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Vessel Info: 1987 3697 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar 46 Kevlar Vee offshore
1969 15' Glaspar / 1969 Johnson Electrmatic 85
1964 Barron Flat bottom drag boat
A couple of dinghies
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Postby waybomb » February 5th, 2013, 10:02 pm

Hi all
Found this site through boatered. I've owned Carvers since 1988.

We bought our first boat, a 1988 Carver 2807 Riviera in September of '88, brand new, from Oselka'0s in New Buffalo, Mi. Had it Lake Michigan until 92; Moved to Kent Island, MD, had it there for a number of years; then moved it all the way to Ventura, Ca for a few years; and finally to Port Washington, WI for a couple of years.

While in CA, bought a 1964 Barron flatbottom drag boat and still have it.

While in Port, found a Carver 4207 in St Louis. Bought it, and owned two Carvers for a while, but eventually sold the Riviera. The 4207 was a beautiful big boat, but alas, gas powered, or underpowered, and we didn;t use it much more than a weekend condo. We did do our annual 3 week boating trip, but I avoided weather like the plague.

Moved to Saint Joseph, MI, where we have a condo and 3 40foot slips right in front of the condo, and 5 minutes to the lake. The 4207 made no sense, so, we sold it, and I bought a boat that definitely handles big rough water, a 1988 Kevlar Cougar with triple 900hp 572s. My wife hates it. It's noisy as hell, and faster in the rough water than just about any boat on the lake, in rough water. No wind and smooth, lotsa boats faster. Does about 104 in light chop water.

As a side note, also bought a 1969 Glaspar Avalon with a 1969 Johnson Electromatic (both in like new condition), for trips up the Saint Joseph River, at least up to the dam.

So, I keep my boat, and this past year we bought a fixer-upper 1987 Mariner. It sat for ten years, uncovered. If you go to my photobucket link below and click around, you'll find the Mariner album, and in there are folders of the prebuy pix, and the progress we've made. Right now we have about 17k in it, which includes the winter storage, moving it, and all the work we've done.
Things we've done:
Washed, waxed with about $150 of compound and wax so far, reupholstered the flybridge, ripped the monkeyfur carpet out and replaced it all (the carpet behind the cabin cushions), redid the cushions, loosened up all the windows and rebedded them, ripped out the sinks and installing blue corral granite, new sinks, new faucets, all new fabric trim where fabric trim was, all new interior lighting, new bathroom wallpaper, replaced the plastic mirror with a piece of brushed stainless, both ac units, had to install a new hynautic reservoir because somewhere in 10 years somebody took it, rebuilt both carbs, rebuilt both distributors, new plugs, fluids, oils, etc, same on genny, primed all the oil systems, drained 300 gallons of bad gas to a farmer, a combination of new and old electronics - green screen Raytheon open 48m radar, icom radio, color furuno chartplotter/depth/speed/temp, standard loudhailer, new galaxy antennas with the new-style mounts, remote control spotlight, bridge stereo with all new speakers, amps, and sub, brought up power bus and intalled breakers for each device on the bridge for easy access, new bottom paint, all new boot and other stripping, refinished the carver signs, new fenders, lines, anchor and rode, and probably a bunch more but you get the idea. It will be a new boat.
Things yet to do - finish up the electronics install, new sunbrella (we'll do it ourselves), new carpet - not by us, fill the tanks with gas, fire the engines up (280 hours each, checked with bore-scope and valve covers off - looks like brand new - they winterized it right!), put it in a sling and in the water to check for leaks and problems, and then teach my wife how to drive "her" boat!

Anyway, glad I found this place. If anybody needs any info on 2807s, 4207s, and now this 3697, I know these boats inside and out, since I do all my own maintenance and upgrades.
Last edited by waybomb on February 6th, 2013, 7:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Fred
1964 Barron Flatbottom with BBC Chevy
1969 Glaspar Avalon /1969 Johnson Electromatic 85
1987 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar Kevlar 46' with triple blown 572s
http://s4.beta.photobucket.com/user/waybomb/library/
Past - 1988 2807, 1989 4207 Aft

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Re: Newby

Postby CYO Admin » February 6th, 2013, 7:28 am

Wow, you really get around! Welcome to CYO. I am really looking forward to your input!!
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Re: Newby

Postby Pale Ale » February 10th, 2013, 7:37 am

Welcome to the forum, Fred!
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Re: Newby

Postby Carver370 » February 18th, 2013, 2:14 pm

Saw your mariner for years up there.

I knew the original owner, he was a few slips down from me on A dock in the moorings.
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Vessel Info: 1987 3697 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar 46 Kevlar Vee offshore
1969 15' Glaspar / 1969 Johnson Electrmatic 85
1964 Barron Flat bottom drag boat
A couple of dinghies
Location: Saint Joseph and Trenton, MI
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Re: Newby

Postby waybomb » February 18th, 2013, 6:28 pm

The Miller's seem like real nice people; too bad ofr their circumstances. I found the boat through (Soliedo - hope I spelled that right) at the LMYC. I've know him and his wife since we bought the Riviera at Oselka's in 88. Was on the old wall where the hotel is now for 4 years. His previous boat was kept a few slips down from us. Do you know him? Not sure if I should post his name here. Heck, I need to send him a note and have him sign up here; he's been a Carver owner for at least 25 years straight now!

Fred
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Fred
1964 Barron Flatbottom with BBC Chevy
1969 Glaspar Avalon /1969 Johnson Electromatic 85
1987 Carver Mariner
1988 Cougar Kevlar 46' with triple blown 572s
http://s4.beta.photobucket.com/user/waybomb/library/
Past - 1988 2807, 1989 4207 Aft
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Re: Newby

Postby Carver370 » February 18th, 2013, 10:09 pm

While I don't know him personally I definitely know the boat and a lot of people at LMYC.

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