While weaving around the chop stirred up by the other traffic, I walked the 444's decks. The high gunwales and full-beam saloon are not original to Carver, but the company's version is one of the breed's better-looking. To make your way forward, you need to take only a few steps down from the flying bridge to the afterdeck, then around to the side decks. The stainless-steel side rail is high, and grabrails are within easy reach. It is nice to have five cleats lining each side deck, especially cleats for forward and after spring lines. I can't recall how many times I've reached the dock, then had to stand in a daze looking for an appropriate spot (other than the stanchion base) to tie a spring. Another plus is that each cleat and stanchion base is secured to an aluminum backing plate, glassed in before the hull and deck are joined. Some builders encapsulate marine ply, but aluminum is more durable and affords less risk of water penetration into the wood, should any damage occur.