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
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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

Our Day in St Thomas

06 April 2014 | Christmas Cove, US Virgin Islands
This morning we moved from Flamingo Bay to Charlotte Amalie, the capital city of St Thomas. It wasn't very far, it only took a half an hour. Flamingo Bay was a nice calm anchorage, Charlotte Amalie was not. We were not entirely sure we would be spending the night there. There were no cruise ships in port. We saw one leave the evening before but none came in. It turns out that Charlotte Amalie is pretty much closed on Sunday, at least on Sunday morning. There were some little outdoor shops open but almost all of the storefronts were closed. We did manage to get rid of our trash, and there was a McDonalds with an American breakfast menu within easy walking distance of town. These two things made our morning in Charlotte Amalie a success. We managed to see some of the sights in town, including the 99 Steps, which are really 103 steps, you can see some of them in the picture above. The steps go up to the Blackbeard Castle, which was closed.

One of the things that made our morning not a success is that a pigeon decided to poop on top of me as I stupidly walked underneath him. It was especially upsetting because I had on my best clothes and they were actually clean that morning, as was I. Both of those things are rare these days. If you have ever wondered, fresh pigeon poop is surprisingly warm. Too bad I have never wondered because now I know.

When we got back to the boat it was still early. We had had enough of Charlotte Amalie so Bill pulled up the electronic charts and looked for some place that wasn't too far away and was facing the right direction so the wind and waves wouldn't affect us. Lucky for us he found Christmas Cove where we are now moored. It's a very beautiful anchorage, relatively calm and it has free moorings. It was a relatively rough ride here, lots of waves, but it wasn't too bad.

We were out in the cockpit and saw a couple of dolphins swimming by. Right behind them was a snorkeler that was following them with a video camera - what an experience. He told us the snorkeling was really good so we decided to try it out. We snorkeled right off the boat and checked a couple of the areas he told us about. Again, it wasn't as good as the Exumas, but it was still really nice. We saw some stingrays and a barracuda and a trunkfish. Tomorrow we are off to St John and hope to get some more snorkeling in.
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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