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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.


Seven Steps to Prevent Fuel Fires Aboard Your Boat!
Dock your boat at a fuel dock and you will engage in one of boating's more dangerous, but necessary activities. Fuel and galley fires continue to top the "most deadly" list of sailing emergencies.

Follow these seven steps each time you fuel your boat. Avoid the temptation to rush because other boats are waiting. Let 'em wait. Safety first. Read complete details below.

Before you begin, make sure you go over the fueling evolution with your crew or boating partner.
  • Absorbent pads or cotton cloth baby diapers
  • Clean Rags
  • Fuel Fill Cap Key
  • Portable Fire Extinguisher (out of brackets and on deck)

1. Button Up Your Boat to Keep Vapors Out
Close all hatches, ports and vents. This keeps fuel vapors outside of the boat and prevents vapor accumulation in the bilge area. Run mechanical blowers (if equipped) for at least five minutes to clear the engine space of fumes.

2. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Ready on Deck
Remove a fire extinguisher from the bulkhead mounting brackets. Place it in a horizontal position onto the deck outside in the cockpit area. This position will prevent the extinguisher from falling over in case of boat wakes that rock the boat. Now you have an extinguisher near the fueling operation, ready to use in an instant.

3. Cover the Downhill Scupper Drains
Use a few rags, pads, or diapers to block off cockpit scuppers or drains in case you get fuel overflow or the fuel splashes or spills on deck. The fuel will flow with gravity along the deck to drains or scuppers. Block off the scuppers to keep fuel on the boat and out of the waters of the harbor.

4. Keep Contact between Nozzle and Fill
Wrap a rag around the nozzle or fuel fill opening before you insert the nozzle. This will help catch fuel drips or spills. Insert the nozzle and maintain contact with the fuel fill opening. This will prevent the possibility of a spark from static electricity.

5. Keep an Eye on the Fuel Gauge
Realize that some tanks are shaped somewhat like a "V"--narrower near the bottom and wider near the top. That means that when you begin to fuel, the gauge could show a rapid fill. Then, about halfway up to the top of the tank, the fuel gauge will slow to a crawl. This can catch you by surprise and the tank could overfill. Slow down when your gauge reads "half full". Ask your crew or partner to hold a diaper just beneath the fuel vent in case of overflow. Fill up the tank to about 90% capacity. This allows a bit of space inside the tank for expansion.

6. Tighten the Fill Cap
Turn the fill cap over and check the gasket. Replace the gasket if it's cracked. Otherwise, water can intrude into your tank and cause havoc with your engine. Lightly grease the threads of the cap with lanolin to guarantee a water tight seal (do the same with the cap used for your fresh water tank). Tighten the cap onto the fuel fill opening for a positive seal to keep moisture, rain water, and sea spray out.

Check all along the deck for drips and spills and wipe it up right away with your rags, absorbent pads, or diapers. Also, check on both sides of the hull for a sheen in the water, in particular on the same side as the fuel vent.

7. Ventilate Before You Start the Engine!
Open up all hatches, ports, and vents for at least five minutes to get rid of any fuel vapors present below decks. Run the blowers (if equipped) in the engine space for five minutes. No matter how busy the fuel dock may believing with boats waiting to come alongside--make sure to do this final step to prevent explosion. TAKE FIVE to STAY ALIVE!

Do You Remember?
- By Laura Brownwood
Remembering important things in life is vital, as are the everyday, 'where are the car keys?" "have you seen my phone?" etc., etc.

Your brain is the control center of your life. It's a complex organ that keeps your body breathing, moving, and functioning on autopilot. It's the source of your emotions and experiences of pleasure and pain. And, of course, learning, memory, intellect, imagination and reasoning all stem from your brain. Your brain manages all of these important activities by sending and receiving messages through specialized cells called neurons. These neural signals help control your movements, thoughts, sensations, and memories. Keeping your neurons healthy is essential for maintaining strong signals, so your brain can function quickly and automatically. Age and different types of stresses are impacting the health of your neurons. Exposure to sources of excessive free radicals, like pollution, unhealthy foods, and stress, can also damage the cells of your brain.

The good news is, you can support your gray matter with some simple lifestyle practices:

  • Feed your brain, along with your entire body, a healthy diet
  • Stay active mentally and physically
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Exercise, even if just 10 minutes a day... Do It!!
  • Stay connected with friends

Supplements can also help provide advanced levels of nutrients necessary to fuel your brain. Make a quality multivitamin and source of omega-3 fatty acids part of your daily routine. Fish oil primarily contains two types of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which has an incredible impact on the brain, especially when it comes to mild memory loss and depression. Of course they also are well known for their heart health and skin benefits.

Extracts from the leaves of the ginkgo tree have played a longstanding role for supporting mental acuity in many traditional cultures. Scientists have examined the extract and found that the leaves of this ancient tree contain a complex mixture of flavonoid glycosides, terpenes, and other naturally occurring compounds that are beneficial for the body. There is a list of important things to remember when you own a boat, such as: Check your bilge especially before and after a storm Bail your dinghy Check your dock lines for wear Check you power cord plug for loose pins or burn marks (both ends of the cord) For your own safety, touch base with a neighbor, and the marina office, when you are taking your boat out of the slip, especially if over-night or longer There are many more things to remember, enough that it might be wise to have some Check Lists, e.g. Weekly, Monthly, Annually, Before leaving the dock. Yes, life is full of "the need to remember myriads of things"... a VERY Important one, I hope you all remember, is... TO HAVE FUN!

Marina Recipes - Grilled Asparagus & Shiitake Tacos:
We are excited to bring you together through food. We are looking for recipes from each of you and will share one each month. Our newest team member, Kristina Bennett brings us our first vegan recipe. We do love our tacos in San Diego!

3 tbsp. canola oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed with press
1 tsp. ground chipotle chile
½ tsp. Kosher salt
8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded
1 bunch green onions, trimmed
8 corn tortillas, warmed
1 cup homemade or prepared guacamole
lime wedges
cilantro sprigs
hot sauce, for serving

1. Heat grill on medium. In a large baking dish, combine oil, garlic, chipotle, and salt. Add asparagus, shiitakes, and green onions; toss to coat. Grill asparagus until tender and lightly charred, turning occasionally; 5 to 6 minutes. Grill shiitakes and green onions until lightly charred, turning occasionally; 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer vegetables to cutting board.

2. Cut asparagus and green onions into 2" lengths and slice shiitakes. Serve with corn tortillas, guacamole, lime wedges, cilantro, and hot sauce.

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories about 350; Protein 7g; Carbohydrate 36g; Total Fat 21g; Saturated Fat 2g; Dietary Fiber 11g; Sodium 445mg


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