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

Rake n Scrape

31 January 2014 | Georgetown, Exumas, Bahamas
We decided we wanted to go and experience a Bahamian Rake n Scrape. Traditionally a Rake n Scrape consists of a band of musicians using a saw as the primary instrument. You can find here what they bill as Rake n Scrape in a different restaurant or bar every night of the week but only the one, on Monday’s at Eddie’s Edgewater, is a traditional one. We aren’t sure we will still be here on Monday so we decided to go to the Peace & Plenty Rake n Scrape Barbecue last night. The Peace & Plenty is a nice hotel within walking distance of the dinghy dock. We have had breakfast in their dining room. The barbecue was at 6:30pm by the pool and the music was starting at 7:30pm so we decided to move Moonraker over to the Georgetown side of the harbor so we wouldn’t have to drive all the way across the large harbor late at night in our dinghy. While we are over here we will purchase fuel and re-provision. Both benefit by not having a long dinghy ride to drag all that weight.

We reconnected here in Georgetown with a couple we got friendly with in Nassau our second day in the Bahamas and they decided to come to the Rake n Scrape with us. We knew we were in for trouble because they like a party and dancing a lot more than we do and we knew they would be pushing us to dance. We were brave and went through with it anyhow. What we didn’t count on though was meeting Bahama Obama, who you can see me with in the picture above. He is somewhat of a local celebrity and the restaurant apparently hires him to make sure their guests have fun. He told us he is good at his job – and believe me he is. He zeroed right in on me. He said to himself “this woman does not know how to have fun and she probably can’t dance”. He dragged me right out on the dance floor and tried to make me a dancer. I don’t think he succeeded but it was a lot of fun. Both Bill and I danced, or tried to, a number of times. I will say that dancing is more fun than watching people dance.

Today we dinghyed back over to the beach side and attended a question and answer session on battery life and solar power. Our batteries are in bad shape. The way we use them is very bad for them and we are paying the price. We will have to recondition them again soon which means going to a marina. We have one picked out and will head there after we leave Georgetown.

In the meantime Bill has been working on a computer program to help him interpret the weather. Weather is so important when you are deciding where to go and when. One of the crucial things to watch is whether the weather will be stable for a number of days or constantly changing. Bill’s program takes the details from formatted emails he gets every day and puts the data into a spreadsheet that makes it very easy to view the trends. We can’t wait to start moving again and put his program to practical use!
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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