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"Seaman Recruit"

Joined: September 13 2006
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Posted: September 13 2006 at 17:16 | IP Logged Quote MOCO JUMBIE

I  currently own a Bayliner 2855, a single engine gas, approx 30 ft boat, and cruise the Hudson River mostly.
I am very interested in purchasing a recent (2000-2006) Carver Mariner. It is me and my wife mostly, rarely plus two more people. I prefer the 2004+ models with the bed in the middle of the stateroom.
I like the layout and the appearance. Are there any problems with this boat I should be looking for?
Is $230K right for a 2006 leftover, with $7.5K allowance for addl. electronics?
What does it cost to insure such a vessel?
How far do you cruise with it? At what speed? At what fuel consumption?
Anything else I should know?

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Posted: September 15 2006 at 20:22 | IP Logged Quote Mariner350

 My wife and I own a 2000'Mariner which is the previous 350 model same demensions except it has the offset birth.The 230K leftover list seems about right for a brand new model considering ours listed for 170k six years ago with a boat show discount. We have not had any problems to mention in the 400hrs of operation.The Mariner does have flat bottom and a high sail area which can cause it to get push around in a moderate current and wind and docking in those conditions can take some getting use to.Our Mariner is powered by the 5.7L Crusader engines coupled to V-Drives transmissions,I cruise at 3500-3800 rpm(17kts) in 1-2 ft seas and fuel consumption 22gph. Our average overnight cruise is about 50nm.The newer models 2003-2006 are powered by the 6.0L engines in which I believe have a cruise of 22kts and a WOT of 30kts,you might check boattest.com whom have tested both the 350and 360 models.
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Posted: September 21 2006 at 09:56 | IP Logged Quote swhotshot

How about saving yourself about $150,000 or so? Look around for an older well maintained Carver and save yourself a bundle. There are quite a few that are exceptionally well maintained and almost like new since most of these owners seem to take pride in their boats and keep them up.  I did and found a 1986 Carver Aft Cabin twin gas that had been used only two months a year and kept in covered indoor storage the remaining 10 months! The boat was used to go about 20 miles and then tied up and used as a condominium for those two months. The engines had less than 800 hours on them when I purchased it.

I am a former USCG marine inspector and know a little about boats. I am used to seeing these older boats with rust, rot, corrosion, mold, mildew, leakage and generally run down. When I inspected this boat before purchase I would say that it looked like perhaps a four y/o boat. Even in the bilges electrical connections were like new.  Needless to say I quickly made an offer and then a purchase. The "professional" survey came in with an estimated value double what I paid for it.

So, my friend, spend a little time looking and earn a years salary in doing so, take off and have a nice vacation on the savings.

The only issue I have with the boat, and many like it, is that the engines are all sea water cooled which, over time, causes problems with the engines unless they are thoroughly washed out after each run; something unfortunately I cannot do at present.

Good luck in your search.


Carver 36' AftCabin Twin
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