We've owned a Carver 3207 on Great lakes
. Perfect for lakes. What I don't like about them for offshore
is that foredeck is flush with gunnels. You or a pen or handheld radio
, etc., could easily fall overboard
. My 5' nothing, 100lb wife hated going to bow when dropping anchor
, even though we had a windlass
to do the heavy lifting. Still need someone on bow for releasing and securing chain/rode. Depending on design, also not the best heavy seas type of boat
comforts on newer ones are as good as most and great value. Not the heaviest or toughest build (not Viking or Nordhavn or Hatteras etc.) but okay.
I would say, it depends on how far away from civilization you plan on being. Fair weather
sailing only? All weather
? How important are redundant systems to you? Ours had everything, but no redundancy, except 2 main engines. Newer and larger carvers will have 2 mains, 2 gennies, 2 water
pumps, 2 or more heads, etc. so redundancies better. Few of then have stabilizers.
So, we found the quality much better than say Bayliner or Prowler, a little less than SeaRay but not as robust as the other ones mentioned above. It always depends. Are you looking at new or used? With your given budget
, what are the most critical factors of: overall size, capacity; creature comforts, speed, interior
age/quality. Are you staying away from rebuilds or project
boats or not? Some items are not too difficult to change/upgrade. It's only time and money
Personally, for our retirement
to PNW, we likely won't get a Carver again. We're looking for something a bit more robust this "last" time.
Now, before all you Carver lovers out there send me hate mail, I will say that I've always loved Carvers. Their interiors and layouts are some of the best. The build quality has always gotten better each year and the new ones look and feel fabulous. For the Great Lakes
and maybe near shore ocean cruising, I think they're more than adequate and better than a lot of stuff out there.
Deep, rough water
cruising, lots on anchoring
or foredeck duties, you may wish to reconsider.
@mikereed100? I don't think you have enough cookies to get me over to the dark side.