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

Car Vacation - Zipline Adventure

25 March 2014 | Utuado Puerto Rico
Our second hotel was also very nice. The best thing about it was it was now an hour closer, with no rush hour issues, to where we had to be at 9am for our zipline adventure. If we had known what kind of roads we would be driving on that morning we wouldn't have even have attempted staying near San Juan the night before. I’m sure the ride to the starting point of our tour was more dangerous than anything else we were going to do that day. The two way road, that was only one lane wide, was so steep at times that you’d come over a hill and see nothing but sky. You had to just believe that there was a road in front of you and not a big cliff! The ride in our car was bad enough, but the ride in the pickup truck with the eleven of us participants and the two tour guides was almost as terrifying.

Once we got to the start of the ziplines though it was a blast. We walked across a big suspension bridge and hiked up to the first platform where we got our lessons on how to zip and land. Above is a picture of Bill zipping across to where I was standing. If you look right in the middle of the picture you can see him coming down the line. We went across eight zip lines and did a seventy foot rappel down a large mountain face. They didn't mention that part of the rappel was a freefall so we were all pretty surprised when the rock face disappeared from under our feet and we were dangling in mid-air 50 feet off the ground! Everyone came through fine though.

When we were finished with the ziplining and rappelling we got into a couple of row boats and paddled down the river through a beautiful cave. There were lots of bats in the cave. Imagine our surprise we saw a bunch of tubers coming in the opposite direction. I think our tour was a better choice! After we got back to the shore with the boats almost everyone else climbed up on a big rock and jumped into the river. Not me though. I had proved myself enough already, I didn't need to do that. Then everyone else piled back in the pickup truck and Bill and I went with one of the guides on the extended part of the tour. We walked through the river and into a couple more caves before finally climbing up the hill and ending up back where we started. It was a beautiful hike and was double worth it because we didn't have to get back in that pickup truck!
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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