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 in Ile A Vache

03 March 2014 | Ile A Vache, Haiti
We spent two full days on our passage from the Bahamas to Haiti. Bill kept the blog going for me with great progress reports. Ocean passages are not my favorite part of this adventure we are on. We were very lucky to have mostly good sailing weather. We left Great Inagua on Saturday morning much earlier than we had hoped. We woke up to strong, dangerous waves and we were anchored too close to the rocks on the land to be comfortable with that. So we skipped having a decent breakfast and just pulled up the anchor and left. We were able to sail most of the way and only had a few squalls hit us. The waves around us looked huge but the boat moved very well with them. We managed to have decent meals the whole way and no one got seasick at all. That is not saying we were happy all the time. It was a rough and wild ride. Bill did a great job of getting the right sails up and keeping the boat going in the right direction. I think we saw more ship traffic than the entire time we were in the Bahamas. That is when you really appreciate the AIS which tells you exactly how close the ship is going to come to you and if you need to worry about them or not. We made sure to call the ones we wanted to make sure saw us. This morning we pulled into the harbor in Ile A Vache, Haiti. We knew to expect that the boat boys in their dugout canoes would come up to us looking for work. There were a lot of them. The first one grabbed on to the boat while we were still heading toward our anchoring spot and I was going pretty fast. He fell out of his boat and next thing I know he was on our boat talking to Bill. There were about eight small boats of different types holding onto our boat by the time we got the anchor down. The picture above shows a couple of boats waiting to talk to us. The oldest boy had a letter of recommendation from another cruising boat which he handed to Bill. His name was Ashley. They make sure they tell you their name and ask you yours so you can connect again. We had just stopped after going non-stop for two days so we told them to come back later but we will definitely be finding some work for Ashley and his crew. This is very different than the Bahamas. It is rare for anyone to come up to you like this in the Bahamas but Haiti is a much poorer country than the Bahamas. It looks like a very beautiful place and we are looking forward to getting ashore, doing some exploring, and meeting the people.
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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