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

Bermuda Bound - Day 3

18 May 2014 | 385 miles north of BVI
Bill
What a beautiful night! Yesterday evening, at about 5pm, the wind started to moderate, as expected. The wind has averaged about 7-8 knots since then. Sometimes as high as 12 knots, sometimes as low as 5 knots. It's been a smooth sail with the boat going between 4 and 6 knots all night. We've been in anchorages that were rougher than this. Now, at daybreak, there are no waves, just a long slow swell. How wonderful!

Both of us are feeling great but after three hours on watch we are usually ready to get to sleep. There hasn't been much to see out here except for the water and sky.. not bad though. I saw a beautiful meteor two nights ago. It came all the way across the sky pulsing in brightness as pieces broke off and vaporized in the atmosphere. Donna was on deck but couldn't see it from where she was sitting. The stars have been beautiful in the early evening but soon the moon has been rising and that changes everything. You can't see many stars with the nearly full moon in the sky but what an incredible change takes place. You can see the seas and ocean all the way to the horizon in shimmering light. It's beautiful and you can see almost like you can in the daytime. The moon rises 50 minutes later each night and is getting smaller so that effect will be reduced as we sail toward Bermuda. On our trip back to the US we should have a new moon so it will be very dark and the sky full of stars all night.

We haven't seen much wildlife, just a few birds and some flying fish. We'd really love to see a whale or two.

We are 358 miles north of BVI with 477 miles to go to BermudaÂ... almost half way!
Comments
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. [...]
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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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