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

Another Exciting Visit to Provincetown

22 June 2013 | Provincetown, MA
We have really enjoyed our visit to Provincetown again. It’s been packed full of all kinds of fun. On Friday morning we set out for the Laundromat and supermarket. Since we’ve been here before we knew the bus takes you right there, and our mooring was right off the pier that the bus leaves from. No problem…except we have a “city view” of busses where they come every fifteen minutes to a half hour so we didn’t bother looking at the bus schedule. When we got to the bus stop we saw that the bus wasn’t coming for quite some time. Taking the bus was not going to be practical this time. Thank goodness for iPhones and the Google Maps App. We found it only was a ten minute walk to the supermarket which is right next to the Laundromat. We could do that. Bill asked a taxi driver at the Laundromat how much it was to take us back to the pier and it wasn’t worth the expense, so we walked back too. It really wasn’t that big a deal.

After we put all the laundry and groceries away we decided to go back to town and spend the day. We wanted to see another show because we were so impressed with the one from last year. We found this show called Lip Schtick that seemed good so we set out to buy tickets for it. It’s a one man (or is that woman??) show and the performer rides up and down Commercial Street on a Schwinn bike selling tickets all afternoon. The picture above is us with Scarbie – he is the performer and the show was really entertaining.

Saturday started out a bit different. Bill had found what turned out to be an engorged tick on his leg and after some investigation of my body we found one on me too. No sense in messing with that, and we have no experience with ticks at all, so we went to the Provincetown Medical Clinic. They were very professional and took our issue very seriously. It turns out they were Deer Ticks and we probably got them hiking on Cuttyhunk. We both took a course of antibiotics and hopefully will not have any adverse affects from the tick bites. After that we went to rent bikes for the next five hours. We rode them to a small Farmers Market where we bought bread and snacks from a delightful woman who promised to save them for us so we wouldn’t have to take our purchase on the bikes. Then we rode the bikes to the Cape Cod National Seashore and took the bike trail around. It was not so easy, but the scenery was beautiful and we had a good time. When we got back to town the real experience was riding the bikes through Commercial Street with all the other bicyclists, all the people walking and the occasional car coming at you. We can honestly say we saw quite a bit of Provincetown this time.

Tomorrow morning we leave for Maine. It will be a little over a twenty four hour trip on the ocean. We are hoping to see some whales but we understand the humpback whales have not come this far north yet. Hopefully our next post will be from Maine and have a picture of a whale on it!
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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