Upgrades

Portlight Problems and Solutions

August 4th, 2017 by Marilyn | No Comments

Portlight Problems and Solutions

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.


Repairs and Updates 2014-2015

October 4th, 2015 by Marilyn | No Comments

Repairs and Updates 2014-2015

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


Haulout 2013

February 14th, 2014 by Marilyn | No Comments

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:


Down Season Repairs 2012-13

September 13th, 2013 by Marilyn | No Comments

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 […]


Overwinter 2011-12 Improvements

June 20th, 2012 by Marilyn | No Comments

Overwinter 2011-12 Improvements

Rainshadow overwintered at her slip at the Port of Poulsbo. It’s a good slip, but we were spoiled rotten having our boat only a 1/2 mile walk away prior to this – now it’s a 35 minute drive each way. Anyway, it didn’t stop us from making a lot of improvements this winter/spring.


Prop Analysis and Replacement – Part III: The Second Axiom Prop

July 28th, 2011 by Van | 1 Comment

Prop Analysis and Replacement – Part III: The Second Axiom Prop

We hauled out on July 21st, hoping to “haul and hang” for an hour to pull off the old Axiom and put on the new one, but with the nagging fear in the back of our minds that we should have replaced the white metal bearing during our haul out in June.


Replacing the White Metal Bearing

July 26th, 2011 by Marilyn | No Comments

Replacing the White Metal Bearing

Nicholson 38’s do not have a cutlass bearing, they have a white metal bearing in a stern tube. This works well as long as you keep it well greased, and that’s why there is a stern tube greaser integrated into the stuffing box. But after 37 years, the white metal bearing was worn enough, you […]


Prop Analysis and Replacement – Part II: The Axiom Prop

June 22nd, 2011 by Van | No Comments

Prop Analysis and Replacement – Part II: The Axiom Prop

Axiom made the new prop in just under three weeks, and UPS got it here in just five days. What an amazingly flat world. 


Prop Analysis and Replacement – Part I

May 28th, 2011 by Van | 1 Comment

Prop Analysis and Replacement – Part I

Prop analysis for the Nic 38


Trying out our new North Sails

April 20th, 2011 by Marilyn | No Comments

Trying out our new North Sails

Yes, it’s true – we bought new sails! Though our original plan was to try to make our own sails – we decided to go with the professionals. I’ll give a review of how everything went.


Adding a Fuel Polisher

June 7th, 2010 by Marilyn | No Comments

Adding a Fuel Polisher

A few months ago, we had our fuel tank professionally cleaned. We vowed to keep the fuel clean so we are not stranded by our trusty Perkins when we need it most.


Adding a Maintenance Bilge Pump

May 23rd, 2010 by Marilyn | 3 Comments

Adding a Maintenance Bilge Pump

This posting is about good ideas and bad ideas. Or maybe I should say good ideas with bad and good implementations.


Adding a Holding Tank

April 17th, 2010 by Marilyn | 2 Comments

Adding a Holding Tank

It was a major project to add a holding tank – it took about 4 months and touched so many areas of the boat. But it’s finally done, and I’m happy with the outcome.


Adding a Deck Access Port to the Propane Locker

February 22nd, 2010 by Marilyn | No Comments

Adding a Deck Access Port to the Propane Locker

One of the things the pre-purchase survey turned up was that the propane locker did not meet ABYC standards, in part because it did not have access via the top of the locker. Instead, it had only side access, and difficult side access at that. So we decided to do something about it.


Remodeling the V Berth

February 1st, 2010 by Marilyn | 1 Comment

Remodeling the V Berth

Here’s a great project that we think will really make a difference to our cruising enjoyment. It all started with our efforts to figure out where to install a waste holding tank.


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