EAT AND SLEEP. New for 2006, Carver switched the oversize dinette in the salon for a second stateroom. The 33SS' salon remains spacious with Ultraleather recliners to starboard when you first enter and the entertainment center with 20" flat-screen TV to port. Forward to port, the galley covers the basics, and a highlight is the nearly full-size refrigerator.
The head is also to port with a standup shower, electric commode, and towel stowage. Don't grab the towel rack in rough seas-it's not strong enough to provide support. Usually I gripe about the lack of an air-conditioning vent in the head, but remember, this is a 38' boat. Close the salon hatch, open the entry into the stateroom, and the cool air from the cabin will clear the head area quickly.
Because a queen-size berth limits room in the stateroom on a boat this size, Carver smartly used shelves in the base instead of drawers that need to be pulled out. The aforementioned twin hanging lockers are spacious, and there's even a small lounge where you can sit down to get dressed. The 15" TV is a welcome touch that lets mom and dad cozy up in the stateroom, have some privacy, and watch something other than Power Rangers.
EXTRA POINT: On a less-than-40'-long cruiser, space is at a premium, so Carver used a new Kenmore product called the Brew N Wave, a microwave oven with a built-in coffeemaker.