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Boat Reviews By Owners

1976 -- 22' 2" CARVER BOAT CORP.

Model: 2276 Camper

Cockpit: Approximately 50 square feet of cockpit area with the majority self bailing. This area has a full fiberglass innerliner with 3 covered storage areas moulded in. There are rod storage areas under the gunwales. Visability is good from the helm. You are protected by and look through the teak framed windshield rather than over it. The cockpit is arranged for overnighting or camping, with 2 ice boxes and storage under the pilot's and companion seats. The seats fold forward and uncover a sink with hand pump on the companion side and space for the portable stove on the pilots side. This arrangement allows you to stand upright, over 6'-6" headroom between the seats, and prepare meals where you'll want to be in warm weather rather than inside a CABIN.

Cabin: The cabin is laid out with a double bearth across the port side and a full stand up head to starboard. The head is cramped, but contains a MSD, sink w/ hand pump and vanity. Ther is also a small hanging locker and mirror. The hatch is located above the bearth and is raised about 6" making it very water proof. My boat has a full camper canvas and cockpit seats that fold down for sleeping. These seats also can be faced aft if desired for fishing or water sports.

Construction: Construction was excellent at the time it was built. It does have fir stringers and balsa core sandwich construction, which will need to be checked out. I have not had problems with mine! This boat has Teak lumber used for framing the windshield and windows and much of the instrument binnacle and bulkhead. The teak requires maintenance, but never fails to get farorable comments from onlookers. You will need to seal the windows and windshield to prevent them from leaking.

Handling: The boat has a midified V hull and will pound in a chop. Trim tabs help correct this, or I slow down. It has good freeboard. I regularly take it in the Atlantic ocean, running the inlets in New Jersey. Because of the modified V hull, it's stable for it's size when drifting. The boat will handle rougher seas than I will! It was available with either a OMC or Mercruiser outdrive of 175-235 HP. Mine has a mercruiser 888 drive, 188 HP 302 Ford block engine. It would do 40 MPH when new. I usually cruise at about 20 MPH and burn about 7-8 gal. per. hr.

Engine Room: As I said, it has a Mercruiser outdrive which has given me 27 years of service with few problems. This boat has been kept in a saltwater slip every summer, so I wouldn't change anything. It has a mercathode system.

General Comments: This is a great boat! It doesn't give the cabin space of newer models, but it's set up for the way most people use their boat. You can fish, cruise, or pull water toys. The cabin's big enough to sleep comfortably, although better for a husband and wife than 2 fishing buddies, and everything else is out in the cockpit where I want to be. It look like a boat, not a floating cream puff.

Email Address: pgager1947@aol.com


Date Submitted: 2004-01-14

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