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

Finally, Georgetown!

20 January 2014 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
We had a great sail to Georgetown on Saturday morning. We even attempted fishing for the first time using a hand fishing reel called a Cuban Yo-Yo. Sadly, or maybe not so sadly, we didn’t catch anything. We will try again though.

Georgetown seems to be the Mecca for all Bahamian cruisers. We didn’t get here last year and everyone told us we had to. A lot of people come right here and spend the entire winter. So far the thing about Georgetown that we’ve been the happiest about is that we can get all the US network TV channels! That means we spent yesterday watching the two NFL playoff games on our own boat! We even had a friend over to watch them with us. It also means that we will get to watch the Superbowl this year. We weren’t too sure we would. We will either stay here until after the Superbowl or we will come back here in time to watch it.

Today we finally went exploring. We are on the other side of the harbor away from the town. We knew we were supposed to cross the water and go under the bridge to get to the dinghy dock. The bridge, which you can see in the picture above, is not what I was expecting. Somehow I thought Georgetown would be more like Nassau but it definitely is not. There are some restaurants here and a supermarket and Laundromat, even a gas station, but it’s not a big city by any means.

We are anchored off of what they call Volleyball Beach. We’ve heard it’s like summer camp for adults here, you can play volleyball or dominos, learn to make baskets, even do yoga on the beach. None of those are “our” things though. There are some trails to hike and places to snorkel so we will check those things out in the next few days. This evening, on Monument Beach, which is a bit further up the harbor, there was a meeting of what they called ARG – the Alcohol Research Group – basically a Happy Hour. Everyone was supposed to bring a drink and some kind of appetizer to share. There were a lot of people there and much more imaginative appetizers than will ever come out of my boat. There were some people we knew there and some we just met. It was OK and no bugs attacked us, so that is a good thing!

Tomorrow we are going to try the one restaurant in town that serves breakfast, it’s in a hotel called The Peace and Plenty. We checked it out today and it looks very nice with beautiful views of the gorgeous blue water.
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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