Moonraker

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

A World Famous Beach

02 April 2014 | Ensenada Honda, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Donna
We ended up going right to Culebra yesterday. It was very light wind and easy motoring, we even managed to get some good sailing in as we turned the southeast corner of Vieques. Bill tried to fish again, we bought some new lures in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately he didn't catch anything this time. We are now anchored in Ensenada Honda. Some cruisers we met in Salinas were here too so we went over to say hello and get the scoop on the town.

The town is cute. There are restaurants and a main street. It doesn't come off as being a real tourist town like Esperanza was. We walked around and found the ferry dock and noted a lot of taxis or shuttles to Flamenco Beach which is apparently the third best beach in the world according to Trip Advisor. We went to a nice taco place for dinner but were surprised at just how small the tacos were. Luckily I got a burrito instead and that was pretty huge so Bill didn't starve!

This morning we decided to check out the world famous beach. Our cruiser friends had walked there and said it took about forty five minutes and it was a very long walk. We would have walked but we decided to go down to the ferry dock and see how much it cost for a shuttle to the beach. Lucky for us it was only $3 a piece! No thought required, we got on the shuttle. The beach was very nice and the sand was extremely smooth and comfortable to walk on. We went swimming in the ocean for a while and then walked around the camping area next to the beach. We bought empanadas at one of the many food stands. You would think that was a good beach experience but we weren't done yet! On the tourist map of the area there was a trail that leads to the best snorkeling area in Culebra. We had brought our masks and fins so we went looking for the trail. It was behind a semi-locked gate with a sign that indicated there were unexploded ordinances in the area and said to keep out. Culebra, like Vieques, was used for military training in the past. It was easy to slip past the gate and in fact someone was coming out as we were going in. He told us it was the trail we were looking for. We walked for a while and met another couple coming the other way. We stopped and talked to them and checked how the snorkeling was. It was about a mile long hike but at the end there was a beach with quite a number of people on it that had also come down that trail. There were also some tour boats around.

As you can see from the picture above, we did go snorkeling! I would have rather posted a picture of Flamenco Beach but this picture came out much better than any of those pictures did. The snorkeling was OK but it didn't compare to how good the snorkeling was in the Exumas. We are hoping that when we snorkel in the British Virgin Islands it is the best yet.

Once we finished snorkeling we walked back up to Flamenco Beach. We found the couple we had talked to on the trail and put our stuff down next to them. We chatted for a while and then we went back in the ocean. Bill doesn't usually enjoy sitting on a beach or hanging in the ocean too much but we both really did enjoy our time on this beach. We ended up getting a ride back to town with the couple we were sitting next to and we invited them out to the boat for drinks. They are vacationing here from North Carolina but don’t live near the water so they hadn't really been on a big sailboat before. We got to show off our life and had a nice time spending time with other people. I actually think we have spent more time with non-cruisers this week than we have with cruisers!
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Vessel Name: Moonraker
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 40
Hailing Port: Annapolis, MD
Crew: Bill & Donna Shuman
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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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