Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
“When you look at a new Carver Yacht, there’s very little on the surface that would remind you of the Carver your father might have owned 20 or 30 years ago.” This understatement by Carver Yachts is probably most evident in the look of this new C52 Command Bridge when compared to Carver’s still oh so popular flybridge aft-cabin motor yachts of a generation ago.
Replacing the rakish bow and sheer lines of yore, all six of Carver Yacht’s new offerings of coupe and command bridge models from thirty-four to fifty-two feet feature its new “plumb bow” design and raised sheer line. The result is vastly increased interior usable space and feeling of roominess. To wit, this 52C Command Bridge provides six foot, eight inches of headroom in the salon and a whopping six foot, six inches of headroom in the staterooms – including in the forward guest stateroom.
Of course the fifteen feet, eight inches of beam is of enormous benefit to both the practical utilization and the psychological feeling of interior space. On the practical side, there are three separate staterooms plus an optionally available and private self-contained “Crew Quarter” located ahead of the transom and aft of the engine compartment.
The full-beam master stateroom, accessed by a curving staircase on the starboard side of the salon opposite the galley, is located mid-ship and is itself fully private with its own en suite head and separate stall shower. Large hullside fixed windows provide ample natural lighting for the queen-size island berth. Utilizing the full beam, Carver Yachts has provided lots of storage areas plus portside lounge seating here.
The forward stateroom, located a few steps down from the salon, also features a queen-size island berth with its own access to the portside guest cum day head. This head also has a separate stall shower. Again, almost full length but narrower hullside fixed windows provide natural lighting to this forward stateroom. And remember – it has six foot, six inches of headroom!
The third stateroom located on the starboard side opposite the day head and with ready access to it, features twin berths plus natural lighting from the starboard hullside window which in this case is fitted with an opening screened portlight for natural ventilation. This third stateroom may also be optionally equipped with a combination washer/dryer.
But enough about the staterooms. Your time aboard will be mostly spent in the sumptuous two-level salon, the aft portion of which extends through full-height and fully opening glass doors across a flush threshold to the cockpit, itself weather protected by the flybridge overhang. The raised forward portion of the salon offers surrounding sumptuous lounge seating bathed in natural lighting. The optional lower control helm available for this salon area would be a serious consideration given our Canadian boating climate.
On the port side of the lower level aft portion of the huge salon is a well equipped and very functional galley equally accessible physically and socially to the upper level salon as well as to the cockpit and an entertainment centre with a 40” LED/LCD TV, Blu-Ray player plus AM/FM stereo, multi-media player occupies the aft starboard side of this lower salon area.
A starboard side molded-in staircase leads from the relaxing surround seating of the cockpit to the enormous flybridge of the C52 Command Bridge. A forward starboard side captain’s chair with an up to three person L-shaped companion seat cum lounge opposite will comfortably satisfy the C52’s owners while an aft portside U-shaped lounge with a teak-topped table will pamper several guests. Mid-bridge on the portside is a wetbar and a bridge-mounted grill is optional. A bimini or a hardtop, both with or without full enclosures is optionally available.
Power for the C52 Command Bridge is supplied by up to three choices of Cummins diesel inboards. Three choices of diesel generators from Kohler or Westerbeke are available. The standard equipment list for this yacht is substantial and most appropriate and the optional equipment list amounts more to upgrading and personalizing. Upgrading such as the entertainment possibilities, interior decor, and ground tackle, and personalizing such as extra refrigerators, icemaker, dishwasher, autopilot, joystick control, etc.
Thankfully this new Carver 52C Command Bridge is most certainly not like your father’s Carver but is instead a most modern iteration of Carver’s belief of the cruising and entertainment requirements of today’s and tomorrow’s yacht lovers.
|Dry weight:||42,000 lbs||19,051 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||550 US gals||2082 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Cummins Diesel Inboard|