||From the Marina Office
With most schools and colleges back in full swing and the end of summer rapidly approaching, we find ourselves at near capacity at the marina even before our Baja Ha Ha and CUBAR guests arrive. Looks like we will have a "full house" this year for October and early November!
Baja Ha Ha participants are encouraged to make reservations sooner rather than later, as some of our CUBAR guests will have an overlap of desirable docking dates for the Baja boaters.
San Salvador Replica to Lead Tall Ship Parade
Many of our tenants have been anxiously awaiting the launch of the San Salvador replica, which was constructed over the past four years "right around the corner" from us at Spanish Landing.
Having been relocated to Chula Vista and christened in July, this beautiful wood sailing vessel will make its on-the-water debut by leading the Tall Ship parade on Friday, September 4th to kick-off the annual Festival of Sail over Labor Day weekend, hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. It's a sight you won't want to miss!
In addition to our great vantage point to view the tall ship parade, another benefit of our location on Shelter Island is the proximity to Humphreys-by-the-Bay, home of the famous concert venue.
Some of the artists who will be here in September include ZZ Top, the Beach Boys, Air Supply, Chicago, Tower of Power, Gordon Lightfoot and America - a feast for the Baby Boomer crowd!
Enjoy summer's "last hurrah" over Labor Day weekend, and be safe on the land and on the sea. (Don't drink and drive in either case!)
The Staff at Shelter Cove Marina
Do You Have What it Takes to Get Out of a Fix?
- By Captain H. G. "Rags" Laragione
Chances are you have some of the marine distress signaling devices on board that Kells Christian writes about in this issue, but do you have some of the common repair items on board that might well save you from getting into a distress situation in the first place?
Here is a list of the items we have aboard Rhumb Punch, our training vessel at the Maritime Institute. You may want to check it against your on-board repair kit. (I confess we have actually had to use some of these items during actual training exercises.)
- Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Shorty Wet Suit
- Sharp Knife for Cutting Tangled Line in Prop
- Spare Fuses
- Spare Impellers for Engine and Generator Water Intakes
- Wire Stripper; Spare Wire, Soldering Gun
- Heat Shrink and Heat Gun or Small Torch
- Peel Off Aluminum Foil Tape (For Exhaust Leaks)
- Rescue Tape for Many Repair Jobs Like Fixing Broken Fuel Lines - Also for Many First Aid Incidents
- Duct Tape
- Large Channel Lock for Tightening Shaft or Rudder Packing Gland
- Spare Hose Clamps
- Spare Line for Towing minimum 75' (3/4" Nylon With Spliced Ends)
- Stainless Steel Wire
- Regular Hammer and Wooden Mallet
- Hacksaw For Cutting Hoses
- Spare Electrical Bilge Pump With Alligator Clips on Wires Long Enough to Reach Batteries
- Spare Manual Bilge Pump w/Sufficient Length Hose on Each End
- Battery Operated Drill/Screwdriver
- Screwdrivers - All Sizes
- Absorbent Pads for Oil Spill in Bilge
- Spare Spark Plugs and Spark Plug Wrench
Wooden Thru-Hull Plugs Tied to Each ThruHull
- Mechanical Wrenches and Sockets (Metric and US)
- Strap Wrench; Pipe Wrenches
- Bolt Cutter
- Vice Grips; Diagonal Cutters; Needle Nose Pliers - Small Nylon Line
This may seem overboard (no pun intended), but the cost of towing can be very expensive in many ways. And remember, a mechanical breakdown is not a rescue emergency situation for the U.S. Coast Guard if there's no danger to life and limb.
Like everything in life, if you have it on board, you'll probably not need it - but with boating, why take the chance?
Captain Laragione is the President of The Maritime Institute which offers USCG approved courses for mariners. Curriculum ranges from the maritime rules of the road to the 1600 Ton Captain's License. Captain Laragione is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"
Are You Ready For El Niño?
- By Richard Benscoter
El Niño! - We talked about it all year long - and the high water temperature off the coast supports the theory that it's coming. The weather service is predicting it with a greater than 90% chance; and if they're right, above average rainfall will be starting as early as September.
So what does El Niño have to do with boating?? Leaks? Yes - boat leaks, and they could be numerous because we haven't had heavy rain for some time.
So here is the process to rejuvenate your hatch seals.
• First remove any large matter that is stuck to the seals with a dry cloth - do not rub forcibly.
• Remove the chalking with a multipurpose cleaner, Do not use a cleaner or any product that contains oils or Dimethylsiloxane (DMS), usually a clear greasy liquid, which leaves a never-dry gloss film, as do most contain petroleum distillate solvents that are that are compatible with EPDM.
• Inspect for cracks and tears or areas that have not returned to its original form. If you have any areas such as these the seals need replaced. There are many on-line companies that sell replacement seals for hatches. Be sure you know the type, model and manufacture of your hatch or port light as seals differ from year to year and model to model.
• To rejuvenate your seals use a product that contains glycerin. There are commercial products such as Zymol that work well and can be obtained on line or through some auto detail supply houses. I purchase and use Pure Glycerin USP that I get at my local drug store. Apply a thin coat of glycerin to your clean seals with a lint free towel. I would recommend repeating this process twice a year.
• Remember to clean the surface on which the seal will sit such as hatch lips or Plexiglas windows.
Inspect all penetrations through the hull such as chain plates, light prisms etc. The sealant for these penetrations should be free from cracks and should not be pulled away from their bonding surface. If they are, remove the sealant - clean, dry and reseal. Use a sealant that is made for the marine environment.
"Synopsis: There is a greater than 90% chance that El Niño will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 85% chance it will last into early spring 2016." Source - NOAA 13 August 2015
Here's hoping we do get lots of rain as we do need it - and that your boat remains dry inside!
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.
From the Galley - Captain T 's Party Shrimp Recipe
-By Tom Poster
Want to be a hit of the next dock party? Make Captain T's sure to please party shrimp appetizers. No vampires around after this one!
24 large fresh Shrimp
Package of thin sliced Prosciutto Ham
Package of Provolone Cheese
Turn on the oven broiler. Coat each shrimp with a small amount of Olive Oil. Wrap each Shrimp with a slice of Prosciutto Ham. Place a small piece of Provolone Cheese atop the Prosciutto Ham wrapped Shrimp. Then top each Shrimp with a small piece of butter and some minced Garlic.
Place into the broiler and flash broil the Shrimp. Cheese will lightly brown and melt along with the butter. Garlic will infuse.
Cooks rather quickly so keep an eye on it. Remove and serve...
Boating App of the Month
The ability of the mobile phone and PC to be used on board on inland or open sea waters has changed the world of marine electronics forever. Here's an interesting App we found at BlueSkyNews that you might be interested in having.
Wavetrax: This sailing/boating logbook app makes automatic log entries as you go.
A live dashboard shows key data and sailing & motoring hours. You can also enrich logs with photos, notes & annotations (weather, sea state, etc.). Other features include the ability to store your trips securely online; edit and print logs from your personal web account; share your logs on social media and by email. Click Here for more information.
Don't Let the Stars Get In Your Eyes
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews.com
In my younger years. I was fortunate to have worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for several years. It was so interesting, I probably would still be there if it hadn't been for the draft causing me to join the U.S. Navy.
Over the years and many extended cruises on small ships, I had the opportunity to see firsthand was the effects of sea sickness on lots of different types of people.
You get motion sickness when one part of your balance-sensing system (your inner ear, eyes, and sensory nerves) senses that your body is moving, but the other parts don't. For example, if you are in the cabin of a moving ship, your inner ear may sense the motion of waves, but your eyes don't see any movement.
One of the most fascinating aspects of sea sickness I learned while at Scripps was the debunking of a few common myths. The most interesting myth is that "some people are prone to sea sickness, and some aren't".
This is absolutely not true. The fact is that you may have never been sea sick a day in your life, but then one day the circumstances are such that you succumb to the malady.
Another myth is that once you get sea sick, it's impossible to recover until you land back on terra-firma. This is not true either. Many people (including myself) can overcome sea sickness by sheer mental power and following recommendations like going out on deck in the fresh air and concentrating on the horizon.
There are however people that Scripps identified as "chronic seasickers" - people who got so violently sea sick that they can potentially die. These people have to be gotten on shore as soon as possible.
The most surprising thing I learned about sea sickness however was that looking up at the stars at night while standing up is an almost guaranteed invitation to get vertigo followed by sea sickness.
Even the experienced skippers avoided that temptation.