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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the January 2019 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter.
In this month's issue, we have interesting articles: Clean Marina Minute; Embracing Change, a new section: Monthly Recipes; and Special Knots for Sailors.
We also have important tips for getting your boat ready for the upcoming rainy Winter season; some "what to do and don't do" when whale watching; and an encouragement for every skipper to have a supply of the lowly wooden dowel aboard at all times.
Winners of the holiday boat decorating contest this year were Gretta and Gary Record and Robert Cargeeg. Thank you for making the Marina look so festive.
A special thanks to all of you who came to join us for the storytelling and bakeoff. Some wonderful treats and incredible stories.
You should all be proud that your Marina is the recipient of the Green Business Award. On December 7th, Sun Harbor Marina received this award from the Port of San Diego. This is a sustainable achievement award for Water efficiency.
Do you need Vessel Assistance Insurance? Vessel insurance does not always cover all that you expect. Salvage insurance is often missing. Salvage insurance covers items like, vessel sinking and towing. We highly encourage you to obtain salvage insurance. The two most common local providers are Sea Tow and BoatUS/Vessel Assist. To learn more, join us January 19th.
We hope you enjoy the new look of the laundry room. In order that everyone can use the cabinet storage, please mark your container and limit your containers to no more than 32 ounces.
The WiFi SPECIAL discounted rate for Marina tenants is still on until the end of January. We are pleased to announce that Extreme WiFi is providing a special offer to Sun Harbor Marina tenants for high-speed internet access. The Service works with all WiFi enabled devices including Smart TV's, Apple TV, and Fire Sticks.
The current rate for basic Extreme WiFi service is $44.95 per month. The offer for Sun Harbor Marina tenants will be discounted to $24.95/month for those who sign up by January 31st. Anyone who is currently signed up for the high-speed wireless service will be able to retain their current discounted rate as long as the service isn't dropped or terminated. The rate for the basic service will go up to the standard rate of $44.95 per month after February 1st. The service can be used in any WiFi enabled network with additional configuration.
We will continue to provide Free WiFi which will allows up to 10GB of data per month for basic email and internet use. The access code will remain the same.
The high-speed wireless service requires a one-time purchase of a bridge and router for your vessel. The purchase price of the equipment totals roughly $150. Current active Sun Harbor Marina tenants who have maintained the service for 1 year will be reimbursed the cost of the verified Extreme WiFi equipment purchase. To see a PDF Flyer with all the details of the WiFi service, Click Here.
Special Dates in January
January is National Hobby Month: Come in and tell us about your favorite pass time. We know you like boating but what else do you spend your time doing? I love being in or on the water but I also spend time playing card games with my family ('Oh Heck' and 5 Crowns are two favorites). I would love to hear more about you. I look forward to seeing you in January.
January 9th Law Enforcement Appreciation
January 10th Cut Your Energy Costs Day
January 11th Puddle & Splash Your Friends
January 14th Dress Up Your Pet Day
January 19th Popcorn Day
January 20th Penguin Awareness Day
January 21st King Tide
Saturday January 19th: The Value of Salvage Insurance, are you covered? Jared Stubbs will be here from Sea Tow at 1:30pm to talk about their insurance programs and a special discounted pricing offer for Sun Harbor Marina Tenants. Come and join us.
Clean Marina Minute - Storm Water Awareness
Have you ever wondered where the oil goes that makes driving so dangerous after the first rainfall? Or what happens to the detergent that runs down the driveway when you wash your car?
The used oil, as well as detergents, dirty water and soaps from washing your car and boat, are carried through city drains into the nearest lake, stream, bay or ocean. Anything dumped or dropped on the ground or in the gutter can end up in the nearest body of water. Stormwater pollution results from materials and chemicals washed into the storm drains from streets, gutters, neighborhoods, industrial sites, parking lots and of course boats and marinas.
This type of pollution is significant because, unlike the water that goes down a sink or toilet in your home, stormwater is untreated and flows directly into a lake, river, or the ocean.
Stormwater systems were originally intended to route rainwater quickly off the streets during a heavy storm. Unfortunately, these systems can carry pollutants such as pesticides, bacteria and chemicals through city streets and straight to our waters. Stormwater pollution can include chemicals, fast food wrappers, cigarette butts, Styrofoam cups, sewage overflow, cooking oil, bacteria from pet waste, used motor oil, fertilizers, paint and construction debris.
Laura's Blog - Embracing Change
- By Laura Brownwood
How do you accept change? Is it fun and exciting? Or as many, do you feel insecure, uncomfortable and worried? Change is an inevitable aspect of life. So let's take control of the way we accept it vs letting it control us. Our self talk plays a major roll, so ask yourself, "what is the best approach to this new situation?"
Think of a past situation, be it a job, relationship loss or ? that felt unsettling. How much time did you spend in a negative place? Years? Months? Days? Hours? or enough time to focus on the fact that change is part of life and existence, and change can bring new opportunities - sometimes good ones!
OK, so let's put it all in perspective. We've discussed it's an option to get overwhelmed by change and let it take control of our emotions. A few techniques to get into a more positive mind set include meditation, yoga, exercise and volunteering. One of the most powerful techniques is doing a list of Positive Aspects every day!! Appreciation, Gratitude, Thankfulness are POWERFUL tools to everyday life. There are a myriad of science based studies on the health benefits of having a positive attitude, including sleeping better, more relaxed, helpful in overcoming trauma and feeling happier!
So, when it comes to facing changes in YOUR life, make it your intention to be flexible. Believing you can face life's challenges will reduce your stress levels and bring you peace. It's your choice . . . worry vs peace... which do YOU choose?
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999
Marina Recipes -
Grilled Chicken Breast with Couscous
- By Mark Kropcznski
We are excited to bring you together through food. We are looking for recipes from each of you and will share one each month. Mark Kropczynski, your neighbor and executive chef at the Grant Grill, brings you our first recipe of the year.
Grilled Chicken Breast with Couscous, Black Mission Figs and Madeira Wine Sauce
For Chicken and Sauce:
6 each. - 8 ounce Chicken Breast
8 oz. - Madeira Wine
18 - Figs (Black Mission Figs)
2 oz. - Red Wine Vinegar
4 - Shallots (diced fine)
2 cups - Veal Stock
¼ lb. - Whole Butter
½ - Lemon (juice of)
For Couscous and Vegetables:
1 cup - Couscous
1 cup - Chicken Stock
2 tbsp. - Diced Cranberries
2 tbsp. - Diced Currants
2 tbsp. - Diced Apricots
1 - Onion
3 bunches - Swiss Chard (washed and rough cut)
Instructions for Chicken and Sauce:
Lean all fat off chicken breast but leave the skin. Season meat with salt and pepper then lightly coat with olive oil. Using a preheated grill, cook the chicken. While the chicken is cooking start the sauce (this can also be made in advance to save time and you would just reheat the sauce at this time).
Using a hot sauté pan add 1 tablespoon of butter then cut figs to sauté pan and cook figs until they are golden in color. Deglaze pan with the red wine vinegar and allow to reduce. Once vinegar is reduced, add Madeira wine and allow to reduce. Add veal stock to pan and reduce to sauce consistency. Finish sauce with butter and a splash of lemon. Season with salt and pepper.
Instructions for Vegetable and Couscous:
For cooking the couscous you will bring the chicken stock to a boil and season it with salt and pepper. Once stock boils add the couscous to stock stir add 1 tablespoon of butter stir again then cover pot with a lid and set aside onto a slow cooking area on your stove (couscous cooks quickly). For service, you will heat couscous up with two ounces of chicken stock, the diced dried fruit and chopped parsley. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper and serve.
For the chard, you will need a preheated sauté pan with little clarified butter. Wilt the onions in hot pan, when onions are translucent add chard and a 1oz of water. Once the chard starts to wilt add a 2oz of cream and cook until chard is wilted and tender.
Knots for Sailors -
Can't tie a knot? Tie a lot!
Knots are not just for sailors and all their strings. Knowing knots makes one a true mariner who can assume attitude when coming upon a dock cleat with a mound of tangled line wrapped around it. Knots can also get you out of a predicament, such as when you need a tow or an anchor snubber.
The must-know knots include the cleat hitch (see previous paragraph about cleat snootiness), the clove hitch and round-turn-two half hitches (two ways to tie on fenders), a sheet bend (tying together lines of different diameters), and a bowline (a loop knot used for just about everything). A rolling hitch applied to anchor chain is a great way to create an on-the-go snubber that will take the strain off the windlass and put it on a cleat.
Learning knots is easy thanks to various websites and apps. Try AnimatedKnots.com or Knots3D.com. Nothing will make a boater saltier (and handier) than a little knot knowledge.
Knots - A Two Half Hitch
This knot has a self-explanatory name: one half hitch, followed by another half hitch. It is easy to tie and forms a running noose that can be made larger or smaller. This is the perfect hitch to use to tie a line tightly around an object. Combined with a round turn, it is an excellent way to secure a dock line to a piling. Tying two half hitches on top of a clove hitch is also the best way to keep a fender whip from slipping.
A Final Note of Thanks
In closing, a big shout out to Jason Lilley and Terri Hand for notifying the office of a sinking dinghy during the storms that we had last month (Be sure to bail yours on a regular bases).
And while you are preparing for winter, please remember that nothing can remain on the dock with the exception of approved steps. If you are storing items in the steps, be sure there is no trash and cleaning products are in double containment. Other dock items that create trouble include mats on the dock. The mats hold salt and moisture underneath which eat away at the concrete.
That's it for Us! We wish everyone a wonderful new year! To follow our daily updates, please visit our Facebook Page. We also welcome your Comments on Yelp.
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
New App Makes It Easy To Fish Legally
The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation has announced the release of FishLegal, a new California fishing App!
This handy new App identifies California's Marine Protected Areas and fishing regulations, and also provides species identification capabilities.
The App is completely offline capable, and includes Maps of California Marine Protected Areas. Its GPS location capability allows accurate positioning so you will know your exact location, where to fish legally, and where to avoid!
Marine Protected Area maps and regulations are free and include all State Marine Reserve (SMR), State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA), State Marine Park (SMP), Special Closure (SC), and even the Cowcod Conservation Area.
To download the App, visit the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation's website.
Wooden Dowels - Why You Should Always Have Some Aboard Your Boat
- By Kells Christian
Do you see anything wrong in this picture? One of this boat's two prop shafts has broken. It broke ½" aft of the transmission coupler keyway.
The 30 year old boat had a relatively new owner. He had reversed out of his slip and had operated at approximately 15 minutes at low speed. The failure happened as he throttled up in forward and felt something unusual on the steering. This was the propeller contacting the rudder.
He then noticed that he had lost power from his port engine, though the engine ran and the transmission shifted normally.
A quick check of the engine room revealed that the port propeller shaft had slid out of the shaft seal, allowing a 2.5" stream of water into the engine room.
Fortunately experienced boaters were aboard along with emergency wooden dowel plugs, one of which fit nicely into the shaft seal hole.
This averted any significant water intrusion event, the vessel was hauled shortly thereafter limiting the damage to the broken shaft and bent propeller.
It defies logic that the propeller shaft was strong enough to assist in reversing the vessel out of its slip, but broke shortly thereafter while operating in forward. Logically one would think, if the shaft was that close to failure, it would have failed in reverse.
The lines across the break surface of the shaft are called beach lines. These are where a crack in the shaft has propagated across the face of the break surface, or through the shaft, until the point of failure.
This particular failure is unusual, as most propeller shaft failures occur at the key which allows connection to the transmission coupler or the propeller.
Boats maintained "in class" are required to pull their propeller shafts every five years. Most recreational vessels only pull propeller shafts if a problem develops. Another problem which is common with stainless steel propeller shafts is anaerobic corrosion below the shaft seals and strut bearings, caused by long periods of disuse and the unfortunate weaknesses of stainless steel.
This recent failure resulted in relatively little damage, due to the operator recognizing the problem quickly, inspecting the engine room and most importantly having proper emergency response equipment aboard.
Kells Christian has been an accredited Marine Surveyor since 1990. His expertise extends to both recreational and commercial vessels. You can e-mail your marine surveyor questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here to visit his web site.
"Hello? Hello? Can You Hear Me?" - About Cell Phones and Boats
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
When I have written in the past about the need and use of a VHF radio, I noted that if you didn't have a radio aboard that you were risking your life over a couple of hundred dollars it was "nutty" not to have a radio aboard. Nonetheless, many don't! And some of those skippers rely on their cell phone for emergency assistance. OK, I guess you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Here is the "scuttlebutt" on cell phones on the water!
*CG - Gone: Starting in the early 90s, many cell phone service providers offered a special telephone number that would give you direct access, via your cell phone, to a US Coast Guard Operations Center. However, as many cell systems were upgraded, the feature didn't migrate to the new system and the Coast Guard found that coverage was thus very spotty and could create dangerous delays in dispatching USCG resources to an emergency situation.
As a consequence, in October 2006, the Coast Guard requested that all cellular phone service providers discontinue the "*CG" service, except in Alaska, and any such calls be routed to the 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) nearest to where the call originated.
Even when it worked, mariners didn't always know where they were and the USCG had no ready mechanism to determining where they were. Now, with the Rescue 21 radio system, this problem has been dramatically reduced and often eliminated, if you are using a VHF radio.
Lastly, even when you did reach the USCG, they were the only one aware of your predicament. VHF-16 is, by Federal law, required to be monitored by all vessels equipped with a VHF radio. Another private boater could be much closer to you than the nearest USCG station and getting the "rescue clock starts now" sequence going may be the difference between life and death!
But I Want My Cell Phone!: OK, skipper, here is the scuttlebutt. First, there is no none reliable way to be definitive about cell phone coverage at sea. Is it better the closer you are to land? Yes, compared to being far away.
But cell phone systems are designed for land-base use and the associated physics of how objects absorb and reflect signals. Water is an entirely different kettle of fish, no pun intended. Another agonizing puzzle is when you can see "5 bars" on your cell phone but still can't connect a call. Why..?
Here is a likely scenario there is a cell phone tower high up on a hill somewhere and it, with its higher-powered signal, can see you. But your cell phone isn't strong enough to transmit all the way back to the cell tower! So, if you are intent on using your cell phone at sea, start looking into external antennas and signal boosters. Some boosters claim, when attached to an external 8' antenna, that the signal range can extend up to 50 miles. Now, if you are ready to spring for the cost of the external antenna, can I suggest again that you attach a VHF radio to it..?
The Technology: The world-wide cellular system depends on two things low power transmission and continual reuse of a limited number of frequencies. This is where the term "cell phone" comes from you travel from cell to cell, bounded by low-power transmission, and are handed off automatically from one radio frequency to another.
The cell tower is transmitting, usually, at just a few watts and your cell phone is transmitting back at even lower power as low as 1/1,000th of a watt. It is always lower than 1 watt. (BTW, a handheld VHF radio is transmitting at 5 watts and the "desk-top" VHF radio is transmitting at 25 watts!) As you travel towards the edges of adjacent cells, the cell phone tower's software coordinates the hand-off from cell-a to cell-b. If your boat is disabled and bobbing in the waves, there is no way to move closer to an adjacent cell like your car naturally does.
To Take Or Not To Take?: Take it, by all means! When it does work, there is no better way to have a private, non-emergency conversation and most USCG and USCGAux vessels are equipped with cell phones for this reason. But, when it comes to an emergency, your VHF radio is the best and fastest way to being rescued..!
BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you "get in this thing"!
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.
Whale Watching in Southern California a Boater's Guideline
The peak months for the annual migration of the California Grey Whales to Mexico will soon be here.
If you plan to take your boat out for whale watching, it is important for both the safety of the whales and yourselves to know the rules:
- Be cautious and courteous in your approach, to the whales and other boaters.
- Slow down to 7 knots within 400 yards, and slower as you get within viewing distance.
- Keep clear of the whale's path. If whales are approaching you directly, cautiously move out of the way. Avoid abrupt changes in course or speed.
- Do not approach whales from the front or behind. Come carefully in from the side, gradually turning to parallel their course. Remember, the whales are trying to avoid being hit by boats- they don't know what you are going to do. As the ocean water visibility is usually around 50 feet, they cannot see you - they only hear you. Don't let this happen to you!.
- Don't approach closer than 100 yards to any whale.
- If you find yourself closer than 100 yards, put engines in neutral or turn and sail clear.
- Limit your viewing time to 30 minutes for a particular whale or pod of whales - in consideration of the animals and other boaters.
When departing, do so at moderate speed until well clear. Be sure to review the latest official guidelines for whale watching at WhaleMuseum.org before heading out.
Experts Suggest Proper Size for Dock Lines & Spring Lines for Winter Weather
- By Bob Simons
It's the time of year to make sure your dock lines and spring lines are in good shape and that they are the correct size to keep your boat safe and secure during the upcoming winter weather.
Recently I received a call from an individual wanting a Vessel Safety Check whose boat was found drifting mid-channel last week. Don't let this happen to your boat.
The lines you use for docking should be nylon so they can stretch with the surging that occurs at docks because of wind and or current.
I was tempted to use replaced halyards once made of double braid and paid the price with a cleat being ripped from the boat.
Also, having the proper diameter is necessary. Here is the suggested proper size for the lines:
- For Boats up to 25' - Lines should be at least 3/8"
- For Boats up to 35' - Lines should be at least 1/2"
- For Boats up to 45' - Lines should be at least 5/8"
- For Boats up to 55' - Lines should be at least 3/4"
- For Boats up to 65' - Lines should be at least 7/8"
Protecting lines from chaffing is also a factor. Any sharp corner that a dockline must touch is going to cause a problem. If you can't avoid that situation, put a split garden hose on the line at the offending point and be sure to secure it to the line.
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.