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New Carver Owner - 1987 32' Aft Cabin

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New Carver Owner - 1987 32' Aft Cabin

Postby mrsparkj » July 21st, 2015, 1:44 pm

I just purchased my first Carver and very happy with the boat. I do have some basic questions that I have received conflicting answers from friends who own boats, but not one of this size.

Are there any good checklists out there to for "start-up", securing the boat, etc. I'm a Navy guy and live by checklists to ensure things are turned on/off in the proper sequence.

Next, wrt the batteries, should they be left on or shut off when leaving the boat. I have heard answers in both the "yes" category and "no" category. The boat is connected to shore power so I assume the batteries are being charged if left on and should be left on when not in use so the bilge pumps work? Just looking for guidance, recommendations there.

Lastly, are there any good schematics of the engine spaces to show where things are located? I have the original owners manual, but there diagrams are hard to follow. I am familiar with the major systems, just wondering if I am missing some hidden items that could help with preventive maintenance.

Thank you in advance for any assistance.

Scott

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Re: New Carver Owner - 1987 32' Aft Cabin

Postby waybomb » July 21st, 2015, 7:03 pm

I can answer on the bats.
You do not need to leave in 1, 2 or both. Can be off. Bilge pumps are wired in before the switch and in most cases so is the battery charger. You can verify this by looking at the back of the switch and follow the wires.

Good luck on the rest. Best thing to do is start exploring!

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Re: New Carver Owner - 1987 32' Aft Cabin

Postby mrsparkj » July 21st, 2015, 8:28 pm

Fred, thanks for the answer on the bats! Been doing what you recommended wrt following hoses and wires!

Thanks again. Scott
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Re: New Carver Owner - 1987 32' Aft Cabin

Postby Ondercin » November 20th, 2015, 1:53 pm

Personally I leave my batteries on all the time... I've had someone accidentally disconnect my shore power cable and if it weren't for the batteries kicking in a keeping my fridge & freezer working I have to throw out all my food, and I'd have warm beer to boot. I'll always leave my batteries in the on position.
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