Carver 3607 Aft Cabin Restoration
There are many Carver Yachts out there at this age and a lot of them will have work needed. Sure you can pick one 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 has upgraded all the important things from engines to the littlest of details like window seals, cables, etc. and the result is like a new boat in an older quality body.
There have been so many items that have been changed, replaced, upgraded or however you want to call it, that I built this site to document it all. Below is a list by year of the work that was completed. When I was more motivated I actually wrote blogs and added pictures for some of the items. If you have any questions feel free to reach out and start a conversation.
Work Completed in 2017
- raw water strainers x2, dripless shaft seals, new gauges, transducer, cleaned and painted engine room bilge, new engines, rebuilt transmission,
- 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 . . .
- 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,
Purchased & Work Completed Late 2016
- 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 port side one, Replaced the left kitchen sink drain, froward sink drain, replaced faucets in the galley, forward and aft heads.
- 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! New Propellers & bottom job
- 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!
- Painted semi gloss on the interior fiberglass walls behind the wall book case inserts – wow what a difference. It was a black dark coating that made it hard to see anything in there like wires, hoses, fans, etc. Semigloss white makes it bright and clean and easy to see everything.
- 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. . ..
- 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.
- 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.
- Installed both newly cleaned and rebuilt carburetors. Replaced the AC filters with new carbon filters and cut them to size.
- 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 . . . .
- 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.
- 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.
- Started to make a list of all the work needed for this project. Polished the stainless on the bimini and around the fly bridge. Cleaned and waxed the front side of the instrument panel. Ordered another manifold, riser and exhaust set along with another water pump and raw water pump.
- Replaced gear shifting cable, gassed up and headed north for Sarasota. Gassed up in Venice just to be safe. Completed the 60 mile trip within 6 hours.
- 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.
- 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. . . .
- 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.
- 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,
- 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.
- 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!
- 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 gauges, replaced starboard alternator
- Replaced the aft cabin shower sump kit, replaced the 3 stove burner units and catch trays
- 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.
- 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,