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

Heading Back to the US

29 March 2013 | Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas
We spent a couple of days in Great Sale Cay, relaxing and getting ready to go. The first evening there I was washing the dinner dishes and I looked over to something I saw move on the cabin floor. There was a bird! Inside20 the boat! I showed Bill and then I told the bird to leave. He did, but he didn't go far. We figured it was pretty windy and he was just looking for a way out of the wind. He sure found one. Bill is certain it's a Brown Headed Cowbird. When we looked him up in our bird book it confirmed he could be in the area but he seemed to be out of his habitat. He must have been blown out to sea from the mainland. He was around for the first two days so we kept the screens to the cockpit closed when we could. I think he came back in the boat a couple of times when we forgot. The first night there was only three boats, including us, in the anchorage and we went over to talk to both of them. It seems our bird friend had been spending time on each of our boats. The second night the number of boats increased to seventeen. We heard one on the radio mention the bird had paid them a visit. Everyone was staging for leaving the Bahamas. While anchored we finally managed to replace the shaft zinc that Bill had discovered was missing in the Exumas but that we couldn't find a replacement for until the Abacos. We had brought a spare but our local boat supply store in Annapolis had put the wrong size in the bin and Bill hadn't realized it until he tried to put it on the boat a few weeks ago. Bill dived under the boat to replace it and he checked our prop and bottom and said everything looked good. The anchorage was one of the few in the Abacos that has TV reception. We watched the network news but nothing else was worth watching. We also managed to watch a couple of movies. Perhaps ¬"How to Murder Your Wife¬" was not a good choice, or maybe it was! We also watched the Firefly movie after watching the whole series in the past few weeks. We were disappointed by the movie. The series was a lot more fun to watch. We had planned to leave this afternoon but the weather report said more wind in the morning so we rushed through the rest of our ¬"out to sea¬" chores and are now underway. We are on a starboard tack and heeling a lot. Guess I need to get used to it, Bill says we will be this way for four days. We will try to do daily updates to the blog but we can't be sure we will always be able to connect. If you don't hear from us, don't worry!
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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