Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the April 2019 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter.
In this month's issue, we have interesting articles: Help Keep the Water Clean; Do You Remember? Boost the Power of Your Sailing Winches with this 4X Secret; Seven Steps to Prevent Fuel Fires on Your Boat; and our first vegan recipe from Kristina Bennett.
The Gillotti Baby is here! Her name is Ramona and she was born on Sunday March 10th. Mom, dad and baby are all doing well. We are looking forward to meeting her soon.
... A Message From the Gillottis ...
Thank you so much for the sweet card and adorable baby clothes/blankie! So thoughtful!!!
A friend created a meal train for us and we've had a few people ask about it. Here's the link if anyone is interested. Here's a photo of our rad lil Ramona girl!
A special thanks to all of you who came to join us for the potluck soiree on March 2nd and the St Patrick's Day potluck Irish music fest on March 15th! These were both a great success and a beautiful celebration! Amazing food, conversation, company, and music! Looking forward to the next one!
March brought us the Green Engagement Program (GEEC) with the Port of San Diego. We learned a great deal about why Sun Harbor Marina is a LEED certified Marina and what that means. Did you know that all of our glass is made of E-Glass? E-Glass reflects heat but also absorbs warmth. This allows the inside of our buildings to stay warmer in the colder months, and cooler in the hotter months. We also have roses and succulents planted because they don't need lots of water, as well as drip irrigation, which conserves water. Our buildings were constructed with sustainable materials, and our Pump-Out system was the first one installed in San Diego, until Pier 32 added theirs. Way to go Sun Harbor Marina!!
We have had a number of requests for a receptacle for those who want to use the nets or pull trash and other items out of the water to help keep our waterways clean. We have purchased a trash receptacle that will be located between the pump-out for A and B dock. It has a net liner and there are holes in the bottom so that water can drain out. I know that you will all make good use of it. Please remember NOT to put your trash in the receptacle, it is specifically for items that are netted or pulled out of the water.
Special Dates in April
April is National Humor Month Laughter and joy - the benchmarks of humor - lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life. It's no coincidence that the month begins with April Fool's Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement for hundreds of years. Humor as a tool to lift ailing spirits is an established notion supported by scientific research. The curative power of laughter and its ability to relieve debilitating stress and burnout may indeed be one of the great medical discoveries of our times. Come up to the office on April 1st, share a joke and some laughter with us!
April 1st April Fool's Day
April 3rd Find A Rainbow Day
April 7th World Health Day
April 11th Pet Day
April 16th Save the Elephant Day
April 19th Bicycle Day
April 22nd Earth Day
April 25th Thank You Thursday
April 28th Pay it Forward Day
April 30th International Jazz Day
Saturday April 13th: An evening of Breath with Laura Brownwood. You are invited to join Laura in learning deep breathing techniques which will relax, calm, and energize your body & mind. Learning various breathing techniques is an excellent coping skill to have. Implementing breathing exercises throughout your daily activities, will vastly improve your quality of life. You don't want to miss it!!!
And looking ahead at, Sun Harbor Marina Activities for 2019
May 28th Memorial Day Breakfast
June 8th National Marina Day
September 21st Coastal Clean-up Day
October 12th Annual Chili Cook-off
Marina Minute - Property Tax
Since the last day to pay without a penalty is April 10, we thought we would include this information one more time. Information on property tax due for boat owners can be found at this link. The marina is required by the county to send them a list of boats at the beginning of the year. The county sends someone out at random throughout the year to check the lists.
Clean Marina Minute - Help Keep the Water Clean
- By Sean Peterson
There is just something about the call of the water that draws us toward the shore whether it's the shore of a lake, a river, or an ocean. Maybe it's because the shore offers us so much. We can fish, swim, ski, dive, snorkel, canoe, kayak, float, read, sleep, or simply sit and people watch. Whatever it is that draws them, tons of Americans hear the call of the water and follow it every year. And for many of us, that call includes heading out on a boat. More than 10,000 marinas dot the coastlines, lake shores, and river edges of North America.
Boaters glide on the "rooftop" of lakes, rivers, and oceans. How well do they respect the residents below? Sometimes not well at all. Studies have shown that more than 267 species of marine organisms are known to ingest or have become entangled in marine debris that have been thrown overboard.
Seven Steps to Prevent Fuel Fires Aboard Your Boat!
Dock your boat at a fuel dock and you will engage in one of boating's more dangerous, but necessary activities. Fuel and galley fires continue to top the "most deadly" list of sailing emergencies.
Follow these seven steps each time you fuel your boat. Avoid the temptation to rush because other boats are waiting. Let 'em wait. Safety first. Read complete details below.
Before you begin, make sure you go over the fueling evolution with your crew or boating partner.
- Absorbent pads or cotton cloth baby diapers
- Clean Rags
- Fuel Fill Cap Key
- Portable Fire Extinguisher (out of brackets and on deck)
Boost the Power of Your Sailing Winches With This 4X Secret
- By Captain John
Did you know that the right size winch handle can boost your sailboat winch power by four times? How can you get more power, efficiency and life from your sheet and halyard winches? Make your winches work harder for you with these five easy steps:
1. Use the most efficient winch handle length.
Measure the radius at the top of the winch. Determine the distance from the center out to the edge of the drum. Multiply this distance by 4. Use a winch handle this long for a mechanical advantage of 4:1.
For example, if you measure 2.5 inches, use a 10 inch handle; if you measure 3 inches, use a 12 inch handle.
2. Lead sheet lines at a proper angle.
Make the headsail sheet "rise up" to meet the winch drum.
This helps avoid winch overrides, where the turns jam and freeze onto the drum. If necessary, lead the sheet to a second turning block and then up to the drum.
3. Wrap the drum and haul around.
Remove the winch handle (if installed). Start near the base and wrap the sheet three to four clockwise turns around the winch drum. Pull on the hauling part to remove excess slack.
4. Position your body over the drum.
Get right up next to the winch. Hover over the winch with knees slightly bent and back straight. You should be able to look straight down at the top of the winch. Insert the winch handle. Crank in a smooth, easy motion. Belay the sheet to a cleat when done.
5. Strip down each winch annually.
Follow the winch manufacturer's maintenance recommendations to the letter. Once a year, strip down each winch, clean the internal parts, inspect the pawls and springs for wear or cracks, re-grease and reassemble the winch.
Do You Remember?
- By Laura Brownwood
Remembering important things in life is vital, as are the everyday, 'where are the car keys?" "have you seen my phone?" etc., etc.
Your brain is the control center of your life. It's a complex organ that keeps your body breathing, moving, and functioning on autopilot. It's the source of your emotions and experiences of pleasure and pain. And, of course, learning, memory, intellect, imagination and reasoning all stem from your brain. Your brain manages all of these important activities by sending and receiving messages through specialized cells called neurons. These neural signals help control your movements, thoughts, sensations, and memories. Keeping your neurons healthy is essential for maintaining strong signals, so your brain can function quickly and automatically. Age and different types of stresses are impacting the health of your neurons. Exposure to sources of excessive free radicals, like pollution, unhealthy foods, and stress, can also damage the cells of your brain.
Marina Recipes - Grilled Asparagus & Shiitake Tacos:
We are excited to bring you together through food. We are looking for recipes from each of you and will share one each month. Our newest team member, Kristina Bennett brings us our first vegan recipe. We do love our tacos in San Diego!
If you notice an issue related to fuel or oil in the water please call the Coast Guard at 800-424-8802 or their Port Operations at 619-683-6495. Our after-hours phone numbers are 318-528-0833 for the Dockmaster and 619-507-5791 for the Marina Manager.
The rain continues to come down and dinghies continue to fill with water. Please keep vigilant when you are here and when you aren't ask us or a neighbor to keep an eye out for you.
That's It for Us!
We wish everyone a wonderful boating month! 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
||Performing a Pre-Underway Inspection Before Leaving the Dock is Definitely Time Well Spent!
- By Captain Kevin Dammeyer
In last month's edition, I provided a detailed list of some of the most important safety items boaters are required to have on board their vessel. Further, I recommended these items be checked on a regular basis by including them as part of the regular pre-underway inspection.
So this month, I would like to address the subject of pre-underway inspections in a little more detail. I cannot stress enough the importance of every boater performing a pre-underway inspection on their vessel before each and every trip.
By exercising this practice, boaters will be able to greatly reduce the likelihood of experiencing problems while underway by discovering these potential problems before ever leaving the dock. It is important to note that approximately 90% of the most common problems boaters experience out on the water can be spotted during even just a very quick and basic inspection.
Below is a list of what I feel are some of the most important items to always check and I recommend these items be included in a regular checklist when performing the pre-underway inspection before each and every trip:
A. Safety Equipment;
- Confirm there are enough life jackets/vests on board for every passenger,
- Check the flare Kit expiration dates confirming all the flares are current,
- Check that all the fire extinguishers are current, fully charged and in good working condition,
- Check that the Type IV throwable life ring (or Type IV cushion) is visible and ready to use.
B. General Onboard Systems;
- Check fuel gauges/fuel levels,
- Check that the Navigation and Anchor lights are all illuminating correctly,
- Check that the horn/sound producing device is functioning,
- Test that the VHF radio is both transmitting and receiving, channel 27 is good for radio checks, then remember to immediately switch VHF back to channel 16 after testing,
- Test that the anchor/windless is functioning properly and anchor secure strap/cable is in place.
C. Engine Compartment/Bilge;
- Perform visual inspection to confirm there is no excess water in bilges, that there is no strong odor of fuel indicating a fuel leak and that there is no oil accumulating/dripping under engine(s) indicating an oil leak,
- Check all engine fluid levels including engine oil level, engine coolant level and transmission oil level,
- Visually inspect engine belts for any splitting or cracking appearing on the belt,
- Test that all bilge pumps are functioning correctly and that the automatic float switches for each bilge pump are operational.
D. Registration/USCG Certificate of Documentation;
Verify that you have your current vessel Registration or current USCG Certificate of Documentation on board and verify the expiration date.
E. Submit a "Float Plan";
It is very important to always provide a "Float Plan" before each and every trip. The purpose of a "Float Plan" is to provide a friend or family member specific information as to when you are leaving, where you are going, when you expect to return and what to do if you are overdue for your return.
By performing a pre-underway inspection and including the above items as part of a regular checklist before every trip, many of the issues and problems that boaters most commonly experience out on the water can be greatly reduced or avoided. Investing just a few extra minutes of your time before each day out on the boat can add many more hours of safe and enjoyable boating for you and your family.
Kevin is a licensed captain who has an extensive career performing private instruction to boaters with all different levels of experience from the novice to other captains. In his years of training boaters, he has accumulated over 10,000 hours as a professional instructor. Kevin transitioned into yacht sales with Silver Seas Yachts a few years ago and now is assisting many of his clients in selling and purchasing boats. You can reach him by email to Kdammeyer@SilverSeasYachts.com.
Rock-a-Bye-Baby Boat Seat
Sitting on a gently rocking boat and sitting in a baby swing are probably two of the fastest ways to put a baby to sleep.
Armed with this knowledge, a North Carolina man invented the Searock, a baby seat designed for use on the boat.
The seat has a tray for small toys or food, a faux fishing rod holder, and is made of marine grade materials to withstand the elements of salt and weather.
It is crafted to hang under any sturdy boat top using a 4-point harness. For added safety, it has a stabilizer chord below the seat to keep it from swinging too high or hitting anything.
If you have a boat and a child between the ages of 6 months and 3 years old, check out the SearocK at www.babysearock.com.
For use only in no-wake areas and should not be used while a vessel is underway.
Some Great Rainy Day Reading Ideas on Your Boat
It's always a good idea to have a couple of new books aboard for those rainy days at the dock. Here's a couple of BlueSkyNews picks for the month of March. One for mom and dad and one for the kids.
For the Big Kids: The Marinspike Sailor:
Hervey Garrett Smith was the foremost marine illustrator of the 1950s and 1960s, and his wonderful drawings of traditional ropework quickly propelled The Marlinspike Sailor to cult classic status when it was published in 1956.
With the addition of a section on modern, synthetic rope in the 1970s, its popularity has continued undiminished to this day.
It teaches a few basic knots--the bowline, sheet bend, and rolling hitch, among others--and splices in three-strand and braided rope.
But its real business is decorative rope and canvaswork--the traditional arts of the sailor--and here it has no equal. For a rope mat, a rope ladder, a sea chest, a ditty bag, a canvas bucket, a mast boot, and the best-looking rope fenders or heaving line in the marina, this is the book of choice.
For the Little Kids: The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl:
The Amazing Adventures of Boat Girl is a fun and educational book designed to teach kids (both boys and girls) about the adventures of boating while reinforcing boat safety practices on the water like always wearing a life jacket.
The 52 page book also includes fun extras like a list of Boat Girl's Safety Rules to follow, basic boating terms every little skipper should know and a personal log to keep track of your boat kid's first amazing boating adventures, making it a keepsake and more than just a children's book. Available online everywhere.
How to Make A Stern Pulpit Rail Seat
A rail seat can be the best seat in the house on a perfect sailing day, but whether you "love 'em or hate 'em" depends on whether you're a skipper who views them as attracting "something in the way" or the perfect perk for your favorite "rail meat" soaking in the sunshine.
They can cost up to a thousand bucks or more to buy, but if you're handy, author Tom Lochhaas tells you how you can make one of your own for a fraction of the price.
In his article, Lochhaas gives the step by step instructions for designing and building the seat using Starboard, a strong and waterproof material which lasts practically forever.
San Diego Outboard Boating Club Sponsors New Life Jacket Loaner Program
- By Bob Simons
With the re-opening of the Shelter Island Boat Ramp, San Diego's Outboard Boating Club which monitors the ramp is initiating a life jacket "loaner" program.
Under the new program, the club intends to give away or loan toddler, Infant, child and youth life jackets this boating season to boaters that may show up at the ramp without the required number and type of life jackets for all aboard.
The life jackets will be available at the club house adjacent to the Shelter Island Launch Ramp.
There will be no charge for individuals that have a need for these Coast Guard required (under 13) jackets and they will be regularly inspected by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Power Squadron members for compliance with safety standards.
If you have any unused or slightly used life jackets in this category that are no longer being used, please drop them by and we will put them up for adoption by boaters that need them for a few hours, days or months. This nationwide program is supported by many local merchants and suppliers as well as the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Power Squadron in the interest of Boating Safety Wear It, Don't Stow It.
If you have questions or comments please call me at (619) 743-3095.
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