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

What Can You Do If You Have a Car?

22 March 2014 | Salinas, Puerto Rico
We arrived in Salinas on Thursday morning. It’s a large anchorage with lots of boats around. It’s where a lot of cruisers stop to rent a car and see the country. We just hung out in the marina area on Thursday, our rental car was coming on Friday morning. We found a couple of boats with cruisers we knew and spent a bit of time visiting and learning about the area.

On Friday we got our car, of course that has a story but I’ll refrain from sharing that one this time. First thing we did was go to McDonald’s for breakfast! As a matter of fact, we've had the rental car two days now and we've eaten in three different fast food restaurants already! We have been looking forward to shopping at a Walmart in Puerto Rico for months. There are things we needed to buy that we just couldn't find up until now. After breakfast we headed right to Walmart. Boy were we disappointed. We have never really liked that store and now we remember why. We got some of the things we needed but not everything.

After Walmart, and more fast food, we headed into Ponce to sightsee. It was a nice enough city but not really that much to see. We went to a couple of the museums but most of the museums we have seen here are completely in Spanish. We walked around the square and the shopping district. This is the only place where I have ever seen only the bottom half of a mannequin. I told Bill I wanted to take a picture of him in front of them and he waited until we found some that were mostly hot pants. Doesn't he look happy? The other really interesting thing is that everywhere you look around the streets there are stands where they sell lottery tickets. It was like that in Haiti too. Here though they have all the tickets hanging there and you can pick the numbers you want.

After we walked around the city we decided to drive up the hill to see the Castle where the family that owns the Don Q Rum factory lived. The admission fee was very expensive but we did really enjoy the guided tour and the scenery from the house. I’m not sure I would recommend the tour but it did make us feel better about our day in Ponce.

Today we just shopped! We ended up in a Cash & Carry store. I have not been in one of those since I was a little girl. My parents used to go to one. I wasn't so sure what we would buy there but we ended up with quite a lot of stuff. Mostly it was chocolate, cookies and canned goods. Bill decided we needed to have enough canned meals so that if something bad happens on the long ocean passage we are going to take to get home we won’t starve. I sure hope nothing happens. I’m not that fond of canned ravioli!

Tomorrow we leave for our four days, three nights “vacation”. We aren't taking any of our electronics so no blog updating until we get back! You can be sure that it will be action packed!
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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