From the Marina Office!
Welcome to the April 2021 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.
April! A time for renewal, growth and Spring flowers! As we move into the second quarter of 2021, we are still dealing with Covid-19 and the ever-changing tier levels and county health orders. Since the changes are happening more quickly now, we suggest you look weekly at the county's covid website for updated information.
The state of California has announced that stadiums, theme parks and outdoor concerts can begin reopening as early as April 1st. The reopening will still follow the COVID-19 restrictions. As far as the capacity limitations go, they will be based on where each venue falls in the state's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy."
Below is a chart from ABC News on March 9th showing Southern California's current reopening status. A link to the article and full details for the State can be found.
Below are the links for the:
San Diego County Health Orders
Port of San Diego Response
In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Gut Health" from Laura Brownwood, Port of San Diego Corner, from Captain John, "Ten Top Sailboat Inspections to Make Before You Go Sailing" and our April Recipe for Peach Cobbler.
• For the first time in a year, we may be getting close to having events again at the Marina. We are hoping for a National Marina Day this summer. We will be reaching out with an eblast as soon as we have more information.
• There is no longer a printer in the Recreation Room. If you have something very important you need printed, you can contact us in the office, we are glad to help.
• We are again taking reservations for patio use. Send an email to Assistant@sun-harbor.com to make a reservation or call the office to check for availability.
A couple of items to note: 1. There is no cost to reserving the deck; 2. You can have food and alcohol (just be reasonable as you will be responsible/liable for yourselves and the people that are in attendance); 3. Reservations are for 1 to 3 hours, Marina approval for extended hours. 4. All gatherings must follow SD County health orders.
• We love providing a monthly, new, fun recipe for everyone to try but we would really love to share some of your favorite recipes with everyone! So, if you would like to share a recipe, send it to Assistant@sun-harbor.com. Your recipe might be in the next newsletter!
• Pizza Nova is open for takeout, delivery and outdoor dining. Indoor dining may be available at a reduced capacity. Please check their website for additional information.
Using the proper fuel, diesel vs gas, for your boat engine is imperative. It's the same with bacteria for your gut!!
The gut is home to more living microorganisms than we can count. Important to note, bacteria aren't always bad. In fact, much of the bacteria in our gut is essential for digestive health. The good bacteria actually help to control the amount of bad bacteria which, in turn, contributes to good health.
You know your stomach and intestines are part of your digestive process. But do you know just how important that process is to your overall health?
Gut issues can have symptoms that include bloating, abdomen pain, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These all limit a person's quality of life.
Port of San Diego Corner
Native Oyster Living Shoreline Project Earns California Coastal Commission Approval
The California Coastal Commission has voted unanimously to certify a Port Master Plan Amendment (PMPA) that will allow for the Port of San Diego, in partnership with the California State Coastal Conservancy, to pilot a native oyster living shoreline adjacent to the Chula Vista Wildlife Refuge in south San Diego Bay. The objectives of the living shoreline, the first of its kind in San Diego Bay, are to both increase biodiversity and protect the shoreline from impacts related to future sea level rise.
Living shorelines rely on natural elements, such as plants or oysters in this case, to stabilize shorelines in place of the traditional hard armoring such as rip rap revetment and sea walls that we currently see prevalent in the bay. Living shorelines are an excellent resiliency strategy in the face of sea level rise due to their ability to naturally adapt and grow over time.
The project is the result of over five years of collaboration across a project team representing state and federal agencies, academia, regional government and the non-profit sector. If successful, it will result in the permanent placement of the reef. Project partners share an interest in addressing shoreline protection, fishery populations and health, and climate change in San Diego Bay through scientifically supported alternatives to shoreline armoring.
To read more about this new project visit this link.
Ten Top Sailboat Inspections to Make Before You Go Sailing
- By Captain John
Does your sailing crew know the location of survival equipment, fuel shutoff valve and how to test a seacock? Make these ten items your first stop when you step aboard any boat.
The ten sailing tips below just scratch the surface, but for a newbie aboard your boat, they are the "starters". Make it simple, make it sticky. Sticky things "stick" to your brain. That's what you're after. Develop your own checklist, but be sure to put these near the top...
1. Fire Extinguishers
Fire on a boat means big trouble. Check marine fire extinguisher locations and gauge charges. Recharge any extinguisher where the dial points into the red sector. Once a month, remove each dry chemical extinguisher from their brackets, invert, shake, and mount again. That way, any powder packed into the bottom will loosen up. Point out each portable fire extinguisher to your sailing crew or partner. In an emergency, you'll be glad you did!
2. Flare Kits
All items in your emergency flare kit have two stamped dates: a manufactured date (earlier) and expiration date (later). If they're expired, keep the old ones that still appear to be in good shape. But you must replace them with new ones. Flares save lives, so keep them accessible and ready to use in an instant.
3. Stuffing Box
More boats sink from leaking stuffing boxes than from any other cause. At the dock, a mooring or at anchor--not underway! Get your flashlight and shine it onto the packing and lock nuts. Water lubricates the packing, so you should see a drop or two every minute. Excessive leaks indicate worn or missing packing. Address this right away before you cast off. If you have dripless glands aboard, check the hull around and below the gland to insure no leaks have developed.
Marina Recipe - Peach Cobbler
Usually I make Peach Cobbler in the summer when the peaches are sweet and ripe but since this month has a Peach Cobbler day on April 13th, why not have it in spring too! Frozen peaches will work just as well. There's just something wonderful about a fresh, homemade peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whip cream! Enjoy!
• Salted butter, for the baking dish
• 3 lb. fresh or frozen peaches
• 2 c. sugar
• 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
• 3 tbsp. lemon juice
• Pinch of salt
• 3 c. all-purpose flour
• 3 tbsp. sugar, plus extra for sprinkling over the top
• 1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder
• Pinch of salt
• 3 tbsp. salted butter
• 3 tbsp. vegetable shortening
• 3/4 c. whole milk
• 2 eggs
• Vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream, for serving
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Butter a baking dish.
2. For the Fruit: In a large bowl, combine the peaches, sugar, flour, lemon juice and salt. Stir and set aside.
3. For the Topping: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir together. Add the butter and shortening, and then cut together with a pastry cutter. Beat the milk and eggs together. Pour into the flour mixture and stir with a fork until just combined.
4. Pour the peaches into the prepared baking dish. Tear off pieces of the dough topping and drop it onto the surface of the fruit, creating a "cobbled" texture. Sprinkle additional sugar over the top.
5. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. If the cobbler is too juicy, use a turkey baster to remove a little of the juice (or spoon the juice over ice cream). Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
• The bathrooms are closed for cleaning every day 11:00am to 11:30am for women & 11:30am to noon for men. The locks automatically shut-off and your key will not work. Please do not knock on the door to ask to be let in.
• Please only park 1 car in the permitted parking spaces. Lately there have been many tenants, especially live-aboard tenants, parking two and even three cars in the SHM Reserved spaces at a time. This is against the rules and not fair to the other Marina tenants (your neighbors) that also need parking.
Please be mindful of this and follow our parking rules. You can refer to line item 34 in our rules and regulations for a refresher on parking here at Sun Harbor Marina
Contractor Reminder: Contractors must have current insurance and need to check in at the Marina office. Please DO NOT lend your key to the contractor.
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Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
RADAR - What It Can See; What It Can't
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Radar is one of those technologies where math and physics dominate.
Complicating it for Americans, much of the math that relates to surface areas is in metric scale and the speeds are in meters, but a meter and a yard are close enough in size that, for the layman, you can read "yard" when you see "meter" and it will work for you from the standpoint of understanding.
Best Case What Can RADAR See? Well, what does this mean? It means that Radar can "see" the surface area reflection of a target. The key item when it comes to what can we see under what conditions is a measure called "Radar Cross Section" which is a measure of how detectable an object is by radar. A larger RCS indicates that an object is more easily detected.
The RCS of an object, expressed in square meters (remember that a square yard is an area 3 feet x 3 feet), measures the strength of an object's signal returns to your device. Objects with big RCS' return signals from a greater distance and through tougher weather conditions than any object with a lower RCS, at a given amount of power output from your radar.
So, what are typical objects in terms of square meters (yards), as measured from stem to stern to gunwale? A tender is roughly 3 RCS (9' long x 1' gunwale); a typical recreational boat would be roughly a 10 RCS (18' long x 1.5' gunwale); a Navy cruiser might be about 10,000 RCS!
What does that mean in terms of transmission power and distance? See the table below:
||Port of San Diego Survey Seeks Your Assistance
The Port of San Diego is currently collecting information regarding in-water hull cleaning activities in San Diego Bay.
They are asking boat owners, marina and yacht club operators/managers, and hull cleaners to please take a brief survey.
Information collected may help Port staff better understand cleaning strategies used in San Diego Bay and inform potential next steps to reduce sources of dissolved copper in the bay.
The deadline for the survey is March 21. Thank You!
Next Generation Inventions Will Change the World of Recreational Boating and Water Sports
Surfing your sport of choice?
You can now silently skim several feet above the water across the bay or ocean at up to 25 miles per hour on your electric hydrofoil surf board.
Prices start at a cool $12,000 from Lift Foils.
Surfing not your cup of tea? maybe you'd prefer to have one of the world's fastest electric hydrofoil speed boats and be able to skim over 3' high ocean waves at up to 35 miles per hour?
Made in Sweden by Candela Speed Boats. The cost? If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
Last, but not least, maybe water skiing is your water sport of preference. If so, how would you like to sit comfortably on a hydrofoil "chair ski" instead of having to stand up all the time while you ski.
Prices start at $1,250.00 at Airchair.com. Can the serving tray attachment so you can have a beer and a sandwich while you lounge as you chair along be far behind?
Editor's Note: In this month's newsletter, we are pleased to welcome aboard the sponsorship of Barnacle Flush. This innovative company employs a unique and environmentally safe solution that does not harm metal or rubber seals to flush your sea water systems of marine growth.
Crazy Summer Water Toys
Warm weather's coming; vaccinations are taking place everywhere, and the possible end of the pandemic and lock downs means that a pent-up claustrophobic home-bound population will soon be flocking to the water en-masse.
But for boat owners the question is will your new water toy be trendy enough to impress your slip neighbors at the marina?
Here's a few we found - Better get yours on order now!
Giant Inflatable Patio Deck: Can handle over 2000 lbs of weight so there's now worries about tipping over or sinking. It's called the Island Hopper Patio Dock, and it can easily fit 10 or more people on it. Available on Amazon for $1,400.00.
Swimming Pool For Yachts: Made with innovative materials, light weight and highly resistant and it is conveniently inflatable by commercial air compressor. The submerged pool floor, made of perforated and welded PVC material, ensures maximum structural strength with an additional central flotation element that provides a semi-rigid surface for walking. See details at magicswim-sea-pool.com.
Gigantic Inflatable 14' Iceberg Mountain: A climbing wall and a water slide in one, providing enormous fun as kids and adults climb fourteen feet to the top ,then slide down into the water! Designed for up to 8 users and features 4 anchor points (one in each corner). Each anchor point consists of 3 D-rings and includes 87 handles to increase your king of the mountain skills when ready! A cool $10G from RaveSports.
The GoBoat Bumper Boat: A personal, portable watercraft. It can be carried in a car, SUV or pickup and can be launched in minutes without the need for a trailer, boat landing or dock. It’s a boat that can be used by the entire family. It can be used for multiple water recreation activities, including: fishing, hunting, bumper boating, sight seeing. Starting at $299.00 from thegoboat.com.
Last, but not least, A Custom Water Slide For Your Yacht: If you come, they will build it. Brownie's Yacht Toys will create a custom water slide for your yacht that will make you the envy of the raft up! Available from YachtToys.
Radar - It Can Help But Can It Also Hurt?
- By Kells Christian
On a recent marine survey, we departed Huntington Beach heading to Long Beach, the adjacent harbor, for a haul out.
The light fog thickened, and we could not see the shore. It was a winter weekday morning, there were no other boats to follow into the harbor. Fortunately, we had radar.
My suggestion to new boaters is to use the radar in good weather and familiarize themselves with how the entry to their harbor and other vessels appear on the display. Then they will recognize it in the fog, at night or other limited visibility conditions. None of us aboard knew what the entry to Long Beach Alamitos Bay looked like with any significant familiarity, but we all knew what a jetty looked like and easily found the entrance to the harbor. It was two short parallel lines, as would be expected. We approached slowly, changed the range of the radar appropriately and navigated safely to the boatyard.
Radar is ideally suited for collision avoidance, especially paired with AIS. Radar can also be used to identify squalls, and potentially avoid them and fisherman can find flocks of birds and the fish beneath them. Learning how to manually tune the radar (in addition to the automatic tune function) will help you utilize and maximize some of these features.
Remember radar is a line-of-sight device, just like your vhf. Try to mount the antenna high and remember there is no reason to pay for the power for the radar to see further than your boat's height allows.
Recreational marine radars present little hazard to human health. An international standard has been developed for exposure and virtually none of the radar units aboard recreational vessels are capable of exceeding the established threshold. The potential damage from electromagnetic radiation generated by magnetrons in some radars is negligible. In a 2007 document the World Health Organization stated, "There is no substantive evidence that adverse health effects, including cancer, can occur in people exposed to RF (Radio Frequency) levels at or below the limits set by the international standards".
A 2011 document from the UK government Health Executive reaches the same conclusion.
The accepted science concludes there is also minimal risk from accumulation of exposures. We provide reference to a few scientific explanations but for those of you who need further proof, find the Myth Busters episode on radars.
Even less harm occurs from the modern solid state type radars which do not use a magnetron. These units have become more common in the recent past on recreational vessels, but all manufacturers make both types of radars. The solid state units are very accurate in lower ranges, they are less accurate for long distance purposes. For more information see the May 2020 article by Tom Burdon for the West Marine Advisor
In addition to mounting antennas up high, and not getting in the thin pulsed beam, most radars have no transmit zones which can be set up if you remain concerned about the dangers or have some special circumstance to contend with.
This does not mean that no microwave type transmissions are harmful, some are. Long-range microwave transmissions such as television and satellite communications can be harmful. The potential for harm is directly related to the power of the transmission, your distance from the antenna and whether you are in the direct path of transmission. I noted in my research almost all articles mention exercising caution anyway, many refer to particle experience as proof of concept and leave just enough doubt for me to generally avoid the beams, but not worry if I cannot. In speaking with the professionals they seem more worried about hitting their head on a spinning open array than damage from exposure.
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 email@example.com or Click Here to visit his web site.