1963 Rainbow 24, Onancock, Virginia, $2,100, sold 4/9/05

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1963 Rainbow 24, #26

  • Length overall: 24'2"
  • Length on waterline: 17'3"
  • Beam: 6'3"
  • Draft: 3'6" (fixed bulb keel)
  • Weight: Approx. 2,000 lb (keel alone weighs approx. 900 lb)
  • Sail area: 214 sq. ft. (i.e., main and standard jib)


  • Boat: Fiberglass with mahogany plywood door to cuddy cabin
  • (Made by Tidewater Boats of Annapolis, MD from a Sparkman & Stephens design, 1963)
  • Rudder: Bronze
  • Mast & boom: Aluminum
  • Spinnaker pole: Wood
  • Keel: Steel bulb
  • Sails: Dacron main & jib (Ulmer), 2 genoas (Murphy & Nye),
  • spinnaker (Batsey & Lapthorne), storm jib (?)
  • Finishes: Cream (off-white) topsides, dark green hull (but see Issues, below)


  • Canvas rain hood for cockpit
  • Anchor with line
  • Rig for lifting by crane
  • Various small parts, rigging components, and gear
  • Various literature
  • Port-a-potty
  • Volvo Penta long-shaft 3.5 hp (1977), 2-cycle outboard; needs reconditioning to run
  • New outboard bracket
  • Shoreline trailer (1969), single axle; tires hold air, but very old


  • Due to failure of keel fairing material and gelcoat below waterline, keel and hull were scraped clean in mid-1990s. Hull coated with marine epoxy, but keel remains unfinished.
  • Trailer is an unusual design that cradles boat, but cannot be used for launching. Tires should be replaced before boat is transported any significant distance.
  • Damaged turnbuckle on forestay; worked fine for 3 seasons of fairly easy sailing, but probably should be replaced.

    Hi Dave,
    One of my boats, the 1963 Rainbow has been sold and is on its way to a new home in South Carolina. Thank you very much for your assistance and excellent web site.
    Onancock, Virginia

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