From the Sun Harbor Marina Office!
Summer is over, but the fun never stops in San Diego. Our weather is still beautiful, and the beaches are still a great place to spend the weekends. There is always so much to do in our beautiful city and out on the water! Enjoy and check out some of the highlights below:
In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute, "Relaxation: The Key to Good Health" by Laura Brownwood, "Three Easy Tests before you Dock your Boat" from Captain John, and our September Recipe for "Cherries Jubilee."
Marina News and Events
● Summer hours have ended: The Marina Office is back to regular working hours: Monday Saturday: 8:30 am 5:00 pm, Closed again on Sundays until next June. If you have an emergency on Sunday, please call our emergency number posted on our website.
● The Marina will be replacing the main staircase beginning September 8th - September 22nd. During this time, please use the side stairs for access to the Marina office, upstairs offices, and lockers. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
● A Tenant Get together on the patio: Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Huntsman for hosting a tenant get-together at the end of July! Everyone had a great time, and we are all looking forward to more tenant events.
● Saturday, September 11th, 2021, enjoy the San Diego Blues Festival in Embarcadero Marina Park North in Downtown San Diego
● Stop till you drop at the Little Italy Mercato! Every Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM/ Every Wednesday from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
● September 17th through the 19th at Petco Park, San Diego welcomes the Kaaboo Music Festival
Clean Marina Minute - Where is your Sanding Landing?
- By Sean Peterson
The 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. Various 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 toxic paint into the air and water. Dust particles can irritate your lungs and eyes and 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.
SHM 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.
Relaxation the Key to Good Health
- By Laura Brownwood - Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com
In the last couple years, I've written articles on relaxation techniques such as Meditation, Breathing Exercising and Being Present . . . ALL OF WHICH ARE EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL TO OUR OVERALL HEALTH. This month we are going to approach stress release with an activity on the water. Having lived on a 38' trawler for ten years I experienced some beautiful times just sitting at the dock. Then there is the thrill of taking her out and getting to control twin diesel engines which is amazingly FUN but doesn't necessarily classify as an act of relaxation. Here are some suggestions when down at the marina.
1. Just sitting on your bow in a relaxed position and focusing on the NOW of what you are doing. Not thinking, the boat needs a wash, the water tank needs filling, time to pump out, etc, etc. JUST relaxing ~ taking in the sky, palm trees, clouds, birds, sea lions and gentle rocking that Mother Ocean provides.
2. You can rent a board from Disco's Paddle Surf and glide across the water. On a day when the water is glassy, it can be hypnotic as you "walk" on the water in our beautiful bay. Kayaking can also be approached in a relaxing way, observing the creatures that play in our waters, e.g. sea lions, pelicans, blue herons, mallard ducks and many more.
3. You can also let someone else take the helm and charter a boat for a couple hours (or more). Captain Jason, of Yachting San Diego, can take you out to enjoy the San Diego Bay and beyond while you sip on a drink, feet up and relaxed. Enjoy some of your favorite tunes that bring you joy and relax in the aft cabin on comfortable couches for your pleasure.
4. Another experience that can be classified as therapeutic in my book, is a trip on JADA, a 65' wooden sailboat, which can provide you with a uniquely smooth and enjoyable sailing experience on a private sailing tour. It can include whale watching, sunset sails, dinner cruises for 20+ guest.
5. Captain Keith's Charters sails on a 30' fiberglass sailboat and can offer fun adventures for up to six people, including whale watching, concerts on the bay or an outing for the family.
KNOW that investing time to relax, especially on Mother Ocean, is investing in your physical and mental health!!
Three Easy Tests Before You Dock Your Boat
By Captain John
How will wind and current affect your docking approach to a pier or slip? Will your engine answer your throttle and shifter commands? How can you control your drift rate inside a marina? Follow these three top docking tips to get started...
1. Has the Wind or Current Changed?
Look for telltale signs of wind direction and current on your way into the marina. Forget about what the wind or current was doing outside of the marina. That gives you a general idea, but elements can change direction and force inside narrow slots or spaces.
Take a glance at the piling bases to check for the current direction. Use these "current tails" for real-time information on the strength and direction of the tidal current. Look aloft at the masthead-fly on moored or anchored sailboats for the true wind direction. Find flags ashore for more clues. Use these indicators to plan or revise your approach to a pier or slip.
2. Your Engine Answer Commands?
Read enough reports of things going wrong with dockings, and you'll see incidents of reverse gear failure. And, I've had more boats do wacky things in reverse than in forward propulsion. Revved up unexpectedly. Or, shuddered and died suddenly. Make this easy test before you enter a marina...
Shift into idle reverse gear for 5 to 10 seconds; then into neutral for 1 second; then shift into idle forward gear for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat this sequence at least two times. Listen for clunking or excessive vibration. Watch your RPMs. Make sure the engine answers each command smoothly and easily.
3. Do You Know Your Boat's Drift Rate?
Make one final test of wind or current if you have the room. Stop the forward momentum of the boat a few boat lengths off the pier. Allow her to drift for ten to twenty seconds. Now you know just how the wind and/or current will affect your boat.
If practical, keep your bow pointed into the stronger element (wind or current) on the final approach to a pier or slip. This puts you in command when docking a boat. Always use the slowest speed possible in any docking situation
Marina Recipe - Cherries Jubilee
1 (16 oz) can pitted (fresh or frozen) cherries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup brandy
Vanilla ice cream
Drain cherries, reserving all the juice. Melt butter in a sauté pan. Stir in cornstarch and sugar until smooth. Gradually stir in the reserved cherry juice. The mixture will thicken up. When it boils, pour in the brandy and turn off the heat. Light the brandy in the pan with a lighter or long match. When the flame dies down, stir in the cherries and serve over ice cream.
Upper Deck Usage: Unfortunately, due to the staircase and upper deck renovation, we are not able to make reservations for the upper deck during September & October. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Beautiful New Marina Gate: We have installed a new main gate to the SHM Office staircase. If you need the code, please contact the office. A big thanks to Matt at Benchmark Welding. He did a fantastic job!
Please only park 1 car in the permitted parking spaces: 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. We will start tagging and towing anyone who has 2 cars in the lot.
Recreation Room Usage:
We are so happy that our tenants are enjoying the Recreation Room. A couple of reminders:
- The rec room is only open during business hours due to the door lock being broken. We are working on getting this repaired. We greatly appreciate your patience!
- Please do not use the room as your office. This room is for everyone’s use. If you plan on needing some privacy, you may reserve the room for a couple of hours. Send the assistant an email or call us, and we can reserve it for you.
- If another tenant comes in to use the room while you are in there, be respectful and share the space.
- Please do not leave your computers or any personal items in the room if you leave. We are not responsible for anything going missing since the room will be left open.
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.
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Proper Care For Your Sails While Sailing
- By Brad Poulos
We've talked extensively in the past about the proper care and feeding of your boat's sails How to store them, wash them, install them, etc.
But this month we talk about how to properly treat your sails while underway. This too can make a big difference in the condition of your sails and how long they will last :
- Be sure the hardware on your boat is entirely compatible with your sails. For example: The clew of the mainsail should not ride above the boom so high that an excessive load is put on the last slide or the bolt rope.
- Don't use your sails in excessive wind. Check with your sailmaker for the wind-range appropriate to your particular sails. Mark it on the sail bag and in your ship's logbook.
- Don't luff or flog your sails unnecessarily, or motor with your sails up.
- Shorten sail as soon as conditions demand it. Don't luff your mainsail when a reef is needed. Don't carry a jib that is overburdening the boat change down to a smaller jib.
- Don't allow running backstays or unused halyards to slap against the sails. Be sure running backstays have all their cotter pins and sharp edges taped or covered in leather.
- Don't over hoist sails. A vertical wrinkle along the luff while sailing is a good indication that too much tension has been applied. You should normally use just enough luff tension to eliminate horizontal wrinkles in the sail.
- The same thing applies to the main outhaul. Tighten the outhaul only enough to eliminate vertical wrinkles in the sail.
- Don't over-tighten leech cords. Tighten them just enough to remove the leech flutter, and note that as the sail is trimmed harder, the leech cord should be eased.
- It is critical that headsail sheet fairleads be located in the proper fore and aft position in order to avoid straining either the leech or the foot of the sail.
- With overlapping headsails, it is possible to trim the sails so hard that they come into contact with the spreader tip. This should be watched carefully, particularly on a puffy day. If you sheet the sail to one inch off the top spreader in heavy air, and the wind dies, the sail will push up against the spreader tip. Therefore, have the trimmer play the sheet in puffy conditions.
- When tacking, be sure to cast off the leeward sheet early enough to keep the leech from hanging up on the spreader during the tack.
- Never use laminate sails (Mylar or Mylar/Kevlar) without first applying both spreader and stanchion patches as supplied by your sailmaker.
- Before furling or flaking the main, ease the outhaul so that the foot of the sail is not under tension - there is no need to stretch it out. If you have a roller furling jib, ease the halyard at the end of the day to prevent the luff from stretching out of shape.
Taking these steps will ensure and extend the life and strength of your sails.
||You Bought Your Dream Boat Now Where Are You Going to Put It?
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews.com
Everybody pretty much knows the story at this point.
1) Boat sales skyrocketed last year during the pandemic, and the trend shows no signs of slowing in 2021.
2) First-time buyers are entering the market in larger numbers, a sign that the growth has staying power.
3) Boat manufacturers are expanding production capacity to meet demand, but even if you found your dream boat, it may be a long time before your dealer gets it for you.
4) Boat prices are going up.
Yeah! Yeah! We know all that But let's say you're one of the lucky ones and your dream boat has arrived - Now where to put it?
Even in December 2019 before the pandemic arrived, most of the marinas in San Diego were full, with the exception of slips for boats less than 30' overall in length. This is because during the last decade the Port of San Diego required many marinas to reconfigure to offer more small boat slips in order to renew their leases.
One view at San Diego area yacht clubs and marinas on Google Earth however confirms that most of them are still at full capacity for boats longer than 30' overall length. Some have even suspended taking waiting list requests.
In San Diego, if there are slips available, they are often in South Bay or Mission Bay.
The marinas in South Bay are excellent, but they are a long way from the open ocean, which is undesirable for many cruisers not only because of the time to get to the heads, but the cost of fuel. San Diego Bay is almost 30 miles long.
Mission Bay boasts some excellent marinas as well, and has quick access to the open ocean, but appeals to a whole different type of boater than that of say Kona Kai marina. In both cases however, the closer to the open ocean, the more desirable the slip.
The future? The shortage of slips is not expected to end any time soon.
One possible relief solution?
If the Port of San Diego would ever lease downtown's massive waterfront eyesore reperbate relic of its fishing fleet (Tuna Harbor) for redevelopment as a public marina, the affect would be dramatic.
Not only that , but it go a long way to the beautification of San Diego's waterfront.
But don't hold your breath for that - As a friend of mine at SANDAG said, "There's more political hazards in that, than in climate change".
The Pandemic and More Boats: Not All Good News U.S. Coast Guard Reports
- By Bob Simons
Boating fatalities have surged during the pandemic as more "nut jobs" and qualified captains hit the water.
The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2020 Recreational Boating Statistics Report on Wednesday showing 767 boating fatalities nationwide last year. This represents a 25% increase from 2019.
The Coast Guard said evidence points to a significant increase in boating activity during the pandemic, from reports of increased boat sales, insurance policies taken out, insurance claims, and calls for towing assistance. With more cumulative boating hours, the risk of death, injuries and accidents also increased.
The report shows the total number of accidents rose 26% to 5,265, while the number of non-fatal injured victims rose at a similar rate to 3,191.
Unsurprisingely, alcohol continued to be the leading known contributing factor fatal accidents, accounting for over 100 deaths, or 18% of total fatalities. Looking at all accidents, the report showed the top five contributing factors were operator inattention, inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure.
Captain Scott Johnson, chief of the Coast Guard's Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety, even noted a number of cases where boaters had recently purchased the vessel involved in an incident, but they had not taken proper safety precautions.
Not only did the number of boaters increase, but the fatality rate rose to the highest in the program's recent history, hitting 6.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels for a 25 percent increase from the previous year. The report also showed that property damage totaled about $62.5 million in 2020, while the number of recreational vessels stayed relatively flat and actually decreased by 0.34%, to 11,838,188 vessels.
Boaters also continued to make bad decisions when it comes to life jackets. Drownings counted for three-quarters of all fatal boating accidents, where 86 percent were not wearing a life jacket.
"It's crucial for boaters to wear a life jacket at all times because it very likely will save your life if you enter the water unexpectedly," said Captain Johnson. "The Coast Guard reminds boaters to make sure that life jackets are serviceable, properly sized, and correctly fastened."
In addition to life jacket usage, the Coast Guard is reminding all boaters to take a boating safety course, attach the engine cut-off switch, get a free vessel safety check, and boat sober, in order to increase your chances of staying safe on the water
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
Boat Tips On the Net
Here are some links we found to some interesting and useful boating tips that may be just what you're looking for.
Included are articles on after market boat window screens; how to convert your winches to be self-tailing winches; new boating apps; and how to find and fix boat leaks and more.
Aftermarket Boat Window Screens
Need new or better window (port or hatch) screens for your boat? Aftermarket screens from Waterline Designs are a solid option that's less expensive than most hatch manufacturers' offerings and will even keep no-see-ums out.
Our boat came with screens for the four main hatches. They were part of the Bomar hatches that had been used when the boat was originally built. But that was 17 years ago, and we'd begun to notice a few problems
How to Select Rope for Your Boat
When it comes to replacing the lines and rigging on and around your boat, the amount of choices can make your head spin. We've found that the best approach to deciding on new rope for your boat is to take the process one step at a time.
First, think through your priorities for your line and your new rope's desired characteristics. Then, look at the material and construction that meets those criteria and fits within your budget. Then all that's left is determining size and amount. Let's take a look at how all of those elements break down.
10 Boating Apps You Will Want To Download Today
Today we take our phones with us everywhere and that includes on our boats. There are tons of great apps to help boaters navigate, keep an eye on the weather, plan, share, and socialize on the water. Here are 10 apps that you will want to download today!
How to Find and Fix Boat Leaks
The source of a boat leak is not always easy to find (or fix). Here's how I diagnosed and repaired a troublesome boat leak on my sailboat
Spring (and the preceding winter) is the time to prepare our boats for the upcoming boating season. In this article, I will discuss finding and addressing two significant leaks into the aft cabin of my Hunter 410 sloop, Bay Poet.
3 Ways to Convert Your Winches to Self-Tailing
How to convert your winches to self-tailing? There are three ways to do it. The simplest and most cost-effective way to convert your winches is by installing 'wenches'.
These are simple rubbers that hold the rope for you. You could also use a winch conversion kit like Winchmate. Or you could replace the winches by self-tailing ones.
Locator Beacons Get "Personal" How They Have Advanced Search and Rescue to the Next Level
-- By Commodore Vincent Pica
When the perfectly calm day sneaks up on you while you are day-dreaming and turns into a snarly, life-stealing beast, all your training rushes to the front of the "screen".
But sometimes, all your skill isn't going to get you home. And sometimes the boat itself is what betrays you as she threatens to slip away beneath you. You are going to be hard to find unless you are sending a personal signal to the satellite who will call the USCG for you. This column is about that.
Trained in Saving Yourself: In the past, we've written about the various locator devices and how they were evolving.
One of those devices, the "PPIRB" (pea-purr-b) is a Personal EPIRB. This is what we now call a "PLB" or Personal Locator Beacon. You wear it on your person. It also has built-in GPS. When you attain a coxswain rating in the USCG Auxiliary (the person responsible for the boat for example, the crew and the mission), the USCG gives you a PLB.
"Even if you go hiking, take this with you. If you get lost, we've got too much invested in you not to come get you!" Be aware that there are private companies now that offer devices that can locate you while you are underway and offer rescue notification services. I have no fully formed opinion of them, pro or con, but if I am not registering myself and my device with NOAA, then I have to figure that my call for help has to pass through at least one additional set of hands!
Back in the day: The old model EPIRBs transmitted on dual frequencies of 121.5 and 243 megahertz (MHZ). This was hopefully picked up by passing planes and satellites. It could take 4-6 hours for someone or something to pass overhead before it reached the USCG. Also, the footprint that you were within could be as much as 12 square nautical miles. That is a lot of real estate and a lot of water to cover. On the USCG website it says that the 121.5/243MHZ devices are "no longer recommended."
The State of the Art: Interestingly, the 121.5MHZ frequency is favored for radio direction finding (RDF).
So the newest EPIRBs now transmit simultaneously on 406MHZ and 121.5MHZ. The 406 reduces the footprint to 1 square nautical mile. And the 406MHZ is heard by satellites all over the world and, within an hour, the USCG RCC will have commenced coming to your aid. And the rescuers will also be looking for your EPIRBs 121.5MHZ signal with their RDF gear.
In heavy seas, that may very well be the difference between passing right by you while you are in the trough or knowing that you are just over the next wave!
But My Boat Has An EPIRB: Good! I just hope you don't fall off the boat! Or, as the tale below details, your EPIRB battery, which you dutifully replaced (as I just did!) by shipping it to the lowest-cost provider of battery replacement services that could be found on the internet, doesn't fail at the time that it is most needed as you grab it in an abandon ship scenario!
From Ocean Navigator, 3/16/2010: I read everything about the sea that I can get my hands on hard copy, electronic, notes in bottles! Back in 2010, Ocean Navigator magazine published a story by Fredrick Gary Hareland about this same subject and I saved it as an object lesson.
Mr Hareland recounted in his story the following about the crew of a 57' vessel making way from Hong Kong to Phuket when disaster struck:
"In closing, I must inform you that our crew and passengers on board that 57 footer were all rescued thanks to the master's back-up PLB. Turns out the EPIRB failed to deploy, but that little handheld PLB got the alert through and the victims are toasting it and each other while retelling their recent adventure."
Redundancy will look very cheap and very smart, if/as/when and they fit in your pocket.!
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 .