Carver 59 Marquis — By
— May 2003
|Part 2: Everyone agreed this 59-footer had raised the bar.|
Space is not lacking on the main deck. The optional lower station leaves room for a nice-size semicircular couch to starboard. Sightlines from the two pedestal seats are fine—the helm seat raises electrically to enhance your view—although a seven-inch-wide centerline mullion is a distraction. Should you not order the lower station, a larger semicircular settee occupies the area. An optional pneumatically operated port-side door provides ready access to the side deck, and even at $13,300, it’s a worthwhile option for crewless cruisers.
The large U-shape galley is aft and to starboard on this level and, as with the heads, its counters and sole are granite. A two-burner ceramic cooktop, stainless steel KitchenAid convection/microwave oven, and below-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer are standard. An optional Fisher and Paykel drawer-style dishwasher fits handily under a seat just forward of the galley. Two features that fell into my gee-I-didn’t-know-I-needed-that category: a Cuisinart coffee maker that slides out electrically and a kitchen faucet with a clock in it.
Down three steps, the saloon has seven-foot headroom, is surrounded by glass on three sides, and can be ordered with a Sony 34-inch flat-panel TV in the forward starboard corner and a choice of furniture. Our boat had couches on either side—one with a big stowage drawer, the other that converted to two recliners—plus a barrel chair.
You exit the saloon for the cockpit via one of the prettiest and smoothest curved stainless steel sliding doors I’ve seen. (It has a curved screen door, too.) The cockpit is moderate in size—6'8" deep—and its entire sole can be removed to reach the engine space. A 3' W x 4'6" L hatch provides easier access to the standard diesels via a large lazarette, part of which can be ordered as crew quarters. Our boat had optional warping winches in each aft corner atop molded fiberglass cabinets, but no way to feed line into the cabinets except through the cabinet door. The stainless steel work here and elsewhere is exemplary—as good as I’ve seen—and it’s all done by Carver. From bollards embossed with the Carver logo to turned-billet stanchions, the work shines—literally—and adds a custom feel.
Foredeck access from here is via 1 1/2-foot-wide side decks with waist-high bulwarks and ample grabrails, guaranteeing safe passage in all but the worst conditions. To make your way aft, step through the starboard transom gate down to an enormous swim platform—actually two platforms. There’s a fixed one 40 inches deep followed by a 43-inch-deep one that raises and lowers electrically—and it’s standard.
There’s only one way up to the bridge, via a comfortable enclosed cockpit stair. The helm station up here is massive and well-laid-out—plenty of room for two Raymarine monitors and the MTU engine displays—with good sightlines forward. There’s also lots of seating and entertaining space, plus a 4'8"-deep space aft for a tender (a davit is available) or additional sunning space to supplement the big pad on the foredeck.
All this rides on a Carver-designed hull with a 14-degree aft deadrise that generates good lift, as evidenced by our test boat’s ability to plane at around 1450 rpm. Running outside from Stuart to West Palm Beach, the 59 easily handled the two-foot chop, performing best with about one-quarter tab. The hull responded well to helm input but cried out for standard power-assisted steering.
Speaking of crying out, there were a lot of exclamatory comments on her debut night in Miami, and all those I heard—in many languages—were laudatory. No one seemed quite sure how much of the 59 was the work of Italians and how much the Americans, but everyone agreed this 59-footer had raised the bar, not only for Carver, but given a moderate base price of $1,295,000, for the whole boatbuilding industry, too.
Carver Phone: (920) 822-3214. www.carveryachts.com.
This article originally appeared in the April 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.