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

Chesapeake Bound - Day 8

23 May 2014 | 495 miles east of Jacksonville
Bill
What a difference 12 hours makesÂ... Yesterday was really great. The wind was very light in the morning so we just motor sailed. Around noon the wind picked up, we turned off he motor, and enjoyed a beautiful sailing day. The wind kept getting stronger but the sailing was still easy. Just before dark we put two reefs in the main even though we didn't need to. Boy, are we glad we did. By midnight the wind was up to 20 knots and it was getting very rough. We decided to do our watches down below. It was just too wild to be on deck. At 5am we had to reef the jib (we had already rolled up the staysail earlier) because the motion was terrible. Unfortunately, Donna got sea sick again for a while. It's now 8am and the wind is 20-25 knots with very confused and big seas.

We decided to heave-to to have breakfast. As I was about to go on deck a big wave crashed into the boat a doused the cockpit with water. There was even a flying fish that came aboard with the wave. I'm glad I hadn't gone on deck 30 seconds earlier.

Normally when you tack, you turn the boat through the wind and reset the sails to go in the new direction. To heave-to you tack the same way but just leave the sails the way they are and turn the wheel into the wind and lock it. The result is that the boat stops most, if not all, of it's forward motion. We are still bouncing around a bit but it's much, much better. We went to the bathroom (which was nearly impossible while we were sailing), had a nice breakfast, checked-in to our morning radio net, did our email, and basically recovered for a while. However, in a few minutes we need to get back on course and continue towards home. The wind is supposed to die down later today. You can call this a lot of things but boring isn't one of them!

We are now 495 miles east of Jacksonville and about 450 miles from the Chesapeake Bay.
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. [...]
Extra:
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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