The Boat

Never for Ever is a 2003 Hunter 386. Shipped to the PNW from the Chesapeake by the previous owner, she has been sailing from Puget Sound to Alaska ever since. We bought her in April 2014 and lived aboard from July 2015 to June 2016 cruising.

Never for Ever stern tied at Smuggler Cove.

The Hunter 386 was made for two years (2003-04) and she is hull# 784 with a length overall of 38 ft 3 in and a beam of 12 ft 7 in.  She also features a shallow draft of 5 ft and a cruising speed of around 6–7 knots.


Inside there is a large double (Queen) in Owner’s Cabin aft, a v-berth, a semi-separate shower, a Webasto 90s Hydronic heating system and plenty of tankage. With a big freezer and fridge and tons of storage she is a great choice for a comfortable liveaboard.

For tunes we have a Sony Mechless Digital Receiver with salon & cockpit speakers. Outside the roomy cockpit has a full enclosure with screened panels and cockpit cushions all around and a binnacle with fold-out table leaves.


Electronics consist of a Raymarine e80 chartplotter, a full suite of instruments, radar, a Garmin 400c Fishfinder and an autopilot with wireless remote. There is also Standard Horizon VHF with remote mic and an additional floating handheld vhf. For power she boasts a Grp 7 starting battery and four 6v, 225 amp house batteries with a Magnum charger/inverter and Battery Monitor Kit. Two aluminum 10 lb LPG tanks run the Force 10, 3-burner stove and the Force Ten BBQ on the stern rail.

The B & R rig consists of a huge Selden in-mast furling mainsail and a 110% furling genoa. We added a Rocna 20 anchor  (44 lb) to 120′ of chain and another 295′  of line. There is a backup Fortress anchor with rode in case of emergencies.


Additional Features

Laughing Baby is our 10′ West Marine RIB powered by a Yamaha 8 HP outboard. The Forespar outboard crane makes getting the outboard on and off a breeze.


And most importantly, is Never for Ever’s good luck amulet made by our son from an aquamarine and an eagle feather from Port McNeill.