Equipment on Rainshadow

Rainshadow has a surprising amount of original equipment, compliments of the care given for 27 years by her second owner. Here’s a breakdown of her specs and equipment showing both how she was at the time we took over as her third keepers, and the modifications we made.


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Perkins 4-108, ~3000 hrs  Added an inline fuel pump to help with engine bleeding (spring 2013)
Original fuel tank Had tank polished, and added a dedicated fuel polishing loop (spring 2010)
Nicor Marine MkIV Type 12000 gearbox with 2:1 reduction gears
Mathway Steering gear
Monitor Wind Vane
16″ diameter 12″ pitch screw prop Replaced with Axiom prop summer 2011


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Calor Gas propane stove with oven and banger grill
Adler Barbour 12v electric 3.2 cu/ft front loading refrigerator/freezer Added 1.5” R9 insulation board inside the box to improve efficiency (summer 2010)
Replaced Adler Barbour with Isotherm 3701 holding plate and Danfoss compressor. Add more insulation to the outside of the box. (summer 2014)
Original SS sink and blue plaid Formica-type countertop Replaced tap in summer 2011
12v hot/cold pressure water with accumulator tank Replaced accumulator tank, and all water hoses to galley (summer 2010)
Replaced fresh water pump with Shurflo Aqua King Junior (summer 2014)
Removed the on-demand hot water heater because we coveted the space, and it wasted water and propane (2017)
No watermaker Added a Little Wonder LWM-145 (2016)
Fresh water foot pump  Converted foot pump to salt water (2012) then disconnected in 2015. Plan to use for day water tank.
70 gallon fiberglass fresh water tank, complete with plenty of blisters Resurfaced with Sanitred products (summer 2010) – this was lengthy saga that went from bad to worse.
Completely removed the Sanitred coating and reverted back to the blistered fiberglass surface. Instead installed an under-counter filter to remove any impurities. (2013)


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Original chain locker with hawse pipe through v-berth has been abandoned. The new chain locker is just forward of the original at the bow, with the new hawse pipe being just aft of the stem fitting. Problem with this arrangement is that there is sometimes not sufficient fall for the chain, and it piles up without sliding downward and aft when pulling the chain back onboard.
Single berths converted to huge bed by installing a wood platform on top the cabinetry and adding a section of foam. New cushions. Changed style of making it a single large berth is it is possible to get into lockers easier (2012).
Added memory foam topper (summer 2014)
Original sidewall board Remodeled v-berth: area under berths converted to sail storage. Replaced dirty sidewalls with new plywood, and insulated hull above waterline.(winter 2010)
Painted the wallboard on the bulkheads (spring 2010)
Uninsulated hull Added sheet insulation in spring 2012.


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Uninsulated hull Added sheet insulation in spring 2012.
Newly reupholstered seats with ultra suede
Original lighting Replaced main salon, galley, and chart light with LED bulbs (summer 2010). Added more LED lighting in 2012.
Ducting for Webasto heater into all cabins, but the heater is gone Added a Webasto 3900 forced air diesel heater (Spring 2011)
Removed ducting to forward cabin, leaving only main salon vent that now works better(Summer 2014)
Fixed glass portlights Replaced galley portlight with opening version from New Found Metals (2017)


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Original ship’s design had two quarter berths in the aft cabin, but the second owner remodeled the aft cabin in the 80’s so it contains a single quarter berth on port side. The starboard side now has a chair, bookcase and built-in drawer cabinetry. It makes for a cozy second living space. Replace the quarter berth cushion (Winter 2010)
Original ship’s design also had a toilet and sink in the aft cabin. Both have now been removed. The aft head is now a hanging locker and tool storage Added a watermaker in this locker (2016)
Fixed portlights to port and starboard. Opening portlight aft. Replaced starboard portlight with opening version from New Found Metals (2017)


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Lavac Zenith toilet with Whale Mark V pump Replaced Whale Mark V pump winter 2010. Toilet bowl has noticeable crack in 2011, so we bought a new Lavac toilet that we installed in winter 2012.
No holding tank 13 gallon holding tank installed behind the head sink, all new hoses (winter 2010)
Fixed portlight Replaced portlight with opening version from New Found Metals (2018)
Tannoy vent Replaced Nico solar vent, but this failed after few years


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Neco/Raymarine MkII Autopilot (rebuilt)
Handheld GPS for navigation Used OpenCPN on a netbook computer, which worked great until we left regions with free charts. Replaced with B&G Zeus2 7″ MFD (2018)
Furuno 16mi Radar (rebuilt) Replaced with B&G 3G radar (2017)
Icom VHF Standard Horizon VHF with remote mic in cockpit (spring 2010)
Icom SSB radio with auto tuner We got our HAM licenses and renewed the ships call sign. Also added a counterpoise, detached the radio from the dynaplate and the copper grounding. (Spring 2011) Then replaced it with ICOM M802 and moved antenna to starboard shroud by installing Stalok insulator. (Spring 2012)
Datamarine Knotmeter/Depthsounder Eagle Fish Finder, shoot-thru-hull transducer because the Datamarine one is inaccurate in depths greater than around 50 feet (summer 2010) This Eagle failed in 2010, so we replaced it with another in 2011. Eagle was repaired under warranty, so now we have 2…
No wind speed equipment Added a used DataMarine Wind Speed indicator system (2011)
No AIS Added an AIS transponder (2015)
Ancient depthsounder with graphical display removed it and its shoot-thru-hull transducer (summer 2010)
Sestral Major pedestal compass We got the light working again (summer 2010)


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
2-Arco 65 solar panels (20 years old, and still working) Added a Blue Sky MPPT Solar Charger and replaced switch to control which battery gets the charge (summer 2010). Replace solar panels with BP 485J panels (Summer 2012)
2 older Golf cart house batteries plus starter battery Replaced house with Trojan T-105 golf cart batteries (Spring 2011) Replaced starter battery in summer 2013.Replaced Trojan house batteries with Firefly Oasis carbon foam batteries(2017)
Isolator and voltage regulator charging system with 90 Amp Alternator on switch Replaced with Alternator regulator (Xantrex) and Battery Combiner (Blue Sea) (Spring 2011)
Replaced alternator with 100amp Prestolite model 8MR2069TA (summer 2014)
Original electrical panel (12V) plus organic growth add-on wiring Replaced panel and massive electrical improvements (Spring 2012)
Main mast wiring for AquaSignal tri-color Hauled mast and rewired decklight, steaming light. Added wind indicator light and replaced tri-color with LED bulb (fall 2013)


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Barient #23 2 speed/self tailing primary winches
Lewmar #8’s  and 1 Lewmar #5 winches on masts
Mast Steps
No roller furler, standing rigging about 15 years since replacement Added Harken MkIV Unit 1 furler and replaced headstay, using Hi-Mod compression fitting (summer 2010) Replaced all standing rigging between 2014-2016 (except the mizzen running backstays)
Butler Verner Sails: (The originals!)
* Mainsail, jib, genoa, storm jib, Mizzen, Gennaker
Purchased North Sails (summer 2010):
* Furling 135% Genoa (Radial cut Dacron), Mainsail with 2 full battens and 2 leach battens (Dacron), Mizzen with 3 leach battens (Dacron)
*Purchased mizzen stays’l and hank-on drifter from Crusader Sails (Summer 2014)
*Purchased used hank-on working jib (2015)
* Purchased Neil Pryde roller-furling working jib and more robust mizzen (delivery spring 2016)
New halyards Replaced jib halyard because needed smaller eye splice for furler install (Sept 2010) Replaced main halyard with dyneema because needed smaller eye splice since North Sails built the main too big (2011)
Horn cleat for main sheet, cockpit side horn cleats for preventer Added cam cleats for main sheet, and one on deck just aft the primary winches for the preventer lines (summer 2010) Replaced the main sheet and mizzen sheet deck hardware after one failed (2015-2016) Added a halyard clutch to the main mast to allow one winch to work for solent or headsail (2016)
No solent stay hardware Added Lefiell staysail bracket to construct solent stay (fall 2013)
Finished solent stay installation using Dyneema Dux and a custom made plate (summer 2014)


At Purchase 2009 Our Modifications
Fully enclosed center cockpit with removable hardtop dodger. Roll-Up and totally removable side curtains with windows Added a zipper on starboard aft window so it can be rolled up to allow more grinding room for main winch and more head room for the deckhand. Added another zipper on the aft port side so can roll up that side too
Windshield, sans the windshield wiper Added a wiper (spring 2012)
Laminated teak spoke wheel, beautifully varnished with installed bracket for Monitor windvane control lines
Removable helmsman seat and matching first mate seat on starboard side
Propane locker under aft starboard deck, accessible from aft deck locker * Added a deckplate so can access propane locker from deck and close valves (winter 2010)
* Completely replaced the propane system with a rail-mounted setup (2015)
Lofrans Electric anchor windlass
45# CQR with 240′ hi-test chain (stored on bow roller)  Replaced with a Manson Supreme 35 lb (summer 2010) After about the first 75′ of the chain corroded into a nasty pile, cut off the bad part and kept only the remaining 150+ feet (2018)
20# Danforth with chain & rope rode (stored on pushpit Replaced with Fortress FX-23 (Spring 2012)
35# CQR with chain & rope rode (stored in aft locker)
Original thru-hulls, mostly Blakes seacocks but gate valves on head and galley sink drains, bilge pump outlet and engine exhaust outlet. Aft head inlet and outlet thru-hulls, as well as aft sink drain thru-hull, all plugged. Cockpit seacocks also plugged, and all cockpit drains routed to bilge. Replaced gate valves head sink drain (summer 2010) and galley sink drain (summer 2011) with marelon thru-hulls and flanged seacocks. First replaced aft cabin sink drain with plugged marelon thru-hull (summer 2011) and later installed marelon seacock so this can be used for watermaker in future (fall 2013). Replaced main bilge outlet thru-hull and removed gate valve (fall 2013). Added new 1.5″ Marelon seacock to main bilge outlet (Summer 2014)
Rudder reglassed due to concerns of water ingress Rudder rebuilt to replace SS rudder stock and remove saturated foam. Rudder collar replaced with clever coupler (fall 2013)

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