Catamaran Rainmaker returns

  • Gunboat 55 Rainmaker. (Photo courtesy of Oriel Butcher)

    Gunboat 55 Rainmaker. (Photo courtesy of Oriel Butcher)

  • Gunboat 55 Rainmaker. (Photo courtesy of Oriel Butcher)

    Gunboat 55 Rainmaker. (Photo courtesy of Oriel Butcher)

  • Gunboat 55 Rainmaker. (Photo courtesy of Oriel Butcher)

    Gunboat 55 Rainmaker. (Photo courtesy of Oriel Butcher)

Ten months after wreckage from the first Gunboat 55 to be built turned up in Bermudian waters the catamaran is preparing to undergo a major refit in England.

Rainmaker was torn to pieces in a devastating storm in January 2015 that resulted in the vessel being demasted and her five-strong crew being forced to abandon ship.

Now two years after the vessel was destroyed, work has begun to breathe life back in parts of the old wreckage and give this iconic Gunboat a second chance.

A spokeswoman for the Multihull Centre in England where the refit is taking place told The Royal Gazette: “Rainmaker recently arrived in the UK via ship from Bermuda.

“On December 31 she was brought to The Multihull Centre Boatyard in Millbrook, Cornwall. The boat was lifted out at the Multihull Centre Yard on January 3.”

The hull of the Gunboat was found by Sloan Wakefield last March around four miles of the island. Mr Wakefield together with the help of Bermuda Yacht Services was able to tow the wreckage of the catamaran into St George’s.

Only last week, Gunboat CEO Peter Johnstone took to Facebook to hail the news of Rainmaker’s pending refit.

“The Multihull Centre is a leading British multihull marketing and building business with large boat yard and mooring facilities,” he said.

“Great to see Rainmaker going into refit. She looks great with the simple clean up. This Gunboat 55 was abandoned by her crew and owner about 180 nautical miles off North Carolina when the rig came down.

“Left to fend for herself over two winters in the North Atlantic she was found and towed to Bermuda. Quite an ordeal for an amazing yacht. Happy she now appears on the way to life.”

Rainmaker ran into a vicious squall on January 30, 2014, about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras. The vessel and crew were 36 hours into a passage from the Gunboat yard in North Carolina to St Martin in the Caribbean. On board the boat at the time were her owner, Pinterest investor Brian Cohen, his son and three professional crew members, who were all hoisted into a helicopter and taken back to North Carolina.

The carbon mast and rigging of the vessel were cut away, and the decision was then taken to abandon the catamaran, which was valued at $2.5 million.

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Published Jan 12, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm)

Catamaran Rainmaker returns

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