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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the May 2019 edition of the Marina eNewsletter.

In this month's issue, we have interesting articles: Boat Cleaning and Maintenance, Using Fire Extinguishers, The Health Benefits of Grounding, and our May recipe for Berry Brioche Bread pudding.

Marina News
• Please be aware that the Marina Office, will be closed on Saturday, April 27th

• Please be aware that the Marina Office, will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.

Day after Memorial Day Breakfast Bonanza Potluck! We will start at 9:00am on Tuesday May 28th and keep going until the food is gone. Bring something to share and come join us on the upper deck!

In April, we completed our Green Employee Engagement Campaign with the Port of SD. It was quite the success and we thank all of you who were a part of it!! We learned how we can improve personally, as well as a Marina collectively, in being more environmentally conscious. Emphasis was placed on the importance of understanding Plug Loads, The Energy Star Logo, Benefits of using LEED Light Bulbs, Solar Panels for Boats, Using a Kill A Watt Meter, How awesome our Marina is in its Environmental Design & up keep, as well as good old fashioned Energy Basics. It was awesome! Thanks again to all of you who made time to participate!!

• New Trash Receptacle on A Dock: At the request of numerous boaters, we have placed a trash receptacle with a permeable liner on A dock next to the breaker box. This is specifically for any trash pulled out of the water. Please use the net (if needed) and help us keep the Marina clean. We appreciate your efforts!
• The Kooler Ice and Purified Water Machine is here! Sun Harbor Marina now has purified water & Ice for sale through our new Kooler Ice Vending Machine! Purified water is .50 cents per gallon and $2.50 for 5 gallons. Ice is available in 10lb bags for $5. The machine is currently cash only but will be credit/debit card ready soon! Call us if you have any questions at 619-222-1167.

• Public Dock and both A and B Dock Pumpout Closure: All pumpouts will be closed for major repair from April 22nd through May 22nd. Please do not wait to use the onsite pumpout until the last minute! Please arrange for a service to handle your needs while the repair work is being completed. Once the work is complete the public dock will no longer be connected to the A and B dock systems. We expect that this will result in a better system for all.

Special Dates in May
May is Bike Month and Get Caught Reading Month!
May 4th      Star Wars Day
May 5th      World Laughter Day
May 8th      No Socks Day
May 10th    Mother Ocean Day
May 16th    Sea Monkey Day
May 20th    Pick Strawberries Day
May 23rd    Turtle Day
May 26th    Blueberry Cheesecake Day
May 27th    Memorial Day - The Marina will be closed
May 28th    Marina Event - Breakfast Bonanza Potluck
May 31st    No Tobacco Day

Marina Events
And looking ahead, Sun Harbor Marina Activities for 2019
June 8th            National Marina Day
September 21st Coastal Clean-up Day
October 12th      Annual Chili Cook-off

Clean Marina Minute
by Sean Peterson
Spill Kit on the Dock
We have partnered with the Bay Foundation Absorbent Pad Exchange program. The program offers free absorbent pads and free used pad disposal to boaters.

Absorbent pads are hydrophobic – able to absorb fuel and oil while repelling water – and can be used during fueling to catch drips. Pads can also be useful in the bilge compartment, extracting oil from bilge water before it is pumped overboard into coastal waterways. Once used, pads must be disposed of properly though as they are considered hazardous waste.

Boaters should not apply soap to remove a fuel or oil sheen is illegal and bad for the environment. If a spill occurs, it is best to use an absorbent pad and report the spill.

Free absorbent pads are located on the main dock next to the pumpout equipment. To dispose of used pads please bring them in a sealed container to the Marina office.
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Boat Cleaning and Maintenance
The products you purchase to clean and maintain your boat can be harmful to aquatic life, water quality and human health. When you purchase boat cleaning products check the labels for words such as “danger,” “poison,” “warning,” or “cautions” that indicate the toxicity of a product.

Save major boat repairs and cleaning for the boat yard where toxic wastewater is collected for treatment and proper disposal.
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Earthing, aka grounding
- By Laura Brownwood
This is the process of reconnecting to the Earth’s subtle, natural, electrical energy. Ways this can be done is walking barefoot in the grass, sand or dirt. When touching the Earth, its energy flows directly into your body bringing you back to your most natural electrical state.

Is there any science behind this statement? YES, indeed. Dr Steven Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, found it can restore and stabilize bioelectrical circuits in your body, improve self-healing mechanisms, reduce inflammation and pain, restore restful sleep and promote a sense of calmness. There are more and more studies coming to the forefront, including one published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health titled "Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons" which states, "earthing could represent a potential treatment for a variety of chronic degenerative diseases."

When we started to wear shoes, things changed. Leather soled shoes allow a small amount of energy to pass through the sole but rubber will not let energy transfer from the Earth into your body. So for most of us today, we are literally disconnected whenever we walk on the Earth. Walk barefoot to the mailbox, garden ~ digging your toes into the dirt, walk, sit or lie on the grass. There is a caution to be aware of . . . pesticides . . . they too are absorbed into our bodies through our skin, so pick clean grass. That's where the beach is wonderful, Mother Ocean is continually cleaning it for us.

Not only does the grass and sand provide this, but the ocean air also infuses beneficial Earth elements into the body. So next time you are out to sea, take some time to focus on the health benefits surrounding you. Slowing down, appreciating the benefits is part of the equation. ---- Slow down, you're moving too fast, ya got to make the morning last ---- Happy Sailing ----!

Marina Recipe: Berry Brioche Bread Pudding
We are excited to bring you together through food. We are looking for recipes from each of you and will share one each month. The marina brings you this month's recipe in time for Easter Brunch and our Memorial Day breakfast potluck. This decadent Berry Brioche Bread Pudding is crammed full of blueberries, raspberries and butterscotch chips. An indulgent dessert that is a favorite with everyone!

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Wear This Sailing Survival Gear Every Second You Are on a Boat
- By Captain John

What's the #1 sailing survival gear? You might think the personal flotation device rises to the top--but it's a distant #2 when it comes to this one! This ultimate sailing tool can be used on any boat anywhere in the world.

Talk to cruising or offshore sailors and it's a good bet they know of a sailor that got wrapped in a line or tether, or trapped in a lee cloth (a long strip of canvas lashed to hooks above a berth to keep you secure when heeled over).

I have talked with sailors who have seen or experienced near-death incidents like these. And it seems that about 99% of the time, a simple rigging knife would have done the trick.

But that doesn't mean in a pocket, or down below in a bag, or in a sheath lashed to the binnacle stand. You need your knife--at all times--attached to your belt. A knife with a razor sharp blade will cut you free of a lee cloth, a line wrapped around your foot or a sailing safety harness that's entangled in an emergency.

A Final Note of Thanks
In closing, a big shout out to Keith McGarry and Jason Lilley for helping with more than one boat that had spill issues. The spill kit on the dock is always available. Remember the absorbent pads are part of our Exchange Program with the Bay Foundation. You may use them free of charge and we will replace them so the kit is always full.

REMINDERS – As we move into spring the tides are evening out but the rain continues. Keep an eye out for water that could combine with hazardous materials and find its way into the water. Clearly mark all hazardous materials, store them off the dock and in a closed container.

That's it for Us! Hope everyone is having a great Spring so far! To follow our daily updates, please visit our Facebook Page. We also welcome your Comments on Yelp.

Best Regards,
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff

Captain Kevin's Corner - Boating and Alcohol; Not a Good Mix!
- By Captain Kevin Dammeyer
During my years of providing private instruction to boaters, I have been asked many times by students what the laws are regarding drinking and boating.

My immediate response to this question is always the same; "It's never a good idea to mix alcohol with boating", and my opinion on this applies not only for boat operators but passengers as well.

With boating season upon us and many summer holidays approaching that are popular for boating, I thought this would be good time to address the subject of drinking and boating-- along with some specific information with regard to California law on this matter. We all have a sincere care for our fellow boaters in the community and we certainly want them and their families to all be safe out on the water so please consider the following before drinking and/or serving alcohol to your passengers on the boat:

First, and most importantly, I can't stress enough how dangerous drinking and boating really is. Even if you're just a passenger, you greatly increase your risk of accident if you drink alcohol while on a boat. In fact,

The Department of Boating and Waterways' Accident Reporting has found that in 66% of all alcohol related fatalities, the victims fell overboard and drowned. Further, in 41% of all alcohol related fatalities, intoxicated passengers were the victims of, or contributed to, the boating accidents.

It's also important to note that persons drinking alcohol on a vessel and falling overboard face the further danger of hypothermia, a condition in which the body loses heat faster than it can produce it, causing a dangerous lowering of body temperature. Death can result if the body temperature drops too low. Alcohol greatly increases the effects of hypothermia, including disorientation, hyperventilation and involuntary taking of water into the lungs, heart attack, and numbness with the resulting loss of ability to self-rescue.

It's important to note that after only a few drinks, boaters begin to lose their ability to judge their degree of impairment and become overconfident, taking more risks. This factor combined with other effects of alcohol – loss of judgement, loss of coordination and decrease in reaction time lead to the inability to react appropriately to a dangerous boating situation.

When boat operators are drinking, collisions with other vessels are much more likely. Alcohol reduces your ability to detect the relative motion and direction of other boats. In California, collisions with other vessels account for over 50% of boating accidents. Many boaters are not aware that the effects of alcohol can be more pronounced in the operation of a vessel than in the operation of a vehicle. This is due to various stress factors such as boat engine noise, sun, glare, vibration, wave action, temperature and wind. When these stress factors are combined with alcohol, the hazards associated with boat operation are intensified.

Legal Consequences:
While there is no "open container" law for boats as there is for vehicles, it is just as illegal to operate a boat under the influence as it is to drive a car while under the influence. California boating law specifies the following:

  • A person arrested for operating a motorboat under the influence may be requested to take a blood or breath test to determine Blood Alcohol Concentration BAC). A BAC of .08% presumes intoxication, a BAC of .05% or more but less than .08% may be used with other evidence to determine intoxication. Refusal to take the test may result in increased penalties including fines, or jail, or both if convicted.

  • Operating a vessel while under the influence is a misdemeanor and could carry a penalty of one year in the county jail, or a fine not to exceed $1,000, or both.

  • Operating a vessel under the influence and causing injury to another person may be ruled a felony by the courts and could carry a penalty of one year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

  • Operating a vessel under the influence and causing death to another person is a felony and could carry a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

  • If you are convicted of operating a vessel while intoxicated, the Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend or revoke your vehicle driver's license. The duration of suspension or revocation could range from 6 months to 5 years depending on the details of the violation.

Because of the large number of alcohol related boating fatalities and the serious problem of intoxicated boat operators, boating enforcement officers are increasing their efforts to reduce the number of alcohol related accidents. The Department of Boating and Waterways strongly recommends that boaters do not drink alcohol while boating. However, if you do drink while boating, one very important tip to remember is that time is the only way to sober up. False remedies such as drinking coffee, getting some fresh air or splashing cold water on your face have no effect on blood alcohol levels.

With boating season upon us including all the boating events, activities and Holiday weekends, it's very important we all do our part to help keep our boating community safe by being responsible boaters. One very important way we can do this is to remember the true hazards of drinking and boating - and that it is simply not a good mix.

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

Christian Marine Surveyors

An Encouragement to Consider the BVI for Your Next Charter Vacation
- By Kells Christian
I am blessed to continue to enjoy boating after over 30 years as a maritime professional, and I often run in to experienced mariners who no longer have the same passion or enjoy boating as they once did.

We occasionally charter catamarans and I recently spent a week aboard one in the British Virgin Islands. Catamarans make up a large portion of the fleet, both power and sail. We prefer catamarans as several in our family are less prone to sea sickness aboard a more stable platform and the amount of people that can be hosted is greatly increased.

We enjoyed the normal joys of boating, exploration, nature, interaction with locals and other boaters and of course the ocean.

This particular venue provided a multitude of snorkeling opportunities, the Baths of Virgin Gorda, the uniqueness of Anegada and of course rum.

In September of 2017 hurricane Irma devastated this area, and shortly thereafter hurricane Maria, now referred to as "Irmaria", added insult. Virtually every local we spoke with mentioned the devastation and the recovery, it is now an integral part of their culture. While it was a terrifying event, most sheltered in their homes, it was enlightening to hear all of the stories of survival and recovery. While our vacation was selfishly motivated, contributing to the recovery felt good.

For those that are interested in chartering in this area, many establishments are up and running (Willy T's and Soggy Dollar), most of the charter boats are new but there is massive devastation remaining. The USVI were also devastated, as we witnessed on St. Thomas and St. John.

We encourage your considering these area for future visits and sincerely hope you continue to enjoy boating.

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 or Click Here to visit his web site.

New in 2019 - The MarineTraffic App.
If you go boating or fishing offshore at night and want help in avoiding commercial vessels, this is the app for you.

Or if you just want an amazing presentation of the vessels on a map of the world, you'll enjoy this App.

Utilizing AIS technology, it provides near real-time positions of ships and yachts in most major ports and shipping lanes around the world. You can view vessels on the live map, search for ships, boats and seaports and see what's near you - and a whole lot more!.

Available on iOS ($4.99) and Android ($5.99), MarineTraffic displays near real-time positions of ships and yachts worldwide.

Rig Your Knife the Right Way
Think of a knife as a three-part piece of sailing gear. Knife; Sheath; Lanyard. Wet hands can lose their grip on a slippery knife handle. Always, always, always, attach a lanyard from the knife back to a belt loop.

Make a simple lanyard out of a long (nylon or similar material) shoe string or piece of small stuff. Make the lanyard long enough so that when you remove the knife you can extend your arm high enough to cut through a harness or other line at about chest height.

Wear your knife 24/7 when cruising. All hands aboard. No exceptions. Good habits developed early last a lifetime. And this lifesaver needs to be on your person, attached and ready to go. In the darkest, blinding, driving squall. No need to think about whether you can get to it. It's there, waiting when you need it. Do the diligence. Wear the knife.

Keep your knife razor sharp so it cuts through thick canvas or rope. Wash it in fresh water when possible and oil it as needed to stay rust and corrosion free. I Like
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