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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the June 2020 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter.

We want to start this issue of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter by thanking everyone for being patient and helpful during the continued stay at home order. San Diego Bay is now open for recreational boating and anchorages are open. All recreational vessel occupants need to be members of the same household. In steps we are opening up activities, services and businesses on the San Diego Bay.

In this month's issue, we bring you the San Diego County May 7th public health orders and the newest on parks, beaches and businesses reopening, our Clean Marina Minute, Equanimity during the Pandemic and beyond, Is Your Sailing Partner Ready to "Take the Helm?" and our June recipe for a Portable Picnic Sandwich.

Special Dates in June

June 3rd     World Bicycle Day
June 5th     World Environment Day
June 8th     World Ocean's Day
June 14th   World Blood Donor Day
June 19th    
National Flip flop day
June 21st    Father's Day
June 25th    Day of the seafarer

Marina Events

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. Stand by for more news on this in our July 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.

Marina News

We are back to office hours Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Starting June 1st we will be open on Saturdays.

Update on contractor access: Contractors who are open for business will be able to access a key in the office starting Wednesday, May 20th. The system is somewhat different than in the past as we will not have contact with the key or the contractor's ID. Contractors must be wearing a face covering to access the marina, including the office.

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

Please wear a mask when you are on the docks and in the rest rooms. If you pass someone on the dock or in the rest room you will be less than 6' from that person and a mask is required.

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.

OEX is now open for rentals with social distancing protocols in place.

San Diego County Public Health Order May 7, 2020: Stay home except for essential needs
San Diego County and California public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The County order is in effect until further notice.

Link to the San Diego County public health order (PDF) Updated May 7, 2020.

Follow this link to the most recent information from the Port of San Diego:

The County has not heard back from their request of the Governor to empower the County to be able to decide what businesses should be able to open which could change the May 7th order.

Latest updates - Safe Reopening for Businesses
The state has released a Resilience Roadmap for modifying its stay-at-home order. It allows certain businesses to reopen, with restrictions, starting May 8th.
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Clean Marina Minute - Using a Fire Extinguisher
Fire Extinguishers are important on land and on your boat. Just as important is learning how to use the fire extinguisher. The following steps should be followed when responding to incipient stage fire:

  • Sound the fire alarm and call the fire department, if appropriate.

  • Identify a safe evacuation path before approaching the fire. Do not allow the fire, heat, or smoke to come between you and your evacuation path.

  • Select the appropriate type of fire extinguisher.

  • Discharge the extinguisher within its effective range using the P.A.S.S. technique (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep)

  • Back away from an extinguished fire in case it flames up again.

  • Evacuate immediately if the extinguisher is empty and the fire is not out.

  • Evacuate immediately if the fire progresses beyond the incipient stage.

Most fire extinguishers operate using the following P.A.S.S. technique:

  1. PULL... Pull the pin. This will also break the tamper seal.

  2. AIM... Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or its horn or hose) at the base of the fire.

    NOTE: Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on CO2 extinguishers, it gets very cold and may damage skin.

  3. SQUEEZE... Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.

  4. SWEEP... Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat steps 2 - 4.

If you have the slightest doubt about your ability to fight a fire....EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!!!

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on Your Boat
Gasoline-powered engines on boats, including onboard generators, produce carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless and odorless gas that can poison or kill someone who breathes too much of it.

How CO Can Build Up In a Boat

Larger boats, such as houseboats, sometimes have generators that vent toward the rear of the boat. This venting poses a danger of CO poisoning to people on the rear swim deck or water platform. On larger boats CO builds up above the water near the water platform. CO that builds up in the air space beneath the stern deck or on and near the swim deck can kill someone in seconds.

Traveling at slow speeds or idling in the water can cause CO to build up in a boat's cabin, cockpit, bridge, and aft deck, or in an open area. Wind from the aft section of the boat can increase this buildup of CO.

Back drafting can cause CO to build up inside the cabin, cockpit, and bridge when a boat is operated at a high bow angle, is improperly or heavily loaded, or has an opening that draws in exhaust.
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Laura's Blog - Equanimity During the Pandemic and Beyond
- By Laura Brownwood

We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be safely docked or anchored, while others are sinking or shipwrecked. For some, quarantine is OK, or even good, e.g. more time with family, more time to get things done, various other benefits. For some, this is a desperate time, e.g. family and/or financial crisis, loneliness.

Some want to go back to work because they don't qualify for unemployment and are literally going broke. Others are angry with those people who break the quarantine to go back to work. Some have experienced the near death due to the virus, lost someone from it, and some are not even sure if their loved ones are going to make it. On the extreme opposite side, others don't even believe this is a big deal.

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Captain John's Skipper Tips - Is Your Sailing Partner Ready to "Take the Helm?"
Have you put together a checklist to train your spouse or partner in what they need to know to operate your small cruising boat? In an emergency or if you are incapacitated, it's vital that they could run things alone.

Boating author John Vigor has a handy package put together in his gem of a book "The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat". These things apply no matter whether you sail offshore, along the coast or inside sheltered waters. Pass 'em on skipper!

1. Marine anchor and ground tackle
Show your friend or significant other how to inspect the ground tackle and explain how all of the parts link together. Teach them the easy way to estimate scope, choose an anchorage, or lower and raise the anchor.

2. How to steer a sailing compass course.
Your partner should be able to steer a compass course within 3-5 degrees. Show him or her how to average a course by steering to one side and then the other for equal intervals. Make sure they understand how to plot a basic compass course and plot a position by latitude and longitude from a marine GPS.
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Marina Recipe - Portable Picnic Sandwich
This month we bring you something fun and useful for those days out on the water. A sandwich but then again not. We like the vegetarian version but you can add almost any ingredients that you like as long as you pack it in tight and coat the inside of the loaf. This recipe is for an individual small loaf. It can be easily adjusted for a large loaf to feed 4 or more. We hope you try it.

1 small Farmhouse Loaf of Bread
4 tsp Pesto
1 large handful of baby spinach and rocket
8-10 Sundried Tomatoes,
Large Handful Fresh Basil
200g Fresh Mozzarella or Vegan Mozzarella,
1 Large Roasted Red Pepper, Sliced
4 Pickled Baby Beets,
Black Pepper


  • When scooping out the bread to make room for the filling, don't scoop out too much or the walls of the sandwich will be too thin and could become soggy.

  • Reserve the leftover bread to make bread and butter pudding or whizz it up into breadcrumbs and freeze them until you need them.

  • Brush the inside of the loaf with olive oil, pesto or another spread.

  • Press down each layer firmly so the sandwich is well packed and not loose. It's less likely to fall apart if it is firmly packed.

  • Add any mayo, mustard or sauce between layers, but be sparing.

  • Add the lid back on to your filled loaf and wrap tightly in cling wrap, then chill in the fridge overnight.

  • Cut and Serve

Absorbent Pad exchange Program (APEP)
Sun Harbor Marina accepts your used absorbent pads in a safe and legal manner. Used absorbent pads are considered hazardous waste and are not to be disposed of in the trash or recycling. When the pad is completely saturated, bring it back to the marina office and we will dispose of it and give you a clean absorbent pad, and the process starts all over again. Another step to staying a green marina. If you have any questions about how to use an absorbent pad or how to transport it from your boat to disposal, please ask when you come to get your free absorbent pad.

We do not accept used oil or oil filters, here is a website that will give you local disposal sites, just enter your zip code:

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 so grateful for their can-do 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

Are You Essential?
- By Kells Christian
I read the article I wrote a month ago about our marine business in the time of Covid. I expressed my conundrum, torn between staying at home to flatten the curve or going to work. This strange time continues to be confusing. Should I wear a mask, what type and when? Didn't Dr. Fauci say to not wear a mask so the health care workers would have them?

I thought I had the virus a couple times, and might have, but probably just had a head ache, fatigue and Covid induced hypochondria. I plan to get an anti-body test today, it is easy to get ($50. at Quest lab) but what will that change? My apprentice lost his sense of taste recently and is currently self quarantined while awaiting results of a test, which was easy for him to obtain a couple days ago. Our administrative assistant was furloughed a month ago and just brought back, but with the understanding that work hours may be reduced.

This is normally a busy season and the push is still there, but few pre-purchase jobs are getting through the Covid filter, like an N95 mask for business. San Diego Bay is shut to recreational boaters but boats can transit from point to point with a specific purpose, including pre-purchase haul outs at Marine Group Boatworks (National City or Chula Vista). We have recently had two pre-purchase jobs that included haul outs and though the Harbor Patrol said we should be prepared to be stopped, we were only stopped once. We stated our purpose and were allowed to proceed.

About a month into this new normal, we found out that marine surveyors are deemed essential by the US Coast Guard; that would have been good to know earlier. We turned away several jobs not knowing that we could move boats to a boat yard and were considered essential. Insurance claim work is a significant part of our business, also deemed essential, and that part has continued. It usually does in trying financial times and we are grateful for the work. We wear masks and socially distance, but are often the only ones aboard or in the shop that do.

We are grateful for the business that we have been able to safely undertake, as the small business financial aid programs are elusive. The branch of our business bank near our Pt. Loma office had no idea of how to help with the Federal Payroll Protection Plan. The Encinitas branch (near our home) was much better with the PPP, but alas we missed the first tranche and will see what happens with the second. We applied to a San Diego city program offering grants on the first day available and they just responded that our business license was invalid or we didn't have the proper number of employees, both assertions are erroneous.

Of course this creates another dilemma, if we don't absolutely need help, should we take it? Should we leave it for a more desperate company? Should we take help designed and intended for the predicament our business is in? We will long be paying the taxes associated with the debt anyway, won't we?

It seems that Orange County is more open for marine business than San Diego (or Los Angeles); is this due to the political leanings? Several of our business sustaining jobs have been in Orange County and a few positive side effects of the virus are light traffic and cheap gas.

Hopefully everyone has had inspirational moments where the good in humanity has shone through. A simple but personal moment happened for me when an angelic lady shared one of the last two vegetable stocks at the grocery store.

"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." - Viktor Frankl

Kells Christian has been an accredited Marine Surveyor since 1990. His expertise extends to both recreational and commercial vessels. You can e-mail questions to or Click Here to visit his web site.

San Diego's Bays are Closed! Wait - No! – Now They're Back Open!...
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews
Part of the American psyche is the rebellion against arbitrary authority.

As of the moment you can take out your boat for a cruise with restrictions. But this may change from minute to minute. But Why?

In the current world where every local government authority can mandate (create) laws such as it's o.k. to go outside without a mask in one part of the neighborhood and not in another, the absence of sound science-based explanations for arbitrary rules is probably not going to be tolerated much longer.

The San Diego County beaches are open today - but wait, the Governor said yesterday he's going to close all of the beaches in California. No! Wait! - They just said on TV he's only going to close the beaches in Orange County.

As of May first I could be fined $1000 and be sentenced to 6 months in jail for not wearing a face mask while outside (unless they changed their minds by the time you read this).

In the current world where every local government authority can mandate (create?) laws such as it's o.k. to go to one park without a mask in one part of the neighborhood and not in another without sound science-based explanations is probably not going to be tolerated by the population much longer.

We're told that to keep up on the latest rules and regulations during the pandemic, we should go to these specific pages on the San Diego Port's website and/or the San Diego Mayor's website.

So go ahead and take a look - You'll see in no uncertain terms what you can and can't do (at the moment), but not one word of scientific data to support the reasons for the decisions.

But wait! Isn't the reason for all this obvious - isn't the lockdown supposed to slow down the spread of the Corona virus? Maybe; Maybe not.

No - say some medical experts. There are two ways the pandemic will eventually end - the development of a vaccine or "herd immunity" where people naturally spread the virus, but social distancing is doing just the opposite - it's keeping the population from developing herd immunity.

I don't know about you, but I never felt more like a member of a "herd" as I do now. I'm going to go have a bag of pretzels and a long island iced tea.

Christian Marine Surveyors

Preventing Collisions At Sea (Part 2)
- By Commodore Vincent Pica

Navigation Rule 17, seemingly a simple Rule, has some subtle nuances that, in failing to understand them, may in fact lead to more collisions at sea than people recognize.

Call it what you will – but getting into a collision at sea because you thought you had the "right of way" is just plain dumb, bad seamanship, and potentially fatal.

What Does Rule 17 Say?
Rule 17-a-i states: Where one of two vessels is to keep out of the way, the other shall keep her course and speed.

OK, that is easy enough. What's the big deal?

17-a-ii states: the latter (the stand-on vessel) may, however, take action to avoid collision by her maneuver alone, as soon as it becomes apparent that the vessel required to keep out of the way is not taking appropriate action in compliance with these Rules.

Right. If the other guy isn't doing what he is supposed to do, I can do it for him. Still got it...

17-b states: When, from any cause, the vessel required to keep her course and speed finds herself so close that collision cannot be avoided by the action of the give-way vessel alone, she shall take such action as will best aid to avoid collision.

Huh? How is 17-b Different From 17-a-ii..?
A key difference – 17-a-ii says the stand-on vessel MAY take action – 17-b says the stand-on vessel SHALL (which means MUST in COLREG-speak) take action. The burden to avoid collision is now shared. Remember, in front of an admiralty or maritime board, 100% blame is apportioned, and it is never 100-0. You can't claim that you were forced into a collision because of 17-b... 17-d, by the way, affirmatively says that no matter what the stand-on vessel does, the give-way vessel is not relieved of her duty to act. And if there is a 17-d, there must be a 17-c!

17-c states: A power-driven vessel which takes action in a crossing situation in accordance with the subparagraph 17-a-ii of this Rule to avoid collision with another power-driven vessel shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, not alter course to port for a vessel on her own port side.

If she won't give way to the vessel on her starboard side, i.e., the offending vessel is on your port side, turn to starboard and run alongside her (resist the urge to mount a boarding party!). But don't forget the aspect of "suction." Suction? What's that? It is best described by a real sea story – the collision between HMS Hawke, a British man o'war, and the RMS Olympic. Quoted from a separate column on this matter:

There is a famous naval collision that speaks directly to this circumstance. It happened on September 20, 1911 and it involved the 882' ocean liner RMS Olympic and the 360' British man-o-war HMS Hawke near the Isle of Wight.

Hawke saw Olympic on her port side but not reacting to signals and whistles so Hawke put the helm over hard to starboard to attempt to run parallel.

Within seconds, the suction effect of the far larger RMS Olympic pulled the HMS Hawke into her. An official Board of Inquiry eventually found largely against Olympic but White Star, the owner of the RMS Olympic, countered that Hawke was at fault as the over-taking vessel and steered directly into her.

After many scientific experiments using the technology of the day, Hawke withstood the challenge based on the suction effect of the RMS Olympic. The captain of the RMS Olympic said that, "In all my 31 years as a White Star captain, I have never heard of such a theory as suction."

The captain's name was Edward J. Smith. His next commission was a ship even grander than the Olympic... It was
RMS Titanic !

Like the Hawke, you might get sucked into the very vessel that was the proximate cause of the collision at sea.

Commodore Pica is District Directorate Chief; Strategy & Innovation; First Coast Guard District, Southrn Region USCGAux. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain.

The Latest From The Mayor's Office
The lockdown rules in San Diego seem to be changing almost daily.

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer underscored the importance of physical distancing ahead of the first phase of beach, bay and ocean re-openings in the City of San Diego:

"The state of California's stay-at-home order is still in effect. The only way beaches can reopen and stay open is if the regulations developed by public health officials and regional lifeguards are followed," Mayor Faulconer said." Public health concerns from overcrowding led to the closure of beaches in the first place back in March, and decisions will continue to be made with the goal of protecting the well-being of every San Diegan. Please stay classy, San Diego."

Effective as of Monday at sunrise, here is what individuals will and won't be able to do in the City of San Diego under the first phase of the plan.

What's In a Name? See Who's Changing Theirs After 106 Years
- By Bob Simons
The United States Power Squadron (USPS) was founded in 1914 by Rear Commodore John Upton of the Boston Yacht Club, author Charles F. Chapman and others to formalize the education and training of civilian boaters, and it grew into the nation's foremost recreational boating organization.

But for all those years, the word "power" has been a problem because their courses have been for all boaters, including sail boaters, most of whom unfortunately assume the organization has boating education courses exclusively for power boaters.

Not an organization to rush into things, the USPS is finally doing something about it.

Enter the Squadron's new "ABCs" - America's Boating Club; Americas Boating Course; and America's Boating Channel.

Confused? No need to be. Like Rome, for the time being all on-line roads lead back to, which is also gradually updating its name to be The United States Power and Sail Squadron.

So what's the strategy? Well all three new websites have some overlapping content but the America's Boating Club website's main goal is to help interested boaters find a local USPS chapter for education courses or to join and will presumably eventually take over the responsibility of the website.

The Americas Boating Course website is the place to go for to enroll in on-line and classroom education courses.

The Americas Boating Channel website has interesting and educational boating videos and news including some educational tutorials.

Shaun McArdle, Past Commander of the San Diego USPS branch of the United States Power and Sail Squadron explains "With these changes we are taking advantage of modern technology - offering instruction online in seminars on specific topics. That's not all that's changing: Taking advantage of modern technology, we offer instruction online in seminars on specific topics (see Now, there is on-the-water instruction. Our courses are for members and non-members. Instruction is by trained, volunteer squadron members, which is why there's no cost for instruction - only for administration."

McArdle asks boaters to excuse any confusion during the transition."

Note: For California Boaters, the State of California will recognize the USPS America's Boating Course completion for issuance of the California Boating Card now required for power boaters 35 years old and under.

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 I Like
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