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

Sailing Along the Puerto Rican Coast

29 March 2014 | Puerto Patillas, Puerto Rico
On Friday morning we managed to leave Salinas. The boat had been there for just over a week, us not quite that long. We left fully fueled and with no dirty laundry! Actually we had more fuel than we have ever had before because we bought two more diesel cans while we were in San Juan. The fuel dock at the marina we were anchored next to was not very large sailboat friendly so we made a couple of trips with our, now, four diesel cans. We wanted to take care of the fuel on Thursday afternoon but the wind was so strong it would have been impossible.

Once we were finished our fueling operation we headed east along the south coast for just an hour. We had a great anchorage, Cayo Puerco, completely to ourselves. There wasn't much to see, we were surrounded by mangrove trees and a factory in the distance but it was very still and very quiet. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and watching a movie.

This morning we got up early so we would be underway as soon as it was light enough to see. That is when the winds are lightest. We had to go through a cut called Boca de Infierno which translates to the Mouth of Hell. We totally understand how it got its name! There were reefs on both sides with only a small place to cross and while we were crossing it huge waves were coming at us. The trip continued on the rough side but luckily we only had three hours to go this time.

Now we are anchored in Puerto Patillas. You can see our view in the picture above. This morning when we got here it seemed like a great place, calm and quiet. As the day went on though it got a bit noisier. Now that it is officially Saturday night it is quite loud out there. We are a little worried about when the loud music will stop. We are anchored not far from a resort or public beach. There were people playing in the water and on all kinds of watercraft. Almost all of them have ignored us, two guys on an electric powered kayak stopped by to say hello though. They were each enjoying a beer and I thought here was an opportunity to make some points and get rid of more of the Bahamian beer we bought for the officials in the Dominican Republic. I offered them each a Bahamian beer and they happily accepted. An hour or so later they stopped back to bring us some of their beer. Since we don’t drink beer we declined. Then the one guy asked if he could have another bottle of the Bahamian beer because he had a beer collection from all different places. Bonus!! I got rid of two more bottles!!

Tomorrow we start heading up the east coast of Puerto Rico. Our next destination is an island that is populated by monkeys. We are looking forward to some good pictures!
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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