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
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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

Spending Our Anniversary at Lee Stocking Island

17 January 2014 | Lee Stocking Island, Exumas, Bahamas
Today is our thirty-ninth wedding anniversary! Yesterday we were out in the ocean for the first time since arriving in the Bahamas and we motor sailed our way south to Lee Stocking Island. It wasn’t very rough but the wind wasn’t in a great direction for sailing, plus we needed to add some power to our batteries by running the engine. Coming in the cut was a bit hairy since there were rocks on both sides and the current was very strong. I saw the boat reach nine knots when really it generally doesn’t go much more than seven.

The anchorage here is very nice. It used to be the site of a marine research center which was abandoned two years ago. We went ashore to check it out and saw that it had obviously been well equipped. We’ve heard that the person who funded the center died and that is why they couldn’t keep it running any longer. Too bad, it looked like they did some good work here.

A friend we met in Big Majors Spot was anchored here also. We went over to talk to him, he is sailing solo, and we decided we would have dinner together on his boat. I made part of the dinner and he made part and we all had a really nice night.

This morning we spent our anniversary exploring. We are trying to catch all the highlights of the islands we are staying around. The highlight of Leaf Cay, which is slightly to our north, is the iguanas. Last year we went to Allens Cay to see the iguanas that lived there. I think this is a different species on Leaf Cay. It was about a twenty minute dinghy ride but we were OK with that. What we didn’t realize was how rough the water was. We were soaked! It is not very warm here right now – it’s only in the 70’s – so it was a little cold. We didn’t mind at all though because the iguanas were so cool, as you can see in the picture above.

After we visited with the iguanas, and went back to the boat to put on dry clothes, we went on a long dinghy ride in the other direction and found a couple of trails we had heard about on Lee Stocking Island. The first trail was to the other side of the island so you could see the canyon that the ocean had cut in the rocks. It was beautiful. Then we found the second trail which took us to Perry’s Peak which is the highest point in the Exumas. Don’t think we had to work too hard to get there though, the highest point is only one hundred and twenty three feet!

Tomorrow we plan on going back out to the ocean and hopefully sailing to Georgetown. We didn’t try and fish yesterday, but maybe tomorrow. We were motivated to try when we saw the boat that is anchored next to us this evening, a French Canadian of course, getting his picture taken with two large Mahi Mahi he had obviously caught on the way here.
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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