Repairs

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

May 26th, 2017 by Marilyn | No Comments

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.


Repairs and Updates Spring 2016

November 21st, 2016 by Marilyn | No Comments

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 […]


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.


Repairs and Maintenance Summer 2014

February 1st, 2015 by Marilyn | No Comments

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:


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:


Rebuilding the rudder

October 23rd, 2013 by Van | 4 Comments

Rebuilding the rudder

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


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.


Boom teardown–outhaul revealed

November 7th, 2011 by Van | No Comments

Boom teardown–outhaul revealed

OK, so the sailing season is over for us, and I have started several projects, including tearing down the boom.


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 […]


Galley and Water Improvements

July 20th, 2011 by Marilyn | No Comments

Galley and Water Improvements

Fresh water has been a problem for us so far. The built-in fiberglass tank was badly affected by venting blisters, and as of last summer, we weren’t content to drink water from it any more. We tried using Sanitred to fix it, which was a complete disaster!!  Never ever use Sanitred products on your boat!!!


Gel coat cracks?

October 16th, 2010 by Marilyn | 1 Comment

Gel coat cracks?

We just noticed that Rainshadow has a bunch of small cracks on the topsides near the toe rail. Yikes!


Fresh Water Tank Repair

August 31st, 2010 by Marilyn | 4 Comments

Fresh Water Tank Repair

The problem was that our fiberglass fresh water tank (located in the keel under the cockpit sole, about 100 gallons volume) was blistered and had spider cracks. It was still sound, but the water quality was poor due to the styrene leaching into the water from the venting blisters. We figured we had the following […]


Ready to go… maybe not

April 17th, 2010 by Marilyn | No Comments

Ready to go… maybe not

Yesterday, we were all set for our first overnight cruise. The engine was running, Van was ready to cast off the docking lines. He was telling me the plan, but I was preoccupied. “Are you listening to me?” he asked.


Replacing the Lavac inlet hose spigot

April 1st, 2010 by Marilyn | No Comments

Replacing the Lavac inlet hose spigot

While working on replumbing the head, the inlet hose spigot snapped off inside the Lavac Zenith toilet. Yikes! It left a piece inside, so we were left with trying to figure out how to get that piece out, and what to do about replacing it. The Lavac toilet is just too nice to abandon over […]


What do you on your boat in the winter?

January 31st, 2010 by Marilyn | No Comments

What do you on your boat in the winter?

People are starting to ask what’s happening with the boat, so I figured I better make a new post.


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