Carver 59 Marquis — By
— May 2003
|Meet the Carver 59 Marquis, a yacht designed to redefine a company and challenge an entire industry.|
I was standing at Carver’s display at the Miami International Boat Show as a couple of Italians disembarked from the new 59 Marquis. Curious what they might have to say after touring what the builder was claiming to be a true American-European hybrid, I edged closer.
“It really looks Italian,” marveled one.
“It doesn’t look Italian,” corrected his paisano, “it is Italian.”
Well, not exactly. The Venice-based marine design firm of Nuvolari and Lenard certainly gave the 59 a continental look, but it was the men and women of Pulaski, Wisconsin, who built her. Still, after my turn aboard the 59 that night and a full-day sea trial on her in Fort Lauderdale a few weeks later, I felt this boat had more in common with an Azimut or Ferretti than with another Carver. That’s not to say she’s their peer. Her sapele and cherry joinery and lovely, three-panel, solid-cherry doors are a huge step up from other Carvers, but the company still has a way to go before it can match the flawless, deep lacquer that routinely comes out of Italy and England.
Yet the 59 is at her heart a different Carver. She’s even built differently, inspired by EU Class I standards, the most stringent classification. Her hull has a solid-glass bottom and a combination of foam and balsa cores in the hull sides. She uses what Carver calls U.S. Navy-style construction, featuring a deck that, when attached to the hull, creates a monolith that needs no structural support other than bulkheads. The separate superstructure is an aluminum grid onto which is attached the laminate. A metal flange on it mates to a steel-reinforced deck boss, where the two are married with urethane sealant and bolts. The deck itself is a combination of tubular aluminum, balsa core, and foam encapsulated in fiberglass. Windows are direct-bonded—no frames—and engine beds are engine-length U-shape steel rails bolted from the top down into tapped steel plate embedded in the stringers and also through-bolted horizontally. The shelf on which the steering quadrants attach is reinforced with carbon fiber, and bulkheads are triple-bonded to the hull and sealed at all penetrations.
Impressive? Undoubtedly, but it’s what people see when they walk through the 59 that will make them wonder if they’re on a Carver. Everything from the Mariner Italian Faucetry plumbing fixtures to the brushed-aluminum Olivari door hardware is upscale. Yet this is still a Carver, and that means superb space utilization. When you walk down from the main level to the accommodations level, you do so via a comfortable 2'5"-wide curved stairway that leads to a large foyer with a granite sole that has LEDs embedded in it.
Head forward and you come to the VIP, with port and starboard full-length hanging closets, 6'6" headroom, port and starboard ports, and an optional flat-panel TV that flips down from the overhead. There are plenty of high-power halogen lights—they need a dimmer—and a large en suite head with enclosed shower to starboard.
The midship master is abaft the foyer and offers two larger hanging closets, each with elegantly curved doors, plus two ports and large built-in cabinets on each side. The en suite head, like its forward mate, has a large enclosed shower.
Both staterooms are so spacious, you wonder how Carver did it on a 59-footer—until you see the third stateroom, midway between the two and to port. It has bunks and a shallow (five inches deep) closet but is so small Carver had to design a bi-fold door so you can get in and out of it. This one is definitely more comfortable for kids.
This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.