From the Marina Office
We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter, and we look forward to seeing you at the marina.
As we all prepare for the annual island madness on the 4th of July, here are a few tips and reminders for our tenants:
Big Bay Boom Access Passes must be picked up in person at the marina office limit one per live aboard slip or office tenant, and please do not e-mail or duplicate to others! Remember, these are simply passes to drive through the checkpoint after the Harbor Police have "closed" the island, and they do not guarantee a parking space will be available!
We encourage you to "stay put" on the holiday, or walk or bike to local businesses as needed. If you absolutely must leave the island on the Fourth, we suggest setting up a "tag team" with a very patient and flexible friend or family member who can trade parking spaces with you while you are out running errands or attending an appointment (this takes quite a bit of exacting coordination, however!)
Remember! No barbecues on the wood docks, leave a path on the docks wide enough for a cart to pass through easily, do not leave gates propped or tied open, and do not give access to the marina facilities to anyone who does not have a fob in hand! Enjoy the holiday with your neighbors and loved ones, but please be vigilant for the few troublemakers and criminals within the crowds who could potentially spoil the celebration for many. (Never take matters into your own hands with these individuals the Harbor Police will be on location en force and should be contacted immediately if you witness any dangerous or illegal activity.)
Happy Independence Day to all!
The Staff at Shelter Cove Marina
What to Do If Your Inflatable Dinghy Is Losing Air
If your dinghy is losing air pressure, the best tool to find the leaks is light soapy water in a bucket and spray bottle.
Start by checking the valves first - the number one cause of slow leaks is due to poorly fitted valves. Spray around the valve, and if you see bubbles forming, unscrew the valve and clean the area. Check the valve fitting and base and be sure the valve insert is screwed on tight.
You can apply glue from the repair kit to seal small leaks around the valve or holes where the nylon string enters the valve assembly. Make sure the little rubber O-rings are still good. If that doesn't fix the problem, it's time to get a new valve.
Next, take the floor boards out and fully inflate the boat until it's hard to the touch. Put some liquid detergent in a bucket of water and scrub it all over the boat with rag or big wash brush. Watch for elusive or tiny bubbles to find the leaks.
Inflatable boats come with a repair kit as standard equipment, but if you don't have the original kit, be sure to check with the manufacturer to find out what material your inflatable is made of. The wrong kit could be a very bad thing.
It is recommended to do repairs in dry weather. Humidity will decrease glue bond. Cut a piece of repair material large enough to overlap the damaged area by approximately 1" and round off the edges.
Apply glue to the underside of the patch and around the area to be repaired. Too much glue may interfere with a proper repair. Allow adhesive to become tacky for 5 minutes, and then place patch on the damaged area.
Use a weight to apply 3-5 lbs. of pressure over the patch for 24 hours. After the patch has dried, apply glue around the edges for a complete seal - let dry for six hours.
Tommy's Favorites - The SOS Dan Buoy Man-Overboard System
- By Tom Jarvis
The SOS Dan Buoy product is a well thought out alternative to the traditional Man Over-Board (M.O.B.) system available today. This safety device takes up less space and it is easier to deploy than any other system I have seen to date.
The dimensions of this small package are; 8 inches wide, by 12 inches long, by 2 inches thick, and it weighs approximately 10 pounds.
Just throw the Dan Buoy; it is light enough and small enough for a child to deploy. It is a water activated automatic inflating package that is fully inflated in 6 to 7 seconds.
When inflated, a 6 foot day-glow tower with a SOLAS strobe light and an 8 foot ribbon attached to the top of the tower are highly visible. In addition to the strobe light and ribbon there are several other life saving considerations attached to this unit.
An oversized drogue (designed to keep the Dan Buoy stationary to the area it was deployed), a whistle (to alert rescuers to your location), nylon straps for arm supports (the Dan Buoy provides enough flotation for an adult), reflective tape for search lights, and a lanyard for attaching to other flotation devices.
The Dan Buoy meets the U.S. Sailing and ISAF rules for offshore racing, and it requires no annual service fees for inspection. The Dan Buoy can be re-packaged by the owner and the self inflating CO2 cartridge can be reinstalled as well. This then provides for multiple deployments without having to have the entire unit sent to a certified Coast Guard approved re-packaging service location after just one deployment. The boat owner simply purchases the CO2 recharging kits and does the repacking themselves. The Dan Buoy makes boating so much safer.
Editor's Note: Tom Jarvis is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the SuperYacht Association and he also performs outside Marketing and Sales for the San Diego Marine Exchange. Click Here to email your boating product questions to Tom.
There Are Tons of Fun Things To Do in July in San Diego!
There are so many great fun and entertaining things to do in San Diego year round, but the great weather in July serves up more choices of things to do than any other time of year.
In addition to the obvious and more well known attractions like the Maritime Museum, the museums and events in Balboa Park, the Midway Museum, the Big Bay Boom, Humphrey's Concerts, and SeaWorld, there are tons of other things to do and see. Here's just a few other San Diego July happenings you may not have heard about:
Point Loma Summer Concerts:
Point Loma Park is the Venue for the Point Loma Summer Concerts. The park is located at 1049 Catalina Boulevard, between Point Loma Avenue and Talbot/Hill Streets. Here's what's coming up in July and August. For more information Click Here
San Diego Happenings / Events in July
Festival of the Bells July 12 - 14, 2013:
This event celebrates the anniversary of Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Mother of California's 21 Missions, which was founded in 1769. Each year in mid July, volunteers and visitors all gather to celebrate with food, entertainment, dancing and traditional activities .
All five Mission bells are rung during the weekend festivities, including an original bell dating back to 1802. The Festival of the Bells is a great family event and is a great opportunity for everyone to visit and learn more about this historical landmark. For more information, Click Here.
Friday Night Liberty at NTC:
Friday Night Liberty is a monthly first Friday evening of FREE open artist studios, galleries and events throughout NTC at Liberty Station's Arts & Cultural District.
Free parking, and free Admission. July's night is Friday, July 3rd starting at 5:00pm. For more information, Click Here
San Diego Symphony's Summer Pops:
Summer Pops is 10 weeks of evening concerts from just before 4th of July through Labor Day, all featuring the San Diego Symphony and some of today's hottest pop acts followed by fireworks displays. For more information, Click Here.
Comic-Con International - July 18th through July 21st:
Affording some of the best "people watching" anywhere!
Even if you're not attending the annual ComiCon International Conference, be sure to meander downtown San Diego at lunch time near the convention center and take up a table at the Tin Fish Restaurant or Lou and Mickey's and enjoy the spectacle.
You might even get an autograph from Princess Leah or a Star Wars Storm Trooper. For more information, Click Here.
San Diego's Little Italy - the Farmer's Market and Kettner Nights:
Little Italy's Date Street comes alive ever Saturday, Rain or Shine, from 8:00am-2:00pm with fresh produce, organic produce, various meats, flowers, home accessories, gifts and more.
The "Mercato" models itself after several other successful City Markets from all over the world.
Also in Little Italy, on the second Friday of every month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; Kettner Nights in Little Italy North has become the place to be for the arts and design crowds.
In Little Italy North; the art has as much flavor as the espresso or a tantalizing marinara. The Art and Design District of San Diego's Little Italy was modeled after New York City's trendy SoHo and Chelsea districts; offering art-lovers and design patrons diverse resources.
For more information about the Mercato and Kettner Nights, Click Here.
||Beating the Heat
- By Richard Benscoter
If your boat's engine is running a little hotter than it did last year, and the engine temperature increases noticeably when you demand more power from it, then you need to determine the cause before extensive and expensive engine maintenance is required.
Removing heat is the job of the engine cooling system.
The engine cooling system consists of really two independent cooling systems. One is the coolant side, which for this discussion I will call the fresh water side, and the other is the salt water side,
While the fresh water side is almost bullet-proof, it still requires the occasional changing of the coolant.
The salt water side is where most problems occur. I'm going to focus on the heat exchange where the heat generated by your engine is transferred. The flow of saltwater through tubes within the heat exchanger absorbs the heat from the engine coolant, and it is expelled in the engine exhaust and exits your boat. Here is a simplified drawing of a fresh and salt water cooling system.
The tubes of the heat exchanger can become clogged with all forms of material, which causes scale to build up. If it passes through your sea strainer it is also going to be passed through the heat exchange tubes. Here's a picture showing a clogged heat exchanger on the left, and what it looks like after being professionally cleaned on the right.
Many boaters consider heat exchanger cleaning a DIY project using chemicals that clean heat exchanger tubes. Several mildly acidic products are available and will remove more deposit than most other methods; but the subsequent disposal of the chemicals, an environmental hazard, creates its own set of problems.
It has also been found quite frequently that some residual material will still need to be removed by mechanical cleaning methods. Most important of all there is no way, without the proper testing equipment to ensure that the cleaning solution has not eaten through a damaged tube or joint. If this happens, you will commingle your salt water and fresh water sides of your cooling system, which usually results in all the coolant in the fresh water side being siphoned out through he salt water side leaving no coolant in the engine.
This is one job where "penny wise and pound foolish" should be considered. Removing your heat exchanger and having it professionally cleaned will ensure that all the tubes are as new cleaned ,the exchanger has been pressure checked on tube side and the shell side and the gaskets and seals have been replaced.
When you clean or remove your heat exchanger check all the saltwater hoses as the build up in the exchanger will happen in the hoses also. Moving these hoses during service can cause the calcification to crack and dislodge and move down stream with the flow of salt water, possibly causing another cooling obstruction. You might want to consider changing the saltwater cooling hoses when you service your heat exchanger.
See you on the water
Editor's Note: Richard Benscoter is a long time avid sailor. He and his wife Debbie are both avid sailors and members of the Silver Gate Yacht Club and owner of the Mariners Woodshop. If you have a sailing question for Richard, send e-mail to richard@BlueSkyNews.com.
Making a Trip to the Boatyard
- By Bill Campbell
It's been a long time since your last bottom paint job, and your diver is telling you that the condition of your boat's bottom is poor, and the paint needs to be refreshed. So you have called your boatyard of choice and have made a reservation to haul your boat.
What should you do to get prepared for your haul out, and what should you expect from the boat yard when you bring your boat in for hauling and bottom painting?
First, you should have the bottom cleaned by your diver within about a week of hauling.
You should expect that your boat will be hauled as scheduled unless the yard has contacted you to let you know they have a scheduling problem. Those arise sometimes as materials may be delayed, or work has taken longer than expected on boats already hauled. Or an owner has asked the yard to do more work after being hauled out. Just remember, this could be you.
As soon as your boat is hauled out, it will be immediately hydro-washed to clean off any residual growth, loose paint, and slime - and then blocked in the yard for work.
When she is blocked, the yard should go around the outside of the boat inspecting the underwater surfaces. They should look for zinc condition and advise if new ones are needed. They should check for areas where the paint has come off, or has been rubbed off by the diver, and advise if there will be extra charges for sanding and priming bad areas prior to being able to paint.
They should take a look at the prop and inspect for dents and dings that may be causing vibrations while underway. Shafts should be checked for pitting. They should check the cutlass bearings for proper tightness on the shafts, wiggle the rudders to check for excessive wear on the rudder bearings, and advise you if any added work is required.
The yard will also check that your trim tabs are in good condition and are not leaking oil. This is also the best time to check all thru hull valves and replace any that are frozen and unserviceable.
These are items that are not what a yard would term as up-sell items, but they are a prudent look at what you are unable to see for months at a time, and could have a significant effect on your boating fun.
Good luck with your next haul out.
Bill Campbell is the Boat Yard Manager for the Nielsen Beaumont Premiere Yachtworks Boatyard. Bill is responsible for the overall scheduling, organization, and management of vessel haulout, maintenance, and job processing.
Southland 4th of July Fireworks Schedule!
There's no shortage of fun, celebrations, and excitement on the 4th of July weekend in San Diego. Here's what's happening!
When it comes to watching fireworks, adventurous boaters can have the best view seat in the nation - on the water!
Downtown San Diego Big Bay Boom!: July 4th, Fireworks begin at 9:00 PM. The fireworks score is simulcast live on The Mighty 1090 FM and MAX FM 105.7. Click Here for complete details including where to watch, parking, and shuttle info.
Seaworld's 'Sea to Shining Sea' 4th of July Fireworks: Starts at 10:30 PM - Click Here for more details.
Ocean Beach Pier Fireworks: Starts at 9:00 PM - Spend the day picnicking, swimming in the ocean, walking and playing in the sand and shopping along Newport Ave. Then bundle up as the sun sets and pull up a blanket for a really spectacular fireworks show launched from the OB Pier. Click Here for details.
Old Town Historic Park 4th of July Parade: Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Parade, crafts and activities of early San Diego recreate an old fashioned Independence Day celebrated on the frontier. (No fireworks). Click Here for more details.
Coronado 4th of July Celebration: Various Locations on Coronado from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Celebrate the 4th of July in the Crown City with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00 AM, a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00 PM and fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00 PM. Click Here for more details.
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration: Del Mar Fairgrounds - Fireworks at 9:00 PM. Start off the day at the Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:30 AM, then enjoy the Hometown Heroes Parade at 7:00 PM, a concert provided by the Navy Band Southwest followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Click Here for more details.
Oceanside Fireworks Show: July 3rd - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Bring a beach chair and enjoy Oceanside Fireworks Show along with bites from amazing food trucks. Click Here for more details.