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October 05, 2005

Carolina Classic 32

Trust. That's the overarching feeling you'll get when running a Carolina Classic.

Trust. That's the overarching feeling you'll get when running a Carolina Classic. Trust that you can take this boat well offshore and it will perform predictably, bringing you and your crew home safely and comfortably.

The Carolina Classic 32 includes 740 hp under its bridge deck. That's 740 hp in a 32-footer. Thanks to a pair of Cummins 370-hp diesels with 2.5:1 gear ratio, the top end hits 38 mph at 3,440 rpm, with optimum cruising speed about 31 mph at 2,900 rpm burning about 29 gph total. At this speed, the Carolina Classic 32 offers a range of about 350 nautical miles with a 10-
percent cushion.

Without any tabs, the Carolina Classic 32 rises onto plane so quickly, you'll place this boat squarely in the outboard time-to-plane milieu. The helm offers excellent visibility in every direction whether you're seated or standing. Turn the wheel a little and this 32 zigs and zags like a welterweight. Turn the wheel hard over at speed, and it lays dramatically into the turn, carving a smooth 180-degree arc in about four boat lengths.

The only fishing feature listed as an option is a 50-gallon livewell. Fresh- and saltwater washdowns, custom bait-prep center with tackle-storage drawers, twin 50-gallon fish boxes, coaming pads, in-gunwale rod holders and a transom door round out the standard-equipment list. The boat sports three rod holders in each gunwale, three on each tower leg and six across the back of the hardtop.

Like most bigger boats, this 32 has stern cleats mounted under the cockpit gunwales with lines exiting through coaming hawseholes above. The cockpit is wide open and very functional.

It's an easy reach to the water's surface from the rail, and the gunwales hit at just the right height to lock you in securely when you're fighting or wiring a fish. Belowdecks is very comfortable for a couple weekending or for a night or two of fishing offshore. An athwartship double in the forepeak augmented by a narrow, straight settee affords three people comfortable berths.

A galley aft of starboard and stand-up head with shower to port just at the bottom of the stairs round out the accommodations.

You'll appreciate the well-placed handholds throughout the Carolina Classic 32, especially on the bridge deck. The foredeck and cockpit both have noticeable crowns to help any green water run off quickly.

You'll be amazed at the amount of storage under all seats and belowdecks.

The engine compartment is well-insulated, so the boat runs very quietly whether you're in the cockpit, at the helm or below.

Carefully hand-laid solid fiberglass makes a tough, durable hull. However, if you want to discover what's special about this boat, take it out an inlet with a stiff wind against a strong tide. You'll instantly see what we mean about trust.

Specifications:
L.O.A.  32 ft.
Beam  13 ft.
Deadrise  20 deg.
Draft  3 ft. 6 in.
Fuel  355 gal.
Max. Power (2) 500-hp diesel IB
MSRP $271,900

Notable Features:
? Air conditioning
? Recessed trim tabs
? Teak-and-holly cabin sole
? Fresh- and saltwater washdowns
? Generator
? Algae-X fuel optimizing system