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

We Made It through the Storm

17 February 2013 | Normans Cay, Exumas, Bahamas
Yesterday morning it was so calm that Bill decided to do some work he had been planning to do on the spreaders, half way up our main mast. Pulling him up there is easy with our anchor windlass. We just rig all the lines, including our inline safety and I push the button on the deck and he goes up. It worked out very well and is one less thing on our to-do list. We saw that the weather was going to come but we had a few hours before it did so we went for a dinghy ride over to Wax Cay, the next island over. I'll mention again that Cay is pronounced Key in the Bahamas but we have noticed that not everyone down here knows that either. A lot of people on the VHF radio say it wrong. We had a bit of a wild ride over to the island but once we got there we put the dinghy up on the beach and tied it off. Part of the island is a resort, but we stayed away from that side. We had a nice long walk in the other direction. Bill had read there was a cave on the island. We found it but it was full of water so there was no way we were going in there. It looked like there was a project underway to build some houses, and there was a great waterway and dock over there. We are sure no one uses it. There seems to be a lot of that going on in the Bahamas One of the biggest worries about the storm was not how comfortable we would be, or whether our anchor would hold. Captain Bill knows how to set the anchor, and ours is a particularly good type: a Rocna. The real worry is how everyone else anchors. Yesterday a boat next to us was a little close so Bill went over and told him he was concerned about their closeness once the storm hit. They were very understanding. They are Canadian, as are about 90% of the people we've met in the Exumas. Bill figures all the Americans are further south! They moved their boat, but because the current is so strong here, it got away from them and they smashed into another boat. We felt very bad about that. The other boat moved almost into the spot they had come out of, but they were a little further away, so we didn't worry as much. Then a catamaran came and anchored in a really bad spot for us. Apparently they don't know much about anchoring though because they didn't stay in that spot for long, they dragged pretty far. Eventually they figured that out and moved again. Once the storm started the other boat dragged too. It looked like it was going to be a long night. We were bouncing up and down and the wind was howling. Luckily no one hit us in the middle of the night and our boat held well. There is still some heavy wind and clouds this morning, but the worst of it seems to be over. Tomorrow we are heading to the Exumas Land and Sea Park, supposedly one of the most beautiful places in the Bahamas. We will spend a couple of days there before heading further south.
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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