Captain's ReportCarver’s new 2001 444 Motor Yacht is actually based on the company’s 396 Motor Yacht, with a new cockpit added on so you can take full advantage of all watersports activities.The 444’s sharp entry, subtle flare at the sheerline forward and flattened aft section practically guarantee a smooth ride—and there’s an efficient non-slip surface that will give you confidence when the decks do get wet. What makes it all happen is a pair of 370-hp Cummins diamond edition diesels. These in-line 6’s have a relatively narrow envelope, which saves big space in the engine room. Walker Airseps keep the space clean, and the turbochargers provide plenty of torque in the mid-range. The fuel and oil filters are easily reached for servicing, as are the dipsticks.Out on the water, the 444 turned in a top speed of 32.5 mph at 3000 rpm, with a best cruise of more than 27 mph at just 250 rpm off wide-open throttle. Given her fuel burn rate of just 28.6 gallons per hour at best cruise, she’ll go for nearly 300 miles on a fill up, and we found that control around the docks was very precise. With plenty of space, a good turn of speed, and all the comforts of home, this Carver really is a great introduction to the new millennium.For more information call (920) 822-1600 or visit www.carveryachts.com.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Carver 444 Motoryacht (Not in Production) is 32.5 mph (52.3 kph), burning 38.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 146.86 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Carver 444 Motoryacht (Not in Production) is 26.9 mph (43.3 kph), and the boat gets 0.93 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.4 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 276 miles (444.18 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Cummins Diamond edition diesel inboards.
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|
Boats More Than 30 Feet