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
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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

Today We Were Sailors!

03 July 2013 | High-Dix, West Penobscot Bay, Maine
We started the day by trying to free our dinghy that was trapped under the mooring balls’ line to our boat. Somehow the line got stuck between the dinghy engine and the transom and had managed to pull out the dinghy’s plug. It took some maneuvering and Bill getting wet but we finally freed the dinghy.

Once that got resolved we went to have breakfast at Bill’s new favorite restaurant, the Home Kitchen Café. Our table for two was very close to the next table for two where another couple had just sat down. The man turned to Bill and introduced himself and asked where we were from. Bill told him we were from Annapolis, Maryland and the man said they were also from Annapolis. Of course he could have also said they were from Rockland, Maine and Stuart, Florida, all places that they live for specific months in each year. So many of the people we meet have such interesting lives and stories, of course they think the same of us. We had a nice time talking to the couple all through breakfast and then they drove us into town so we could pick up a guide book they had suggested on how better to enjoy cruising Maine.

When we finally got back to the boat we took care of some business we knew we would need phone service and Internet for and then it was time to leave Rockland. Luckily the day was somewhat sunny and no fog was in sight. We even had some wind. Bill decided to raise the main sail while we were still attached to the mooring ball and then he decided we could sail right off of the ball. I don’t think we ever did that before but it felt good to do it.

Usually we are destination driven. We set off to go someplace in a “direct as is possible” route and if the wind cooperates with that route then we sail. Today the wind was good and the destination was not that far away so we decided to sail the whole way there. That meant tacking back and forth across Penobscot Bay until we got within sight of our anchorage. You probably can’t tell from the picture above but we had all our sails up. Once we got close to where we wanted to anchor we finally turned our engine on so we could have the maneuverability it takes to drop your anchor and not hit the rocky shore.

It is really beautiful here, and surprisingly we have good Internet service. We will probably stay a day or so and take the dinghy out to explore the beautiful islands around us.
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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