had small beginnings turn into large yachts. In 1954, Charlie Carter and George Verhagen started the Carver tradition in a garage. The began building mahogany-planked, high-speed runabouts in their home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. What started as a hobby has grown into a business that is now headquartered in Pulaski, Wisconsin, with more facilities in Fano, Italy. They came up with the name by combining the first three letters of their last names: Carver. The entrepreneurs paid strict attention to details of form and function when designing a yacht. The sizes of Carver yachts span from 41 feet to 59 feet long. Points of electrical, mechanical, and structural concern are stressed in the choice of components and overall manufacture of the yachts. Carver also makes semi-custom luxury yachts meeting rigid standards. In order to highlight their yachts, Carver produced the pioneer consumer boating music video, “Are You Ready?”
By the 1980s, Carver had been acquired by new owners that enabled the company to expand sales beyond the Great Lakes region and truly become a recognized leader in the worldwide, luxury, motor yacht market. In fact, the Carver aft cabinmotor yacht was first introduced during this period and became synonymous with the Carver brand. In 2000, the largest Carver Yacht was introduced—the 57’ Voyager Pilothouse. Today, Carver Yachts continue to lead the industry in creating spacious, highly functional, beautiful world-class cruising vessels.