Carver 3607 Aft Cabin Restoration
This yacht is for sale, however, I will be enjoying the hell out of her until that day comes! When this restoration project is completed this will be the best 1982 Carver 3607 on the market! Many of the carvers out there at this age all have a lot of issues – minor but a lot. Sure you can pick them up relatively inexpensive but what work will need to be done once you get them – new propellers, engines, transmissions, ???? there is always something to be fixed on a boat and the older it is the bigger the list.
This 1982 Carver 3607 will have that list taken care of and the result will be a great old style carver with all new quality parts and pieces. I’m looking forward to enjoying her fully until I sell it. It is up for sale if someone is interested . . . I mean really, every boat is always up for sale when the right price comes along.
The Work in Progress:
July 2017: Spending a lot of time going back and forth to the shipyard where she is on the hard. The work is coming along nicely and getting closer to completion – well for this round of work. Coordinating with the mechanic and watching the work progress on the engines and transmissions.
June 2017: Found a great mechanic highly recommended by MarineMax and West Marine and dropped the boat off at the boatyard Memorial day weekend. Getting new engines, rebuilt transmission, new gauges, thru-hull transducer installed, bilge cleaned and painted, dripless shaft seals, strainer baskets and o-rings replaced, both heads repaired, new zincs, and some more odds and ends. Needless to say I am very excited about the work and the people doing it!
February – May: So I lost a lot of interest because I was beaten down by Joey Russo, a shyster boat mechanic. He told me all these great things and delivered nothing. He took my money and ran leaving me with 2 useless engines that never left the boat, a chopped up salon floor, an old engine on the sundeck rusting for a month, misc damage that now needs repair and over $7000.00 never to be seen again. Sad but the boating industry has more than a few of these people in the industry. I now get to spend more money on a lawyer and lost 3 months of time and energy.
February: Made arrangements to replace both engines with rebuilt ones, very excited! Continuing cleaning the compartment under the center-line queen bed, working on the heads, prepping for the electrical work to be started at the end of the month, replaced some teak in the aft cabin bath tub, ordered portlight gaskets, started designing a new entrance hatch . . .
January 2017: Removed the hot water heater under the aft bed, re-piped the hot water line to go into the cold water line, Started cleaning the bilge in the stern,
December: Cleaned the interior, added new carpet in the salon, Prepped for New Year’s Eve celebration, cleaned the forward compartments under the beds & added a light to the prt side one, Replaced the left kitchen sink drain, froward sink drain, replaced faucets in the galley, forward and aft heads.
November: Picked up the boat from N.E. Taylor Boatworks and WOW what a difference! the new blades sliced through the water so efficiently, more power and a hell of a lot more fun! Took some friends out and actually used the boat for the day not having to take it somewhere. Amazing time for all!
October: Finished rebuilding part of the port engine – replaced a couple of valves, push rods, springs, added new wiring, assembled the heads, put the manifolds, risers and exhausts back together, tweaked a few other minor things here and there. Dropped it off at N.E. Taylor Boatworks in Cortez for the big work!
09/25/2016: Finished the semi gloss on the interior fiberglass – wow what a difference.
09/24/2016: Spent 8 hours on the boat cleaning, priming and painting. The flybridge bench in the front has 2 wooden boards that the cushions rest on. The wood was dirty and needed cleaning. Once they were dry the priming began. I also primed the inside of the exterior fiberglass wall in the salon. It was dark and hard to see in there. After just 1 coat of primer it look 100% better – next up – the gloss paint!
09/17/2016: This weekend is the cleaning weekend – lots of scrubbing, washing, spraying, bleaching, and so on. It’s amazing how fast a boat gets algae and mildew on it. Nothing real exciting other than seeing it get nice and white. I bought a buffing machine and some different pads, restorers and wax. It cleans up nice . . .
09/10/2016: Worked on the port engine and put it all back together – added new wire set, replaced/added new water circulating pump, added new alternator belt, tightened the raw water belt, started the engine and adjusted the idle speed. Unfortunately the engine had some knocking going on, so we opened up the air intake manifold only to find lots of water mixed in the oil and some damaged parts – 2 bent push rods, 2 springs, 2 valves so more work ahead. . ..
09/03/2016: Opened all the windows and port holes to get some airflow through the boat. Held up well with all the wind and rain. Dried all the areas where it leaked and started removing some of the old carpeting that was on the walls. Drying out the wood that was under the carpet and looking for new covering to get that project started in the near future . . . .
09/01/2016: Prepped for Hurricane Hermine – bought new 5/8 lines, added spring lines, batten down the hatches (except those that wouldn’t batten down) Over the next few days monitored the lines and bilges. Forward bilge pump was running but no water in it. Had to kill the breaker so the batteries wouldn’t drain. All good in the end minus a few leaks in the aft cabin.
08/30/2016: Replaced old dock lines with new ones and added spring lines for the upcoming tropical storm. Closed up the Bimini top and tied it down and places buoys on some of the pilings.
08/28/2016: Replaced Port engine manifolds, risers, exhaust elbows, 90 degree elbows going into the manifold, 2 steam hose and 8 spark plugs. Removed the rusted manifolds, risers and exhaust elbows off the boat.
08/27/2016: Refit the forward bilge pump from the shower box to the bilge. The water collected in the part closest to the bow so the forward bilge would not drain. The float switch never went up. So the water got stagnant. Now the shower pump is in the bilge way up front and keeping it much cleaner.
08/21/2016: Installed both newly cleaned and rebuilt carburetors. Trashed the AC filters and bought new carbon filters and cut them to size. Started removing a small section of the wallpaper and wood trim. Going to clean up and test some different materials.
08/21/2016: Removed the hose and connector to the aft head fan. Vacuumed 34 years of accumulation in the port inside hull area. It had collected all kinds of particles, mud wasps nests, sound deadening material that had disintegrated and who knows what else. Went and purchased more Simple Green for the long road of cleaning ahead . . . .
08/20/2016: Removed the aft head fan and found the vent hose was full of water. The wood it was attached to was rotted and only 1 of the 4 screws was keeping it on the wall. Started looking into the 2 side dry bilges in the aft cabin, vacuum and started cleaning – they are long with a small hatch – this will be fun.
08/19/2016: Purchased a 5 gallon kit of carburetor cleaner (Macs 6404), 2 carburetor rebuilding kits, removed both carburetors and took them to Thom’s garage to start the cleaning process. Replaced the 3 original black starboard vents with white ones. Fixed the galley GFCI.
08/17/2016: Started to make a list of all the work needed for this project. Polished the stainless on the bimini and around the flybridge. Cleaned and waxed the front side of the instrument panel. Found the alternator belt beat up and off – must have happened on the trip up – add that to the list. Ordered another manifold, riser and exhaust set along with another water pump and raw water pump.
08/12/2016: Replaced gear shifting cable, gasses up and headed north for Sarasota. Gassed up in Venice just to be safe. Completed the trip within 6 hours.
08/11/2016: Signed all the paperwork and the boat is officially mine. Had a great conversation with the owners and the broker. They are all really great individuals and feel blessed to have met them. Prepped the boat for first leg of the trip north. We are going 2 whole miles to Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. crossed river in windy conditions on 1 screw – snapped gear shifting cable.
08/10/2016: Received temporary insurance pending the survey updates and a few other things like needing a wooden leg and an eyepatch. Had final survey for updated work. Removed some bedding for washing. . . .
08/06/2016: Vacuumed all carpets, cleaned remnants of any mud wasps nests, vacuumed all cabinets and wiped down all surfaces, cleaned and prepped boat for final survey and trip to Sarasota.
08/02/2016: Replaced port engine alternator and belt, replaced starboard engine fuel lines, removed the plastic gas filter bypass and re-connected the lines to the original fuel filter, installed CO and Smoke detectors in the 2 cabins, installed GFCI outlets in the kitchen and forward and aft heads, replaced/reattached 3″ vent hoses to vent box,
07/30/2016: Replaced starboard side manifold, riser, exhaust elbow, 90 degree elbow going into the manifold, 2 steam hose and 8 spark plugs on the starboard engine. Removed the rusted manifold, riser and exhaust elbow (all connected) off the boat and it was heavy! Secured new float switches, started cleaning the bilge area in the forward and aft sections. Adjusted the new alternator. Filed the port side vent opening and added a vent box – attached 1 hose to it and waiting to attach to blower.
07/29/2016: Replaced 1 (aft) bilge pump and 2 float switched on the forward and aft bilge pumps, replaced port side manifold, riser, exhaust elbow, 90 degree elbow going into the manifold, 1 steam hose and 4 spark plugs on the starboard engine. Removed the rusted manifold,riser and exhaust elbow (all connected) off the boat and it was heavy!
07/25/2016: Electrical Wiring – we updated the wiring on many items that were not working – Flybridge Work: fixed both ignitions, replaces navigation switch, fixed all navigation lights, fixed fuel gages, replaced the telescopic anchor light mounting and light, replaced port, starboard, stern and front anchor light units, replaced horns. Lower Helm: replaced fuel unit in starboard fuel tank, fixed navigation switches, fixed fuel gages, replaced starboard alternator
07/23/2016: Replaced the aft cabin shower sump kit, replaced the 3 stove burner units and catch trays
07/23/2016: Replaced 1 battery, replaced 3 battery boxed with new straps, replaced battery charger, added 3 30A inline fuses, wired in all 3 batteries with new wire and connectors, strapped down all the batteries.
07/17/2016: Replaced all port side engine steam hoses, tested starter, filled the hydraulic pressure container to 30 psi, Started strapping down the water tanks in aft cabin,
Going through all openings and cleaning out the mud wasp nests. Ant bombed the boat with 3 cans, wiped down some walls and cabinets, waiting on engine supplies, ordering misc parts, started replacing the exterior vents, filed some fiberglass to make connections fit,