From the Marina Office!
Welcome to the January 2021 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.
We are a community at the marina and all of you continue to make this time so much easier for us through your helpfulness and understanding. I want to thank everyone for being so calm in the midst of what feels like a never ending storm. It is not easy to deliver the news that more restrictions are here again. It is harder yet to hear them and try to make sense of what is and isn't allowed, what is open and in what capacity. We are here to serve you, please don't hesitate to call us if we can be of assistance.
New Orders related to Covid-19 went into effect again in early December for San Diego County. Even with the new orders there are new developments on a frequent basis. The best place to keep up on developments with the Orders is on this website, use this link.
So, what does that mean for recreational boating? We are back to only members of one household for gatherings including recreational boating. This is the link to the Port of San Diego describing these orders.
In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Stretching is Good for You Matey" from Laura Brownwood, " "Use These Navigator's "Best Friends" for Safer Sailing" from Captain John, "10 Simple Solutions for the Most Common Boating Breakdowns" and our January recipe for Healthy Granola Bars.
• Everyone did a great job decorating their boats fro the holidays! It was hard to choose so we added more prizes.
Click Here to see the photos of all the winners!
• The Marina will be closed on January 1st for New Years Day.
• Contractors may access a key to work at the marina if their business is considered essential under the new County Health Orders. If you plan on having a contractor on your vessel during the new stay at home order, please have them contact the office.
• The new orders require that you wear a mask when you are on the docks and when you come to the office. Thank you for following this guidance.
• All mail and packages can be collected in the mailroom. Packages delivered to the office will be held till 5:00pm for pickup and then put in the mailroom, if the recipient has a mailbox.
• Pizza Nova is open for takeout, delivery. Outdoor and Indoor dining are not currently available.
• Disco's Paddle Surf is open for sales and rentals. Check out their new website at, social distancing protocols are in place.
January 1st National Hangover Day...Humm
New Year's Day
January 11th Learn Your Name in Morse Code
Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day
January 14th Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 17th Ditch New Years Resolutions Day
January 18th Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
January 20th Penguin Awareness Day
January 31th Backward Day - Eat Dessert first!
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Clean Marina Minute - Help Keep the Water Clean
- By Sean Peterson
There is just something about the call of the water that draws us toward the shore whether it's the shore of a lake, a river, or an ocean. Maybe it's because the shore offers us so much. We can fish, swim, ski, dive, snorkel, canoe, kayak, float, read, sleep, or simply sit and people watch. Whatever it is that draws them, tons of Americans hear the call of the water and follow it every year. And for many of us, that call includes heading out on a boat. More than 10,000 marinas dot the coastlines, lake shores, and river edges of North America.
Boaters glide on the "rooftop" of lakes, rivers, and oceans. How well do they respect the residents below? Sometimes not well at all. Studies have shown that more than 267 species of marine organisms are known to ingest or have become entangled in marine debris that have been thrown overboard.
The Center for Marine Conservation reports that plastics account for more that 50 percent of all marine debris. Unfortunately, plastic pellets and plastic bags are often mistaken for food by fish, turtles, and other animals. Eating them can cause internal injury, intestinal blockage, and starvation. Other types of trash, such as monofilament fishing line, plastic straps, and six-pack holders, are just as deadly because creatures get tangled up and drown. So remember, tossing trash overboard could leave death in your wake.
Every time you get on a boat, encourage everyone aboard to adopt a policy of carry on carry off. And once off, dispose of any trash properly.
Also use onshore rest rooms if there is no sanitation device on board. After all, you wouldn't relieve yourself in your swimming pool, and you shouldn't use lakes, rivers, or oceans as a bathroom either. In fact, a single weekend boater flushing untreated sewage into our waters produces the same amount of bacterial pollution as 10,000 people whose sewage passes through a treatment plant.
Every boat with an installed toilet should have a marine sanitation device (MSD). MSDs retain or treat waste until it can be disposed of properly at a marina pump-out facility.
Stretching is Good for You Matey
- By Laura Brownwood - Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com
Stretching is an extremely important practice to add to your life and can be done on your boat, even if you are out to sea. Stretching benefits your body and mind.
The more you stretch, the more you move your muscles, and the more flexible you become.
Stretching is also beneficial to improve your posture. Poor posture, a common problem, can be reversed and healed with daily stretching. Because stretching strengthens your muscles and encourages proper alignment, your body posture will be less slouched and more vertical.
Increased Nutrients and Reduced Soreness
Stretching increases blood supply and it also increases nutrient supply to muscles. Because stretching allows blood to flow through your body, the nutrients in the blood are being carried and spread throughout your body as well. An increased blood and nutrient supply also helps reduce soreness.
Stretching provides your mind with a mental break. It allows you to recharge and refresh the blood flow throughout your body, resulting in a calmer and more peaceful mindset.
Many individuals carry stress in their muscles. When feeling overwhelmed, muscles tighten acting as a defensive strategy. The more you stretch, the less tense muscles will be. Stretching is a very effective form of stress management.
Because stretching allows for an increased blood and nutrient flow throughout the body, not only will you feel refreshed, but also your energy levels will be increased resulting in an improved sense of invigoration.
Stretching does not need to be time consuming. If you take 10 minutes out of your day to stretch you will achieve the benefits. Make 2021 your year of stretching.
Captain John's Skipper Tips - Use These Navigator's "Best Friends" for Safer Sailing
You enter an unfamiliar channel late in the afternoon. You scan your chart plotter or nautical chart to check for dangers to the left--or to the right. Rocky shoals, like ship-killing teeth, lie close to the channel edges on each side. But then you sight two objects ahead...
Be on the lookout for one of the sailor's best friends--channel ranges (also called transits). These markers will lead you down the center of a narrow channel in safety, keep your sailboat in deep water, and help you enter an unfamiliar harbor smooth and easy--day or night.
Follow these three easy steps to use channel ranges:
10 Simple Solutions for the Most Common Boating Breakdowns
You've seen the bumper sticker: A bad day of boating is better than a good day at work. Cute, but would you really feel that way if you were adrift 10 miles from the ramp, with a boatload of tired, cranky passengers and an engine that won't start? At that point, you don't need a slogan, you need a plan.
Sometimes, your only option might be to ask for help - either from a professional towing company or a fellow boater. But in most instances a well-prepared skipper can make the necessary repairs to get the boat back to port without assistance. We surveyed a group of respected boat mechanics to come up with the 10 most common reasons boats break down, and then compiled a consensus on what it would take to save the day - and how to prevent future outings from premature endings.
Marina Recipe - Healthy Granola Bars
2 cups quick oats
1 cup almonds or other nut, roughly chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
¾ cup creamy peanut butter or any other nut butter
½ cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup chocolate chips or any other flavor baking chips
½ cup raisins
1. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper
2. Combine oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl, stir to combine
3. In a small saucepan, combine coconut oil, peanut butter, honey ad vanilla until warmed through and coconut oil has melted.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine. Let mixture rest for 30 minutes before adding raisings & chocolate chips so they don’t melt.
5. Pour mixture into a prepared baking dish and press firmly down with bottom of spatula.
6. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into desired sizes and enjoy!!
Store in the refrigerator or freezer. You can find this recipe and more at www.erinliveswhole.com
King Tides are here! Please be mindful of the significant tide swings happening in January. The water level will be very shallow in the afternoon on each of these days.
January 11, 2021
high time / height: 7:11 AM / 7.08 ft.
low time / height: 2:22 PM / -1.66 ft.
January 12, 2021
high time / height: 7:56 AM / 7.18 ft.
low time / height: 3:09 PM / -1.78 ft.
January 13, 2021
high time/height: 8:39 AM / 7.08 ft.
low time/height: 3:50 PM / -1.67 ft.
I hope everyone is having a safe and healthy Holiday Season.
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Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Happy Trails While Trailering... Part I
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
A boat is designed to sit in water, along her waterline, but at this time of year, many boaters start thinking about getting their trailered boat home and up on the hard.
But stresses from over-the-road travel can be more punishing on a boat than normal operation in the water.
Safety First! I had an uncle that drove his boat pretty hard WOT (Wide Open Throttle) and dead-stop are his two favorite speeds. As you might expect, the boat wore out around him from stress and strain. When he used to complain to me about it, I said, "If you constantly drove your brand-new car at full speed over a bumpy road, would you be surprised that it might start to shake loose?" He said, "hmm."
Well, that started me thinking about trailering - when you are driving your boat over many types of road (how about those winter-created pot holes?) at relatively high speeds.
Did You Know ...?
There's no shortage of boating tips and tricks, but we thought we'd let you know some of the lesser will known we've found.
1) Running your wet hands over stainless steel will miraculously remove fish smells and many other odors from your skin. Whether you use a piece of cutlery, the faucet, the kitchen sink, or a steel bowl, a chemical reaction occurs and removes the odor-causing molecules from your skin.
2) Hate it when bugs get on your boat? One defense is to never take cardboard on board your boat if you can help it. All sorts of things lurk in cardboard, even in very modern and clean supermarkets.
Bugs are also latent in all sorts of food products - flour and pasta come to mind immediately. The bugs can't escape plastic or Tupperware but they can easily get out of cardboard boxes or paper bags. Put flour, polenta, rice, pasta and anything that comes in a box into Tupperware immediately and discard the boxes.
3) Does your boat's horn sound like a dying buffalo with strep throat? A good shot of spray lube sometimes will get your electric horn working again. The diaphragms get coated with salt and stop vibrating.
4) Can't get those rubber-backed boarding mats clean? You can safely clean them by shaking them out and throwing them in the dishwasher.
5) Everything on the boat covered with morning dew when you wake up? Don't waste it - morning dew is essentially distilled water. Use it to wipe down windows and surfaces without leaving any spots.
6) You can't get enough morning dew to top off your batteries, but want a free source? Drain your dehumidifier.
7) Looking for a green alternative to bleach? White vinegar kills mold. Apply it with a spray bottle.
8) Sea spray and rain hampering your visibility? Wipe down your windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol before you sail to prevent a smeared windshield.
9) Have some duct tape residue left behind? Oven-cleaner spray will remove paint and adhesive residue from gelcoat without damaging it.
10) Fenders and gelcoat getting ruined by scraping between the dock and the boat? Position them on the rounded edge of the boat pointing out and away from the hull. It reduces the likelihood of the hull exterior or gelcoat from being worn down
A BlueSkyNews.com Quiz About Fog - Do You Know What To Do If You Get Caught In It?
In Southern California dense fog is most frequent between October and February.
Do you remember what signals to use, and how often? Test your knowledge of the USCG "Navigation Rules" with this short quiz.
Answers are below. (Note: A short blast of the horn is about 1 second - A prolonged blast is 4-6 seconds).
Question #1 You are underway, (under power if a sailboat) and the fog closes in. You slow down so that you can stop within half the range of your visibility, or slower. You immediately start fog signals, either manually with your horn, or with an automatic loudhailer. You post a bow & radar watch with qualified crew, and turn on your navigation lights. You double check your radar and GPS settings. What horn signal do you give every TWO minutes?
a. 1 short
b. 1 prolonged
c. 2 short
d. 2 prolonged
Question #2 You detect another vessel's fog signal forward of your beam, but you cannot see it or spot it on your radar. You should:
a. Maintain course and speed
b. Slowly circle around
c. Slow to bare steerageway
d. Stop, look and listen
e. Either C or D
Question #3 A mile from the harbor entrance, the fog becomes so thick that you can barely see past the bow. You shift to neutral, but hold your position. Now what signal do you give every TWO minutes?
a. 1 short
b. 1 prolonged
c. 2 short
d. 2 prolonged
Question #4 You hear "prolonged-short-short" off in the distance. What type of vessel could this be?
a. Sailboat underway
b. Vessel with restricted maneuverability
c. Vessel towing another
d. Vessel engaged in fishing
e. All of the above
Question #5 You decide to anchor until conditions improve. The signal you give is:
c. Rapid ringing of bell for 5 seconds
d. Three strokes of the bell
e. Either B or C.
ANSWERS: 1: b / 2: e / 3: d / 4: e / 5: e
Notes: Occasionally, it's a good idea to practice a slow harbor approach, using your radar and GPS in clear daylight conditions, before you find yourself in reduced visibility. Warning: This is tricky with boat traffic - you need qualified crew to keep watch and you must obey all right-of-way rules during your simulation! Make sure you know how to 'tune" your radar, and bear in mind that small vessels may not show up except at very short range, but lives are still at stake.
While we believe the information in this short quiz is accurate, it was published just to get you thinking about how familiar you are with the rules of the road, and is not approved by the USCG. You should have a copy of the USCG Navigation Rules on board your vessel at all times, and refer to it for all official rules.
The 4 Phases of Cold Water Immersion
The most common misunderstanding about Cold Water Immersion is that it leads to immediate Hypothermia. The real truth is, other serious events occur long before hypothermia sets in, each with its own physiological challenges.
Phase 1 - Cold Shock Response: Cold Shock Response lasts for only about a minute after entering the water and refers to the affect that cold water has on your breathing.
Initially, there is an automatic gasp reflex in response to rapid skin cooling. If the head goes underwater, water may be breathed into the lungs during the gasp. The result of this is simple: drowning. That's one of the many benefits of a life jacket or PFD: it helps to keep your head above water during this critical first response.
Phase 2 - Cold Incapacitation: After 10 minutes or more, if able to survive cold shock, there's a loss of muscle dexterity - can't get back in the boat, can't operate radio, can't swim even if normally a strong swimmer - drowning of not rescued.
Phase 3 - Hypothermia: Hypothermia - There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to hypothermia. The first deals with how long it will take to become hypothermic. While it varies with water temperature and body mass, it can take 30 minutes or more for most adults to become even mildly hypothermic in ice water.
Knowing this is vitally important in a survival situation, since people would be far less likely to panic if they knew that hypothermia would not occur quickly and that they have some time to make good decisions and actions to save themselves.
Phase 4 - Circum-rescue Collapse: Can happen just before, during or after rescue. The symptoms can range anywhere from fainting to death. But, why does this collapse occur so near rescue?
Several factors are working here: while you are fighting to stay alive, your senses are heightened and stress hormones are surging through your body, helping you survive. Once rescue is imminent, is in progress, or has just taken place, a mental relaxation occurs, creating a decreased output of those stress hormones.
Blood pressure can drop and muscles can fail, causing collapse and in some extreme cases, even cardiac arrest and death. The key thing to remember is that heart function is dramatically impacted by the way that a victim is handled and removed from the water. Knowing what not to do can make a life-saving difference.
Cancel Culture - Boating Style
-By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews
With the promise of vaccines looming large, there is cause for optimism that 2021 will be a better year, but before 2020 exits the scene the pandemic will take it's toll on most if not all of December's waterfront gatherings and events.
As if to add a final insult, December may add a splash of cold water on the red hot boating market sales boom. Brokers we talked to inicated that the market is still very good, but in some cases has "slowed slightly" or "leveled off".
One factor that may be contributing to the slowdown is the announcement in November that most Winter boat shows have been cancelled and postponed for a year, including the San Diego Sunroad Show held annually in January. Winter boat shows are typically successful boat and yacht sales events.
Are marinas and yacht clubs by and large Covid free? The feeling of most managers is yes, but most don't have any real data to support that feeling.
December for boaters is normally one of the best times of the year. The cozy Winter nights on the boat; the family gatherings at the marina; the marina parties; the comraderie; the boat show; and yes, even the festive boat parades all are cancelled this year.
So how to end on a note of optimism?
On the good news side, the majority of boaters are now reported to be wearing masks and complying voluntarily with social distancing, and the confrontations over wearing or not wearing masks seems to have subsided. This is also good because many marinas and yacht clubs have reduced staff hours making it difficult to enforce restrictions.
It will be interesting to see what January holds in store. In this month's environment where life is knee-jerked almost daily by changing restrictions and predictions causing many to be at the end of their financial ropes and depressed, will we be dancing in the streets because everybody's stimulated, vaccinated, and the election is thankfully over? Or just more of the same? Your guess is as good as mine.
Boating, Travelling, and Vacationing (In the Time of Covid)
- By Kells Christian
I'm in the marine industry because I enjoy boating and have been passionate about nautical exploration and playing in the ocean since childhood. I have owned several boats but for the past several years have chartered sailing catamarans.
The last family vacation was before Covid and our three adult children joined us on a non-boating trip that included stays in China in late December and early January, when Covid was just developing.
All three are home now, one is taking a (forced then voluntary Covid related) break from being a chef in L.A., one just graduated from a UC and one is attending a DC based university remotely. She had a ticket for Valentine's Day to spend a semester in Shanghai, diverted to New Zealand for a month and returned home, disappointed but still conscious of her blessings. She had planned three of her last six semesters abroad, Covid sucks.