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 Health Update

08 December 2014 | Annapolis, Maryland
Our last Blog update was made the day before Bill started taking the targeted cancer drugs. He was still taking large amounts of Advil. The lump on his leg was really big and ugly looking. He has now been taking the cancer drugs every morning and evening for 38 days. The lump on his leg is almost non-existent and while it is still red in some spots it is no longer angry looking. Oh, and the Advil supply in our house is lasting a whole lot longer now. A couple of weeks into the treatment he asked the doctor how he would know it was working. She told him he will suddenly realize that he hadn't taken any Advil for a while. She was right – one day he just stopped taking it. No pain is a very good thing.

Of course you would expect drugs like that to have side effects. We are armed with pages of things to look for but luckily we haven’t seen too many of them. The other night Bill did have a high fever which is not a good thing but that seems to have gone away too. There is definitely not as much energy in this house as there has been before but maybe it’s got something to do with the impending winter. We have not had to deal with winter since 2011. We've been in the islands for the past two winters. We are realizing that we didn't miss it at all. Unlike our daughter who lives on the Pennsylvania/Maryland border we have not had any snow on the ground yet this year. We aren't sure we are in a hurry to see that again.

One plus of being home is that we can celebrate all the holidays with our family. We skipped Christmas completely last year and didn't do much to celebrate it the year before. We resisted buying a Christmas tree this year but our kids pushed for it so we relented. As is our custom, though, we made them come over to decorate it for us. We think it looks great and it will be nice to look at it for the next month. Then I will be even happier to get it out of the house!

Nothing should be changing on the health front until January. That is when Bill gets his next CT scan and we’ll see what is happening inside his chest. We hope it shows that the larger lung tumor has shrunk just as much as the one on his leg. Also, it would be really good news if the tiny nodules had not changed at all. That would likely mean that they weren't cancer at all. Then surgical removal of all the cancer in his body (leg and lung) would be a possibility. Even though the targeted drug therapy is working wonderfully, the drugs stop working after an average of nine months. We will see the Oncologist at Johns Hopkins the first week in January to decide if we continue the drugs or switch to an immunotherapy drug. It’s possible he will still have the leg and lung surgeries, but it’s just as possible that he won’t have any surgery at all. For now though we are just hanging out, feeling sad we aren't cruising but planning to get back out there next year.
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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