Captain's ReportEven though she's a scaled-down version of the company's first Voyager--the 530--the 450 is nevertheless a big motoryacht by anyone's standards. The living areas are a bi-level affair with the saloon and in-line galley on the same plane and a raised pilothouse up and to starboard. This pilothouse has wraparound seating for four adults next to the skipper, so everyone can join in on the navigation as the sights go by in inclement weather. For short-handed handling, there's a small pilothouse doorway leading from the lower helm out to the narrow sidedecks, but it may come in handy in a pinch when the skipper needs to get up to the foredeck fast.Topside the easy living continues with an L-shaped lounge across from a wetbar, both abaft the flying bridge helm with twin deeply padded pedestal seats. Given the helm's centerline midship's location, visibility--even aft when docking--is surprisingly good. Also surprising is the kick we got from the all-new Cummins 480-hp electronically controlled diesels. Unlike most diesels that kick in the turbos at 1700rpm or so, the new Cummins take off at 1600rpm to get you up on plane faster--just 10.4 seconds on our test boat. This is due to a new "waste-gate" on the turbos themselves that overboosts the engines at the lower portion of the torque curve, and then dumps excess air once the boat is up and running at cruise. Top-end performance was a very respectable 32.7 mph, and at best cruise the 450 can take you well over 300 miles down the road between fill ups.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Carver 450 Voyager (Not in Production) is 32.7 mph (52.6 kph), burning 58.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 221.8 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Carver 450 Voyager (Not in Production) is 25.0 mph (40.2 kph), and the boat gets 0.64 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.27 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 322 miles (518.21 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 480-hp Cummins 480C-E inboard diesels.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Sirius|
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
|Bimini Top||Optional Prestige|
|Cockpit Cover||Optional Prestige|
Boats More Than 30 Feet