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

Legal in Puerto Rico

15 March 2014 | La Parguera, Puerto Rico
We ended up motor sailing all day today because the wind was not from the right direction. Perhaps if we were more motivated we could have figured out a way to sail but we were so ready to be in Puerto Rico that we decided to go as quickly as we could. We dropped the anchor just after 4:00pm. The next hurdle was clearing into the country. When we were in Ft. Lauderdale in the beginning of last year we went out of our way to get Local Boaters Option cards. The idea was that the cards would allow us to check into the United States, coming from a foreign port, via the telephone. Well in the United States we've heard that only works in Florida. When we got back from the Bahamas last year we went straight to North Carolina and had to have Customs come and inspect the boat. We read that the cards do work in Puerto Rico though. We decided to check it out.

First we had to get a telephone to work so we could call the phone number. We have our Verizon cell phone turned off while we travel outside the US. We needed to get it turned back on so we could use it. Bill tried to get some answers about fees from Puerto Rico when we were in Boca Chica in the D.R. but he couldn't get any online there. When we got here and anchored we tried to just call Verizon but that didn't work. We also couldn't get any Internet to work. Technically only Bill was allowed to go to port to clear in but since he can’t fake his way through Spanish as good as I can he didn't want to go alone. So we put the dinghy in the water and both of us went into town. Just about everyone we spoke to speaks English and they use good old American money here too! We found a restaurant with WiFi, ordered a pizza to go along with our WiFi, and quickly reconnected the telephone. Bill was then able to call the Customs phone number and clear us in.

We finished up the evening with a short walk around the cute town of La Parguera. As seen in the picture above. They have lots of restaurants and bars but right now we just want a bit of quiet and a bedroom that doesn't move! We will probably move on tomorrow and go someplace more scenic.
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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