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

More Snorkeling Every Day!

15 April 2014 | White Bay, Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
On Sunday night we ended up at one of our favorite spots from our one chartering trip to the British Virgin Islands, Trellis Bay. It turns out we had liked that spot so much because of the woman we met there all those years ago who made our time there special. Thanks to Facebook we are still in touch but she lives in New Zealand now! Guess we will have to wait until we sail there because Trellis Bay wasn't so great this time! We anchored at the end of the mooring field, right by the end of the airport runway. It was a little rough but putting the mizzen up helped us a bit.
Luckily we hadn't picked the night of their Full Moon Party. We are sure that would have been a loud night.

On Monday we sailed over to Lee Bay. It wasn't very far. We were able to anchor pretty close to the shore. There were a couple of other sailboats in there, and the beginning of a raft up of power boats with their sterns tied to the beach. We decided to go snorkeling so we got in the dinghy and went over to ask the Canadian boat if they knew where the best snorkeling was. We got invited on board and quickly became good friends. Good thing too. When we left their boat to go snorkeling Bill set our dinghy anchor and realized that it wasn't going to come up again. He swam back to their boat and they came over to help us. I don't think I mentioned it before but this is the second time the dinghy anchor has gotten stuck. The first time was in the Dominican Republic. We needed to learn how to say knife in Spanish to get out of that one. Bill wasn't leaving without this new anchor. As it turned out Bill was able to dive down to the bottom and pull it out. We ended up having dinner on our new friends boat.

This morning we woke up very very early to view the total eclipse of the moon. We woke up at 2:30am to see the beginning of the eclipse and then again at 3:30am to look at it at total eclipse and wait for it to come out again. It was a little cloudy but we were able to get a good view of it.
As much as I would have rather been asleep I was really glad we got up to see it.

Today we are moored in White Bay on Guana Island. We are close to another big snorkeling place, Monkey Point. We took the dinghy over there and tied up to the dinghy mooring lines. Each day the snorkeling is more incredible than the day before. There are thousands and thousands of little fish swimming in swarms and huge fish coming by to try and eat them. Each time a predator comes close the swarms of little fish part and they avoid getting eaten. It's quite incredible.

I am happy to see that there are pelicans around here. The pelican is my favorite bird but I haven't seen a lot of them until just recently again. Bill managed to get a really nice picture of one as you can see above. Today we were snorkeling close to where the pelicans were swimming and I was able to see their feet paddling in the water in front of me. That was the coolest thing I saw today!
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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