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Old 12-03-2015, 11:12   #1
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Just wanting to know what everybody thought of Carver Yachts. Thank You

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Old 12-03-2015, 11:49   #2
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Chevrolet which means good quality decent build good value. Not a Hatteras but no Bayliner either
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Old 12-03-2015, 16:03   #3
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Don't buy new...

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Old 14-03-2015, 11:49   #4
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One opinion: Carvers maximize living space. They look nice (on the inside) and are well laid out for spending time aboard. Every boat is a compromise. The Carver hulls are often not as good in seas, they have a lot of windage, and things in the mechanical spaces are often very difficult to work on.

As for the exterior styling, I'm not a fan of the Euro-style, bug-eye, Chlorox-bottle look. I have owned a boat with that type of design, and I survived, but some of the larger Carvers seem to take it to an extreme.
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Yep, decent quality for price. Good use of space.

One issue that often seems to follow the space thing is that the hulls tend to be (near as I can tell) a bit fat, so wake can be an issue. Couple that with an underpowered propulsion system (e.g., gas engines in a boat heavy enough to need diesels) and the wake issue gets even worse.

Doesn't seem to be a deal when driven at displacement speeds or when on plane under decent power.

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Old 14-03-2015, 14:39   #6
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Capt Tom summed it up quite well. Life is too short to own an ugly boat.

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