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

A Great Morning of Sailing with Friends

12 July 2013 | St. Helena Island, Deer Isle, Maine
We really lucked out this morning. Cliff and Sue and three of their friends that live on Deer Isle came to go sailing with us and the weather was perfect! The sun was shining and the wind was blowing, strong enough, and in a direction that was good for a morning sail. We saw seals, a dolphin, and even an eagle! It was the perfect morning. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and Moonraker did a good job of showing off. After we turned back to the mooring we let the boat drift while we all had lunch. Ultimately we had to turn the engine on, but it was a great sail.

We decided not to go very far today so we turned out of the cove we were in and went past Stonington. We had spent some time in the town yesterday, eating in restaurants, checking out a cool place where they sell jams and jellies and have these incredible sculptures, and also spending time at Cliff and Sue’s friend Lynn’s house where she was nice enough to let us use her washer and dryer! We weaved our way around and anchored next to St. Helena Island.

Bill had read there were trails on the island that we could hike and he wanted to go check it out. The tide was going out and he decided to try something he had read about for tying the dinghy up. When we pulled the dinghy up on the beach he tied our dinghy anchor to the dinghy painter and set it on the front of the dinghy. Then he clipped our dinghy anchor line to the anchor and pulled it up on the shore. We pushed the dinghy back out into the water and he pulled on the anchor line which knocked the anchor in the water and anchored it in water that was currently too deep for us to walk in, but wouldn’t be when the tide continued out. Then he tied the anchor line off to a tree on the beach. So far, so good. Well, we couldn’t find any trails but we went into the woods anyhow. I used to never worry when we went hiking because Bill always got us back to where we started. That was before we got lost on that island in the Bahamas… now I worry a bit more. To his credit, he does always manage to get us out, it’s just a little more stressful sometimes. Thank goodness for iPhone Apps though or it might have taken a bit longer to get back to the dinghy. Our anchoring method worked great and we went back to the boat to hang out. It’s a beautiful, calm night as you can see from the picture above.

We have about two weeks now until our grandkids fly up to sail with us so we’ve decided we will go further north. We thought we were in Down East Maine, but apparently we are not. We plan on heading there tomorrow morning. We hope it’s as great weather as this day has been.
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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