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

We Are In the US Virgin Islands!!

05 April 2014 | Flamingo Bay, US Virgin Islands
Donna
The weather report for this week has not been very promising. They were predicting very strong winds and some rain. We were in a well protected anchorage last night but the winds were still pretty strong. Our plan was to wake up early and at first light leave Puerto Rico and head east to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Bill woke up before the alarm and saw the wind was too strong so he turned it off and went back to sleep. By 7am though we were ready to go, the wind had calmed down enough.

Since we have basically been heading east for the past few weeks, and the wind in this part of the world is almost always from the east there hasn't been a lot of sailing. Today there was no sailing and lots of big waves. We must be getting more used to it though because it wasn't too bad. Plus it only took four hours to get there. The islands are all so close together now that you can always see the one you are going to from the one you are leaving. There wasn't much else to see today except for this giant rock in the middle of a whole lot of water, as you can see in the picture. It’s called Sail Rock and that is St Thomas behind it.

We are now anchored in Flamingo Bay. There are a couple of local boats moored here but this doesn't seem to be an anchorage that cruising boats use. It’s relatively calm here though, and at least tonight, pretty quiet. We checked an anchorage a little closer to Charlotte Amalie, where we are going tomorrow, but it seemed too busy and crowded for our tastes today. We spent the day relaxing, tomorrow we will do some sightseeing. We are excited to be in the Virgin Islands!!
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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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