Moonraker

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 Boat Doesn’t Need Us At All

16 June 2013 | Cape May, New Jersey
Donna
We left our Chesapeake anchorage on Saturday morning and headed north on the Bay. Of course the wind wasn’t going to cooperate to let us sail but we did manage to motor sail. Bill decided to try something new that the autopilot is capable of but we never attempted before. The autopilot can follow a charted route without any human intervention. In other words, we turned on the autopilot, told it to go to the Delaware Bay and off it went. Of course we had to pay attention and make sure there were no other boats or obstacles in the way, and we did take back control when we went through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, but other than that the boat was on its own.

Our intention was to anchor next to Reedy Island on the Delaware side of the C&D Canal. We were set to get there around 8:00pm. When we got to the Delaware Bay Bill said to me “Let me tell you why I think we should keep on going straight to Cape May.” Usually I see those coming, this time I did not. We had talked about taking it slow and easy but I guess I do know better than that. Of course he is always right and this time was no different. The winds and current were perfect right then to cross the Delaware and they would be much stronger and in the wrong direction in the morning. We had had a good day and weren’t wiped out so it wasn’t a bad idea at all. We kept going. It was actually a really nice night and we were able to sail most of the way. The only issue was we got to the Cape May Canal too early, it needed to be light out to go through there. As we turned toward the canal from the main channel, Bill set the boat to go as slowly as possible (almost standing still) and we waited for light. We were on our standard three hours on and three hours off watch schedule. We got into Cape May as the sun was rising, as seen in the picture above. We went to sleep and when we woke up Bill checked the weather and decided it was best to leave again today. We are hoping to go straight from Cape May to Provincetown without stopping. We will do some updates to the blog but not as many as the last time we went offshore.
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Vessel Name: Moonraker
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 40
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Bill & Donna Shuman
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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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