CARVER YACHTS – The Carver 346 Motor yacht

CARVER YACHTS – The Carver 346 Motor yacht

While there can be only one Boat that dominates, there have been crafts that over years wowed us with remarkable features. They are innovative, cool, and simply elegant. The kind of whims that makes you question, why doesn’t everyone do this?

So, when you see boaters call on superior aft cabin, this is where Carver Yachts usually comes to play. With time tested boat building methods, innovated engineering and nothing but highest quality materials, Carver’s dedicated staff gives that personal touch on every Carver that leaves the Pulaski Wisconsin Factory. And sure, the 346 does not only come as the latest example of the company’s expertise, but it’s also Carver’s 02’ version of its highly admired line of Aft-cabin Motoryachts.

Extensions On Metal, Electrical and Upholstery Shops

Besides Carver’s emphasis on in-house fabrication of parts and equipment as well as woodwork facility; Carver has dedicated extensions on metal, electrical and upholstery shops. Sure, give credit where credit is due; the 346 sports tinned-copper wire runs, all cautiously loomed, marked, color-coded and installed; custom-fit electrical strap ups with watertight connectors; bowrail stanchions which are twice over-welded to their base plates; and outdoor sprawl on seat cushions with King Starlite XL bases, thicker marine vinyl fabrics, water-repellent form, mesh backing and stainless steel staples.

An Antiquated Approach

Carver’s entire construction appears to benefit from the same heeding, an antiquated approach! The 346’s solid glass base is designed to endure grounding for several years to come. Hull sides and decks are centered with Baltek AL600/10 to reduce weight. On the other hand, her bridge is firmly supported on eight aluminum standings concealed within mullions and other structures – an evaluate that seizes the entire full weight of the windows, hence allowing that custom-cut plus “floated” in tough adhesive for water-resistant reliability. Engine room on the salon console is accessed via hatches; the engine itself is secured by double-gusseted steel brackets bolted firmly into one piece.

More to the salon, the 346 utilized a unique design that makes the salon extend to the entire beam of the boat. There’s an open floor layout plan which accommodates plush couch and love seat made of ultra-leather that is not just easy to look after, but it is of durability as well. Further, both seats feature ample storage beneath. While for entertainment pleasure, there’s a TV/VCR/ Stereo radio cassette and optional CD player that can be install for more listening delight. Over in the dinning area, there’s a retractable table that can be easily removed and stored in its own custom storage rack positioned behind the lounge – an advantageous feature when need for more room is necessitated.

Sound Equipped Galley

The well equipped galley has all the necessary appliances for preparing either small or full course sit victuals. As far as accommodations are concerned, the 346 has two fully appointed staterooms; like all the great dreams, it’s pretty plain here, in the guest stateroom located forward has an oversized double berth, plenty of stowage compartment and adjoining headed shower. And carver has elevated the use of space to an art form illustrated in the master stateroom located aft. It features a queen-sized berth, smart use of storage space, a full-sized shower head as well as entertainment center with a TV/VCR. All in all, both VIP and Master incorporated plenty of hanging lockers, shelves, bins and other stowage areas. More to the interior, you’ll notice optional filter joined into the sanitary system to stop holding tank stench. The mirrors are directly overhead the sinks and not away at some neck-broaden angle.

Up On The Bridge

On the top side, the Carver has accommodated more exciting characteristics. For example entertaining on the bridge is simplified, with a spacious L-shaped seating with storage beam. A wet bar and a refrigerator means you don’t have to go below for refreshments. The helm itself affords the 346’s skipper all round visibility, comfortable seating and practical console with enough room for all the necessary electronics.

Business End

While on the business end of things; Carvers engineers have really proved many wrong this time – using an efficiently designed and unbelievably acquired cooler generator set for the 346. Cooler offers this gen set with an optional 7.3kw gas or an 8.0kw diesel version. Maintenance is a snap – thanks to the large panel doors that facilitate easy access of all required ports. With a fairly low core of gravity, the Carver 346 Motoryacht does not only give a secure and unwavering ride underway, but also offering outstanding visibility even towards the stern while docking.

On Planing

Her performance is indeed reputable, with a top end of 33.7mph. While on a new Merc 8.1 S gas inboards, it remarkably places her up on plane in just 8.4 seconds. The Carver 346 has pleasurable ride even on bad weather. In fact, the boat has stability during acute turns and most credit goes to her Teleflex SeaStar hydraulic steering which provides a remarkable handling on top cruise levels. Out on a drive, powered on twin 370 horse power Merc Cruiser 8.1 spheres up to a cruising speed of 25.1 miles an hour at 3500rpm, at that speed she gives a total fuel burn of 36.2 gallons an hour resulting in a cruising range of 122 miles. As mentioned earlier, her top speed of 33.7mph at 4400 rpm gives a quick planing time of at just 8.4 seconds.

Of course, times have changed in regard to exterior styling; but things have stayed the same on the 346 MotorYacht , still with two staterooms on both ends of the boat, a full beam salon and all the placates of home that has made the Aft-cabin Motoryacht in high demand in the first place!


Length Overall 36’11”

Dry Weight 21,800 lbs.


Fuel Cap 196 gal.


Water Cap 70 gal.

Deadrise/Transom N/A

Bridge Clearance 14’4”

Max Headroom 6’3”