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

Moonraker: Year Two of Cruising Begins!

13 June 2013 | Mill Creek, Annapolis, MD
It’s been a stressful couple of weeks, especially the last two days, but we have finally left the dock and headed north. It didn’t help the stress that we were racing what was forecast as extremely violent thunderstorms this afternoon. We debated between just anchoring in our “regular” hurricane hole, which didn’t give us any forward progress, or heading up the bay and making sure we got to a safe anchorage before the storm hit. Of course we chose the second choice. It wasn’t hard to decide that when the sun was shining and the winds weren’t too strong. We did get some heavy winds as we were heading into the anchorage but we were able to anchor while it was still calm. The picture above shows us approaching Mill Creek off of Whitehall Bay just north of Annapolis. You can see the sky doesn’t look very threatening. The storm did come through about an hour or so later. It was strong with the maximum wind speed hitting 42.7 knots but only lasted about 15 minutes.

We finally got our tanks completely finished this past Monday. We were waiting for some covers for the water tank to be returned from the fabricator. We had sent them back to get some gaskets added to them and when they finally came back they were exactly the way we had sent them. Oh well, we had to make do. We are glad we went to New England to pick the tanks up but the trip was the last big one we made in our trusty Nissan Pathfinder. Our hope was that the car would make it at least another year. When we leave Annapolis to go cruising we park the car in front of our friend Jean’s house. When we picked it up this Spring we took it right to buy “pre-owned” tires and then to the transmission shop to have it checked out. We already knew we weren’t able to pass the Maryland emissions test because our catalytic converter was shot. The car was struggling more and more each day but we knew it’s time was up when Bill accidentally hit a boat trailer at the inflatable shop and ripped a tear in the bumper. It was going to cost more to fix all of that then the car was worth to us. At the last minute we decided we might as well sell the car now and deal with if and how to replace it when we come back through Annapolis in September. Lucky for us CarMax likes to overpay people for their used cars. We spent two hours there and came out with a check for more than we expected to get for it. We are also lucky that our friend Jean’s daughter lent us her car to take care of that and all the many errands we had to run before we could leave the dock this afternoon.

The wind is supposed to be very strong and from the north for the next day so we will stay at anchor and get the boat straightened up to the point where it should have been before we left. We both need a little relaxation time right now too. Our next stop will probably be on the other side of the Chesapeake and Delaware canal on Saturday night. Then off to Cape May to wait for the right weather to head out to sea once again. Hopefully the blog will start being very regular again. I’ve enjoyed the month or so off but am happy to finally have something to write about 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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