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

A Rainy Day in Castine

10 August 2013 | Castine, Maine
We got to Castine on Thursday after a nice sail. We had heard, but not really thought about, that the Cruising Club of America was also going to be in Castine for part of their summer cruise in Maine. What that meant to us was that lots and lots of boats would be here all competing for mooring, docking, and anchoring space. We thought we had use of a friends’ mooring but when we found it we saw it wasn’t set up to be able to be used at all. There was no way to attach a boat to it. We crossed the harbor and anchored next to all the other boats. It turns out we were right next to a boat we had befriended at the SSCA Gam. When we were all settled we went over just to say hello and got invited aboard for drinks. They were here for the CCA Cruise. While there another cruiser, Evans Starzinger, came over and joined us too. We had met him at the SSCA Gam also. Evans is married to Beth Leonard, a well known cruising author. We have had Beth over for dinner at our house during an Annapolis Boat Show a few years ago.

Yesterday it poured all day. We hung on the boat, slept late, read and did a few boat projects. During a short lull in the rain we went over to Evans boat and toured their boat, Hawk. They have gone around the world in Hawk more than once, including around Cape Horn. We invited Evans to dinner on our boat since everyone else was going to a CCA dinner. He accepted but when it got close to dinner time the winds got much worse and he decided to take a rain check since he had another smaller boat rafted up to him.

This morning we went to town for breakfast. The place Bill had picked out wasn’t really a restaurant, more like a coffee shop, so we went elsewhere. I wasn’t that impressed. Like the woman from the couple we were sharing the table with said, it’s been a long time since I’ve had white bread toast! At least we had a very pleasant conversation during our meal. After breakfast we walked the town a bit. It’s where the Maine Maritime Academy is. The picture above is of the ship The State of Maine, the training ship from the Academy. You can also see the schooner Victory Chimes on the right hand side of the picture. Members of CCA who live too far to have come by their own boat are doing the cruise on that boat. We’ve seen them and heard them on the radio as we’ve been circling this area.

Today we are leaving to go back to Deer Isle. We are going to anchor off the house that our neighbors from when we lived in Philadelphia, Cliff & Sue, have just bought. It’s right on the water with a dock we can dinghy up to.
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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