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 Summitted Cadillac Mountain

09 July 2013 | Bass Harbor, Maine
We woke up to a rainy day, but ever the optimists we were sure it would clear up, especially when the rain had stopped by our 7:00am departure time. We dinghyed to the dock and went to wait for the free bus to Bar Harbor. The ride wasn’t too long and Bar Harbor seemed like a nice place. We went into the park office and checked in. On our way down the ICW last fall we bought a National Park Senior Pass for Bill, who is over the required age of 60. What a deal, we’ve used it a number of times so far. It’s only $10 for life and he can now get into any National Park for free, and bring three of his family or friends with him.

We talked to the park ranger about the hike Bill had planned and she convinced us that it wasn’t a good one to do on a not so clear and dry day. Instead she convinced us to summit Cadillac Mountain. We went off to an overpriced breakfast and then caught the next free bus to the Visitor Center. From there we caught yet another free bus that loops the park and drops people off at the trail heads. We took the North Ridge trail up the mountain. By this point the overpriced breakfast was not agreeing with my stomach. Luckily, even though the trail had 1100 feet of elevation, it was not a very difficult climb. Also luckily we had brought our trekking poles which helped tremendously. The final bit of luck was that there are very nice bathrooms at the top of the mountain. So, not only did I summit Cadillac Mountain today, but I did it under complete distress! Unfortunately it was totally fogged in and we couldn’t see any of the views that the mountain offers. Guess we’re going to have to go do it again one day. The picture above is at the summit point. The plaque behind us is what we were supposed to be seeing.

The way down the mountain was a little easier. We got down just in time to catch a bus back to Bar Harbor. We had to wait forty five minutes for the bus back to our boat so we were forced to buy an ice cream cone to help us wait. What we didn’t know was that the early morning bus we took was an express and the one we took back went into every camp ground between Bar Harbor and Bass Harbor, and there are plenty of them. We sat with a young woman who had been on the bus with us in the morning and we had a good time talking to her about her interesting life.

When we finally got back to Bass Harbor it was just in time to meet Sarah and Holly. Sarah was taking us to the lobster pound, which is a no-frills restaurant where you can get a nice lobster inexpensively. There is no table service, and the food comes in paper plates and baskets, but the lobster was really good. We had a good time and it was a great end to a busy day!
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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