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

Sailing with the Grandkids!

26 July 2013 | Squid Cove, Mount Desert Island, Maine
When we got to Blue Hill on Thursday our friends’ car was waiting at the yacht club for us. We got our huge load of laundry and our even huger shopping list and headed for town. We got the laundry going at the Laundromat and when it was drying headed to the supermarket. There was massive construction traffic – something we definitely are not used to – and surprising in such a small town.

Our supermarket experience was quite unique. First we ran into a cruising friend at the store. It wouldn’t have been so surprising but the store was nowhere near the water and the friend was anchored nowhere near where we were. Then when we checked out, they refused not one but two of our credit cards! We had no idea why. It certainly wasn’t for the same reason they used to do it many years ago. We were so lucky that our friends had left all the packages and mail we had sent to their address in the car. One of the pieces of mail was a new set of credit cards we were expecting. Bill quickly activated the card and went back in to the store and paid for our groceries. When we called the credit card company they said it was rejected because their system flagged it as possible fraud but they couldn’t tell us what the supposed fraud was. I guess that’s a good thing but it was a bit embarrassing.

We got back to the boat, after even more construction traffic, and found a place for all the groceries we had bought. We finished the evening with our friends that live in town – we went out for pizza! First pizza since we’ve left Annapolis! It was no Papa John’s but it was still good. Unfortunately it had started raining so we had to dinghy back to the boat in the dark and the rain.

This morning we met our new friends on Ilene for breakfast on their boat. It was raining so hard we took the launch over and back just in time to leave to pick the grandkids up at the airport in Bangor. We were so excited to see the kids and happily they were just as excited to see us. But it was still pouring! We got back to the yacht club and hung on the covered porch for about a half hour. The Internet promised us the rain would stop for a couple of hours. It did stop and we took the launch back to our mooring. We all decided to leave the mooring and motor about an hour away so we could anchor away from other boats. We were lucky that the weather cleared up enough to enjoy the ride. We even saw some seals and dolphins.

Now we are anchored in Squid Cove and there are no other boats around. There are more seals here and Bill and the kids even saw a young eagle. You can see by the picture above that everyone is having a good time. Tomorrow it should be clear and the wind should be good for sailing. We are going to head to Southwest Harbor so we can go hiking on Mount Desert Island on Sunday.
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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