From the Sun Harbor Marina Office!
Hello Sunshine! July Fry is upon us and what better time to enjoy the wonderful beaches and waters of San Diego. Try something new this July! We have so many enjoyable water activities in San Diego. Kayak, hydro-bikes, scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding or just sitting on your boat in the harbor and watching our wonderful Big Bay Boom Fireworks on the 4th of July.
In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Chewing your food-Really!" from Laura Brownwood, " This Simple Sailboat Diagram Could Save Your Boat One Day" from Captain John, "Three easy no-cost ways of being safer on the water" from BoatUS and our July Recipe for Fried Chicken Bites.
• We had a great event on the 19th. Thank you to Rachel and Anna for their wonderful stories and music and to all of those who came out to join in the fun.
• We still have DockWalker Kits, 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.
• The Marina Office is open 7 days a week through the end of August with the exception of Sunday July 4th. The office will be closed that day. Sunday hours are: 10am 3:00pm
• We are fully Open! Come check out some of our retail businesses:
July 24th Tell an Old Joke Day
July 27th Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
July 31st Mutt's Day
Around San Diego
The Big Bay Boom is back! Fireworks start at 9:00pm on July 4th, with 4 barges this year! It should be spectacular! For more information visit the website. Below is a map of where the barges will be placed.
HOME"GROWN"FUN, presented by the San Diego County Fair, through July 4th. For tickets and more information visit their website.
Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack is July 16th! Check out their website for more information.
NIGHTTIME ZOO! Now thru Sept 6th. Go and "rock and roar" every day this summer with music and other amazing entertainment experiences. There's so much to do, see, and hear at Nighttime Zoo it's a good thing summer hours are longer! Check out their website for more information.
COMIC CON FROM HOME - July 23rd - 25th This year, everyone gets a badge! Sit on your couch while you enjoy the show. Check out their website for more information.
Clean Marina Minute - Where Fires commonly occur on a boat
- By Sean Peterson
Did you know that in the past 20 years 30 people have died in fires on boats? Most of these fires are preventable and are started within a few specific spaces onboard. The most common place for fires to ignite on a boat is the engine room due to the close proximity of fuel and an ignition source. However, there are five specific areas that lead to most of these fires. If these areas were monitored better we could prevent about one third of all boat fires.
26% or one quarter of all fires occur when something nearby is on fire and the flames spread to your boat. Usually, it is the marina that catches fire and spreads but it could be another neighboring boat, house or building. This means that every boater has the responsibility to not only prevent fires on their own boat but to also keep the people, and property around their boat fire safe.
Now let's take a closer look at the remaining 5 areas which are the most common places for boat fires occur:
1. 20% of boat fires originate from the engines electrical components such as wiring harnesses and starters. If you have a vintage boat you should consider having the wiring harnesses and starter replaced by a certified electrical technician.
2. Other DC electrical components cause 15% of boat fires. While it can be loose battery connections, chaffed battery cables or an aged battery switches it is usually operator error. Anytime you disconnect your battery make sure to take pictures beforehand so that you can avoid reversing the cables or connecting them in parallel when they should be in series.
3. 12% of fires onboard boats originate from AC electrical hook ups such as microwaves, refrigerators, and air conditioners. Marine grade power cords with the proper adapters are recommended. Always inspect your power cords for any wear in the outer insulation or pitting on the blades of the plug and replace if damaged. Another area of concern is the inlet for the shore power on your boat especially if it's older. Replacing and or tightening these connections could prevent a fire onboard.
4. Engines are to blame for 9% of fires onboard boats. Engines get hot and use water to keep from overheating and catching fire. A common cause of an engine fire on a boat is due to blockage in the raw water-cooling intake. Always inspect your engine compartment after overheating and change your impeller annually or after grounding.
5. Batteries are the last item on this list and are the cause of 8% of boat fires. Make sure to wire batteries correctly anytime you disconnect one or more batteries. In outboard engines the voltage regulator is the most common cause of fire. If your outboard is more than 15 years old replacing the regulator could prevent a fire.
Now that you know the most common cause of emergencies to look for take one more step and be sure that you have the proper up to date Fire Extinguishers on board for that added measure of insurance. In next month's issue we will take a closer look at the different types of fires and the proper methods of extinguishing them.
Laura's Blog - Very Important Aspect of Life ~ Chewing Your Food ~ Really!!
- By Laura Brownwood - Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com
As you enter San Diego Bay you need to be aware of your speed, of the depth, pockets of seaweed, other boats... The benefits are obvious to the experienced boater. It is the SAME with being aware as you eat. Today we are talking about being aware of chewing your food!
Importance of Chewing
Chewing thoroughly helps with digestion and absorption.
Prevention of obesity
Chewing thoroughly and eating slowly prevents overeating, which leads to the prevention of obesity.
Development of the brain
• Chewing increases the amount of blood flowing into the brain and stimulates the brain, developing the intelligence of children and can help to prevent memory loss in adults.
3 Easy, No-Cost Ways To Be Safer on the Water
With the start of boating season, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has three tips to get boaters thinking about safety aboard any type of boat.
1. Open up your boat for a vessel safety check:
You may think getting a vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary can open yourself up to problems. However, a no-risk, free vessel safety check does the opposite. It points out both the required and recommended items to have aboard such as fire extinguishers, life jackets, distress signals, first-aid kits, and engine spark arrestors, and also helps provide a better understanding on the care and use of this critical equipment. Checks are done as a courtesy with no risk to the boater, so you won't be in trouble if discrepancies are found. Sign up at the office for a reservation. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on site June 30th.
2. Believe the numbers - take a safety course:
Statistics from the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety show that only 13% of all boating deaths in 2016 occurred on vessels where the operator had taken a nationally approved boating safety education course. So take this number to heart - taking a boating safety course improves safety. The BoatUS Foundation offers free online boating safety courses that meet the education requirements in 36 states and also may earn you a boat insurance discount. Go to BoatUS.org/Free.
3. Give a safety talk before you head out:
Taking out guests is half the fun of boating, but before you head out give a little talk about how to stay safe aboard your boat. Some important things to include may be how to distribute weight in a small boat, how to hold on when crossing a wake, how the VHF radio works and the location of important safety equipment. Also, give everyone a life jacket to wear or keep in his or her immediate vicinity. If you don't have a right-sized life jacket for a youngster, borrow one for free from the office. Seatow/BoatUS Foundation helped SHM get set up with Life Jacket Loaners.
This Simple Sailboat Diagram Could Save Your Boat One Day
By Captain John
When's the last time you did a 'crawl through' aboard your boat or another boat (if it's leaving to go on a coastal or bluewater cruise)? The boat may or may not have a seacock diagram. If you don't have this valuable document aboard, make one today. Here's why...
All skippers must know the exact location of every hole drilled near or below the waterline. In a flooding emergency day or night, you need to get to that hole and plug it. The average boat has 8 - 12 holes to allow water in or out for sinks, toilets, showers, engine cooling, instrument transducers such as depth sounders, shaft exits, rudder posts, and more.
Most holes are covered by a valve called a seacock, which has a handle. Place the handle in line with the hose to allow water in or out. Turn the handle ninety-degrees to the hose to shut off the water and seal the hole. You also have through-hulls not covered by seacocks, such as rudder post, engine shaft exits, transducers for depth or speed instruments.
Any of these fittings fail and you have a flooding emergency. Bilge pumps are not designed to handle flood water. They can fail, burn up, or become clogged with debris. A one-inch diameter hole one foot below the waterline will allow 1200 gallons of seawater into your boat per hour.
Consider one gallon of sea water weighs about 8 pounds (3.6 kg). Add that extra weight to your boat displacement and your stability changes (think of stability as the ability of your vessel to recover to a vertical position after being inclined, such as heeling when sailing). Water sloshed over to one side will stay there when you are heeled over. Not a good thing.
Marina Recipe - Fried Chicken Bites
½ cup buttermilk
1 large egg
2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about ½ pound) cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
Vegetable oil for Frying
Make the chicken: Whisk the buttermilk and egg in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Combine the panko, salt, black pepper, paprika and cayenne in a second medium bowl. Using tongs, lift the chicken from the buttermilk mixture, shaking off any excess, and coat in the panko mixture. Place the chicken on a rack set on a rimmed baking sheet.
Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 365˚. (Reduce the heat slightly, if necessary, to maintain the oil temperature.) Working in two batches, carefully add the chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a clean rack set on a baking sheet
Original recipe is Cornbread Waffles with Spicy Chicken, courtesy of Ree Drummond. I decided to take the fried chicken part of the recipe, these little bites can be used in salads, roll-ups, a hoagie bun or just pop them in your mouth as is! Enjoy!
• Trash Cans: Please take your trash bags to the parking lot dumpster. The trash receptacles along the promenade are only for small items. The trash can on the dock is only for items that have been pulled out of the water (except for fish bones, etc). Please be respectful of these rules, the marina is so much more enjoyable when trash is deposited in the right place. . If you see someone leaving large bags next to the trash can on the promenade, let us know so we can address the issue. Thank you for your help in keeping our docks and promenade clean.
• Recreation Room: Please call us to reserve the recreation room if you need to conduct confidential business or meetings. Please do not leave any of your personal items unattended in the room, we are not responsible for missing items.
• Upper Deck Usage: Happily, we have lots of people utilizing the upper deck now that the weather is warmer and we are free to have events. If you have not reserved the upper deck please be respectful of anyone who has made a reservation. Do not access the upper deck during their event, use the side stairs if you need to access your locker or office space. Thank you! If you want to make a reservation please email or call the office.
Our email addresses are:
email@example.com (Deanna and Jacob)
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Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
||Some Uncommon Water Safety Tips to Consider
Whether it's at a marina, yacht club, at the beach, on your boat, or out on anything on the water, safety is the watch word.
Most people are aware of the importance of wearing life jackets, etc., but here are some lesser well known water safety tips worth considering that could one day save the life of a guest or a member of your family.
Number 1: Buy or Make a "Water Watcher" Lanyard to Have On Board
Occasionally have small children aboard? Develop a "water watcher" system where adults take turns making sure at least one adult is watching and is within arm's length of small children in the water.
Even for older children, having an alert and free of any distractions water watcher is a good idea so parents can easily identify who the current water watcher is, and it also reminds the watcher of his or her responsibilities.
To avoid becoming distracted or complacent, water watchers should pass the lanyard and switch duty frequently.
Don't want to make one? There's plenty on line for pennies - the one shown above for example is only $2.25 from www.imsafe.com.
Number 2: "See" and "Be Seen!"
Kayaks, boogie boards, dinghies, paddle boards, whatever even inner tubes. If they don't have lights on board, it's risky to go out on the water on them after dark.
Don't take the chance. This battery operated portable LED Bow Light with suction cup is ideal for alerting others that your watercraft is present.
Available from ClicknShip for $31.15.
Number 3: Never Swim at the Marina Docks
In the water of even the most pristine marina, there could lurk a silent and invisible killer stray AC electrical current. Boats plugged into a shore power service at any given marina may have an electrical "leak" that could prove lethal.
It can happen more easily than you think, here's how:
Electricity flows along the path of least resistance to complete a round trip loop called a circuit. Every time a boat is connected to shore power an electrical circuit is formed, flowing from shore to vessel and back again. Similar to hydraulics, this current puts "pressure" (called voltage) on the boat's AC electrical devices and appliances. Any number of scenarios can cause a leak where some portion of this electricity may escape from its intended circuitry.
At best, the devices' safety ground (typically a green wire) will carry the leaking electricity back to the source and safely complete the circuit. However, because the AC ground circuitry is also connected to the boat's bonding/grounding system (including underwater hardware), sometimes the path of lesser resistance is through the water.
When electricity is leaking through the water and flowing towards shore, a swimmer may become a better conductor than the water itself. This is especially true in fresh or brackish waters where the human body is inherently a better electrolyte solution, and therefore a better conductor than the surrounding water.
As little as 50 to 100 milliamps of electricity conducted through the heart can be deadly.
There are no visible signs to indicate stray electrical current, and therefore no way to know when one may be present.
So, don't take the risk; don't swim in or near marinas.
Expand Your Water World
- By Kells Christian
There's more than one way to you know what, and there's more than one way to enjoy summer boating and recreation on the water.
Instead of doing boating the same way every time, here are a few ideas to consider that might expand your options and your enjoyment.
Though you may not have as many accessible cruising destinations as some areas of the world, there are many boating options we seldom consider.
I regularly travel somewhere to charter and explore and it is great fun, but that is only one way to adventure, there are a myriad of options in our hometowns.
We can go small. Stand up paddle boards and kayaks allow us to go in shallow places, close to things, under things and exercise. Small sailboats bring us close to the natural forces of wind and current and some can be exhilarating, fast catamarans, foiling boats rise up out of the water and kite surfing presents a daunting challenge. Many of these are solo activities that also promote mental health.
How to Make Your Sails Last Longer
- By Brad Poulos
Other than the sailboat itself, they're the next most expensive item aboard - the sails.
In this article, an expert shares the secret to making your sails last as long as possible.
1) Sails Need Sun Screen Too: Always make sure to roll your genoa with the UV protection cover on the outside. If the sail gets rolled up with the acrylic cover on the inside, the sun will cook the leech of your genoa.
If your main does not roll into the mast, make sure to put the sail cover on when the sail is down. The leech (back edge) of any sail carries the highest load, and when your main is down on the boom, it is the leech that is exposed more than any part of the sail.
2) Minimize Torture: Flogging, or violent luffing, breaks down the fibers in your sails. Some luffing is inevitable (when raising your mainsail for instance), but try to keep this to a minimum. Never motor directly up wind with your main flogging.
3) Don't Get Led Astray: The top of your genoa suffers from flogging when the jib sheet lead block is too far aft. When the lead block is too far aft, the sheet applies more tension straight back along the foot than down along the leech. This causes the top of the sail to flutter.
4) The Lead Follows: Don't forget that when you roller reef your genoa in strong winds, you'll need to move the genoa sheet lead block forward because as you roll the sail, the clew moves forward. If you don't move the lead block, the top of the sail will flutter violently in the stiff breeze.
5) Silence is Golden: If the leech of your sail makes a terrible racket from flapping, tighten the leech line. Most sails have a simple-to-operate jam cleat. Not only does tightening the leech line reduce the noise, but it prevents the back of your sail from destroying itself -- and that saves you plenty of gold.
6) Loosen Up: Trimming your sails properly in strong winds requires a lot of halyard tension on both the main and genoa. Do your sails a favor by easing the tension on the halyards every time you come in from sailing. Leaving them tight unnecessarily stretches them.
7) Annual Service: You wouldn't leave your patio furniture outside all winter, so why would you leave your sails up all winter? If you don't plan to use your boat for several months, when you put your boat away at the end the season, take down your sails and drop them off at your local sail loft for washing and inspection. This is the best way to protect your investment.
Washing your sails extends their useful life by removing dirt and salt that abrades sailcloth.
"Do it yourselfers" should rinse off both sides of all your sails with a garden hose, then dry them well before storing them in a cool dry place. Do not store your sails in your boat where they can pick up nasty odors and develop mildew over the winter.
RADAR and the Prevention of Collisions at Sea Some Surprising Little Known Facts
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and set out, among other things, the "rules of the road" or navigation rules to be followed by ships and other vessels at sea to prevent collisions between two or more vessels
Several times in the articles of the COLREGs, it is noted that no accident at sea will ever have the blame apportioned 100-0, and that among other things, you are obligated by Rule 5 to use all available means to maintain a proper look-out.
This means, if you have radar for example, you had better have it on.
So, who wants that extra responsibility? Well, we've all heard the expression, "Ignorance is bliss" and sometimes it is. But not on the water where "knowledge is power." This is what this column is about.
Radio Detection and Ranging: If there is a better sounding maritime short hand than "scuba", it has to be "radar." We've grown up hearing about it and being subject to it we've all been on the parkway doing +55 m.p.h. that we instinctively "get it." It is the eyes that can penetrate fog, rain, night and snow, but "getting it" and using it effectively is as much art as science.
"What's Up Dock?" Not Your Boat Maybe!
If you ever needed a reason to visit your boat more often, consider that the cost of repairing a boat that has been underwater, even briefly, is usually about 40% of its value.
A recent Marine Insurance study found that thru-hull leaks (including stuffing boxes), bait well discharge and knot meter plugs caused 18 percent of dockside sinkings.
Raw water cooling system and exhaust leaks were responsible for 12 percent of the sinkings, and missing drain plugs accounted for another 12 percent.
The study also found that for every boat that sinks underway, four boats sink at the dock.
In fifty percent of dockside sinking claims, water found its way into the bilge through leaks at underwater fittings. The majority of the leaks were at stuffing boxes (12 percent) followed by out drive or shift bellows (11 percent), failed hoses or hose clamps (8 percent), sea strainers (4 percent) and drain plugs (4 percent).
Besides having to pay the deductible, the skipper typically loses the use of the boat for several weeks or even months while it is being repaired.
At least twice a season, inspect any fittings above or below the waterline that could be allowing water into the boat. All too often, owners rely on installed bilge pumps to bail them out when they can't visit their boats. Ultimately, the pump fails or the batteries die and the boat sinks.
If you can't visit your boat regularly, consider using a buddy system with other boat owners on your dock to watch each other's boats. It is also a good practice to shut your thru-hulls and seacocks when you leave your boat.
Boat sinkings are not just an event that happens to someone else at another marina.
Take the time to inspect your fittings below the water line. If you don't feel sufficiently knowledgeable to do the job yourself, hire someone who is.
The money spent to pay for an inspection will pale in comparison to the bill you will incur to salvage a submerged vessel.