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Old 01-11-2011, 03:45 PM
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Default Carver 350/360 Mariner reviews?

Thanks to everyone that replied to my first post (Rinker vs Sea Ray), I received alot of helpful information about the 32 to 38 foot express cruisers and some other things.

As a result I have started searching on line for more boats and Carver's seem to be popular. We looked at them at the Annapolis boat show and really liked them but had a fixed bridge to contend with at our marina and concentrated on the express cruisers. We have decided that moving to another marina may be the better option.

I have noticed that there are alot of the Carver 350 Mariner and 360 Mariner models for sale ranging from early model years and up. The lay out on these boats appears to be ideal for what we are looking for, does anyone have experience with this model of Carver? To get into our comfortable price range we are looking at 2003 to 2004 model year of either model.

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This should be good.
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thought the same thing Doug...btw saw you in Oak Bluffs this summer...gorgeous
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After reading the post about naming the Carver I thought the same thing but I had to ask, and who better to ask that boaters.

If you get past what you think a boat should look like the Mariner seems to be a very well thought out design and Carver seems to be a comparable boat as far as construction to many of the popular express cruisers.

There has to be Carver owners out there with feedback on this.
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Looks aside (which are awful btw) Carvers are POS's. Bad ride, bad construction. There's no other way to say it.
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thought the same thing Doug...btw saw you in Oak Bluffs this summer...gorgeous
Thanks but that wasn't me. We never made it to OB last summer. I bet I know which boat you saw though.
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why are there so many Carver's for sale?
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Being the Devil's advocate here, have you owned a Carver and had a bad experience or is the comment that "they are a POS" just an observation? Please expand if you have owned one and had a bad experience.

There are alot of every boat for sale these days so i do not think we can use this as a gauge.
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No, I've never owned one, but I've never owned a Yugo either.
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why are there so many Carver's for sale?
Because people that buy them are generally new to boats/boating and they don't really know what they want/like so they buy and up-size and buy and up-size, etc...
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Boater Ed is a better forum for this question, lots of Carver owners over there and a few Mariner owners as I recall. I suggest you spring for a copy of David Pascoe's "Mid Sized Powerboats" which will educate you as to why what looks good at the dock and to your wife may not be ideal for the actual practice of boating. Of course, if it is going to be primarily used at the dock or not much on open water, then any number of boats will work quite well.

Edit: Here is a little review I just found. I am going to be very polite and say nothing about how these boats look. That is a personal thing.

http://www.boaterslife.com/boat-revi...65.235.194.htm

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On the other side, some would say a bertram is a POS (or maybe useless is a better word-but all the same) when you need to wear raingear up on the bridge. You couldn't give some people one of those things. No other way to say it. Sorry. Just goes to show that most boats are specific to the way they will be used. All boats have their purpose and I can think of only one I would consider a true pos that will fall apart. For me, useless is a wet boat outside the Inlets.

More seriously though, the guy I rent dockspace from has a Carver and they love it, absolutely not new to boats or waterfront living. They use it as a floating condo the month of July in the hamptons. Very large bridge, it doubles as a family day boat inside of the barrier beach, offering a very comfortable, dry ride. It is not his only boat, he rents out another half dozen slips and he can surely afford any boat he wants, bought the new Carver a ways back (passing up a bertram for the usual, obvious reasons). The Carver is a floating condo, pretty much describes it best, very suitable for some! :-) Wet boats, flexible flyers and floating condo's are very suitable to many people who boat inside of the barrier beaches. :-)

Yes, Pascoe's reviews' can be somewhat helpful at times. He can be wordy about bertam's too. lol. oceans, don't even go there.

ReelT, read through/around the generalized bashing without the specifics. You will see lots of it here on this site. Your Rinker/Searay thread went pretty well with people with first hand experience. This one..........

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Guess you showed me.
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On the other side, some would say a bertram is a POS (or maybe useless is a better word-but all the same) ..
Never heard anyone say that. Been boating for over 20 years.

It may not be suitable for everyone, but even an abandoned derelict Bertram in the yard somewhere would be a "beautiful POS" at that least. Come to think of it, I've never seen one of those either.
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The Mariner is a odd looking boat, but it does offer a lot to the boater. It has a huge helm area which on most fly bridge boats is usually very small. It's great for entertaining up there. I think it can seat at least 10 people. The interior is huge for it's size. It can sleep 6 people pretty well. The head is very usuable.

They have a all fiberglass stringer setup and they use aluminum to support the wood flooring which cuts down on the creeking u sometimes hear in boats that have wood for the sub structure. It's not a good running boat. Awful in a following sea. Very little dead rise at the transom. They are good bay boats and ok in the ocean on nice days.

They are a lot of boat for the money. I quess it depends what you want to do with her.
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I guess I should have posted a more general question about a 34' to 36' boat. Here is our situation:

We have always wanted to get a cruiser type boat but did not do so until last spring due to other priorities. We are now in a position to look at getting something larger, our youngest son left this morning for basic training so we have the "empty nest". We have 4 children and 5 grandchildren, also a consideration.

We do all of our boating on the upper to middle Chesapeake Bay and stay between the C&D Canal and Solomons. We like cruising to different destinations for weekend / week getaways and taking day cruises to raft up with friends. I do not go out at night or in bad weather (if possible).

We are looking for a boat that we can be comfortable on for extended trips, that has ample storage space and we can entertain on from time to time. My wife likes the open and airy cabin lay out best. There are many other criteria for me, mostly mechanical, electronics, maintenance etc.

There is a budget to consider as well but we want to get the right boat. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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My wife likes the open and airy cabin lay out best. There are many other criteria for me, mostly mechanical, electronics, maintenance etc..
That's the typical arguments when a Mariner is considered (female loves the layout, male hates the aesthetics). They have one of the best usage of space on the water. The trade-off, is that the boat is butt ugly, rides terrible in a chop and typically is more comfortable as a dock queen. The upside, besides the interior, is that you can replace the interior ladder with a fireman pole.... you can get from the bridge to the salon in half a second.
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I suspect, that for the purpose the OP intends to use the boat, that a Carver Mariner is an excellent choice. He isn't planning to run fast for several hours to the offshore fishing grounds to troll for 8 hours as many of THT posters do.
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If that is what you are looking to do, the Mariner is a great choice. I think they got rid of the ladder around 03ish. The 360 is more modern looking then the 350 (inside)

The Mariner gives you the best of both worlds. Usually people like the express boats as it alows them to be with the family when crusing. The mariner gives you that. People usually like bridge boats as it gives you more windows and light while in the cabin. The mariner also gives you that.

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If that is what you are looking to do, the Mariner is a great choice. I think they got rid of the ladder around 03ish. The 360 is more modern looking then the 350 (inside)

The Mariner gives you the best of both worlds. Usually people like the express boats as it alows them to be with the family when crusing. The mariner gives you that. People usually like bridge boats as it gives you more windows and light while in the cabin. The mariner also gives you that.

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This is true, and in addition the fiberglass steps are much safer for elderly or children.
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