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

Back in the British Virgin Islands

04 May 2014 | Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
I realized today that we have been back in BVI for four days now and I haven't written a blog once in that time. Things have gone as planned. We motored all the way to Gorda Sound in Virgin Gorda and anchored at Gun Creek where we have heard the most laid back Customs agents are. We got there just about 11:30am and Bill rushed in to get us cleared in before they closed for lunch. Too late, they close 11:30am to 1:30pm for lunch. No arguments from Bill though, our fate was in these people's hands. As it turns out all our worries were for nothing. We are allowed to stay in BVI until May 25th but hopefully we are leaving on the 15th anyhow.

After we cleared in we did the next most important thing. We motored over to Leverick Bay to do the laundry. I was desperate to do laundry. There aren't a lot of places here to do it. The resort in Leverick Bay has four washers, one of which was broken, and four dryers. A local woman was using most of the machines but she was very sweet and happy to share with me. We chatted a little bit and of course, like most locals we meet, she had a relative living in Maryland!

We managed to get over to the mooring field at the Bitter End Yacht Club by 5:30pm and finally call it a day! The next day we took Moonraker over to the dock to equalize the batteries and hopefully make them less worrisome on our passage home. We had to negotiate for the proper slip or dock space because our boat does not back up like a modern boat. Luckily they had lots of space available. We ended up being on the fuel dock which really worked to our advantage when we decided to fill up with diesel and water.

The battery equalization worked out OK. Usually we take two days at the dock to do it but we managed to do it in only one day this time. Not only did that save money but it saved a little sanity too. We aren't all that comfortable on a dock these days. Now we are back on a mooring and are partaking of the social activities that come with being a member of the Salty Dawg Rally.

We've gone to two happy hours at the Saba Rock resort the past two days and tonight everyone gathered at The Crawl Pub for a pizza party. We swam in the pool here at the resort and today we hiked the trails around the island and over the mountain. We came across this great chess set on the beach on the other side of the island. It's not quite as big as it looks in the picture above but it was pretty darn cool. The pieces were about two feet tall. When we got back to our boat after our long sweaty hike a few of the couples we have met, that are going back north with the rally, came by and invited us to join them for lunch at the Fat Virgin Café, a dinghy ride away. We agreed to join them there and had a great lunch. Bill was especially happy because the other two women got BLT's hold the bacon. Bill said they could just take the bacon they weren't getting and add it to his hamburger. And the restaurant did it!! And this time when he ordered his diet coke he got a whole can! Of course it cost $3 but at least it wasn't just a small plastic cup of watered down soda this time.

Tomorrow we are going snorkeling with another cruiser and then we are going to move our boat over to anchor in calmer waters for the day so Bill can clean the bottom of the boat and maybe go up the mast.
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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