Moonraker

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

Lobster for Dinner!

27 July 2013 | Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine
Donna
We had a nice calm night in Squid Cove. When we woke up Emilia looked out and saw a number of seals on the rocks next to the boat. Bill went out and counted and came up with forty seven seals!! We had a great breakfast and then started for Southwest Harbor. There seemed to be wind but we were winding through some islands so we didn’t really try to sail for a while. We were able to sail a bit but we weren’t going fast enough. Bill and Sam put up the spinnaker and that helped a bit. Unfortunately the wind didn’t really pick up until we were heading into the harbor.

We decided to get a mooring that comes with a shower even though it cost a bit more. We took one close enough to the town dock so we would have a shorter dinghy ride into town. After we got all settled the four of us went in to take nice hot showers. Sam drove the dinghy and he did a great job even though he got Grandma’s butt a little wet on the way back. After a while we took the dinghy to the upper town dock to check out the town. Our dinghy is just right for Bill and I but it’s a little crowded with four people, even when the other two are teenagers. We made it work though. No wet butts this time. We walked around town and saw a restaurant that had been recommended by some sailing friends. We went in to check it out and Bill saw the blueberry pie. There was no way he was leaving that place without some pie so even though we were having lobster for dinner we decided to have dessert first.

We took the kids to Beal’s for dinner, it is the lobster pound in Southwest Harbor. Emilia had had lobster before but it was Sam’s first time. As you can see in the picture, everyone was happily anticipating that first bite. It was a success, next we are going to try and buy lobster from a lobsterman at an anchorage and cook it on the boat!

Tomorrow we are getting up early to take the free bus to Bar Harbor and take a hike in Acadia National Park. Hopefully the weather will be as beautiful as it was today.
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Vessel Name: Moonraker
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 40
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Bill & Donna Shuman
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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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