Carver 396: Stretching the rules... IN THE AGE BEFORE FIBERGLASS, AFT CABIN CRUISERS had a graceful, salty look. Then something happened. The age of resin and fabric dawned and aft cabin cruisers evolved into something ... well, boxy and fat. Now another age of design is underway, the age of the raised-sidedeck aft cabin. So much for boxy and fat. These latest aft cabin cruisers are displaying not only zestier lines but increased interior space as well. An excellent example of this style is Carver's 396. It has high sidedecks, a high level of finish, and-compared to some of its competitors- a high price. Has it set a new standard for aft cabin cruisers? Let's find out.
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