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
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08 June 2015 | Hillsmere Shores Marina, 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

Hiking and Snorkeling in St John

10 April 2014 | Waterlemon Bay, St John, US Virgin Islands
On Wednesday we left our mooring in Francis Bay and we sailed all the way to Waterlemon Bay even though the wind was right on our nose. It wasn't very far at all and the wind was so good we decided to tack back and forth across the wind so we could sail instead of motor. Basically we criss crossed through the passage going twice as far as we would have if we had just motored in a straight line there.

There are a couple of things that are very different than the past few months have been. One is that there are always other sailboats on the water with us. We've become used to being the only boat around most of the time. The other is that chances are very good that most of the boats anchored or moored around us are charter boats and not cruisers. That is because we are very close to the British Virgin Islands and this is a great place to come sailing.

The boats moored in Waterlemon Bay are probably mostly charter boats but we've talked to a couple of them. Charterers don't need to talk to you, they bring their friends with them and stay to themselves. One boat we talked to were former cruisers so they stopped to say hello to us. When the woman saw my Dismal Swamp Canal T-shirt she was very jealous. We have found a couple of cruising boats here.

This is a great place to go snorkeling. We've snorkeled from the boat and also from the dinghy. We have seen a couple of turtles like the one in the picture above. It's quite incredible to be swimming along and see a turtle flying along beside you. The reef here is beautiful too. We are really enjoying the snorkeling.

Today we decided to go on a hike on a couple of the trails in the park. We knew the trails we wanted to take were a distance of about six miles and that we would have to walk on a road for about a mile so we could get to the next trail. What we didn't realize was that the road passed through a town, Coral Bay, where there was a nice place to have lunch. We had packed our standard peanut butter sandwiches but got to have a much better lunch instead. We deserved it though because right before the restaurant, and right after it, was the steepest climbs we've done in a very long time. We were used to hiking in the Bahamas where everything is flat. It's not flat here, that is for sure.

I'm not sure I should admit this but tonight we finished watching all the Harry Potter movies. There are eight of them!! We have watched one every night for the past eight days! I'm not much of a fantasy movie person but I only fell asleep for about five minutes of the entire series. Of course it was a very crucial five minutes. Bill was nice enough to play back the part I missed.

Tomorrow we will cross over into Sopers Hole in the British Virgin Islands. We will have to go to customs and check in again. We get to fly a new courtesy flag!
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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