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From the Marina Office!
Welcome to the February 2021 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.

I had hoped to announce that we are out of the shutdown phase of COVID in San Diego but unfortunately this has not changed since the new orders went into place on December 7th, 2020. Recreational boating is still limited to members of one household. We appreciate your continued effort and patience during this time. We hope to have better news next month. Please don't hesitate to call us if you have questions or concerns. Here is a link for updated information on Recreational Boating and San Diego County Health Orders.

In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Noooo Matey" from Laura Brownwood, "Port of San Diego Corner", "Avoid Costly Damage with this Dirt-Cheap Boat Insurance!" from Captain John, "Using Proper Signals when Boating" and our February Slow Cooker Golden Chickpea Soup.

Marina News
• 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.

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. Social distancing protocols are in place.

• Con Pane is now open again in Liberty Station! Fresh bread, pastries and great sandwiches!

Property Tax for Boat Owners
Information on property tax due for boat owners can be found on the San Diego Country Treasurer-Tax Collector's website. Remember that property tax is due on all boats in the marina. The marina is required by the county to send them a list of boats at the beginning of the year. The county sends someone randomly throughout the year to check the lists.

Special Dates in February
February 2nd - Ground Hog Day
February 3rd - Feed the Birds Day
February 6th - Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day YUMMM
February 7th - 55th Annual Superbowl
February 8th - Clean out Your Computer Day This is a good one!
February 12th - Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
February 14th - Valentine's Day
February 15th - President's Day
February 16th - Mardi Gras / Fat Tuesday
February 17th - Ash Wednesday
February 22th - George Washington's Birthday
February 28th - National Chili Day
Oh so good during cold weather!
**Leap Day -The next February 29 is in 2024.

Clean Marina Minute - Pet Waste
- By Sean Peterson
We're all spending more time at home and while our dogs or cats may be our best friends, they aren't as nice when it comes to cleaning up after themselves. Pet waste is a common storm water pollutant that impacts our water quality and can introduce harmful bacteria into our ecosystem.

The dangers of pet waste are two-fold. The waste itself is dangerous. So is its method of disposal. Pet waste can contain many parasites and infectious bacteria.

When not disposed of properly, pet waste makes its way to natural water sources. Natural water sources do not receive treatment from treatment plants, so the water does not get purified. This leaves the water vulnerable to the parasites and bacteria in pet waste.

  • Pet waste is a common storm water pollutant that impacts water quality.

  • When not properly disposed of, pet waste can infiltrate watersheds, storm drains and eventually recreational waters.

  • Pet waste is identified by the EPA as a nonpoint source of pollution; nonpoint pollution is pollution that comes from several sources and not one single source.

  • Bacteria, parasites and viruses found in pet waste have the potential to make people sick. When water such as rain or lawn watering comes in contact with pet waste, the resulting runoff has been found to contain high concentrations of pathogens such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses.

  • DYK: 1 gram of dog waste may contain approximately 23 million coliform bacteria

  • Coliform bacteria is a type of indicator bacteria when present it is often strongly correlated with other pathogens that can cause sickness and illness to people and wildlife.

Water contaminated by pet waste can cause any of the following side effects in humans if consumed:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dehydration
  • Headaches
  • Vision loss
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Rash- can occur even if not consumed but touches skin

Some of these side effects could even result in death. These side effects are alarming, considering how essential water is in our lives. So why would we risk pet waste water pollution by allowing waste to wash into our water sources?

Larua's Blog - Dealing with Stress
- By Laura Brownwood - Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com
Nooooooooooooo Matey! Have you ever heard a captain yell at his crew? It startled and stressed me when I first started boating. Then I changed over from sailing to a trawler and needed to learn how to handle twin screws. I wanted to be sure to get a captain/instructor who "didn't yell." Yelling, both doing and receiving is stressful. That and other accumulated stresses of everyday life can damage your health in irreversible ways.

Our immune system is very important, especially in today's world. Psychologists in the field of "psychoneuroimmunology" have shown that state of mind affects one's state of health. In 1992, pioneer researchers studied medical students and stress. An important factor they found was immunity went down under the stress of a simple three-day exam period. Those findings opened the floodgates of research. By 2004, University of Kentucky, and University of BC, had nearly 300 studies on stress and health to review. Lab studies of stressed people, even for just a few minutes, found signs of weakening. For stress of any significant duration - from a few days to a few months or years, as happens in real life - all aspects of immunity went downhill.

Stress weakens your immune system
In today's world, the connection between mind and body is understood by more people. Most have experienced a cold when they were super busy and could least afford to get sick. Again, that's because the high demands stress puts on the body make the immune system suffer, which makes you more vulnerable to colds and infections. So especially during Covid-19 it is important to understand this science based fact.

There is much research on stress relief, but the most effective thing you can do is always choose one that you can maintain consistency. Meditation is on the rise in all cultures and age groups and is documented by quantum physicist for its ability to help with stress and much more. Of course, exercise is a great way to release tension in your body, along with just taking a walk in nature. Going barefoot in the sand along the Pacific Ocean, taking a hike along a nice trail are activities that will give your cells relief. Just looking out a window with a nice view, for a few minutes, can also be beneficial to your body.

Mindfulness practices. Exercise. Nature. Combine all three, and your stress won't stand a chance!

Port of San Diego Corner

EcoSPEARS Pilot Project
Sun Harbor Marina was one of two marinas to partner with The Port of San Diego on this pilot project. You may have seen ecoSPEARS at the marina in mid December deploying the equipment by the guest dock and in between A and B Dock. We are very excited to be part of this Blue Economy Incubator program which seeks groundbreaking ways to protect the environment and San Diego Bay. The results of this pilot project have the potential to demonstrate an innovative win-win approach to a long-time pollution problem in waters worldwide. This link is the press release from December 15, 2020.

Collaboration to create a Native Oyster Living Shoreline
The Port of San Diego is creating a living shoreline to attract and establish native oyster populations while also protecting the shoreline from impacts related to future sea level rise. The first nature-based solution of its kind in San Diego Bay, the native oyster living shoreline pilot project and study is in collaboration with the California State Coastal Conservancy. Installation of the native oyster living shoreline is expected to begin in spring 2021 adjacent to the Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve in south San Diego Bay. The project will use constructed reef elements to demonstrate the ability to attract and establish native oyster populations that create structurally complex "reef" habitat for fish, birds, inverts and aquatic plants. The project is also expected to improve local water quality via filtration and settling of sediments and also increase wetland connectivity to intertidal and subtidal lands.

The Port of San Diego has a new CEO
The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has selected Joe Stuyvesant to serve as its next president and chief executive officer (CEO). Stuyvesant currently serves as executive director at Navy Region Southwest.

The Harbor Police have a new K9 team!
Click on this link to view a video of the new team and current information on the San Diego Harbor Police.

Captain John's Skipper Tips - Avoid Costly Damage with this Dirt-Cheap Boat Insurance!
Take a stroll down the dock in most any marina and you're bound to see docking lines tied every which 'a way. And, each of those lines has to pass over, under, around or through some object. This may be a piling, pier corner, rub rail, chock, or other obstacle.

So, here's the million dollar insurance question. How many of those lines are protected at each point along the path from pier to boat, or in the case of anchoring, where the anchor rode passes over some part of the hull?

As that line makes its journey from one point to another, it will rub, slide, grate, chafe, scrape, saw, or contact another part of your boat. This might be an open or closed chock, a corner of your hull, a sharp edge along your toe rail, or the razor-sharp side of a Genoa track.

Before the line arrives at the pier or piling, it contacts other "line-killers"--sharp pier edges and corners, barnacle encrusted pilings, or jagged-edged concrete or steel structures.

Once you dock your boat, check all around for these and other point-to-point areas that could present potential chafe problems. Imagine the tide rising and falling, or boat wakes that cause your boat to wallow alongside a pier or in her slip.

And ask yourself--where will the docking line make contact with an object that can do it harm? All of these areas will require protection to prevent line fiber destruction and failure.

Drop the anchor and your anchor line takes it on the chin--and not just the part beneath the surface. Your anchor line runs from a boat cleat and through a chock on its way to the seabed.

Constant rubbing and shock loads from passing boat wakes, ground swell, or shifting winds means sawing back and forth--and serious chafe!

Using Proper Signals When Boating
By Dean Travis Clarke
- Sportfishing Magazine
We all know the chaos that would ensue if every driver on the road traveled in any direction he or she wanted, never signaled, had no brake lights and defended that independence fiercely with no worries about ever getting a traffic ticket. But basically, that's how most people go boating! Sure, there are rules of the road, but many boaters either don't know them or pay no attention.

While attitudes are changing slowly with the advent of state-required boating certificates and mandatory education, there's still nobody really enforcing the finer points of the rules - such as signaling your intentions to surrounding vessels. You do this by using your horn with a proscribed pattern of blasts.

Every rule I address here can be found in the U.S. Coast Guard's rules of the road manual. You can buy a copy at amazon.com or your local chandlery, Seabreeze Books and Charts, or you can simply visit navcen.uscg.gov, and download both international and inland rules for free. To learn about signaling from Overtaking a vessel, In a Fog to When at Anchor.

Marina Recipe - Slow Cooker Golden Chickpea Soup
This is the perfect recipe for when you are busy, it is cold outside and you want a delicious soup that won't take hours to make. Put it in the Crock pot and enjoy!

2 tbsp coconut oil
1 large onion diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp of ground turmeric
2 tsp of ground coriander
1 ½ tsps of kosher salt
½ tsp of ground black pepper
1 lb of dried chickpeas
2 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced
2 quarts vegetable or chicken broth
Greek yogurt
1 medium lemon, cut into wedges
Chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 mins. Then add the garlic, turmeric, coriander, salt and pepper to the onion, stir well then transfer to the slow cooker.

Add the chickpeas, potatoes and broth to the slow cooker, stir to combine.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours, or until beans are tender.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth, or you can eat it, as is, whichever is your preference.

Ladle into bowls, garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a little lemon and cilantro.

This recipe comes to us from Kelli Foster author of the Probiotic Kitchen

We are still experiencing some very high and low tides along with some strong surf. Please be mindful of your dock lines and check the tides. NOAA's San Diego Bay tides and currents are at this link.

Final Thanks
A big thank you to everyone for helping to keep COVID cases at a minimum here at the Marina. We hope to keep it that way. If you have suggestions or comments, please don't hesitate to email or call us in the office.

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

2020 - A Terrible Year To Be Thankful For
- By Kells Christian
My family began 2020 in Bali it was very healthy, surfing, hiking, yoga and healthy food. We spent a day and night in China on both sides of the travel, a stop made more intriguing due to the source of the Corona virus.

Our marine surveying business began 2020 as it normally does in the winter - steady but not crazy. The few jobs which were booked when the shutdown happened were cancelled. I considered driving across country to visit my elderly mother in Florida, as there was not work on the horizon.

But within a few weeks, marine surveying was deemed "essential" (likely due to the surveyors who help cargo move around the country) and business returned.

Several significant insurance claims broke our "stay-at-home" condition.

The unexpected demand for boats surprised us all. The unprecedented desire caused boat values to spike and lead to all an all hands-on deck type of year. For that I am grateful and of course I am thankful to all of our clients.

Our business travel usually includes a plane trip every six weeks. Until recently I was in one small plane, on a trip to Page, Arizona, a spectacularly scenic ride over the Grand Canyon, to inspect a damaged houseboat.

Around Thanksgiving my family took our first vacation since Bali and sailed for a week in the Bahamas. Subsequently, I have taken two business trips to Mexico (La Paz and Mazatlán) and though the Coast Guard considers marine surveyors "essential", nobody asked why I was traveling. I wore two masks and glasses and tried to socially distance and though the business behavior is typical, I yearn for a return to normal.

We intend to hang in, work and recreate safely, respect the virus and seek a safe and healthy balance. I for one will be vaccinated.

You do you but remember to consider others as you make your decisions.

Happy New Year.

P.S. After dictating this article I received a positive Covid-19 diagnosis. Clearly a message that travel increases potential for exposure.

I tested Saturday before a scheduled pre-purchase survey on Monday. I contacted the buyer and seller regarding the situation and my minor symptoms, they didn't care. The seller already had Covid and the buyer was a young medical professional. It was in the middle of this job that the positive notice came over my phone.

I am recovering from my minor symptoms (malaise, aches, mild fever, headache and loss of smell/taste) but missed a small family Christmas party - just outside my bedroom!

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 kells@themarinesurveyors.com or Click Here to visit his web site.

Whale-Watching Etiquette
Every year from mid-December to April, 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.

With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.

Due to the increased popularity of whale watching, it is important that boaters use care and restraint to avoid stressing or harming these magnificent creatures.

Here are a few important whale watching guidelines:

  • Be cautious in your approach to the whales and other boaters.

  • Slow down to 7 knots within 400 yards, and slower as you get within viewing distance.

  • Keep clear of the whale's path. If whales are approaching you directly, cautiously move out of the way. Avoid abrupt changes in course or speed.

  • Do not approach whales from the front or behind. Come carefully in from the side, gradually turning to parallel their course. Remember, the whales are trying to avoid being hit by boats — they don't know what you are going to do. As the ocean water visibility is usually around 50 feet, they cannot see you - they only hear you.

  • Try not to approach closer than 100 yards to any whale. If you find yourself closer than 100 yards, put engines in neutral or turn and sail clear.

  • Limit your viewing time to 30 minutes for a particular whale or pod of whales in consideration of the animals and other boaters.

Depart the area at a moderate speed until well clear when finished.

Taking the "Search" Out of "Search and Rescue"
Most boats and yachts today are equipped with a modern VHF radio and a GPS system that can literally save lives or effect quick rescue in an emergency, but for one reason or another, some owners have not programmed them to take advantage of these incredible search and rescue capabilities.

Specifically, we're talking about three things - MMSI, DSC, and AIS.

A Maritime Mobile Service Identity number (MMSI) is a nine digit number used by maritime Digital Selective Calling (DSC) in conjunction with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) and your GPS system to uniquely identify and locate your vessel.

All this may sound a bit daunting, but it's not all that complicated.

An MMSI number functions much like a phone number and allows boaters with DSC-VHF radios to make a touch-of-a-button emergency call that automatically transmits vital information to all other DSC-VHF radios within your area.

AIS uses your MMSI number in conjunction with your GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver to transmit your position and movement through your VHF radio transmitter.

The bottom line is that if you have the equipment, you owe it to yourself to get it programmed to use this valuable free life-saving capability.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so if you want to see a live map of how this works, Click Here.

If you want to investigate on the internet how to get an MMSI number and program your equipment yourself, the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center is a good place to start (see below).

Alternatively, your marine store electronics representative should be willing to walk you through it.

Either way, if you haven't set up your systems to take advantage of this fantastic new technology, we hope you'll get it done soon. As the captain of your vessel, you're responsible for yourself and your guests.

New Year Means More Boaters Now Required to Have a California Boating Card
You probably know that depending on your age, it's the law that you now must have and carry a California Boating Card to operate any type of motorized vessel on California waterways, including even such things as powered sailboats and paddlecraft.

There is a fine for anyone in the age group caught violating the Boater Card law and the U.S. Coast Guard will not issue a Vessel Safety Check (VSC) sticker to vessels covered under the law where the Skipper does not have a California Boating Card.

The good news - You can easily remedy the situation by going to the California Boater Card official website and taking the exam. It costs only $35 and you can print out a temporary California Boating Card on the spot while you wait for the official card to arrive in the mail.

January 1, 2021 – Persons 40 years of age or younger

January 1, 2022 – Persons 45 years of age or younger

January 1, 2023 – Persons 50 years of age or younger

January 1, 2024 – Persons 60 years of age or younger

January 1, 2025 – All persons regardless of age.

New Free App Solves Long Time Mariner's Need
If you are a licensed mariner or hope to one day be one, two of your most important requirements are to keep accurate records of your credentials and document your sea time.

To help you do that, San Diego-based Training Resources Limited., Inc. has launched a new free app called SeaLogtm.

The app is available on the app stores for both Android and Apple mobile devices.

According to Dave Abrams, CEO of TRLMI, "The new app was designed for mariners so they don't have to worry about when credentials or training certificates are expiring.

The app will provide reminders set up by each mariner, and retains copies of every certificate.

SeaLogtm also tracks sea time, and allows you to output a spreadsheet file with the information required by the USCG Sea Service form."

The app is free to download and use, and there is no advertising within the app. The app can also provide you with alerts by text or email, and through the app, TRLMI will provide news updates on changes in USCG policies that affect mariners.

When outside of cell/wifi range, the app will still allow you to view your certificates and sea time. No more last minute crew changes because a credential is expiring!

Christian Marine Surveyors

What's In Your Ditch Bag?
- By Captain H.G. "Rags" Laragione
This is one of those things we mariners don't like to think about, but really should.

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to abandon your sinking boat, you'll have plenty of time to go below to find all of the essential items you'll need to survive on the life raft until help arrives. Right?

Wrong - of course! That's why it's smart insurance is to have a Ditch Bag aboard located where you can easily grab it in case of such an emergency.

The idea is simple. A Ditch Bag is a waterproof container with an easy to grab handle which has all the things you'd want to have once adrift. I use a Dry Tube, but there are many other brands available depending on your needs.

Here's the list below. It includes not only rescue related items but also items that you would hate to lose. You may not need everything in the list, but you can use the list as a guide in creating your own Ditch Bag to suit your personal cruising needs:

  • Personal EPIRB
  • Handheld VHF Radio
  • Handheld GPS
  • Spare Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Mirror
  • Light jacket
  • Foul weather clothes
  • Hat
  • Bandana
  • Space blanket
  • Laser light
  • Flashlight on lanyard
  • Chemical Lights
  • Headlamp
  • Strobe light
  • Line, different sizes
  • Bungees
  • Fishing Kit
  • Dive mask
  • Pole spear gun
  • Fire starter
  • Compass
  • Watch
  • Sun glasses
  • Reading glasses
  • Sunscreen nose guard
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toothbrush
  • Small First aid Kit
  • Duct tape
  • Rescue tape
  • Large survival knife
  • Leatherman
  • Swiss army knife
  • Knife sharpener
  • Permanent marker pen
  • Waterproof paper / pen
  • Copy of passport
  • HandiWipes
  • Personal medication
  • Zip ties
  • Zip lock bags
  • Money
  • Food
  • Power bars
  • Water
  • Water Bag
  • Hand pump water maker

Captain Laragione is the previous owner of The Maritime Institute. He is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"
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