With more and more boaters finding a desire for moving up to real cruising boats with actual flying bridges, Carver enters the field with a clear purpose to give the competition a run for its money. First was the C34 which we previously tested. And now, ready to launch this August, is hull #1 of the C40. Recognizing that the command bridge design is an underserved market segment, this new launch is value priced, offers real privacy with two staterooms and two heads, and tops it all off with a commanding view of her surroundings.
Teleflex hydraulic steering
2 1,500 gph automatic bilge pumps
Installed Plexiglas wind deflector
Wraparound seating with storage under seat cushions
Integrated swim platform with telescoping boarding ladder
Entertainment includes 23'' LCD TV, DVD player, and stereo
U-shaped lounge with storage and high/low dining table
Full island berth with high density foam mattress in master stateroom
Carver C40 (2014-) Specifications
39' 10'' 12.14 m
20,500 lbs. 9,298 kg
13' 0'' 4.22 m
300 gal. 1,135 L
120 gal. 454 L
6' 6'' 1.98 m
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.
Carver has recognized that the flying bridge yacht (aka, sedan)is an underserved market among U.S. builders segment and has set out to offer a competitively priced alternative for those looking to step up from the express cruisers flooding the marinas of the world. She also serves as an opportunity to graduate from sterndrives to Cummins diesels with V-drives and rudders. There are actual private staterooms with doors and bulkheads instead of privacy curtains. The C40 has two heads, one with a walk-in shower stall, and homelike features that will appeal to everybody.
Carver's design team struck a good balance between the width of the side decks and the width of the main salon. High side rails and grab handles along the flying bridge make going forward secure. Notice the grab handle fitted into the molded recess underneath the extended overhead. An ideal location for transiting that first step to the side deck.
Ample trunk storage is made available for electrical cords and docking gear. The swim platform is in a fixed position and no hydraulic option is offered. A symmetrical layout keeps both side decks at the same width. Be sure to have teak treads placed on the fiberglass stairs to the flying bridge.
A modest flair to the hull sides and nearly plumb bowprovide for a spacious interior. Note the large scuff plate for the anchor. We like the companion seat at the upper helm.
Cockpit seats can be left out of the plan if an owner chooses to utilize the deck chairs or to keep the space open for fishing. An entertainment center with a grill, refrigerator and sink is an option if the owner plans to use the C40 more for entertaining.
Access to the flying bridge is via a stairway to the starboard side of the cockpit deck. This not only frees up valuable space in the salon, but allowed Carver’s design team to create an easily accessible stairway rather than a steep ladder.
The sea grass decking of the flying bridge is a theme that will be repeated below decks. Notice the pod style mounting position for the electronics. Behind the engine controls is a radio box that also houses the stereo. The radar mast is optional.
The flying bridge features the starboard mounted helm with a pod style instrumentation panel. Dual bucket seats allow for a second set of eyes looking forward and a L-shaped sofa wraps around a hi-low table to port. The aft end of the flying bridge is occupied by a large sunpad. This space could also serve as a boat deck for a small dinghy.
Certainly the design lends itself to several options that we think Carver should consider. Probably at the top of the list would be the addition of a bar/grill with a sink and refrigerator. The team at Carver tells us that a drawer refrigerator can be installed under the seat on the port side. This would allow the occupants of the flying bridge to remain at this location instead of having to have food and refreshments brought up from the lower galley.
The Carver C40 can be ordered with (top view) or without (lower view) a lower helm station. Certainly, there are those at the BoatTEST.com offices that would appreciate the addition of a lower helm which would eliminate the need to surround the flying bridge in isinglass.
The salon is adjacent to the sliding glass doors that open double-wide to seamlessly blend the outside with the inside. A U-shaped dinette surrounding a high-low table is to starboard, opposite a loveseat that is movable to the table to create seating for 6 at the dinner table. Naturally there is storage under all seats and the settee converts into an additional berth for added overnight guests.
The salon features an open layout with double wide doors leading to the aft cockpit. Note the indirect lighting in the overhead soffit, something we usually see only in larger motoryachts.
The dinette features a high-low table which will allow a conversion to a double berth. The addition of two stools allows six to sit at the table for dinner.
The galley is forward and to port and it offers the usual cast of characters that we typically see in galleys of this size and class. A solid surface counter provides plenty of working space between a recessed sink and a flush mounted stove. Just behind the stove is a stainless exhaust fan drawing any fumes out and away from the salon area. It appears that not a lot of thought has gone into the locations or use of grab handles, and that is a design issue we would like to see rectified. But BoatTEST has been told that once the Carver team has spent time on board hull #1 while underway, they we will determine the best places to add grab rails in the salon.
This galley layout allows two people to work in the space at the same time. Note the synthetic wood deck.
Just one step back from the galley counter is a hatch in the deck leading to a huge storage compartment. Inside are several storage drawers, plenty of open space and even an enclosed chilled wine storage locker. The decking in the galley is separated from the carpeted salon and the material used is a manufactured synthetic flooring for durability while maintaining the yacht-like good looks of the interior space.
Looking aft we see the loveseat at right and the wide opening to the aft deck.
The accommodations level features a two stateroom/two head layout with the owner's en suite head to port. The starboard side head serves double duty as a day head.
Moving our tour below decks, the owner stateroom is located at the bow and much like other staterooms we've seen, it consists of an island berth with dual hanging lockers to either side of the entry. A second door allows access to the en suite head to port. To both sides of the stateroom are twin opening port lights which, along with the overhead hatch, continue the theme of providing ample ventilation throughout the C40. Headroom is well over 6’ (1.83 m).
The forward bulkhead is flanked by twin tweed covered panels and opens to allow access to the anchor rode storage. The foot of the berth lifts to allow for accessing storage underneath. There are large hanging lockers port and starboard and cabinets over the portlights.
The fortunate owners of the C40 have a private head with a walk-in shower stall. All counters are solid surface, plenty of storage is accommodated, and the high overhead clearance of the stateroom is carried into the head as well.
The guest stateroom features dual berths that have room for filler cushions. The high overhead that we've seen throughout the rest of the accommodations level continues through the entrance to the stateroom and then gradually decreases underneath the settee overhead. An opening port light is embedded into the hull side window.
The guest stateroom accommodates individual guests sleeping separately or a couple sleeping together with filler cushions forming a queen-size berth.
The guest head serves double duty as a day head. It’s a wet head layout with sea grass decking. An opening port light provides ventilation along with an exhaust fan.
With a LOA of 39’10” (12.14 m) the design of this C40 allows for such good use of space that owners can find plenty of room to move about, privacy for two separate couples, room for additional guests, all in a boat that actually fits into a 40’ slip. Time and again owners with boats that fall into this 40’ class find themselves in need of larger slips thanks to a pulpit and swim platform. We think this boat will be in style for a very long time thanks to the classic styling and retro design elements.
The C40 is such a welcome departure from previous designs that we’ve seen from Carver. Previous boats seemed to have a sense that they were designed from the inside out. The layouts provided all the amenities needed or wanted, but the eye appeal was more of an afterthought. Not so with this design. It’s as appealing outside as it is inside. If the handling of its smaller sister, the C34 is any indication, this C40 should also rate high marks away from the dock. We’ll find out as she makes her rounds through the Northeast in the coming months. In the meantime we offer well deserved kudos for Carver’s design team on the C40.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Carver C40 (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Fresh Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
Oil Change System
= Standard = Optional
Carver C40 (2014-) Warranty
Carver C40 (2014-) Warranty Information
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