||From the Marina Office!
Welcome to the September 2020 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.
We want to start this issue of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter by thanking everyone for their continued patience and help during the ever-changing orders related to COVID. It seems that not a day goes by that we don't hear about or witness an act of kindness on the docks and around the marina from taking care of a neighbor’s dog, to picking up essential supplies for someone else. It has been particularly heartwarming for us to see neighbors helping neighbors at the marina.
Although recreational boating is still limited to household members on a vessel, there is a request in process to open this up. We will keep you apprised of any changes to this restriction.
In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Health Benefits of Music" from Laura Brownwood, " Ten Galley Secrets" from Captain John, our September recipe for Bacon Based Spaghetti Carbonara and the Top Ten Clean Boating Tips from the California Division of Boating and Waterways.
Coastal Cleanup Day
Sun Harbor has registered to be a Community Champion for I Love A Clean San Diego's 36th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The event will take place on September 26, 2020, starting at 9:00AM and finish up at noon. Cleanups will be self-guided and close to home. Local parks, shores, creeks, streets, sidewalks, drainage areas, natural areas, and trails are good choices (physical distancing is required). Although we will not be able to gather in a group or lead groups for cleanup, we will have gloves, hand sanitizer, buckets, bags and other items for volunteers. We encourage everyone to come to the office the week of September 21st to pick up supplies. We will send out an email with a flyer and further details on the what and where as we get closer to the date.
The sound of the ocean and saltwater life in general, has been proven to recharge our minds and provide mental and physical balance. The good news for those of us who love boating and can feel the music of Mother Ocean, is that studies have shown, along with music of all kinds, that it can have a profound impact on our mental health. That’s right
Studies have shown that when you hear music to your liking, the brain actually releases a chemical called dopamine that has positive effects on mood. Music can make us feel strong emotions, such as joy, love, excitement and energy. You must agree that it has the power to truly move us. According to researchers, music has the power to improve our health and well- being.
Some studies suggest that listening to music can have the following positive effects on health.
- Improves mood ~ Studies show that listening to music can benefit overall well-being and create happiness and relaxation in everyday life.
- Reduces stress ~ Listening to the ocean or "relaxing" music has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in healthy people and in people undergoing medical procedures (e.g., surgery, dental).
- Lessens anxiety ~ In studies of people with cancer, listening to music combined with standard care reduced anxiety compared to those who received standard care alone.
- Improves exercise ~ Studies suggest that music can enhance aerobic exercise, boost mental and physical stimulation, and increase overall performance.
- Improves memory ~ Research has shown that the repetitive elements of rhythm and melody help our brains form patterns that enhance memory. In a study of stroke survivors, listening to music helped them experience more verbal memory, less confusion, and better focused attention.
So whether you're listening to music on your boat, driving in your car, on the couch at home, or privileged to hear some music outside, at the marina . . . listen in appreciation and focus on how good it feels and how good it is for you. Why not let the sound of the ocean, of all music, be a positive influence on your view of the world situation.
All the best,
Captain John's Skipper Tips - Ten Boat Galley Secrets to Make Sailing More Fun!
Refrigeration aboard keeps foods fresher longer, but what if you don't have that luxury, or it goes on the blink? Here are ten ideas collected from cruising veterans that'll help food last longer aboard any boat, big or small...
Beef Up Icebox Insulation
Replace the insulation on the cold box and ice box with 2 to 4 inches of hard density foam. Cover leaks in doors and covers to keep cold in and heat out.
Throw Out Bulky Boxes
Remove dry goods like cereal, pasta, or rice from bulky packages. Transfer them to Tupperware bowls with tight lids. When you're done with a can, crush it flat before you put it into a trash bag.
Make a "Deep Pot" Spice Holder
Line deep pans or pots with clean rags. Organize spices into one, liquid condiments into another. That way, you won't need to dig. Need to find the garlic salt? Just pull out the "spice" pot.
Silence the "Noise" Monster Forever!
Put silverware to sleep. Caribbean cruisers say ground swells at some anchorages can keep you awake from the "clink-clink-clink" of silverware as the boat rolls. Stack forks and wrap them with a thick rubber band. Do the same with spoons and knives.
Install a Pot Holder for Rough Weather
Make this simple pot holder. Set pots and pans onto a piece of paper. Outline the bottoms with a pencil. Use the template to cut holes into a shelf. Your cookware will stay put in rough weather.
Keep Eggs Outside to Save Space
Eggs will keep for several weeks--without refrigeration! Keep them in their custom cartons to prevent breakage. Stack the cartons in an easy to reach space.
Coat Potatoes and Onions
Apply a light coat of petroleum jelly to each of these foods. This seals out moisture and air to keep them fresh for 28 to 30 days.
Wrap Fresh Fruits with a "Coat-of-Armor"
Use aluminum foil to cover lemons, limes, grapefruit, and oranges. This extends their life up to 30 days without refrigeration.
Stow Veggies in Ventilated Spaces
Put carrots and cabbages in dry, cool areas with good circulation all around. Fish net bags are ideal. Expect them to last 14 to 21 days.
Store Grains to Last a Year
Place rice and spaghetti products in containers. Fill to the top to keep air space to a minimum. For rice, soak a cotton pad with high-octane grain alcohol to keep bugs out. Place it on top before you seal the container. Both grains last up to one year.
Marina Recipe - Bacon Based Spaghetti Carbonara
This month, in honor of International Bacon Day we bring you a scrumptious bacon-based Spaghetti Carbonara. Unfortunately, there is nothing vegetarian about this recipe. Stayed tuned for a vegetarian recipe next month.
salt & coarsely ground black pepper
3 eggs plus 3 additional egg yolks, room temperature
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1 cup cubed bacon (1/4 inch cubes)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 pound of spaghetti
Cut your slab of bacon into 1/4-inch cubes, set aside
Whisk together the room temperature eggs, egg yolks, grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses. Season with a pinch of salt and plenty of coarsely ground black pepper and set aside
Fill a large pot with water and set on the stove to boil. While you wait for the water to boil
Place the bacon cubes in a fry pan and heat until they render fat and are slightly browned, add 1 tbsp olive oil and the garlic, then turn off the heat till pasta is done.
Once your water is boiling add a tsp of salt, then add the dry pasta and cook until almost al dente. (To achieve almost al dente, reduce the cooking time as directed on the package by 30 to 60 seconds.)
When the pasta is cooked, turn the heat back on for the fry pan and reheat the bacon fat, add your strained pasta, about ¼ cup of pasta water and the cooked bacon, mix well.
Now comes the make or break moment, as in scrambled eggs or rich and creamy sauce moment.
Add 1 cup of hot pasta water to egg mixture before adding the egg mixture to the pasta, this will temper the eggs and help make them creamy instead of scrambled eggs.
Add the egg and cheese mixture to the pasta while the pasta is hot but NOT steaming. Toss all of the pasta with the egg cheese mixture until well incorporated and the cheese is melted.
You can also add some warm petite peas or some cooked button mushrooms, chili flakes and Italian seasonings such as rosemary, basil & thyme at this stage for some additional color and flavor.
Top with freshly grated Parmesan and/or Romano cheese and drizzle with a little olive oil.
Top 10 Clean Boating Tips
- By CA Division of Boating and Waterways
1. Prevent oily discharge from the bilge.
Keep the bilge clean and dry and your boat engine well tuned to prevent fuel and oil leaks. Place an oil absorbent under the engine and in the bilge. Check the absorbents often and dispose of them as hazardous waste at a marina or nearby collection center. Report oil and chemical spills by calling both (800) OILS911 and (800) 424-8802.
2. Spill-proof your oil changes and fueling.
If you change your boat engine oil, be sure to use a closed system (such as a portable oil-change pump) available at marine supplies stores and always have an oil absorbent handy. Drain the used oil into a container that can be closed to prevent spills. Fuel up your tank slowly and use absorbents to catch spills. Do not top-off or overflow your fuel tank, and leave 10% of your tank empty to allow fuel to expand as it warms. Dispose of saturated absorbents and fuel bibs at a hazardous household waste facility. Recycle your used oil and oil filters.
3. Do not add soap.
Never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. It is harmful to the environment, and it is illegal. Avoid using bilge cleaners as they may get discharged overboard.
There are lots of California Recreational Boating resources in the marina office, the recreation room and online. A couple of online resources that you may find useful are the following:
I want to thank everyone again for always looking out for your neighbors and your marina community. I am so thankful and grateful for all of you.
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Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Rip Currents and Undertows - Experts Find Too Many Don't Know the Difference
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Anybody that has ever been swimming at the beach has experienced undertow, but not enough people have been educated to recognize a rip current when they're getting caught in one.
Undertow is the backwash as gravity returns a breaking wave to the sea. All but small children can stand up against undertow, and its effect ends at the leading edge of the next breaking wave.
While an undertow might knock you down and "suck" you under, it won't pull you out to sea. Many parents don't know that because they often confuse undertows with rip currents.
The Anatomy of a Rip Current: Rip currents are by far the biggest killers of ocean swimmers. Rip currents form as waves disperse along the beach causing water to become trapped between the beach and a sandbar or other underwater feature. This water becomes the "feeder" that creates the deadly force of the rip current. The water converges into a narrow, river-like channel moving away from the shore at high speed.
Marine scientists define a rip current as having a "neck" (the river-like channel moving away from the shore) and a "head" that is often defined by an unusual disturbance or choppiness in the water and by murky discoloration caused by sand and debris.
As the water and swimmer reaches the "head", the velocity and strength of the rip current circulation begins to weaken considerably.
Can I See a Rip Current?
Often, yes. As a result of the current's speed, sand is forced into suspension often causing a rip current to be associated with "dirty" water. It is characterized by a strong, localized current flowing seaward from the shore; visible as an agitated band of water, which is the return movement of water piled up on the shore by incoming waves.
Most Importantly, Can I Get Out of the Grip of a Rip Current?
If you don't panic, and play the water's power to your advantage, yes. Don't try to swim back to shore against the rip current that is dragging you out. Most likely, you will tire beyond recovery and drowning, flatly put, will follow as surely as night follows day.
Swim with and across the rip current. Let it give you some speed as you "exit stage left!" (or right) but get out of the grip of the current and into "normal" water. Then, deal with the hand you've been dealt and swim back, or just tread water while waving your arms for help, or just float and rest. This is why swimming with a "buddy system" is so critical!
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.
BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com .
Boating Tip of the Month - Running Before the Sea
If you're out on a cruise or in a narrow channel and the swells are coming at you directly from behind, running directly before them is safe only if your boat's stern can be reasonably up to the swells without being thrown around off course.
In heavy seas, a boat tends to rush down a slope from crest to trough, and if the stern gets too high, the propeller(s) can come up out of the water and race.
Also, the rudder can lose its grip and let the sea take charge of the stern as the bow "digs in". If this happens, the boat may yaw so badly as to "broach" and be thrown broadside into the trough.
Power boats that have been designed with a broad beam should be particularly careful with a following sea because as the width of the transom increases, the potential to yaw and possibly broach increases as well.
Slowing down to let the swells pass under the boat usually will generally reduce yawing, but if you get caught in this situation, you must take every action to ensure that the boat doesn't broach.
Some Straight Skinny About Zincs, Corrosion and Bonding
Every boat has a different demand for zinc anodes to maintain proper protection, but a properly bonded, painted, and maintained boat with properly sized zincs should only have to have them replaced annually.
If you're experiencing dramatically shorter zinc life span, there is probably something that needs to be corrected.
An oversimplification about how zincs work has to do with the fact that zinc is a very low man on the metal totem pole, so zinc anodes are "sacrificed" in a process called galvanic corrosion.
So rather than corrode bronze, stainless, props, shafts, rudder shafts, thru-hulls, and all the other more expensive targets on a boat, salt water will "go" for the zincs first.
There are some factors that can make your zincs disappear faster than normal.
One possible factor is the speed of the current as it passes over your zincs. This could even be a factor with your slip location in your marina.
Stray currents can also reduce the life of your zincs, so bonding you boat will protect you from any onboard stray currents.
Can your zincs also disappear faster if your neighbor's zincs are gone? Yes!
Could your neighbor's stray current start eating away your zincs too? Yes again! Electrical currents can travel from one end of the marina to the other, but are certainly more severe if you allow your boat to be a piece of the puzzle. So, isolate your boat and bond your boat and you'll be in good shape.
To read more on the subject in an excellent bonding and corrosion article by Allen Edwards on I-36.com, Click Here.
If It Smells, It Won't Sell!
Selling a used boat is not unlike selling a home. Presentation is everything. Here are the top 10 things you should do if you want to sell your boat and get the maximum return.
1. Have your boat professionally detailed inside and out; don't forget the engine room and the bilges. Dollars spent here are well spent.
2. If it smells; it won't sell! After you do step one, spray all compartments with a natural liquid enzyme spray. This actually breaks apart the molecular bonds of odor causing compounds.
3. If the carpeting is worn or has that 1970's "Harvest Gold" shag carpet look, have it replaced. At the very minimum, have your carpet shampooed.
4. Replace any canvas and eisenglass in poor condition.
5. Service the engines and generator if needed and change fluids if overdue. Ask your maintenance company to also inspect hoses and change zincs if necessary.
6. Remove excess clutter from the boat - Of course, also remove anything you don't intend to sell with the boat.
7. Do a pre-sea trial if your boat has been sitting for a while. Make sure it can pass a sea trial - being towed back in by Vessel Assist will not impress a potential buyer.
8. Repair known and obvious deficiencies if practical or be prepared to make survey allowances for them.
9. Keep the boat clean and fresh inside and out during the sales cycle.
10. Last, but not least, interview brokers to discuss their experience, general knowledge and marketing plan. A professional Broker can offer opinions as to what other improvements would be cost effective. The more things on the list that you do, the faster the boat will sell, and the better the price.
While the above items require some investment, remember you never get a second chance to make a good first impression!
Rules of the Road - "When It's Wrong To Be Right"
- By Captain H. G. "Rags" Laragione
Listening to conversations around the dock and yacht clubs, I often hear someone say "and I had the right of way". I would like to try to clear this up a bit, so here goes.
THERE IS NO RIGHT OF WAY! - In the U.S Coast Guard's official Rules of the Road, the term "Right of Way" is not used at all in International Rules, and is mentioned only once in Rule 9 of the Inland Waterways section, and only then in reference to operating in narrow channels or fairways on the Great Lakes or Western Rivers.
Rule 16 states "Action by the GIVE-WAY vessel; Every vessel which is directed to keep out of the way of another vessel shall, so far as possible, take early and substantial action to keep well clear."
This seems to be clear and simple - GIVE WAY! This can be accomplished by changing course or speed, or both.
Now, rule 17 is a bit more complex. "Action by the STAND-ON vessel; (a) (i) Where one of the two vessels is to keep out of the way, the other shall KEEP HER COURSE AND SPEED."
Still, simple and direct. Do not change your course or speed. This is so the GIVE-WAY vessel can take early and substantial action to keep well clear and avoid the collision.
(ii) The latter vessel may, however take action to avoid collision by HER MANEUVER ALONE as soon as it becomes apparent to her that the vessel required to keep out of the way IS NOT TAKING APPROPRIATE ACTION in compliance with these Rules.
So, if the STAND-ON VESSEL is concerned that the GIVE-WAY vessel is not taking appropriate action, then, the STAND-ON VESSEL may take action to keep clear.
This is a judgment call by the STAND ON vessel to be safe.
(b) When, from any cause, the vessel required to keep her course and speed finds herself so close that collision CANNOT BE AVOIDED by the action of the GIVE-WAY vessel alone, she SHALL take such action as will best AID TO AVOID COLLISION.
This is where it gets interesting, it is at this point that the responsibility to "give way" changes! The STAND-ON vessel now "SHALL" take such action as will best aid to AVOID COLLISION"
(D) This Rule DOES NOT relieve the GIVE-WAY vessel of her obligation to keep out of the way.
This is just Rule 16 and Rule 17, there are other rules that cover the regulations covering a collision. When two vessels collide, BOTH vessels have broken a number of the "Rules Of The Road".
Keep in mind that Annex V of the rules states: "The operator of each self-propelled vessel 12 meters or more in length SHALL carry on board and maintain for ready reference a copy of the Inland Navigation Rules".
Not everyone knows or reads the rules and not everyone has had formal education in the Rules of the Road. Unfortunately some Sailboat Sailors wrongly assume that they have the RIGHT OF WAY over other vessels. There are videos on You Tube that show the results of this unfortunate belief. Rule 18 can explain who is Stand On in relation to different types of vessels.
The moral of the story - As a captain, you are never relieved of the burden to avoid a collision.
Captain Laragione is the previous owner of The Maritime Institute which offers USCG approved courses for mariners. He is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"
That Annoying Lockdown - Your Perfect Excuse to Read Some Great Sea Stories!
The fast pace of life is hard enough, but now having to endure the aggravation of the current lockdown just adds to the stress.
But why not look on the bright side. As long as you have to "go with the flow" sitting there either at home or preferably on your boat, why not read an exciting and gripping sea story?
Here's are a few we found for you. Three are fiction novels, and three are unbelievable non-fiction novels. All available at on-line stores. Why not order one today - You could have it n your hand tomorrow!
1) Bernard Cornwell's Stormchild: A Sailing Thriller Novel of Suspense - The gripping story of a man who has lost almost everything in his life and now must race across perilous waters aboard his sloop Stormchild in a desperate attempt to rescue his daughter!
2) The Sea Wolf - Jack London's 1904 psychological adventure novel about a literary critic survivor of an ocean collision who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him.
3) The Storm - A Clive Kussler Novel From the NUMA Files - In the middle of the Indian Ocean, a NUMA research vessel is taking water samples when a crew member spots a patch of black oil ahead of them. But the substance is not oil.
Read the astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas.
Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book with over 200,000 copies sold has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip.
To write their authoritative story, Lansing consulted with ten of the surviving members and gained access to diaries and personal accounts by eight others.
5) The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst
This true story is incredible - You won't want to put it down.
In the autumn of 1968, Donald Crowhurst set sail from England to participate in the first single-handed nonstop around-the-world sailboat race.
Eight months later, his boat was found in the mid-Atlantic, intact but with no one on board. In this gripping reconstruction, journalists Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall tell the story of Crowhurst's ill-fated voyage.
6) A Voyage For Madmen
On April 22, 1969, the world watched as a small sailboat came ashore at Falmouth, England, completing a voyage of astonishing courage and endurance that would forever alter our ongoing adventure with the sea.
Ten months earlier, nine very different men had set off in small and ill-equipped boats, determined to do the impossible: sail around the world alone and without stopping, to win the race dubbed the Golden Globe. Only one of the nine would cross the finish line -- to fame, wealth, and glory.