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

Two Nights At Leverick Bay

10 May 2014 | Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
The rally schedule had us moving over to Leverick Bay, a twenty minute motor boat ride, for a couple of shows at the outside beach bar. Actually every restaurant and bar in the British Virgin Islands is outside. They all have some sort of cover but every table is basically outside. That was fine for the majority of the time we have been here but sometime in the past week the weather seems to have changed. First it got much hotter than we remember it being either here on in the Bahamas. Second, there is a lot more rain now than we have seen in a very long time.

Thursday morning we moved over to Leverick Bay and took a mooring. We soon found out that instead of the Salty Dawg discount of $20 mooring fees it would now be $25. The five dollars more is no big deal but we would be there for two nights and $50 sounded like a lot more than $40. We prefer to eat our money rather than pay for moorings when it is possible to anchor. So we dropped the mooring and moved not that far away and set our anchor.

Thursday evening we went to the Jumbies Beach Bar and watched the last Michael Beans show of the season. We had not heard of him before but it turned out to be a lot of fun. He is basically a one man band, singer, songwriter, a Jimmy Buffett want-to-be. The weather wasn't great, and of course it was outside. It rained during the show but that didn't make it any less entertaining. The most entertaining part had to be the conch blowing contest at the end. Bill had never really tried to blow a conch shell before but during the practice run he tried it and he actually did very well. Well enough to enter the contest! He didn't win but he did have a good showing. Now we need to get a shell for him to practice on for next time.

Friday was also not a great weather day but it didn't actually rain. Most of the Salty Dawgs decided to go back to the Bitter End Yacht Club where the moorings are free for us and the water a bit calmer. Friday night was the barbecue and the Moko Jumbies performance. We had never seen the Moko Jumbies and we decided to stay. We already knew we wouldn't go to the barbecue. It was very expensive, $38 a person, and most of the food wasn't high on Bill's favorite list. We got there in time for the live music. We were joined by the crew of Chill who are also going back to Annapolis with the Salty Dawgs. Soon the Moko Jumbies came out. They were eight young people who have amazing dance and balance skills on very high stilts. We are standing in front of them in the picture above. We have posted a video of their performance.
We are so glad we stayed to see them!

Now we are back at the Bitter End Yacht Club and it is pouring. It has been most of the day and I think it will for the next couple of days. At least we managed to get some things done on the boat before we leave for home next week.
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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