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

What Not To Do When Sailing in Maine

07 August 2013 | Warren Island, Islesboro, Maine
We spent two and a half days in Rockland. Yesterday we did all our laundry, got some groceries and hit the marine store. Today we went out to breakfast at Bill’s new favorite restaurant, the one we found last time we were in Rockland, the Home Kitchen Café. They were really busy when we got there so we took seats at the counter. It may have been the first time in the thirty eight plus years we’ve been together that we ever ate at a restaurant counter. The food was just as good though.

Everyone told us that if we were in Rockland we had to go to the Farnsworth Art Museum where they had a large Wyeth collection. We decided to do that today. We are not very cultured but we dutifully looked at all the paintings and photographs in the museum. Some were good, but not all of them. We are glad we went though. Afterwards we bought ice cream and then went back to the boat. While we were gone we got an email from a couple we had met on the Dismal Swamp in North Carolina last fall. They are in Maine now, were in Rockland this morning, and they had stopped by our boat to say hello. We must have been sitting at the restaurant counter when they came by. We called to see where they were now and they were at the same anchorage we had just left two and a half days ago. We have no particular place to be right now, and that was in the right direction of where we want to go, so we pulled up the anchor and headed back to Warren Island to catch up with them.

We always listen to the VHF radio while we are on the water. You hear such interesting things. Today we heard that a sailboat went aground off an island we would be going by shortly. We heard a number of calls to the Coast Guard. When we got close we couldn’t believe how badly the boat had gone aground. Apparently they were trying to cut across the top of an island and didn’t realize that there were rocks there, even though the rocks were clearly on the charts. The picture above shows what happens when you don’t pay attention to where you are in Maine. The boat lost its rig too. That is the mast and the sail laying on the side of the boat in the water. That’s not going to be cheap. We heard it was a seventy foot sail boat. Bill was very nervous about my driving the rest of the afternoon.

We got to Warren Island without any issues. We took a free mooring this time and our friends came over to catch up with us. We had a good time comparing our lives for the past ten months, since we last saw each other.

Tomorrow the weather is not supposed to be very good. We are hoping to go to Castine anyhow. We’ve been there once before, many years ago when our daughter was sixteen. She went to camp at the Maine Maritime Academy for a week. We are looking forward to seeing it again.
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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