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 10

25 May 2014 | 170 miles east of Wilmington, NC
Bill
Our tenth day at sea was really wonderful. We sailed all day in 10-15 knots of wind under mostly sunny skies with beautiful blue ocean as far as the eye can seeÂ... and nothing else. We have been a little disappointed that we haven't seen much wildlife. Well be in the cockpit looking at the ocean and one of us will say "this would be a great time to see some whales". All we've seen is a few birds, a half dozen flying fish that ended up on our deck, and a couple of jelly fish. The first time we saw the jelly fish Donna thought it was just a piece of trash. It looked like a translucent arch or comb about eight inches long sticking about six inches out of the water. I assume there was a trail on tentacles streaming under the water. We saw another one the next day. There has been some trash too. Fortunately, not that much.

Last night was great sailing too until about 4am when the wind was shifting direction and we decided to motor sail. It was great sailing but not great sleeping. It wasn't rough but the motion of the boat was very jerky and that made it hard to sleep. A boat underway is a perpetual motion machine. It never stops moving, even for a second. That's why cruising sailors often don't gain weight. You are doing isometric exercises 24/7 as you constantly adjust for and resist the motion. One piece of equipment we have on board that's a bit unusual for a sailboat is a very accurate scale. We do regular weigh-ins and record the results in our logbook. We usually do the weigh-ins before and after some change. We did one before we left the BVI and we'll do another when we get to Hampton, VA. It will be interesting to see if we gained or lost on this trip.

We are now 170 miles east of Wilmington, NC and about 240 miles from the Chesapeake Bay.
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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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