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CARVER YACHTS MARQUIS 2130
When in 1954, Charlie Carter and George Verhagen thought of combining their last names to christen the yard which would have built their first boat, the only material used for yachting was wood.
Since then until the beginning of the '70s the Carver range developed according to the dictates of classic shipbuilding thus originating a way of thinking that would remain unchanged even with the advent of fiberglass. This explains the special refined touch that distinguishes, after so long, the range - which includes four models - that the American yard decided to call with a distinctive name: Marquis.
The 2130 described in this article is a motoryacht with a clean cut design, where the elaborated superstructures pleasantly stand out from the severe lines of the hull, with no sheer and low bulwarks. The impression of "lightness" the boat gives is typical of the design style of Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard who are quite familiar with megayachts.
Another interesting contrast is represented by the different layout of the two main outer areas: the flying bridge, ample and practical, acting as a real "sun deck" and the cockpit, clearly delimited by the bulwarks and by the above flying bridge extending aft and protecting it from the natural elements. At first glance, interiors appear sizeable. The area extending from the large sliding door aft to the windshield is on the same level - except for a small step leading to the helm station.
The saloon, galley-dinette and helm station appear in sequence and are consistent as regards style.
In the lower deck, the deluxe master stateroom is amidships. The nice and elegant VIP cabin is forward with central double bed and en suite bathroom and the comfortable and simple guest cabin is fitted with twin beds and en suite bathroom. The latter may be also accessed from the corridor. Far aft, in the crew cabin fitted with twin berths, an airtight door leads to the nice engine room, perfect example of architectural simplicity and technical quality.
TECHNICAL DATADesigners: Nuvolari-Lenard and Donald L. Blount & Associates
Yard: Carver Yachts; 790 Markham Drive; Wisconsin; USA 54162; Tel. 920 822 1575; website: www.marquisyachts.com
Importer for Italy: Blu Yachting/Metauro Group; via Garofano, 26; tel. +39 02 7064941; fax +39 02 706494217; website www.metauromare.it; email address: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
EC Category type: A
LOA: 70 ft
Beam: 18 ft
Draft from lower tip of propellers: 5 ft 10 in
Light displacement: 94,713 lbs.; Full load displacement: 107,929 lbs.
Maximum passengers capacity: 12
Berths: 6+2 for the crew
Test boat power: 2x1,360 MTU 10V2000
Total installed power: 2,720 hp
Total engines and reduction gears weight: 5,947 lbs.x2
Light displacement/installed power ratio: 34.82 lbs./hp
Type of transmission: ZF2000/2.5:1 in-line shaft
Maximum declared speed: 31 knots
Cruising speed: 25 knots
Declared fuel consumption at cruising speed: 100 gall/hr
Range at cruising speed: approx. 300 mi.
Fuel capacity: 1200 gallons
Freshwater capacity: 200 gallons
Road transportation: special cargo
Price with standard equipment and test boat power and EC certification: Euro 2,120,000.00 + VAT, ex yard.
CONSTRUCTION CHARACTERISTICSHull: V hull with longitudinal steps
Hull and structures construction material: composite material made of solid fiberglass with Knytex substrates for maximum strength.
The deck plate is reinforced with fiberglass laminate around the entire circumference. Bronze 4-blade propellers ZF 38x46; bow thruster and stern propeller
Deck: anti-slipping fiberglass with teak courses. Fiberglass roll bar with additional support for radar antenna.
Bow area: stainless steel stem fitting with anchor windlass, anchor chain and anchor hidden from view; 77- lbs. plow anchor; 246 ft anchor chain; Maxwell 4000 anchor windlass; Maxwell 1200 mooring winch; stainless steel pulpit and lifeline
Cockpit: teak floor, engine room access by way of port in crew cabin aft
Aft platform: partially integrated with teak floor
Flying bridge: with double access from the saloon and from the cockpit, it is fitted with a bar cabinet, C- shaped sofa with table, three seats for pilot, co-pilot and passenger facing the dashboard, tender may be stored separately in the overhanging part of the flying bridge.
INTERIORSLayout and characteristics: the main deck offers a large open space with three different areas: the saloon, the galley-dinette and the helm station. The spiral staircase in the saloon leads to the flying bridge while the one in the helm station leads to the cabins. The master stateroom is fitted amidships, with two bathrooms, hydromassage bathtub and shower, walk-in closet and beauty corner. The guest cabin has twin beds and en suite bathroom with two access doors while the VIP stateroom, with bed in the center, is forward and has en suite bathroom. Far aft, the crew cabin is accessible from the swim platform. It includes twin berths and the toilet from where one may enter directly in the engine room.
Helm stations: the main helm station is inside, with central pilot seat and ample C-shaped sofa to port. The secondary helm station is on the flying bridge, with wheel to starboard. An auxiliary control unit is fitted in the cockpit.
FITTINGSStandard fittings: 80,000 BTU air conditioning system, electronic navigation equipment, autopilot, teak, gangway, washer-dryer, dish-washer, crew cabin, bow thruster, stern thruster, Bimini top, hydraulically- operated aft platform
Suggested optional fittings: helm station in cockpit, power assisted steering, video cameras in engine room and in cockpit, icemaker on flying bridge, table in cockpit, intercom, LCD TV in cabins.
IMPRESSIONSSEA AND WEATHER CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTING
Wind: force 1
PERFORMANCE (with 50% full fuel and water tanks and three persons on board)
EVALUATION OF PERFORMANCE
EVALUATION OF COMFORT AND FUNCTIONALITYDeck: excellent, with comfortable and level side decks and flooring
Cockpit: very well protected mostly because it is almost totally covered by the protruding aft part of the flying bridge
Flying bridge: superbly designed and fitted, with the area assigned for storing the tender in the background
Interiors: excellent. The master stateroom is especially comfortable and elegant
Passengers' comfort: high
Galley: practical and elegant, it is perfectly integrated in the style of the saloon, serving as bar counter as well
Engine room: excellent accessibility and operation
Electrical switchboard: excellent.