From the Sun Harbor Marina Office!
Welcome to the June 2021 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.
Summer is here! We are free now to enjoy the outdoors without masks! Take a bike ride, go for a swim, walk around Balboa Park, and of course grab a bite to eat! Of course, there still might be a few restrictions, so make sure to check the SD County Health Orders periodically.
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; "Start your Day with Lemon/Salt/Warm Water" from Laura Brownwood, "Should You Hire A Boat Guru?" from Captain John and our June Recipe for Easiest Ever Peanut Butter Cookies.
• We are so happy that a few of you tenants decided to have a get together last month! We heard it was a lot of fun and what a great way to get to know your neighbors!
• We will be planning a Marina get together this month. Watch for our E-blast invite.
• If you haven't received a DockWalker Kit, please feel free to stop by the office. Yours for free! You will just need to fill out a questionnaire. It has very good boating information, absorbent pads for oil cleanup and coupons for West Marine and LED Flares.
• Pizza Nova is now open for indoor dining! Make sure to try their pizza and their pasta! So delicious.
Clean Marina Minute - Boat Cleaning and Maintenance
- By Sean Peterson
What Can Boaters Do to Prevent Discharges of Toxic Boat Maintenance Products?
The products you purchase to clean and maintain your boat can be harmful to aquatic life, water quality and human health. When you purchase boat cleaning products check the labels for words such as "danger," "poison," "warning,"or "cautions" that indicate the toxicity of a product.
Tips for the Topside... Reduce your use of toxic cleaning products:
- Choose less toxic cleaning products, such as non-phosphate, biodegradable cleaners. Below are some alternatives that may require a bit more elbow grease but are less toxic, less volatile, more biodegradable.
- Reduce the need for boat soaps by scrubbing and rinsing with freshwater after each trip.
- Use canvas boat covers to keep boat clean between trips and reduce the amount of cleaning you need to do.
- Contain spills and debris using tarps.
Spill-proof cleaning and maintenance activities:
- Conduct maintenance work aboard your boat, not on the docks or over the water.
- Always mix paints, varnish, epoxy and other products over a tarp or in a drip pan to catch spills and drips. Keep absorbents nearby to wipe up spills.
- Tightly seal product containers when not in use to reduce spills.
- Plug scuppers to contain spills.
Minimize emissions from surface preparation:
- Sand and paint large areas only in designated shoreside boat maintenance areas, using vacuum sanders with dust containment bags and high-density low-volume paint sprayers.
- If performing work outdoors, do not sand or paint on windy days.
- Use tarps or visquine (sheet plastic) to catch and control falling debris, and vacuum or sweep frequently to prevent discharge of debris into the water.
- For small jobs conducted in-water, attach tarps or visquine from boat to dock to catch debris. Reverse boat in the slip to work on the other side.
- Plug scuppers to contain dust, debris and spills.
Laura's Blog - Start your Day with Lemon/Salt/Warm Water
- By Laura Brownwood - Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com
All boat owners know that ocean sea salt eats away at everything it touches and has cost affects that must be factored in to your vessel's budget. As for our bodies, salt in moderate quantities has many health benefits and actually does not negatively affect blood pressure as was believed years ago. From one of my previous blogs we learned, real sea salt (not processed refined salt) is actually very good for you. Science has proven that moderate levels of sea salt is GOOD for your heart health and does not negatively affect blood pressure as was previously believed years ago. This may sound unusual, but the health benefits are real and scientifically researched.
Daily routines are vital to health and happiness, and this is especially true at the start of the day. How about a quick and simple glass of warm lemon water with a high quality sea salt. This simple drink can boost your morning health and wellness regimen, and it's easy to make!
Should You Hire A Boat System Guru?
By Captain John
Much has been written so that you can "cookbook" your way through this or that of the other task. Engineering; sail-making, canvas work, fiberglass repair. All well and good. And it will work. But there's a better way that could save you dozens of hours of pain and frustration...
Hire someone to mentor under. One-on-one. That's right, one-on-one. Nothing on the planet will get you up to speed faster than this. That mentor or coach can devote his or her full time to you and you alone. Just you and him or her.
This is what I did with my diesel engine when I had my Cape Dory. I didn't know diddly about diesel engines. So I asked around and hired the best mechanic I could find to show me the ropes.
Pick a person who will be 100% open to pass along their knowledge and answer your questions. They must meet both criteria. Otherwise, find someone else. There are plenty of folks out there that will do this, and that's who you want to find.
Marina Recipe - Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.
With an electric mixer, beat together the peanut butter, brown sugar and egg until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
Lightly wet your hands and form the mixture into 12 balls. Place the balls about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Lightly wet the tines of a fork and press a criss-cross pattern into the top of each cookie. Lightly sprinkle them with flaky sea salt.
Bake until just starting to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a rack to cool completely before eating.
• 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: Please DO NOT lend your key to the contractor nor let them on your boat and leave the premises! You must stay with them if they have not checked in with the office. To access your boat without you being present-Contractors must have current insurance and check in at the Marina office to obtain a gate key. 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.
That's it for Us! To follow our daily updates, please visit our Facebook Page. We also welcome your Comments on Yelp.
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
How Cell Phones Could Compromise Your Safety at Sea
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Last month, we talked about cell phones aboard boats and the issues thereto. But they are fantastic devices , and therein lay another issue.
As the functionality of cell phones starts to rival computers (did I say "rival" - I should have said "outpaces!"), we are right at the cusp of technology overload. This can't be good for safety of life at sea. This column is about that.
US Coast Guard Advisory: On October 29, 2010, Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship issued a maritime advisory on the use of cell phones aboard.
In part, Marine Safety Advisory 01-10 said, "The potential risk associated with improper use of cellular telephones and other devices in the marine environment while navigating or performing other vessel functions should be apparent to vessel owners and operators.
Consequently, the Coast Guard strongly recommends vessel owners and operators to develop and implement effective operational policies outlining when the use of cellular telephones and other devices is appropriate or prohibited."
||More Crazy Summer Water Toys
Warm weather's coming; vaccinations are taking place everywhere, masks are coming off, and the possible end of the pandemic and lock downs means that a pent-up claustrophobic home-bound population are 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 or yacht club?
Here's a few more we found - Better get yours on order now!
Inflatable Sumo Surfing Tube
Bye bye to surfing boards and welcome this adventurous inflatable sumo surfing tube for your watery rides on wild waves. Just tie it behind the boat or just take it to the stream for an adventurous surfing experience. Comes with a splash guard to protect your eyes from watering and an inflatable armrest or handle. Available from Things Desire for $148.00.
The detachable fabric sun shade on your own private island provides the perfect amount of shade. Comes with two built-in cup holders. Perfect for relaxing in luxury while enjoying the water.
Designed for adults 440 lb max limit. The approximate inflated size is: 78.5in X 59in. Available from Intex Corp for $156.00.
Rock 'n Roll!
Enjoy great times competing for king of the mountain on the Aquaglide Rockit Water Rocker. Up to eight people of all age groups and sizes, it is built with commercial-grade reinforced PVC material, making it tough enough to withstand extended use. Includes heavy-duty molded handles that let you board, climb, and hold on easily. Available from Aquaglide for $2,899.00.
Splash Runner Motorized Pool Lounger
Need another brew? No need to bother anybody to bring it out to you. Just fire up your Splash Runner Motorized Pool Lounger and head over to the swim step.
Made of PVC, dual 66-watt motors activate at the touch of a button. Propellers are fully enclosed behind a protective safety grill. Includes a high backrest, lower-back support, and cup holder. Assembles in minutes; no tools required. Available from Nieman Marcus for $220.00.
A Really Really Fun Dock Party Theme
The 4th of July is not that far off. So it's not too early to plan one of the best summer marina and yacht club dock party ideas we've ever come across The "Boston Tea Party" theme.
Here's the setup - Invite your "party animal" dinghy friends from all over the marina or yacht club to participate in teams of "Red Coats" and "Colonials". (No engines allowed - paddles and life jackets for this one - it's more enjoyable if everyone survives the fun.)
Appoint one dinghy to hold George Washington, and one to hold King George III to lead their armadas into battle. Hats, costumes, flags, and dinghy decorations of course add to the festivity.
At the appointed time, muster the dinghy teams on opposite ends of the fairway and line both sides of the fairway with British troops and revolutionaries armed with super soakers - Red Coats on one side; colonials on the other side.
Each dinghy should have three people - one to row; one gunner with super-soaker for defense; and one standing up to be the ranking officer.
On signal - The troops on the docks toss three to four dozen "tea bales" into the fairway (you can use inexpensive inflatable beach balls or other inflatables of your choice to serve as the tea bales).
Soldiers on the docks use their super soakers to drench the other side's team, of course, but they also use them to deflect the "tea bales" from the opposing side's grasp!.
The dinghies scramble to pick up the tea bales, and the three dinghy teams that recover the most "tea bales" after all of them have been recovered emerge triumphant.
After the battle - Award the first, second, and third place prizes - then have a great party, dry off, and raise a toast to today's friendship of Great Britain and America!
Oh Yeah - Make sure your marina or yacht club is on board with the idea and send us a photo or two to publish!
Your Boat's Batteries... How to Find Out If They'll Be There When You Really Need Them
- By Richard Benscoter
Here are a couple of tips that will help you know if the battery power you need will be there when you need it.
The next time you plan to start your engines, unplug your boat from the shore power 30 to 40 minutes beforehand. If your engine then starts smartly, this will give you some confidence that if you shut off your engine away from the dock it will start again when needed.
If the engine starter turns noticeably slower than when plugged into shore power; you most likely need new batteries
If you're planning a long cruise or a weekend raft-up, before you go, spend a whole weekend at the dock unplugged from the shore power. This will not only give you a good indication as to whether your battery banks and on-board systems will support your unplugged adventures, but it will also be a revealing experience.
Adding toys can cause power issues. The addition of inverters to run TVs, computers, phone chargers. etc. can also sometimes shorten the life of your battery bank. This is because when your boat was built, the battery bank was sized for the electrical requirements on board at the time.
All batteries regardless of the type have a time where they are no longer functional and need replaced, this time depends on many variables and can differ for the same type of batteries. When you decide to replace your batteries, find an expert at your local marine store to walk you through all the options available to you for your individual needs.
Lastly, always check with the battery manufacturer's recommendations before servicing or working on your boat's batteries. Happy Cruising!
It's Not How You Get "In" To Trouble . . .
- By Kells Christian
Boaters love sea stories and writers love inspiration. We experienced two events in the recent past, only days apart, that provided both.
The first occurred in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, during a pre-purchase survey for a relatively young couple, new to this type of boat.
Aboard the 40' sailing catamaran for most of the day were two experienced brokers, the undersigned (and marine surveyor), the two clients and one of the current owners. The event occurred while attempting to pull into the travel lift ways.
We docked in the main channel and needed to make a 90 degree turn around the corner of the dock and into the ways. The wind was blowing briskly and pushing the vessel off the dock once it was oriented towards the travel lift. After the obligatory delay, we initiated the movement into travel lift ways, with neither of the brokers aboard.
Why You Should Document Your "Sea Time"
- By Captain H.G. "Rags" Laragione
Life is funny sometimes, and often something that doesn't seem important at the time becomes valuable in the future. In this case, I'm talking about your experience on the water.
For example if you ever decide in the future that you might want to become a licensed captain, one of the most frustrating parts of the process is going to be to "document" your "sea time".
And what you will need to document for a Mate Near Coastal or 6 Pack License is at least 360 "days" of vessel experience; 90 "days" of which will have to be within the previous 3 year period; and 90 "days" of which will have to have been on near coastal or open ocean waters. (For a Master Near Coastal Licence, it's 720 "days" - 4+ hours qualifies for a "day").
"Ouch! - That sounds ominous!" But let's talk about this for a second. If you're reading this newsletter, you are probably someone who has spent and still spends a good portion of your life in and on the water. Becoming a licensed captain may be the farthest thing from your mind today, but let's say one day you decide that might be something you'd like to do.
The concept with documenting sea time for the Coast Guard is that one's experience in performing all sorts of deck, operations and vessel handling duties has added to your personal knowledge of what it takes to be skillful and safe on the water. In fact, it is technically possible that you may have never driven, navigated, or captained a vessel and you still might have the required hours of sea experience.
But if you have not documented your experience, it may be impossible to go back later and do it.
So what's the smart thing to do? Document every experience! You never know when opportunity knocks! Do you now have a boat or yacht or did you have one in the past? As far back as 18 or 19 years old? Do you have the paperwork to prove it.
Do you often go out with friends and assist with boat handling tasks? Write down the details of every trip in a log and have the skipper initial sign it for you. Have you stood watches either in the military or on commercial vessels or performed any ship's company functions? Have you rented boats? Have you crewed in regattas? Cruised with friends to Catalina? Any experience on the water might count.
The bottom line will be "can you prove it" if you apply for a captain's license in the future. Like accumulating frequent flyer miles, you may be surprised how many "documented sea miles" you may have available to cash in some day to fulfill a dream and maybe even start a second career!
Captain Laragione is the previous owner of The Maritime Institute.
He is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"