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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the September 2019 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles: Try Green to Clean; Boating for Health; Where is Your Sanding Landing; and our September recipe for Parmesan Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

Marina News
Potluck & Movie Night Friday, August 23rd
We hope you will be able to join us for our upcoming Sun Harbor Marina Potluck on Friday, August 23rd. Bring a dish to share and enjoy refreshments, goodies, and a movie projected from the upper deck from 5:00 - 8:00pm.

Marina Video
Check out the Sun Harbor Marina Video created by the Port of San Diego as part of our Environmental Initiative Award. Click here to view the video.

Fall Hours
Starting on Sunday, September 1st, we will begin our Fall Hours. Open Monday-Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm. We will be closed on Sundays during our fall hours.

Office Closure
The marina office will be CLOSED on Monday, September 2nd, 2019 in observance of Labor Day.

Costal Cleanup Day, September 21st, 2019
Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 21st from 9:00am to noon! Sun Harbor marina will be celebrating alongside a community of volunteers by picking up trash and debris in and around the marina. This year's coastal cleanup will also feature our fleet volunteer divers to help take larger debris from the water. Visit this website for more information

National Coastal Cleanup Day
If you would like to participate in National Coastal Cleanup Day, please reach out to the marina office and we will put you on the list. Participants will be able to "trade their trash" for a reusable Sun Harbor Marina aluminum water bottle!

Marina Fest - October 12th, 2019
Marina Fest, Vendor Faire and Chili Cookoff will be all day October 12th. If you would like to participate in the Vendor Faire or the Chili Cookoff please let us know. We will be sending out emails for signup but there are limited spots so the sooner you sign up the better. See attached flyer with the event details.

Special Dates in September
September 2nd    Blueberry Popsicle Day
September 4th     Wildlife Day
September 7th
    Salami Day
September 8th
    Star Trek Day
September 10th   Swap Ideas Day
September 15th   International Red Panda Day
September 16th   Guacamole Day
September 21st   World Gratitude Day
September 21st   Coastal Cleanup Day at Marina!
September 24th   Punctuation Day!
September 28th  International Rabbit Day

Marina Events
And looking ahead, Sun Harbor Marina Activities for 2019
August 23rd         Potluck and Movie Night
                               5:00pm - 8:00pm
September 21st   Coastal Clean-up Day
                               9:00am - Noon
October 12th        Annual Chili Cook-off
     See attached flyer with the event details

Marina Minute - Where is Your Sanding Landing?
Use of solvents, paints and varnishes for in-slip boat maintenance can contribute to pollution entering the water. The best way to protect the water is to perform only small maintenance jobs in the slip. Use of a variety of boat cleaners, such as detergents, teak cleaners and fiberglass polishers can also contribute to pollution and nutrients entering the water and should be discouraged and minimized.

FACT: Sanding and scraping your boat can release noxious paint into the air and water. Dust particles can irritate your lungs and eyes and can also affect the health and reproduction systems of fish, birds, crabs and other marine life. Antifouling bottom paints are often harmful to the marine environment.

Sanding and Scraping Contain your paint and topside varnish particles as much as possible and always use a tarp to capture these particles. Vacuum sanders work great to contain particles. Wear a dust mask to shield yourself from breathing in the dust particles.

Here's a few helpful tips:
Tackle boat projects in the water only if they involve less than 25% of the surface above water line.
Use a dust-containment bag with sanding equipment.
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Clean Marina Minute - Green Cleaning Options
Try "Green" Products for Your Cleaning Needs! There are "green" alternatives to harsh chemicals--products that are less harmful to you and the environment. Products used to clean boats often contain harmful ingredients. Often chlorine, phosphates and ammonia are used to wash decks and hulls of boats. These products can damage human and fish tissue.

Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are far less harmful than bleaches, scouring powders, or detergents. Try these safer, non-toxic cleaning alternatives:

The attached PDF has a helpful list

The Health Benefits of Water
- By Laura Brownwood
"We now know, thanks to science, that the mere sight and sound of water promotes wellness by lowering cortisol, increasing serotonin and inducing relaxation. It only makes sense that being on a boat is one of the best ways to access the wellness benefits of the water"
.                         ....Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

Dr. Nichols' research on the health benefits of water is popping up in many boating articles, and I want to join in to share this wonderful news. He is a marine biologist and author of Blue Mind, the bestselling book on the scientific connection between water and happiness.

Yes, being out on the water can put you in a good mood. One reason is the beauty of the water, another is the salty air. The saltiness of the sea air is composed of charged ions that aid in the body's oxygen absorption, which in turn balances serotonin levels. The more balanced your body's serotonin levels are, the happier you're going to be. On the water also lowers stress levels: the swooshing and splashing of water, the rhythmic movement of the yacht or the sound of the wind in the sails can all affect brainwave patterns. This relaxes and soothes a busy and highly stressed-out mind.

Now, YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE!! You can choose to worry about maintenance and repairs or tune into the fact there is no shortage of outdoor fun onboard a boat on the water!

Captain John's Skipper Tips - Sailing Survival - Pack This "Forgotten" Lifesaving Gear
- By Captain John
What sailing survival tool gets overlooked more often than most any other? It's not flares, EPIRB, VHF, lifer raft or a knife. This small, lightweight, waterproof, low cost, super-tool has been used for over 100 years to save lives ashore and afloat.

Maurice Bailey along with his wife Maralyn survived for 117 days on a rubber raft in the Pacific Ocean. The harrowing tale of the Bailey's survival remains one of the great sea stories of what it's like to live for months on a small lifer raft. Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:

"The Baileys' journey began when they left Southampton, England in their 31-foot (9.4 m) yacht, the Auralyn. Their intended destination was New Zealand. They passed safely through the Panama Canal in February and were on their way to the Galapagos Islands.

At the crack of dawn on 4 March 1973, their yacht was struck by a whale and severely damaged. After transferring some supplies to an inflated raft and dinghy and salvaging some food, a compass, and other supplies, the Baileys watched as the Auralyn disappeared beneath the waves.

To survive, they collected rainwater and when their meager food supplies ran out, began eating sea creatures such as turtles, seabirds, and fish caught by hand or with safety pins fashioned into hooks.

As they drifted in the open Pacific, the couple saw seven different ships but were unable to attract these ships' attention since their signal flares failed and their emergency kit did not contain a signaling mirror."
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Marina Recipe - Parmesan Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

2 pints heirloom cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
fresh black pepper to taste
Original Blend Seasoning to taste
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tbsp NOOC Basil Olive Oil
2 tbsp Sicilian Lemon Balsamic

1. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and add to a bowl. Toss in the panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, pepper, and NOOC Original Blend Seasoning.

2. Add tomato mixture to a baking dish or individual ramekins. Whisk together NOOC Basil Olive Oil and NOOC Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar, then drizzle over top.

3. Bake at 375 F until tomatoes are lightly browned on top, about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm and drizzle with more NOOC Basil Olive Oil if desired. Enjoy!

Final Thanks
A big shout out to the entire Sun Harbor Marina community for being a neighborhood full of helpful boaters. It is so great for us to see everyone lending a helping hand when a neighboring boater is in need. With the busy summer season there is a lot of activity which always brings it challenges. We just want to take a moment and thank all of you.

REMINDERS – New Trash Receptacle on A Dock: At the request of numerous boaters, we have placed a trash receptacle with a permeable liner on A dock next to the breaker box. This is specifically for any trash pulled out of the water. Please use the net (if needed) and help us keep the Marina clean. We appreciate your efforts!

That's it for Us! Hope everyone is having a great Spring so far! To follow our daily updates, please visit our Facebook Page. We also welcome your Comments on Yelp.

That's it for Us! Hope everyone is having a great Spring so far. 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

"Uberrimae Fidei" - The Boat Insurance Company's Best Friend
- By Bob Simons
Never heard of the "Uberrimae Fidei Doctrine?" That's probably because you've never filed a boat insurance claim.

Literally translated it means "Utmost Good Faith", and it imposes a duty on those applying for marine insurance to disclose all facts that may be material to the insurance risk involved - both on you and your boat.

The Doctrine can be applied so broadly that even minor mistakes on a policy application have voided policies. For this reason, marine insurers love uberrimae fidei.

Every case is different of course, but here are just some of the reasons recreational boating insurance claims have been tossed out of court:

  1. Mispresentation of the real purchase price.

  2. Listing the wrong named insured. (even accidentally)
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Replacing and Maintaining Multiple Boat Batteries that are Connected in Series
- By Jeff Schwenn
If you have multiple batteries connected in series on your boat, this tip is for you. In this month's article, we use a 40 ft. Duffy that has 8 batteries connected in series as an example.

It is all about making sure the connections are correct and corrosion free so that over time they will last and continue to accept a charge and be ready and reliable when you need them.

In this short YouTube video, I will give you the information you need to safely replace or maintain your battery bank and help make your battery investment last a long time.

I hope you enjoy the video, and if you have any battery questions you'd like to ask, please send us an email to

It's Not What You Know; It's When to Go
Shawn Buckles met the angry sea when he was only 2 years old when his parents took him sailing on the English Channel. On that short voyage, the family ran into an almost Force 10 storm.

Since that time he has sailed the world and dedicated a major part of his life to learning about sailing, in order to sail smarter, faster, and smoother - concentrating especially on which seasons are the best time to sail.

To benefit his fellow sailors, Shawn researched and made note over the years of what he observed to be the prime sailing seasons of the globe, and along with a map, has published that research on his website,

His map shows the sailing season dates for popular destinations to help to plan a trip well as well as a list of sailing conditions around the world, so you know where to go when. In his research he also digs deeper into the different things that make up the conditions of a sailing season..

Featured areas include the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Australia; U.K.; and South Pacific waters.

To read more about Shawn's map and his analysis of the global sailing seasons, Click Here.

Christian Marine Surveyors

Infants and Babies On-Board? - One Couple's Creative Lifestyle
Britany and Scott Meyers are no ordinary sailing couple. Together with their three infant and baby children they live on and sail the seas along the East Coast and Carribean.

As Brittany describes it, "Living on boats with small children (specifically aged 3 and under) are kind of our "thing".

We have yet to meet another family who has our configuration of small children aboard. I'm sure more exist, but if boats with kids on them are the minority, boats with babies (plural!) on them are even more so."

To help other couples who travel with infants and babies, the couple has created an impressive Blog called Windtraveler which is rich in infant and baby boating product evaluations, illustrations and helpful experiences.

Featured products tested and reviewed include:

  • Child Harnesses and Tethers
  • Lifeline Netting
  • Life Vests
  • Soft Structured Carriers
  • Puddle Jumper/Swim Float
  • Swim Diapers
  • Rash Guard Swimwear
  • Sun Hats/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
  • Beach Bags/Diaper Bags
  • High Chairs/Booster Seats
  • Sturdy Beach Toys
  • Battery (or DC) Powered Sound Machines

To read the Meyer's interesting Blog to learn more about their experiences and journeys, Click Here.

High Water Alarm
- By Kells Christian
The pre purchase survey began recently at a boatyard in Chula Vista, CA. The sexy 100' sailing yacht arrived late and I noticed a cockpit full of relatively young men and one young boy. The buyer and sellers' captains were aboard along with the current crew, the broker and his son.

The out of water inspection proceeded normally and the boat was launched. The article opportunity occurred as we approached the Coronado Bridge heading toward a slip on Shelter Island, San Diego, CA.

The engineer appeared in the cockpit in distress. He informed the captain and me that the vessel was taking on water. The captain quickly delegated the command and the engineer, captain and I proceeded to the engine room. The boy, who had been happily playing, became concerned when all the adults changed their attitudes.

On the way to the engine room the engineer asked me the obligatory question, "Did you open any through hull valves?" As a marine surveyor I am often the first blamed. I am quite comfortable fielding the "who changed something" questions when an event occurs during a survey. While we try to leave the vessel (and through hull valves) as we found them, we are far from perfect. Fortunately, this time, we were not to blame.

Though the vessel was big, the engine room had very low overhead. The engineer and I crawled around the engine and simultaneously discovered water pouring out of a fitting on the back of the engine. As the water was coming from the engine is suggested that the captain shut off the engine to eliminate the source of water. This vessel has a very deep bilge which was already quite full.

The captain left the engine room and within moments we found the hose, which was previously connected to the engine, in the bilge below the stream of water. We easily reattached the hose and, while the engineer secured it, I went to the helm to tell the captain that the engine would not need to be turned off. Turning the engine off on this vessel, in the channel by the Coronado Bridge, would have required us to drop anchor.

The captain had already contacted the Coast Guard and a commercial towing service and was preparing to deploy the anchor.

As the flooding had been stopped, we called off the Coast Guard and the commercial towing service and diverted to a boat yard on Shelter Island versus the normal slip. The captain contacted a commercial cleaning company and scheduled a truck the next day to de-water the bilge, which had minor oil contamination.

This minor emergency reinforced the importance of readiness and testing of critical systems. There was no functional high water alarm. The high water condition was found by the engineer during the normal vessel and systems check. After a haul out it is prudent to inspect the bilge for leak and systems for normal maintenance, kudos to the engineer. Had the vessel had a high water alarm, the flooding condition would have been found minutes earlier and these minutes are critical.

Having an anchor ready to deploy and crew knowledgeable on the process is a necessary skill which will be called upon unexpectedly. During my boating and surveying career I have prepared to deploy an anchor in a hurry dozens of times and have had to deploy said anchor five to ten times.
Maintaining a clean bilge will prevent discharging oil in the case of an emergency flooding like we experienced or when your automatic bilge pump energizes. Absorbent rags designed to soak up oil are an easy way to partially achieve this goal, a truly clean bilge takes a bit more work.

As children will, the boy noticed the concern and excitement which suddenly grabbed everybody when the high water condition was found. He became more frightened during the ten minutes it took to diagnose and stop the flooding. And he calmed down quickly and regained his composure after being assured that the problem was addressed and he learned a valuable boating lesson. It's not how you get into trouble, but how you get out that matters.

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 or Click Here to visit his web site.

Drill, Baby, Drill – - Reading Weather Reports!
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
OK, how many "hurry-canes" can we get (60mph winds and driving rain that last 20 gut-wrenching minutes) before we start paying better attention to the weather? And if you had drilled down a little, maybe there was more information that you could have used to your benefit – and an appreciation of the forecaster.

Weather on On-line: Clearly, the world is awash in web sites that can tell you the weather. Here is just a partial list:

The Weather Channel
The Weather Bug
Weather Underground

Plus, the information providers all have a weather channel – AOL, Google, Yahoo, etc. Each portrays pretty much the same information that you can get by opening the newspaper over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table.

And you may be surprised to know that they all likely get their weather data from the same US source –- NOAA, –the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. NOAA is part of the Commerce Department, which says a lot about what government thinks effects business the most!

If NOAA's website has any fault at all, it is how much information you can get from it! But, as NOAA says, NOAA's weather programs touch the lives of every American. Every day, decisions are made based on NOAA weather information from the mundane "should I pack an umbrella today?" to the most critical and potentially life-saving. So, "more" is putting safety first. And that is where safety must be.

So if all the services get their basic data from NOAA, why don't you just go there and get the info? NOAA's info probably looks amazingly similar to any of the weather reports you see in the paper or on your internet provider. So, maybe we all just should go to NOAA. It is free too!

But the real answer, going back to the intro of this column, is you want to be able to drill down and not every weather service gives you that ability.

Drill, Baby, Drill! On any given day, you can get a weather report that tells you that the chance of rain is 80%. So, if you are planning to do anything outside, you might cancel or move it to another venue. But the 80% covers the whole day, i.e.., there is an 80% chance that it will rain sometime today - but when?

Here is what you can find at, as an example:

Notice there are two "buttons" of interest. Upper left corner it says "Details" and along the bottom it says "Hour-By-Hour." That's what I really want to know - when the rain is likely to arrive but the "details" view still looks like all day! What happens if I drill down on hour-by-hour?

Bingo! If you look at the chances of precipitation (just above the graph of temperatures), you'll see that the chances of rain before 2pm of about 1 in 3 or less! Even by 3pm, it is even money that no rain has fallen!

Drill, Baby, Drill – and how about we get some fishing in this morning!!!

BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you "get in this thing"!

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.

Boat Gadget Finds of the Month
Every once in a while you find a boat gadget or an idea that you "just have to have". Here's what we found this month - Starting with a fender that's also a step.

Fender Step:
It's a handy PVC fender, but it's doubles as a creative boarding step!

You can use it as a fender, but you can also use it as a step, allowing the crew to safely and easily step ashore or onto a pontoon without resorting to leaping! See several different models at FenderStep.

On Board Storage Zealots:
Are you the type of person that squeezes every inch of storage space out of every nook and cranny on your boat?

If so, you'll enjoy "9 Ridiculously Smart Boat Storage Ideas and Organization Hacks" by

They even have one idea for storing your "flip-flops". Click Here to see all nine ideas.

Rules Master Pro Mouse Pad:
The perfect mouse pad and a handy reference for international Lights & Shapes (COLREGS, NavRules).

Works for both an optical and ball type mouse. Anti-skid backing prevents the mat from sliding on your desk or chart table. Designed for long life, even when the going gets rough. Click Here for more information.

BoatBuckle Tie Down Straps:
Securing your boat's gunwales to your trailer is quick and hassle-
free with these 2" wide straps.

The tie-downs are simple to hook up, and they retract automatically, helping you to get on and off the water in a flash. 2,500 lbs Max load. Click Here to read more. I Like
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