Welcome to s/v Rainshadow!

Rainshadow is a Nicholson 38 ketch built by Camper & Nicholsons in 1974. This web site will chronicle Rainshadow’s adventures with her new owners (sic), Van and Marilyn.

[Editor's note: Any boat owner can tell you, the boat owns the people, not the other way around. The boat "owner" exists to tend to the needs of the boat.]

Where is Rainshadow Now?

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Latest News

Portlight Problems and Solutions

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Our boat has 10 portlights, 5 on each side of the cabin. We learned on our recent passage to Hawaii that they are leaking. There are multiple reasons why. Continue →


Previous News


May 26th, 2017 | by | No Comments

How a 42 y.o. Nic 38 faired crossing the East Pacific
How a 42 y.o. Nic 38 faired crossing the East Pacific

Rainshadow safely took us on our first passage from the Seattle area to Hilo Hawaii, but not without some failures. Here’s the list of things that broke while we were underway.


May 26th, 2017 | by | No Comments

2016 Passage to Hawaii: Days 20-28
2016 Passage to Hawaii: Days 20-28

This is the final segment about the saga of our first passage. Short version is – we made it. Long version is told here.


December 5th, 2016 | by | No Comments

2016 Passage to Hawaii: Days 10-19
2016 Passage to Hawaii: Days 10-19

At this point in the passage, we are in the Horse Latitudes – that is between 30-40 N. Exhaustion is really setting in, and we are not jovial.


November 21st, 2016 | by | No Comments

2016 Passage to Hawaii – Days 0-9
2016 Passage to Hawaii – Days 0-9

We finally did it! We made the “Left Turn” that sailors in Puget Sound talk about over beers with fellow sailors, and while sitting at home poring over old Pilot Charts and Jimmy Cornell’s World Cruising Routes. That “Left Turn” means we sailed to Neah Bay at the west end of the Strait of Juan […]


November 21st, 2016 | by | No Comments

Repairs and Updates Spring 2016
Repairs and Updates Spring 2016

For months as we considered our upcoming passage from Seattle to Hilo, we worked on a list of things that HAD to be done before we set off. The list varied in size throughout the spring, but once we reached the boat, pragmatism and schedule reduced the list to a more manageable size. Here is […]


October 24th, 2015 | by | 2 Comments

Southeast Alaska Cruise Summer 2015
Southeast Alaska Cruise Summer 2015

Yes, we finally made it all the way to Southeast Alaska. We traveled through B.C. as fast as we could on the northbound trip, reaching the Alaskan border in 3 weeks – we cleared US customs on June 21st.


October 4th, 2015 | by | No Comments

Repairs and Updates 2014-2015
Repairs and Updates 2014-2015

  In the spring of 2015, we left our land-based home in Hawaii and returned to the Pacific Northwest.


April 4th, 2015 | by | No Comments

B.C. Cruising 2014
B.C. Cruising 2014

This was an odd cruising year because we split our summer cruise into two pieces so we could spend July as landlubbers with our families. It meant we meandered during our cruises rather than having a destination – as if we ever do have a destination, but this year was even more meandering than usual.


February 1st, 2015 | by | No Comments

Repairs and Maintenance Summer 2014
Repairs and Maintenance Summer 2014

We headed from our winter home to the boat in May, and spent some time doing repairs, both at the marina and while underway on our 1st summer journey to Barkley Sound. Here’s the list of repairs/improvements:


February 14th, 2014 | by | No Comments

Haulout 2013
Haulout 2013

Rainshadow spent a month on the hard at Sea Marine in Port Townsend starting in late September so we could complete the following maintenance tasks:

Topics of Interest

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