From the Sun Harbor Marina Office
Happy New Year, 2022 has arrived! Now is the time to look forward to a wonderful new year, time to make those changes you have been putting off , to live each moment with Gusto, start on boat repairs so you will be ready for the summer, maybe to start eating healthy and maybe start a new hobby. Whatever your NEW is for 2022, we wish you success!
Please take a moment to read through the newsletter, we have some important information and some New Year rules and regulations as well.
This month our newsletter contains the following articles: Clean Marina Minute "Keep Oil from Getting to Marine Life", " Sail into the New Year" by Laura Brownwood, " Learn to Sail Like a Pro - Ten Tips to Storm Proof Your Sailboat" from Captain John, and our Marina recipe for Gluten Free Pumpkin Oat Pancakes!
Marina Office Hours
Monday thru Saturday: 8:30 am to 5:00pm (normal business hours)
December 24 & 25
Christmas eve and Christmas day: Office is closed
New Year's Eve: Office closes at Noon
January 1, 2022
New Year's Day!: Office is closed
Marina News and Events
● The State of Calif has re-issued a mask requirement effective 12/15/21. This requires that you wear a mask when you are on the docks and when you come to the office. Thank you for following this guidance.
● The Boat Decorating Contest was amazing! All the boats were decorated beautifully, it was hard to pick the winners. We had 4 winners! Below is the 1st place winner's picture! We loved the homemade candy decorations! Thank you to everyone who participated!
● The Boat Brunch was a lot of fun- Visiting with our neighbors and having treats at the same time! Who could ask for more! We had items from 85 degree bakery, homemade treats from the tenants and coffee. Thanks to everyone who opened their boats up to us and fed us! We could not have done it without you!
● New Parking Permits: You should have already turned in your old parking permits to obtain your new ones. If you haven't, contact us as soon as possible so we can help you accomplish this. Don't forget to have your new parking permit displayed in the bottom left-hand corner of your vehicle front windshield.
Special Dates in January
National Blood Donor Month! Save a life and give today!
January 1st New Year's Day
January 4th National Spaghetti Day
January 14th Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 15th National Hat Day
January 17th Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
January 20th Penguin Awareness Day
January 24th Global Belly Laugh Day
January 31st Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Around San Diego
San Diego Brew Fest - Saturday January 8, 2022 from noon to 4 PM. Treat yourself to a cold beer or two at the annual San Diego Brew Fest at NTC Park, Liberty Station. Proceeds will benefit a local charity. Adults only 21+.
Disney on Ice - January 20 - 23, 2022 Courage leads the way for Disney's most adventurous heroes when Disney On Ice presents Dream Big skates back into San Diego playing Pechanga Arena for seven fun-filled performances.
Winter & Spring Gray Whale Watching - Migration Period: Mid-December April
Experience the magic of migrating whales year-round! Whether you're looking to get up close and personal or witness whales from the shore, there are tons of ways to enjoy these magnificent creatures off the coast of San Diego.
Each year, more than 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. After spending time in warm Baja California waters so their young can grow strong, they make the journey north again in spring. The longest known distance any mammal migrates on an annual basis, it is truly an extraordinary spectacle to observe. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants. According to the Birch Aquarium in San Diego, gray whales generally travel alone or in pods of two or three but more may be seen traveling together during peak migration season. These giants are roughly the width of a basketball court and cruise at an average speed of five knots (about six miles per hour).
King Tides - January 1-4, 2022
A King Tide is a non-scientific term people often use to describe exceptionally high tides. Tides are long-period waves that roll around the planet as the ocean is "pulled" back and forth by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun as these bodies interact with the Earth in their monthly and yearly orbits. Higher than normal tides typically occur during a new or full moon and when the Moon is at its perigee, or during specific seasons around the country.
In San Diego we will have 4 days in January when the tide will be more than7' at its height and around -2.0 feet at its low point. This can create an issue for a vessel that is in shallow water and it certainly can make for a steep walk down to our main dock when it is that low. It also creates an excellent opportunity to check out tide pools around the county during this time. The specific times and dates for the upcoming "King Tides" are below:
Clean Marina Minute Keep Oil From Getting to Marine Life
We'll save you reading eyeballs and give you two great videos to see this month. There are some great products that you will see in action to keep the oil from getting to the marine life. Check out the effectiveness of bilge socks and pads.
How Oil Spills Affect Marine Life
California oil spill could affect marine life for years
Clean Up oil from Bilges Oil Spill Response Team
Sail into the New Year
- By Laura Brownwood
Sail into the New Year in Calm Waters . . .
When crossing the bay and the water is calm, your boat will glide calmly. Same if your thoughts are calm, your life will be calmer.
Suggestions for a calm and wonderful 2022
- Start your day with positive thoughts, FIRST THING, before your mind starts wandering ~ live deliberately
- Smile ~ a lot, both when you see another human and also, when you are by yourself
- Be Kind ~ you can make others feel good and it blesses you and YOU feel good
- Don't compare ~ Everyone is on a different journey
- Make peace with 2021 focus on Being Present and enjoying the NOW
- In essence, take care of your Mind and your Body ~ they need each other to survive
- "Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." Helen Keller
619 994-4999 Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com
Marina Recipe Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oat Pancakes
If you want to start eating healthier and use up those left-over cans of pumpkin, then this recipe is for you! Oh, so good and so good for you! Enjoy!
• 1 cup pumpkin puree
• ¼ cup milk of choice
• 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter), melted
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon of maple syrup (or honey)
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup oat flour (make your own by blending oats in a blender)
• ½ tsp of each: baking soda, salt, ground cinnamon and ground ginger
• ¼ tsp of each: ground nutmeg and ground cloves or allspice
1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, milk, coconut oil, lemon juice, maple syrup and vanilla. Beat in the eggs. (If your coconut oil goes back to its solid state like mine did at this point, just warm the mixture for short 20 second bursts in the microwave, stirring between each, until it is melted again.)
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
3. Form a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. With a big spoon, stir just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened. Do not overmix! Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
4. Heat a heavy cast iron skillet/non-stick pan over medium-low heat, or heat an electric griddle to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly oil the surface of your pan with coconut oil, butter or cooking spray. If you're using a non-stick electric griddle like mine, you might not need any oil at all.
5. Once the surface of the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on it, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan. Let the pancake cook for about 3 minutes, until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the cake.
6. Once the underside is lightly golden, flip it with a spatula and cook for another 90 seconds or so, until golden brown on both sides. You may need to adjust the heat up or down at this point.
7. Serve the pancakes immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven.
Preparation tips: This whole grain batter is thicker than most, so it's more difficult to gauge when the pancakes are ready to flip. It's easier to go by the timer: set it for 3 minutes for the first side, then flip and wait another 90 seconds for the other side to finish. The time will vary depending on your temperature setting, but that's about the time it should take for pancakes that are fully cooked and golden on each side.
SHM Rules & Regulations Highlight of the Month:
With the new parking permits this year, please remember the parking rules as well. We are a community and working together is better.
Rule 34. Parking: The Marina will upon request issue parking permits for each passenger vehicle owned by the Owner to a maximum of four. Vessel owners may park only one vehicle in the parking lot at a time, even if they have been issued more than one parking permit. If a vessel Owner will be aboard his or her Vessel but not occupying a parking space at the time, one guest of the Owner may be issued a temporary parking permit, which can be issued at the Marina Office. It is understood and agreed that any vehicle parked for more than 72 hours is subject to tow at the owner's sole expense and risk. Parking is permitted only in spaces expressly marked for use by Sun Harbor Marina. Vehicles parked in any other spot, which are not controlled by the Marina, are subject to immediate tow. The washing and maintenance of vehicles in the parking lot is prohibited.
Pump-out Location: Please do not leave the pump-out cart between the pump housing on the main dock! Leaving it in that location can cause damage to the pump housing. It belongs between Slips B-87 & B-88. We plan on building a housing unit for it soon. Also please remember to sign the log out book when you use it. The log out book is still located in the laundry room, for now.
Marina Dock Card Keys(Fobs): A $50.00 charge will be imposed for each dock card key replaced, and $5.00 for each metal key replaced. No exceptions. Whether it is lost or broken, and according to the Wharfage agreement. There is also a limit of 4 key fobs per tenant.
Free Table Usage: The table in front of the Mail Room is known as a "Free Table", this means that if anything is left on that table it is up for grabs! Please make sure any items you leave on the table to give away are appropriate to leave there. No alcohol, No greasy or heavy items that could break or ruin the table, No open food, and if your item is not taken by the end of the day, please dispose of it. Remember this is called a Free Table, so don't leave your personal belongings on the table while you make a quick run to the restroom, mail room or Marina office, they might not be there when you return!
Thank you for being wonderful tenants and we hope you had a Joyous December and that 2022 is a Happy New Year! You can follow us on Facebook for daily updates.
The Sun Harbor Marina Team
Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade With Giant Balloons, Marching Bands and Much More
The San Diego waterfront will come alive on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 when the 30th annual Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade makes its way down North Harbor Drive.
The parade kicks off at 10:00am near the County Administration Building on North Harbor Drive proceeding south and ends just south of Broadway and Pacific Highway.
This year's parade theme is "New Beginnings", and the grand marshal is San Diego Padres' pitcher Joe Musgrove, who threw the first no-hitter game in the Padres' 53-season history this past April.
The Port is the title sponsor of the parade, which is often referred to as "America's Largest Balloon Parade" because of the number of giant inflatables. In addition to the 25 balloons this year, there will also be several bands, including the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and the North Carolina State Marching Band. Four floats and more than 25 specialty units will complete the lineup along with several parade dignitaries.
Fishing to the Phase of the Moon
- By Mark Moffat
When it comes to fishing, an angler will do anything that promises to improve a fishing trip's results.
I recently had a discussion with a few legendary long range anglers while planning a 3-day tuna fishing trip for 2022 on board a local long range boat.
I asked each of them to look at the boat’s schedule for next year and pick which two trips to go on.
Ironically, they both looked at the moon phase before making a selection.
I thought that was interesting and asked them to elaborate. This is what they had to say.
The idea around fishing the phase of the moon, specifically for tuna, is that the phase can play an important part. The key is for the trip to land on fishing three days leading up to the full moon or the dark of the moon.
Why does the phase of the moon play a role in fishing? It has to do with the tides and water flow. The bigger the tide is, the more active the fish are. The more active the fish are the more they want to bite.
During the dark of the moon, sometimes the bigger tuna are caught. Specifically, when targeting Bluefin Tuna, better fishing is observed during months May and June, and then again September thru November.
In regards to the full moon, the negative side is that it is harder to make bait. This is due to the moon being so bright.
So if these guys are right, the next time you're planning a fishing trip, check out the phase of the moon and try to plan the trip accordingly.
Mark Moffat is a fire-fighter by trade, a member of the San Diego Yacht Club and is a life-long fisherman by avocation. He started working the half-day boats as a pinhead at age 10; migrating to the full day Albacore boats at age 14.
Today , Mark is the Charter Master of an annual two week long range trip on the Red Rooster 3. Click Here to learn more about the Red Rooster 3 and Mark's annual trip.
Can the "Lake Effect" Occur on the Ocean?
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Back East, we've been in the coldest, wettest Fall in recent memory, but boaters, albeit fewer, are still out there (like we in the U.S. Coast Guard are.) So, if weather like we've been seeing is the "new normal", we should understand the forces at play. This column is about that.
The Lake Effect: We've all heard of the "lake effect" where the Great Lakes dump so much snow on upstate New York and nearby states. Snow accumulations of 10" - 12" over the course of the winter in Buffalo are not unusual for example.
The phenomenon occurs when cold air flows over the relatively warm lakes. The relative heat of the lakes leads to warming of the lowest levels of the atmosphere, which promotes rising air. When air rises in the atmosphere, it is cooled, and if enough upward motion (and thus enough cooling) results, then the air will reach its dew point and condensation will occur leading to cloud development. Eventually the clouds will produce precipitation.
The Ocean Effect: But why doesn't that happen here, at the seashore where all the same characteristics are at hand warmer water, winds and cold air?
Well the fact is, it does. The Ocean Effect just doesn't get as much media attention since nobody lives over the ocean, and there are no roads to get clogged by snow. Also, the temperature gradient isn't as great since we don't get as much of that Canadian cold air as they do upstate.
Since most of us aren't boating during the winter months, it isn't much of an issue. However, with the extremes of weather we've been seeing, we can see the ocean effect both in the Fall and in the Spring. And what doesn't fall as snow falls as rain. And plenty of it as we've seen.
(Photo courtesy of NOAA)
The photo above shows an excellent example of ocean effect conditions. Clear skies over the mainland and plenty of cloud cover over the ocean and seashore communities. That would be us.
The basics are very similar to the lake effect scenario; thus, it will occur when rather cold air flows over the warmer ocean waters. Once the air has been over the water long enough (i.e. a bit offshore), it warms and rises - and clouds will form.
And, if the temperature difference between the air and the water is large enough, precipitation will develop from these clouds. This situation will frequently occur behind a cold front which has moved off shore. Typically, a cold front will be accompanied by showers, then clearing skies are likely after the front has passed and the colder and drier air mass moves in.
Forecasts in coastal locations will indicate this progression of events, but offshore the situation may be different with clearing skies initially followed by the ocean effect conditions described above. And remember, all ye seaside residents, Montauk is 130 miles out at sea, relative to New York City. These long shorelines of the northeast can create "at sea" weather conditions, right here on land.
So if you happen to be operating over the Atlantic waters this Fall (or Spring) when a particularly cold air mass follows a cold front, be aware that despite forecasts of clearing, windy and colder conditions, it is very likely that considerable clouds will be experienced offshore, with the real potential for serious rain, or snow, at times.
Commodore Vincent Pica is District Directorate Chief; Strategy & Innovation; First Coast Guard District, Southern Region USCGAux. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain. If you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email him at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com .
Learn to Sail Like a Pro - Ten Tips to Storm Proof Your Sailboat
-By Captain John
Would your small cruising or racing sailboat be able to weather a gale, storm, or hurricane in her slip, at a mooring, or at anchor? Will you have peace-of-mind the next time Mother Nature decides to unleash her fury in your area? Follow this handy ten-step checklist to make sure you do!
Wherever you live, you can expect to be visited by severe weather once in a while. And if you've strolled through any marina after a major storm and seen the damage, this provides a real "wake up" call to us sailors. What else could have been done?
Much of what I'm about to show you was done with our large fleet at the Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida to prepare for hurricanes. These boats included sail and power craft from twenty to fifty feet. Most of these boats were tied up inside of slips.
Read over this checkoff list. Add to it. But by all means, print off a copy and add it to your storm preparations. When the heavy stuff comes your way, you'll be glad you did!
Get ready now for rough weather in port. Smooth sharp chock corners (yellow arrow), add chafing gear, line the hull with fenders, and double up your docking lines.
1. Double Up All Lines
Use extra line to double up springs and bow lines. If you need to make short lines longer, join them together with a double becket bend or two bowlines tied together. Bowlines are stronger, but require more line.
Position slip lines so that they are higher up on the pilings. This will help keep the boat in place when the storm surge arrives.
2. Add Chafing Gear
Did you know that many boats are lost in storms because their lines saw through sharp chocks?
Synthetic docking line has elasticity that--when under shock loads--can spring back and forth. This action can saw through a dock or anchor line in no time!
Use fine grit sandpaper to smooth the edges of chocks. Next, lash rags, canvas, split hose, or PVC tubing onto any line where it passes over a rub-rail or toe-rail, through a chock, or over the sharp edges of a Genoa track.
3. Put Out Horizontal and Vertical Fenders
Hang extra horizontal fenders onto pilings and the hull where contact can be expected. This gives more area protection than vertical fenders. On the side next to finger piers, hang extra vertical fenders. If moored stern first, hang vertical fenders across the stern.
Add chafing gear where dock or anchor lines pass through chocks, sharp corners, rails, or other potential chafe points on your boat.
4. Shut Off all Seacocks Except This One!
Start at the bow and work your way aft. Open up every locker and compartment to check for seacocks or ball valves. Shut off each seacock. Turn the handle perpendicular (at a 90 degree angle) to the hose.
This includes the head intake, sink and shower drain, engine raw water intake, and head overboard discharge seacocks. Leave both cockpit drain seacocks open to drain rain water.
5. Strip Away Canvas and Sails
Get rid of windage that can cause the boat to "sail" inside her slip. Strip the boat of sail covers, dodgers, Bimini tops, enclosures, and all other canvas products.
Take this sailing gear home with you or stow it in a storage unit. Remove the mainsail and headsail. Storms can shred a roller furled headsail like a grater shreds a hunk of cheese.
Don't make the mistake of leaving this super expensive sail up in a blow. Remove the sail from the extrusion, bag it, and send it below or remove it from the boat.
6. Batten and Tape Hatches
Are you sure those square hatches on your boat are watertight? Even the best production boats can leak like a screen door on a submarine from wind-driven rain in a storm.
Close and dog (latch) hatches and opening ports. Tape around the inside edges of hatches and ports with strips of duct or sealing tape.
7. Remove or Sink Dinghies
Clear the deck of inflatable dinghies. If you have a hard (rigid) dinghy, take it home with you. If cruising in a remote area, pull the boat plug and sink the hard dinghy in shallow water to protect it from damage.
8. Secure Electronics, Charge Batteries, Check Pumps
Shut down all electronics except for the electric bilge pumps. Charge both batteries so that they will have plenty of juice to run the bilge pumps. Test the float switch on each bilge pump. Lift up the float switch tab with your hand or a boat hook. Your pump should kick on within 1-2 seconds.
9. Put Out Anchors and Increase Scope
"In storms, many boats go adrift because the deck gear has broken or the rode has chafed through"
-- John Rousmaniere
author of 'Fastnet, Force 10'
If at anchor and you have the time, spread out three large anchors in a Y-pattern--to offer your boat the best chance of survival.
Attach an extra length of chain to the bottom of each rode to increase the catenary (curve) on your anchor line to help keep the anchor dug deep into the sea bottom.
With limited time, set two anchors in tandem--or in-line. Shackle a long, heavy length of anchor chain to the crown of the main storm anchor. Shackle the opposite end of the anchor chain to a second large anchor. Tandem anchors have prevented vessels from dragging in the worst storm conditions.
Increase your anchor scope to 10:1. Beef up chafing gear where the anchor rode contacts your hull or passes through a chock.
10. Lock it and Leave It
Under no circumstances should you stay aboard during an intense storm. This could lead to serious injury or worse. Lock your boat with a stout padlock. Check everything once more and evacuate the area. If you've done things right, your boat will take care of herself.
Follow these ten sailing tips to prepare your small cruising or racing sailboat to weather storms in port. You will be rewarded with the peace-of-mind that you have done everything possible for her survival--when heavy weather comes your way.