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

Spending Some Time with Old Friends

10 August 2013 | Moose Island, Stonington, Maine
We got to Cliff and Sue’s house next to Moose Island right at high tide. That was very significant because that is when you can step off of your dinghy right on to their dock. They were our neighbors when we lived in Philadelphia over twenty years ago and they would be our neighbors again for the night. We were anchored right off of their house. They just settled on the house the day before. The ladder that we would need to climb down to the dinghy when the tide went out wasn’t even installed yet! We helped with a couple of things that we had some expertise with. Bill helped them hang the dinghy that came with the house on the davits, and replaced the lines that hang it, knots are really his expertise. I picked up apples that had fallen to the ground under their apple tree – that is as close as I could get to having some needed expertise!! While sitting on the rocks by their dock we saw an otter run by. Now I have yet another animal to add to my list of wildlife I have seen in Maine!

Two of their kids were also visiting so we all went out to dinner together. By the time we got back the sun had set and the tide had gone completely out. Our dinghy had been high and dry for a number of hours already, now it was about forty feet away from being able to float. Luckily Cliff and his son Adam helped us carry it over the seaweed and back into the water. There was just enough light left for us to get back to the boat. The house is in a beautiful spot, with an incredible view. The picture above is Moonraker as seen from the master bedroom window, over the vine covered porch! It is not, however, the calmest anchorage in the bay. We’ve had worse but it was a rough night. At around 2 am Bill had to get up and raise our mizzen sail to see if he could stabilize the boat a bit. It did help, but not enough.

This morning we went back and picked up the kids, Adam and Erica, and Erica’s boyfriend Spencer. Cliff and Sue were already on their way back to Philadelphia for a meeting and to pick up more stuff to bring north. I guess technically they aren’t kids, but I’ve known Adam and Erica since they were very little so they are still kids to me. We took them for a power boat ride at first, and then anchored for lunch. The wind picked up and we had a very spirited sail on the way back to their house. Adam took the helm for the sailboat ride back and Erica and Spencer handled all the lines when we tacked. I think everyone had a good time and we were glad we could share our sailing adventures with them.

I also keep forgetting to mention that I have posted pictures of Maine on our Photo Gallery!
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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