Essence of a true motor yacht
Where does the concept of a boat end and a true yacht begin? Some boatbuilders would have you believe that size alone dictates what is and is not a motor yacht. But at Carver we have a different viewpoint.
We don't believe that a true motor yacht can be assembled by robots or machines. Nor, can it be mass-produced to please everyone. Creating a true motor yacht requires the melding of art and sciencea skillful blend of the craftsman's artistry with the best boat building technologies available. "Motor Yacht" is a designation that must be earned. And at Carver we take that responsibility very seriously.
Each Carver yacht blends time-tested boatbuilding methods with innovative engineering and the most up-to-date, proven materials and components. Were committed to selecting the highest-quality raw materials and custom-designing the components for each boat, from the all-fiberglass stringer systems to double-welded stainless steel rails and through-bolted cleats and fittings, so that you can have total confidence in your Carver yacht.
All of this is accomplished with a workforce that is one of the most highly regarded in the industry. Over 900 highly skilled craftspeople are employed at our 700,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Their strong Midwestern work ethic and a powerful sense of Carver pride combine to ensure that throughout the manufacturing process we maintain or surpass even our own stringent standards.
In addition, a vast resource of boating technology and experience is available to us through our affiliation with Genmar Holdings, Inc., the largest independent manufacturer of recreational powerboats in the world.
Strength and style come together.
If you love elegant, eye-catching style, you'll appreciate the design advantages made possible with our structurally integrated frameless windows. First introduced on our Voyager Series, the frameless design is now standard on all Carver yachts. This approach allows for larger panels and smoother, more graceful styling, incorporating all sorts of interesting shapes and curves that weren't possible before. And they significantly enhance visibility from the salon, even when seated.
To increase structural integrity and eliminate problems such as racking and flexing, which occur with conventional "layer-cake" construction, the deck, cabin top and cockpit of each of our yachts is fabricated as a single unit, creating a structurally unitized deck component. For even greater strength, aluminum truss reinforcements are laminated into each deck and cabin top unit to structurally integrate the cabin top with the deck.
No wood below the waterline.
We've eliminated all wood from structural components below the waterline starting with model year 2000. Our three-axis, all-fiberglass stringer system is hand-laminated into the hull, providing a rot-free structural backbone, far superior in strength and longevity to the plywood-encapsulated stringers still found on many competitor models. In addition, we use a closed-cell urethane foam core in the hull sides below the waterline for optimum strength-to-weight ratios and to further enhance longevity.
Plus, a vinylester barrier coat provides an additional layer of protection against osmotic blistering. The barrier coat, applied to the underwater portions of the hull between the gelcoat and the first layer of fiberglass, minimizes the migration of water through the laminate structure, virtually eliminating the possibility of osmotic blisters.
Built better. Backed better.
To ensure the consistent high standards of workmanship, materials and manufacturing methods, we build and assemble most components at our own in-house shops. Experienced Carver craftsmen provide unparalleled attention to details throughout each step of the manufacturing process, from our Fiberglass and Furniture Shops to our Metal Fabrication, Wood Processing, Cabinetry, Upholstery and Electrical Systems Shops. And, every Carver yacht is subjected to a 300-point inspection process during manufacture, plus extensive evaluation at our in-water testing facility.
The level of our attention to details allows us to offer owners an industry-leading warranty: the 7-5-1 Carver Confidence Protection Plan. This plan provides a seven-year limited warranty on the hull and deck structure, five-year protection against blistering of the hull laminate, in addition to a comprehensive one-year limited warranty. Plus it's transferable. See Carver's limited warranty for complete details.
Before you choose your next motor yacht, make sure you evaluate it against the industry standards, and consider all the industry-leading benefits offered by Carver. Take a closer look at our "35 Points of Comparison" at the back of this brochure. You'll discover that you get more with a Carver. Then, when you're ready to make a decision, our international network of experienced Carver dealers will help you decide which Carver is exactly right for you.
35 Points of Comparison
When considering a motor yacht, there's much more than just styling and accommodations to think about. Even though Carver yachts are well known for superb style and comfortable accommodations, there's another side to Carver that many boaters don't realize. So when you're ready to choose a yacht, take a closer look and compare the advantages Carver has to offer.
1 Electrical Bonding System links metallic underwater components to help minimize the effects of stray current electrolysis.
2 Structural Engine Mountings, including linear span rails used on the 570, 530 and 450 Voyagers, are designed to transfer the weight, torque and thrust of the propulsion system to the structural components of the hull.
3 Galvanic Isolator (Zinc Savers) extends the life of the sacrificial zinc anodes, protecting underwater hardware from electrolysis damage.
4 Synthetic Seat Frames, using molded or dimensional high-density Polyvinyl Carbonate bases on all exterior seating and lounges, provide longer life and lasting appearance.
5 Precision Overlap Hull-To-Deck Joints eliminate the "hinge effect" of flanged hull-to-deck joints, producing a stronger, more durable seam. Mechanical fasteners every 2" to 4" around perimeter assure consistent, reliable fastening. A polyurethane sealant supplements the joint.
6 Frameless Windows allow for larger window panels with more elegant and interesting architectural shapes. A positive flange seal with polyurethane adhesives virtually eliminates the water penetration that can occur with gasketed frame window systems.
7 Unitized Deck Construction, with deck, cabin top and cockpit fabricated as a single unit, provides greater structural integrity and less "racking" and flexing than common "layer-cake" construction methods.
8 Aluminum Truss Reinforcement, constructed of tubular and bar stock aluminum and laminated into each deck/cabin top unit, structurally integrates the flybridge with the deck.
9 All-Fiberglass Stringer System is hand-laminated into each hull to provide a rot-free structural backbone.
10 No Wood Below The Waterlineall wood has been eliminated from structural hull components below the waterline, ensuring a durable, longer-lasting hull structure.
11 Double-Welded Rail Stanchion Bases are welded inside and out to provide maximum strength.
12 Lineal-Buffed and Polished Stainless Steel Rails provide superior surface finish and corrosion-resistance.
13 Continuous Welded Rail Systemsunitized rail systems with all exterior welds ground and polished to minimize the potential for surface corrosion of the welds.
14 Aluminum Coring For All Deck Fixturesrail stanchion feet and cleats are backed with aluminum coring, which spreads the torsional load, provides more lasting strength and reliability than wooden coring, increases the life of mountings and reduces risk of damage due to water penetration.
15 A Vinylester Barrier Coat provides an extra layer of protection that virtually eliminates the migration of water through the laminate structure of the hull, preventing the formation of osmotic blisters.
16 Transferable Limited Warranty assures you of added value when you choose to sell your boat.
17 Manganese-Bronze Rudders and Struts utilize a harder, more rigid material, to withstand deflection loads and provide more precise response to navigation input, as well as transfer of propulsion loads.
18 Magnetic Circuit Breakers provide more stable transfer of power and eliminate tripping due to heat and humidity.
19 Harnessed, Color-Coded Wiring Systems, with loomed runs of individually labeled, tinned copper-strand wiring on both AC and DC sides, provide durability, corrosion-resistance and easy trouble shooting. All 12V harness sections are joined with pin connectors, and 12V and 110V accessories are hardwired. Buss systems on bridge allow installation of additional components.
20 Marine Cabinetry assembled with extra care using stainless steel fasteners inserted through pre-drilled holes. All cabinets are drilled, glued and screwedno cold steel self-tapping screwsand where appropriate, seams are dowel or tongue-and-groove jointed for added strength.
21 Seven-Step Surface Finish on all electronics arches plus a two-part urethane coating to assure lasting luster and resistance to corrosion. Polymer fasteners and access plates further reduce corrosion.
22 Inner-Spring Mattresses in master staterooms of all motor yachts over 40' provide maximum comfort.
23 Bead-Blast Surface Preparation for bottom paint assures adherence and virtually eliminates the "peeling effect" experienced with inconsistent chemical surface treatments.
24 Secondary Bondingall furniture and components are bonded directly to the original properly prepared fiberglass surface, instead of bonding over gelcoated or painted surfaces. Knytex knitted fiberglass cloth is used for all secondary bonding, providing better strength and stronger bonds.
25 Solid Fiberglass Bottom with no coring eliminates potential for structural damage from water penetration around through-hull fittings. This also lowers the boat's center of gravity and maximizes under-water strength. Knytex substrates provide optimum resin-to-glass ratio which reduces weight without compromising strength and promotes better adherence of laminate layers.
26 Upholstery Fabrics designed for maximum performance in marine environment. Surface treatment prevents UV-damage and mildew, providing maximum wearability and resistance to harsh marine elements.
27 Deck and Hullside Coring reduces weight and improves rigidity, provides maximum strength-to-weight ratio and serves as insulation to help control internal temperatures.
28 Electronics Arches are custom-designed for each model and constructed of premium-grade aluminum for optimum strength. Finishing and painting is done under extremely controlled conditions to provide a durable, long-lasting coat. Non-corroding hardware is used to secure all access plates.
29 All-Fiberglass Boarding Platforms with skid-resistant surface allow easy boarding and include a ladder.
30 Wooden Dowel Jointswood joints are still fastened the traditional craftsman's way using wood dowels, a method that is more costly but provides greater strength overall.
31 Color-Coordinated Upholstery and Drapery Fabrics are specially selected, meticulously cut and precision hand-sewn in our own Upholstery Shop. All mattresses, pillows and bedspreads are hand-crafted.
32 Experienced Carver Peopleskilled and dedicated, with an average seven years of boat building experience, our engineers and craftsmen design and create exquisite motor yachts with great care and attention to detail. We don't just assemble boats at Carver. Many of our people, in fact, are second generation boat builders and all have a deep sense of pride in their work. Carver Apprentice and Career-Path programs ensure that skills and knowledge are seamlessly transferred to continue the tradition of excellence.
33 Certified Component Installationsmajor OEM component installations are co-engineered and certified by actual OEM manufacturers to meet operational and performance standards.
34 Performance Engineeringperformance cannot be measured in terms of speed alone. In a yacht, performance is a harmony of ride, stability, handling, fuel economy...and speed. Carver engineers maximize each drivetrain with these critical elements in mindfor balanced performance that is anything but one-dimensional.
35 Carver Dealersexperienced and ready to help you find the boat that suits your lifestyle. With an average of seven years representing the Carver lineand some with as much as 36 yearsour dealers understand boaters, they know big boats and they know Carver motor yachts.