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Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-)
Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-)
For 2011, Carver has updated its popular 44 Sojourn, a boat that appeals to folks who enjoy living and entertaining on board as much as they do cruising. The 44' 4" (13. m) LOA Sojourn has a restyled hull, superstructure and hardtop that give the yacht a "more aggressive" profile, says her builder. Unchanged is the single-level accommodations plan that's been working fine for three decades, with no steps for guests to trip on.

Specifications

Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-) Specifications
Length Overall 44' 4''
13.1 m
Dry Weight 30,800 lbs
13,971 kg -full
Beam 13' 11''
4.2 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 46''
1.17 m
Fuel Cap 412 gal.
1,560 L
Deadrise/Transom N/A Water Cap 100 gal.
379 L
Max Headroom N/A Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-) Engine options
Std. Power 2 x 385-hp Crusader 8.1 MPI
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta IPS500
2 x 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600

Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-) Captain's Report

Carver 44 Sojourn

Carver camouflages the 44 Sojourn's raised foredeck somewhat with clever styling; the deck provides added headroom in the forward half of the cabin. The helm is farther forward than typical, making possible a large flying bridge.

Life Below Decks

Carver made a splash in the 1980s with layouts that kept the galley, dinette, salon and staterooms all on one level, a feature made possible by mounting the engines and V-drives under the cockpit. Without midships engines to avoid, Carver's design team was able to create a step-free cabin sole from aft bulkhead to forward island berth. This made the boats more user-friendly for folks living aboard, especially guests who were not used to multi-level cabins.

Carver 44 Sojourn

Sojourn living belowdecks is easy: The two staterooms, two heads, galley and salon are all on one level, with no up-and-down steps to navigate when moving through the cabin. (The cockpit sole is a few steps above cabin level, necessitated by the aft-mounted engines underneath.)

The 44 Sojourn carries on that tradition. There are still step-ups around the centerline berth in the forward cabin, forced by the narrowing of the hull near the stem. But most cabin traffic will avoid changes in level, which we think is an attractive feature. With two cabins and a convertible dinette, the Sojourn will sleep six.

Carver 44 Sojourn

The salon and galley are both well-lighted by long, swoopy windows in the hull and cabin sides. The galley is all-electric, powered underway by a 10 kW genset. Drop the table and the dinette converts to a double berth.

The arrangement plan is typical: The master cabin is forward, with its ubiquitous island berth and en suite head. A second stateroom with twin single berths is midships – Carver calls this a "VIP Stateroom," but to us it looks more like an ideal cabin for kids, especially since headroom is limited and there's a space for an optional washer/dryer. This cabin has an en suite wet head that doubles as a day head. Both heads have VacuFlush toilets.

Carver 44 Sojourn

An entertainment center in the salon includes a 26" LCD TV, full-featured stereo system and a Sirius satellite radio. Lifting the companionway steps at left provides quick access to the engine room. There's a larger engine hatch in the cockpit sole, too.

Carver 44 Sojourn

No surprises in the forward cabin, which looks to us a bit tight around the berth. There are stereo speakers here, but a TV is optional. Access to the en suite head is at the right in this picture.

Plenty of Room On the Bridge

No matter how much time, effort and creativity yacht designers put into accommodations, it seems to us most people spend most of their time above decks. Carver must agree, since they arranged the 44 Sojourn's flying bridge with maximum socializing potential. There are three seating areas – four if you count the companion helm seat – all under the standard hardtop mounted on a welded aluminum arch.

Carver 44 Sojourn

Carver says the portside lounge on the 44 Sojourn's flying bridge can seat 5, the starboard lounge 3 and the aft lounge another 3. The aluminum arch and hardtop are standard; the wet bar can be expanded with a grill, icemaker or fridge.

The helm has space for the usual multi-function nav units, with engine readouts on a 7" color LCD screen. Raymarine-based electronics packages, with and without radar, are available. Electronic controls are optional with the standard 385-hp Crusader 8.1 MPI gas engines, but come standard with all gas and diesel Volvo Penta IPS packages. With standard power Carver includes their Carver Docking System: Side Power bow and stern thrusters with dual joystick control.

Power Packages

V-drive engines under the cockpit made the single-level cabin possible way back when; today it's easy to convert this drivetrain to pods. Carver still lists V-drives and conventional props as standard, twin 385-hp freshwater-cooled Crusader 8.1 MPIs. This will be the least expensive power, and Crusaders are reliable, but you'll be buying 20th-century engineering.

A long-time Carver dealer we called said the difference between the new IPS-powered Sojourn and the former V-drive model was "night and day," and he wouldn't go any other way. We agree, and recommend upgrading, ideally to one of two diesel IPS packages, either 370-hp IPS500s or 435-hp IPS600s. Gas IPS550s, 400-hp, are available, too, and of course cost a lot less than diesel power.

Carver 44 Sojourn

The Carver Docking System uses bow and stern thrusters and twin 3"-high joysticks to make docking easier for skippers of non-IPS-powered Sojourns. IPS power comes with Volvo Penta's joystick control.

We haven't tested a 44 Sojourn so can't comment firsthand on speed and performance. We have seen independent reports claiming top speed near 30 knots, best cruise around 26 knots with IPS500s. Again, these are not BoatTEST.com numbers.

Carver offers an optional second joystick control for IPS on the port side of the bridge (the standard set is to starboard); this is an option we'd pay for, since it will make docking portside-to a lot easier.

The Bottom Line

A 44 Sojourn with IPS500s will cost around $584,000; we found a fully equipped boat for sale in Florida for nearly $670,000, including freight and set-up in Florida, full electronics package and a Neptune Blue-painted hull. (Carver White, Oyster Gold and Panther Black are also available.) That's a mid-range price for a boat this size with these accommodations and this power.

We like the Carver 44 Sojourn's one-level, step-free cabin and plenty of entertaining space both above decks and below. We'd add the grill and fridge on the flying bridge for al fresco cookouts, maybe the hydraulic swim platform for water sports.

For cruising, the Sojourn's smallish guest cabin might make adult guests feel a little cramped, but it should be fine for kids. We'd use the boat as a floating weekend cottage, a place to invite friends who will be going home to sleep, and for summertime cruising with our family. If that's what you're looking for, too, check out the 44 Sojourn.

Carver 44 Sojourn

Carver shook up the 1980s and 90s with idiosyncratic designs that made their boats stand out from the crowd; will the 2011 restyling of the 44 Sojourn attract the same attention? Base power is twin Crusader 8.1 MPIs, but most buyers choose Volvo Penta IPS w/joystick





Standard and Optional Equipment

Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional
Radar Optional
VHF Radio Optional
Systems
Air Cond./Heat Optional
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Fresh Water Optional
Washdown: Raw Water Optional
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard
Galley
Coffeemaker Standard
Icemaker Optional
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard
Exterior Features
Arch: Electronics Standard
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Hardtop Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Generator Standard
Oil Change System Optional
Vacuum Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-) Warranty

Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-) Price

Carver 44 Sojourn (2011-) Price
Pricing Range $584,000.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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