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

Back in Rockland

05 August 2013 | Rockland, Maine
We spent yesterday just hanging out and relaxing a bit on the boat. We took the dinghy over to Warren State Park right next to where we were anchored and went on a little hike. We didn’t bring our big backpack this time, only the camera and some water. That is always a mistake. The backpack has our Advil and our bug spray in it. Two very important items, especially yesterday – Bill really needed the bug spray, he was getting eaten alive. Needless to say it was a very unpleasant hike and we got back to the boat as quickly as we could. Later in the afternoon the wind started to really blow. It got up to twenty seven knots but we were well anchored so there was no problem.

Today was very windy too but we were ready to move on. We were leaving our anchorage and Bill was below getting something. I saw a lobster pot in front of me and was working on avoiding it. I thought I had missed it when I moved back over towards my course when we both heard the loudest sound we’ve ever heard coming from below Moonraker. Bill was sure I had hit some rocks. I was sure I had hit the lobster pot. I looked behind me and saw that I had totally obliterated the lobster buoy I was trying to miss. We were lucky though, the line did not get stuck on the prop. Our biggest problem was that Bill had thrown his glasses when he heard me hit and ran up to find out what was going on. It took a while to find them again.

After we got over that we put up the mizzen, the jib and the staysail and had one of the best sails we’ve had this trip. With just those three sails we were going eight knots at some points. The picture above is the scenery we had going down the Penobscot Bay. We sailed into Rockland harbor and I think we are anchored almost exactly where we were the last time. We are here to do some laundry and reprovisioning. Rockland is the home of our new favorite Laundromat! We are saving that for tomorrow though. This afternoon we just took a walk and bought some bread. We also watched them load the ferry. Apparently I really enjoy watching ferries load, I never knew…
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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