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

Enjoying Puerto Rico More Every Day

17 March 2014 | Ensenada, Puerto Rico
We were just about ready to pull our anchor up yesterday morning when two cruising sailboats pulled into the anchorage. One of them called us on the VHF for any tips we had about the anchorage. I had realized on their way by that they were the two couples we had sat with for Thanksgiving dinner in Vero Beach last November. Small world, right? We decided to stay for a while and catch up with them and see where they had been and where they were going. We ended up going out to lunch with them in town. One of the men had a friend who had made him a list of things to not miss in Puerto Rico and eating Mofongo was on the list. None of us had any idea what it was but it was on the menu so we all went for it. It was delicious! It was a dish, served in a wooden goblet, made with plantains and meat, chicken or shrimp. Everyone enjoyed it.

We ended up spending another night at anchor in La Paguera and leaving early this morning for our next port, Ensenada. Apparently the way to negotiate the strong winds here is to leave in the early early morning and arrive before the winds get bad. We left around 6am this morning and that was a little late. We didn't have too far to go though so we did OK. We anchored off of where we thought the town was and took our dinghy to the shore. We were able to tie the dinghy up to a light post and crawl over the wall to get off onto the land. We walked a bit and found a nice man named Erwin who spoke English and told us he would show us where the restaurants were. He actually lived part of the time in Maryland! We walked for a while making some conversation with him. We thought he was going that way but he was just making sure we found the place. He even went in with us and ordered for us because we don’t think the owner spoke any English. I think we could have done it in Spanish but we were happy to have the help. There isn't really too much to this town. We were happy to have found a place to have a meal.

When we got back to the boat we decided to move it over to the other side of the harbor so we could be closer to the Rio Loco, the main attraction of this port. The Rio Loco is just a small creek that you dinghy through but it is covered with high Mangrove vines and a huge amount of iguanas crawling over the trees. The iguanas were everywhere, you can see two in the picture above. Every once in a while one would jump out of a tree and into the water. It was very cool. We turned the dinghy engine off and paddled through the river looking at the iguanas and birds. We really enjoyed the ride!
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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