From the Sun Harbor Marina Office!
Welcome to the May 2021 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.
May time! Spring is here and Summer is around the corner. As more people get their vaccinations, San Diego is beginning to open its doors again. We have reached the Orange Tier and can now have some live entertainment, see the Padres play a game, go to museums, theme parks and zoos, eat indoors with family and friends, and even go to a movie theater. We are all still required to wear our masks. That part has not changed.
Below is the link for the current San Diego County Health Orders and the Port of San Diego Response:
San Diego County Health Orders
Port of San Diego Response
In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Benefits of Chillin' from Laura Brownwood, "How to Find "Distance Off" With Your Eyes (no GPS required!)" from Captain John and our May Recipe for Potato Zucchini Casserole.
• May 31 - Memorial Day the Marina Office will be closed.
• 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.
· A big Thank you from Cecily and Leland:
We knew you would like to know that the generous contributions that you made in December 2020, during San Diego Boat Movers and Sun Harbors’ toy drive, have been donated (each and every item) to the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. The facility “provides care, comfort, meals, and lodging to families caring for a child hospitalized with a medical crisis.”
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm for this meaningful project.
Blessings on you all, Cecily and Leland
• As summer gets closer, more tenants will be using the facilities. Please make sure to clean up after yourselves and let us know if there is anything that needs attention. The Recreation room is cleaned once a week only, the laundry room and bathrooms daily.
• We are again taking reservations for the 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) Reservations are for 1 to 3 hours, Marina approval for extended hours. 3) All gatherings must follow SD County health orders. 4) We currently have a capacity limit of 18 people on the patio.
• 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 now open for indoor dining! Check their website for capacity limits and any other information you may need.
Around San Diego
If you have been waiting to get out and find something to do below are a few things you might want to check out some of the events below that are happening in May:
• ON THE WATER: The Port of San Diego Festival of the Sea takes place aboard the historic vessels only found at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.
• MUSIC: Rocking the Bay - Saturday, May 15th at 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Aquarius Bar and Grille | Mission Bay Marina, 1548 Quivira Blvd, San Diego .
• SPORTS: Padre Games at PETCO in May:
May 1st - 2nd - Padres vs Giants
May 3rd - 5th - Padres vs Pirates
May 14th - 16th - Padres vs Cardinals
May 17th - 19th - Padres vs Rockies
May 21st - 23rd - Padres vs Mariners
Clean Marina Minute - Spill - Proof Fueling Practices
- By Sean Peterson
Use Safe, Spill-Proof Fueling Practices
California has more boaters than almost any state in the nation, and all those boaters put in a lot of hours on the water. Millions of gallons of fuel and diesel are sold to recreational boaters in CA every year. It is extremely important for boaters to implement clean and safe boating practices when filling up a tank to protect the environment and their health and safety. Accidental overflows, splashes and spills go directly into the water and impact our environment. We can make a big difference by implementing the following clean boating practices:
Always remember SAFETY first! Be sure your vessel is securely moored to the fuel dock, shut off the engine, turn off all electronic equipment and heat sources, and send all other passengers ashore.
• Close all hatches, doors and ports.
• Extinguish all burning tobacco and make sure no one is on board before fueling.
• Make sure your fire extinguisher is within reach.
• Know how much fuel your boat holds and how much you need. Inquire about what the flow rate is for the fuel source you are utilizing. This information, coupled with your knowledge of your boat tank capacity and tank fuel level, will assist you to have a better understanding of how long the fuel nozzle should be on.
• Make sure you fill up the tank with the right type of fuel and check that the fuel is going into the proper fill entry.
• Make sure you check with the marina or fuel dock staff about their fueling policies. If you have any questions regarding how to properly fuel your boat, contact your marina or fuel dock operator.
Larua's Blog - Benefits of Chillin'
- By Laura Brownwood - Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com
We've all heard of the value of taking time for pleasure and relaxation... but do we get it? Are YOU factoring in time to give your body a break... EVERY day? Do you think of your boat as a place to find peace or ? a list of things to do?
There should be a balance between work/stress and relaxation. Many in our Western culture are used to being overactive, using our stress response for both work and play. This creates an imbalance where we can trigger many unwanted consequences that affect our mind and body, ranging from a decreased quality of life to serious health issues. Here are some of the benefits of, stopping and smelling the roses, and learning how to find more balance.
It feels good! One of the main reasons to stop and relax is because it feels so good to do so. At first, sitting down and taking it easy might seem awkward or challenging, but if we keep at it, we are able to get the hang of it. Relaxing and taking it easy releases endorphins and other feel-good chemicals in the body. Please note, relaxing with your electronics doesn't count! :o}
Time spent in relaxation is time spent replenishing the body. When the body is relaxed, it focuses on digesting, eliminating and repairing, aspects that are so important to optimal health. The research is pretty conclusive and it shows that when we spend time relaxing, it has a very beneficial impact on our mental and physical health.
Taking time to chill is also connected with increased happiness! Again, the more we relax, the easier it is for the "feel good chemicals" in our body to work at optimal levels. So, make a commitment to practice something that soothes and calms you every day, like deep breathing, Yoga, spending quiet time on your bow just focusing on the beauty around you and anything else that allows you to be still, even if just for a few minutes. Happy Day!!
How to Find "Distance Off" With Your Eyes (no GPS required!)
- By Captain John
Author John Vigor came up with a super useful table to show how to estimate your distance off by eye. Did you know that if you sit in the cockpit and the distance from the water surface to your eye measures 5 feet, the horizon that you see will be just 2.5 miles away?
That's because of the curvature of the earth. Of course, other factors increase or decrease the distance you can see an object on the horizon.
If it's hazy or foggy, you may need radar or some other range finder instrument to help determine distance. But for now, let's look at a clear day and take it from there. Here's how far you can expect to see certain objects from your boat:
-- Light colored sandy beach: 4 miles
-- Individual windows in a house or building: 2 miles.
-- Large navigation buoy: 2 miles.
-- Small navigation buoy: 1 mile.
-- Shape and color of a small navigation buoy: 1 mile.
-- Person (shows as a black dot): 1 mile.
-- Faces (some detail): 250 to 300 yards.
* table based on a 5' height of eye above sea level.
Marina Recipe - Potato Zucchini Casserole
I love fresh zucchini from the garden, add some potatoes and we have a winner casserole! Enjoy!
• 3 zucchinis and 3 potatoes, sliced thinly
• 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 4 tbsp of butter
• 1 cup grated cheese - Gruyere or cheddar
• 1 cup bread crumbs
• 1 tsp salt
• ¼ tsp pepper
• ¼ cup of water
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 2-quart casserole dish.
2. Add a layer of ½ of the zucchini slices, sprinkle with half of the grated cheese and bread crumbs
3. Add dots of butter and a little of the garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Repeat the layer but with potatoes this time, then go back to a layer of zucchini then a layer of potatoes.
5. Cover and bake in oven for about an hour, then remove cover and bake another 15 mins until golden brown and bubbly.
• 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. Contractors may only work during the hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm, Mon-Sat.
• 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.
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Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Spring is sprung; vaccinations continue 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 to have fun.
And fun is what you'll have with these nautical gifts and gadgets we found - some practical; some outlandish!
BBQ Donut Boat: You and your equally fun friends will cause a stir of envy as you wave to other boaters while cruising up and down the fairways grilling steaks and hamburgers.
Made for calm lakes, harbors and bays, the BBQ Donut Boat will set you back for about the same price as a high-end jet ski. Buon appetite!
Custom Nautical Playing Cards: Can't afford a BBQ Donut Boat? Perhaps you can win enough to buy one from your winnings at a friendly marina or yacht club poker game with your impressive Compass Anchor Blue Bicycle Playing Cards.
Choose from 6 different nautical styles with your boat name embossed on the back. Available for $23 from Zazzle.com.
Custom Opener: You'll surely want one of these to open the libations for your BBQ Donut Boat cookout and your poker game .
Also available from Zazzle.com in many different colors. Price $16.00.
Electric Body Board: Be the first to have the world's first electric body board. It offers an eco-friendly alternative for those who don't want the hassle, noise or expense of a bulky heavy jet ski.
Powered by a lithium ion battery, its v-hull cuts through water with ease, and the shape of the hull makes fins unnecessary, improving safety and ease of transport. Available from Kymera for $3,845.00.
Hot Tug Boat: Thought you've seen everything? With the economy still in shambles, people are being forced to decide: Hot Tub or Boat? Well, now you can save yourself from all that unwanted stress and get the HotTug, a wood-fired hot tub in which you can tugboat around in.
If this hot tub isn't where the parties at, don't worry because it can take you to the party...via waterways of course. Made from wood and fitted with glass fiber reinforced polyester, HotTug is available is two versions and is large enough to hold six to eight people. HotTug's heater is pretty efficient also, heating 2000 liters of water to about 38 degrees Celsius in three hours.
Don't Worry - Your Marine Insurance Will Cover It . . . Unless It Won't
Most boat or yacht insurance policies are referred to as "All Risk" policies. That means all circumstances are covered "Unless it's excluded".
But what does this really mean? All policies contain an agreement & definitions section, and it is important to understand policy definitions clearly.
Your marine insurance policy contains specific sections pertaining to coverage of the policy in certain situations such as:
Property Damage, Personal Property Loss, Medical Payments, Uninsured Boaters Medical, Emergency Service Coverage (AKA Towing), Pollution Liability, Navigational Limits, etc.
There are many other types of exclusions. Here are some of the most common boat insurance exclusions to be aware of.
Natural Wear and tear: Your boat insurance typically won't cover any repairs or replacements that are a result of natural wear and tear. You are responsible for regularly maintaining and servicing your vessel to prevent loss. Saltwater corrosion for example is a common boat deterioration that's almost never covered by boat insurance.
Infestations and mold: Most boat insurance policies exclude damage from insects, animals, and mold.
Marine Life: Most boat insurance doesn't cover damage from marine life such as sharks, octopi, whales, and other creatures.
Faulty Machinery: Basic boat insurance policies don't cover any machinery or parts that need repair or replacement due to deterioration, lack of maintenance, improper use, or mechanical and production defects.
Even if the faulty machinery isn't covered, your boat insurance may cover other damages that the machinery causes. For example, your water pump gets clogged up because you haven't cleaned it. The water pump bursts and causes flood damage to your boat. Boat insurance may not pay for a replacement water pump, but it may help partially cover the damage that the water pump caused to the rest of the boat. This is dependent on your insurer and how they handle different claims.
Accessories: Most boat insurance won't include coverage for additional accessories and equipment unless specifically stated in the policy. For example, life jackets, navigation gear, GPS systems, anchors, or boat modifications. Supplemental coverage and personal effects coverage might be a good idea here.
Improper Storage or Transportation: Your insurance company won't cover your boat if it's incorrectly stored and transported.
Unnamed Operators: This is an important one! Like auto insurance, your boat insurance probably covers only certain named drivers on your policy.
Operating Outside Policy Navigation Limits: Most boat policies will cover you for a specific geographic region. If you sail out of your navigation limits or into off-limits waters, your boat insurance "turns off."
Competitions: Most boat coverage won't include participating in special events like boating races.
The moral of the story? Make sure you review these areas of your policy so you are completely clear and understand your policy coverage and the possible exclusions.
Sacramento Trying Again To "Park" More Boater Dollars Into It's Pockets
California boaters will see their boat registration fees increase from a minimum of $20 every two years to at least $70 every two years as soon as July 1st if Governor Gavin Newsom's state budget proposal is enacted.
The increase if passed would represent a 250% increase in boater registration fees over the past 6 years.
Budget subcommittees in the state Senate and Assembly are discussing this proposal now, and are anticipated to decide on the issue in the next few weeks.
The increase is purportedly being made to benefit the Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund (HWRF) which supports several programs and services that benefit boaters including infrastructure such as launch ramps, education, aquatic centers, local boating law enforcement, the boater certification card, and invasive species prevention and control.
The problem is that all to often Sacramento skims off money of increases to boater taxes and fees like this for the General Fund and the Division of Parks and Recreation under which the Department of Boating and Waterways now resides.
The Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) is leading the effort to lobby on behalf of California boaters, and is providing an avenue for boaters to have their voice heard on the issue.
Why You Shouldn't Rely On Your Cell Phone to Help You In a Boating Emergency
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
When I have written in the past about the need and use of a VHF radio, I noted that if you didn't have a radio aboard you were risking your life over a couple of hundred dollars It was "nutty" not to have a radio aboard.
Nonetheless, many boaters don't and they rely solely on their cell phone for emergency assistance. OK, I guess you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink.
So here is the "scuttlebutt" on cell phones on the water:
Coast Guard *CG Service is Gone: Starting in the early 90's, many cell phone service providers offered a special telephone number that would give you direct access, via your cell phone, to a US Coast Guard Operations Center. However, as many cell systems were upgraded, the feature didn't migrate to the new system, and the Coast Guard found that coverage was thus very spotty and could create dangerous delays in dispatching USCG resources to an emergency situation.
As a consequence, in October 2006, the Coast Guard requested that all cellular phone service providers discontinue the *CG service, except in Alaska, and any such calls be routed to the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) nearest to where the call originated.
Even when it worked, mariners didn't always know where they were and the USCG had no ready mechanism to determining where they were. Now, with Rescue 21, this problem has been dramatically reduced and often eliminated, if you are using a VHF radio.
Lastly, even when you did reach the USCG, they were the only one aware of your predicament. VHF-16 is, by Federal law, required to be monitored by all vessels equipped with a VHF radio. Another private boater could be much closer to you than the nearest USCG station and getting the "rescue clock starts now" sequence going may be the difference between life and death.
But I Want My Cell Phone! OK, skipper, here is the scuttlebutt. First, there is no none reliable way to be definitive about cell phone coverage at sea. Is it better the closer you are to land? Yes, compared to being far away. But cell phone systems are designed for land-base use and the associated physics of how objects absorb and reflect signals.
Being on the water is an entirely different kettle of fish, no pun intended. In some circumstances you could even see "5 bars" on your cell phone, but still be unable to connect a call.
Why? Here is a likely scenario there is a cell phone tower high up on a hill somewhere and it, with its higher-powered signal, can see you. But your cell phone isn't strong enough to transmit all the way back to the cell tower! So, if you are intent on using your cell phone at sea, start looking into external antennas and signal boosters. Some boosters claim, when attached to an external 8' antenna, that the signal range can extend up to 50 miles.
Now, if you are ready to spring for the cost of the external antenna, can I suggest again that you attach a VHF radio to it?
The Technology: The world-wide cellular system depends on two things low power transmission and continual reuse of a limited number of frequencies. This is where the term "cell phone" comes from you travel from cell to cell, bounded by low-power transmission, and are handed off automatically from one radio frequency to another. The cell tower is transmitting, usually, at just a few watts and your cell phone is transmitting back at even lower power as low as 1/1,000th of a watt. It is always lower than 1 watt. (BTW, a hand-held VHF radio is transmitting at 5 watts and the "desk-top" VHF radio is transmitting at 25 watts.) As you travel towards the edges of adjacent cells, the cell phone tower's software coordinates the hand-off from cell-a to cell-b. If your boat is disabled and bobbing in the waves, there is no way to move closer to an adjacent cell like your car naturally does.
To Take Or Not To Take? Take it, by all means! When it does work, there is no better way to have a private, non-emergency conversation and most USCG and USCGAux vessels are equipped with cell phones for this reason. But, when it comes to an emergency, your VHF radio is the best and fastest way to being rescued!
Commodore Pica is District Directorate Chief; Strategy & Innovation; First Coast Guard District, Southern Region USCGAux. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain. If you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com .
"Can I Have a Beer While Driving My Boat?"
It may surprise you that anyone would even ask such a question, but a quick search online reveals that many people are looking for an answer to a question like that, and the answer is not obvious unless you're piloting a commercial vessel, in which case the answer is clearly an absolute no!
For recreational boaters (make that pretty much everything that floats including your kayak) when you dig down through U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, State, and Federal regulations you will eventually find this careful wording. "It is illegal to operate a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol".
Does this mean you can have a beer while driving your boat? There are a million reasons why you shouldn't.
The more usual wording you find states the law this way."You are allowed to have open containers of alcohol on a recreational vessel, your passengers can drink, and even the person piloting the boat can drink, as long as they don't meet the criterion for Boating Under the Influence of drugs or alcohol (BUI)."
The penalties for boating under the influence can be severe including jail time and loss of your driver's license. And if your BUI involved a boating accident that hurt anyone, loss of all your assets.
So coming back to the original question, "Can I have a beer while driving my boat? Maybe, but as was said, "There are a million reasons why you shouldn't."
Check out these other BUI References for more complete information on the subject:
Los Angeles District Attorney; San Diego DUI Lawyers Blog.
Boating Quiz of the Month
How well do you know the rules of the road and navigation rules? Let's test your knowledge.
Start with this one The buoy shown here is called a "Safe Water Buoy". It used to be called a "Midchannel Buoy".
Question: If you see a buoy like this as you're approaching the entrance to a harbor, it means:
a) This marks the middle of the entrance channel - It is safe to pass by on either side.
b) This marks the middle of the entrance channel - It is safer to pass by on the white side.
c) This marks the middle of the entrance channel - It is safer to pass by on the red side.
d) This marks the middle of the entrance channel - the letter "A" means you must pass by on the red side.
Answer: a) This marks the middle of the entrance channel - It is safe to pass by on either side. The letter has no navigational significance, it is used to identify the buoy.
Here's another quiz question for you: When you are the operator of a boat and you are going to overtake a boat in front of you, you are the "give-way" vessel in which of these situations:
- When you are a power boat overtaking another power boat
- When you are a sail boat overtaking another sail boat,
- When you are a power boat overtaking a sail boat
- All of the Above
Answer: All of the above. The vessel that is overtaking another vessel is the give-way vessel, regardless of whether it is a sailing vessel or a power-driven vessel. The vessel being overtaken is always the "stand-on" vessel.
And Finally a question about "Stand-On" vs. "Give-Way" Vessel
When two vessels are approaching one another so as to involve a possible risk of collision, the "stand-on" vessel is required to keep her course and speed and the "give-way" vessel is required to keep out of the way of the other.
In this example, the red boat is the "give-way" vessel, and the captain is required to slow, stop or reverse until the stand-on vessel is clear and he/she is passing by the stern of the "stand-on" vessel.
The blue boat on the Starboard is the "stand-on" vessel and is required to maintain course and speed.
Question: What should the captain of the blue boat do if he/she determines that the red boat does not appear to be taking action to avoid a collision?
a) Take whatever action is required to avoid a collision.
b) Continue to Maintain Course and Speed.
c) Slow down and come to a full stop.
d) Turn to Port and pass by the stern of the "give way" vessel.
Answer: a) Take whatever action is required to avoid a collision.