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Boat Reviews By Owners

2001 -- 41' 2" CARVER

Model: 356

Cockpit: Quiet comforable place to be when cruising or dockside. Good instrumentation, but the aux. instrument area (nav station) is a bit too far from the captains seat for me.

Cabin: Very roomy and well layed out. The wormanship is an A- due to the finish of the cherry wood ( many small runs), but the rest of the interrior is well made and beautiful. You get quite a bit of high quality boat for the money.

Construction: I have (not by choice) been out in 8-10s on Lake Michigan, and found her to be quite stable with no fear. The bridge is very stable even in rougher seas, and the overall construction is very solid. (no rattling or creaking). In my first season the bilge stayed totally dry.

Handling: One of the best handling boats I have had the pleasure to own. She has a real 22 knot cruise (GPS) in 2-4s. Docking this one is a pleasure.

Engine Room: She has Merc 454s (330 HP) and this is a very good match. I didn't feel deisels were necessary and still feel that way after 120+ hours of cruising. She comes up on plane very quickly and is very stable with little tab interaction.

General Comments: I love this boat and would only sell her for big sister. We cruise the great lakes out of Grand Haven Mi. and do a lot of port hopping all summer long. We spend a lot of time on her and never feel any cabin fever. Carver says this boat feels bigger than it is and I agree. This is a great boat to just hang out on dockside with a few friends. Plenty of different areas for privacy and nice size salon and aft deck/bridge for groups

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Date Submitted: 2002-02-15

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