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

Our Life in Georgetown

29 January 2014 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
We have been in Georgetown for a week and a half now although it seems like a whole lot longer. We aren’t used to staying in one place for this long. The biggest issue is keeping our batteries charged enough to be able to run the boat. We have a solar panel but there hasn’t been a lot of sun this week and it’s not enough to keep us going even if there had been sun. We are going to have to add more sources of power. For now we run our engine for a couple of hours every other day.

We are trying to take advantage of some of the entertainment that is provided here. The other night we went to the Rock and Roll dance at the Chat N' Chill bar and restaurant that is on the beach next to where we are anchored. We figured we were going to hear the music whether we were at the dance or not so we might as well go. We didn’t actually dance, that would have been too much of a personality change for me, but we had a nice time sitting and having dinner with some cruisers we knew and some we had just met.

We did manage to get our laundry done the other day too. The trick was to be there as soon as they opened. We got our three loads done in only two hours since we didn’t have to wait for any of the machines. The dinghy ride there and back wasn’t even bad that day so nothing got soaked.

Bill discovered a couple of days ago that the hose to our second propane tank was split and all of the propane in that tank had leaked out. Luckily we have two tanks so we are still able to eat! The next issue was whether we could find a propane hose of the right size here in Georgetown. We went to the local dive/fishing/hardware/whatever shop and they didn’t have the hose. They told us we could hitch a ride to the automotive/hardware/whatever shop a couple of miles up the road and they might have it, if not the lumber yard was just another three quarters of a mile up the road. We knew there was a way to get there by dinghy but our dinghy isn’t fast enough for that long a distance. We decided to walk. It was a long walk, probably three miles all told by the time we got what we needed. It was nice though. We were next to the water most of the time and you can really see your surroundings when you are walking. We walked through the “resort” area, if you can call it that. When we got to the first store they had something we could use but not exactly what we wanted. They called the lumber yard for us and they said yes they had exactly what we needed. So we walked some more. Well, no they didn’t have what we needed at all. So we headed back to the first store. A woman with two small boys in the back seat stopped to pick us up and she even waited at the store for us to go buy what we found when we were there the first time and then she took us back to town. We paid her back by getting some information on their home schooling group to the cruisers in the harbor we are anchored in.

Now that the propane hose was fixed we needed to fill the tank back up with propane. The way they do it here is that once a week they announce a propane fill up day on the morning cruisers net. At 8:00am every morning there is a net where they announce the weather, the tides, business announcements, community announcements, and general requests and needs from any boaters. Today was propane day. We got our empty tank and took it to the indicated parking lot not far from the town dock. You can even take your dinghy over there but it wasn’t as easy to tie up. When we got there all the propane tanks were lined up in a row. We put ours in line and waited. We weren’t sure what to expect. We thought they would come and get them all, take them to be filled, and then come back. What happened though was a propane truck came and took the tanks in order. In the picture above you can see Bill getting our tank filled.

We intend to stay here until after the SuperBowl. The TV reception is great here and we get to watch the news every night during dinner just like when we were at home. Every day the news reports how cold and snowy it is back in the Eastern states. We are glad we are here where the temperatures are in the upper 80’s right now but we do like seeing the pictures of snow!
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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