The Boat

Pura Vida is a 1999 Hunter 376.  She is, in our humble opinion, one of the best looking, comfortable, and capable coastal cruisers out there exploring the world.  She is designed for long term cruising with all the bells and whistles that keep us smiling.  She features  ample fridge/freezer space, a well laid out galley, a separate shower area, a huuuuge bed in the master cabin,  and a big ol’ table in the main salon that drops down to make a big ol’ couch.  This is all possible through a nice beamy design and full stern with a lovely sugar scoop walk through transom.

We love the generous use of oiled teak in the cabin (missing in many newer boats) and the big windows that let in light and avoid the dreaded cave feel many monohulls suffer from.  The designers used structural members in the hull to provide strength and rigidity rather than heavy interior bulkheads allowing for a massive main salon/galley which is great for entertaining and daily living.

The topsides feature a B&R rig.  The crossing wires create a diamond pattern making for a very strong rig while eliminating that pesky backstay.  This allows for a wonderfully open cockpit (great for entertaining), plus an enormous roachy full batten mainsail, so we fly along on light wind days when heavier boats with a traditional sail plan must motor.

When we first met Pura Vida she was fully kitted out and (mostly) ready to cruise.  We spent two years in the San Francisco bay getting to know each other and picking our own customizations before jumping into full time cruising.

Before heading out the golden gate bridge and making that hard left for points south we:

Upgraded the autopilot

Replaced all seacocks

Added jordan drogue attachment points

Upgraded the racor filter

Upgraded the raw water strainer

Had a professional full maintenance and checkup performed on the engine

Installed a watermaker

Rebuilt the electric windlass

Upgraded the refrigeration

Purchased a new Hypalon Dinghy & Motor

Which, for a cruising boat is actually not all that much.  Nevertheless we are happy with our floating home.  She has carried us over 2,500 nautical miles safely and is holding up great to daily use.


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