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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the April 2020 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. We hope that this month finds everyone safe and healthy. In this month's issue, we will be bringing you an update on the Marina related to COVID-19 along with our regular articles including our Clean Marina Minute, Pets and the Benefits to Health, Sailing Navigation Secrets, and our March recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Pizza.

Marina News
Effective March 19th, there will be only one person in the office and our hours will be from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday until further notice. Please call us rather than coming to the office if you need something from us as we need to be mindful of social distancing. Cleaning of all facilities and mail delivery is continuing as usual. Packages are being delivered to the mailroom in lieu of the office. If this changes we will let you know as soon as possible.

Essential contractor work may continue but please call us at 619-222-1167, so that we can make arrangement for access. We are not currently handing out keys.

Pizza Nova is open for delivery and takeout. Please see the attached flyer for more information. (See attached flyer)

OEX is open for kayak and paddleboard reservations online and for retail appointments please call the shop at

We will continue to actively assess the situation moving forward and take all necessary actions in the best interest of all our members and employees. Please continue to check your email for updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these times and please let us know if you need anything.

For updates from the CDC on COVID-19 please visit this website.

Special Dates in April
April 1st April Fool's Day!
April 3rd Walk to Work Day
April 5th Geologists' Day
April 9th Cherish an Antique Day
April 11th Independent Bookstore Day
April 15th Banana Day
April 19th Garlic Day
April 22nd Earth Day!
April 27th Morse Code Day
April 28th Dockwalker Training Day

Clean Marina Minute -
Hull Cleaning and Paint Choices
- By Kristen Page

When the necessity of hull painting looms in your near future, consider the type of paint you choose carefully. Traditional paints have a higher content of copper and require monthly maintenance that discharges copper into the bay. The result of these methods is water contamination, a shorter life span of the boat's paint job and higher maintenance costs. Studies have shown that copper levels in local yacht basins and other parts of San Diego Bay exceed federal water quality standards; almost 72% of the

48,000 pounds of copper discharged annually into the bay comes from hull paints. Plans are in the works to phase out copper-laced hull paints. There are other options available, some of which are less polluting than others. Select a paint that does not require caustic solvents and releases little or no pollutants. Some recommendations can even bet applied over existing paints. These can be expensive but using a diver every two weeks can make the paints last 8-10 years.

Consideration should be given to using bottom paints that do not pollute our environment. Frequent underwater hull cleaning can enhance vessel performance and protect it from the elements such as marine growth and corrosion. Underwater hull cleaning should be guided by BMPs that will clean a vessel in such a way as to protect and preserve the bottom while causing minimal impact to the environment.
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Laura's Blog
- By Laura Brownwood
Oh the joy I experienced for years watching my son's dog while he worked in Alaska. She loved going into the Sun Harbor Marina office for the special dog treats they lovingly give and she loved sitting on the bow and being on the boat in general. Daily we walked to the tip of Shelter Island and enjoyed meeting many people along the way. There is actually more benefit than the joy and fun our dogs give us, read on . . .

Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. Some of the health benefits of having a pet include:
• Decreased blood pressure
• Decreased cholesterol levels
• Decreased triglyceride levels
• Decreased feelings of loneliness
• Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
• Increased opportunities for socialization

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Captain John's Skipper Tips
If you are anything like me, you find chart navigation to be a challenge on a small sailboat. Wind, spray, and foul weather can cause big headaches for any small boat skipper. Here's a secret tool that will take the pain out of traditional navigation in a big way...

GPS receivers and chart plotters are wondrous, but you still need the paper stuff aboard to back them up. Have you read the disclaimer on that black box when you fire it up? It tells you right away that you should not rely on a single source for navigation information.

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Marina Recipe -
Spinach and Artichoke Pizza
Try this flavorful recipe for tomato, spinach, and artichoke pizza, seasoned with herbs and beer!

1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and parsley flakes
3/4 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer

1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1 can (14 ounces) water-packed quartered artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil


  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, whisk 1-1/2 cups flour, baking powder, salt and dried herbs until blended. Add beer, stirring just until moistened.

  • Turn dough onto a well-floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times, adding more flour if needed. Press dough to fit a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Pinch edge to form a rim. Bake until edge is lightly browned, about 8 minutes.

  • Mix oil and garlic; spread over crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese; layer with spinach, artichoke hearts and tomatoes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until crust is golden and cheese is melted, 8-10 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil.

Final Thanks
REMINDERS – New Trash Receptacle on A Dock: At the request of numerous boaters, we have placed a trash receptacle with a permeable liner on A dock next to the breaker box. This is specifically for any trash pulled out of the water. Please use the net (if needed) and help us keep the Marina clean. We appreciate your efforts!

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

Cruising Overseas? You Might Still Be Able to Vote in the Upcoming Election
- By Gus Giobbi, BlueSkyNews
If you're traveling or cruising overseas and not due to be back in the U.S. by voting day, you may still be able to vote in that election, and it's not all that hard to do. Here's the deal.

Thanks to the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, electronic means of providing election materials to overseas and military voters became mandatory.

Before going on, it's important to note that you can receive a blank ballot by email or fax, but you can not return a voted ballot by email or fax.

So in general the way it works is that you can receive a ballot by email or fax; then you fill it out and sign it where you are; then it has to be physically returned by mail or other means to arrive usually within a number of days after the election.

To take advantage of voting from overseas, go to the Secretary of State website in which you reside and follow the instructions. Here's the link for California, for example. It's too late to vote in the March 3rd election, but you can certainly plan ahead to vote in November.

P.S. - Didn't mention it, but you can also register to vote from overseas if you're not already registered.

The Corona Virus and Cruising - What You Need to Do If Someone On Board Exhibits Symptoms
- By Bob Simons
The list of places an American can be prohibited from or advised against visiting due to the spread of the Corona virus is changing almost daily.

If you have access to the internet, you should monitor travel advisories as they change on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, or the U.S. State Department website.

But what should you do if someone on board your vessel develops symptoms consistent with 2019-nCoV such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing?

Answer - You must immediately report it to the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port who is currently the final authority. Cruisers should probably check by radio or phone for any last minute changes.

This is a very fluid situation and many people seem to be having a panic reaction, but hopefully calm heads will prevail and put this "panic" into perspective, so keep on enjoying cruising but stay aware.

For additional specific information including how to report suspected persons on board, see the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20 on the subject.

Bob Simons ImageBob 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

Preventing Collisions At Sea
- By Commodore Vincent Pica

It has been over 14 years since we approached the "COLREGs" in a systematic way, from stem to stern. This column (restarts that.

Every boater has (hopefully) heard of the rule of "red, right, return" meaning to keep the red buoys on your right when returning from sea. What many don't realize is that this old chestnut is one of many that represent the embedded knowledge of centuries of seafaring know formally as the "International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea" and the largely parallel United States Inland Rules. Sometimes referred to by the old salts as the "COLREGS" or simply "The Rules".

It has been estimated that less than 10% of today's boaters are familiar with them, and the IMO (International Maritime Organization, global governing body) estimates that 80% of all collisions at sea are due to "pilot error!"

So, this column begins anew a series of articles on The Rules that have one simple goal: Safety of Life at Sea!

Overview: First, back in the day, vessels were designated as "privileged" and "burdened." The privileged boat would hold her course and speed and the burdened boat would take "early and substantial" action to avoid the collision. What the Coast Guard noticed through court cases though was that skippers involved in collisions would claim that they had "the right of way" or that they had "privileges."

This implied something that doesn't exist in The Rules – that you have no affirmative obligation to avoid a collision at sea, no matter how much "in the right" you are. So, The Rules were changed to remove this unintended subtlety. Just about every reference to the term "right of way" was removed from The Rules and the terms "privileged" and "burdened" were changed to "stand-on" and "give-way", respectively. Their courses of action were retained – the stand-on vessel would hold her course and speed and the give-way vessel would take early and substantial action to avoid a collision – plus one caveat.
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Christian Marine Surveyors

On the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (Part 2)
- By Kells Christian
This is a subject that is extremely important to me as a marine surveyor active in marine insurance claims and expert witness work.

Collisions at sea happen regularly, many times with tragic consequences, and it is virtually always avoidable.

Preventing collisions is also important to me personally, as I am often the operator during family boating outings, but a collision will ruin the day whether you're driving or not.

There are two sets of laws that govern vessel operators in and around the U.S, they are the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (72 COLREGS) and the U.S. Inland Navigation Rules (Inland Rules) as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations 33 (33 CFR).

The demarcation lines that determine which rule applies are usually at a harbor or river entrance. These rules and regulations are available online and a side by side comparison (amalgamated version) can be viewed at

The rules provide the basics for avoiding collisions, which boat has the right of way, how boats are suppose to act in certain crossing or passing situations, safe speeds, lighting and more. There is one rule that comes up more than any other while investigating collisions Rule 5, aka the "look-out" rule.

"Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision."

I assisted in a collision claim recently in San Diego Bay. A motor vessel and a sailing vessel (with propelling machinery not being used) collided and the event was recorded by one of many cameras (that are by the way also watching you). While right of way rules are clear in this case the sailing vessel had not maintained a proper look-out. This story repeats itself and has throughout my three decades of handling claims.

All of the other actions start with making a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision. While the rest of the rules are important, most collisions can be avoided if you see the other boat and stay away, but you have to see them. Operators need to stay alert and vigilant, look before entering a blind fairway or turning, know your vessel's blind spots, and replace or remove that foggy enclosure.

Passengers can be a great help by increasing the number of eyes and ears on look-out. Let's not forget modern conveniences such as radar, chart plotters and automatic identification system (AIS), remember the rule says "by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions".

Sailboats of course have the unique challenge of a sail hindering visibility and thus must be actively engaged in watching what is on the leeward side. Sailboat racers voluntarily agree to an alternate set of rules but must follow the COLREGS or CFRs if they encounter a boat not involved in the race.

The operator of each self-propelled vessel 12 meters or more in length shall carry, on board and maintain for ready reference, a copy of the Inland Rules. Some of the previously required paper documents can be electronic, but this applies mostly to commercial vessels. So if your boat is over 39 feet 4.441 inches, you are supposed to carry a paper copy of the Nav Rules.

Practical tips I use to assist in seeing the other boats include casually mentioning boats that are potentially on a collision course to the operator. Say something like, "You got that boat at eleven o'clock" or "there's a jet-ski passing to port" and get an acknowledgement. This is an easy way to help and not offend (even a male ego). During sea trials, when I am requesting the operator to perform various actions to test systems and handling characteristics, I try to remind them, please be safe first.

I often tell my children (who are now all adults) to keep their heads off the hard things and I often tell my clients a modified, effectively simple version, "keep the boat off the hard things".

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.

New Marine Products of Interest
Each month we highlight new marine products we think our readers will enjoy knowing about.

In this month's issue, we feature an inflatable emergency antenna for Kayaks, Jet Skis, Inflatables and Dinghys; a creative space saver for the galley; and a stand-up "pedalboard" that uses your foot power to zoom along the water.

GALAXY INFL8-5 Inflatable VHF Antenna
INFL8-5 Inflatable VHF Antenna by Shakespeare is ideal for emergency or backup antenna for Kayaks, Jet Skis, Inflatables and Dinghys.

It can be rapidly deployed via a CO2 cartridge or a manual tube, and inflates to 5 ft (1.6 m) to offer a full 3dB antenna with a range of up to three times greater than any existing helical emergency antenna.

Thanks to its inflatable design, the antenna can be deflated and stowed away safely in its easy-to-spot storage bag until it is needed again.

Peter Piper Purchased a Power Pedalboard Paddleboard ...
If Peter Piper purchased a Power Pedalboard Paddleboard, where'd he purchase it and what propulsion powers it?

Your feet of course! Hobie has introduced the only Stand Up Pedalboard powered by your feet for propulsion.

Silverware Drawer Under Cabinet Storage and Flatware Organizer

Short on drawer space in the galley? Take advantage of the space under your upper cabinets to organize and store your flatware in this creative pull out drawer. (Note: A similar under counter spice rack is available).

Funny Boat Names
When it comes to naming boats, there's no shortage of creativity, humor, or sarcasm by the skippers of the world.

Here's a few we thought you'd get a kick out of seeing! I Like
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