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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the April 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about How Celestial Navigation Works, Non-Toxic Cleaning Products, and How to Install a Battery Charger.

Look What's NEW!!!
We are very excited to announce the arrival of the all NEW Sun Harbor Marina Website!!! When you have time visit the site let us know what you think.

Special Dates in April
Jazz Appreciation Month: Share with us your favorite musician. Bradley's is Charles Mingus

April 1st April Fools Day - Watch out for that tricky bunny rabbit

April 1st Easter Sunday

April 2nd Love your Produce Manager Day

April 4th Vitamin C Day - See Laura's article below

April 7th National Beer Day - Enjoy your favorite aboard or stop by Pizza Nova for a local brew at Happy Hour

April 14th National Dolphin Day

APRIL 15th Day at the Docks

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Fishing Seminars
  • Kids Fishing Adventure
  • Catch, Prep & Cook Center
  • Casting Contests
  • Izorline Knot Tying Competition
  • Fishing Videos
  • Boat Rides Around The Bay
  • Gourmet Galley
  • Hot Tackle
  • Boats
  • Marine Art
  • Open House On Boats In The Fleet
  • Entertainment All Day On Stage

April 18th Amateur Radio Day - A great network supporting cruising boaters

April 21st International Astronomy Day - Check the article on How Celestial Navigation Works

April 22nd Earth Day -
Why we all support Clean and Green Boating Management Practices. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. Visit their website and choose an option to take action to End Plastic Pollution on Earth Day and beyond!

How Celestial Navigation Works
You may well think celestial navigation is a dark science that calls for a lot of complex mathematics. In a way that's perfectly true because it took the work of many brilliant mathematicians to perfect the techniques mariners use to fix their position on the open sea.

But to practice the art of celestial navigation today you really don't need much mathematical skill. In fact you only have to be able to add and subtract – and maybe not even that now that we all have access to computers. Do you have a star identification app on your mobile phone?

To explain the basic principles of celestial navigation let's start with a crucial concept – the "geographical position" of a heavenly body.

At any given moment every heavenly body is vertically above a precisely defined spot on the surface of the Earth. So if you imagine a straight line drawn from the centre of the Earth to a star, someone standing where that line passes through the surface of the Earth would see that star directly overhead – or in their zenith. That person will then be standing at the star's geographical position (GP). Its GP can be defined by its latitude, degrees north or south of the equator and its longitude, degrees east or west of the Greenwich meridian, a line joining the North and South Geographical Poles that happens to pass through the observatory at Greenwich.

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Catch or Ketch?
The new Ketch Grill & Tapas restaurant will open later this summer, formerly the Iconic Red (and Blue) sails. Do you recall seeing the artwork sails at the restaurant? Turns out Matthew Gottbaum of Benchmark Custom Welding installed them. It is also close to the last chance to take a photo of the sunset mural before the walls of Ketch go up. Looks like we need to plan a trip over later this summer and have Matthew tell us over Tapas how he got commissioned to do the original work. For history on the Red Sails Inn:

In Honor of Earth Day - April 22nd - Take a Look at Non-Toxic Cleaning Product
Many cleaning products are harmful to aquatic life, water quality and the overall ecosystem. Some chemicals damage fish tissues, while others create nutrient imbalances leading to algal blooms. Whether you clean your boat on land or in the water, the choice of product that you use is important.

Research your cleaners
Manufacturers of chemical products are not required to list ingredients on their containers or make them public, so it's important to take the time to do your research before you purchase a cleaning product. Labels on cleaners can be confusing and words like "natural", "non-toxic", "organic" or "biodegradable" are misleading because there is no regulation of the words use.
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Earth Day Green - Part 2
Need to make a quick trip and a bit to far to walk or just want a little exercise? The use of bikes is exactly what the city is looking for to reach its Climate Action Plan which calls for 6 percent of San Diegans to commute by bike in Transit Priority Areas (within ½ mile of a transit stop) by 2020.

More people are using bikes now than they were before dockless bike share was introduced and this is a good thing. We love seeing the green bikes parked throughout the city. And the parking of the bikes when not in use will get under control soon.

There are lots of options: Lime Bike or Ofo Bikes. Rentals bikes for as little as $1 per hour. And yes there is an app for that. So rather than jumping in the car or calling Uber or Lyft try some peddle power.

Vitamin C Day
- By Laura Brownwood
The best way to celebrate Vitamin C Day is to stay healthy, and this very vitamin can help you with that! Vitamin C is necessary for good health and general well-being, but the unfortunate truth is that not everyone takes the time to pay close attention to what they eat and just how many grams or milligrams of a certain substance they consume daily. Luckily, there are a few ways to make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C, no matter your lifestyle. One is to squeeze lemon juice into warm water, especially first thing in the morning, as it actually helps balance your PH, which is also important to good health.

The richest dietary sources of vitamin C include cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew, kiwi, mango, oranges and other citrus fruits, strawberries, and watermelon. The richest vegetable sources include asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, dark green leafy vegetables, and peppers.

We hear about it, how good it is for us, how it will help us fight off that cold. It will do much more, so be sure and consciously add it to your diet and, to be sure, take a quality supplement. Many of you know I sell supplements and am happy to assist you, if you would like a pharmaceutical grade Vitamin C delivered to your door, or the mailroom, or hatch or ?

In case you need a scientific explanation on why we should have enough Vit C in our diets: Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid or ascorbate, plays two important roles in the body. First, it is a cofactor or cosubstrate for eight enzyme systems involved in various functions, including collagen synthesis, ATP synthesis in mitochondria, and hormone biosynthesis. Second, vitamin C is a powerful water-soluble antioxidant with a vital role in protecting cells and tissues from damaging oxidizing agents, including superoxides, hydroxyl radicals, and other free radicals. All these functions derive from one fundamental property: vitamin C is a powerful reducing agent capable of neutralizing reactive oxidants.

Although vitamin C is generally non-toxic, very high dosages (several grams or more) may cause or contribute to temporary diarrhea. PLEASE experiment and try higher doses slowly,

Laura Brownwood
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999

Clean Marina Minute - Clean and Green Engine Maintenance
- By Bradley Wright
Last month we touched on the importance of changing your engine oil. Engine maintenance is important to keep your boat running well. And there are several items that are easy to tackle on your own. If you are uncomfortable doing yourself there are local services. We will start with engine oil as a follow up to last month. But read on for a few more basics on sea strainer and fuel filter

Just like cars, boats need to have their oil changed. Four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes. The frequency will vary by model but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or once a year.

Unfortunately, there aren't any quick change oil shops for boats, so you either have to change your boat's oil yourself or take it to your local fuel dock. Luckily, changing the oil in your boat's engine is easy and can be done quickly with the right tools. You'll need an inexpensive oil extractor pump that removes the oil via the dipstick tube. This is worth the investment for most tight engine spaces. Also, an oil filter wrench and enough rags to catch the normal drips. As added protection against messy oil, it's recommended to put an absorbing pad under the engine, particularly near the oil filter (working areas to avoid drips and overboard discharge).

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Installing A Marine Battery Charger
- By Mark Corke, Boat US
A proper charger is the answer for keeping your boat battery topped up. Here's how to install one.

Arriving at the ramp to find that the boat batteries are dead ruins your day before it's begun. Adding an onboard battery charger is a fairly simple project, and it ensures that your batteries remain in tip-top shape between trips or while the boat is stored for long periods, such as over the winter.

All battery chargers aren't created equal, and although it might be tempting to use one of the cheap automotive brands, which can often be identified by alligator-type battery clamps and a low price, don't do it. Although they offer a swift boost to the battery, they work by pushing out a large charging current, which diminishes over time as the batteries accept their charge. One of the reasons these battery chargers are so cheap is that they have unsophisticated internal circuitry. With such chargers, it's possible to overcharge batteries. The consequence is called "boiling dry": the high current makes the electrolyte bubble to such a degree that excessive hydrogen gas is produced, which reduces the electrolyte to unacceptably low levels and ruins the batteries. A marine battery charger, with more sophisticated internal circuitry than the cheaper automotive types, is designed to be connected permanently to the battery bank; even if it's switched on for several weeks, it won't harm the batteries, dropping the charge if needed to avoid slow cooking of the battery. Many marine battery chargers offer specific charge modes for the different battery types (lead-acid, gel, and AGM). Better chargers often offer temperature sensors, too, because a hot battery is less able to accept a charge than a cooler one.

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Sea Strainer for Sea Water
Make sure the inner and outer filter screen are free and clear of debris. Having a good cooling flow will increase horsepower as well as make the motor more fuel efficient. Having a full or fouled sea strainer can cause your engine to overheat. If rubber O rings are damaged replace immediately that will also affect your cooling flow.

Fuel Filter - Water Separator
Fuel Filter Water Separators are an essential element of protection for diesel engine components. The Filters work by effectively removing contaminants from fuel, such as water, silica, sand, dirt, and rust. With that said you want to regularly inspect the clear viewing glass usually located on the bottom of the filter. If dirty or fouled remove to clean out the contaminates. Once clean this will again improve your horsepower and fuel efficiency. Carrying a spare is a great idea. This is a part that can save a trip and well generally easy to get – not for all boats. Don't find out the hard way on your vessel.

In closing, we hope that you have enjoyed the camaraderie and live entertainment at the St. Patrick's Day Event. Jumping into April, I still remember my first childhood Easter Egg hunt with rocks in the plastic eggs, though my sister found a silver dollar in hers. May your Easter be blessed and trick free on the boat or off. One special trick is planned for this April – watch the website for details and let me know what you think when you find it.

Best Regards,
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team

Are You Someone Who Would "See Your Way Clear" to Buy One of These?
A number of companies are now producing "see through" canoes and kayaks that add a new thrill to the sport.

The cost for a tandem one of these fun new floaters and a pair of paddles will run you generally from $900.00 to $1,500.00 plus accessories.

What kind of accessories you say? Well, there are pillows for your back support, waterproof storage pouches for your iPhone etc.; a roof rack holder for your car or truck; a kayak trolley to transport it to the beach or dockside; for night time, a battery powered search light to see what's below; hanging straps to hang it on a wall or the side of your boat.

On the maintenance and safety side, there are flotation pouches; a hull clarity restoration kit; and you should have a micro-fiber cleaning and water bailing system.

Lastly, after spending all this, you'll certainly want to dole out a bit more for fancy logo branded life-vests.

There are more manufacturer's and sales outlets for these than you may think, so just Google for the best buy.

Christian Marine Surveyors

A Man and a Cat "Use Their Noodles" to Survive at Sea
A Polish man and his pet cat were recently rescued after they were allegedly lost at sea for seven months.

Zbigniew Reket, 54, told reporters that he was adrift in the Indian Ocean after eventually washing up on shore on the French Island Réunion on Christmas Day.

Reket claimed that he was trying to sail from the Comoros Islands to South Africa in a lifeboat that he built himself equipped with a rudder, an engine, and a mast back in May, reported the Times of Israel.

Reket claimed that his engine broke down and a storm destroyed his radio leaving him stranded at sea, with only a month's supply of noodles to survive on. The sailor also caught fish which he and his pet cat Samira ate for survival.

"We drifted towards the Somali coast, then towards the Maldives, and then Indonesia," said Recket, adding, "I sighted land several times but I never managed to steer towards it. I spotted several ships but the battery on my radio was dead".

Authorities are not sure if Reket's story is a fish story or just a noodle story, so it is impossible to verify his claims. Doctors said that he was undernourished but otherwise healthy.

Shelter Island Boat Launch Ramp Project Moving Along

The Port of San Diego is working frantically to try to complete the new Shelter Island boat launch ramp before the Summer months get here.

The old ramp was completely demolished as of the end of January, and they are now at the pile driving stage which they anticipate will be completed by the end of March.

During the excavation of the old ramp jetties, a lot of underground concrete and other pre-existing construction debris was discovered. This did lead to some delays, but workers are hoping to make up the time to be ready for the Summer boating season.

Click Here to see further announcements on the project.

Meter, Meter, On The Wall - Where are the Most Expensive Parking Spots of All?
Answer - Apparently anywhere in lands controlled by the Port District of San Diego. And it's getting more expensive by the day as the San Diego Tidelands redevelopment plan progresses.

In September, the Port quietly raised the rate to park at North Embarcadero, Ruocco Park and Tuna Harbor from $1.25 per hour to $1.75 per hour.

Parking meter enforcement hours also shifted to 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. every day, including Sundays. Previously, meters were enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and were free on Sundays.

All this was probably predictable as developments like new hotels, tourist attractions, condos and new parks are putting new demands on San Diego's dwindling remote waterfront areas.

This month, things just got tougher at one of the last places on San Diego Bay where San Diego residents can moor a boat where parking has been free for decades and can have moorings at prices far less than they would pay at a marina.

The Port of San Diego is installing meters at 54 formerly free parking spots along Harbor Drive next to the Laurel Street Mooring, where about 150 people keep their boats.

Coming in March -The Rising Sea
If you own a boat, you don't know how lucky you are - that is if the plot in Clive Cussler's latest fictional novel, The Rising Sea, were to come true.

Everywhere, waters are rising– and that is just the beginning of the world's peril, unless the NUMA crew can beat the clock in this thriller novel.

But don't think you have a whole lot of time to thing about it, because this alarming rise in the world's sea levels is not due to anything as mundane as global warming or glaciers melting - it's much more sinister.

In this novel, the NUMA scientific crew finds a diabolical plan to upset the Pacific balance of power at the bottom of the East China Sea and in the process displace as many as a billion people.

A rare alloy unlike anything else on earth, a pair of five-hundred-year-old Japanese talismans, an assassin so violent even the Yakuza has disowned him have hatched an audacious technological breakthrough that will become a very personal nightmare for Kurt Austin – from the shark-filled waters of Asia to the high-tech streets of Tokyo to a forbidden secret island.

The Rising Sea is being released on March 13th.

Engine Hour Meters - How Much Do They Count?
- By Kells Christian
I feel the significance of the number of hours on a boat's engines are over emphasized by the majority of boat buyers.

My opinion doesn't change the fact that engine hours are considered important by many boat buyers. In fact I witnessed a boat deal fall apart recently due to a question about engine hours, and was the motivation for writing this article.

The potential buyer rejected the vessel with his primary concern being the reported versus the actual engine hours. The current owner had replaced the original tachometers, equipped with digital hour meters, when one failed. The hours on the original hour meters were reported at 850; the new hour meters registered 300. The owner had replaced both tachometers as he could not buy a matching new one.

When this condition was discovered, we explained our opinion regarding engine hours and hour meters.

The only certain information provided by an engine hour meter are the hours displayed on the meter; this is not necessarily the actual engine operating hours.

There is no legal requirement for engine hour meters on boats. They are not odometers on automobiles or Hobbs meters on planes, both of which are regulated. The only way to know that an hour meter is accurate is to have had a relationship with that meter from the beginning, logging hours and comparing those to the hour meter or otherwise monitoring its accuracy continuously through the life of the vessel. Computerized engines provide operating hours with greater dependability, but the electronic control modules (computers) can be changed, just like analog or digital hour meters.

We emphasize engine condition versus operating hours. Many engines with far more operating hours are in much better condition than lesser used engines which have been neglected. Dependability, actual service life remaining and performance are much more important than the number on the meter.

During the normal course of our marine surveys, we find a significant percentage of hour meters to be inoperative and most of the time the owners were unaware (or at least acted that way :>).

Still, the boat buying public cares about engine hours. As a boat owner, and eventually a boat seller, maintain the engine hour meters so the operating hours can be accurately recorded and provided to potential buyers.

As to how long engines last, that is a different subject, and is addressed in a prior article which you can Read Here.

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.

California's Boater Card - Do You or Someone in Your Family Now Have to Have One?

A short reminder that it's started. As of January 1st, California's mandatory boating safety education law went into effect for persons 20 years older or younger.

So now if you are 20 or younger and operate any type of motorized vessel on California waterways (including powered sailboats/paddlecraft), you are required to pass an approved boating safety examination and carry a lifetime California Boater Card.

There are a few exceptions, but since there is a potential fine for the boater not complying (and his/her parents or guardian), we highly recommend visiting the California Boater Card official website to review the specific requirements if you are in this age group.

Starting January 1st 2019, the age requirement will apply to boaters 25 years old or younger, and will increase yearly after that until 2025 when everyone will have to have the card regardless of age.

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