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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the February 2020 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have exciting articles: Sailing Navigation Secrets, Good Maintenance for Boat Health, our fantastic February recipe for Barley, Cauliflower, and Herbs with Burrata, and our Clean Marina Minute discussing Hazardous Materials and Emergency Spill Response

Marina News
Join us in welcoming Point Loma Yacht Club to the marina! Their new headquarters is located next door to the Sun Harbor Marina office in Suite 205. Keep an eye out for news on a meet and greet very soon.

Sun Harbor Marina will be hosting a Topside Cleaning and Spill Kit Seminar on Saturday, February 22nd in the Rec Room, stop by for snacks, refreshments, and a great seminar! Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm

Sun Harbor Marina is proud to announce our pursuit for recertification in the Clean Marina Program - a voluntary compliance program that stresses environmental and managerial practices that exceed regulatory requirements. Sun Harbor has proudly kept its Clean Marina Status since 2015 and look forward to recertification. In conjunction with the Clean Marina Program, we will be hosting seminars throughout the year that pertain to boating and environmental practices. Our first event is in on February 22nd, we hope to see you there!

Special Dates in January
February 2nd World Wetlands Day
February 4th Homemade Soup Day
February 8th Kite Flying Day
February 9th Read in the Bathtub Day
February 12th Darwin Day
February 14th Valentine's Day
February 15th World Whale Day
February 16th Innovation Day
February 23rd Int'l Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
February 27th Strawberry Day

Clean Marina Minute
- By Kristen Page
Accidents happen, and although they might produce unfavorable events it is important to know how to respond responsibly. This month's articles will cover preventative measures and reparative actions for emergency spills, as well as proper storage and disposal for hazardous materials. Check out the links provided within the articles for more information on hazardous waste disposal, spill prevention, and emergency spill response.

Hazardous Materials
Although there are many types of hazardous waste, proper storage and disposal of hazardous materials differ depending on the item itself. This article explores the proper storage and disposal of some hazardous wastes commonly used by boaters – also referred to Household Hazardous Waste.

What is household hazardous waste? Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) includes a range of materials, but typically includes any product that is labeled with words such as "Danger", "Warning", "Caution", "Poison", "Flammable", or "Corrosive". Some examples of household hazardous waste include drain cleaners, oil paint, motor oil, antifreeze, fuel , poisons, pesticides, herbicides, fluorescent lamps, lamp ballasts, smoke detectors, medical waste, and consumer electronics like televisions, computers, and cell phones (also E-waste).
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Good Maintenance for Boat Health
- By Laura Brownwood
Few people know better than boaters the value of preventing a disaster by attending to good maintenance.

High blood pressure affects about 30 percent of adults. If untreated, it increases your risks for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and dementia. Often the cause of high blood pressure is due to many factors, including a combination of diet and lifestyle. In his book What Your Doctor Might Not Tell You About: Hypertension, Mark Houston, MD, says hypertension is the third leading cause of death in the country.

About 60 percent of Americans with hypertension are overweight but losing 10 or 20 pounds can normalize blood pressure. Conversely, a number of things, including ibuprofen, contraceptives, and over-the-counter and prescription drugs can all elevate blood pressure. Our current thinking about how to treat and prevent high blood pressure is at best misguided, and at worst harmful. Rather than using medication and other invasive measures, the real question becomes what causes high blood pressure in the first place!
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Captain John's Skipper Tips - 7 Low Visibility Sailing Navigation Tips for Safety
Imagine sailing in fog, showers, haze, squall or starless night. All of these conditions reduce visibility to make special navigation techniques vital for sailing safety. Follow these sea-tested tips to get your sailing crew home safe 'n sound.

Think of low visibility as any environmental condition that reduces your ability to judge distance or could lead to some loss of orientation. That's a mouthful, but we can whittle down to two things: you are unable to see well enough to continue sailing or cruising at the same speed. Stop and anchor if necessary. Let's look at seven first steps that need to happen within the first three minutes.
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Marina Recipe -
Barley, Cauliflower, and Herbs with Burrata
A virtuous, herby grain salad with a heart of indulgent butterfat. We love the white-on-white effect of using barley, but it’s delicious with basically any whole grain; try wheat berries or spelt.

Serves: 4

1/2 cup pearl, hulled, or hull-less barley
1/4 cup fine fresh breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups whole milk
1 cup finely chopped cauliflower
1 cup. burrata or fresh mozzarella, torn
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery hearts
1/2 cup finely chopped celery leaves
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley stems
1/2 cup teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon crème farouche
Kosher salt
Coarsely ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook barley in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, 15–20 minutes for pearl, 35–40 for hulled or hull-less. Drain and spread out on a rimmed baking sheet; let cool.

  • Meanwhile, toss breadcrumbs with 1 Tbsp. oil on another rimmed baking sheet; season with salt. Bake, tossing once, until golden brown, 10–12 minutes; let cool.

  • Bring milk to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; season with salt. Add cauliflower and cook until just softened, about 3 minutes; drain well. Discard milk.

  • Toss cauliflower, barley, breadcrumbs, shallot, celery hearts, celery leaves, parsley, parsley stems, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vinegar in a bowl; season salad with salt.

  • Mix burrata and crème fraîche in a medium bowl; season with salt. Divide burrata mixture among plates, drizzle with oil, and top with barley salad; season with pepper.

  • DO AHEAD: Barley can be cooked 1 day ahead; cover and chill. Breadcrumbs can be toasted 1 day ahead; store airtight at room temperature.

Final Thanks
A big shout out to the entire Sun Harbor Marina community for being a neighborhood full of helpful boaters. It is so great for us to see everyone lending a helping hand when a neighboring boater is in need. We just want to take a moment and thank all of you.

As winter moves along don't forget we have more very high tides (and lows) in February on the 8th and 9th of the month. Also keep in mind that dinghies fill up fast when the rain starts. Please check and remove water from your dinghy regularly. If you aren't in town you can call us or ask a neighbor for help.

That's it for Us! To follow our daily updates, please visit our Facebook Page. We also welcome your Comments on Yelp.

Best Regards,
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff

A Tender Gift for Christmas (Based on a True Story)
- By Kells Christian
This is a story about a boater finding a tender adrift, the rights she asserted, an apparent registration error, maritime law issues, and the negotiations that lead to a resolution, just after last Christmas.

The one year old "off-brand" rigid hulled inflatable was equipped with a 20 hp. Honda outboard engine, seating with a steering console. It was in excellent condition when the boater found it adrift off Catalina Island. She reports that the tender was towed into Avalon and reported to the Harbor Patrol. Details of this interaction could not be confirmed and no report was made. The "salvor" towed the tender back to her normal Southern California marina and again reported it to the local Harbor Police.

The Harbor Police made no official report or record of the interaction, but the officer recalled attempting to locate the original owner of the tender. The tender had a legible hull identification number (HIN) and a California registration number, but the owner could not be found. The exact nature of the error causing the inability to identify the proper owner was never determined.

After using the tender for several months the salvor became aware of the need to register it, and the plot thickened. For an unexplained reason, when she attempted to register/title the tender, the original owner was identified by the DMV.

The original owners had lost the tender as it was being towed behind a larger vessel. They reported the lost tender to the police (another chance the system missed in locating the owner) and filed an insurance claim. That is how we became involved. The insurance company asked that we assist with the claim and we met with the salvor and inspected the tender. We appraised the tender at $9,000 and shortly thereafter the salvor demanded $3,500.

The salvage demand was comprised of towing and storage charges. As the insurance company representative, I disagreed with the demand. I thought the salvor did not need to tow or store the tender, she chose to do so. She also had the use of the tender for six months for free and would not be able to register or sell the tender without a title, and the insurance company held the title.

The relevant maritime law favored the salvor, as she had possession of the tender. The basic idea of salvage law is to encourage salvors to save vessels. Salvors are rewarded for the amount of value of the saved vessel (and its cargo), the cost of the salvage operation and the risk to the salvage crew and equipment. This salvor found a tender floating in calm weather, tied it on to her transom and towed it to Avalon and then another 100 miles to a harbor. Not much risk, not much expense and we knew the value saved. Still, she had possession.

The insurance adjuster had a few options. They could sue the salvor in court in an attempt to reach a fair and reasonable salvage reward, but the cost was prohibitive. They could sue in small claims court, but Admiralty Law in small claims court is a true gamble. They could negotiate, tried it - failed, that salvor was a tough negotiator and apparently had become attached to the tender.

In the end, even though the salvor said she had no money, the insurance company was able to get her to pay a $1,000 and gave her the title. The owner had been paid the full value of the tender long ago; the insurance company was able to resolve the claim; and the salvor was rewarded, a win - win solution and to all a good night.

Kells Christian has been an accredited Marine Surveyor since 1990. His expertise extends to both recreational and commercial vessels. You can e-mail your marine surveyor questions to or Click Here to visit his web site.

Sunroad's Boat Show - Bigger and Better Than Ever

Eleven years ago, the National Marine Merchants Association (NMMA) decided to skip a year of its long running San Diego winter boat show.

There were many reasons for that decision at the time. The NMMA show was split between two venues - the San Diego Convention Center, and the San Diego Marriott Marina. The trailerable boats and marine services exhibits were at the Convention Center and the bigger in-water boats and yachts were at the Marriott, a considerable stroll away.

Add in the economic downturn at the time; the fact that the Marriott was less than enthusiastic about disrupting their boating tenants once a year; and decreasing traffic through the on land exhibits at the Convention Center due to a preference for show visitors to just see the boats at the Marriott, the decision to reevaluate the show was understandable.

At that time, enter Jim Behun, who saw an opportunity. Previously with the NMMA Show, Jim became the new Marina Manager at the Sunroad Resort Marina on San Diego's Harbor Drive. He saw in Sunroad the ideal location for a boat show - a large marina; space for on-land exhibits immediately adjacent to the gangways to the boats; easy access through ample low cost parking and shuttle opportunities; on-site restaurants; and one of the best views of the San Diego skyline and the bay in town.

The rest, as they say, is history. Jim convinced the Sunroad Group to sponsor the show, and now in its tenth year, it is rated as the top Southern California Boat Show by many brokers and marine services companies.

Behun says the secret to the success of the show is its goal to be a "boat show for boaters and boat people". The show welcomes the general public that would like to know more about boats, but the real focus is to highlight vessels, products, and services for boat people.

The show is expanding again this year with the addition of more floating docks to moor several more larger vessels. In addition to the boats and yachts there will also be more marine and marine electronics vendors showcasing the latest nautical products and services.

The San Diego Sunroad Boat Show runs

  • Boat Show Hours:
    Thursday  Jan. 23rd   12:00pm - –6:00pm Friday      Jan. 24th    12:00pm - –6:00pm Saturday  Jan. 25th    10:00am –- 6:00pm Sunday    Jan. 26th    10:00am –- 6:00pm

  • Admission:
    Adults - $15
    Children 12 & under, free.
    Active Military, EMTs, Police and Fire personnel are FREE on Thursday, January 24th and Friday, January 25th with ID.

  • Parking:
    Paid parking is available in the ABM paved lot just to the north of the Sunroad Resort Marina parking lot.

For tickets and complete information visit their website at

Christian Marine Surveyors

The Do's and Dont's of Repairing Fiberglass
The right way of repairing fiberglass depends on the type of damage or appearance you're trying to deal with.

In general, there are four different types of situations you might encounter, and each requires a different careful approach:

1) Small Holes (1/4" or less)
2) Big Holes
3) Scratches or Spider Webbing, and
4) Imperfections in Appearance

lt's also important to know the composition of your fiberglass. In most cases, the top layers is the non skid gelcoat that you walk on which has an 1/8" or so of glass under that.

The next layer beneath that is the core - usually made of balsa but could also be a different material such as foam.

Then the final layer on the bottom is fiberglass.

This is a topic much too complex to cover in a news article such as this, so we have found this excellent YouTube video that illustrates step by step how to do the four types of repair.

Boating Gadget of the Month
It's wonderful to have a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard, but what do you do with the darn things when they're not in use? If you leave them in the water they get covered with sea scum and they're just in the way anywhere on board.

Answer - A Magma Removable Rail Mounted Rack is just the thing. These storage racks attach to straight or tapered, vertical or diagonal rails. Constructed from marine grade stainless steel tubing and attachment hardware, they are designed to fit rails from 7/8" (22mm) to 1-1/2" (38mm) diameter and are wide enough to fit all of the most popular kayak or board sizes.

Joining the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary - Is it Maybe for You?
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
"What can I do to "get in this thing"? In the days that followed September 11, 2001, those words kept running through my head. "What could I do that would be something more concrete that writing a check to the Red Cross?"

While many Americans turned to volunteerism in order to put their hearts, hands and minds at work, I was faced with two realities – at nearly 48, I wasn't exactly what the Army Recruiter at Times Square in New York had as #1 on his list of potential (or wanted) candidates and, secondly, it was apparent that the terrorists were seriously dedicated to wiping out as many Americans as possible.

The unthinkable – suddenly - became thinkable. "Terrorists are coming here to kill my wife and kids- kept running through my mind."

I suppose I could have fallen into a mental "Maginot Line" at that point – board up the windows, form caches of water, medicines and food and just keep peering over the ramparts –and hope they never came!

A friend in the US Military advised me to "Do something you love" many school-age children wanted to be fire fighters or police officers when they were kids" go volunteer to help them!" So, I thought about it – beyond family, nation and our God above, what do I love? The sea spread out before my mind's eye."

So, I turned to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, an integral part of the United States Coast Guard Forces.

Over two hundred years ago, Richard "Light Horse" Harry Lee, one of George Washington's commanders and ironically the father of Robert E. Lee, coined the immortal saying about George Washington himself – "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen." The key about an Auxiliarist is that they are neither for war nor for peace but are all about being for America. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is a creature of the Congress itself.

Congress established the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1939 to assist the US Coast Guard active-duty corps in promoting boating safety. It boasts more than 32,000 members from all walks of life who receive special training so that they may be a functional – and functioning - part of US Coast Guard Forces.

Today the USCG Auxiliary plays a larger role with greater responsibilities than at any other time in history. Auxiliarists are at the helm of Marine safety and security patrols, serving as foreign language Interpreters, educating the public on recreational boating safety, and supporting many other vital operational and administrative Missions. In 2013, USCG Auxiliarists up and down the east coast of America donated over 2.3 million hours in service to our Country – from cooks in galleys to search and rescue.

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, like any large organization, has an organization – there is a national level, a district level, a divisional level and, ultimately, the flotilla level. The flotilla is where the rubber meets the road or, better put, where the hull meets the waves.

All members join the Auxiliary by joining a local flotilla and that is where the real work gets done – everything from Crew Augmentation on USCG sea-going vessels to helping out in the mess hall at a duty station. And, there couldn't be a better time to join as USCG Auxiliary is in the midst of a concerted recruitment campaign..!

Do you need a boat to join? Absolutely not! We'll train you to become a certified crew member. However, if you have one and want to get it certified as an "Operational Facility", you one day could find yourself leading a patrol as coxswain on the deck of your own vessel with a crew under your responsibility.

Do you need to know how to swim to join? Again, no! There are many jobs within the USCG Auxiliary that are wholly land-based – public education, public affairs, radio watch standing at a USCG Coast Guard station or helping out as a mechanic at the motor pool. You don't even have to like the water - you just have to want "get in this thing" and do something for your nation.

It has been said that this will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

Be brave. Get in this thing.

Commodore 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.

A Reminder Why You Should Never Use Automotive Engine Parts On a Gas Boat Engine
- By Bob Simons
You no doubt have noticed the big difference in the cost of "marine engine parts" as opposed to "automotive parts". You may have also thought that since the engines are the same; why not?

Well the answer is, there is a huge difference! The main difference is that autos are designed so that the engine is sitting over the ground, so if there is an occasional little drip of gas it just falls on the ground and evaporates. Boats, on the other hand, have enclosed bilges so those little drops of gas may evaporate, but they leave a residue of vapors that can become a very powerful ticking time bomb just waiting for an ignition source.

Here are some other major differences:

  • Marine alternators have contacts that are not exposed.
  • Marine distributors have ignition protection and flame arrestors.
  • Marine starters and generators are completely sealed.
  • Marine starter solenoids do not have the vent that auto solenoids do.
  • Marine carburetors vent any overflow back to the carburetor throat so the engine burns it vs. venting it to the outside as all automotive carburetors do.
  • Marine fuel pumps will not allow fuel out of the diaphragm area if there is a leak vs. into a vent hole to the outside as automotive fuel pumps do.

The bottom line - Don't chance it. It's illegal and it's dangerous.

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Bob Simons has been in the Coast Guard Auxiliary for over thirty years. He teaches classes in Boating Safety & Seamanship as well as Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation. Bob is also the co-developer of the Sirius Signal S-O-S light and co-owner of Seabreeze Books and Charts I Like
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