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BoaterEd — Carver Mariner

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Posted — Feb 04 2013. 11:50:14


Below is something I posted on another site when asked the same question a year or 2 ago. If there’s any questions I can answer I’ll do my best to help.

We had a 2000 350 Mariner (7.4L mercury gas engines) on Lake MI for the past 2 seasons and sold her in September.

This was our first big boat that we have owned. I am probably the only Mariner owner that was not under the illusion that it was a good looking vessel going into it however it was the only boat we that came across in that price range that met all of our needs. The things I liked most about it were nice head with massive shower, the upright refrigerator and the layout’s ability to entertain both topside as well as in the cabin. We started out looking at smaller express boats however they just seemed too small down below and we couldn’t consider a smaller sport fish or other bridge boat due to our golden retriever not being able to climb a ladder (the molded steps on the Mariner were perfect for him). This pretty much left us with the Mariner or a similar Silverton. We went with the Mariner because there was one available nearby that offered great value.

Carver 33

The reason that we sold her is we would like a newer boat that will meet our evolving needs. The Mariner with its semi displacement hull was fine in a 3-4′ head sea due to its aggressive entry, however in a following or quarter sea of the same size I would get worked. There aft section of the hull is near flat (I think they claim 5deg deadrise at the transom but its a stretch). This along with its gas engines relatively light weight (19k lbs) can make it a bit exciting when operating in close quarters with any kind of wind. There just isn’t enough weight or hull in the water to get the boat to stay where you put it. I won’t go as far as to call the boat underpowered with the 454 cu engines, however in order to get the boat to move how I wanted, I had to work the throttles a lot more on it than on other boats that I’ve run. The boat cruised at approximately 18kts getting around .6 nmpg which made it a little difficult to cruise with some of our friends in their diesel express boats that cruise at 29kt and have a lot farther range.

To be fair the Mariner did really adequately meet our needs at the time and was a ton of fun. We took many trips across and up and down the Lake MI shorelines (keeping an eye on the weather) and spent over 100 nights on board in the 2 years that we had it. It was the perfect starter boat for us both from a learning to operate perspective as well as to help us realize that we are boaters (I hear this condition is terminal). It helped us to define our boating needs/wants moving forward all at a very reasonable price. Moving forward we are looking at the Tiara 3900 Sovran which will allow us to go out in conditions we wouldn’t leave the dock in with the Carver and will give us the speed and range to get to places we couldn’t with the Carver. However like anything else there are trade offs. We will be giving up small things like the upright refrigerator / added cabin space due to the bridge and the new boat will likely cost us 4-5x what we had into the Carver, but that is where our needs have evolved to.

Overall if you feel that the boat meets your needs I’d look seriously at it. My only advice would be to steer clear if it has the smaller (I think 5.7L) engines as it will be very underpowered.

Carver 350
Carver Mariner

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