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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Oil Change System||Optional|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!