From the Marina Office!
Welcome to the December 2020 issue of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.
In November, San Diego County fell back to the Purple tier, the most restrictive tier of the state's Coronavirus tracking system. This means schools will be unable to shift to in- person learning and indoor operations for restaurants, gyms, museums, places of worship, breweries and retail businesses will have to move to outdoor operations only, close entirely, or modify in other ways. The Purple tier started on Saturday November 14 and will continue for a minimum of 3 weeks.
So, what does that mean for recreational boating? We don't have new guidance yet but you can check this link periodically to see what the current guidance from the Port of San Diego.
In this month's issue, we bring you our Clean Marina Minute; "Something Wonderful for You" from Laura Brownwood, " Five "Wish I'd Known" Sailing Secrets for Every Season" from Captain John, "Using Spring Lines", "Leaving a Slip in the Wind" and our December recipe for Pumpkin Bisque.
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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights:
The 49th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during the evenings of December 13th and 20th, starting at 5:30pm. Participants in this year's highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year's theme, which still needs to be announced. For more detailed information and the parade route visit their website.
Sun Harbor's Vessel Decorating Contest:
We will be having a vessel decorating contest in December! And yes, there will be prizes for the best decorations. There is no specific theme so you may feel free to decorate your vessel for any holiday of your choice. Judging will be on Friday December 18th in the afternoon. We hope you will be inspired to participate and we look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.
• 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 not currently available.
• OEX has a new name! It is now called Disco's Paddle Surf, it is open for sales and rentals (which now includes hydro bikes!). Check out their new website . Social distancing protocols are in place.
December 2nd Fritters Day- Yummy!
December 8th Time Traveler Day
December 10th Chanukah Begins
December 11th Noodle Ring Day
December 13th San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
December 18th Judging of Sun Harbor's Vessel Decorating Contest
December 20th San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
December 21st Winter Solstice
December 21st Crossword Puzzle Day
December 25th Christmas Day
December 26th Kwanzaa Begins
December 31th New Year's Eve
Clean Marina Minute - Oil Spill Affect on Marine Life and Cleaning Up Oil From Your Bilge
- By Sean Peterson
I will save your reading eyeballs and give you two great videos to see this month. There are some great products that you will see in action to keep the oil from getting to the marine life. Check out how well the Storm Force cleaner works and the effectiveness of bilge socks and pads.
Something Wonderful for You
- By Laura Brownwood - Life.Joy.Now@gmail.com
This is a very easy way to help your health, both physical and mental during Covid. In a mere 3 minutes you can benefit every cell in your body . . . the exact opposite of rushing around, worrying, multi-tasking, etc.
A 3-Minute Dose of Mindfulness
- In a quiet room, e.g. stateroom, galley, flybridge, etc. stand, sit upright, or lie on a comfortable surface.
- Close your eyes and, for minute or so, notice what's happening in your body. Do you feel any heaviness? Register any movement you might be making.
- Breathe slowly and deeply for another minute. As you exhale, remember that you're not trying to change or do anything. Be at ease about the various thoughts drifting through your mind.
- Listen to the sounds around you. Rather than trying to identify each one, just listen. Notice the silences between each sound. Again, take notice of how your body feels, and then slowly open your eyes.
Captain John's Skipper Tips - Five "Wish I'd Known" Sailing Secrets for Every Season
If you're anything like me, I love to read stuff that has an "aha!" factor. You know, those neat tips and tricks you come across in sailing magazines or books. The ones you wish you'd thought of before you went sailing, or hauled the boat for maintenance. Oh well, there's always next time...
1. Shield Your Arms and Hands from Paint.
I know of few sailors who relish missing sailing for painting or touching up bright-work. Make cleanup time easier. Before you paint, wash your arms and hands with soapy water. Don't rinse. As they dry, work the soap into your skin and under your nails. Paint won't stick to soapy skin! Now, when it's time to clean up, your arms, hands and nails will be paint free.
2. Ban Head Odors with this Temporary Fix.
Small organisms get sucked up into hoses and head parts when you flush your boat toilet. When they die and rot they give off that awful odor that stinks up the head area. Here's a quick fix. Wrap Saran Wrap tight around the hoses and duct tape it in place. It will seal off the odor just like it does in your shoreside refrigerator.
3. Hire This Super-Fast "Short Order" Cook.
What can bake a chicken in fifteen minutes, put out a loaf of yummy bread, or whip up soup or stew that'll have the crew begging for more? Enter the pressure cooker. These robust cooking pots come with tight sealing lids and cook super-fast. Boating author John Vigor says this, "The smaller the boat, the greater the need for a pressure cooker".
Marina Recipe - Pumpkin Bisque
This month we have a hearty, healthy soup that is creamy and delicious.
3 cups of Carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium Onion, chopped
2 stalks of Celery, chopped
1 clove of Garlic, chopped
2 pats of Butter or margarine
2 cans of Chicken broth
3 cups of Canned pumpkin
12 ounces of Evaporated Milk
1/2 cup of Water
1 1/2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 tsp of pepper
In a small pan add a cup of chicken broth and cook the carrots, onions, celery and garlic until soft. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Pour vegetables and broth into a blender, process until smooth. Pour mixture into a 3-quart saucepan, add remaining broth, pumpkin, evaporated milk, water and spices. Cover and cook on medium heat until hot. Serve with some crusty bread and enjoy!
King Tides are here! Please be mindful of the significant tide swings happening in December. The water level will be very shallow in the afternoon on each of these days.
high time / height: 7:25 AM / 7.39 ft.
low time / height: 2:29 PM / -1.53 ft.
high time / height: 8:05 AM / 7.51 ft.
low time / height: 3:15 PM / -1.74 ft.
high time/height: 8:47 AM / 7.39 ft.
low time/height: 4:01 PM / -1.68 ft.
I hope everyone had a safe and healthy November, as we look forward to December, and a holiday season full of peace and joy.
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Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Over and Out
- By Bob Simons
The U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety (CG-BSX) has issued a new Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB 20-20) relating to performing a VHF Marine Radio Check.
The Bulletin was issued in response to the discontinuation of the Sea Tow-operated Automated Radio Check System, which was available on VHF Channels 24 to 28 for the benefit of mariners in over 130 locations. The service will be discontinued starting October 2, 2020.
The full text of MSIB 20-20 is below:
Performing a VHF Marine Radio Check
Sea Tow Automated Radio Check System no longer available:
For several years, Sea Tow operated an Automated Radio Check System, which was available on VHF Channels 24 to 28 for the benefit of mariners in over 130 locations. However, on October 2nd, 2020 that service was discontinued.
How to test a VHF Radio using Rescue 21: The U.S. Coast Guard continues to offer an automated Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Test Call capability from each of its Rescue 21 coastal stations. All fixed mount marine radios certified by the Federal Communications Commission since 1999 are required to have a DSC capability. All such radios sold since 2011 must also have a DSC test call capability.
Marine radios transmitting and successfully receiving a response from a DSC test call can be expected to operate acceptably in the voice mode as well.
To perform a DSC Test Call, enter the U.S. Coast Guard's coast station group identity "003669999" into the radio's DSC memory. Once entered and stored, a DSC test call can be made by executing the following three steps:
- Select "Test Call" from the radio's DSC menu,
- Select the USCG number entered into memory, and
- Transmit the call.
The radio display should indicate when that test call is acknowledged and display the acknowledging station's nine-digit identity. That identity may be different than the group identity previously entered into memory.
Please use VHF Channel 09 and do not use VHF Channel 16
VHF Channel 16 is not for the purpose of radio checks. Please use VHF Channel 09, which has been designated by the FCC as a boater's calling channel.
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
Boaters Behaving Badly
- By Gus Giobbi BlueSkyNews
In a pandemic that just won't go away, a small piece of fabric has ignited a worldwide feud over public health and personal freedom. Many people are refusing to wear a face covering out of principle, and their refusal to wear a mask is causing many others to become infuriated.
Add in politics and an impending Presidential election, and the temperature of the argument can quickly elevate to a boiling point.
How dangerous is the situation? In too many cases there are people who can become so enraged that they become "unhinged" and will attack with a weapon causing serious injuries resulting from these altercations, and even some deaths.
But surely, you wouldn't think this sort of behavior would apply to sophisticated yachters and boaters in their Marinas, would it?
Unfortunately, the answer in too many cases is yes. Especially if a face mask bears a political preference or message.
San Diego marina manager Jim Behun describes the situation this way. "This is a constant huge problem at marinas! In our case, certain out of state boaters won't wear masks (Arizona in particular), and due to the pandemic, marinas are now packed with boaters staying on their boats this is a problem with tenants getting on each other's nerves due to close quarters. Arguing over politics is very prevalent. I'm looking forward to the election being over!"
A quick internet search reveals the extent of the problem. Party boats everywhere being shut down for violating covid-19 restrictions; cruises fined for "egregiously violating social distancing requirements"; out of control waterfront and lake parties as hundreds of boaters without masks gather; members hurling abuse at marina and yacht club staff as they are asked to leave the premises after refusing to wear a mask. It goes on and on.
As was pointed out, a marina by definition is an environment of close quarters, which exacerbates the situation and calls for additional restraint.
When can we expect that this problem will go away? My guess is whatever the outcome of the election, it will not make a difference to the face mask problem.
The problem will be with us until the pandemic is over and people are allowed to remove their masks and their opinions from their faces.
Oh, by the way, another bonus gift of the pandemic. Face masks and gloves are now a new breed of plastic pollution. The growing number of single-use masks and gloves found in our ocean and waterfront environment are expected to add to the existing pollution problem.
Boat Flu Season Is Here - Is Your Boat Protected?
- By Richard Benscoter
If you live in Milwaukee (and we do have Blue Sky News readers living there), you most likely have already gone through the yearly ritual of decommissioning your boat and covering it for the winter.
During this cold weather annual rite of passage, a boat owner goes through their check list to ensure all is in order for the winter, and then reverses the process in the spring.
We don't get freezing weather here, so there's a temptation to let your boat sit for months on end during the winter, but that can create expensive problems much worse than our Northern brethren can experience next spring.
Since I don't like things breaking and spending the boat bucks to fix them, I devised this twice annual check list for warm climate boaters. (For those of you who don't know, a "Boat Buck" is $100.00):
- Check the water in unsealed batteries (Use only distilled water; tap water is a battery death sentence)
- Wax and polish (Like a clean car - it just runs better, and the cure will cost you many boat bucks)
- Check dock lines (The wind does blow and we do get surges - you don't want to accidentally re-engineer your neighbor's boat)
- Check transmission ( If is uses AFT and is not a red color - change it - check your manual to make sure what to use)
Anchors May Aweigh, But Other Stuff Just "Weighs"
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
We All Get Heavier As We Age Even Our Boats! As we (probably) all make New Year's resolutions to go on a diet, we keep getting reminded that we are getting heavier as we get older.
Well guess what? So are our boats! Yes, as boats get older, they get heavier and that has a lot to do about being less "sea-kindly" and more "tender" as they get older (and our reflexes get slower not a particularly good combination.) With fuel always subject to geopolitical roilings, here are some examples of how the boat is getting heavier and more expensive to drive!
New Stuff: Over time we add things to our boat that weren't there when we bought it. An ice chest may be added so we don't have to lug one from the car We add an additional ice chest so we can bring more ice so we can stay out longer and catch more fish (hopefully!)! We pile up the cuddy cabin, a.k.a., the boat's attic, with safety and fishing equipment so we don't have to lug them from the car.
And don't forget that new 4-stroke engine you added so much quieter, so much more fuel efficient and so much heavier per "horse of power", at least 20% heavier would be my guesstimate! That makes a 400lb 200hp 2-stroke weigh in at nearly 500lbs as a 4-stroke state-of-the-art power plant, and the same hull sits in front of it!
Boats Get "Wrinkles" Too: More insidiously, through tiny cracks in the gel coat, water seeps inside the hull and the boat gets 8 lbs heavier per gallon, and it seeps, generally, aft where the boat is naturally heavier per square foot of hull due to the engine, making it harder to see over the bow when you gun the engine and start to "dig the hole" that getting up on plane gets you out of, and it is now harder to get on plane, i.e., you have to go faster, to get up on plane since the boat is heavier in the stern than when it was manufactured an endless spiral!
Remedies: What to do about it? There are only 2 or 3 things that you can do. First, get rid of anything that isn't essential. There are 10 weekends in a summer. You aren't going to boat on every one of those 20 days unless you are between spouses and looking for one that wants to live on the boat with you! How much of a big deal is it to cart just the things you need not everything you own all the time - from the car or the dock locker that you installed at the foot of your slip?
Second, you may want to look into trim tabs small "flaps" that are installed under your transom that will help you get up onto plane faster. What they save in fuel when "digging out of the hole" will quickly cover their costs. And don't underestimate the safety factor that you'll be able to see over the bow sooner.
Third, you may need to change your prop! The engine may be plenty powerful enough to move your mini-warehouse but it can't turn the propeller any faster due to its pitch (angle that it cuts through the water.) Counter-intuitively, the lower the prop pitch, the better your shot out of the hole. However, this comes at a price: top speed. The lower pitch makes the engine reach maximum rpm at slower speeds. Conversely, a higher pitch will deliver greater top speeds, but slower acceleration.
I recently went from a 3-blade prop to a 4-blade prop same trade-off, up on plane sooner and more easily but lost about 10% of the wide-open-throttle (WOT) speed. For me, it was well worth it as I need to get out of the hole 100% of the time I apply thrust but rarely need to operate a WOT.
Talk to your dock master about who he or she uses when they re-engineer props for customers. Go see them and talk about your options. This is some art, some science and some superstition. Talk it through with people who make a living engineering propellers. It will make a difference.
If you don't think about these things, "you gonna need a bigger boat!" (Yes, Virginia, it has been over 40 years!)
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 .
About Sail Measurements
- By Brad Poulos
In the market to buy new sails for your boat? Here are some of the measurements that need to be made before a sail maker can actually start building a sail.
First off, you should know that measuring your old sails is of little use. Think of that approach as similar to asking a tailor to make you a new suit just from looking at an old suit. Even if your boat is a "standard production boat", builders and/or owners can modify the rig, making database information doubtful.
It's only by on-site measurement can you obtain reliable measurements.
The following rig dimensions designated by "I", "J" "P", and "E" are needed to produce an accurate price quote and sail construction. They are convenient names to use because they are short and are understood throughout the sailmaking industry
"P" is the luff length of the main-sail, measured along the aft face of the mast from the top of the boom to the highest point that the mainsail can be hoisted.
"E" is the foot length of the main-sail, measured along the boom from the after face of the mast to the outermost point on the boom to which the main can be pulled.
"I" is measured along the front of mast from the highest halyard to the main deck. The main deck is where the deck would be if there were no deck house.
"J" is the base of the foretriangle measured along the deck from the headstay to the mast.
"JC" is the greater of the following three dimensions: "J", the length of the spinnaker pole, or the maxi-mum width of the spinnaker divided by 1.8. Under most measurement rules, "JC" is used, along with "I", to determine the size of a spinnaker.
"PY" and "EY" are, respectively the luff length and foot length of the mizzen of a yawl or ketch measured in the same manner as for the mainsail.
"IY" is the "I" measurement for the staysail halyard.
"JY" is the base of the staysail foretriangle measured along the deck from the staysail stay to the mast.
If your boat is near your sail maker, they will want to do the measurements themselves. If you're in a remote area, most sailmakers can send you a measurement form and work with you to fill it out. When you see this form, you will quickly appreciate how "customized" every sail actually is ....Happy Sailing!