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

Exploring Provincetown Again

21 June 2013 | Provincetown, MA
We spent two nights on a mooring in Cuttyhunk. Apparently you can anchor there but most of the available space is taken by a very tightly spaced mooring field which really reminded me of an empty drive- in theater lot. We woke up the first morning with our starboard davit line completely wrapped around the mooring ball pole behind us. Another lesson learned about containing your lines properly. Luckily it was easy enough to untangle and we pulled up on our mooring ball a little bit to avoid it happening again. We spent the day in Cuttyhunk where there are no real restaurants, and it wasn’t really in season so even if there were they wouldn’t be open. We had a nice hike and a picnic lunch next to the West End pond. We think we’ve done Cuttyhunk now, but it might be different in season.

We left early yesterday morning to try and sail up Buzzards Bay. We were able to sail a bit but then had to resort back to the motor. That is the way it is here, you use the sails when you can. We needed to take them down so we could get through the Cape Cod Canal though. Unfortunately we had arrived a little too early and the current was going to be against us. There are some parts of the canal that have a strong current so if the boat is going 5 knots and the current is 4 knots in the opposite direction it might not be worth your effort to keep going, it might be smarter to wait. We were expecting that but the boat never went below 3 knots so we kept on going. The canal is a lot shorter than the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. It’s a pretty ride and we enjoyed it. Luckily at the end of the canal is a marina with a fuel dock and pump out. We were also able to get rid of the four bags of trash we had already produced in one week.

We started across Cape Cod Bay with the wind on our nose but luckily about half way across it turned to be perfect for sailing. Bill was taking a nap though and I didn’t want to wake him so I managed to put the jib out by myself and pull back on the throttle so we were kind of sailing. I don’t think I could have managed the main sail by myself and I am too short to deal with the mizzen. When Bill woke up we put some more sail up and had a great sail the rest of the way to Provincetown. When we were almost there Bill saw a helium balloon floating in the water. You see a lot of things floating but the majority of them are plastic water bottles and deflated helium balloons. This one said Mom on it – must have been from Mothers Day a month ago!! Bill decided to go after it with our net because they are very harmful to the wildlife. So I drove towards it. He got it first try but then dropped it again so we circled it and he was more successful the second try. See in the picture above how happy he looks about his catch.

We tried to anchor where we did last year but it was so rough that Bill started exploring getting a mooring instead. I think we have more money and less patience than we did last year so a mooring was sounding like a good idea this time. We found one in a more protected area and moved there without too much effort. I’m getting pretty good at driving up to mooring balls. We went to town for some dinner and had a nice stroll up and down Commercial Street where there is still lots to see even though it’s not quite the season here either! Today we will take care of some laundry and food shopping and explore the town some more. With the mooring ball comes a launch service!! No dinghy today!!
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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