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

Anchored in North Haven

26 June 2013 | North Haven, Penobscot Bay, Maine
We stayed in Seal Bay for a couple of days. We spent some time with the other two boats that were also anchored there. They were both long time veterans of sailing in Maine and gave us lots of ideas on where to go. We also took our dinghy for a long ride. That ride taught me that you can’t just rely on the depth sounder to tell you when you are getting into shallow water. There are huge rocks that can pop up in the middle of what looks like safe water!

Last night we had a thunderstorm and rain is forecast for the next few days. We left the anchorage this morning and went in search of some place that had better Internet access. It was just really overcast when we left but we had some periods of low fog. You can see the fog line in the picture above. We headed to an anchorage on the other side of North Haven and dropped our anchor. Bill checked the charts and saw we were much too close to some rocks on the shore. Up came the anchor and we moved to another spot further away. Then he checked the Internet and it was not very good, that is when he decided we would move closer to the town. Up came the anchor and we started to move again, but this time the wind started howling and clearly a storm was coming. We dropped the anchor again! Thank goodness we have an electric windlass that allows us to just stand and push a button with our foot to raise and lower the fifty five pound anchor and all the chain we drop it on! A little while later we pulled the anchor up again and this time we made it to the town. Of course we had a discussion on what side of the Coast Guard boat I should drive on until we realized they were in the process of installing the navigation mark that we clearly had to leave to our right!

There are a lot of moorings that are close to the town but also an anchorage a bit further away. We opted for the anchorage and are now anchored within sight of the town. North Haven looks a lot like we expect a town in Maine to look.. at least from a distance. We may get a chance to go ashore when the weather clears a bit. Right now it is damp and dreary and it’s cold!. The irony is that the Internet is not really any better over here. There is a movie under a sleeping bag in our future tonight!
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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