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November is a busy month for Sun Harbor Marina and its tenants. We will be setting our clocks back this month, celebrating Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving, and working on our upper deck. Please make sure to read all of this month's issue because we have lots of useful information and fun items to share.
Check out this month's articles: Our Clean Marina Minute - "Dangers of Carbon Monoxide", "Pumpkins, Occasionally Scary, Always Healthy" by Laura Brownwood, "Use This "Four-X" Secret for Cruise Planning" from Captain John, and our November Recipe for "Carne Asada Nachos."
Marina Office Hours for November
Monday thru Saturday: 8:30 am to 5:00pm (normal business hours)
Veteran's Day - Thursday: Open normal business hours
Thanksgiving Holiday - CLOSED - Thursday, November 25th & Friday, November 26th
Marina News and Events
● Deck Construction: The Deck/Patio construction will begin November 1st thru November 30th. It may be finished before Thanksgiving; we will keep our fingers crossed. Due to the deck construction,there will be limited access to the Marina Office during the 1st week.
● The Recreation Room: During the first week of the Deck/Patio work, we will be utilizing the rec room as an alternate office for contractor check -ins, mail deliveries and tenant interactions. You are welcome to still utilize the room, we just can't make any reservations during that time period. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.
● Ice Cream Treat: We would like to do it again! FREE ICE CREAM! The week of November 1st -5th stop by the Recreation Room to pick up your tickets! You can redeem them at Disco's Paddle Surf anytime during their operating hours that week. Our way of saying thank you for your patience during the construction phase.
● Stair Warming Get Together: Was so much fun! We had a great time visiting and meeting our neighbors. We also had live music from the Roseville Three, 70s 80s acoustical vocals. They were wonderful and we hope they will play for us again sometime soon.
Special Dates in November
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
The ADA notes that collective action is needed to reduce the effects of diabetes on the global population. "Diabetes isn't going away until we all do our part," says Daisy Diaz, a spokesperson for the ADA. “There are simple yet life-changing steps we can all take to recognize, reduce our risk, and ease the burden of diabetes. Join us this November to take #TheBigStepUp!
November 4: Check Your Blood Pressure Day - So very important!
November 6: National Nacho Day -Try our recipe!
November 7: Daylight Savings Time Ends at 2:00 a.m. Set those Clocks Back!
November 11: Veteran's Day - Thank you for your service to our country!
November 15: Clean Your Refrigerator Day - a must do! PU!
November 17: Take a Hike Day - or a walk - Just get out and move!
November 18: Great American Smokeout - Be smart, don’t start
November 22: Go For a Ride Day - A great way to relax whether by Sea, Bike or Car.
Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving - Eat, drink, and be thankful!
Friday, November 26: Black Friday - Shop, Shop, Shop.
Friday, November 26: You're Welcome Day - Say thank you to everyone for a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Around San Diego
Fleet Week San Diego
November 7 - November 11st
Experience one of San Diego's largest Military events featuring Military Displays, High Tech equipment in the Innovation Zone, Active Navy & Coast Guard Ship Tours, Live Music, Food, and Fun for the whole family!
The San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival November 4th - November 14th Featuring dozens of events, hundreds of domestic and international wineries, the celebration of craft beer and spirits, local culinary legends and nationally recognized celebrities, and a Grand Tasting Finale on the stunning Embarcadero. Click Here for ticket info.
Restaurants Around Town: Go out and explore the new restaurants that have opened up here in San Diego. We have Chi Chi's Mexican food in Old Town with the Taco Tuesday special, Craft Café has opened in Balboa Park with a wonderful coffee and breakfast menu, and of course it is Spiny Lobster Season here in San Diego, check out this website to find the restaurants serving these tasty crustaceans. Locals choice: Mitch's Seafood is on the list.
25 Fun & Free Things to Do: Having fun in San Diego doesn't require a lot of money; in fact, many things to see and do are free.
The Annual Baja Ha-Ha: Make sure to get outside and watch the cruisers sail away south for Mexico and beyond on November 1st. The Baja Ha-Ha is a two-week cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, which takes place every fall, November 1st - 13th. Check out their website for information and a detailed sailing map.
Clean Marina Minute
- By Sean Peterson (SHM Dockmaster)
A silent but deadly organic compound is almost always present in, and around, the boating community.
In this article we will address the dangers associated with Carbon Monoxide poisoning and how you can protect yourselves from any unnecessary exposure to this harmful compound, Carbon Monoxide poisoning is definitely preventable.
Carbon Monoxide, or as its abbreviated "CO", which is invisible, odorless and tasteless, exists mainly in a gaseous state. Usually, CO is produced as a by-product of the burning/ignition/combustion of Carbon-based fuels. Most people who have been poisoned by CO exposure report the symptoms to be similar to that of seasickness or alcohol intoxication. In extreme situations, at high concentrations, even a few breaths of CO can be fatal.
To protect yourselves and others the Coast Guard suggests you follow these simple guidelines:
• Maintain fresh air circulation - Run exhaust blowers while your generator is running and while underway make sure there is adequate ventilation within your cabin. If there are any internal leaks, CO can seep slowly into the cabin.
• Install CO alarms inside the vessel - Do not ignore any active CO alarm. Make sure you execute the proper maintenance on the alarms and replace them when recommended by the manufacturer. Also, perform a thorough search of the vessel if you have an active alarm to determine if, and where, a threat is present.
• Treat any symptoms of CO poisoning - It's very important that if any symptoms similar to seasickness arise they are treated immediately. If a fellow boater is feeling nauseous, get them to fresh air immediately. If you are unable to rule out any other cause for nausea, seek medical attention for the affected individual.
Proper identification of areas where CO accumulates, being able to identify the symptoms of CO poisoning and correctly responding to someone who may have been poisoned are all benefits to any safe boater's repertoire. Click Here for more detailed information on this subject.
Pumpkins, Occasionally Scary, Always Healthy
- By Laura Brownwood
Sure, pumpkins can seem spooky in their Jack-o-lantern state, but don't be fooled, they are loaded with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins. These gourds aren't just for carving, they are also very nutritious!!
Pumpkin varieties, over forty of them, come in many different sizes, some less than 3 pounds, others that get up to 100 pounds or more. One grown in Minnesota weighed 1,810 pounds! Pumpkins have 3 grams of fiber and 49 calories per one cup serving, which can keep you feeling full longer on fewer calories.
Pumpkins, along with sweet potatoes, boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention according to the National Cancer Institute. That nutrient, with it's brilliant orange coloring, is converted to Vitamin A and is essential for eye health and helps the retina absorb and process light. Pumpkins also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that are thought to help prevent cataracts and may even slow the development of macular degeneration. Although it is wise to supplement these two nutrients, it's yummy to get it fresh in your diet! In addition to Vitamin A it also contains Vitamin C, both of which are good for the immune system.
Use This "Four-X" Secret for Cruise Planning
-By Captain John
I read somewhere that military vets say that combat duty boils down to 90% boredom and 10% sheer terror. That sounds pretty close to the weather offshore too. No matter what Hollywood or Bollywood or the yacht club bar sailors tell you.
After years of search and rescue in some of the toughest weather in the Atlantic, you can bet I've been out in some pretty rotten stuff. Folks rarely get in trouble in a flat calm. Winter can be downright dirty weather.
Especially in New England or in the rugged waters off Georges Bank. Now, that's one area I wouldn't recommend to anyone for day sailing or cruising. But, indeed, it is one of the richest fishing grounds on the planet.
That's why big commercial fishing trawlers from around the globe fish there year-round. And, why the Coasties need to be there to make sure they don't vacuum the seabed bare of one species or another. Just because it's an international agreement doesn't mean all comply.
But even then, I can say that 90% of the time I spent at sea aboard cutters of various sizes, it was pretty calm. And boring. The other 10% of the time you were getting your dental work rearranged by Mother Nature.
Marina Recipe - Carne Asada Nachos
• 2 lbs carne asada meat
• 4 Tablespoons minced garlic
• 1 onion, diced
• 1 t paprika
• 1 t cumin + 1 t chili powder)
• salt and pepper
• 2 T olive oil
• 1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced
• 1 orange, juiced
• 2 limes, juiced
• 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
• 1/2 cup apple juice (or 1/2 cup Mexican beer)
USE ALL THE ABOVE INGREDIENTS FOR THE MEAT MARINADE
• 15 oz can of beans
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 1/2 cup Mexican shredded cheese
• Queso blanco nacho cheese (you can buy this in a jar)
• Mexican shredded cheese
• Diced tomatoes, black olives and slice jalepenos
1. In a bowl, add the above marinade ingredients to the carne asada. Mix it all together well. Cover and let marinade for a few hours or overnight.
Then cook the meat for a couple of hours in a crockpot or fry it in a skillet. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes. Then chop into smaller pieces.
In a microwave safe bowl add the beans, sour cream and ½ cup shredded cheese and mix together. Heat in 1-minute increments until all ingredients are combined and smooth.
On a sheet pan, spread the chips in a single layer. Top with the cooked carne asada meat, place spoonfuls of the bean mixture, drizzle with the queso blanco nacho cheese dip, sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese. Then top with tomatoes, black olives, sliced jalepenos, cilantro or anything else you want on top of your nachos! Have fun with them and make them your own. You can always switch out the carne asada for chicken.
Bake at 350 until cheese is melted
● Upper Deck Usage: Unfortunately, due to the upper deck renovation, we are not able to make reservations for the upper deck this month. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
● Recreation Room Door: The door to the Recreation Room is scheduled to be repaired Nov 1st. Until then, we will continue to open it at 8:30am and lock it at 5:00pm. It will be unavailable on Sundays as the office is closed. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you for your patience.
● New Pump-out Location: If you haven't already noticed the mobile pump-out is now located on B-Dock! We have decided to make that its permanent home. Yay! No more lugging it up and down the ramp. WE do however, need you to sign the log out book when you use it. The log out book is still located in the laundry room, for now. We plan on building a housing unit for it soon, until then just place the pump out back between Slips B-87 & B-88. Please do not leave it between the pump housing on the main dock!And of course, don't forget to clean the hose before returning it! Your neighbors will all appreciate that.
● Borrow a Life Jacket: Sun Harbor Marina is one of the locations set up with Sea Tow to offer loaner Life Jackets. They are not for sale; they are part of the Life Jacket Loaner Program by Sea Tow. If you are in need of an extra life jacket or so, come to the marina office and sign out life jackets. They come in a variety of sizes; infant, child, youth and adult. No reason now not to Wear It.
● Informing the office: Please remember we are here to help with all things Marina! If there is anything on property that needs attention please don't hesitate to contact us! We are here for you!
That's it for this month's newsletter! Thank you for being wonderful tenants and we hope you have a nice November and a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday! You can follow us on Facebook for daily updates.
The Sun Harbor Marina Team
Recreational Boaters Invited to Take Part in Fleet Week's Veteran's Day Parade"
San Diego's Fleet Week (Sunday Nov. 7th thru Nov. 11th, 2021) honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that support and thank these heroes.
Last year, Fleet Week featured the first ever civilian boat parade during the pandemic and had over 70 boat participate. Fleet Week hopes to double or triple the participants this year.
This is a great way for boaters to show their appreciation of the Armed Services.
This event will take place on Veteran's Day, Thursday, November 11th.
Registration for the 2021 Veterans Day Boat Parade is now open on the Fleet Week Website. Members of the San Diego Boating Community are invited to sign up to participate and plan early for decorating their boats for this exciting event.
We will be sending out an email blast later this week with more information. So please be on the lookout for that and let us know if you have any questions about the event.
Trophies will be warded for the best decorated boats honoring their particular military service branch - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard.
You Know Everything About "Boat Trim" - But Do You Know Jack About "Boat Squat?"
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
When I teach seamanship classes, inevitably somebody raises their hand and asks about how "flat" a boat should be?
To which I always ask, "By flat, I am guessing that you mean relative to her waterline. But do you mean when she is sitting at the dock, going slowly forward but only at a "slow bell*" or making all deliberate speed?
As their eyes glaze over, I know that we will have to take it by the numbers. This column is about that.
Boat Trim: Understanding boat trim and boat squat are all about control and avoiding running aground. For a "planing boat", i.e., those boats we're most familiar with that buzz around the bays and creeks, usually with an outboard engine on the stern, that "climb up" on to the water as they go faster, trim is synonymous with every aspect of the boat.
Whether it be at the dock, barely making way or operating "at speed", how "flat" she rides is largely under the control of the skipper and he or she should be constantly aware of what trim they are assuming. This trim is best controlled by what angle you place the outboard engine relative to the transom. Huh?
Usually in the throttle, there is a thumb control that when you press it "down", it brings the propeller in closer to the transom. See figure 1.
Figure-1 Trim Out: (Courtesy USCG Auxiliary)
By bringing the propeller in closer to the transom, you force the bow down from its manufactured waterline. When you would want to do that? How about if you were heading into strong wave action? If your bow was trimmed "up", the force of the waves would accentuate that, possibly making it more difficult to see and to control the boat.
Commensurately, if you press the thumb control to bring the engine "up", it moves the propeller away from the transom, forcing the bow up from its manufactured waterline.
Figure-2 Trim In: (Courtesy USCG Auxiliary)
Why would you do that? Well, there are a number of reasons. One reason is that a powered vessel's fuel consumption improves as you reduce its wetted surface. So, as you are cruising down the bay, you can trim the engine up and save fuel at a given rate of speed.
Secondly, if you are willing to throw fuel efficiency to the wind, sort to speak, a powered vessel simply goes faster with less of a wetted surface. And, as you bring the bow up, you reduce the wetted (in the water) surface. Compare how much more of figure 1 is below the water line, versus figure 2.
Boat Squat: Unless you are driving one of those "battlewagons" out there, or are involved in commercial navigation, you've probably never heard of "boat squat." Even if you are in those situations, you still may not have heard of it and it is critical to understanding why a boat with 4' of draft hits the bottom in 5' of water?
When any boat is making way through the water, she starts by pushing a large amount of water ahead of her. If she a planing vessel, she'll climb up on that wave as she picks up sufficient speed. But if she is a "big 'un", she won't be planing anytime in this lifetime. She is a displacement vessel.
So, this water that is getting pushed ahead returns to the side and under the boat's bottom. As she starts to put on some way (speed), imagine this cycle of water building up speed under the ship. This causes a drop in water pressure under the boat. This causes the ship to vertically drop in the water. This is "boat squat" and how a boat with 4' of draft hits the bottom in 5' of water. (Hint: go slow in shallow water, "big'un".)
Now, for a displacement vessel, trim is different from squat. Trim is the difference of the forward and aft draft while the boat is stationary.
As she gets underway and her aspect to her water lines changes, she is affecting "squat." Naval architects justifiably worry about whether she has forward or aft "squat" (leans forward or aft as she builds speed.) This is largely determined by her center of gravity and her "block coefficient", which is the volume of the hull (V) divided by the Length of her Water Line (LWL) times the (maximum) Beam of her Water Line (BWL) times her Draft. If you draw a box around the submerged part of the ship, it is the ratio of the box volume occupied by the ship.
So, now, you can say that you do know squat!
* Note a "slow bell" means making way at the minimum speed at which the boat can maintain steerage. Larger boats, with exposure to the wind, need more speed to maintain steerage than a smaller, low profile boat.
Commodore Vincent 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 him at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com .
Whatever Happened to 1HWY1's Seaport San Diego Redevelopment Proposal?
Over four years ago, the Port of San Diego Board selected 1HWY1's Seaport San Diego proposal to redevelop 70 acres in the San Diego's central Embarcadero, which includes Seaport Village and the surrounding areas between the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the USS Midway Museum.
So, what's happening with the project? Answer: a lot, but it will be a while before we can see it, other than a gradual trickle of new tenants.
The Port says the project is in the "due diligence and design phase." From here, it'll go through an environmental review, currently anticipated for early 2022.
"A project of this magnitude takes a lot of effort and time as well as coordination with multiple stakeholders and agencies," says Marguerite Elicone with the Port of San Diego.
The team says it will take 18 to 24 months for the Environmental Impact Report to be drafted and publicly reviewed before the project is approved. The California Coastal Commission will also have to certify the project before it can break ground.
In the meantime, change is already beginning to roll into the waterfront area. Mike Hess Brewing, Mr. Moto Pizza, Eats by Sam, and Spill the Beans are just a handful of businesses that have already moved in.
And just this month, The Board of Port Commissioners has approved the 19th and 20th leases for the bayfront shopping, dining, and entertainment center since taking ownership in 2018 Gladstone's and Shorebird Restaurant, two phenomenally successful restaurants.
Also, next summer, the Port also anticipates a Malibu Farm location will replace Harbor House right on the water.
For existing tenants, the big makeover raises some questions as to what the future holds.
Construction isn't slated to begin until 2025. Once a construction timeline becomes clearer, the project heads will work alongside the Port and the businesses on a transition plan.
"The transition plan may include construction phasing and retention of businesses from the existing Seaport Village for Seaport San Diego," Elicone says. "The Seaport San Diego proposal includes retail and public market components that could provide future opportunities for these businesses."
It's a lengthy process for the 2 million-square-foot project, which will feature an expanded and enhanced park and public space, an aquarium, an iconic observation tower, new restaurants and retail, a marine-focused learning center, outdoor fitness areas, and a revitalized fishing basin at Tuna Harbor.
"I personally feel San Diego's on the brink of becoming one of the greatest cities in the world, and having this opportunity to really help shape that is pretty amazing to me," said Yehudi Gaffen, CEO of Protea Waterfront Development, the managing partner of 1HWY1.
While Gaffen says the pandemic hasn't slowed down the development, it has "made us rethink everything in terms of what we're doing. We believe we can actually have this project become the poster child for a post-pandemic waterfront mixed-use project."
Staying "On The Ball" in Catalina
- By Kells Christian
My family and I regularly charter Catamarans in various locations. The most recent charter was planned for Croatia, but COVID redirected us to Catalina. While not as exotic location for Southern California locals, it remains a lovely destination. This article touches on the practice of mooring and one particularly humorous mooring event.
As most local boaters know, Catalina utilizes a two point mooring system. Normal process is to grab the mooring wand at the bow, pull the line from the wand up to the mooring line, secure the mooring line loop to a bow cleat and then run down a separate line (the sand line) astern until the stern mooring line is reached and attached it to a stern cleat.
With only minimal boat handling skills, basic crew instruction, a sprinkle of patience and a dash of good luck, voila the vessel is moored.
Between day sails, trips to the water dock, mooring moves (which happened thrice in Avalon) and stays in both Catalina Harbor and Isthmus Cove, we likely moored twenty times. We missed twice.
The first attempt began with apparent success, we grabbed the mooring line with the vessel barely moving and virtually no wind or current to deal with. Unfortunately, the captain (and writer) failed to communicate well with the crew as to how they could provide instructions to fine tune our position when the initial attempt to secure the bow mooring line was unsuccessful. No biggie, the second attempt was successful.
A much more challenging and eventful attempt occurred when returning from a day sail in the late afternoon. 20+ knot winds were the most significant factor as we approached the mooring from upwind. We passed the mooring, spun the 42' Catamaran successfully and put the port bow at the wand. The crew was able to grab the wand but failed to secure the mooring line.
As minor adjustments failed to bring the vessel back to its necessary position "head into the wind" was offered by what appeared to be the captain of the adjacent vessel, moving his hands as if guiding an airplane to a gate. My initial thought was, "no crap" but I chose to respond with a verbal "thank you" and a head bob, communicating in the howling wind from 20 yards.
U.S. Coast Guard Releases 2020 Boating Accident Statistics - Pandemic Increases the Number
In calendar year 2020, the Coast Guard counted 5,265 accidents that involved 767 deaths, 3,191 injuries and approximately $62.5 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
The U.S. Coast Guard report showed that there is evidence that boating activity rose significantly during the pandemic, from reports of increased boat sales, insurance policies taken out, insurance claims, and calls for towing assistance.
The fatality rate was 6.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. This rate represents a 25% increase from the 2019 fatality rate of 5.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels.
Compared to 2019, the number of accidents increased 26.3%, the number of deaths increased 25.1%, and the number of injuries increased 24.7%.
Where cause of death was known, 75% of fatal boating accident victims drowned. Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 86% were not wearing a life jacket.
Where length was known, eight out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21' in length.
Alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 18% of deaths.
Where the instruction level of the boater was known, 77% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction.
Only 12% percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator was known to have received a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate.
There were 247 accidents in which at least one person was struck by a propeller. Collectively, these accidents resulted in 39 deaths and 241 injuries.
Operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed, and machinery failure rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.
Where data was known, the most common vessel types involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (46%), personal watercraft (22%), and cabin motorboats (13%).
**Where data was known, the vessel types with the highest percentage of deaths were open motorboats (50%), kayaks (15%), and pontoons (9%).