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From the Marina Office!
Welcome to the July 2020 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.

We want to start this issue by thanking everyone for being patient and helpful during the continued stay at home order related to COVID-19. We moved into Phase 3 of reopening the beginning of June! San Diego Bay is now open for dine in, sport fishing, gyms, bars and day camps with precautions along with recreation boating and anchorages. Hopefully there will be more re-openings announced soon.

In this month's issue, we bring you the new San Diego County public health orders, our Clean Marina Minute, Laughter is Fun Medicine, "Sailing Safety at Sea" and our July recipe for deep fried bacon-wrapped hot dogs.

Happy 4th of July

Marina Events
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 let everyone know as soon as we are able to set a date.

Marina News

  • The marina office will be closed on Saturday July 4th

  • We are handing out contractor keys again with a new contactless system. Please have all contractors come to the office to sign in.

  • Please wear a mask when you are on the docks and in the restrooms.

  • 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 is open for takeout and delivery and now for limited dine in!

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

Special Dates in July
July 1st      International Joke Day
July 2nd     World UFO Day
July 4th      National Independence Day
July 7th      Chocolate Day
July 13th    Amazon Prime Day
July 14th    Shark Awareness Day
July 15th    National Pet Fire Safety Day
July 23rd    National Hot Dog day
July 30th    International Day of Friendship

San Diego County Public Health Order June 4, 2020
San Diego County and California public health officials have issued new orders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The County order is in effect until further notice. Here is a link to the new orders:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will allow day camps, bars, gyms, campgrounds and professional sports to begin reopening with precautions commencing June 8th. California released guidance June 5th for counties on reopening a broad range of businesses that have been closed since mid-March because of concerns about spreading the coronavirus. It also includes much-anticipated guidance on the fall reopening of schools, which have been shuttered since March. Following the release of guidance San Diego County has started it's Phase 3 reopening. This is the link to the guidance document.

Clean Marina Minute
Do-It-Yourself: How to Bottom Paint Your Boat
- By Tom Burden and Brian Gordon, (Last updated: 5/28/2020)

Most vessel bottom paints contain copper (CU). Copper will leach into the water. This leaching may be toxic to marine organisms. It is important to ensure hull paint is properly applied and maintained to protect the hull from fouling organisms and improve your boat's performance. We recommend using a non toxic, biocide free paint. Below is a do-it-yourself guide to painting the bottom of your boat and repairing paint bonding problems to avoid chipping and flaking of paint in the water. All of this should be done out of the water. Once your bottom paint is on it is just as important to schedule regular hulling cleaning and maintenance to reduce the build-up of hard marine growth and eliminate the need for hard scrubbing.

Aggressive hull cleaning methods may cause increased copper released into facility's waters. Make sure your hull cleaner follows the label and recommendations provided by the paint manufacturers.

If you store your boat in the water at least part of the year, keeping the hull free of marine growth with one or more coats of quality antifouling paint is critical to keep it performing its best and for reducing fuel costs. This preventative maintenance task should be at the top of your list. A clean hull is safe, fast and efficient while a fouled bottom will reduce your boat's speed, maneuverability and cost you more at the fuel dock.

This article will help you select the right bottom paint to keep your boat's hull free of marine growth and also help you with hull preparation and paint application. Knowing which products to select and how to use them can save you hundreds of dollars over the cost of paying a yard to do the work.

Laughter is Fun Medicine
- By Laura Brownwood
Mark and Tim were twins. Tim was the owner of an old boat. It so happened that Mark's wife died the same week Tim's boat sank. A sweet old lady saw Tim and mistook him for his brother. She said, "I'm sorry to hear about your loss. You must just feel terrible." Tim, thinking that she was talking about his boat, said, "Heck no. In fact, I'm sort of glad to be rid of her. She was a rotten old thing and getting worse by the year. Her bottom was all shriveled and she leaked like crazy." The old lady fainted. LOL

You don't need a circus degree to know why laughing feels good. Laughter releases endorphins feel-good hormones into your body. Acting on the opiate receptors in your brain, they reduce pain and boost pleasure to create a feeling of well-being. A good laugh or joke not only makes life more enjoyable, it also helps to get through problems, connect with others, and think more creatively. Humor frees up your mind for problem solving by creating a good mental space to give you a better perspective of situations. During a pandemic, as we are living in, it's good to have a laugh. Here are some fun facts about laughter and keeping your spirits up during troubling times.

A quick game of pick-a-boo with a baby is proof you don't need to speak to laugh. Laughter creates an immediate bond between humans. Without speaking a word, it's possible to share a laugh through body language and facial expression.

Couples who laugh together have a better chance at staying together. Tackling stressful situations with laughter not only feels better in the moment, it maintains a higher level of relationship satisfaction. And it’s no laughing matter, because couples who laugh together tend to be happier, more content, and enjoy longer relationships.

When you see other people laughing, do you also flash a smile? There's a physiological reason for this phenomena. Laughter triggers the premotor cortical region of your brain, preparing the muscles in your face to smile.

Knowing why the chicken crossed the road can actually help with the flow of blood. Laughing increases blood circulation to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to your body. It also fights stress and allows muscles to relax. And when your muscles are relaxed, it lessens the strain on blood vessels which can reduce pressure.

What do you call it when a cardiology student flunks out? Heart failure

Whether for health reasons or your own sanity, laughing can help you get through your day AND it makes life more fun.

Captain John’s Skipper Tips
Sailing Safety at Sea - Avoid the "Blind Spot" of This Sea Monster!
Learn to sail like a pro when you know the safest way to deal with one of the seas great monsters--the tanker or freighter. If you cruise along the coast or offshore, you will encounter these behemoths.

Look straight up at the bow of a large ship moored inside any harbor in the world. Freeboard -- or the distance from the water to the bow -- can be dozens of feet. Matter of fact, the distance from the water to the deck of some Navy aircraft carriers will be 90 feet or more!

Beam Aboard and Assume the Watch!
Now, let's do something different. Remember those old Star Trek movies? Imagine that you beam yourself up to the bridge (control center) of one of these sea monsters. Put yourself into a deck officer's uniform and assume the watch at sea. Look at the illustration below. The ship's tall bow blocks part of your visibility.

Note how far aft the ship's superstructure lies relative to the bow. Cargo ships are often built similar to this to keep the forward decks open for freight and storage. Deck watch officers stand watch from the bridge, high up off the deck. The bow blocks their view of targets close aboard.

The ship's officer will be unable to see any objects inside the "blind spot" (yellow shaded area) forward of the bow. On ships with extreme freeboard, this can be several hundred yards. The small sailboat crossing the bow would never be seen. And in the event of collision, the impact might not be felt or heard!

Play Defense to Stay Safe and Alive!

The blind spot ahead of the bow can be thousands of feet in the case of
            deep draft container ships.

- Houston/Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee

In past newsletters, we have written about the importance of drift bearings and rate of drift. When you first sight a target, obtain a bearing. Use a handbearing compass or swing the bow of your boat toward the vessel and take a magnetic bearing.

Write the bearing down. Note the spot along the ship where you shot the bearing (bow, beam, mast, superstructure, stern). Wait two to three minutes and take a second bearing to the same exact spot along the ship as before. Take a third bearing two to three minutes after the second bearing.

Compare the bearings. You want a separation of at least 3 degrees and all bearings must be increasing or decreasing in the same direction (for example 010; 014; 017 or 128; 124; 120). This means the ship has a good "bearing drift", relative to your vessel and a low risk of collision.

But if you note a slower rate of drift, or no change of bearing at all, this indicates a high risk of collision. If you show little to no change in bearing drift, take action now to avoid collision.

Marina Recipe
This month we bring you something fun in honor of the 4th of July and National Hot Dog Month.

Deep Fied Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs... topped with a quick salsa made with avocado, tomato, onions, and pickled jalapeños!


  • 8 natural casing hot dogs
  • 8 strips thick-cut bacon
  • 2 quarts peanut oil
  • 8 hot dog buns, toasted or steamed
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 3 to 4 pickled jalapeño peppers, diced
  • 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lime
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small bag potato chips, crushed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


1. Wrap each hot dog with bacon in a spiral pattern, securing ends of bacon with toothpicks. In a deep fryer, wok, or Dutch oven, heat peanut oil to 350°F. Add hot dogs and cook until bacon is crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.

2. Combine avocado, onion, tomato, jalapeño, and lime juice in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and toss gently to combine.

3. Top hot dogs with mayonnaise, avocado mixture, crushed chips, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

In keeping with our clean marina minute article about bottom paint please remember our marina policies:

Bottom Paint and maintenance.

  • The marina recommends the use of non-toxic, biocide free bottom paints.

  • Bottom cleaning must utilize Best Management Practices to minimize discharge of bottom paint.

  • Vessel Owners are encouraged to use environmentally friendly hull cleaning companies who use Best Management Practices and monitor their divers.

  • Use biodegradable soaps, cleaners and teak cleaners approved for ocean waters.

  • Liberally use tarps to capture all scrapings, debris and drips. No material may enter the water.

  • Use vacuum power sanders, vacuum all dust and debris. No material may enter the water.

Final Thanks
These are challenging times in so many ways for each of us individually and as a community. I just want to take a moment to say I am thankful and grateful for all of you and our wonderful community.

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

Preventing Collisions At Sea (Part 3)
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
On April 18, 2020, the skipper of a sailboat blithely sailed in front of 550-foot tanker in a narrow channel near Stockton, California.

This grainy photo captured the moment.

The sailboat operator was cited for a "Rule 9" Violation for crossing in front of the tanker in a narrow channel. But what about the tanker operator? Did that operator do anything wrong?

Even if you are not an experienced sailor, if you've ever driven a car on a tractor-trailer filled highway, you can easily understand how dangerous that was to all involved. This column is about techniques of avoiding collisions with an emphasis on narrow channels!

Rule 9 – In a Narrow Channel: A channel is defined as "narrow" when boats in it are severely limited in room to maneuver, and the presence of a 550-foot tanker can make a wide fairway seem like tightrope to anyone.

All vessels are urged to stay as far to the starboard side of the channel as possible. If both skippers do that, it opens a safe passage, normally. Also, never anchor in any channel (It is a violation of Federal Regulations to anchor in any channel or tie up to any federal buoy.)

The interesting thing about this incident is that from the photo, you can infer that the tanker is not making way down the right side of the channel. Why is that? Most likely, the tanker is "constrained by [her] draft" and would declare that for all to see by lights and shapes.

As such, she is obligated by Rule 18 (d) (ii) to "navigate with particular caution having full regard to her special condition." The word "shall" is used in the full text. In COLREG-speak, "shall" means "must!"

So, what to do, skipper? Do not cross the channel if it will interfere with a vessel that, by the nature of their draft, is confined to it. Rule 9(b) specifically states that "a vessel less than 20 meters (~66 feet) in length shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within the narrow channel or fairway."

In contrast, a large vessel should not try to pass a smaller vessel in a narrow channel as the hydrodynamic effects caused by the larger displacement and the suction of her propellers will pull the smaller vessel into the larger one. That would be a very bad day!

Having said all this, whenever there is a collision, an admiralty or maritime board will never apportion blame 100-0. If there is a collision, both skippers broke Rule 2, which basically says you are required to break all the other rules to avoid a collision. If there is a collision, Rule 2 itself was broken! Given this, it bears to speak a bit about Rule 8.

Rule 8 –- Action to Avoid Collision: How many times in your life have you walked toward someone who was walking exactly in the opposite direction and you both did the "stutter step" -– you turn to your right just as they turn to their left so you both stop and then you both reverse course simultaneously, again - and again - and again? Finally, you both stop "stutter stepping" and wave the other past.

We've written earlier about the "stand-on" (hold course and speed) and "give-way" (take early and substantial action to keep clear) vessels. Rules 13 (Overtaking), 14 (Head-On) and 15 (Crossing) are all about these obligations. So, what is Rule 8 about? You're stand-on and collision is still possible – now what??

The give-way vessel must take early and substantial action to keep clear. Given that, changing course is easier to "telegraph" as a move versus just slowing down. Unless you come to a dead-stop (bow wave flattens, the bow itself dips down/forward and the boat settles on her waterline), the stand-on skipper may not be sure of your intentions. But, imagining that you are the stand-on vessel and the give-way is not telegraphing a proper action to avoid a collision, you must assume one is imminent. Thus you "shall" start to take your independent action.

1. You never hesitate to use your horn in the car. Why do you hesitate in your boat? You may give 5 or more short blasts that might just get that skipper to port (you are on his right) to wake up and at least throttle back.

2. You may take any action yourself re the boating's heading – except turning towards port when the offending vessel is on your port side (see "stutter step" above!)

3. If collision seems imminent unless you do something, you must do something. Blast away on the horn and "take the most effective action" to avoid the collision now upon you. Dead stop may be best. Turning so as to be going in the same direction, but hopefully only parallel, as the offending boat may be best. Use judgment. I like dead-stop as a first try since the combined velocity is lessened if both of us aren't going 20 knots at crunch time.

What could the skipper of a 550-foot tanker do? It will take miles to stop the boat – but throwing the vessel into reverse will at least start to slow the ship. Those few seconds may make the difference. Perhaps turning just a few degrees to starboard will add a few more seconds. And/and/and – but be assured that, if asked, "skipper, what did you do when you saw the sail boat turn under your bow?", and the answer is, "nothing", that will weigh against the tanker's skipper.

Finally - Suction? It's mentioned above and what's that? It is best described by a real sea story –- the 1911collision 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 foot ocean liner RMS Olympic and the 360 foot 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.!

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.



Don't Go Off "Half-Cocked"!
- By Bob Simons
When is the last time you exercised the sea cocks on your boat? If it's been since before the pandemic lockdown you should do it before you single up all lines and head out for a post-pandemic cruise. Why? Because a seacock is worthless unless it works when you need it.

The first thing to do is to make sure the valve looks like it is in good condition; and not suffering from any electrolysis. Badly rusted or corroded sea cocks can suddenly break off or start leaking.

Another excellent idea is to tie a wooden plug of the proper size to the seacock handle so that it's immediately available as a last resort in case you do experience a seacock failure.

Sea cocks come in a wide variety of sizes depending on the usage. The most common are bronze fittings, but there are also stainless steel and nylon fittings. Each probably have their advantages but bronze is tried and true and it seems like the best alternative.

Make sure you don't connect any dissimilar metals, because the electrolysis it causes is deadly.

When you are dealing with as important an area as holes in the bottom of your boat, it's a also good idea to use double hose clamps and check the fittings on a regular basis.

To keep sea cocks functioning reliably, they need to be operated every once in a while, and lubricated at least once a year. Cone and plug type sea cocks need to be disassembled to be properly serviced, but ball-valve sea cocks are easily maintained by spreading a dollop of waterproof grease on both sides of the closed ball.

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Bob 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 S-O-S light and co-owner of Seabreeze Books and Charts

Welcome Aboard - Now Please Pay Attention!
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews
When you board a cruise ship, one of the first things that happens even before you leave the dock is the mandatory safety drill. A recreational skipper also owes it to his or her guests to do the same before getting underway.

There's a tendency to assume that your guests have some boating experience, but often that's not true.

It's also sometimes a little embarrassing if you're taking long time friends and their families for a pleasure cruise to all of a sudden put on your "captain's hat" and ask for their attention, but it's important, and believe it or not, they will appreciate it.

Every boat and circumstance is different, but here's a few of the items I recommend covering before heading out for a pleasure cruise:

  • Show the guests where the life jackets are stowed.

  • In California, children 12 years old or younger are required to wear a life jacket at all times. (The age may be different in other states).

  • If an adult guest is planning to sit on the bow while under way, I "encourage" them to wear a life jacket. I also arrange for 1 or 2 hand signals for bow riders. (Do they need a beer or do they need to come back to the salon, for example).

  • If there are places where guests should "not" sit or stand while under way, let them know. This is especially important on a sail boat for obvious reasons like where a swinging boom might hit someone.

  • Talk about the most common situations where a person falls overboard.

  • Let the me know if you are going below or transiting to and from the bow. I can make a course and speed adjustment if necessary so you don't fall.

  • Don't carry drinks or items down stairs or ladders. Have someone hand items to you once you are at the bottom. If a ladder, explain the benefits of going down a ladder backwards.

  • Please don't drink red wine while underway. (Or at any time?).

  • Never "jump" off the boat onto the dock.

  • Lastly, I politely ask that they don't help with lines or fenders etc. unless I ask for your help - especially during docking operations.

A Quick Note About Cruising to Catalina
With Summer approaching and the lockdown restrictions easing, you're probably already thinking it. "Let's cruise to Catalina!"

Before you go, be sure to visit Catalina Island's Official Web Site, www.catalina.com. There you'll find important information about mooring at Avalon, Two Harbors, and the other 16 coves on the island.

The site also has contact phone numbers you'll want to have, information about services, mooring prices, and much more.

For Two Harbors, we also recommend the Two Harbors Boating Guide, which among other great information has some really good diagrams and instructions for how to pick up that infamous mooring ball.

Last, but not least, be sure to have a good NOAA Chart of the island. Bon Voyage!

Top 10 Marina Manager Complaints About Their Boaters
As hard as it is to believe, BlueSkyNews has over the years detected that boaters occasionally complain about their marinas.

But what about the other side of the coin? Also as hard as it is to believe, we have heard that marina managers occasionally have a complaint or two of their own about their boaters.

Here then, are the Top 10 marina manager complaints we have heard over the years at BlueSkyNews:

"Ugly Boats" - Like an unemployed brother-in-law drinking beer on your living room couch in a wife-beater t-shirt and no shoes, an ugly boat can ruin a prospective slip renter's first impression of the marina.

"Busted" - When a surprise Coast Guard inspection finds a gas can; a bunch of flares; and a propane tank in B-15's dock box, the fine, shall we say, reflects "unfavorably" on the marina manager; but worse yet, on the marina owner's mood.

"Doggy Doo" - The marina manager's "pet peeve" is the surprise deposit Fido's owner leaves on the marina's manicured landscaping. Marina managers don't take crap from anybody - except Fido when nobody's sees whodunit.

"What's Up Dock?" - Not the dock carts - that's for sure. There's three way out on I-Dock; four in the parking lot; one filled with trash on B-dock; and one in the laundry room. "Why aren't boaters more courteous and return them to the head of the docks for the next person?"

"What's Up Doc?" - We're talking "Documents" here - current Insurance information; updated lease agreements; Address; Phone Numbers; email address; emergency contact; etc. - It's like pulling teeth to get them!

"Loose Slips Sink Ships" - "Hello!!! McFly! News Flash! The weather changes! - One day it's perfect; the next it's gale force winds! Where did you learn how to tie down a boat?"

"Gate Crashers" - "You let who come in the gate?"

"Dinghy-Birds" - "Your dinghy has been in the water for six months. It has a two foot long green slimy living beard of barnacles, crustaceans and worms. When you take it out semi-annually to try to scrub and save it, the smell asphyxiates everybody from the docks to the marina deli.

"Guano With the Wind" - "Your grandchildren were on your boat for the weekend. They thought it was fun to feed liver pate to the seagulls and the starlings. Now your boat canvas looks like something from the Peruvian Guano Islands."

"Holiday Weekends" - "Everybody's having a party but me!"

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