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 Successful Trip Up Cadillac Mountain

16 July 2013 | Bass Harbor, Maine
Our battery situation seems to be under control now but we won’t really know until we run down the battery again and try to charge it. We had to be without power on the boat all day on Sunday so we didn’t want to open the refrigerator at all. That forced us to eat lunch and dinner at restaurants. There really is only one close by and Bill wanted to try somewhere new so we walked a mile or so out to Captain Nemo’s. It wasn’t quite a dive, but it was an experience. We both agreed it was worth the walk.

Monday was a bright sunshiny day so we decided to go back and see the view we had missed when we climbed Cadillac Mountain in the fog a week or so ago. It was very hot in Maine yesterday. The high was in the mid 90’s and believe me, it is much easier to hike in the cool fog than it is the hot sunshine! The views were spectacular though. No picture we take is ever as incredible as what we actually see, but hopefully the picture above is close. It was taken from the summit.

We got up the mountain and bought an ice cream bar at the gift shop at the top. Luckily there was a water fountain too so we could fill up our water bottle. The trip down the south ridge of the mountain was where the real views were. It was also more open, and more hot. When we got to the place where we were planning to turn off to have lunch, a little on the late side, we ran into a couple of women and stopped to talk. I was sitting on a rock and listening when I realized I was either going to vomit or pass out. I mentioned I was really not feeling well and it turns out one of the women was a doctor! She knew just what to do and had me lay down on the ground with a pack behind my head to elevate it. Apparently I needed to eat lunch sooner than we had. It didn’t take long to feel better, and a new friendship between the four of us was born!

When I was well enough to go on we went and had lunch next to another incredible view and then got moving again. We ran into our new friends again and finished the hike together. We decided to have dinner together and made plans to meet in Bar Harbor later that evening. When we got off the bus Bill was feeling close to what I was feeling in the woods. We needed to get something to drink, and fast. We finally found a restaurant that was open and we could sit down in. We went through a number of glasses of water and some soda! Then we went exploring Bar Harbor a bit and found the supermarket someone else had told us about. We needed cookies and bread, in that order! We bought one bag full of food and went to find the restaurant by the water we had agreed to meet our friends at. We really enjoyed our dinner. Only thing left in our already very long day was an even longer bus ride back to the boat. Luckily the driver took us very close to where we were moored. We were not up for anymore walking!

Today we will finally head north to Down East. We hope it’s not as warm today, but at least we will be on the water with lots of liquids to drink!
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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