Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the October 2019 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter.
In this month's issue, we have spooky articles: RIP currents; Fish Waste; Benefits to Slowing Down; and our October recipe for Butternut Squash Skillet Lasagna.
Everybody's talking about the weather, so in this month's issue we're talking about it too. We profile NOAA's fantastic satellite weather maps, and Commodore Vincent discusses what to do if you get caught in a squall.
In other articles, Kells advised to watch out for possible conflicting Hull Identification Numbers on your boat; Captain "Rags"" reminds us of the benefits of registering your electronic systems; and Jeff explains why charging your 12 volt batteries at 12 volts may not be the right thing to do.
Lastly, we found four new "Boating gadgets" you'll just have to have.
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Potluck and Movie Night Recap
Thank you to everyone who came to the potluck and our first outdoor movie night. It was a great success and we are going to plan more in the future. Cupcakes were the hit of the party!
Halloween Candy - Come by the office during the week of Halloween to receive a spooky treat! We will have an assortment of special candies and office decorations for ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and the living to enjoy!
Clean Marina Minute - Fish Waste
The amount of fish waste disposed into a small, enclosed basin can exceed amounts that are naturally found in the water. In small quantities, this fish waste is eaten by scavenging fish and is not necessarily a problem. In large amounts where water circulation is restricted, decomposition of fish waste can deplete the water of dissolved oxygen, leading to water quality degradation and fish kills. "Fish feeding" with bait or cleaned fish loads basins with nutrients and can disrupt the feeding behavior of wild animals or spread disease among them. That is why it is good to follow certain practices in fish disposal. Fishing line that is improperly discarded can also be hazardous to humans and the environment. To properly dispose of unwanted fishing line, deposit it in the fishing line receptacles located on the main dock at the bottom of the ramp. As part of the rules at Sun Harbor Marina, in regards to fishing and fish cleaning, "fishing is not allowed in the Marina under any circumstances from boats or docks. No fish cleaning is permitted on the docks or in the slips." There are two possible options for locations where you can clean your fish without doing it at the marina; one option is to go to a fish processing plant, such as the Fisherman's Processing in Liberty Station. Here is a link to their site. The other option is to do it offshore or in your own home. It is also important to inform other boaters of the importance of proper fish-cleaning practices. Always practice proper fish-cleaning methods and proper disposal of fish wastes. If you want to know more about proper fish waste disposal go to this website
Benefits of Slowing Down
- By Laura Brownwood
When was the last time you sat on the bow of your boat and just enjoyed the moment? The benefits of slowing down in this busy BUSY life has some serious science behind it. Slowing it down benefits every cell in your body as well as your relationships, both work and personal, as your stress levels go down.
Since 2003, I have been making a conscious effort to s l o w it down, and find that I am actually getting more done! The idea that "a more relaxed approach to life can be good for you" isn't just my personal opinion. It's actually the basis of several movements that encourage us all to put on the brakes a bit more. The thinking? Finding a slower rhythm can improve just about every part of your life and your health.
You see people walking, hurrying with their head down, eyes anxiously scanning their phone for messages, fingers frantically typing a text, completely oblivious to their surroundings. It's very beneficial to take the time and go for a slow walk, yes walking slowly . . . ambling . . . strolling, whether you're going somewhere or nowhere it's a whole different experience . . no cell phone. It isn't a workout; it's an exercise only in observation, a way to look at the places and people around you, as a small child might, with curiosity and wonder.
There are verified reasons why you shouldn't bolt down your food. Conscious eating allows your body to start digestion in the mouth, which is vital for good gut health. Also important: "It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to signal your brain that you've had enough," says Kim Gorman, Director of the weight management program at the University of Colorado. "If you eat slowly you're less likely to overeat." Look around when your in a restaurant, take note, then decide you will not be one of the ones "inhaling" their meal.
Take time to sit for 5-10 min on your own. Journal, breathe, read a book whatever it is that calms you. Every day, do something for 5-10 min that encourages you to be STILL. To slow down. To feel your breath, your body and your feelings. This is one of the best things to do for your long term health and enjoyment. A great quote, "if it's not scheduled, it's not real"- Marie Forleo. So schedule your 5-10 min like an appointment, it's much more likely to happen. I guarantee that your physical health and your emotional spirit will thank you. You will ENJOY your life more, I know this from personal experience.
Captain John's Skipper Tips
- By Captain John
Anatomy of a Small But Deadly "Tongue in the Ocean"
Imagine sailing into a new harbor, going ashore to the beach and then out for a swim. It's a perfect day. After a short while, you turn to swim back to the beach. And you find a wall of water in your way! You swim harder and this invisible wall fights you all the way...
Rip currents form in a narrow tongue-shaped indentation between the beach and breaker line. This deep water tongue has three parts: a feeder band near the beach, a narrow neck between the breakers, and a wider pocket just past the breaker line.
Imagine these breakers moving down each side of a giant "W" (see illustration). As they hit the beach, the water curves around and pours into the feeder bands (bottom of the "W").
It squeezes through the narrow neck (middle of the "W") as a rip current, heading back out to sea. Just past the shoals, it dumps into the wider pocket at the end of the tongue. Here, the current weakens and dies a quick death. Read on to learn the action steps to take if you encounter a rip current...
Three Steps to "Break Out" of a Rip Current
- Before your crew goes ashore, ask them if they intend to swim, snorkel or surf. Make sure they understand these simple but vital steps to survival in areas prone to rip currents.
- Stay clear of calm areas between the breaker lines. These often signal the presence of a deep water feeder pocket. Try to use beaches that monitor and warn of rip current conditions. Turn and swim toward shore. If unable to make headway, turn parallel to the beach in either direction. Swim for one to two minutes.
- Turn toward shore again. If unable to make headway, do not continue. Turn parallel to the beach again. Swim for one to two minutes. If tired, flip onto your back and float to conserve energy. Continue this process until you can swim to shore without fighting any current.
Remember that rip currents are in a narrow band so you will break out of this soon. The big thing here is not to fight it. Swim parallel to shore for a minute. Turn toward shore. Still no headway? Swim parallel to the shore again. You will pass the narrow band soon.
Learn how to identify and stay clear of rip currents. Keep your crew safe whether ashore or afloat with these easy steps to deal with nature's awesome but deadly rip currents.
Ten Ways to Add Life to Your Costly Sails
Keep your expensive mainsail and Genoa or headsail in shape all sailing season long. Save big $$$s and enjoy stress-free day sailing, cruising, racing, or voyaging. Put these money-saving tips into play aboard your sailboat today.
1. Select a Soft "Cruising Hand" Cloth.
Use a softer sailcloth for cruising sails. It's easier to raise, lower, reef, or bag a sail with a softer hand. Indeed, you can even feel the difference. Heavier resin coated sails or those made with mylar break down faster and are less tolerant to the abuse sails take in the cruising environment. Choose a soft hand sail for cruising to save wear and tear once you cast off.
2. Use this Sail-Thread Secret.
Did you know that darker colored sail threads will last longer than white in UV light? This applies to all products exposed to sunlight: sails, Bimini tops, dodgers, enclosures. Save some big $$$s and headaches from the get-go. Order your next sail with sunlight resistant thread that can tolerate the sun
Marina Recipe - Butternut Squash Skillet Lasagna
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook for 1 hour
4 cup chopped parsley
6 whole wheat lasagna noodles, broken into thirds
4 cups cubed, 1-inch butternut squash
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp olive oil
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken or veggie stock
1 sweet onion, diced
2 tbsp freshly chopped sage
1 lb ground chicken breast
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp flour
2 cups low-fat milk
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
6 ozs mozzarella cheese, sliced into rounds
2 tbsp panko bread crumbs
fresh sage leaves for topping
Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, then add in squash with 1/4 teaspoon salt, the pepper and the nutmeg. Stir to coat well and add in 1/3 cup stock. Cover and cook until softened, about 10-12 minutes. Once soft, remove squash with a large spoon (and any extra stock, though most of it will cook away) and place in a bowl. Mash well with a potato mashed or fork.
Thank you to all who came out to our first outdoor movie night and potluck! Our successful events are due to our great community of boaters at Sun Harbor, we look forward to our fun upcoming fall events and future movie nights. Thank you!
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.
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Weathering a Squall
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Pollsters tell us that the most popular topic of conversation is the weather, and why not!? It certainly has been keeping us on our toes.
We've written a lot about weather and seamanship, and this is true in all seasons, it is the localized squall that is more likely to catch us off guard than a widely heralded storm. Being well into the hurricane season, I doubt that Mother Nature is done challenging us. This column is about that.
The Squall: In 2000, the actor, Jeff Bridges, starred in the movie "White Squall" as Captain Christopher Sheldon, the skipper of the good ship Albatross. His mission was to teach a group of high school boys the way of the sea and of life and a white squall provided the medium. The portrayal of the effects of a squall was actually very well done with respect to realism having been in one or two over the decades.
Sailing to Mexico With the Baja Ha-Ha
Registration is now open to sign up for the Baja Ha-Ha, which is a two-week cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, The rally will sail over the dates of November 3 - 16, 2019. For more information on the race visit their website.
2019 Baja Ha-Ha Schedule
Saturday, October 26th, Noon - 4:00pm
Ha-Ha Welcome to San Diego Party
Sunday, November 3rd, 9:00am - 10:00am
Skipper check-in at Rally Headquarters inside West Marine. Online Skipper and Crew Waivers will be confirmed and communication device set up will be verified. If everything checks out your tickets for swag and skipper and first mate tune-up dinner will be distributed. Last-minute crew changes will be accepted. If your Skipper and Crew Waivers aren't complete prior to the start, you can apply for reinstatement at Turtle Bay.
Sunday, November 3rd, 10:00am
Mandatory Skippers' Meeting at the West Marine Parking Lot. Rally Instructions will be handed out and questions answered. The Skipper or representative only, please.
Using the Correct Voltage Per Cell When Charging Your Boat Batteries
- By Jeff Schwenn
Overcharging or undercharging your boat batteries can be a serious and costly problem.
It's important to use the correct "voltage per cell" when charging your batteries, which is a function of the number and type of batteries you have..
In this short YouTube video, I will give you the information you need to calculate the correct voltage per cell to use when charging 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 email@example.com.
Multiple Hull Numbers Found on an Ericson
- By Kells Christian
As marine surveyors performing condition and valuation inspections, we often find physical problems with the vessel and its systems, deficiencies in legally required carriage items, and "technical problems".
I identify as a boat geek or boat nerd and this article focuses on one technical problem recently found. The intention of this article is not to highlight this specific technical problem, but to use it as an example of small problems which can become larger, particularly at the time of sale of a vessel.
The discovery of this problem was easy, I arrived to survey a 1982 Ericson 35 and immediately noticed a federally assigned HIN - USZ00349J018. The federal government and states can assign hull identification numbers for various reasons, commonly for home built boats.
Vessel builders are required to assign hull identification numbers per federal law. The boating safety act of 1971 began the requirement for hull identification numbers (HIN) and the format changed in 1984.
I then discovered the original Ericson hull ID number - ERY35116M82L
The current owner had requested an assigned HIN through a local documentation service. I contacted that service and they stated that the best option would be to leave the US assigned number, as it was the only number that could be found on any database. They stated that the original builder's certificate would be required to change the number back to what appeared to be its manufacture's given HIN.
This vessel had apparently come in from Canada and had been documented, without the inclusion of the hull identification number on the document and then the last change of ownership gave rise to the request for a HIN.
As a marine surveyor, this did not seem right. How could one give a production vessel, with a visible HIN on the transom, an assigned HIN number? This basically creates a new vessel with all kinds of potential problems. I contacted another local documentation service. They suggested that providing the Coast Guard with a signed and notarized affidavit from the current owner, explaining the situation and providing clear photographs of the original HIN and the documentation number affixed to the vessel, might correct the issue.
While this type of problem is not necessarily part of a marine surveyor's responsibility, it is something that is found fairly regularly. Inaccurate numbers, names, hailing ports, documentation numbers not displayed and similar problems are fairly common.
Often, as was the case with the Ericson, the owner or broker minimized the significance of the finding.
Be aware that problems like this, if not addressed by the current owner, can become more difficult to undo in the future. And if the condition was discovered once, it is likely to be discovered again.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here to visit his web site.
Your VHF Radio and GPS - They Can Take the "Search" Out of "Search and Rescue"
- By Capt. H. G. "Rags" Laragione
Most boats and yachts today are equipped with a modern VHF radio and GPS system that can literally save lives or effect quick rescue in an emergency.
But for one reason or another, many owners have not programmed them to take advantage of their incredible search and rescue capabilities.
Specifically, we're talking about three things - MMSI, DSC, and AIS.
A Maritime Mobile Service Identity number (MMSI) is a nine digit number used by maritime Digital Selective Calling (DSC) in conjunction with Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) and your GPS system to uniquely identify and locate your vessel.
All this may sound a bit daunting (acronyms always do), but it's not all that complicated.
An MMSI number functions much like a phone number and allows boaters with DSC-VHF radios to make a touch-of-a-button emergency call that automatically transmits vital information to all other DSC-VHF radios within your area.
AIS uses your MMSI number in conjunction with your GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver to transmit your position and movement through your VHF radio transmitter.
The bottom line is that if you have the equipment, you owe it to yourself to get it programmed to use this valuable free life-saving capability.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so if you want to see a live map of how this works, Click Here.
If you want to investigate on the internet how to get an MMSI number and program your equipment yourself, the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center is a good place to start.
Alternatively, your marine store electronics representative should be willing to walk you through it.
Either way, if you haven't set up your systems to take advantage of this fantastic new technology, we hope you'll get it done soon. As the captain of your vessel, you're responsible for yourself and your guests.
Captain Laragione is the previous owner of The Maritime Institute which offered USCG approved courses for mariners.
He is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"
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 section of your deck floor that's also a table?
"It's the floor! It's a table! - No! - It's both!
These beautifully crafted space saving hidden tables lie flat seamlessly as part of your deck when folded, but can be raised up when needed.
Manufactured and shipped worldwide by French company Casamare, the tables can be ordered in a variety of custom sizes and finishes.
"Where can I put my drink on a rocking boat?
Can't set it on a table or deck or it will tip over or fall off. There's cup holders here and there, but none near me."
Enter the "SwirlyGig" drink holder. (It will hold other things too, like your smart phone, camera, etc). Many different models hang on many different surfaces from boat railings to lines, ropes or cables.
PowerRay Underwater 4k Drone:
It's got to be the ultimate "big boy boat toy!" - An underwater drone?
With a dive depth of 98 ft. and a 230 ft. range, the PowerRay lets you explore an entirely different world in 4k UHD with a 12 megapixel camera.
And the PowerRay's App will let you see it all on your computer without ever getting wet. One of the most-unique boating gadgets a sailor can get his hands on. The PowerRay Underwater 4k Drone.
Hate those unsightly stains under the thru-hulls on the side of your boat?
These UV protected flexible soft rubber guards extend the drip outward from the hull to minimize drip stains and are an easy do-it-yourself installation. Dripper Guard comes in various colors and sizes for fitting thru-hulls up to 2 5/8"
The View From Above
"A picture is worth a thousand words", as they say, and when it comes to weather, NOAA's Satellite images can be a sailor's best view of what's coming your way.
On NOAA's Imagery and Data resource web page, boaters can click on the globe slides in the viewer to see the latest imagery from their satellites, and then zoom in on locations around the globe to see developing weather patterns.
Images can also be captured and downloaded using the "Camera" Icon and you can also use the Layers Icon 'Layers' icon to view the 'Infrared' and 'Water Vapor' imagery.