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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the May 2020 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.

It's the subject on everybody's mind - the Corona Virus pandemic. We want to start this issue of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter with a big shout out to our community for being patient and helpful during the stay at home order. Every day we see acts of kindness and understanding from all of you in the midst of increasing restriction of movement and limitation on liberties. We just want you to know that it has not gone unnoticed. Neighbors bringing groceries, pumping out dinghies for neighbors who are not here, picking up trash from the water and being mindful of social distance. We are fortunate to have you here and we look forward to telling you in person sometime soon.

In this month's issue, we bring you updates on recreational boating in San Diego Bay, our Clean Marina Minute, How to Powerfully Boost Your Immune System, Inspect Your Boat Engine Before You Hit the Start Button, and our May recipe for Black Beans and Brown rice.

COVID-19 and Recreational Boating in San Diego Bay
Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding recreational boating on San Diego Bay from the Port of San Diego:

If I have a boat on the water, (at a mooring, marina, etc.) can I go out on it, fish, sail, etc? / Is kayaking/stand up paddle boarding on San Diego Bay permitted?
Per the County's amended public health order, boating for recreational purposes, water sports, or swimming are prohibited on or in public waterways and at beaches. This order is effective as of 12 a.m., Saturday, April 4, 2020 until further notice. Therefore, San Diego Bay is closed to recreation – including boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and recreational fishing – until further notice. There are exceptions for emergency situations. Citations by Harbor Police to commence on April 7, 2020 for any other recreational boating in San Diego Bay.

Remember, the State and San Diego County public health directives during the COVID-19 crisis are for all of us to stay at home. The only exceptions are essential needs. These orders allow public agencies, including law enforcement, to focus resources on protecting public health and safety during this global health and economic crisis.

We understand this isn't welcome news – we hope it will be for a short duration. In fact, the more we all follow the stay-at-home orders, the sooner we can get back to "normal." These are challenging times for us all, and the Port appreciates the public's patience and understanding as we all work together to keep each other healthy and well and to flatten the curve.

Note: Those who continue to participate in recreation on San Diego Bay should be prepared to be stopped and questioned by Port of San Diego Harbor Police. Law enforcement, including Harbor Police, is prepared to issue citations for violations of the State and County stay-at-home orders. Those citations carry a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and up to 6 months in jail.
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• Our current office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm with one staff member at the marina at a time.

• Janitorial service of all facilities is continuing without interruption.

• We are not handing out contractor keys at this time. If there is essential work that needs to be performed on your vessel please contact us in the office and we will make arrangements.

• Please continue to call or email us rather than coming to the office if you have questions.

• All mail and packages can be collected in the mailroom. If you do not currently have mail service please contact us to start service.

• Pizza Nova remains is open for takeout and delivery.

Marine News

National Marina Day
While we are not currently able to have any marina events, we are looking forward to planning our National Marina Day this year. We will be continuing our tradition of the open boat event as well as vessel checks, boater education and more. Stand by for more news on this in our June newsletter. If you have ideas that you would like us to add to this event please give us a call or send us an email. We want to make this an event that everyone can enjoy and remember.


Virtual Boating
With recreational boating temporarily restricted we would like to offer everyone the opportunity of doing some "virtual boating". Below are the links to the BoatUS site for their "Dock It "and "Navigation Games". Give them a try and let us know how you did!

Special Dates in May
This month we would like to honor those who are working every day for us under difficult and challenging times along with those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. May holds many special dates that give us the opportunity to say thank you to a nurse, a teacher, a police officer, a mother or someone in the armed forces. We hope you take a moment on each of these days to give thanks to someone you know.

• May 5th National Teachers Day
• May 6th National Nurses Day
• May 8th Military Spouses day
• May 10th Mother's Day
• May 15th Police Officer's Memorial Day
• May 16th Armed Forces Day
• May 25th Memorial Day

Christian Marine Surveyors


Clean Marina Minute
- By Kristen Page
Oil, Diesel and Gasoline spills
Oil, Diesel and gasoline are petroleum products which contain hydrocarbons and heavy metals. These products often end up polluting our waters and endangering aquatic life. Oil can coat the feathers and fur of wildlife, destroying their natural insulation from cold. Once ingested, oil moves up the food chain from tiny plankton to fish, birds and even humans, and can cause reproductive problems, weakness and death. Even a thin film of oil can kill aquatic organisms that live near the water's surface. The cumulative effect of small spills has a serious impact on both coastal and inland waters. To prevent pollution from oil, diesel, and gasoline spills there are a number of things you can do as a recreational boater.
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Laura's Blog - How to Powerfully Boost Your Immune System
- By Laura Brownwood
"Don't Worry, Be Happy" Even now? YES, more than ever! Be Happy for you and for those around you, even if it's over the phone or online. The fear of Coronavirus is deadlier than the virus itself . . . and knowing this is GOOD NEWS. We need strong immune systems now, EVERYBODY on the planet does.

What CAN we do about the Coronavirus ? When you are in fear, a reactive part of your brain called the amygdala takes control of your actions. Then in this reactive state, your body starts producing a steroid called cortisol to help you handle the stress, which weakens your immune system.

We have bacteria, viruses, fungus and a whole array of foreign particles we are exposed to every day, it's your immune system that prevents you from getting sick. We need to focus on how amazingly talented our bodies are. We need to thank our body for all it does for us each and every day vs being afraid, as fear is literally making you more susceptible to getting sick.
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Captain John's Skipper Tips -
Inspect Your Engine Before You Hit the Start Button
Do you go through a step-by-step inspection of your engine before you hit the "start" button? Make sure you check these seven vital components before you do. This could add years of life to your sailboat's diesel workhorse.

1. Oil
Use this double-dip technique. Pull the dip-stick out and wipe it off. Push it back in all the way so that it gets to the bottom of the oil sump. Pull it out and look at the oil color. It should be black (brown or streaked indicates water in the oil). Smear the oil on your fingers and shine a light onto it. Granules signal internal metal fatigue. Address any problems right away.

2. Transmission fluid.
Yes, it's a pain to check transmission fluid, but repairs are costly if you don't. Make sure to use the double-dip method described above for accuracy. Most transmission dip-sticks screw into the fill cap, so screw it all the way down when you sound the tank. Remove it, check the level, and smell the fluid. If it has a burned odor, your transmission needs to be looked at right away.

3. Coolant cap and fluid level.
Remove the header tank cap, turn it over, and check the gasket. Worn cap gaskets are unable to provide a tight seal. Replace the entire cap. Otherwise, you will lose coolant. This could cause the engine to overheat and result in internal damage. Stick your finger into the header tank (cold tank only!). Keep the fluid level close to the top of the fill.

4. Belts and hoses
Depress the drive belts. Adjust or replace any belt that has more than 1/2 inch of play. Feel hoses (cold only) for softness. Look for cracks or abrasion. Replace defective belts and hoses right away. Carry spares aboard as part of your spare parts kit.

5. Stuffing box (packing gland)
Look for excessive leaks at the shaft packing. More than one boat has sunk on a mooring or at anchor from a leaking stuffing box. Two or three drops a minute provide lubrication, but more than that tells you the nuts are too loose or the packing material has worn. You will need two over-sized wrenches to tighten the nuts. If it still leaks, replace the packing material.

6. Raw water seacock and exhaust
Make sure the raw-water seacock handle lines up with the raw water hose. This opens the valve to allow cooling water to the engine. After you start the engine, check the stern exhaust tube for a steady flow of water. Blockage often points to a clogged raw water filter or an object trapped against the outside raw water intake.

7. Test battery cables
Cables loosen when the boat pitches, rolls, or vibrates at sea. Check the connection at each battery terminal and on the side of the engine.

Add years of life and save big money in repair costs with these seven simple inspections. Your sailboat diesel will reward you with smooth, reliable, starts-every-time service for many sailing seasons to come.

Marina Recipe -
Black Beans and Brown Rice

This month we bring you a simple, one-pan meal that you can make with dry and canned goods from our marina manager Lisa Rustin. Any of the fresh ingredients can be substituted with canned or dry ingredients and spices can always be substituted based on personal tastes. The basics of black beans and brown rice form a complete protein without using meat. I make this dish regularly because it is satisfying and can be easily adapted to whatever I have in my pantry or refrigerator. I love to add avocado if it is available. Give this a try!

The Perfect Meal and A Complete Protein. Nourishing and Delicious.

When you add brown rice with black beans, it's not only high in protein, it also has all the amino acids. This makes black beans and brown rice a complete protein.

Ingredients
2 cups cooked short-grained brown rice
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
2 15 oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 medium white onion (diced)
1 medium-sized tomato coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground chipotle
1 tablespoon unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Fresh lime juice

Instructions
In a big pan or skillet, over a medium flame, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, diced onion. Cook until onion is softened, 3-5 minutes, add the garlic, cook for another 30 seconds. Add the spices, ground coriander, cumin and chipotle. Stir. Add the beans and a pinch of sea salt. Gently stir, careful not to mash the beans. Cook for another 3 minutes. Add the tomato and cilantro, stir to combine the ingredients, cook for another few minutes, until cilantro is wilted. Add a splash of apple cider vinegar, stir the mixture, and, if you have it, a squeeze of a lime, for brightness. Stir again and then remove from the heat. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour over rice.

Final Thanks
I want to thank my marina staff, Sean and Jacob, for working every day to keep the marina operating in a clean and safe manner. I am grateful for their attitude and perseverance.

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


Boating for Recreational Purposes Prohibited
The County of San Diego held a press conference end of day April 3rd and amended their County Health Order. One of the amendments adopted is that

"Boating for recreational purposes, watersports, or swimming are prohibited on or in public waterways and at beaches".

This order will go into place at 12:00 am Saturday April 4th until further notice. For specific details of the ban, visit this link on the Port of San Diego's website.

The Hard Truth About the Effect On Local Marine Business During the Covid-19 Pandemic
- By Kells Christian
Unfortunately, it was easy to find a topic this month. Christian & Company Marine Surveyors, Inc. is a small local business with deep roots.

We have two full time surveyors, two regular sub-contract surveyors, an administrative assistant and a small office. We perform various types of jobs and we have one to three jobs daily. We work every weekday and a dozen Saturdays every year. I drive 25,000 – 30,000 miles every year and business volume has been fairly consistent for 30 years.

We have weathered a few storms, luxury tax (remember that one?), a couple of recessions, including the 2008 version, and several exceptionally robust times, but through all of those tide like swings, business continued as usual. Not any longer.

Our first cancellation was initiated by a larger mechanical repair business in Orange County. The owner of that business, per the advice of counsel, cancelled a job scheduled for March 10 in Newport Beach. He said he couldn't risk exposing his employees to the virus.

Our business remained steady through Friday, March 20, 2020, the day after Governor Newsom ordered Californians to stay at home. In anticipation of that order, the whole of the recreational marine industry had slowed down, but had not stopped.

As of March 20th we had three jobs on the calendar, spread out over two weeks, a significant reduction from the norm. On Monday, March 23, two of those jobs cancelled and I had to lay off the administrative assistant.

On Tuesday, we met with an out of town boat owner pursuing an insurance claim for minor damage, that job had been scheduled for some time. All was normal up to the point where we asked for a repair estimate.

We called a local boatyard manager, on his cell phone. The yard was closed and would not reopen until the Governor changed his order. The boat owner will have to wait, no big deal in this instance, just a minor inconvenience.

I called several boatyards and marinas. Most of the boatyards said they were closed until further notice, but surprisingly, one boatyard said they were open for business as usual. The marinas answered the phone and said they were trying to allow dock access but their offices were not open to the public and business was far from usual.

A mechanical business, with whom we are working on another insurance claim, said they may be able to get to the boat. Some of their technicians were not working but some were; they were leaving the decision up to the technicians. If they had a tech available they would get to the boat and continue the work, if not they would let me know when a tech became available.

The owner of another marine mechanical repair business posted on social media that they were working if the job could be done in the slip, but they would need to observe the six feet of social distancing rule. They said they would continue jobs they were in the middle of, subject to the same limitations, but the boatyards they work with were closed, so no work requiring a haul out could be performed.

So here we are, with a stay at home order being followed by many, but not all. I am slightly torn between being part of the solution and helping to flatten the curve and normal work life. There are strong arguments for staying home and reducing or eliminating the potential for spreading or contracting the virus.

There are arguments for leaving home, especially if others (in the home) are not staying home. Open spaces are less likely to have airborne contagions, moving around is good and health inducing and perhaps less risky than going to the grocery store, but my biggest obstacle to staying home is my mind. Changing habits and behaviors is hard. Boaters naturally like the open water, wandering, exploring and freedom.

Our business will survive and be ready when the gates are reopened. I have greatly reduced my public interaction and have decided to do what I can to flatten the curve while continuing to think analytically, make good decisions and try to not let the changes affect my mental state (much).

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.

Waterfront Services Available During the Pandemic Lockdown

Many local businesses are still operating within the social distancing mandate during the lockdown and need your support these trying times. We've compiled a handy PDF list of companies we hope you'll contact for services. Thank You!

Social Distancing in One of the Most Social Places on Earth
- By Jim Behun
What we're talking about is the effect of the Corona Virus on a marina. What do you mean we can't have a dock party?

At the Sunroad Resort Marina we are open for our boaters to use their vessels - but with hopefully just their families.

We are fully staffed with maintenance, cleaning and security, while reducing our office hours and limiting access to only phone calls and e-mail contact for the next thirty days.

We have posted signage on all gates asking for social distancing by our tenants and their vendors at all times.

We are required by the city and state to close our pool, pavilion and gym areas to any tenant access. While most adhere to these important safety needs, we do still see on some docks too many boaters socializing in close proximity.

We ask that all boaters take this pandemic seriously and please practice proper social distancing.

Like all businesses, we are hoping for a quick recovery to normality- until that time, Sunroad will adhere to our very best practices to keep tenants and staff as safe as possible!

On the economic front, our boat owners and our boat brokers are probably strong for April, but if this lock down situation continues thru May, I believe all in the boating industry will experience strong negative economic impacts.

In the meantime, those dock parties are going to have to take place on Skype or Face Time or Zoom - Probably for quite a while.. Stay safe and healthy!

Jim Behun is the Sunroad Resort Marina Manager.. He is also the producer of the BigBayBoatShow held annually at the resort.



Some Straight Talk About Float Plans
- By Bob Simons
Whether you're heading out to the Indian Ocean or just over to Catalina Island for the weekend, conventional wisdom says it's Prudent to file a "Float Plan" with somebody before you go.

But in this connected day and age, if cruisers get in trouble, there are multiple ways they can send emergency distress "calls" for help or rescue backed up by their exact position thanks to the miracle of GPS.

So why file a float plan? The reason you should file one is that there are some circumstances at sea when you are rendered unable to send a distress message, most usually as a result of a catastrophic situation like a capsize or a complete system power failure or destruction caused by storms.

So it's a good idea to file a float plan even though your boat is equipped with all the latest radio and electronics equipment.

Most float plans have a very detailed description of the boat, who your passengers and/or crew are and also contact information for them. It will also have a description of the equipment on the boat and any additional survival supplies you normally carry, like a life raft, EPIRB or SOS Light.

So, "Who" should you file your float plan with?

Here's what the U.S. Coast Guard says on their handy Float Plan Form about that. First and foremost, you'll notice they say "Do Not File This Form With the U.S. Coast Guard!"

So who does the Coast Guard say you should file your float plan with? Answer, file it with "A responsible person!"

Probably the single most important factor when you file a Float Plan is to notify the person or group when you get to the destination or any deviation you have in the plan.

If you plan on going to Catalina from San Diego and about half way you decide to go into Dana Point; Tell the Person you filed the plan with. If you don't contact the your "responsible person" and they are conscientious enough to contact the Coast Guard about your absence, the Coast Guard may spend thousands of dollars, man hours and aircraft searching for nothing.

That's the bottom line. There are other places that will accept a float plan from you, perhaps your yacht club or some other marine company or organization or even an App, but unless there's a single responsible person looking out for you at the other end of your plan, it will do you no good if you get stranded at sea.

Last, but not least, any time you file a float plan, remember to "close" it. when you're done.

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

Educating New Boat Owners Remotely During the Current Lockdown
- By Peter Zeleski

Like everyone else, the life of a yacht broker will not be the same when the Corona Virus pandemic is over, but there may be some lasting positive changes in the way we do business.

Unlike everybody else though, the effect on yacht and boat sales during this crisis is a mixed bag.

On the plus side, many affluent people look at the unbelievable low interest rates and conclude it's an excellent time to buy. This coupled with the already years long trend of building more bigger and way more expensive yachts prior to the pandemic, the overall dollar volume of sales has not been as catastrophic as most other businesses.

But on the minus side, boat and yacht manufacturers are feeling the effect of the downturn and the cancellation of nearly every boat show on the planet - and the stock market yo-yo is not helping much either.

Meanwhile, when we do sell a boat or yacht during the lockdown, we still have the requirement as responsible yacht brokers to help familiarize and train the new owners.

Typically, delivering a new boat is a two part hands-on business. Familiarization of all on-board systems; and on the water handling.

But today as I write this article, I am preparing to do an orientation for the new owners of a Sea Ray Sport Yacht. This time I will not visit the boat with them personally for social distancing reasons, so we'll be doing it remotely via video chat. Since I'm very familiar with the model they purchased, I am confident we will be able to go over the systems with an extended video chat and get them off to a good start. (Driving lessons will have to wait for another day.)

Having completed hundreds of new owner orientations, I've observed people have many different ways of retaining the wide array of information one needs to safely and confidently operate a modern vessel.

Some take notes, while others record the entire orientation so they can review it as needed. The owner's manuals are a great resource for owners that are often overlooked.

We usually start at one end of the boat and work our way to the other. Open every cabinet and floor hatch. Turn on every switch and discuss every system. I like to use colored dots on the power panel to make the critical systems easy to identify. This leaves a lasting set of guidelines that I see on many boats years later.

It is important to get into the engine room and identify all through hulls and learn equipment locations.

This "remote" familiarization training phase of a new vessel owner is one of the areas I mentioned earlier that might continue to improve and develop and become permanent.

Meanwhile, stay safe and look forward to the day when this is all over.

Peter Zaleski has represented several major corporations on the San Diego waterfront since 1987. He has helped over 1,000 boaters learn how to safely operate and maintain their vessels. Peter recently opened San Diego Yacht Sales . To connect with Peter email him at Peter@SanDiegoYachtSales.NET


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