From the Sun Harbor Marina
Welcome to the May edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about our photo contest, USCG budget cut affecting boaters, fuel choices, boating buddies, and Carbon Monoxide.
At the marina, we are planning activities ranging from BBQ's to workshops for the year, including an Anchoring Workshop on May 20th, Life Jacket World Record Day, and a Photo Contest! As you are having fun at the Marina or out on your boat, help us make a child's after school time a little safer and fun as well. The Peninsula Y has asked us for support in collecting donations to fund the kids programs any contribution is appreciated.
Special Thank You
Sun Harbor Marina extends hearty thanks to the volunteers for donating their time to conduct workshops for us. We have provided their contact information in case you missed the session or would like more information on a boating question that you have.
Captain Debra Marks
Captain Ann Kinnear
Special Dates in May
National Photo Month
May 4th - Firefighters' Day
May 5th Cinco de Mayo
May 6th Walk for Animals, NTC Park at Liberty Station
May 10th Mother Ocean Day
May 14th Mothers Day
May 20th Learn To Swim Day; Ready Set Wear It Day
May 22nd Maritime Day
May 29th Memorial Day
Photo Contest - National Photo Month
Sun Harbor Marina is having a photo contest in May; land and water tenants are eligible. Submit a photo by noon on May 20th by e-mailing it to: email@example.com. Grand prize: lunch for two at Pizza Nova! See article below on How To Take Good Photos.
How to Take Good Photos
There are three main things you have to understand, composition, light and how to use your zoom. We've found loads of good stuff on this site to help you take good photos.
Special Events in May
May 5th - Cinco de Mayo
Join us for chips, guacamole & salsa bar and be entertained by Mariachi music.
May 14th - Mothers Day
Mothers Day Events in San Diego
May 20th - Anchoring Workshop
SHM Tenants are invited to attend a free workshop on anchoring conducted by Captain Graham Rutherford of Aussie Yacht Services, based in San Diego. Settling in San Diego in 2007 from Queensland, Australia, Capt. Rutherford joined one of the area's premier shipyards as Project Manager, overseeing everything from simple bottom paint jobs on 30' vessels to major refits on 250' superyachts.
May 20th - 26th National Safe Boating Week
The National Safe Boating Council, in partnership with the Canadian Safe Boating Council, invite boating safety professionals, the boating community and the media to participate in the
8th Annual "Ready, Set, Wear It!" Life Jacket World Record Day on Saturday, May 20th. Participants in cities around the globe will gather to set a world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated. The goal is not only to promote the comfortable and versatile options when it comes to life jackets, but also to educate the public about life jackets and safe boating in general.
The public, as well as SHM tenants, are invited to bring their own life jackets and join us at 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 20th in front of the main dock gate to pose for what we hope will be a record-breaking photograph! Please come to the SHM office to sign up and receive a free Ready-Set-Wear-It sticker.
May 29th Memorial Day
This Memorial Day, the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial commemoration ceremony will include a special salute to our nation's Gold Star families. The Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day celebration is one of San Diego's largest and most celebrated memorials dedicated to our fighting men and women. On this day we honor all of our fallen soldiers and remember them for their ultimate sacrifice to our country. Here is a link to more information on Ft. Rosecrans
Our Mothers, Earth Mother
- By Laura Brownwood
Celebrating our Mothers every May is near and dear to many of us. Whether it is, or even if it isn't, I encourage you to take some time and write a list of appreciation about your Mother. Yes, moms can make mistakes, but we need to focus on the good in everyone and everything.
Internally, it is a gift to You as well, focusing on positive aspects vs harboring negative memories. Every cell in your body responds to your thoughts and, negative thoughts are not healthful. The science behind this concept continues to bring more light to the subject. In January 2014 three scientist won the Nobel Prize on this subject, so it's worth paying attention to your negative thoughts and shifting them to positive ones. Makes for a happier life, I promise you.
If your mom is still alive, send the list of positive aspects about her along with a card or even email the list. In my opinion, it's is the best gift you can give a mother. It's May 14th, so plan ahead.
As of 2013 we also have a day to celebrate Mother Ocean and this year it's May 10th. Why not take your boat out that week and enjoy both sailing/driving across the water as well as appreciating your ability to do so, e.g. your boat! Take time to breath when you are on the water, your body can always use more oxygen.
Whether or not it's Mother Ocean Day, let's always love and respect the waters we get to play on. Sun Harbor Marina has many great rules to inspire us to do our part in clean boating principles.
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Because I'm among the many veteran Mexico cruisers who help with the CUBAR rallies, I get a lot of questions from folks who admit they don't have much cruising experience or aren't sure if their boat is cruise worthy. Most of them wonder if it's too dangerous to explore Mexico's charms on their own.
Dangerous? No. But for anyone with zero experience who isn't willing to prepare himself and his boat, anywhere could be risky. Normally, a rally newbie has some cruising experience in local waters, just not in Mexican waters. You can glean a lot by poring over guidebooks, charts and boaters' blogs from Mexico.
"OK, I see it's being done by lots of other people, so I can figure it out for myself, right?" Right! But boaters want to feel safe and comfortable about crossing a new horizon for the first time such as down Baja and into the Sea of Cortez or mainland Mexico for several months which is exactly why buddy boating type groups flourish.
Budget Proposal Raises Concerns for Boaters
WASHINGTON, DC, March 21, 2017 New budget blueprint released March 16th the US Coast Guard might face a 14% budget cut. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says that boat owners should be aware of potential budget impacts that could affect boating safety, access and the health of our waterways.
"The administration's budget proposal clearly reflects a different set of priorities over previous years," said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. "Proposed cuts to agencies such as the Departments of Commerce and Interior, Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency could lead to changes for many programs that matter to boating."
Added Kennedy, "Considering boating's $121.5 billion impact, we believe this would be short sighted and negatively affect the boating experience for our nation's 12 million boat owners."
Marina Rules Reminder
Everyone has been doing such a great job of abiding by the Marina Rules with the exception of a couple of people. Please be respectful of your fellow yachtsmen and neighbors by doing so. Here is a friendly reminder of some of our rules:
- Nothing is to be kept on the docks. Please remove all items from fingers and docks to include dinghys, kayaks, plants, shoes, buckets, electrical cords, hoses, lines, bicycles, or anything else you may have been storing on the docks.
- Storage in Dock Steps is permitted. Items may require secondary containment if there is any risk that the content could leak into the waterways. Containers must be clean and free of rust. Items that could be considered trash must be disposed of.
- Excess electrical cord should be kept onboard the boat and not coiled on the dock to help minimize tripping hazards and prevent staining of the docks. Also please do not wrap electrical cords around the power pedestals.
- Dinghys and floats cannot intrude into the channels. Please keep them at head of your slip or onboard your boat.
- Dock carts should be returned immediately to the base of the main ramp. Please do not leave them sitting overnight by your boat or in the parking lot where they will be stolen. This is a discourtesy to your fellow marina tenants.
- Pets are not allowed in the restrooms, laundry room or rec room and must be kept on a leash at all times (and must be cleaned up after).
It can be easy to become lackadaisical after time but let's make every effort to keep our marina clean, beautiful, safe, and a place for everyone to enjoy. Thanks for your help!
Clean Marina Safety
A puff of smoke and a whiff of something burning is how most boats fires are first detected. Sometimes detection is far more sudden like when gasoline fumes build up and combust such as an engine room fire or a fueling mishap.
All boaters should have a plan should a fire break out. This plan should include having more than the number and type of fire extinguishers required, showing your crew where onboard your safety equipment is and how to use them, and finally, demonstrating the proper and effective procedure for placing an emergency call.
It gets bad quickly: in a fire, you'd have three or four minutes to make a VHF radio mayday call, locate and use extinguishers, don life jackets, and prepare to abandon ship before likely being forced overboard.
Do your guests know how to use the radio? The location of the fire extinguishers? Do they wear or keep life jackets close by? Do they know how to shut off the electrical system quickly? A five-minute guest briefing improves fire safety.
Are your electrical and fuel systems maintained to American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYCINC.org) standards? Electrical faults are the No. 1 cause of boat fires. What’s the condition of your fuel lines? If they’re 10 years old or emit a gas smell from a rag rubbed down their length, replace them.
Know how to and inform your guests of proper emergency procedures. The best case for any emergency is to be prepared and have your emergency plans well rehearsed. It could happen to anyone anywhere take the extra moments to ensure a safe return to the dock every time.
Here is a useful link to illustrate boating fire safety.
Your Sun Harbor Marina Staff
When Being Connected is a Disadvantage
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews
"My navigation App all of a sudden said it will no longer open because tablets can't run the older non-HD version of their product, and I needed to pay to upgrade. I disconnected my tablet from the internet and my older version ran just fine. I filed a piracy report. Might as well wear an eye patch."
This actual consumer complaint exposes the latest scam being used by some software companies to force users to pay for unnecessary upgrades to their products.
The way it works is that if you are connected to the internet, the company receives a notification sent from your device (Phone, PC, Tablet, Navigation System, etc.) when you open the application.
Then, the software company blocks the application from opening and instructs you to upgrade. (For a fee of course). Never mind that the application in question has been working just fine on your system for a long time.
The usual justification given is to blame the incompatibility of your existing version on somebody else (e.g. - Windows 10).
In many cases, a workaround is to do what the consumer above did, and that is to temporarily disconnect your device from the internet, and then open the application.
As an old professor of mine used to say when asked why someone would do a certain thing, he would say "might be just what you want to do".
Navy Broadway Complex Demolition Finally Underway
It has finally begun. After years of litigation, security fences have been installed and demolition of the Navy Broadway Complex is in progress. The waterfront view from San Diego Bay continues to evolve.
In the next couple of weeks you will see the long awaited first steps in the Navy Broadway Complex Redevelopment project. The demolition is tentatively scheduled to last from April through late summer.
The Navy Broadway Complex site is just one part of the Manchester Pacific Gateway Project, the biggest, most expensive construction undertaking in downtown San Diego history.
The $1.3 billion, 3-million-square-foot project with office towers, hotels, a retail "paseo" and a museum would be built on 13.7 acres south of Broadway between Pacific Highway and Harbor Drive.
Seven buildings and a 1.9 acre public park will replace the 1920s Navy Broadway Complex and include a new Navy regional headquarters building.
The Colorful History of San Diego's Ballast Point
Next time you cruise past Ballast Point, pause to imagine yourself a time traveller and ponder the incredible history that happened there.
If it were the 1800s, you would have seen Yankee skippers gathering stones to serve as ballast in their vessels during their returns around the Horn to their home town, Boston.
Chances are you would also have seen large numbers of whole beached California grey whales being rendered into large vats of whale oil. Your pleasure cruise likely would be interrupted by the nasty smelly mess of whale carcasses set adrift in the bay after the whalers had finished extracting their oil.
In the late 1800s, you would have seen the Ballast Point lighthouse which consisted of two dwellings and a light tower that was part of the keeper's quarters. (The old Ballast Point Lighthouse was torn down in 1960 to make room for more modern changes.) A far cry from the Ballast Point of today which is the site of the submarine base.
This is just a fraction of the history that lives in the place called Ballast Point. For a fascinating read, visit this San Diego Historical Society link for first hand account of what life was like at Ballast Point, written by Norma Engel, the daughter of the late Herman Engel, veteran of the Navy and of the old Lighthouse Service, who was keeper at Ballast Point from 1914 to 1931. Also fascinating is "The fort that never was on Ballast Point" by Ronald V. May.
A Mexican Sea Story
- By Kells Christian
I first met Mr. Cecil Lange in La Paz, Mexico while surveying a Cape George sailboat he built in Port Townsend, Washington. The Cape George boats he built were very traditional, stout and full of wood. It was both a pleasure to meet the builder and helpful to have such a knowledgeable person to answer questions.
A few years later I was handling an insurance claim involving a C & C sailboat grounded in Bahia Santa Maria, just north of the entrance to Bahia Magdalena (Mag Bay). Honeymooners had run aground, I never asked what had distracted them. My initial response to the adjuster was to total the boat, but he said it had gone aground in soft sand, remained upright and had a military guard to prevent looting. At his request, I was off on another adventure and this time I would be a pseudo "salvage master".
I flew in to La Paz and got on the cruiser's net on the VHF to gather local knowledge, several boaters were interested in the operation but few had any useful skills or knowledge, until Cecil responded. In an hour I picked him up, he had a small bag; I think he brought a couple pair of clean underwear. He jumped in the Jeep and we were off.
He and I searched out and purchased all the suitable line in Mag Bay, luckily found and hired a Chinese/Mexican shrimp boat captain and engaged in a difficult negotiation with the leader of a small fleet of pangas (the common Mexican runabout). We constructed an elaborate web of lines to help pull the boat "gently!" off the beach and devised a way to get the tow line to the shrimp boat, we planned to pull at the next high tide. We overcame many difficulties typical of salvage operations, difficult access (long panga rides and long hikes over dunes), salvage logistics and extremely limited resources.
Finally we were ready for the pull and Cecil was aboard with a couple locals from the panga crews. I was directing from the beach, like Mutual of Omaha's Marlin Perkins would watch for trouble while Jim wrestled the wild anaconda, except the age thing was reversed (Cecil being my senior by some 30 years).
After some initial success and pulling the C & C into the surf line, the web failed. In short order Cecil tied the towing line around the mast and the tow resumed. When the boat made it out past the surf line I was temporarily at ease and was amazed by Cecil (at the time in his 70s) riding the bucking sailboat joyfully through the surfline.
A panga took me out to the C & C only to discover the boat was taking on a significant amount of water, the battery level was low and the engine's water pump was not pumping water (the impeller was shot). We decided to change the impeller as darkness fell. We wanted to conserve the little battery power we had to start the engine, so we used an oil lamp for light to change the impeller while taking turns on the manual bilge pump.
Surveyor's note - sometimes these seldom used old school boating basic tools are invaluable. Once we changed the impeller, the engine ran fine, the alternator gave us electricity, the electric bilge pump worked and the shrimp boat towed us in to Mag Bay.
Cecil was an invaluable asset to the salvage and his ride through the breakers is a memory that will hopefully stay with me forever. He reminded me of Slim Pickens riding the bomb out of the plane in the film Dr. Strangelove.
The struggles we overcame and success enhance the memory, but the adventurous, Kiwi, boat building marine surveyor Cecil Lange's involvement was by far the best part.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here to visit his web site.
Getting Down to the Bottom of Things
It's just part of the reality of boating - There's always that bit of oily, greasy, smelly, residue that hangs out in the very bottom of the bilge. Among other things, oil and fuel can sometimes leak from engines and end up in the bilge in the lowest point of the boat's inner hull where it mixes with seawater.
The usual solution to this problem is to lay absorbent bilge pads in that area and then put them in special containers and take them to an approved recycling center.
But boaters at the Oceanside Harbor Marina are now one of three West Coast marinas that can use a new state-of-the-art pump-out station specifically designed to suck out the last drop of that pesky bilge liquid.
The system is capable of differentiating the density value of the various liquid components, including those of low density and viscosity (examples: gasoline, diesel, oil and naphtha) which are not recoverable using other systems.
The new station outside the harbor's Coast Guard headquarters was unveiled in December after harbor officials worked with the state and a Los Angeles based nonprofit called The Bay Foundation to build the facility.
Oceanside Harbor Master Paul Lawrence said "The new facility not only is a great convenience for our boaters, but it also reduces pollution in the ocean and harbor".
To see a YouTube video of the Oceanside system, Click Here
Mark's "Fish n' Tips" - Hunting For Yellowtail
- By Captain Mark Moffat
This time of year is when Yellowtail start showing up. When looking for them, look for bird schools or kelp paddies. Birds follow fish around because they push up bait to the surface which creates an opportunity for birds to feed. Yellowtail also like hanging around under the kelp paddies.
The best way to fish them is to use lures. Either a nice swimming surface iron or yo-yo jig.
A surface iron is light and that allows the jig to glide across just beneath the surface of the water. When the fish sees this action they become curious by using their mouth to find out what it is.
The yo-yo jig is a heavier lure, compared to the surface iron. This will allow the jig to sink. When fishing the yo-yo, cast the jig out and let it sink to about a 45 degree angle and then start retrieving. The other way is to drop it straight down to wear the fish are being metered and then retrieve.
The other way to fish Yellowtail is to fish live bait. Mackerel are best to use but if those cannot be found, sardines work too. A 2/0 or 3/0 size hook will work for this application. My preferred way to hook the bait is through the nose. Sometimes the fish can be on the bottom, and dropper loop would be made. This is the same rig that I did a video on for fishing Rock Cod in a previous article. The difference is less weight. The weight depends on how strong the current is.
Fish a minimum of 25-pound monofilament line when using artificial lures. A fast taper rod in the 30-60 line class rating, and a good casting reel is best. The reel is a personal preference so it is best to try different ones out until you feel comfortable.
Finally, when you do get hooked up to a fish, keep a tight drag on it. If you are fishing near coastal, the problem will be seals. Seals love to grab your catch.
If fishing offshore hunting at the kelp paddies, the fish run to the kelp paddy and will cut you off.
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.
Today , Mark is the Charter Master of an annual two week long range trip on the Red Rooster 3. Click Here to learn more about the Red Rooster 3 and Mark's annual trip.