This blog chronicles the adventures of the sailing vessel Moonraker. We just finished the second year of our cruising life. We explored the US East Coast from Maine to Florida, the Bahamas, Haiti, PR, and the Virgin Islands.

19 May 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
06 April 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
13 February 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
21 January 2016 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
09 December 2015 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, MD
05 November 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
22 October 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
01 October 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
14 August 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
15 July 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 June 2015 | Hillsmere Shores Marina, Annapolis, Maryland
26 May 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
14 May 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
09 March 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
17 February 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 January 2015 | Annapolis, Maryland
08 December 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
31 October 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
20 October 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
04 October 2014 | Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis, Maryland

Another Foggy Day

10 July 2013 | Webb Cove, Deer Isle, Maine
We headed back to Deer Isle to meet up with our old neighbors from when we lived in Philadelphia. They are driving up to Maine today to stay with friends of theirs and we will get together, probably tomorrow. The weather is pretty miserable right now. Like yesterday, it’s not raining but it is foggy and cold. We only had about a half mile visibility on our trip over here. We motored the whole way. I’ve posted a picture we took last night from outside the lobster pound. There were no pictures taken today!

Our original plan was to anchor off the beach near our friends’ friends’ house. Then Bill thought about it a bit more and realized that no one wants to climb into a dinghy from a beach in this kind of cold weather to come out to the boat, you can’t really do it without getting your feet wet. He started exploring other places in the area that we could go and found an adventure company that rented moorings. They even have a launch to take you to shore and back to your boat that would be great for our guests. Best yet, they have hot showers! We headed in that direction, winding through the islands and huge rocks that are everywhere around here. That is when I saw the dolphins. There were three of them. I just saw them briefly but they were the first dolphins we’ve seen since we’ve been in Maine.

After we got to the mooring we went in to check out the place and take showers. We decided to use our dinghy because it didn’t seem to be like the places we’ve been recently where there are people waiting to bring you the launch whenever you want. We weren’t sure what kind of place it was. As it turns out – it’s a campground, but oh so much more. It is called Old Quarry Ocean Adventures and anything you might want to do on the water, or the area, they will facilitate it for you. The owner said he will pretty much sell you anything and if you look around this place it is true. They even have fresh steamed lobster available for take out! The main thing we wanted today though was showers. We were very successful with that. The shower was hot and had no time limit, which is something we’ve become accustomed to now. On our boat the time limit is that the hot water runs out. Other places where we’ve paid for showers the water stops after whatever time the token they sell you runs out.

Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow and we can take our friends sailing. Either way we are looking forward to spending time with them again!
Vessel Name: Moonraker
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 40
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Bill & Donna Shuman
This blog will record our adventures as we continue our new cruising life. This summer (2013) we plan to head north and explore the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We will return to Annapolis in the fall for the SSCA GAM and then head south on the ICW to Florida. [...]
Moonraker was built in 1986 and had two owners before we bought her in 2005. After spending nearly two years on the hard making all the repairs and improvements that I had promised Donna we wouldn’t have to do if we bought her, we were finally ready to go sailing. For the next several years we [...]
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Who: Bill & Donna Shuman
Port: Annapolis, MD

Where in the World is Moonraker

Our Boat

Moonraker is a 1986 Bayfield 40 designed by the famous Ted Gozzard and built in Ontario, Canada. The rig is a cutter/ketch. Here are some of her specs:

LOA: 45 ft. 6 in.
LWL: 30 ft. 6 in.
Beam: 12 ft.
Draft: 4 ft. 11 in.
Displacement: 21,000 lbs.
Ballast: 8,200 lbs.
Sail Area: 1,009 sq. ft.

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