Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
With the introduction of Carver Yacht’s newest flagship, the C50 Command Bridge at this year’s Miami International Boat Show, it brings to five the total number of models in its lineup for 2016 with two Coupe models; the C37 and C43, and three Command Bridges; the C34 and C40 along with this newest C50.
Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s, Carver was renowned for its flybridge aft-cabin motor yacht designs from 32 to over 50 feet. But following changing consumer tastes, instead of the multi-levels and accompanying several stairways of these previous designs, all of Carver’s models now feature either level or almost-level cockpit-to-salon access with mid-cabin staterooms replacing aft-cabins. As Carver says about this C37 Coupe, “Once you open the salon’s dual doors, the helm, salon, and galley become part of one, single-level, indoor/outdoor living space for entertaining, relaxing, and simply enjoying life on the water.”
Room, roominess, and spaciousness are the operative words when describing all of Carver’s current models and the C37 Coupe, subject of this review, expresses this in spades. From its wide-body 13-foot beam to its 6’8” headroom in the salon and 6’5” headroom in its master stateroom plus electric opening sliding glass sunroof with shade, opening side windows in the salon plus the fully opening glass doors between the salon and cockpit, the openness and roominess generate feelings of relaxation, flexibility and comfort.
Flexibility also applies to your choice of power for the C37 Coupe. Standard power comes from a pair of 320 hp Mercruiser 377 Magnum gasoline sterndrive engines with Bravo 3 outdrives and DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift) controls. Optionally available are five choices of gasoline or diesel, Volvo or Mercruiser, V-drive inboard, or sterndrive power and with or without joystick control. An unusually wide range of six choices of optional generators in various capacities of gasoline or diesel from Westerbeke or Kohler are also available.
Molded-in steps provide easier access to the cockpit on both sides from the dock or from the wide side-deck walk-around to the bow. The starboard side transom door with molded-in steps provides cockpit access from the low-to-the-water large molded swim platform with under-mount swim ladder. A large L-shaped lounge to port with a single cum double seat to starboard, both with high padded backrests provide ample cockpit seating and lounging. A large transom storage locker plus an in-floor cockpit storage box will handle your external storage needs.
The salon features the full galley to starboard, a six-seater U-shaped convertible dinette to port with built-in storage, and 360-degree surrounding visibility. Carpeted flooring is standard as is an entertainment centre complete with a 32-inch LCD TV with Blu-Ray DVD player. The galley boasts a large counter-height refrigerator/freezer, built-in convection microwave oven, two-burner Ceran® electric cook top, stainless steel sink with designer faucet, slide-out trash container, four drawers, four cabinets, plus two storage areas built in to the standard vinyl plank flooring. The aft section of the dinette cushion backrest converts to allow additional cockpit seating when the salon glass doors are open.
Ahead of the galley are twin helm chairs with fixed padded armrests; the driver’s chair being adjustable. Gone are analog engine gauges replaced with digital LCD displays showing all engine functions plus fuel tank levels and rudder angle indicators. Hydraulic steering is standard as are trim tabs, a bow rail mounted remote control spotlight and an automatic engine room fire suppression system. Lots of spare dash space will accommodate your choice of flush mounted navigation electronics.
The convex upper bow design of the C37 Coupe’s hull adds even more spaciousness to the unusual and welcome extra headroom of the master stateroom with its queen size island bed with high-density foam mattress. Six overhead LED lights plus two reading lights are provided along with two hanging lockers, port and starboard overhead storage compartments plus a mirror.
The portside head provides a separate enclosed shower with Plexiglas® door, vanity with storage and vessel sink, electric toilet, mirror, exhaust fan, and opening portlight. The mid-cabin guest stateroom offers twin berths that convert into a queen with the filler cushion, a full-height hanging locker, locking entry door, plus an opening portlight.
The extensive Carver optional equipment list will allow you to personalize your C37 Coupe precisely to your boating and personal lifestyle requirements. In addition to the wide engine and generator choices mentioned earlier, choose bow and stern thrusters, water and waste monitors, a navigation electronics package, radar mast, ground tackle including an electric windlass, fresh and/or raw water transom wash-downs, transom shower, cockpit table, carpet, refrigerator or ice maker, seat covers, or sun shade, plus a salon door screen, salon blinds, foredeck sunpad, and master stateroom TV/DVD.
Carver describes its C37 Coupe “Where on-water comfort meets cruising thrills, with a little extra flair.”
|Dry weight:||18,000 lbs||8165 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||250 US gals||946 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Twin MerCruiser B3 Sterndrive|
|Engine HP:||Twin 320|