570 Voyager — By Capt. Bill Pike
|The Carver 570 Voyager Pilothouse is just about as plush as she is roomy.|
Boats have changed a lot over the past few decades. When I was living aboard a boxy, cramped, he-man cruiser called Misty during the early `80s, there was little more in her engine room than a diesel powerplant, a bilge pump, a couple of tanks, two batteries, and a five-gallon bucket. Gensets were for wimps, and so were A/C compressors, automatic fire extinguishers, waterheaters, and even--would you believe?--pressure-water systems.
Today most cruisers leave ol' Misty in the evolutionary dust. They're curvaceously voluminous by comparison, with interior elbow- and headroom to spare, and typically equipped with more auxiliary systems, appliances, and amenities than the average waterfront condominium. One of the acknowledged leaders in the field of such luxury cruisers is Carver Yachts, a Midwestern builder that recently introduced its largest offering to date, the 570 Voyager Pilothouse. With a three-stateroom, two-head layout that's both deluxe and roomy, the 570 takes the concept of comfortable modern cruising to a whole new level.
Although the large saloon, with its UltraLeather sofa (equipped with twin Flexsteel incliners) and top-of-the-line entertainment center (with 110-volt Harmon Kardon AM/FM stereo/CD) is certainly impressive from a sybaritic standpoint, as are the thoroughly outfitted galley, the spiffy VIP stateroom at the bow, and the acres of lounge space on the flying bridge, it's the master stateroom that best exemplifies what the 570 is all about. Accessed via a stairwell from the main deck, the natural-cherry-clad compartment is huge, with a full-beam span and a fore-aft dimension that accounts for almost one-third of the boat's length. On a recent five-day trip from Fort Lauderdale to the Hawk's Cay Resort at Islamorada, Florida, I found this space to be so expansive I occasionally felt like I was weekending on the top floor of somebody's swanky beach house.
Amenities were abundant. Besides a snoozy HandCraft innerspring mattress on the master's island berth, lustrous Karadon countertops, and solid cherry miniblinds over the opening ports, there were no fewer than three cedar-lined hanging lockers, five cabinets, and five enormous drawers in a built-in dresser. One of these babies alone was big enough to hold the contents of my whole seabag! Additionally, the en suite master head to port offered three separate, roomy realms: a central vanity with a sink, mirrored medicine cabinet, and smart, substantial faucets; a water closet aft, with a cherry-grillwork/frosted-panel entrance door, opening port, fan, and Wilcox Crittenden electric MSD; and a separate shower stall/tub area forward, with high-end shower wand, small fiberglass tub, and opening port.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.