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

2016 Passage to Hawaii – Days 0-9

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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 de Fuca and turned southward to the shockingly blue waters of the open ocean and to warmer climes. Continue →


Previous News


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:


October 23rd, 2013 | by | 1 Comment

Rebuilding the rudder
Rebuilding the rudder

One persistent theme on the Nicholson 38 community forum is the rudder.


October 12th, 2013 | by | No Comments

BC Summer Cruise 2013
BC Summer Cruise 2013

We had a delightful summer cruise – another 1500-something mile journey along the British Columbia coast. Each year we gain more comfort with living on the boat, and each year we wish to go further than the summer weather window allows us to go.


September 13th, 2013 | by | No Comments

Down Season Repairs 2012-13
Down Season Repairs 2012-13

Even though we left Rainshadow by herself while we spent the winter in Hawaii, we still made quite a few improvements at the end of the 2012 cruising season and the start of 2013 season. Here’s the list: – Had the fuel injectors rebuilt and checked valve adjustment. Engine continues to run great. – Replaced […]


October 1st, 2012 | by | Comments Off on Summer Cruise 2012

Summer Cruise 2012
Summer Cruise 2012

Summer 2012 was a great 3 month trip along the central BC coast, travelling 1500 miles in all. It was the summer of many firsts.

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