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Boat Reviews By Owners

2000 -- 41' 2" CARVER

Model: 356

Cockpit: Aft deck has great view and entertainment area. Easy access to cabin and galley. Access to swim platform and deck box is easy and safe. The bride is just 3 steps up for great visibility and command of the ship. Instrumentation is fine, but need some shims to place radar/gps at good visible angle to the skipper. Bridge seating is good for 5-6 but a bit tight.

Cabin: Great for us. Weekends, short hops and longer cruises. Plenty of variety in seating, lounging, entertainment, eating and sleeping. Plenty of room to spead out the charts. Cabinets are plentiful for the size and forward cabin layout offers some additional storage. Aft cabin is great. Actually both the forward and aft cabins are quite ample for the size of the boat complete with 2 heads, showers and the like.

Construction: Construction seems very good. Solid feel and workmanship appears very good. Nothing less than substantial by way of materials. Engine room has good access except for having to move sofa to access full top of port engine.

Handling: Excellent dock handling. Under power a solid 18-20 kts with Volvo 7.4s. Could use a little more power and 8.1 would be better. Takes 3-4s well, but is absolutely great in everything below 3s. Can get a little wet with beam sea. She is definitely a great coastal cruiser.

Engine Room: Volvo 7.4s. Probably would be more efficient with the new 8.1s although at 3400 and 18 kts., it burns about 25 gph.

General Comments: We do like the boat. Quality, quantity and price have a good relationship. Great lakes cruising seems to be great. I would believe inland river systems of the Mississippi, Ohio and Tenn would be great venues too.

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Date Submitted: 2004-08-24

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