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

Today We Summited Blue Hill Mountain!

07 July 2013 | Blue Hill, Maine
Last fall, when we went down the ICW to Florida, we met a couple that were also cruising but had their home base in Blue Hill, Maine. We ran into them several times in South Carolina and finally they had us over to their trawler for dinner when we ended up anchored in the same place in Georgia. They told us to come visit them when we got up to Maine this summer so we have. We got here yesterday afternoon and took a mooring at the yacht club. The mooring comes with a launch service but only until 5:45pm but we made use of it while we could. It was so rare for anyone to invite us to dinner on their boat that I always want to reciprocate when I can. Finally I could invite our friends from the boat Peapod to have dinner on Moonraker. They took the launch over in the late afternoon and we sat for hours and got caught up on all our travels. He likes to go out to breakfast as much as Bill so we made plans for them to come pick us up this morning for breakfast. When they got here they told us they were lending us their car for the day and we could do anything we wanted until the late afternoon when we would go to their house for dinner.

We had already decided we wanted to hike up Blue Mountain. It’s been a while since we went on a serious hike with real elevation but we figured we were up for the challenge. It wasn’t easy but we managed to get to the summit without too much trouble. It may not be the tallest mountain we’ve ever climbed but it was still hard. There were some beautiful views from up there, and of course we had to take a picture to prove we made it, as you can see from Bill’s smiling face above.

After the hike we went to the supermarket and stocked up on food. We didn’t really need too much but these days when someone hands us a car and says there is the supermarket you don’t say, no thanks. Add to that that we had the launch take us back to the boat and we didn’t have to wrestle the grocery bags in the dinghy and it was a no-brainer.

The yacht club is very nice but there are no showers here. We haven’t run the engine since yesterday so we had no hot water left so we did the next best thing. We jumped in the freezing cold Maine harbor and used our special soap/shampoo that works in salt water to wash our hair. After that we used our solar shower that sits on the deck in the sunshine to rinse off with the fresh water that we heated in the sun. It is very warm in Maine today – the car thermometer said 90 degrees! It was not my favorite bathing experience but after that hike we really needed showers.

We finished the day off with dinner at our friends’ really cool house. She made an incredible meal and she even let me bring my laundry!! It was a great stop and we will come back and do it all over again in three weeks when we are going to borrow their car again to drive to the airport in Bangor to pick up our grandchildren, who are coming sailing with us for a week.
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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