Carver 460 voyager grand salon
JULY 2004
Length overall  24'
Beam  14'11"
Draft  43"
Bridge Clearance  19'1"
Displacement  36,000 lb
Fuel Capacity  560 gals
Water Capacity 150 gals
Standard power Standard 115-hp two-stroke outboard

The raised dining area offers dramatic vistas under a lofty cathedral ceiling. The 'grand salon' (below) features the entertainment center with a 22" LCD TV/DVD with AM/FM/CD stereo.

The helm on the flybridge (above) is centered for good visibility.

Carver has modified its 450 Voyager Pilothouse to produce a well performing yacht with truly gracious accommodations they call the 460 Voyager GS, which stands for 'grand salon.' If you begin your tour with that propitious feature, you'll discover that the 450's lower helm station has been replaced by a raised dining area with a curved settee that wraps around an elegant cherry table. This will seat four comfortably, and because of the two-step elevation, each guest will enjoy near 360-degree vistas. The ceiling above this area soars dramatically to nine feet above the cabin sole, this cathedral affect created by the cavity underneath the helm pod on the flybridge directly above.

The galley lies at the foot of the steps leading up to the dining area. It features a U-shaped granite countertop with a beautiful view out the large port side windows. A side-by-side refrigerator/freezer fills the area under one end of the counter, while a deep double bowl stainless steel sink and a twin flush burner electric stove fill out the center section, with the remaining countertop providing a good amount of workspace. A microwave and coffeemaker are built into the low countertop to one side. There's plenty of storage under the counter in cabinets and drawers. The sole is tiled with matching granite.

Aft of the galley and dining table, the main saloon features facing lounges. The entertainment center in the aft starboard corner includes a 22-inch LCD TV/DVD and AM/FM/CD stereo. The vinyl headliner and wall coverings match the fawn-toned faux leather upholstery of the lounges and dining settee.

There are three staterooms on the accommodations deck, three steps down from the saloon. The starboard guest room lies underneath the raised dining platform. There's stand-up headroom to change clothes, a full-length, cedar-lined hanging locker and a built-in three-drawer bureau. The full-size berth has more than enough sit-up headroom. Two opening eye-shaped portlights and a frosted portlight overhead add air and light. The port guest room is a bit more snug, with the foot of the double berth tucked underneath the galley. A hatch by the foot of the berth hides a washer/ dryer unit.

Guests share the day head, which features a granite countertop on the vanity, a VacuFlush marine toilet, and an enclosed fiberglass shower stall.

The master stateroom forward features a double island berth with deep, cedar-lined hanging lockers on either side. There's plenty of storage underneath. The master head has a layout similar to the day head.

The above decks accommodations are impressive, too. The cockpit is a full six feet long, providing plenty of room for folding deck chairs or entertaining. A large hatch in the sole provides access to the engine compartment, where the Onan Genset and the twin Cummins 450-hp diesels are housed, all fully accessible.

The integral swim platform is nearly three feet wide and features unique lockers for fenders under hatches in the sole, plus a folding boarding ladder. Storage lockers in the transom contain a handheld hot-and-cold shower.

Molded steps lead from the cockpit up to the side decks, which are just wide enough to allow a large boater up to the foredeck. Stainless bow rails and hand-holds provide security en route. Up on the foredeck, there's room for a large sun pad. The anchor locker is quite deep, providing adequate stowage for all the chain that comes with the Maxwell 1200 windlass. The large Danforth anchor rests securely in a stainless pulpit.

A molded staircase leads from the cockpit up to the flybridge, which is protected by an optional hardtop. A semi-circular settee wraps around a stowable table on the port side. A wet bar with a small fridge underneath graces the other side, along with a loveseat sort of lounge. The helm is amidships with a comfortable seat and a companion seat to port.

Walter McArdle of Shady Oaks Yacht Sales, the dealer based on the West River south of Annapolis, was kind enough to take time from his busy spring schedule to take me out for a boat ride. We dropped the lines and headed out the West River past the little village of Galesville and out onto the Chesapeake where we found a south-southwest breeze of 10 to 12 knots and seas of about one foot.

With the flybridge so high up,the boat has a bridge clearance of just an inch over 19 feet,I was expecting some windage, but the hull tracked true on all points. The twin Cummins 450-hp diesels provided amazingly swift acceleration that brought us right up onto plane. We recorded 20 knots at 2260 rpm and a top speed of 26.3 knots at 2680 rpm. Even at this speed, the boat took fairly tight turns with very little banking.

The gauges are right above the adjustable steering wheel, but I found the digital tachometer readouts difficult to see in the glare. The TwinDisc EC-200 Commander controls were smooth and precise. The swept back, curved windshield is just the right height to provide protection while seated at the helm without interfering with the view. Visibility across the bow is adequate while sitting at the helm and quite good while standing. The aft starboard quarter is visible down along the staircase and through the transom gate.