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

A Nice Clean Bottom

14 June 2013 | Mill Creek, Annapolis, MD
We had a very productive and almost relaxing day at anchor. It started raining in the middle of the night and rained through the morning but then it turned into a beautiful day. We got the boat all straightened out and much more livable. We even finished some projects we hadn’t quite completed before we left our dock. By mid afternoon it was warm enough for Bill to consider diving on the boat to see why we weren’t really moving through the water as smoothly as we should have been.

Sometimes we don’t think so, but in general we are a very well equipped boat. Buying things is one of Bill’s favorite things to do. One of the things he bought a few years ago is an air compressor diving system that lets you dive around the boat. He tried to use it in the Bahamas, where you can actually see in the water, but he snagged the regulator and broke it off in the first minute of use. We got the regulator replaced when we got back to Annapolis but he wasn’t going to dive on the boat in our marina. The picture above is Bill in all his gear ready to jump over the side of the boat this afternoon. What he found when he got under the boat was an outrageous amount of barnacles on our propeller and rudder, not to mention on the bow of the boat. Apparently the past two months in our home marina was devastating to the bottom of the boat. He spent some time cleaning off the prop and then realized the rest was going to take a lot more energy than he had today. We had called a diver to come clean the bottom a few days before we were leaving but she never returned our call. Now it was 4:00pm on a Friday and the chances of finding someone to do it for us, at anchor yet, were slim. Bill decided to try to use his contacts as ex-president of our neighborhood Homeowners Association to find another diver. It didn’t take too many calls before we were lowering the dinghy so Bill could pick up a diver at the closest dock to come clean our bottom. What luck!! The guy was great, it was cheaper than we would have paid the other diver and he wouldn’t even accept a tip for a job well done. That company is definitely getting our business again in the future!

Now we are ready to leave again tomorrow morning. One possibility was to rush up the Chesapeake under power so we could make Cape May by Sunday but we’re thinking we would rather sail if the wind will allow us to. We’ll see how it goes. If we don’t get to Cape May until Monday that is fine too.
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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