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|Std. Power||2 x 320-hp Mercruiser 377 Magnum Bravo Three SeaCore|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
The target customer for this boat is typically coming from a similarly styled express cruiser and is looking for the same type of boat, but for one with more or better functionality and far more attractive styling. These are people who want to entertain around home most of the year, possibly using their boat as a summer cottage as well, then take off for a two or three-week, long distance cruise in August.
Because there is no flying bridge on the new C37 she will naturally appeal to baby boomers who don't look forward to climbing ladders but who still want to do a fair amount of entertaining aboard. To that end, the main deck is all on one level, the aft doors swing wide open, and with the absence of a ladder to the flying bridge, it allows the flow in and out of the cabin to the cockpit to be improved; and, the cockpit actually has more usable room.
The new Carver C37 has a LOA of 37’8” (11.48 m), a beam of 13’ (3.96 m), and a draft of 42” (1.07 m).
Finally, the price of the C37 falls between the C34 and C40, giving consumers who want a boat larger than the C34 a comfortable place to go for less money than the C40.
• New Styling Approach. The C Series of yachts are easily distinguished from previous models from Carver in that the company used to build boats from the inside out in an effort to maximize internal volume. The end result was often an awkward exterior, which to some degree was also a sign of the boat-building era in America. Now, with the advent of this C Series, owners not only have the interior room to handle entertaining and accommodating guests, but they have an exterior that is modern and attractive.
The C37, and C series as a whole, seems to harken back to the design scheme that we seem to be seeing a lot of nowadays where a retro look is making a comeback. In this case, the look comes from the rounded portlights, fresh out of the ‘20s, and the curvaceous sheerline that was popular with the sportfish convertibles of the ‘70s. She also has a nearly plumb bow, another throwback to the ‘20s.
Overall, it’s a design scheme that has us looking forward to each new model.
Dual gathering spaces highlight the layout of the main deck of the C37.
• The Same Beam. The C37 has the same beam as the C34 and the C40. That puts her in about the middle of the playing field for length/width ratio for the C37, where the C34 had among the highest in class. This gives the C37 the ability to accommodate 4 people in two private staterooms below, while at the same time provide adequate seating for everyone, including additional guests, on deck.
• Lower Weight. At 18,500 lbs. (8,391 kg) she’s no lightweight, but she is at the lower end of the spectrum when comparing her to others in class. Carver has taken great pains to reduce the weight while maintaining the build integrity. Less weight translates to less horsepower needed to move the same size boat, and that translates to savings every time the boat is operated.
• Sterndrive Power. We don't see too many boats this size built in the U.S. with sterndrive power. Instead, they tend to be inboards or pod drives. But sterndrives are as efficient as pod drives, and now can be hooked up to joysticks, and are certainly more efficient than inboard power.
• 4 Seats Facing Forward. This is something that we rarely see in class -- four seats facing forward on the helm deck. The captain and the navigator have separate seats, and to port is a bench seat for two.
• Single Level Main Deck. From the aft bench seat in the cockpit to the helm seat forward, the C37 is all one level. This eliminates tripping and stumbling hazards. Most boats this size have a step up in order to get headroom in a cabin below.
• Large Midships Storage. Below the salon and galley is a large storage area that runs from the bulkhead for the mid cabin to the engine room bulkhead. Carver says it is largest in class.
• Sea Core is Standard. Mercury proprietary anti-corrosion system is usually a hefty option on most boats, but Carver builds it in as standard no matter where the boat is being used, freshwater or salt.
• Lower Forward Island Berth. One of the facts of boating life is that most island berths placed in the bow of boats in this size range are relatively high off the deck. Not so with the C37, thanks to its full bow sections. Ladies and shorter captains will particularly like this feature.
• Sliding Sun Roof. The coupe's sun roof is electrically actuated and has a sun screen.
Things We Like
• Salon. First we like that there’s U-shaped seating opposite an open galley. This allows plenty of seating and there’s still a flow through the entire cabin. Visibility is outstanding through large windows instead of slits of glass between horizontal, massive mullions. These windows maximize visibility and the design will certainly stand the test of time.
• Galley. With the galley up on the main deck the cook is never out of reach of the crowd. And with the open layout of the galley, there are no dead-end alleys as with a U-shaped galley, and with no islands the flow through the room is unimpeded.
• Side Decks. Side decks are symmetrical. Occasionally builders will eliminate one or both side decks, or making them very narrow, in order to gain room in the salon. But aboard the C37 the side decks are reasonably wide (9" to 13"/22 to 32 cm) and allow reasonably easy access to the bow. Safety rails are carried well aft.
With opening side windows, opening sunroof and salon doors that all but vanish, airflow is maximized throughout the C37’s salon.
With a full beam swim platform serving at the stepping-aboard point, the cockpit is accessed from the starboard side. L-shaped seating surrounds an optional solid wood pedestal table and a wide loveseat to starboard adds to the gathering space. A pair of deck chairs would make a welcome addition for dining in the fresh air. Four courtesy lights allow gathering long after the sun sets, along with four more additional lights in the extended overhead.
Hatches in the cockpit deck lead to a sizable storage box and a second allows access to the engine compartment. The cockpit deck is self-draining and the entire deck can be removed for engine or generator extraction or major work.
The full beam swim platform is molded into the hull. Trunk storage is accessible from the transom or from under the aft cockpit seat.
Dual Access. At the transom, trunk storage contains connections for shore power and this compartment is also accessed through the aft seat in the cockpit, a convenient feature when items need to be retrieved while underway, and high marks to Carver for adapting it as it is one of the few times we have seen it.
Desirable Options. While the extension of the overhang only creates a cover of sorts ahead of the seating, it doesn’t provide shade over the cockpit seating. For that, an optional extendable sunshade can deploy from the aft end of the overhang, stretching to well over the seating. A cockpit icemaker or refrigerator are available as options.
Raised bolsters create an eye-pleasing wraparound effect at the cockpit, to say nothing of back support. Note the placement of the engine room vents.
Side Decks and Bow
Molded steps to both sides of the cockpit lead to the side decks and we found the decks easy to negotiate and safe thanks to the proper location of grab rails and the high side rails that run well aft. 10” (25 cm) springline cleats occupy a dip in the sheerline that adds a convertible sportfish look to the C37’s profile. These midships cleats are two of the 11 total cleats throughout the exterior, including one dedicated to securing the anchor rode.
Sun pads at the bow makes for a great place to soak up rays while relaxing.
Ground Tackle Option. The bow features mostly optional accessories, but options that make for a better boating experience, to be sure. Ground tackle comes packaged together with a stainless anchor roller, stem plate, Quick windlass, 150’ (45.7 m) of ¼” (64 cm) chain rode, a galvanized plow anchor, swivel shackle and chain snubber with nylon line.
Additionally, a foredeck sun pad is available and that will be an attractive addition for the sun worshipers that may be aboard.
One large door and another bi-fold door open fully to access the salon, and they also create a seamless transition between the outside and the inside. This enhances entertainment possibilities, providing good flow for cocktail parties. The cockpit and salon are all in the same level, which also serves a seamless and safe transition.
Relatively new CE rules stipulate that there be a way to stop any water shipped over the stern from making its way into the salon… an unlikely proposition with the C37’s cockpit being so high off the water, but rules are rules. By having a grate system built into the threshold of the salon entry, preventing any water from entering the salon, Carver meets this requirement. Water will go through the grates, into scuppers and be directed overboard.
A grate at the entrance to the salon prevents water from entering. The cockpit has optional snap-in carpeting seen here and notice how the doors can open fully. The movable stool can be repositioned to open-up the passageway.
The Salon. The couch has color-coordinated cushions and storage is underneath. The aft section of the sofa has a convertible backrest that swings forward to add even more to the cockpit seating. With outstanding visibility through large windows, the area is well opened, and the design even includes opening windows to port and starboard for allowing for huge volumes of air to move through the entire main deck area.
An opening glass sunroof lets the sun shine (and breeze) in, and when closed smoked glass reduces the light. If it’s still too much light, then the roof has a shade which can be pulled. The salon table is hi-lo allowing for a conversion to a berth. Opposite the helm is a forward facing bench seat for the same view as the captain.
The aft seat of the couch is reversible adding to the seating in the cockpit. Ahead, a bench seat allows guests to enjoy the ride at the same level, and viewpoint as the captain. That ottoman slides aft from the position in the photo and integrates with the aft most portion of the dinette seat. There is also storage within the ottoman.
With the galley in this aft position, the cook is never far from the gathering in either the salon or the cockpit. That’s one of the reasons we like this arrangement so much. This particular layout also allows for smooth flows though the room as there is no dead end alley, as with the U-shaped galley, nor an island interrupting the flow.
Carver equipped the galley quite well with a dual-burner stove with a Ceran smooth surface. Owners can choose from a Nova Cool or Norcold refrigerator. A microwave/convection oven and stainless sink round out the features with a solid surface counter space for food prep.
The hardwood deck of the galley keeps the area separated from the carpeted salon. Plenty of storage and full functionality make possible long periods away from the dock.
Here we can better see how the wide doors blur the line between inside and outside. Note that four 8" (20 cm) plates fit on the table.
Steering Position. The helm is mounted to the starboard, but to the left of a dual-position helm seat. The helm side of the seat is adjustable, and the observer gets a better view out the side window, so not too bad being along for the ride with the captain. The downside of this arrangement is that the captain has to get up to let the navigator out.
All boats have trade-offs, and this is one of them on the C37. We agree with Carver's placement of the helm as it moves the captain away from the wide side overhead support and mullion, thus improving visibility.
The windshields are huge. The dash and console are non-glare. Steering is hydraulic and full instrumentation is included, of course. Options are available for a Raymarine E120 display with GPS, chartplotter, depth sounder and radar, and a VHF radio is also available from the factory.
This helm has the optional Axius Joystick and E120 display. To the left is the VesselView 7 LCD display. We like the seat bolsters because we like to stand at the helm as well as sit.
With the navigation display to the right of the helm, the co-pilot gets to play an active role in the operations.
The C37 features a two-stateroom, single head layout.
The C37 features a two-stateroom, single head layout with the lower deck accessed from a central companionway. The master stateroom is directly forward, the guest stateroom is to starboard, the head is to port and it includes a private entrance from the master.
The master island berth is full-sized with access steps to both sides. The usual deck hatch is overhead with both a blackout shade and bug screen. Hanging lockers are to both sides with a mirror to starboard. Four portlights open to allow air to flow through as screens are fitted to keep the pests out. Headroom is 6’5” (2 m).
The master stateroom has high ceilings, four opening portlights, and a full sized island berth.
The guest stateroom features twin berths that can be converted to a queen with the addition of a filler cushion. As with the master, this stateroom also offers opening portlights with screens for ventilation. There is standing headroom at the entrance only. LED lights provide illumination.
The guest stateroom has twin berths that convert to a queen with a filler cushion.
We expected a wet head but the C37 has a separate enclosed shower with a molded fiberglass-floor liner and plexi door in an aluminum frame. Having an enclosed shower virtually guarantees that this will be a preferred method over the marina showers frequented by boaters with wet-heads, so Carver went with a 90-gallon (341 L) water capacity.
Carver also went with one LED light in the shower and three more in the head compartment itself. An attractive on-counter sink rests atop the solid surface countertop allowing slightly more storage below. An opening portlight and electric exhaust fan help the ventilation.
An enclosed shower in the head is an unexpected, and welcome addition to the C37’s layout.
Additional Options to Consider
We always like the looks of boats sitting in calm water with underwater lighting highlighting the hull. It just seems to add a touch of elegance to a classy boat. We also like to see a boat that's any color but white and Carver will add color to the gel coat at a customer’s request. We’d also add the radar mast as an additional item to round out the boat's good looks.
The optional radar mast and optional gray gel coat are items that improve the overall looks of the C37 and work well with the boat's lines. Note that the swim platform extends beyond the lower units.
This is a new model and we suspect it will be just as popular as the C34 and C40 were, that have come before. Not surprisingly, hull #1 sold instantly, before we could get aboard to test her and therefore we have no test numbers or performance evaluation to report on. But we have gotten feedback on her from Carver reps, and the "off the record" word about her handling and speed is positive.
Handling. She has the same hull as the C34, which we tested thoroughly, only this one is slightly stretched, so we would have no problem believing the carver techs when they speak of a sea kindly hull and pleasant handling characteristics. And, an extra 2,000 lbs. (909 kgs.) in displacement more than the C34 can only help her ride.
The engine room bilges are coated with white, low-VOC gel coat. The engine room also has a standard FE241 Fireboy automatic fire suppression system. Seacocks below the water line are marine-grade bronze. The vessel has two 1,500 gph bilge pumps and there is a high-water alarm in the engine room. Because power is provided by sterndrive engines they are pushed to the transom, freeing up lots of space under the cockpit and saloon for the engine room and storage. There is room for a Kohler generator to port, forward of the engines and plenty of room to starboard for other gear and equipment.
The Carver techs tell us that they have recorded the C37 topping out at just over 38 mph and cruising comfortably at 29-30 mph with twin 320-hp MerCruiser gas sterndrives with BIII lower units.
With the same hull design as the smaller C34 and the larger C40, the C37 should have similar handling characteristics as her displacement is exactly between the two.
Standard power is a pair of 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAGs turning BIII outdrives and Carver went with active corrosion protection with SeaCore, regardless of whether the boat is destined for a customer operating in fresh or salt water. The Merc system also offers a host of optional features such as Skyhook for push-button position keeping, a feature that has proven itself useful around fuel docks and when waiting for bridge openings. She’s also available with the Axius Joystick for close-quarters maneuverability, and an optional bow thruster.
The C37 carries an MSRP of $359,990 with the 377 MAGs. An upgrade to diesel is available and Carver went with twin 300-hp Volvo Penta D4s with DP outdrives and that increases the base price to $406,995.
There are many similarities among the three boats in the growing Carver C Series family. All three are designed for entertaining and light cruising. Of the three, the C37 is probably the most different because she has no flying bridge and has sterndrive power. Beyond that, we like her clever use of convertible seating in the salon: 1) The convertible forward facing seats on the helm deck to port; and 2) The reversing back rest on the dinette's aft seat so that it can be part of the cockpit action.
The C37 was designed to maximize room and seating and entertaining room in a 37' express, and we think Carver's designers have done a good job of it.
|Washdown: Fresh Water|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
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