Rebuild of Ex Gunboat 55 “Rainmaker”
Ex Gunboat 55 “Rainmaker” Rebuild
Gunboat 55 ‘Rainmaker’ was a super-yacht with mega history. Our first sight of the boat was as we brought her in for a pre-dawn arrival at the Multihull Centre on January 31st 2016, after shipping from Bermuda.
64ft Powercat Rainmaker – launch day trials
After an extensive re-build Rainmaker emerged from the sheds as the 64ft Port Pendennis Marina Powercat. Nigel Irens, the original designer, worked with us and Pendennis Marina to create a lightweight carbon construction with super-efficient hulls for comfortable cruising at 20 knots.
Engine model: 2 x Yanmar 6LPA-STP2
Power rating: 2 x 232kW
Speed: 20 kts cruising/ 25 kts max
Weight: 12.5 T
Rainmaker had been left to drift 400 miles off the US coast during a storm on 30th January 2015. When they lost the mast the crew raised a Mayday were airlifted to safety. The gale force winds and Gulf Stream currents ensured that efforts to find her once the storm had cleared were doomed to fail. Rainmaker drifted for the next 14months until she was spotted by an America’s Cup crew out practising off Bermuda. She was subsequently towed ashore and sold at auction, which is how she then came to us as the new owner’s yard of choice for her rebuild.
Multimarine are proud to have been chosen for the re-build of such a beautiful and well-known boat. But more than just this, we are also gratified to be working on a project that might otherwise have contributed to the ever-increasing problem of marine pollution. To have the opportunity to make sure that this time this stunning boat it will do its job for decades, if not centuries, is a matter of great importance to us.