Glad it worked out in the end.
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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby bud37 » March 16th, 2019, 9:59 am

Thanks for the update ....that is very helpful info..
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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby megbert » March 16th, 2019, 8:59 pm

Since I have the same boat, a bit curious as to why you removed the arch?
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Re: REMOVAL OF RADAR ARCH -CARVER 320

Postby km1125 » March 17th, 2019, 11:03 am

If you don't have a crane or forklift handy, you can also rig your own "gin pole" with a long 2x4 or 4x4 to take most of the weight. A block and tackle would allow the person running the "gin pole" to raise and lower the arch while the folks on each end guide it to the points where it ties in.

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