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

The View from the Top

06 December 2012 | Charleston, SC
We really enjoyed Georgetown but on Tuesday afternoon we decided if we left then we could anchor a couple of hours closer to Charleston and save a whole day. So off we went back to the ICW and ended up in Minim Creek. It was right off our route, and right next to a rice plantation. With our new found knowledge about growing rice we were very excited to see some of the things that we learned about at the Rice Museum. Bill decided we needed to go up the mast to get a better view. He went up first, leaving me down with the mosquitoes! Good thing he managed to get a couple good pictures, including the one above, because neither of us were willing to stay outside with the mosquitoes any longer. Good thing the boat has good screens. Only a couple of the bugs got inside and they didn’t last long.

This morning we headed for Charleston. It was not a lovely day. We were back to hats and gloves. The problem was the cold wind. We did put it to use for part of the day though. Still too cold for putting the main sail up but we put the jib out and got a bit more help for the engine. We were passed by a couple of power boats throughout the day but only heard sailboats on the radio, we didn’t see any. We did have a swing bridge to go through and were a little nervous it wasn’t going to open because the wind was too strong. It did open for us, but it was a little hairy getting through it.

So now we are in Charleston. We found a place to anchor near the Coast Guard Station. We weren’t real comfortable with it but we saw someone on one of the boats we had anchored near and went to talk to him. He was an interesting artist, but a brand new sailor. We decided to see how the boat settled along with the others. We went down below for dinner and then heard a big bang outside. We were banging into the boat next to us – time to move! Now it was dark so we stayed in the same general area, but we were a bit out in the main channel. We decided not to stay there so we pulled up the anchor one more time and went under the nearby bridge and found a new spot to anchor. We think we are OK now but we will see how things look tomorrow, in the daylight. We are planning on spending a couple of days in Charleston. We got a great list of places to see from the couple we are renting our house to, they used to live in Charleston. The interesting artist also told us some places to see. We are looking forward to being tourists for the next few days.
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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