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From the Sun Harbor Marina Office!
Hello August! Summer is in full swing and San Diego is bustling with activity. There is so much to do and see this summer. Below we have listed some of the events happening in our area. Make sure to put some of them on your calendar and get out and explore your city.

In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Wonderful New Shift in Western Medicine" from Laura Brownwood, " How to Sail with Silent Signal Communication” and "The Foot Brain" from Captain John, and our August Recipe for "How to make Beef Jerky for Dogs."

Marina Events

• Big Bay Boom Wrap-up
Everyone had a good time and a fantastic view on the 4th of July of the fireworks around the Bay. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

• National Women's Sailing Conference: September 11, 2021 (In-person or virtual). If you are looking to connect with other women sailors and learn more about sailing, this conference is a great opportunity. Our own Lisa Rustin will be a speaker. Please take a look at the seminars available on their website.

• We still have DockWalker Kits; please feel free to stop by the office. Yours for free! You will only need to fill out a questionnaire. It has excellent boating information, absorbent pads for oil cleanup, and coupons for West Marine and LED Flares.

Marina News
• America's Finest City Half Marathon is August 15th! It will impact our streets and parking areas. You can check out the route and times of street closures on their website:

• The Marina Office is open seven days a week through the end of August! Monday – Saturday: 8:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm. Please remember NO Contractors are allowed on Sundays.

• We are fully Open! Come check out some of our retail businesses:
Pizza Nova is now open at 100% capacity!
Disco's Paddle Surf is open for sales and rentals. Check out their new website.

Special Dates in August
August 2nd - National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 4th - U.S. Coast Guard Day
August 7th - International Beer Day
August 8th - Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony
August 15th - America’s Finest City half Marathon and 5 K
August 24th - Iconic American Restaurants Day
August 25th - National Banana Split Day
August 26thNational Dog Day -try our marina recipe for Homemade Dog Jerky
August 31st - National Eat Outside Day

Around San Diego

Ruocco Park Market
Street Food and Crafts on the Bay
August 7th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
585 Harbor Lane

Day at the Bay in San Diego
Car Show
August 14th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Embarcadero 500 Kettner Blvd.

Bike the Bay
14th Annual Community Bike Ride
August 22nd, 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Pedal around the San Diego Bay and enjoy your only opportunity to ride across the Coronado Bay Bridge.

Clean Marina Minute -
- By Sean Peterson
We are abiding by the Clean Water Act. It is essential to understand that these laws were put in place to keep our oceans clean, healthy, and thriving, ensuring the protection of marine biodiversity. (And it is another way to Celebrate World Water Day March 22nd) USCG law states:

"U.S. flagged ships on international voyages and visiting ports of a country that are party to MARPOL Annex V will need to meet the annex's placarding requirements to avoid possible port state control action. Operators are encouraged to make and post copies of the relevant examples. All vessels 26 feet or greater in length must have a MARPOL Annex V placard prominently displayed for the crew and passengers per 33CFR151.59 ."

If you need a MARPOL placard, please see us in the office we are giving them out while supplies last.

Sun Harbor Marina Rules & Regulations Reminder
Good Neighbor Pump-Out Operating Instructions for Vessel Owner's use at slip:

• Clean the nozzle and hose by inserting seawater for at least 30 seconds (a full minute is even better to support the system's life). You will see clear water run through the connecting hose from the dock fitting to the reel fitting once clear.

• Note: Please run the hose briefly out of the seawater to minimize the water in the hose before re-coiling on the reel.

• Return the hose reel to the storage area and check the key back in.

Laura's Blog - Extraordinary New Shift in Western Medicine
- By Laura Brownwood - Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com

Most of us have experienced the gift of a physician when we, or someone we love, have required urgent care, i.e., appendicitis, a broken bone, heart issues, etc., and a doctor saved the day or the life! Physicians generally apply specific, prescribed treatments such as drugs or surgery to treat the immediate problem or symptom.

In the past, most medical professionals took the acute-care approach to chronic disease as well. They weren't taking into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual, factors such as environmental exposures to toxins, and the aspects of today's lifestyle, that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society.

Today many doctors and hospitals use functional medicine, which addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a whole-body system-oriented approach and engaging the patient in a therapeutic partnership before prescribing drugs or performing surgery.

How to Sail with "Silent Signals" Communications
By Captain John

Way back when I worked as a navigator and a ship driver aboard inland and coastal buoy tenders. We serviced (tended) buoys, lights, and beacons in waterways, sounds, rivers, bays, and along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastlines...

We had to bring the ship up to within about one to two feet of the aid to navigation and stop and keep the vessel stopped in position until the bow crew hooked on. A stiff wind or current could make an approach dicey indeed.

Now, the distance from the bow to the ship's bridge could be a hundred feet or more. We needed to know the exact distances from the bow to the buoy or beacon to avoid damage.

When we first started, there was a lot of yelling back and forth, which, of course, elevated the stress level and everyone's blood pressure. Well, that didn't last long because high winds or engine noises could drown out what was being passed back and forth.

The "Foot Brain"
Sometimes, it pays not to be such a "clean freak" on a boat. I must be the world's worst. Guilty as charged. But some things aboard a boat might need to be left in a state of organized chaos. Like lines that clutter the side decks like spaghetti noodles

Sometimes, it pays not to be such a "clean freak" on a boat. I must be the world's worst. Guilty as charged. But some things aboard a boat might need to be left in a state of organized chaos. Like lines that clutter the side decks like spaghetti noodles

You know what I'm talking about. Cruising boat decks can become fouled with jacklines, preventers, and all types of other cockpit-led control lines. Some of those have to stay put for sail trim or crew safety. In that case, remove the slack, neaten them up, and leave them alone.

Here's why...
We sailors get used to where those lines are under our feet--in particular when cruising. You walk from the cockpit to the mast or bow and then back to the cockpit--day in and day out. After a few times of doing this, your foot "memorizes" those line positions.

It's almost like your foot and brain are one and the same. You know when to lift your foot to clear a line. Or, you'll know just when to keep your foot planted on deck until you can grab a handhold. Your foot-brain and head-brain seem to work together as a team.

But, what if you absolutely must change the lead on a line or add or remove a line from the side deck? Tell your sailing crew or partner right after you change it. Better still, show them so they can see it with their own eyes. Sail safe; sail well.

Marina Recipe - How to Make Beef Jerky for Dogs

Making beef jerky for dogs is surprisingly easy, and you can do it with a dehydrator or in the oven. They make wonderful treats and dental chews.

The meat of your choice, beef, is easier to get longer strips of meat if you want to braid it.

1. Cut your beef into long strips, 1/2-inch wide and roughly 1/8-inch thick. How long, wide, and thick you make your meat strips depends on the size of your dog and how big you want the finished chews to be. If you wish to smaller treats, just cut the beef into small strips or pieces. Just remember that when you dehydrate these, you're removing 80-90 of the moisture, so they will reduce its size/volume significantly - at least by a third.

2. Now you've got all your meat ribbons, take three at a time and braid them tightly. As you finish each one, lay it on a dehydrator tray (or baking tray if you're using the oven). If using smaller strips, you don’t need to braid them. Just lay them on the tray.

3. Space the strips on the trays to allow airflow and speed up drying time.

4. Set your dehydrator to 120F or 50C and let it run for at least 36 hours. How long it takes depends on your dehydrator and the size of your jerky strips.

5. If using your oven, set temperature to 120F (50C), put the meat strips into the oven, prop the door open a little, then leave them for 12 to 24 hours.

6. Test the jerky by squeezing it a little - if it's still wet and moist, it's not ready. Set the dehydrator for another 12 hours, then check again, or put it back in the oven for several hours.

As long as they are adequately dehydrated, you can keep your dog’s beef jerky in an airtight container for at least a month

Another option is to freeze whatever can’t be eaten within a month. The raw braids freeze fine, and you can get them out to defrost overnight and dehydrate the following day. If you seal the homemade dog jerky in an airtight container or zip-lock bags (squeeze out as much air as possible), you can freeze them for a year or more. If you do this, lay the dehydrated treats flat on trays first. Once they’ve frozen, store them in zip-lock bags so you can grab a couple to defrost at a time.

Sun Harbor Marina Reminders
• 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!

• Please only park 1 car in the permitted parking spaces: Summer is here and more tenants are using their boats, please be considerate of your neighbors and only park one of your cars in the SHM Reserved parking spaces at a time. If you need to park a 2nd car, please use the Port parking lot, Westy's parking lot across the street or the Port parking next to Jimmy's Tavern. Also remember that the "Reserved" parking spaces for the building tenants cannot be parked in at all, even if you have a parking sticker, we will have to tow you.

• 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

• Lock doors behind you: Sometimes we are in a hurry and forget to lock doors behind us. Please take an extra moment to make sure you lock the Mail Room door behind you. We want to protect our tenants mail and make sure nothing is taken. Also, if you use the Pump-out, make sure to lock that door behind you, we use that area as a storage area as well, not just for the pump-out.

• If you want to make a deck or recreation room reservation, please email or call the office. Our email addresses are:
manager@sun-harbor.com (Lisa)
dockmaster@sun-harbor.com (Sean)
assistant@sun-harbor.com (Deanna and Jacob)

That's it for Us! Thank you for being wonderful tenants and we are here to help you, whenever possible! 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

What The Health Of Your Boat Has To Do With The Health Of Your Sails
–- By Brad Poulos

As sailors, we are acutely aware of the cost of sails as part of the total investment in owning and operating a sailboat. Experience has also shown that the treatment of new sails after they are delivered can greatly extend or shorten their useful life.

Naturally, one of the main determinants of a sail's life span is the quality of the materials used and the workmanship of the sailmaker.

Regarding the proper treatment of sails to promote a long useful life, there are many steps that can and should be taken. These can be divided these into three main areas:

  • Preparation of the boat and rig
  • Proper treatment of the sails on board
  • Care and maintenance.

In this article we will look at how to prepare your boat and the rigging:
Tape all cotter pins, sharp corners and other points that can tear or chafe sails. Give particular attention to the pulpit area. Make sure you tape off the turnbuckles where the lifelines attach.

  • Place boots or tubes over turnbuckles, both to prevent chafe and to keep grease and oil off sails.

  • Be sure the lifelines are clean and free of meat hooks. Give particular attention to the stanchion tops. Acetone is a good cleaner for vinyl-coated lifelines.

  • Install rollers or padded boots on spreader tips.

  • Be sure wire halyards have no meat hooks or open wire on the shackles which might chafe or snag the sails.

  • Position guards to close off any "V's" in the rigging that may catch the sails when they are being hoisted or lowered.

  • Wash the deck before each weekend of sailing, and polish the spars periodically so that sails don't pick up any of the aluminum oxidation.

  • Dry out your sails before leaving them on the boat for any period of time. One way of doing this is to simply spread the sails around the main cabin and forepeak so that the air can circulate and dry them between outings.

  • Avoid the practice of drying sails by hoisting them to flog in the breeze.

  • Finally, minimize exposure to direct sunlight when drying your sails.

Taking these steps will ensure and extend the life and strength of your sails allowing you to get the most out of them in terms of speed and appearance. Happy sailing!

"High Def" Comes to Radar – Will Anything Be The Same?
- By Commodore Vincent Pica

You've found many an article in this newsletter on radar where I extolled the virtues and increasing cost-effectiveness of radar.

While a lot of enhancements have been made over the years (my first radar set was, I think, installed by Marconi!), they have largely fallen into two categories – tracking boogies to avoid collisions at sea, and tuning out the effects of weather.

But, like with our TVs, High Definition ("high-definition") has come to radar and nothing will be the same. A new "arms race" between radar manufacturers has begun and safety of life at sea will be beneficiary. This column is about that.

What's So Bad About What We Have?
Really, only two things. First, even the best radar systems have difficulty is differentiating close objects from each other. Not that long ago, we thought were closing in on a large slow moving vessel in Narrow Bay one night when our forward-looking infra-red scanner told us the truth – a flock of swans serenely paddling ahead of us... This can also be true for a tug and its tow – which is less serene to come upon in the fog...

Secondly, in close quarters, it can be deceptively assuring – when assurance is not at hand. Last Spring, we came in to Moriches Bay via the Inlet one moonless, cloud covered night with no visible contacts but the radar overlay on the chart plotter. Well, that is certainly better than nothing – except that the east channel from the Inlet to the seaway within the bay is narrow. I didn't have 50' on either side of good water – but the chart and radar resolution wasn't much better than that. What to do? Slow down and get a crewman on the bow... Technology to the rescue.

"High Def" Means What?
When I saw my first high-def TV, I realized that actors had better see their dermatologists, right away. I could count the hairs on the chin of the actors – which also meant their scars, pimples and pock marks! It also meant that sports figures needed to clean up their language because now it was a lot easier to read their lips when they ‘cussed out the referee or umpire!

Happily, for boaters, high-def means better, not worse. Instead of a smudge of radar return signals implying that the Queen Mary is anchored in Moriches Bay west of the Inlet, you'll be able to count the boats swinging at anchor, or drift fishing, within feet of each other. I've seen high-def radar screen-shots showing boats in slips at a marina. Prior to that, all I would have been able to see is one large radar return of a very large object ahead.

High-def is all about resolution. And better resolution leads to better problem resolution, and sooner, and that means better safety of life at sea.

What's Available?
Well, like TV in the early days of the high-def revolution, not everyone has the technology and, for those that do, not all their gear is "plug-compatible". Raymarine's latest – the G Series – is the state-of-the-art in high-def radar. And their prior state-of-the-art E Series can be retrofitted through firmware (specialized software) to receive and process the high-def signal. But the C Series is out of luck. Remember just a few years ago, the C Series was the state-of-the-art. That's how fast this is moving...

Who else is out there with high-def?
Furuno, as long as you are running their NavNet 3D system; Northstar, Simrad and Lowrance are also geared up for high-def.

As you would imagine, mounting the radome/scanner is now especially important. Recall again from last week's article that as the boat pitches, the radar "beam" can shoot down into the water or off into outer space... Some installers argue that this means that a scanner should be mounted on a gimbal that keeps the radar true to the horizon… makes sense to me but that means a specialized mount that I have yet to find for powered boats... So, just be aware, especially in heavy seas, that you are getting a picture that is sweeping from the depths of the water to the heights of the sky...

What's Next?
It is always hard to predict the future, so I won't begin to, but bear this in mind, everywhere that there have been systems with moving parts, the moving parts are the most inefficient and, thanks to friction, the most likely to break... So, maybe the magnetron inside the scanner is the next enhancement?

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 .

The Danger of Using Automotive Engine Parts On a Gas Boat
- By Bob Simons

There's a reason that there's a big difference between the cost of "marine engine parts" as opposed to "automotive parts". You may have asked yourself that since the engines are the same; why not?

Well the answer is, there is a huge difference!

The main difference is that autos are designed so that the engine is sitting over the ground, so if there is an occasional little drip of gas it just falls on the ground and evaporates.

Boats, on the other hand, have enclosed bilges so those little drops of gas may evaporate, but they leave a residue of vapors that can become a very powerful ticking time bomb just waiting for an ignition source.

Here are some other major differences:

1) Marine alternators have contacts that are not exposed.

2) Marine distributors have ignition protection and flame arrestors.

3) Marine starters and generators are completely sealed.

4) Marine starter solenoids do not have the vent that auto solenoids do.

5) Marine carburetors vent any overflow back to the carburetor throat so the engine burns it vs. venting it to the outside as all automotive carburetors do.

6) Marine fuel pumps will not allow fuel out of the diaphragm area if there is a leak vs. into a vent hole to the outside as automotive fuel pumps do.

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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 Sirius Signal S-O-S light and co-owner of Seabreeze Books and Charts

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Man (surveyor) Overboard
- By Kells Christian
After 31 and a half years of an active marine surveying career, preceded by years of work as a captain and in boat maintenance, and a whole bunch of recreational boating, it finally happened. I fell in.

The humorous part of this story is that for over a decade I have been trash talking karma and acting and believing that it could never happen to me. In fact, I was actively tempting fate the moment before it happened, but alas Karma prevailed.

The event happened this past week (just in time for motivation for this article), while inspecting a custom, steel, Bruce Roberts 53 sailboat in San Diego. The client and broker were aboard and I had lowered the hinged swim platform/transom and intended to lightly test it before putting all my weight on it.

This is a normal time for the "you know, I have never fallen in" dialogue to start, which it did and SPLASH! The streak was over. The client said I was laughing as I emerged.

I was an accidental swimmer and was able to get out easily. What if you fell in at your slip, could you get out? At a mooring or anchorage? Underway? I often discuss reboarding options for the accidental swimmer and regularly find boats that would be difficult or impossible to re-board, without help. Let this article raise questions and provoke thought. Can a reboarding device be deployed from the water on your boat? What if you’re underway? How long has it been since you practiced a man overboard (MOB) drill? What if it happened on the darkest of nights or in the roughest of seas? What if he is huge or she hits her head on the way in?

Do you have the required and traditional equipment, a throwable flotation device, a retrieving line, a light (or smoke signal)? Are they ready to deploy and do you know how? Does the crew know to keep an eye on the swimmer and who will do what if the primary operator is the one in the water? Does another crew member know how to push the MOB button on the GPS and call out a Mayday on the VHF? Is the boat equipped and are the crew trained to prevent this event? Do you use safety jack lines and harnesses, how often and under what circumstances? Are you aware of all the crew’s ability to swim? Do you warn people about approaching waves and wakes? Have you become complacent, have you practiced, have you never heard about these concepts?

Researching this subject was fun. There is so much information, much of which most of us have heard and I found a ton of new ideas and products. I was aware of the various turning procedures and the slow approach. I was aware of the staggering percentage of deaths attributed to the lack of a life jacket. I know crew are more prone to wear an inflatable pfd and I know professional mariners wear personal locator beacons. I had not seen the elevator method of lifting an able body and did not know about the wireless tethers that will alert the rest of the crew if one falls over, or how often falls over are not seen by others. If you don't know any of these techniques or items and they interest you, Google or you tube them, I find them all cool (yes, I am a boat geek).

And what about when you are boating alone, do you wear the engine cut out lanyard? Do you show your crew/children by example? I hope my folly and humor kept you reading until the end. A MOB drill can be fun, pick the MOB, spotter and operator randomly, make it a contest to see who does what best, get the kids involved and train everyone on all the responsibilities and equipment.

P.S. – The water is very refreshing in this heat spell, you should try it.

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

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