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Holiday Greetings From the Marina Office !
T'is the season of joy and celebration, but also of bidding fond farewells to some wonderful guests and tenants who are heading to warmer waters for Winter. Many have promised to return in Spring or Summer, so we look forward to re-uniting with our friends in the not-too-distant future.

For those tenants hunkering down at Shelter Cove for the holidays, we will have a community potluck on Sunday night, December 14th in our beautiful BBQ area (weather permitting) and then watch the first night of the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights together.

With all of the partying that happens during December, this can't be said enough: Please don't drink and drive! Make pre-arrangements with family or friends to stay the night, or call one of the many companies that make themselves available to provide free transportation as needed. Please don't allow your idea of a good time put another family's holiday cheer at risk...

Here's to the coming New Year! May it be a memorable one for all of us.

Shaun McMahon - Marina Manager

Waterfront Seats for the Catalina Air Show
- By Peggy Bodenreider
I went to Catalina Island in October for the Catalina Air Show over Avalon, and not only was it one of the best air shows I've seen, but also one of the most exciting days on the water I've had this year!

It was a crystal clear day with nothing but blue skies and a blue sea. We dropped anchor among dozens of boaters vying for the best views just off Avalon, close enough to hear the music, muffled by the buzz of excitement from the VIP area at Casino Point. Those who arrived that morning got an early adrenalin rush watching the 10:00 am air show rehearsal. Even though it lacked the fanfare from ashore, the practice run turned out to be just about as much fun as the actual event.

The Catalina Air Show began at 1:00 p.m. when skydiver Rich Piccirilli jumped from his plane and was soon caught by a colorful red and yellow parachute. He slowly descended onto Avalon Harbor with a perfect landing for a cheering crowd.

There were several impressive performances by various pilots and aircraft that kept us on our feet and looking skyward for the next three hours, including native Californian Vicky Benzing in her red air racer and Marcus Paine in his bright yellow bi-plane.

"Super Dave" Mathieson was quite spectacular in an orange MX2, the world's most advanced aerobatic aircraft designed for +/- 16 Gs. With smoke trailing and engine roaring Super Dave raced vertically at 300 mph then rolled over the top and into a silent freefall for several seconds before he pulled up just above the ocean.

Later joined by Jon Melby in a black and yellow Pitts bi-plane, the two pilots raced wing-to-wing before each made a 90-degree turn in opposite directions. The pair performed several aerobatic maneuvers, flying upside down at times, and other times with wings perpendicular to the waterline. One remarkable routine was while Melby soared over the water in a straight line Super Dave flew circles around him, leaving a corkscrew of smoke behind. These two professionals obviously have the highest level of confidence in one another!

In sharp contrast the Tiger Squadron, a precision flying team based in Southern California, showed off their skills with five vintage warbirds making numerous passes, all in different and daring formations. Each plane sported different colors: gray and red, blue, black, silver and yellow, black and orange. The planes appeared to fly so slowly it seemed they would drop out of the sky! But the steady drone of the engines kept propelling the planes forward in perfect synchrony. Each exact maneuver was preserved in time for a few seconds by the trailing white billows of smoke.

The show closed with an amazing flyover and show by Captain Adam Runge, a high-performance military aircraft pilot. We all knew the CF-18 Hornet was the last scheduled appearance and were anxiously scanning the horizon to the west where each performer had made their entry.

We heard a buzz from the crowd onshore and looked behind us in time to see the jet screaming up Avalon Canyon toward the harbor. We were positioned perfectly, as it went directly overhead at such an incredible speed.

I swear I could feel the heat from the afterburners as he flew out to sea. Captain Runge performed several maneuvers that kept us holding our collective breath for nearly 30 minutes.

It was quite an afternoon, and one you won't want to miss next year. The date for the 2015 Catalina Air Show is October 3rd, so even though it's a while away, it's worth noting it in your 2015 cruising calendar.

Peggy Bodenreider is an avid boater and West Coast Regional Manager for Sterling Acceptance Corporation and a 30-year veteran of marine finance. Contact Peggy at 877-488-5568 or peggy@sterlingacceptance.com for information on competitive financing programs for purchase money or refinance loans.

Do You Recognize These Symptoms?
- By Bob Simons
There is a very real danger of Carbon Monoxide (CO) accumulation in your boat during the winter months when we tend to have things more or less closed up to retain the warmth.

Carbon Monoxide is a gas produced by burning any and all kinds of fuel. Running your boat's engine or generator can cause Carbon Monoxide to accumulate in the living and sleeping spaces, as can propane use, natural gas use, etc.

You can't see, smell, or taste carbon monoxide. But if you breathe too much of it, it can become deadly within minutes.

Whether winter or summer, be aware that the following symptoms in yourself or others may be an indicator or warning of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Unstable gait (stumbling around)
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

The only treatment for carbon monoxide poisoning is to replace the carbon monoxide in the victim's blood with oxygen.

At a minimum, the victim will have to breathe high concentrations of oxygen for a long time to reverse the poisoning. In worst case scenarios, victims must be treated in barometric chambers, which provide 100% oxygen in high-pressure environments.

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is 911 time. Get help immediately! Perform CPR for one minute before calling 911 if you are alone. Otherwise, have someone else call and begin CPR.

Get the Person to Fresh Air - Move the person away from carbon monoxide area. If the person is unconscious, check for injuries before moving.

Turn off carbon monoxide source if you can do so safely.

Mild exposure is treated with oxygen and monitoring of carbon monoxide levels. Severe carbon monoxide poisoning may require high doses of oxygen therapy

Bob Simons ImageBob Simons has been in the Coast Guard Auxiliary for thirty years and owns a sailboat as well as a powerboat. He teaches classes in Boating Safety & Seamanship as well as Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation. Bob is also the co-owner of Seabreeze Books and Charts

A Nostalgic Tribute to the NuTone Blender
- By Kells Christian
The Nutone blender is a built in blender consisting of a motor which is mounted below a countertop with a rectangular stainless steel counter top fixture. The counter top fixture includes a round switch and a matching round cover for the rotating driver. Its flush mount and brown and stainless finish matched well with salmon countertops and avocado green appliances.

The Nutone blender is one of the most iconic accessories on 1980's motor vessels. It is a nostalgic device from my boating youth that brings a smile with each encounter.

Prior to my marine surveying career, which began in 1990, I captained several motor yachts in Florida. Most of these yachts were built in the United States or Taiwan, and most were equipped with the Nutone blender. In hot Florida climes, frozen margaritas and rum runners are logical first steps for a novice captain and bartender and thus began my love of the Nutone.

If you are unfamiliar with a Nutone blender, you haven't paid attention when you were aboard vintage motor yachts. As iconic as the slinky and the pet rock, but much more practical, the Nutone is also a food processor and knife sharpener. That pipe smoking, smartly dressed yachtsman that you see walking down your dock has a Nutone on his vessel.

It should be noted that these blenders were not sold exclusively to vessels in hot climates. Lake Havasu City boat builders have no choice but to include this accessory as a standard option. "60 miles per hour with a blender" is a modern sales pitch in the desert, but the Nutone sales force cornered the world wide motor yacht market in the 1980's. It was not only the most prolific blender aboard but the most prolific non-essential piece of galley equipment, far exceeding the Broan trash compactor.

Oh, what a cyclonic sales force Nutone must have employed in those whirl wind days. To this fantastic sales team and their incredible market share we have one clear and obvious salute! ... Cheers!

Kells Christian has been an accredited Marine Surveyor since 1990. His expertise extends to both recreational and commercial vessels. Kells was Regional Director of Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) for 2 years and a prominent member of numerous other industry organizations. You can e-mail your marine surveyor questions to kellschristian@cox.net or Click Here to visit his web site.

Tommy J's Favorites - Newmar Waterproof Fittings
- By Tom Jarvis
Newmar offers waterproof fittings for wire routing designed for vertical and horizontal surfaces. They are called "Right Angle Waterproof Feed-Thru Fittings" or their "RA Series".

There are three choices for this fitting - RA-1, RA-2, and RA-3, and they are designed for different size wires. Here is a table that references their size capability:

These wall hugging low profile enclosures are made of molded nylon with a sculpted shape so they have no sharp edges and provides for a smooth 90 degree radius which protects the wire.

These RA Series fittings are easy to install, just slice on the silicone compression ring onto the wire, mount the base with waterproof gasket then attach the sealing end cap to create the waterproof seal.

You would utilize the RA fitting prior to attaching a terminal connector to the wire since you have to slide on the compression ring over the wire.

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.

Five Prerequisites to Achieve the Perfect Boat Shine!
- By Richard Benscoter
How do some boat owners get get their vessels looking so picture-perfect? "What's their secret?" and "What detailing products did they use?"

Well, If you want the perfect shine on your boat, it's not that simple, and 'somebody' has to do a little work - and then do some more work to keep it looking that way. But then it's worth it when you achieve that envious look from your fellow mariners.

The boat polishing process I'm about to explain came from years of experimenting with dozens of polish and wax combinations to discover what produced the best results.

So here are the five prerequisites to achieve that perfect boat shine:

  1. Your Boat's Gel Coat Must Be in Good Condition: For the first 12 to 18 months of a new boat's life, gel coat is relatively oxidation-free and in good condition. If you maintain your new boat's gel with regular washing and protection, oxidation will remain minimal, and cleaning the gel coat will be a minor task.

    You should try and wash your boat weekly. If you don't have time to wash it weekly, a good rinsing of the boat will help remove surface containments.

    If your boat's Gel Coat is relatively new and in excellent condition, getting the perfect shine will be far less work than on boats that are five or more years old with heavy oxidation.

  2. Your Boat's Gel Coat Must Be Contamination Free: As your boat sits in its slip or is being used, debris from the docks and air (i.e., dirt, exhaust ,birds, etc.) will adhere itself to your boat's gel coat. The longer this debris is allowed to remain, the more difficult it is to remove. This is just one reason that regular washing with soap is so important.

    So before you polish, these contaminants must be removed - you can't wax over them and expect to get a new boat shine.

  3. Polishing (Compounding): Compounding is necessary to remove minor blemishes, including oxidation, surface scratches, swirl marks, pitted areas and scuffs.

    When polished, the gel coat will feel perfectly smooth. Your hand and polishing towel will literally glide over the surface. The reflection from the boat surface will be clear and sharp. Feeling a perfectly polished boat is exciting.

    Not all polishing compounds are created equally. They have different grits for different levels of surface oxidation and contamination. These compounds are basically liquid abrasive and what you're doing is lightly sanding or polishing your hull.

    Look for a compound with an abrasive system that as it is being worked, by hand or machine, breaks down into finer and finer tiny particles that eventually become a super fine polish.

  4. Glazing: Glaze is a term that's grossly misused in boat detailing products. Glazes are used to fill small surface scratches and swirl marks.

    Glazes will restore that full gel coat gloss as it fills in and eliminates the swirl marks created by compounding.

  5. Waxing: Waxing is the final step of getting that perfect shine. I'm not talking about just any wax here, I'm talking about a pure, natural carnuba wax.

    Pure carnuba waxes don't have cleaning properties or synthetic compounds added. They are made from a blend of carnuba waxes, beeswax and natural oils. A quality wax gives gel coat depth. Don't underestimate the value of a great wax when it comes to the final results of your boats finish.

If this seems like too much work, I hope that this information will be helpful when selecting that detailer for your boat.

Have a wonderful holiday season and I will see you on the water!

Richard BenscoterEditor'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.

Christian Marine Surveyors

How to Be a Good Crew Member
- By Bob Sherman
The crew or "First Mate" is an important part of the team from the moment your guests arrive, before the boat even leaves the dock.

Sharing the responsibilities will reduce the pressure on the skipper, making it a safer and more pleasant experience for all. Plus, it's more fun to be involved. Your guests are there to have fun, but keep in mind that you are responsible for their safety ...and will look to you to explain what to do, or not to do.

Besides being a gracious host, the crewperson can help the skipper by explaining the things that we boaters take for granted -.starting with where to safely set your drink! - Proper use of the head is important. Show everyone where the trash and recycling bins are. Sometimes non-boaters assume it's OK to throw leftover food in the ocean, figuring "the fish will eat it". Biodegradable or not, put it in the trash and reduce your impact on the ocean!

Presumably your guests will be well versed on sun protection, but could likely use advice on avoiding seasickness. If going offshore, ask if anyone is prone to motion sickness. Tips include: pre-medicating, little or no alcohol until reaching calm water, and staying out of the cabin while at sea. Make sure everyone knows how to swim, and point out the location of lifejackets and throwable device. If you are venturing far offshore, it would be prudent to show them the location of fire extinguishers.

When it's time to leave, the crew should assure that all ports and hatches are secured, and breakables are safely stowed. The skipper should direct the releasing of dock lines. Once clear of the dock, make sure dock lines are secured or stowed so that they cannot fall into the water and get caught in the prop. Avoid embarrassment by bringing up all the fenders.

It goes without saying that at least one crew member should know how to use the VHF radio, and basic engine operation - just in case they become "suddenly in command".

A good crew member is looking for ways to be helpful, without needing constant supervision by the skipper. However, when things are NOT going well, it can be a delicate situation. Sometimes it is best to bite your lip in remain silent. You don't want to make things worse by alarming or embarrassing the skipper, causing further tension. Have you ever seen a skipper yelling at his crew, when really the crew is not the one at fault? This can ruin everyone's day, to put it mildly.

All skippers, no matter how capable, occasionally may find themselves in a tight situation - usually close quarters docking with a lot of wind. In a stressful situation, a few words of encouragement may help calm the nerves of a tense skipper, as simple as "lookin' good"! As the docking progresses, helpful messages like, "you've got three feet on this side"; "you're getting too close over here"; or "OK- the stern line's on!" can be just what is needed.

But sometimes, carefully worded reminders like: "Watch your stern, there, Bill.- or "Uh, you do see that dinghy, don't you, Honey?" - can prevent a far worse embarrassment. Say it as tactfully as you can, depending upon the urgency of the situation, except in a real emergency.

If there is a strong breeze and it looks like docking could be a challenge, prepare in advance. Have the boat hook ready and/or have a loose fender/line in the cockpit. If you notice the boat getting "uncomfortably" close to other boats or fixed obstacles, and you are sure it's safe, quickly walk to the spot where contact is likely, and be ready to fend off. Take action early, but try not to panic, as you will make the skipper panic more. Don't wait for the skipper to ask. Rarely will one want to admit that they are in trouble, until it's serious. The boat hook can be used to provide steady pressure to keep clear. The fender can be dropped in between the boats at the closest point, where they are about to touch.

Of course, the success all depends upon the size of the yacht and the forces involved. The larger the boat, the less the crew can do to help, and the more the risk of serious injury.

The skipper be relieved, knowing you are there to fend-off, just in case. He or she is more likely to salvage the situation, thanks to your professional back up.

NOTE: EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN TO NOT ENDANGER ONESELF when fending off. Don't risk getting limbs caught between boats. Boats can be repaired; body parts cannot be replaced! If in doubt, stay completely clear! This is why they invented insurance.

Editor's Note: Bob Sherman has over 20 years of Yacht sales experience and is the owner of YachtSource. He is also qualified to instruct on all vessel types, and has held 100-ton Captain's license since 1982. He is an avid sailor, and scuba diver. You can send an e-mail to Bob at bobsherman@BlueSkyNews.com

The 4 Phases of Cold Water Immersion
The most common misunderstanding about Cold Water Immersion is that it leads to immediate Hypothermia. The real truth is, other serious events occur long before hypothermia sets in, each with its own physiological challenges.

Phase 1 - Cold Shock Response: Cold Shock Response lasts for only about a minute after entering the water and refers to the affect that cold water has on your breathing.

Initially, there is an automatic gasp reflex in response to rapid skin cooling. If the head goes underwater, water may be breathed into the lungs during the gasp. The result of this is simple: drowning. That's one of the many benefits of a life jacket or PFD: it helps to keep your head above water during this critical first response.

Phase 2 - Cold Incapacitation: After 10 minutes or more, if able to survive cold shock, there's a loss of muscle dexterity - can't get back in the boat, can't operate radio, can't swim even if normally a strong swimmer - drowning of not rescued.

Phase 3 - Hypothermia: Hypothermia - There are a number of misconceptions when it comes to hypothermia. The first deals with how long it will take to become hypothermic. While it varies with water temperature and body mass, it can take 30 minutes or more for most adults to become even mildly hypothermic in ice water.

Knowing this is vitally important in a survival situation, since people would be far less likely to panic if they knew that hypothermia would not occur quickly and that they have some time to make good decisions and actions to save themselves.

Phase 4 - Circum-rescue Collapse: Can happen just before, during or after rescue. The symptoms can range anywhere from fainting to death. But, why does this collapse occur so near rescue?

Several factors are working here: while you are fighting to stay alive, your senses are heightened and stress hormones are surging through your body, helping you survive. Once rescue is imminent, is in progress, or has just taken place, a mental relaxation occurs, creating a decreased output of those stress hormones.

Blood pressure can drop and muscles can fail, causing collapse and in some extreme cases, even cardiac arrest and death. The key thing to remember is that heart function is dramatically impacted by the way that a victim is handled and removed from the water. Knowing what not to do can make a life-saving difference.

For more information including informative videos and information for first responders, Click Here.

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