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

The Bubbly Pool

21 April 2014 | East End Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
We had a wonderful Easter Sunday breakfast at Pam’s Kitchen and Bakery at Neptune’s Treasure in Anegada. Pam is a former cruiser and she was very interesting to talk to. Breakfast got even better when we were joined by Susan who we had met twice before on the island. She was vacationing there after completing a swim from island to island elsewhere on BVI. Everyone travels their own way, right? She had helped make us relax the day before at the beach and she helped at breakfast too. Too bad we need help relaxing, but we really do!

The weather turned out to be much better on Sunday than was forecast. We decided to head to Jost Van Dyke. We had a very nice sail, but it wasn't as lively as the sail to Anegada was. When we got to our destination, next to Little Jost Van Dyke, we noticed that only catamarans were anchored there. We thought that maybe that meant it wasn't a very calm anchorage. Catamarans are a lot more stable in rolly conditions than a monohull is. We anchored there anyhow. It wasn't too bad but we had to put our mizzen sail up to help the boat stay a bit more stable.

This morning we decided we wanted to move over to East End Harbour where it was even more protected. We were there by ourselves for a while but then a couple of more boats came in. We lowered the dinghy and went in search of the Bubbly Pool. This would be the third “bubbling pool” we have encountered on this trip. It’s where you have a shallow area of water with a rock border that gets over spray from waves coming from the other side. You can see in the picture above, of me in the Bubbly Pool , what I am talking about. The first was on Compass Cay in the Bahamas, Rachel’s Bubble Bath, and it was definitely the best. We had a long hard hike to get to that one but we think there was a way to go by dinghy too. A very close second was the Jacuzzi in Culebrita. We had to work some to get there too, every step and rock climbed worth it. The Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke definitely comes in third but we were very glad we went to find it. There is a relatively easy path to get there next to the Foxy’s Taboo restaurant. We were completely alone at the other two pools, this one had people coming and going the whole time. The people that were there when we were were all very interesting. We had as much fun talking to the people as we did sitting in the bubbly pool.

When we got back to the boat we decided to try snorkeling. The water was very rough though and it wasn't very pleasant. We decided to go try another spot and on our way there we saw a cruising boat, Changes. We had been at a couple of anchorages with them throughout the Bahamas and Puerto Rico but never had the opportunity to meet. We decided to stop and say hello. Of course we had a number of mutual acquaintances. It’s pretty hard to meet a cruiser and not know someone they know. It really is a small community!!

Tomorrow we are going to one more anchorage in Jost Van Dyke and probably check out Foxy’s restaurant. It’s apparently the place to go for BVI sailors. That will probably guarantee we won’t like it – but we have to try!
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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