From the Sun Harbor Marina Office
Happy Holidays! December is here and it is our favorite time of the year! It is a month filled with holiday shopping, yummy treats, great get-togethers and let us not forget all the Christmas lights and decorations! So much fun and joy! This month's newsletter has some important Marina information, some holiday events you might want to attend and of course our monthly newsletter articles and two yummy recipes, made just for the holidays!
December articles: Our Clean Marina Minute "Easy Ways to Wean Yourself from Plastic Beyond the Obvious", " Slowing Down" by Laura Brownwood, "Ten Docking Line Tips to Protect your Sailboat" from Captain John, and 2 December Drink Recipes for "Frozen Apple Pie Margarita" and "Positively Warm Apple Pie."
Marina Office Hours for December
Monday thru Saturday: 8:30 am to 5:00pm (normal business hours)
- December 24 & 25 Christmas eve and Christmas day: Office is closed
- December 31 New Year's Eve: Office closes at Noon
- January 1, 2022 New Year's Day!: Office is closed
Marina News and Events
● The Deck/Patio is finally done! We are so happy to have a beautiful new resurfaced Deck/Patio for your enjoyment. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time.
● The Recreation Room Door is now working! The lock has been fixed and we added a safety bar so no one can get locked in. We also updated a few office accessories for you and put in a recycle bin as well as a trash can. Please let us know if there is anything else you would like to see in there that would enhance your use of the room. Sorry we are not going to add a printer, We know that is going to be the first email we get!
● Ice Cream Treat: I hope you were able to take advantage of the FREE ICE CREAM treat week. Thank you to those who participated. Please remember Disco's PaddleSurf has ice cream for sale all year long and they have a nice variety to choose from.
● Boat Decorating Contest: Join in the holiday fun and decorate your boat for the Holidays. You could win a prize! We will be judging the boat decorations on Thursday, Dec. 16th at 5:00pm.
● Boat Brunch: This year we would like to do a Boat Brunch! It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18th beginning at 10:30am. We will go from boat to boat, visiting with our neighbors and having yummy treats that will be provided by the boat owners and SHM. Those of you who would like to open your boats up for morning treats and visitors, please contact Deanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Dates in November
December 6th Hanukkah ends
December 7th Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
National Maple Syrup Day
Bake Cookies Day
Crossword Puzzle Day
National Flashlight Day Are your's working?
Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year
December 23rd Festivus
Celebration for people who don't celebrate a holiday? humm
December 24th Christmas Eve
December 25th - Office Closed Christmas Day
December 26th Kwanzaa
December 29th Pepper Pot Day
Use the Holiday leftovers
December 31st New Year's Eve
Office closes at noon. We made it to another year! Let's Celebrate!
Make Up Your Mind Day
Time to set new goals for the New Year!
Around San Diego
Balboa Park December Nights: December 3rd - 5th, 2021 at Balboa Park. This year it will be a drive-through experience, "Taste of December Nights". For more information
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights: Sunday December 12th and 19th, 2021 beginning at 5:00pm. The parade of decorated boats starts at southwest end of Shelter Island, and travels past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Coronado Ferry Landing Marketplace before ending at the navy carrier turning basin. More information can be found on their website.
Gaslamp Quarter Holiday Pet Parade: December 19th 2021. Dress up your pet (and you!) in a holiday costume and join the parade. See details on their website: Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade .
Clean Marina Minute Easy Ways to Wean Yourself from Plastic... Beyond the Obvious
- By Sheryl Ryan
I really hate plastic! But what I hate even more is that it's so difficult to live without.
Yeah, I avoid all the obvious stuff... I don't use single-use shopping bags, I never buy bottled water or anything with a 6-pack ring, I always say "no straw" when I order a drink, and so on. In fact, I don't even really think about those plastics anymore. Like a lot of folks these days, living without them has become habit.
But what about the other plastics that we haven't weaned ourselves from just yet? We can't really get rid of it all, can we? I mean, everything's either made from plastic or wrapped in the stuff.
It frustrates me when plastic packaging clutters my pantry. It grosses me out when it touches my food. And I feel like a murderer every time I see a photo of a poor sea turtle that's been suffocated or starved by it, even though I feel like I'm doing my part.
It's a never-ending battle! But one that I refuse to give up.
The hard truth is, we'll never rid ourselves of plastic entirely. And while trying to do so is incredibly noble, it's pretty unrealistic. So let's narrow our focus to the plastic alternatives that are better for our health and/or pretty easy to swap out.
- By Laura Brownwood
Can Washing Your Boat be Relaxing... Say What??
Stress is an inevitable part of life. It's part of our daily existence. Work, bills, timelines, relationships ~ stress is bound to pop up every day.
If you let it, it can become a black hole that sucks up all of your energy and causes physical issues. Important fact, we actually have a choice on how we deal with stress!!!! If something is stressing you out, it can become all-consuming and make it hard to think about anything else. These responses to stress are the result of your brain's fight or flight response. SO, what can we do? Here's an example...
"Darn the boat needs washing" can be turned into... ah, time to get centered... Really?? Really!!! Just like meditation, which uses various forms of repetition, scrubbing your boat with relaxed strokes can be a very valuable relief for stress. The repeated motions paired with the satisfaction of how nice the boat looks; can help you clear your mind. And a clear mind gives your brain some much needed time to rest, helping reduce your feelings of stress.
There are also the repeated motions you make when sanding your teak, which can also be turned into a time of focusing on repetition/relaxation. This can also work when mopping the floor at home or washing your car!
Yes, slowing it down! In a world obsessed with productivity, idleness is often cast in a negative light, it's equated to laziness and sloth. But the truth is, cognitive rest plays a vital role in optimizing brain functionality. As Simon and Garfunkel sang . . . "Slow Down, you're moving too fast you've got to make the morning last".
It may seem counterintuitive, but research is showing slowing down can be a faster way to achieve your goals. Resisting the urge to live and work faster can lead to clearer thinking, deeper connections, and better mental health. AND possibly a cleaner boat :-}
Ten Docking Line Tips to Protect Your Sailboat
-By Captain John
Would your nylon dock lines keep your sailboat safe and sound in tough weather? These ten sailing tips could give you "the edge" inside a marina or at anchor.
1. Nylon line stretches to absorb shock loads, such as those imposed when docking at a pier, in a slip, from boat wakes, swell and wave action in an anchorage, or at a mooring.
- 200 pounds of pressure stretches a 1/4" inch nylon line about four feet. If you double the diameter, stretch reduces to 25%.
- 200 pounds of pressure stretches a 1/2" inch nylon line about one foot. Double up docking lines and choose a line with less stretch for storm docking.
2. Wet nylon line loses 15% of its strength. This applies to anchor rode, too! Once your line dries out, it regains 100% of its original strength.
3. Synthetic line builds up heat from "sawing" back and forth inside a chock. The inner core can get hot enough to melt! Choose larger dock line for greater surface area to protect from chafe.
4. Install strong, oversize boat cleats at the bow and stern to handle storm lines. Bolt the cleats through the deck and use strong backing plates below to help spread the load of lines under tension.
5. Make sure all boat cleats can handle these line diameters to survive through the storm:
- Vessels to 35 feet: 1/2" inch docking line.
- Vessels 35 - 45 feet: 9/16" docking line.
- Vessels over 45 feet: 3/4" docking line.
6. Smooth all boat chock channels. Chocks serve as fairleads, but often have sharp edges that can saw through a line in a storm. Use fine grit sandpaper and smooth the chock base, sides and arms.
7. Install chafing gear anywhere a dock line makes contact with the boat. Use strips of canvas, old fire hose, rubber tubing or rags. Lash the chafing gear in place with waxed sailmakers twine.
8. Form a two foot diameter eye splice in the end of each dock line. Make five tucks with each strand. For added security, apply a seizing or whipping near the throat of the splice.
9. Long springlines or crossed bow and stern lines allow the boat to rise and fall with the tide. Make springlines twice as long as your boat. Cross bow and stern lines to form an "X" between the boat cleats and pilings or marina dock.
10. Snug up your lines at low water spring tide. These "moon" tides occur twice each month, on the day of a full or new moon. Center the boat in the slip and allow just a bit of slack in each line. Then mark each line with a permanent marker to show the cleating point.
Keep your boat safe with large, well placed dock lines, chafing gear and strong deck equipment. When the next coastal storm blows through, you'll be glad you did!
Positively Warm Apple Pie
• 6 oz. apple cider (heated)
• 2 oz. Tuaca liqueur (an Italian brandy or you can use your favorite brandy)
• Whipped cream, Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, cinnamon stick
In a glass coffee mug or heat-resistant goblet, combine your heated cider and Tuaca (brandy). Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Add cinnamon stick.
Frozen Apple Pie Margarita
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon flaky salt
• 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
• 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons apple cider
• 3 1/2 cups ice
• 1/2 cup tequila
• 1/4 cup cinnamon schnapps
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• Squeeze lemon juice
• Apple slices, whipped cream and cinnamon sticks for garnish
1. Combine the sugar, salt and 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice on a small plate. Pour 2 tablespoons apple cider on a second small plate. Dip the rims of two rocks glasses in the cider, then dip in the sugar mixture. Set aside.
2. Combine the ice, tequila, cinnamon schnapps, vanilla extract, lemon juice, remaining 1 1/2 cups apple cider and remaining 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice in a blender. Blend until frothy. Pour into the prepared glasses and garnish each with an apple slice, whipped cream and a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.
SHM Rules & Regulations Highlight of the Month:
Rule 34. Parking: The Marina will upon request issue parking permits for each passenger vehicle owned by the Owner. However, only one parking space is provided and allowed for each slip at the Marina, unless otherwise authorized by the Marina in writing. Therefore, Vessel owners may park only one vehicle in a parking space, even if they have been issued more than one parking permit for multiple vehicles. If a vessel Owner will be aboard his or her Vessel but not occupying a parking space at the time, one guest of the Owner may be issued a temporary parking permit, which shall be available at the Marina Office. It is understood and agreed that any vehicle parked for more than 72 hours is subject to being towed at the owner's sole expense and risk. Parking is permitted only in spaces expressly marked for use by Sun Harbor Marina. Vehicles parked in any other spot, which are not controlled by the Marina, are subject to being immediately towed. The washing and maintenance of vehicles in the parking lot is prohibited.
New Parking Permits: Please make sure to turn in your old parking permits and get your new ones, as soon as possible. You will need to have your new parking permit displayed in the bottom left-hand corner of your vehicle front windshield by January 1, 2022.
Pump-out Location: Please do not leave the pump-out cart between the pump housing on the main dock! Leaving it in that location can cause damage to the pump out housing. It belongs between Slips B-87 & B-88. We plan on building a housing unit for it soon. Also please remember to sign the log out book when you use it. The log out book is still located in the laundry room, for now.
Marina Dock Card Keys(Fobs): Just a reminder that according to the Wharfage agreement, A $50.00 charge will be imposed for each dock card key replaced, and $5.00 for each metal key replaced. No exceptions.
Free Table Usage: The table in front of the Mail Room is known as a "Free Table", this means that if anything is left on that table it is up for grabs! Please make sure any items you leave on the table to give away are appropriate to leave there. No alcohol, No greasy or heavy items that could break or ruin the table, No open food, and if your item is not taken by the end of the day, please dispose of it. Remember this is called a Free Table, so don't leave your personal belongings on the table while you make a quick run to the restroom, mail room or Marina office, they might not be there when you return!
Thank you for being wonderful tenants and we hope you have a Joyous December and a Happy New Year! You can follow us on Facebook for daily updates.
The Sun Harbor Marina Team
The 50th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition brought to San Diego by the boating community.
Continuing its long-standing San Diego tradition, the 50th annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights promises to dazzle and entertain bayfront crowds during two evenings on December 12 and December 19, 2021.
Participants in this year's highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year's theme:
"The Twelve Days of Christmas"
The San Diego Bay Parade of Lights brings more than 100,000 San Diego residents and visitors to the shores of San Diego Bay each year. The procession of approximately 80 lavishly decorated boats has become one of the most iconic events in the region. There is no cost to view the parade.
This year, for the 5th time, the parade will proceed to the pier at Cesar Chavez Park before making the turn to Coronado, giving spectators another area to view the parade.
When: December 12th and December 19th, 2021 The procession will start at 5:30 p.m. and will follow the predetermined parade route. Boaters interested can follow this link for instructions to sign up to participate.
Boat Flu Season Is Here - Is Your Boat Protected?
- By Richard Benscoter
If you live back East, 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 in Southern California, 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). Here's the list:
- 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)
- Lubricate seacocks (If you haven't done this yourself before - get professional help the first time, please.)
- Change zincs (Don't forget the engine and gen set zincs)
- Replace raw water impeller (Do this once a year - if a piece is missing, don't stop until you find it or overheating could occur)
- Drain and fill water tanks (Water does have a shelf-life)
- Lubricate control cables (Check manufacturer's instructions)
- Check flare dates (If they expire within 6 months replace them - Don't buy new flares unless they have an expiration date greater than a year)
- Check fire extinguishers (Annual weighing is required anyway)
- Lubricate winches (If you haven't done this before get help from a professional or old salt)
- Standing rigging clevis pins (Check for cracks and disfigurement - replace if either is found)
- Inspect packing glands (Follow manufacturer's instructions - Get professional help if you haven't worked with packing glands before)
- Check all hose clamps (Look at thru hulls, engine hoses - replace if seriously rusted - remember to double clamp all fittings - good insurance if one fails)
- Check engine oil and coolant (Change both - remember acids build up in oil all summer and coolant breaks down and might not protect your engine from overheating)
- Check bilge pumps (Do they work?)
- Check anchor, shackle and windlass
- Check any propane tank and lines (leaks are very bad as propane is heavier then air and will go to your bilge)
- Check standing rigging (Look for large amounts of rust and cracks and broken wires)
- Check running rigging (Soak in clean water with fabric softener to get the salt out)
Heavy Weather Skippering
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
As the temperatures start to drop, we need to focus now on skippering in heavy weather because it is coming. This column is about that.
Why is heavy weather more dangerous as we move into the Fall? Well, putting hurricanes and typhoons aside which are in their own class, heavy weather in the colder months has its own set of challenges that you need to be aware of.
First, hypothermia is but a small slip away. Second, as the water chills, it gets denser per cubic foot. Denser means more "oomph" behind those chops. Third, it gets darker sooner. What used to be an all daylight trip out to a favorite fishing spot is now a return under the cover of night.
Believe me, once one thing goes wrong, the chances of something else going wrong before you can focus on and fix the first problem just went up. Now you have a spiraling and accelerating danger curve on your hands. So, what to do if caught in heavy weather?
1. Put Your Life Jackets On Right away, the skipper has to direct everyone to don their life jackets. On my vessel, I have a heavy weather/type-1 life jacket on the back of my helm seat. Across the back, where the crew can read it, it says, "If you see the captain put this on, try to find one for yourself."
2. Take Waves at an angle Those waves that you are trying to muscle through pack tremendous power within them. Did you know that 1 out of every 20 boats that sink at sea does so when the hull comes apart under the force of pounding seas?
If that statistic was adjusted for heavy weather sinkings, it would go up dramatically, I'm sure. Cross the waves at a 45-degree angle and "tack" across the storm like a sail boat moving to windward. And slow down! Your 20 knots and 5 knots of wave speed multiply the force of the pounding. Slow down and the forces.
3. Don't Be Bashful If things start to get dicey, get on the radio and call the USCG. Tell them where you are, where you are heading and why you are concerned about the situation. Most likely, the watch stander will take that information and ask you to check in with him or her every 15 minutes. Don't be late in checking in or you may find a red-and-white helicopter hovering over you. But if you are in trouble, the USCG will know where you were just 15 minutes prior. You started the "rescue starts now" clock the last time you communicated your position.
4. Any Port in a Storm OK, you told your spouse you'd be back by 4pm and it is now 6pm and you are struggling against the nor'easter that is keeping you from operating at speed to get in. Don't bet your life on a perceived deadline. Your spouse would rather you survive. Head to the nearest harbor you can safely make, even if that means turning and putting the storm on your stern. Arriving safely anywhere is better than not arriving at all.
5. Surf If you find the sea is going where you are, consider getting on the back of one of those growlers and staying there, all the way home. It takes considerable seamanship and helmsmanship to ride the back of a wave but consider this. If you have an outboard engine with a transom cut-out, your "free board" is only that little distance between the water line and the lowest part of that cut-out. Probably 6'-10". If you have a following sea and one of those growlers catches up with you, he will swamp you from astern. Stay ahead and he can't!
7. Don't head out without a Ditch Bag. If things really get dicey, don't leave the boat until it sinks out from under you. But have a "ditch bag" ready cell phone, handheld radio, fresh water, dry clothes, medical kit, flash light, flares, etc come immediately to mind.
I spent 5 days at sea in Hurricane Alberta nearly 40 years ago. I have a healthy respect for the sea and how fast things can go from bad to absolutely awful. Don't be a statistic. Be the skipper who can say, "I always bring my crew back."
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 .
About Fog - Do You Know What To Do If You Get Caught In It?
- By Bob Sherman
It doesn't happen all that often here in Southern California, but when it does, it can be scary if you get caught in it.
Do you remember what signals to use, and how often? Test your knowledge of the USCG "Navigation Rules" with this short quiz. Answers are below. (Note: A short blast of the horn is about 1 second - A prolonged blast is 4-6 seconds).
Question #1 You are underway, (under power if a sailboat) and the fog closes in. You slow down so that you can stop within half the range of your visibility, or slower. You immediately start fog signals, either manually with your horn, or with an automatic loudhailer. You post a bow & radar watch with qualified crew, and turn on your navigation lights. You double check your radar and GPS settings. What horn signal do you give every TWO minutes?
a. 1 short
b. 1 prolonged
c. 2 short
d. 2 prolonged
Question #2 You detect another vessel's fog signal forward of your beam, but you cannot see it or spot it on your radar. You should:
a. Maintain course and speed
b. Slowly circle around
c. Slow to bare steerageway
d. Stop, look and listen
e. Either C or D
Question #3 A mile from the harbor entrance, the fog becomes so thick that you can barely see past the bow. You shift to neutral, but hold your position. Now what signal do you give every TWO minutes?
a. 1 short
b. 1 prolonged
c. 2 short
d. 2 prolonged
Question #4 You hear "prolonged-short-short" off in the distance. What type of vessel could this be?
a. Sailboat underway
b. Vessel with restricted maneuverability
c. Vessel towing another
d. Vessel engaged in fishing
e. All of the above
Question #5 You decide to anchor until conditions improve. The signal you give is:
c. Rapid ringing of bell for 5 seconds
d. Three strokes of the bell
e. Either B or C.
ANSWERS: 1: b / 2: e / 3: d / 4: e / 5: e
Notes: Occasionally, it's a good idea to practice a slow harbor approach, using your radar and GPS in clear daylight conditions, before you find yourself in reduced visibility. Warning: This is tricky with boat traffic - you need qualified crew to keep watch and you must obey all right-of-way rules during your simulation! Make sure you know how to 'tune" your radar, and bear in mind that small vessels may not show up except at very short range, but lives are still at stake.
Editor's Note: While we believe the information in this short quiz is accurate, it was published just to get you thinking about how familiar you are with the rules of the road, and is not approved by the USCG. You should have a copy of the USCG Navigation Rules on board your vessel at all times, and refer to it for all official rules.