From the Marina Office!
Welcome to the November 2020 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.
Recreational boating is no longer limited to household members on a vessel. The new County Orders and Protocols for having guests on board your vessel is posted on the gates and in the office. Happy Boating! Here are the protocols put out by the San Diego Port Tenants Association.
In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Let's talk basic wellness tips" from Laura Brownwood, A Boater's Poem by our very own Richard Rudis, " "How to Heave-To in your Sailboat" from Captain John, our November recipe for Cranberry Drop Cookies.
The Corona Virus is still lingering on. In this issue we examine the consequences of the pandemic on the boating market and what it means to the recreational boater and the boating market.
In other articles, Captain Laragione sets forth the blueprint for achieving the dream of becoming a licensed captain; Commodore Pica warns of the hidden danger of swimming in a marina; and Brad Poulas tells how to extend the life of your sailboat's sails.
Last but not least we have a fun suggestion for that gift for "the boater that has everything"...
- Thank you to those of you who participated in our first Virtual Coastal Cleanup day! San Diego had more than 2,000 volunteers and picked up more than 12,000 pounds of trash and recyclables across the county. We are happy to say that Sun Harbor Marina was a community hub that contributed to this great event.
- FLEET WEEK SAN DIEGO IS HERE!
The mission of Fleet Week San Diego is to honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that support and thank these heroes.
Beginning November 1st thru November 15th. There will be lots of Live and Virtual Events. Please check out their website for dates and times of the events.
They will also be having a Boat Parade on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11th. If you would like to enter your boat into the parade visit their website. Registration will close at 4:00pm on Friday, November 6th.
Whether you participate in the activities or Boat parade make sure to show support for our Military this month. Thanks!
- Please wear a mask when you are on the docks and when you come to the office.
- All mail and packages can be collected in the mailroom. Packages delivered to the office will be held till 5:00pm for pickup and then put in the mailroom, if the recipient has a mailbox.
- Pizza Nova is open for takeout, delivery and they have lots of outside dining. Indoor dining is now available with safety protocols.
- OEX is open for sales and rentals (which now includes hydro bikes!). Forms are now online and social distancing protocols are in place.
Special Dates in November
November 1st Daylight Savings Time ends
November 1st - 15th Fleet Week
November 1st - 2nd Dios de Los Muertos
November 3rd Election Day
November 6th Marooned without a Compass Day
November 11th Veteran's Day
November 11th Fleet Week Boat Parade
November 13th World Kindness Day
November 15th America Recycles Day
November 23rd Eat a Cranberry Day - this month's recipe Cranberry Cookie
November 26th Thanksgiving Day
Eat, drink, and be thankful!
November 27th Buy Nothing Day - Always the day after Thanksgiving. Does anyone abide it!?!
A Boater's Poem
- By Richard Rudis
Predawn - raw, cloudy and cold.
Morning dew clings to my face as
Pilgrim slipped through low, nearly invisible waves which whisper in her wake.
Before and other lay astern, as
undisturbed waters connect the once me to the horizon.
She's an old boat -
her experience shows in her worn teak decks and her effortless dance with wind and sea.
Untold ages rest beneath her keel
where alien creatures mark her silent passage.
This is where she lives
to carry her awe struck companion into her strange and wonderful world as
perpetual moments stretch from shadowy sky to diamond reflections on the waves.
The 18th century poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote;
"The riches life we can live is one focused on those few things which claim our deepest sensibilities, those which awaken the poet within us and render us fully human."
Clean Marina Minute - Boat Cleaning and Maintenance
- By Sean Peterson
The products you purchase to clean and maintain your boat can be harmful to aquatic life, water quality and human health. When you purchase boat cleaning products check the labels for words such as "danger, "poison", "warning," or "cautions" that indicate the toxicity of a product.
What can boaters do to prevent discharges of toxic boat maintenance products?
Save major boat repairs and cleaning for the boat yard where toxic wastewater is collected for treatment and proper disposal.
Reduce your use of toxic cleaning products:
• Choose less toxic cleaning products, such as non-phosphate, biodegradable cleaners. Click here to learn how to Find Less Toxic, Less Volatile, More Biodegradable Products.
• Use less product and more elbow grease.
• Reduce the need for boat soaps by scrubbing and rinsing with freshwater after each trip.
• Use canvas boat covers to keep boat clean between trips and reduce the amount of cleaning you need to do.
• Contain spills and debris using tarps.
Spill-proof cleaning and maintenance activities:
• Conduct maintenance work aboard your boat, not on the docks or over the water.
• Always mix paints, varnish, epoxy and other products over a tarp or in a drip pan to catch spills and drips. Keep absorbents nearby to wipe up spills.
• Tightly seal product containers when not in use to reduce spills.
• Plug scuppers to contain spills.
Minimize emissions from surface preparation:
• Sand and paint large areas only in designated shoreside boat maintenance areas, using vacuum sanders with dust containment bags and high-density low-volume paint sprayers.
• If performing work outdoors, do not sand or paint on windy days.
• Use tarps or visquine (sheet plastic) to catch and control falling debris, and vacuum or sweep frequently to prevent discharge of debris into the water.
• For small jobs conducted in-water, attach tarps or visquine from boat to dock to catch debris. Reverse boat in the slip to work on the other side.
• Plug scuppers to contain dust, debris and spills.
Choose less toxic hull paints and antifouling strategies:
• Check the new BOATER'S GUIDE TO USING HULL PAINT IN CALIFORNIA to assist you when selecting a bottom hull paint. This brochure provides an easy to read format that presents key considerations for boaters to think about when selecting a bottom paint. The goal of this brochure is to help boaters understand the available paint options and how the new information released by the CA Department of Pesticides Regulations regarding copper hull paints and regulations to address copper impairments (i.e., the new Marina del Rey and Newport Beach TMDL regulations) may impact a boater's decision on the type of paint they may select.
• For additional information on non-toxic antifouling strategies for boats, consult the University of California Sea Grant Program.
Use environmentally sound underwater hull cleaning practices, or select a diver who uses them:
• Don't clean hulls that are so fouled that cleaning must be abrasive and is likely to result in paint removal and the discharge of toxic heavy metals.
• Perform regular hull maintenance to prevent hard marine growth and hull drag.
• Perform hull cleaning in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations for the type of hull coating or bottom paint.
• Clean bottom paints using non-abrasive methods. Avoid creating a colored plume of paint in the water.
• Take zinc anodes back to shore and recycle or dispose properly.
Let's Review Wellness Tips
- By Laura Brownwood
A Good Way to Eat Well
One way to get "healthy" is to be sure to include foods in their most natural state, aka minimally processed or unprocessed foods, which are unaltered and appear pretty much as they would in nature. Think, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, meats, seafood, herbs, spices and garlic. Whole foods are more nutrient-dense which means they are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber and don't have added sugar, sodium or trans-fat. "Processed" are foods that have been removed from their natural state as a result of chemical, biological and/or mechanical manipulation. It is also important to supplement our diets with high quality nutritional supplements to insure we are getting what our cells require.
Exercise helps your joints move well, and it strengthens the muscles around them. If you need to lose weight, exercise is good. As you shed those pounds, it will ease the stress on your joints. You can work on aerobic exercise (cardio), strength training, and flexibility, but be assured a morning walk can be extremely beneficial. Walk with a Purpose, A morning walk is really good for your body and mind. It gives you energy which makes life better! Give your walk a purpose to keep yourself motivated. Walk around the San Diego Bay and enjoy all the vessels floating there. Meet up with a walking buddy, bring your dog, or stride to the local coffee shop.
Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons. To name a few : regulates body temperature, keeps joints lubricated, prevents infections, delivers nutrients to cells, and keeps organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood.
Though you need to be active, make time for rest, too. Multitasking can make you feel extra tired. Especially as we approach the holidays this is an important reminder. Don't try to do more than you can handle. Take deep breaths when you get stressed.
Slowing down will help you be more aware of your surroundings and really see where you are and what is there. You will be more mindful and experience increasing moments of peace and bliss. It is proven you will think more clearly and act accordingly. In addition, your calmness can be a blessing to those around you. One of the best places on planet earth to find peace is to sit on the bow of your boat and feel Mother Ocean's gentle rocking.
All the best,
Laura Brownwood - 619 994-4999
Captain John's Skipper Tips - How to Heave-To in your Sailboat
I'm a big believer in "repeatability". What works today should work tomorrow on my boat, your boat, or any other boat out there--without a whole lot of fuss. When you think about it, this can add to sailing safety in a big way.
Name any common skill from tying a bowline to working a winch to man overboard. The list get's pretty long. But when it comes to seamanship, the closer we can get to 100% on the repeatability factor, the better. Let's talk about man overboard.
Sailing schools like to conduct drills on man overboard day in and day out, and for good reason. It challenges the student to perform multiple maneuvers (tacking, heading up, bearing away, sailing on different points of sail, boat control).
But will all of those complex maneuvers be repeatable on any boat? Could the new sailor or partner, left alone on deck, be able to perform the turns, steer the boat, work the sheets and handle the sails in a MOB emergency? And do this on your boat or any other boat out there?
I believe heaving-to might be the best maneuver for short-handed crews in a man overboard emergency. Heaving-to stops the boat right away. This lowers the stress of the moment. Your crew or partner will have time to prepare for recovery with a clear head.
A complete newbie can be taught how to heave-to in about five minutes. It requires just a single maneuver. And heaving-to meets our "repeatability factor" by just about 100%. Day or night. In fair weather or foul weather. On your boat or any other boat out there.
You can heave-to in many non-emergent situations as long as you have some sea-room. Make a meal below, use the head, ride out a storm, reef the mainsail when single-handed, or make repairs to rigging or engine. Watch the video below to learn the basics of this vital sailing skill.
Click here to watch the video
How to Heave-to in Your Sailboat
Marina Recipe - Cranberry Drop Cookies
Cranberries are a seasonal fruit. They are used largely during the holiday season, from Thanksgiving through to Christmas. You will find these Cranberry Drop cookies to be a very special treat.
• 1/4 cup margarine
• 1 1/2 cups flour
• 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons milk
• 3/4 cup chopped cranberries
• 1 egg
• 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
Preheat oven to 375 ° F. and grease two large cookie sheets.
Cream margarine and sugar in a large mixing bowl with a mixer at medium speed. Beat in milk, egg, vanilla and orange peel.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Gradually mix dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Carefully fold in cranberries. Do not use a mixer for this step.
Drop a rounded tsp. of cookie batter onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Painting, Varnishing and Bottom Paint in the Marina:
- Limit the amount of open solvents or points on the docks to one (1) gallon at a time.
- Always mix paints and epoxy over a tarp.
- Always pan or drop cloth.
- Use up remaining bits of paint by spreading it on an old board.
- Spray painting is not allowed in the marina.
- Do not dispose of any paint, oil, varnish, absorbent pads/rags or other contaminated material into the Marina's trash dumpster.
- Marina recommends the use of non-toxic, biocide free bottom paints.
- Bottom cleaning must utilize Best Management Practices to minimize discharge of bottom paint.
- Vessel Owners are encouraged to use environmentally friendly hull cleaning companies who use Best Management Practices and monitor their divers.
I hope everyone had a safe and healthy October. We hope you join the Boat Parade during Fleet Week.
That's it for Us! 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
About Taking Care of Your Sails
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Unexpected Consequences - The Boating Market Goes Ballistic!
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews
Looking for a slip in a San Diego marina for your new boat? Better get in line.
According to South Coast Yacht's Barrett Canfield, "There is once again a shortage of slips available in San Diego. There are some slips available, but it takes some extra phone calls and time to secure them. It also depends on the size of the boat larger slips are harder to find than smaller slips."
Shelter Island Marina manager Joe Ravitch echoes the fact that slips are at a premium. "It's phenomenal - we're placing an average of 3 to 5 boats on our wait list per day. All sizes from 19 -150 feet."
At the Sun Harbor Marina, Marina Manager Lisa Rustin reports the same. "We are completely full, and people call all day, every day, looking for a slip."
What's going on? Why the shortage? Aren't we in the middle of a pandemic?
One answer is that the Corona Virus is hanging around longer than expected and since Americans aren't welcome or allowed to travel to many destinations, they are turning to safe kinds of recreation and taking vacations at home.
And the freedom of having a boat and enjoying the water are beckoning the tired and bored with the lockdown.
Combine all of the above with a shortage of boat and yacht inventory, and Brokers and marina managers alike agree that it's a boat seller's market.
San Diego Broker and CYBA advocate Dean West points to a lack of government leadership as a big part of the slip availability problem.
"This is a sad, regrettable reality, that will remain with us for the foreseeable future.
Southern California has been negligent on approving, building, or enlarging marinas for sometime, and the near complete lack of shore side facilities (rack stowage) is outrageous.
The forecast is dire - slips will continue to become difficult to find, and will continue to become more and more costly, driving the middle class out of slip-based, saltwater recreational boating in California forever.", West said.
On the plus side, if you have a boat to sell, many say you can get the best possible price at the moment.
This Place Is One Of the Most Dangerous Places To Swim
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
There is a little-known fact that you can drown right at your marina in the most shocking way! It is called "ESD" Electric Shock Drowning.
Most mariners are not aware that such a danger even exists other than in the most blatant way.
If there were an electrical cable thrashing about from a downed power wire, well, it is pretty obvious that whether that happens at the dock or in front of your house, this is a major danger.
If it happens to knock you off the dock as it paralyzes you, you're going to drown. But how about a charge as low 10 milliamps (.010 A)?
Sources of Stray Currents at the Dock: There are two sources of stray current at the marina faulty marina wiring and faulty wiring on your boat.
At the marina, if there is a non-functioning grounding system, or an improper grounding of the neutral-white power conductor or just unapproved wiring near the water, there can easily be a charge snaking through the waters of the marina.
Although these are all violations of the National Fire Protection Association's PFPA 303 Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards, it will be cold comfort for you if you reach into the water to retrieve your cap and your muscular system is shocked into paralysis.
The amount of electricity entering the body can be so small that often the post-mortem doesn't catch that stray current was the cause of death. "Poor Charlie reached in for his skipper's cap and just kept going! He must have been dead when he hit the water because he never even tried to get back on the dock!"
And it doesn't have to be a marina owner who missed his annual inspection. It could be you or your slip mates. As the boats get bigger and the electrical systems get more complicated with generators, inverters, chargers and other such devices chances of error compound.
Add in the Do-it-yourselfers adding a device as an after-market "enhancement" to the boat and you can see the implications. And it is all the usual errors poor groundings, reversed polarities, mixing AC and DC wiring, etc. While such practices are violations of the American Boat and Yacht Council's (ABYC) Standards and Recommended Practices, the boater is not protected from himself or others by required inspections. You just have to be committed to doing it with licensed and experienced help.
The most unnerving aspect is that if muscles are exposed to charged water, they can become paralyzed, making it impossible to swim or even breathe. Drowning happens just that much faster since obviously you can't do anything to aid yourself.
What Can I Do About It? First, stay out of the water in a marina, especially if someone is running their generator. If your cap blows off your head into the drink, get a boat hook with at least a rubber grip and snag it.
Secondly, check with your dock master to be sure that the boats and the marina itself are wired to ABYC and NFPA standards. It is better than even odds that the dock master has a charge-indicator in the shop for simple boat work. Have him check the waters periodically, perhaps even by staging an "Electrical Safety Day" at the marina.
Have everyone that has a generator turn theirs on. Then test the waters. If it shows a charge, turn the generators off one by one until the charge drops out. That's your guy.
He'll thank you for it as will everyone at the marina.
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 .
- By Brad Poulos
Preserving the life of your sails is important for the performance and appearance of your sailboat.
There are many ways you can help extend the life of your sails. Here are some tips to help protect this expensive investment and maintain that smart look of your sailboat.
Dacron Sails that have been used frequently, or in heavy weather, should be washed about once per year, preferably by your local sail maker. If that's not possible, soak the sails in a warm soap solution for a couple of hours, and then hose them off thoroughly.
Make sure they are completely dry before folding. If the sails are particularly dirty, add a small amount of bleach to the water before soaking. Dirty spots can be lightly scrubbed. Laminate sails should be hosed off, dried and folded. Try not to soak or scrub them.
Stain Removal on Dacron Sails: Blood and Mildew: Soak the stained area in a mild bleach solution for two hours; scrub lightly.
Rust: Rust removers are offered under many commercial names and are available at just about any hardware store. Just make sure you rinse the cleaned area thoroughly.
Oil, Grease, and Tar: Dab the stained area with acetone or lighter fluid and then rub the stain with clean rags. Once the stain is lightened, scrub the area with a detergent and water solution. Rinse all the acetone out of the material.
Storage: All sails should be folded or rolled in a manner that avoids sharp creases. Sails should be stored under well-ventilated, clean conditions. Dampness, which may encourage mildew, should be avoided. While mildew growth does not affect the strength of sails, it can cause unsightly stains that are not easily removed.
For roller furling sails, if you don't plan on using them for 6 weeks or longer, remove them from the rig and store them out of the weather. This will avoid needless UV damage and minimize mildewing problems.
Back to the Loft: It is very important to the life and strength of your sails that you return them to your sailmaker's loft once a year for inspection, any necessary refurbishing, and washing. This practice can add years to the life of your sails and help you to get the most out of them in terms of speed and appearance.
Getting Your Captain's License - An Achievement That Can Really Pay Off!
- By Captain H. R. "Rags" Laragione
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is "What can I do with a U.S. Coast Guard Captain's License?"
If you're like most boaters, you probably have thought about becoming a licensed captain, but for one reason or another have not pursued the idea.
The usual vision one has is that of sharing your passion and prestige with landlubbers by taking them on a sunset cruise; and getting paid for it to boot. But there are many other ways a captain's license can help fill your cruising kitty.
An immediate dividend is a break on your boat insurance. A captain's license by definition implies proven experience on the water and education in the classroom, which in turn translates into a safer and lower risk mariner.
An even greater benefit according to a study performed by the Long Beach U.S. Coast Guard Station is that licensed mariners have significantly fewer accidents and injuries than unlicensed mariners - maybe the biggest benefit of all.
On the revenue generating side, the possibilities are endless. In addition to those sunset cruises, a licensed captain can teach sailing classes, be a private yacht captain, ferry yachts from port to port, or even be a tugboat operator.
Am I Allowed To Take My Boat Out Today, and If So, What Are the Restrictions?
As the pandemic stage changes with the rise and fall of the number of cases, the usual answer is "it depends" and "I don't know.", but here are some places where you might check on a regular basis to find out the answer.
California Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW)
Boating Alerts are issued by the California Division of Boating and Waterways as needed to inform boaters of temporary closures, restrictions, waterway dredging and construction projects.
Boaters are encouraged by the DBW to bookmark this page and refer to it before embarking on a cruise in order to avoid potential hazards or closures.
Port Of San Diego
If you're boat is within the jurisdiction of the Port of San Diego, the latest on their website as of this writing is that Recreational boating and fishing are allowed for vessels on which all occupants are members of the same household.
"Jet skiing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are allowed (kayakers and paddle boarders may launch from beaches).
All boat launches on San Diego Bay are open Chula Vista, Glorietta Bay, National City, and Shelter Island (launch parking lots are open).
Fishing is allowed from Port piers, parks, beaches and shoreline areas where not otherwise prohibited per Port signage."
County of San Diego
San Diego County and California public health officials issue orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The County orders are in effect until further notice.
For the latest County Health and Re-Opening Orders affecting recreational boating as well as other businesses, visit the County's website.