1995 Carver 325 Aft Cabin



 
We have had this boat since the summer of 2006, and we have been very happy with it. You can probably tell from the rest of my web site that I tend to like to "tinker" with boats. And that doesn't just mean to haphazardly do things with it, but rather, improving and updating the boat in a methodical way, paying attention to the current technology and trends. Afterall, there is no worse thing in the boating world than an owner that "jacknifes" their boat, making it a mess, or worse - unsafe.
 
One of the goals for doing these projects is that I am retired, and use the boat as a live-aboard for a week or two several times during the summer months. Therefore, we are wanting to have all the conveniences of home on the boat.

One of the first things we had to do was to give the boat a name, or rather re-name the boat. A lot of thought went into this process, and we finally chose the name "Yesterday's Dreams". This has several meanings to the wife and I.

First, it has been our dream to own a motoryacht - albeit a small one - for quite some time, so this boat is that desire come to pass.

Secondly, we in the middle of the baby-boomer generation; growing up with late '60s, early '70s music. Our favorite music of that era is the Moody Blues, and "Yesterday's Dreams" is a lyric from the song "The Morning (Another Morning)" on "Day's of Future Passed". The lyric can also be found on "Too Old to Rock'N'Roll" by Jethro Tull of the same era.


Naming and Lettering your Boat.


Next on the list was a custom made Radar Arch. For all of the modern electronics I wanted to put on the boat, this was an absolute requirement. Jim at Tower's Unlimited of West Michigan was nice enough to make a custom arch for the boat. I cannot believe that I have already filled all of the mounting locations on the arch.

 

From left to right in the photo above, the items are:

- 8ft fiberglass VHF antenna
- GPS Receiver
- Port stereo speaker
- Hailing speaker
- 4 Kw Radome (Radar)
- Sirius Radio antenna
- Starboard stereo speaker
- 3ft stainless steel AIS Antenna
- 8ft fiberglass Cellular Antenna


Radar Arch Project.

I'm thinking I need to find a place for one more antenna - a WiFi antenna so we can have improved internet access on the boat. There is more thinkin' to be done here.


There is access around the entire periphery of the boat. While the walkway is a bit narrow near the main cabin area, it is safer than many boats of this size.
 
One difficult access area is the water and holding tank deck plates. Unfortunately they are on the narrow part of the walkway, and more easily accessed from the dock. We have found the easiest method of accessing these plates is by opening the window in the salon.


At the rear deck, above the aft cabin, there is a 10' x 5' open deck. The wife wanted to convert this area to a covered 'porch', but I liked the open area, and as the boat doesn't look like the typical Aft Cabin. But we comprimised and in 2008 we custom-built a Bimini top.

We found a shop that would bend 10ft bimini bows for us, and I bought a commercial grade sewing machine. The wife nor I have any experience in sewing, but I have always felt that if you do a bit of research and just jump right in, almost anything is possible (well, maybe except for brain surgery).


Another 2008 upgrade was to re-build the flybridge enclosure as you see here. In addition to the enclosure getting a bit old, it required a re-design due to the addition of the radar arch. With the old enclosure, it was quite difficult to open the side "horseshoe" vents in the ising glass.

In addition, I wanted front horseshoes as well, as even in the Michigan sun, the enclosure can get Hot, Hot, Hot,


In 2009, we continued with the aft bimini and made a connector from it to the main enclosure.


One of the things we love about this boat - no canvas that has to be taken off every day (such as an express cruiser's cockpit). To access the main cabin, simply walk through a sliding-glass door. This makes the boat feel more like a home than a tent. Access to the fly-bridge is via a ladder.


At the helm, I did an extensive update of the electronics. The updates include:
 
- RayMarine C-80 Multi-Function Display.
- RayMarine RD424 Radar scanner.
- RayStar 125 GPS (includes chartplotter function).
- RayMarine DSM 300 Depth Sounder.
- Garmin GMI-10 display.
- Lowrance LMF-200 and LMF-400 displays.
- Icom 504 VHF DSC Radio.
- KVH Azmuith 1000 Digital Compass.
- Rudder position indicator.
 
Also NMEA-0183 and NMEA-2000 networks with:
 
- AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver.
- KVH Fluxgate heading data.
- Icom 504 DSC and GPS information.
- Bennett trim tab position indicator.
- Fuel Level monitor.
- Fuel Flow (Floscan FloNet 2000)

 
Click here for a detailed view of the Navigation Package


Navigation Project.


 
Last, but not least, the boat originally had a Carver logo on the hub of the ship's wheel. However, between the time we agreed to purhase the boat and it was delivered, the logo had become knocked off, lost, or stolen. So, since I have a nice woodshop at home, I spun a nice Bubinga wood hub on my lathe.


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