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Welcome to the February 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about Avoiding Boat Theft, Training Your Crew, Using Spring Lines, and Leaving a Slip in the Wind. COMING SOON – you will be able to pay your SHM statement on line with a credit card, watch for details in a future communication from the office.

Special Dates in February
February is "Hot Breakfast Month". In a hurry? Just don't forget to have a healthy breakfast. It will set the stage for the whole day. And who knows if that hurry is really a rush it may be the only meal you have until you get home. Well there is one grand exception, February 3rd is "Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast" Day – anyone want to join me? I am still trying to decide on Chocolate or Salted Carmel.

February 2nd –- "Groundhog Day" falls on February 2nd in the United States, coinciding with Candlemas. It is a part of popular culture among many Americans and it centers on the idea of the groundhog coming out of its home to "predict" the weather.

February 8th at 7:00 p.m. - Carlsbad, CA Collage - Many Pieces Creating a Whole. Don't miss this solo theatrical performance by Diane Mandle who also wrote the piece based on her memoirs. Yes does the name sound familiar? Diane is one of our avid boaters at Sun Harbor Marina. This inspirational play documents a sound healers spiritual awakening through serious life challenges. Ruby Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane (next to Dove Library). Suggested Donation is $20 at the door or you may send a check to Diane Mandle, 237 Cereus St, Encinitas, CA 92024 Registration is requested by calling 619-994-8151

February 9
th - National Pizza Day - Celebrate by dining at Pizza Nova!

February 13th –- Mardi Gras Day - Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, in English, refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.

February 14
th –- Valentines Day - Other than lovely Red Roses and Chocolate to put a smile on your face; take a look at the benefits of Valentines Day on your system - Read "Health Benefits of Love" by Laura Brownwood below.

February 17
th –- Random Acts of Kindness Day.

February 22nd –- National Margarita Day.

February 23rd –- 28th - Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that kicks off a five-day celebration of the libido before the Catholic lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Beginning the weekend before Lent, Carnaval is celebrated exuberantly with parades, floats, costumes, music and dancing in the streets. Carnaval is equivalent to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Clean Marina Minute
- By Kathy Obrien
We'll save your reading eyeballs and give you two great videos to see this month. There are some great products that you will see in action to keep the oil from getting to the marine life.

Check out how well the Storm Force Cleaner works and the effectiveness of Bilge Socks and Pads. How Oil Spills Affect Marine Life: Clean Up oil from Bilges:

Avoiding Boat Theft
Here are some suggestions to make your boat less vulnerable to theft.

  • Begin by looking at your boat through the eyes of a thief: How hard would it be to steal the boat? How long would it take?

  • What would you have to do to break in? Is there equipment that isn't protected?

  • Use locks on props, outboards, and outdrives. Buy good quality hardened steel locks that aren't easily defeated.

  • Whenever possible, store equipment at home. If you have a small outboard engine, it's much safer in your garage than hanging on your boat's transom. The more stuff you take off, the less attractive your boat will be to a thief.

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Using Spring Lines
With one easy-to-learn technique, leaving a tricky dock can be simple, whether you have bow and stern thrusters — or not.

Wind blowing against a dock or pier can help you get into a tight berth to leeward, but getting out again with wind pinning your boat against the dock can be a challenge. Bow and stern thrusters can be a godsend here, but what if you don't have thrusters or the wind is too strong? Using spring lines, combined with the thrust of the engine and the position of the rudder, you may be able to get yourself out if you know the tactics and are familiar with your boat.

The technique described here is for boats with a single engine, but should you have twins, it may help to put one astern and the other ahead to help spin the boat. Different boats perform differently; it's important to be familiar with yours.

If the wind is too strong or you don't think you have a reasonable chance of success, it may be best to wait it out until the wind dies down. Also, always beware of current. For example, current running against the slant of your rudder may add to or negate the flow from the prop. Read More.

Leaving a Slip in the Wind
- John Rousmaniere, Annapolis Book of Seamanship

Learn five tactics to get away from the dock when the gusts are against you.

Depending on how your boat is docked, here are five different maneuvers for getting out of the slip. Your boat's hull shape, prop walk, windage, current, and other factors may affect results. (Illustration: Marcus Floro/BoatUS)

Wind Pushing Starboard Side, Stern Out:
Step 1: Hard left rudder. Engine forward will kick out the stern.

Step 2: Reverse engine with left rudder, after releasing line and clearing dock.

Step 3: Forward out of the marina.

Wind Pushing Away From Dock, Stern Out:
Step 1:
Engine forward and right rudder kicks out the stern.

Step 2: Engine reverse with left rudder after releasing line and clearing dock.

Step 3: Forward out of the marina.

Wind Pushing Port Side, Bow Out:
Step 1:
Reverse engine, right rudder to pivot bow into the wind.
Step 2: Remove line and steer into wind.

Wind Pushing Away From Dock, Bow Out:
Step 1:
Release bow line first, then stern and power forward with right rudder.

Wind Pushing Starboard Side, Bow Out:
Step 1:
Reverse engine, left rudder to pivot bow into the wind.

Step 2: Remove line and steer into wind.

A challenging maneuver for any boat (power, sail, big, small) is leaving the dock. Slow speed makes a boat less maneuverable because the rudder isn't very effective until the boat's going fast enough for water to flow over it cleanly. Called "steerageway," that efficient speed can be elusive when the wind's pushing you back or when you make turns, which also slow the boat.

Before heading out, check the wind strength and direction, and then plan your tactics. The illustration shows five ways to cast off from a slip and head out of a marina into a head wind. It's a two-step process. First, clear the slip, using docking lines and the engine to control the boat and prevent rubbing against the pier. Be careful, though. The forces can be larger than they appear. Then point the bow as directly as possible down the channel and get going. On that heading, turns will be gradual, which improves your speed and control. Read More.

Health Benefits of Love
- By Laura Brownwood
This Valentine's Day, let us remember the importance of Love. In addition to a wonderful time of year for partners to remember each other, it is also a good time to reflect on love of life, love of nature, e.g. our Mother Ocean, love of animals, love of others, and love of self. Yes, love yourself and be kind to yourself because science shows us, it provides amazing health benefits, and then you will have more to give others.

Love is a great antidote to stress. Love counteracts the fight-or-flight response that we so often find ourselves in. Even low levels of stress cause the body to release cortisol, which is associated with an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and depression. Love downregulates the production of cortisol. Love encourages your body to produce oxytocin, the "feel-good" or "love" hormone. Oxytocin can reduce cardiovascular stress and improve the immune system. Science also tells us love causes the production in your brain of norepinephrine and dopamine (both hormones associated with adrenaline), which leads to increased feelings of joy and pleasure. Love really is your best medicine.

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That's It For Us This Month
In closing, isn't it grand that we are in an area that we can boat year round. The article on using a spring line and maneuvering in the wind can help on one of those days that looks good but you may have been nervous to head out.

On the topic of Spring lines – be sure that all of your dock lines are in good condition. In the event that we get a storm you can rest well knowing that your lines will hold. Be sure to come down to enjoy the boat, check on the hatches prior to storms and bail that dinghy. Bradley was sighted bailing several after the last storm, but he may not always be able to get to yours.

Lastly, a gentle reminder : All cars for slip tenants will need new permits by February 14th.

We hope you have a wonderful Winter boating February!

Best Regards,
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team

Christian Marine Surveyors

Urgent U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert
- By Bob Simons
The Kidde Corporation has issued a recall of 134 different models of Kidde brand fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The extinguishers were sold nationwide online and at brick and mortar outlets in red, white and silver cylinder colors and are rated as either ABC or BC.

The hazards associated with the recalled fire extinguishers are that they can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.

In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

All persons owning fire extinguishers are urged to read the Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert for additional information on the recall and how to obtain a free replacement.

All are also encouraged to check the fire extinguishers aboard your vessels, and in your vehicles and homes to determine whether they are subject to this recall.

Additional information is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Bob Simons ImageBob 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

Sunroad's Boat Show Outpaces the Competition
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews
Ten years ago, the National Marine Merchants Association (NMMA) decided to skip a year of its long running San Diego winter boat show.

There were many reasons for that decision at the time. The NMMA show was split between two venues - the San Diego Convention Center, and the San Diego Marriott Marina. The trailerable boats and marine services exhibits were at the Convention Center and the bigger in-water boats and yachts were at the Marriott, a considerable stroll away.

Add in the economic downturn at the time; the fact that the Marriott was less than enthusiastic about disrupting their boating tenants once a year; and decreasing traffic through the on land exhibits at the Convention Center due to a preference for show visitors to just see the boats at the Marriott, the decision to reevaluate the show was understandable.

At that time, enter Jim Behun, who saw an opportunity. Previously with the NMMA Show, Jim became the new Marina Manager at the Sunroad Resort Marina on San Diego's Harbor Drive. He saw in Sunroad the ideal location for a boat show - a large marina; space for on-land exhibits immediately adjacent to the gangways to the boats; easy access through ample low cost parking and shuttle opportunities; on-site restaurants; and one of the best views of the San Diego skyline and the bay in town.

The rest, as they say, is history. Jim convinced the Sunroad Group to sponsor the show, and now in its ninth year, it is rated as the top Southern California Boat Show by many brokers and marine services companies.

Behun says the secret to the success of the show is its goal to be a "boat show for boaters and boat people". The show welcomes the general public that would like to know more about boats, but the real focus is to highlight vessels, products, and services for boat people.

In-water boats in this year's show range from 25' to 90'; most of the in-water boats are new; Jim is seeing an increase in interest this year in center console boats such as Sun Country and the Boston Whaler and Wellcraft from South Coast Yachts.

The San Diego Sunroad Boat Show runs from Thursday, January 25th through Sunday, January 28th. For tickets and complete information visit their website at www.bigbayboatshow.com.

San Diego's Parade of Lights (and Lack Thereof)
- By Kells Christian
On one spectacular Southern California evening in December during sunset I was on my way to watch the San Diego Parade of lights on a motor vessel.

I always enjoy the view of the San Diego skyline as the sun goes down and the lights come up. The view from the Shelter Island and Harbor Island areas always makes me grateful for where I live.

The parade of lights is an interesting event, allowing boaters to show creativity and holiday spirit. The subject for this year's parade was "Arrrgh! - A Pirate's Christmas".

The bay was full of spectator boats and we took a lap around the bay after the last participant in the parade of lights passed us by. That's when the motivation for this article came to me

I saw dozens of boats with improper navigational lights displayed. Some were missing a light, some displayed their anchor lights along with their running lights, but several others had no lights on whatsoever.

I suppose it's a matter of numbers, a certain percentage of boaters will fail to illuminate their lights, but the percentage seemed extra ordinarily high that evening.

Many commercial vessels are now using LED lights which are illuminated whenever the vessel is operating, day or night. The electrical draw is negligible compared to the certainty of displaying the proper lights and additional safety. Remember - lights need to be displayed in times of limited visibility, sun down, fog, or smoke.

I thought about driving a car without lights. That environment reminds you not to do that because you can't see the road. Other cars also flash their lights as a reminder. But navigational lights are not head lights. And another boat blinking at you is unlikely to cause you to think about your own lights. I certainly have been guilty of forgetting to turn on my own lights.

So I wrote this short reminder to you and to me. When I see another boat with their lights on, I will check my lights, make sure they are properly functional and the proper lights are illuminated.

So if you're operating your vessel and you see any lights, on the shore, on a buoy or on other boats, check and make sure your lights are functional and illuminated. The moral of my story is therefore - "See the lights; Check the lights."

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 kells@themarinesurveyors.com or Click Here to visit his web site.


Navigation Lights and Shapes - Do You Know the Requirements?
- By Captain H. R. "Rags" Laragione
In his article this month, Kells Christian observes that many spectator boaters at the San Diego Parade of Lights either displayed no navigation lights or displayed incorrect navigation lights.

The rules for required navigation lights at night depend on different factors such as the length of your boat; whether it is a power driven boat or sailboat; the function of the boat; or even a rowboat or jet-ski.

Power-driven vessels underway for example have to exhibit:

  • A masthead light forward;

  • A second masthead light abaft of and higher than the forward one if the vessel is more than 50 meters in length;

  • Sidelights; and

  • A stern light.

But what if you're at anchor or drifting? Fishing? Towing? etc.

f you operate a boat, you are subject to comply with the U.S. Coast Guard's "Navigation Rules of the Road".

There are a total of 38 rules in total, and they are applied differently in many cases depending on whether you are in Inalnd or International waterways, but they are all basically Regulations for Preventing Collisions.

Check it out - Visit the U.S. Coast Guard's "Navigation Rules of the Road" website and become familiar with the requirements for your particular boat.

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!"

Drill, Baby, Drill – Reading Weather Reports!
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Clearly, the world is awash with sources that can tell you the weather. But how many of these provide you with all of the information that you could have used to your benefit – and an appreciation of the forecaster.

Well, you may be surprised to know that all of these sources likely get their weather data from the same source – the US' National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA is part of the Commerce Department, which says a lot about what government thinks effects business the most! If NOAA's website has any fault at all, it is how much information you can get from it!

But, as NOAA says, "NOAA's weather programs touch the lives of every American. Every day, decisions are made based on NOAA weather information – from the mundane "should I pack an umbrella today?" to the most critical and potentially life-saving. So, "more" is putting safety first. And that is where safety must be.

So - If all the services get their basic data from NOAA, why not just go there and get weather info? The real answer, going back to the intro of this column, is that you want to be able to drill down and not every weather service gives you that ability.

On any given day, you can get a weather report what tells you that the chance of rain is 80%, but if you are planning to do something like go fishing, you might wait for another day. But the 80% covers the whole day, i.e.., there is an 80% chance that it will rain sometime today... When?

NOAA gives you the answer. Simply drill down to the hour by hour forecast and get a graph like this. "Wow! Looks like I could go fishing any time before 2 with little chance of rain!" Drill-Baby-Drill!

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.


Mark's "Fish 'n Tips" - "Holy Cow!"
- By Captain Mark Moffat
For a fisherman It's always a thrill when it happens - and it happened again for me in December. I caught my new personal best. A 327 pound Yellowfin tuna, also known as a Supercow in long range fishing.

Once a year the day after Thanksgiving, I have the privilege of being the Charter Master for a 16 day trip aboard the Red Rooster III. We returned on December 10th.

Andy Cates was the captain, and we took out 22 passengers and 7 crew. We fished the Hurricane Bank and the lower banks of Cabo San Lucas. It was a great trip - among the catch were five Yellowfin tuna over 200 pounds and two over 300 pounds.

O.K., the Charter Master is not supposed to outshine the guests, but first place jackpot was my 327 pound Yellowfin tuna. (I'll take it anyway!). At 10:00 in the morning on day one of fishing, I put on a small Yellowfin tuna (about 10 pounds) and sent it out on a Shimano Tiagra 50W loaded with 130 pound Jerry Brown Line One Spectra, Izorline topshot and paired with a Calstar glass blank.

The bait went out and was picked up almost instantly. After about a minute of letting the giant Yellowfin run with the bait and swallowing it, I put the reel in gear allowing the line to come tight and set the hook, a 9/0 Mustad 7698.

The Spectra started peeling off the reel as the giant ran. Putting the reel in low gear I walked the fish up to the bow. After about a 45 minute battle and three gaffs later, the boarding gate opened to pull the fish on to the boat. It took four guys plus myself to get it on board.

The second place jackpot was another 300 pound Yellowfin tuna. It was caught on our last day and this was the last fish on the trip. An angler from Florida pinned on a Mackerel with an Owner 7/0 Super Mutu, Okuma Makaira 30 with 130 pound Vicious Fluorocarbon. He was fly lining and the fish was hooked around 6:00 PM and was on the deck by 8:00 PM. This was his personal best too and weighed 304 pounds.

Our third place jackpot went to a 284 pounder, and that was caught on a Caballito using an Owner 7/0 Super Mutu, Accurate ATD 30 and used 130 pound Vicious Fluorocarbon. The fish was caught on the balloon rig. A balloon rig is simply a 3 foot helium-filled balloon and attached about 20 feet from the hooked bait. It is another strategy that can be used in place of the kite. The angler puts the balloon in the desired location put the reel in gear halfway between freespool and strike, and then waits for a bite. The indicator on this is the balloon going down once the fish takes the bait. The reel does not need to be in freespool in this application.

The takeaway on the trip is the advantages of fishing big baits for big fish and Vicious Fluorocarbon. I had heard about Vicious Fluorocarbon several years ago and tried it; I could not be happier and satisfied with the results. I gave a spool of line away to each passenger and the feedback was very positive. As I said in the beginning, "holy cow!" - what a trip!

Mark Moffat is a fire-fighter by trade, a member of the San Diego Yacht Club ,and is a life-long fisherman by avocation. He started working the half-day boats as a pinhead at age 10; migrating to the full day Albacore boats at age 14.

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