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

Our First Dinghy Raft Up

02 August 2013 | Warren Island, Islesboro, Maine
Donna
It rained all last night and this morning. It had mostly stopped by the time we left Belfast but it certainly wasn’t a very nice day. We motored the whole way to Islesboro. There are a lot of boats anchored here in two different anchorages. We are anchored directly behind the ferry dock. We chose this spot because it is closer to the public dinghy dock where we will take our dinghy tomorrow when the SSCA Gam we are going to is on the land. This evening there was a dinghy raft up cocktail party over in the other anchorage. There is a boat on a mooring and the raft up was tied to that boat. The dinghies just kept coming and tying to each other, as you can see in the picture above. That is just half the group, it was more like thirty or forty dinghies! Everybody brought their own drink and something to eat that could be passed around from dinghy to dinghy. I wondered how you managed to get your serving tray or bowl or whatever you brought your food in back, but I figured it would work out somehow. As it turns out my basket of brownies was the first to be emptied. Someone held it up on the other side of the raft up and yelled “Whose empty basket is this?” I waved my arms and my basket found its way back to our dinghy. Lots of good food came past our dinghy. It was all very interesting and fun. We met some new people and also talked to people we already knew.

On the way to the raft up we met another couple from Annapolis who we had apparently met at an Annapolis Gam in the past. Turns out he’s been reading my blog for a while since our cruising experience is very close to what they have just started doing themselves. On the way back from the raft up we stopped at their boat for more drinks and some nice conversation. It started raining again while we were there but we talked long enough for the rain to stop so we could get back to our boat. It is raining again now but hopefully it will be clear tomorrow.
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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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