From the Sun Harbor Marina
Welcome to the June edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. (Yes, that's our Kathy in France at the helm on Le canal de Garonne!)
In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about the California Boater Card; Proper Disposal of Hazardous Waste; Why the Coast Guard Will Likely Board Your Boat in the Future; and Carbon Monoxide.
At the marina, we are planning activities ranging from a BBQ to workshops - including a Swap Meet, Vessel Safety Check, and Safety-at-Sea Workshop on June 17th!
Special Dates in June
June is National "Get Out Doors Month"
Join us for this special day on Saturday, June 17th to celebrate.
June 2nd - July 4th - San Diego County Fair
June 2nd Fish & Chips Day
(Try Mitch's to celebrate)
June 7th Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 10th - 11th San Diego Festival of the Arts
(Note: After a successful relocation and renaming in 2016, the San Diego Festival of the Arts has announced it will be returning to Downtown San Diego's beautiful Waterfront Park).
June 8th World's Ocean Day
June 14th Flag Day
June 16th Summer Movies in the Park -
Featuring "The Secret Life of Pets"
June 17th National Marina Day
June 17th June18th - Fathers Day Sail
San Diego Maritime Museum
June 18th Fathers Day & Go Fishing Day
(Bradley has lots of tips)
June 27th Annual Wooden Boat Festival
June 28th Insurance Awareness Day
National Marina Day at Sun Harbor Marina
While planning your summer, be sure to join us at the Marina on Saturday, June 17th for National Marina Day at Sun Harbor Marina from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm The events will include:
Results of Our May Photo Contest
We are pleased to announce the prize winners of our photo contest were
Grand Prize - Ron Bedford with his magnificent photo of three Humpback whales,
2nd Prize - Johnny Salter for his beautiful shot of a double rainbow:
Stormwater Inspection Results
- By Bradley Wright
On Friday, May 12th, Sun Harbor Marina had its annual stormwater inspection conducted by a Port inspector. With a lot of preparation on our part and the cooperation of land and marina tenants for this event, I am happy to report our scores from the inspection came back with flying colors. I am also very thankful for all of the land and marina tenants for being so diligent and aware of the inspection. I cannot thank everyone enough.
While we are all getting out doors this month, we would like to give a shout out to a few tenants with safety in mind for all. These tenants have gone out of their way to help the SHM family in some way or another, be it a boating emergency or help offered voluntarily. These tenants are the Frese crew and the Lilley crew. Big thanks to both of you for going out of your way and making SHM a better place. Looking forward to a beautiful summer with all the SHM family.
"Pat Hanly, Bradley Wright (holding Bronx and Marla), Dave Kirkpatrick, Carolyn Price, and Karl Harris at the Ready-Set-Wear-It Lifejacket World Record Day event on May 20th"
Carbon Monoxide - What You Can't See Can Harm You!
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that is essentially undetectable by human senses. It is produced when an engine that uses a carbon-based fuel like gasoline is running.
Carbon monoxide is a component of exhaust gases - if you can smell exhaust then CO is present. Carbon monoxide is also produced when propane, charcoal, or oil burns to power onboard appliances such as a stove, grill, hot water heater or generator. The most common source is the gasoline-powered engine which is found on the majority of recreational motor boats. For this reason, it is important to know the sources of CO, the symptoms of CO exposure, and what to do if you suspect someone has been exposed to this deadly gas for any period of time.
The Basics of What you Need to Know:
- You cannot see, smell or taste CO
- The most common source of CO is a running engine
- Install and maintain a marine grade CO detector
- CO can make you sick in seconds and high concentrations of CO can kill
- CO symptoms are similar to and often confused with seasickness or alcohol intoxication
- Avoid closed-off, poorly ventilated areas of a boat when its engine is running
- Never ride or hang on a swim platform where gases accumulate when the engine is running
- If CO is suspected, open all windows, hatches, and ports to ventilate
- Move a person to fresh air if CO poisoning is suspected and seek medical attention
Carbon monoxide enters the bloodstream though the lungs by breathing in this dangerous gas. Exposure in a well ventilated environment is generally not a problem. Brief exposure in a more confined environment can cause sickness and prolonged exposure to higher concentrations can kill you. Since symptoms of carbon monoxide mimic seasickness or alcohol intoxication it is sometimes overlooked as nothing serious and those affected never receive the medical attention they need.
Tip: Maintain fresh air circulation throughout the boat at all times and maintain your vessel to assure peak engine performance. An improperly tuned engine is more likely to produce elevated levels of CO.
To avoid CO you should know the areas of where CO can accumulate such as inadequately ventilated canvas enclosures and engine compartments. If you are tied to a dock be certain exhaust ports aren't blocked which can force exhaust back into the boat and if you are rafted to another boat be certain exhaust from one boat doesn't enter the other. Another way for exhaust to enter a boat is when a moving boat creates the station wagon effect where exhaust finds its way back aboard because of circular airflow known as back drafting.
California Boater Card: Don't Get Behind the Wheel (of a Boat) Without It!
Boater safety education will be mandatory in California at the beginning of 2018. STATEWIDE - Stating the obvious: a license is mandatory to drive a vehicle on our roads or fish in our waters. However boaters in California were never required to carry a license to operate a motorized recreational vessel. However the law is changing as California rolls out mandatory boater safety education starting in less than nine months.
The first demographic required to carry the state-mandated California Boater Card by Jan. 1, 2018 are those boaters between the age of 16 and 20 years old. At the start of each year after that, another age group will be required to carry the card.
All boaters will be able to sign up for a California Boater Card once the mandate takes effect. While boat operators 20 years old or younger must possess valid proof of education as of Jan. 1, 2018, any older person has the option to meet the state's licensing requirements at the same time. There is no need to wait until a specific age group is required to possess a Boater Education Card.
All boat operators in California, regardless of age, will be required to carry a California Boater Card by 2025. The complete rollout scheduled for required boater cards based on age is available online at californiaboatercard.com/about-the-card.
Proper Disposal of Hazardous Waste
Don't jeopardize your wharfage agreement by depositing forbidden items in our dumpsters or on our property. You may bring the following used items to Pearson's Fuel Docks on Shelter Island for disposal:
- Used Batteries
- Used Oil
- Used Diesel Fuel - no gasoline except in rare cases, call first
- Used Propane Tanks
- Oily Bilge Water
- Used Absorbent Pads (Sun Harbor Marina is continuing to support an exchange program. If you have a pad that you need to replace, bring it to the office and we will give you a clean one in its place. Sorry we can't exchange a bag full for you - see Pearson's for disposal)
Please Note: There may be a small fee for some items. Pearson's Fuel Dock, is located at 2435 Shelter Island Dr., 619-222-7084
If you have fire extinguishers and old flares bring them up to the office, please don't place them in the dumpster.
The Coast Guard Will Likely Board Your Boat at Some Point. Keep These 11 Things in Mind When it Happens
- As Seen in Sea Magazine
Spend enough time on the ocean and inevitably you'll see the blue lights or get a call over the radio from the U.S. Coast Guard. The message: they want to come aboard your boat. At first the nerves kick in, and then everyone aboard watches sheepishly as the well-armed Coast Guard officers pull alongside the boat. A lot of boaters can relate.
The Coast Guard made more than 30,000 boardings in 2015, and if your offshore adventures are near ports, the international border or known smuggling regions, it's only a matter of time before law enforcement will stop by. The Coast Guard has three primary reasons for boarding recreational boats: boater safety, security and environmental protection. Boaters will recognize the difference, especially if officers are approaching with guns drawn.
When the day arrives and the Coast Guard pays a visit, knowing what to expect can ease the anxiety. Do the right things and don't do the wrong things and the sight of officers climbing aboard won't cause undue panic.
Water and You
- By Laura Brownwood
Water makes up about 60 percent of your total body weight, meaning your body really depends on the stuff. Every system in your body relies on water to keep things running smoothly. A few of these functions include:
- regulating body temperature
- lubricating joints
- protecting and moistening body organs and tissues
- regulating digestion
- carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells
- dissolving nutrients-minerals to make them accessible to the body flushing out toxins to lighten the workload for your kidneys
Did You Get That??? Important, Right? Dehydration is something you really want to avoid.
OK, hopefully you do get it: water is super important. Now let's talk about how much is enough. You've probably heard the commonly used recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. It's not the worst guideline to stick with, but it might not be the best, either. You might need more! Things like height, weight, food consumption, toxin level, outside temperature, and physical activity all play into how much water an individual should consume. Eight is a good place to start if you are not keeping track.
Be mindful that if you're always waiting until you feel thirsty, your body might already be partly dehydrated, so always try to address your thirst before you feel it. Be proactive . . . start the day with warm lemon water, which helps alkalize the body. Then I recommend filling a jug with the amount you are planning on consuming, or individual water bottles or fill glasses up and set them on your counter. Then you'll know if you have consumed enough of the life giving fluid each and every day. Kathy recommends using a free app that tracks your liquid intake and reminds you if you have not logged any intake. That sounds like a plan!! You wouldn't take your boat out without enough water around!! So, in all seriousness, treat your body with the same respect.
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999
That's it for us - Have a great June boating month!
Your Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Tommy J's Favorites - Pro One XPL-101 Penetrating Lubricant
- By Tom Jarvis
As we start out this boating season utilizing our boats more frequently perhaps we may come across rust.
Rust on tools, parts of the engine, generator, and all those little moving parts aboard the boat that have seized up or ceased to work as efficiently as they use to.
So, what would you grab for? Penetrating Oil, WD-40, Liquid Wrench, AeroKroil, or some sort of rust dissolver? I suggest that you get some Pro One XPL-101 Penetrating Lubricant. This product is amazing.
Depending on the amount of rust or how badly something is seized up will determine how long you allow the Pro One XPL-101 to remain on the surface as it soaks into the affected part. In my experiences with rusted tools and parts that appear to be seized permanently it does not take long.
Pro-One XPL or Pro One Extreme Pressure Lubrication is a vegetable based environmentally friendly lubricant that has a strong ionic charge that allows this product to make a molecular bond to all metal and it is drawn to heat and friction. Most all other lubricants move away from heat and friction.
Due to this unique feature of Pro One XPL 101, it protects metals and retards corrosion as it frees sticky, corroded or rusted parts. There are a few videos on their website that help describe their products very well. Check this video out - The Pro One XPL 101 lubricant is also amazing for cleaning and lubricating weapons. Since it is drawn to heat and friction the weapon operates more accurately and efficiently.
Donald Brockman, Owner of Davey's Locker Sport Fishing and Whale Watching, stated, "Since we are around salt water all day, the Pro-One representative recommended the Pro-One XPL-101 spray and oh my god, I can't keep it on the boats. My crews spray it on everything from the anchor winches to nuts and bolts and of course their needle nose pliers. If it's metal, this stuff goes on and protects it from rusting. The stuff blows away anything else we have ever tried in the salt water environment. Try it, you'll see the results instantly, I guarantee it."
The interesting part about this product is that it works better than all the other products I tested and it is by far less expensive. Check your local Chandlery for this and other products from Pro-One Lubricants.
Editor's Note: Tom Jarvis is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the SuperYacht Association and he also performs outside Marketing and Sales for the San Diego Marine Exchange. Click Here to email your boating product questions to Tom.
Mark's "Fish n' Tips" - Fishing for Bluefin Tuna? Go Fly a Kite!
- By Captain Mark Moffat
This is the time of year that anglers start hearing about Bluefin Tuna being caught. There are several tactics to use for fishing for these fish and this article covers the craft for fishing for them.
When hunting Bluefin, it can be a lot of run and gun style fishing. The schools are usually on the move and everyone aboard should be keeping an eye out for breaking fish. As the fish come up and break the surface of the water, it will create white water. Sometimes also jumping out of the water. This white water is what anglers look for as an indicator for fish or seeing Bluefin.
The captain should get ahead of this school and anglers will prepare by getting their baits hooked. Once the boat gets ahead of the school and the fish are coming towards the boat, cast out your bait and hope for a bite.
Artificial lures can also be used. A surface iron such as a Salas 7x is a good choice or surface Poppers. Use 40 to 50 pound test for such lures. If you go any heavier than 50-pound it becomes harder to cast that heavy line.
Using a kite is another great way to fish for Bluefin. Fly a fishing kite off one rod followed by a release clip about 100 feet from the kite. Attach the fishing rod line to the release clip and slowly put our both rigs.
One angler should control the kite rod while another is controlling the fishing rod. What happens is the bait will be tethered off this kite rod and the bait is fluttering on the surface of the water; this fluttering action is what attracts Bluefin.
In the diagram, it shows 80# Monofilament line. I personally would use Spectra because it is easier to use and fly in low wind conditions. The line marker serves two purposes: (1) an indicator to show where the line/bait is, and (2) to show when the Bluefin takes the bait. Many times the fish are curious and will roll on the bait, meaning they do not actually take the bait in their mouth. You will see a big splash but the line marker will not go down, which describes being rolled on. When you see a big splash and the line marker goes down that tells you that the Bluefin took the bait. Wind your fishing reel to get that hook set. Use a circle hook for this application.
The style of kite above is best for low wind conditions.
This style can be used too but harder to fly. Sometimes a helium balloon is needed to help get lift.
When on a multi-day trip, Bluefin can be caught at night. As the boat drifts along the deck lights will attract life. When Bluefin tuna are in the area, they become get attracted to the light and feed. Get up anywhere between 1 to 3 am and grab a rod with 80 or heavier pound test. Attach a 4-oz torpedo to the line with a rubber band. Use this knot to attach the rubber band to the line.
Tie on about a 5/0 size hook and nose hook your bait. Drop the line down about 150-feet and hold it there. After roughly 5 minutes drop it down 10 more feet. The idea here is to work the water columns. This is one of the only times where you can change your bait less frequently, and should be changed every 30 minutes. When fishing the kite, the bait should be change every half hour.
Good luck on your next Bluefin fishing adventure.
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.
Gentlemen (and Ladies)! Start Your Engines!
By Commodore Vincent T. Pica, II
Back in the Fall, a lot of boaters buttoned up their boats for the winter, and now that the good weather is returning, the call of the water is beckoning.
But, BEFORE you start your engines, be sure to ready your boat!
Getting Started: As with any project, starting at the beginning is the best place to start, and for "commissioning", i.e., getting your boat ready for service, the beginning is the front of the boat.
For those of you that trailer your boats, the front of the boat is actually the trailer. Who wants to go flying down the highway and see their boat doing somersaults along the side of the road?
How do you prevent that!? Well, start with the strap that comes out of the winch. Connected to the bow eye, it is the first line of defense. Pay out a few feet and make sure that there aren't any frayed or torn segments. If there are, you will need to cut out that entire segment and re-attach the strap. If you aren't sure how, and you need to be since this strap IS the first line of defense, get help from a competent mechanic or dock master.
While you're at it, why not spray the winch and all the moving parts with some penetrating oil. Pay out the entire strap if need be and re-coil it up so that you are sure you get a good covering of the moving parts with penetrating oil. Take a walk around the boat and be sure the binding straps are all equally in good shape. If not, replace them.
As to the boat itself now, open the anchor locker and flake out the anchor rode (the line and chain attaching the anchor to the "eye" in the bottom of your anchor locker/your boat) and lay the anchor "on the hard." Again, check the shackles for excessive wear as well as the rode itself. Replace or repair, as needed. No sense having the boat float away one day because the anchor rode wore through or a shackle pin gave out.
Be sure that the navigation lights (red and green) are working. If not, take the bulb with you to the marine hardware store and replace it plus spares. The gas is more expensive than a few extra bulbs!
Your storage area(s) might be forward so open them up and ensure that PFDs, tools, etc, etc, etc are all in good condition. Check that there is no standing water in the compartment. If so, the "limber holes" are clogged and the water can't get to the bilge to be pumped overboard. Every ounce of weight that wasn't on the boat when the boat was manufactured changes its centers of buoyancy and gravity. In heavy seas, that just might matter a whole lot.
Next are the cockpit and the electronics. Disconnect them, spray them with some "white grease", reconnect and test the gear. If a connector is corroded, replace it. This all will keep salt in the air from penetrating your electronics.
If you haven't checked the PFDs yet, do it now. Check your whistle, your horn, your flares or SOS devices, and all safety equipment. Don't forget your fire extinguisher(s). If it isn't "in the green", chuck it. Also, gently shake it side to side, head over end. If you hear a "thunk", the dry chemical has solidified. It is now a good door stopper but not good for much else. You should hear a low "shhh" sound as the suppressant moves back and forth.
Check the fuel tank. Is the "sender wire" (wire that runs from the top of the tank (usually) to the fuel gauge) in good condition? How about the filter? And check the fuel lines too. Weak or cracked hoses must be replaced, along with rusted hose clamps. Stainless steel.
How are the battery and the clamps that attach to the posts? Just like a car, all this has to be in good condition.
The engine is the most obvious component to ready for service. Change the oil all the oil including the oil down in the foot of the engine. You'll need a large straight-slot screw driver for the two screws (high and low) that have to be backed out, a bucket and a quart of oil. Find all the grease fittings and gently pump new grease in until it comes out somewhere else. Don't forget the steering cable fitting. Be sure that the oil dip-stick is properly seated.
If you do have trailer, check the tires and the lube the bearings. As with the engine grease, pump it in gently. Who wants to push out a seal?
Reset the spark plug(s) in the engine before you put the cover back on unless you are going to work on the prop. Some old models might start up when you turn the prop and that will definitely ruin your Saturday. Once ready to start the boat, be sure it is in water! You need the coolant! It will smoke at first from the fogging oil you laid in the Fall but that will quickly pass.
OK, there are surely more things to do but you are well on your way to heading out to the high seas or at least in our bays and creeks.
BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department, who are in charge of new members matters, at DSO-HR and we will help you "get in this thing!"
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.
A True Sailing Inspiration Tale
- By Kells Christian
This story includes a couple lifelong boating dreams, an attempted Pacific Ocean crossing, a whale (of course), a sinking boat, a rescue from a life raft, a couple heroes and an unknown ending (suspense). This is the first of what will likely be several parts of this very interesting boating story.
My part began in April, 2017 when I performed a pre-purchase survey of an Island Packet IP40 cruising sailboat for Mr. Douglas Smith. Doug has dreamed of sailing across oceans or around the world for some time. He was living in Tokyo, Japan when he heard the story of another sailor and dreamer, Mr. Hiro Iwamoto.
Hiro went blind at age 13, and after struggling with and then facing the challenge, decided he wanted to learn to sail, and learn to sail he did. He became quite skilled and set out on a Pacific Ocean crossing in 2013. He brought along a sighted television news person and the boat was outfitted with cameras and microphones to document the journey.
Their voyage began with quite a bit of fanfare and a large crowd gathered to send them off. All was going as expected, until the whale. On the link below (narrated in Japanese) a pod of whales is visible in front of the boat, moments before to the incident. The vessel then has a sudden shudder and a whale is visible just below the surface of the water, to starboard amidships.
In the video, the two person crew don lifejackets shortly after noticing water in the cabin. An attempt to deploy the life raft almost ends in tragedy. The video includes dramatization, including the rescue by an amphibious plane but the rescue was successful and the two sailors were brought back to Japan and lived.
Surveyor's note: Practicing what to do in boating emergencies is important. Practice like a pilot, quickly thinking through your options and considering the delegation of responsibilities (which vary depending on the nature of the event and number of crew). Know how to initiate immediate and effective communication and drill the proper use of safety and life saving equipment. The practice will help you to be calm under pressure. I believe the most valuable experience is gained by getting out of trouble, which means you have to get into a little first.
Currently Mr. Smith is closing on the Island Packet, a solid platform upon which to build his dream, but he has no sailing experience. He does have a plan to get to know the boat, learn to sail and develop the skills necessary to sail this boat from San Diego to Yokohama, Japan, San Diego's sister city. He will take Hiro as his only crew.
Coincidentally, the broker and the marine surveyor have both lived in Japan.
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.
Question: What Do I Do If My Rig Fails?
- By "Ask The Rigger" from Rigworks
There are few things that sailors fear more than catastrophic rig failure. Whether sailing locally or heading into open water, having a plan in place may save you, your crew and your boat. Here are a few suggestions.
Most important, BE PREPARED. Have tools and spare parts on board and know how to use them. At a minimum, you should have tools to cut your rig loose and to make minor repairs. Here's a link to a Rigging Damage Control & Spares Checklist that contains a comprehensive list of items that you might want to have on board.
For pleasure sailors enjoying San Diego Harbor, the list may be overkill, but it is a good place to start. If you need supplies or have questions regarding the list, you are always welcome to call us at Rigworks.
Rigs fail in many ways and for many reasons. Here are some common scenarios and possible responses.
The Mast Comes Down (Too Late to Ask Why!):
- Ensure that your crew is safe. If you are not wearing safety gear, put it on! We love our Spinlock Deckvests, harnesses, MOB1s, PLB1s, EPIRBs, etc. because they are lightweight, easy to use and may save our lives.
- Check the boat for structural damage. Are you taking on water? If so, can you find the source and plug it? (Even duct tape and rags have worked for me!)
- Quickly decide whether the mast can be safely secured to the boat or needs to be cut loose. If you are in rough conditions, and the mast is likely to sink the boat, don't hesitate. Cut it loose.
- If you can safely save the mast, secure it tightly to the deck. Pad any contact points to minimize damage to your boat and rig. Collect all the halyards, shrouds, etc. and either tie them down or cut them free.
If a stay, shroud or spreader fails, but your mast is still standing, you may be able to use a halyard, topping lift or spare line to support your rig. The following suggestions may buy you a little time while you secure the line and transfer the load.
- Unless you have a strong inner forestay, you probably don't have much time here. Warn your crew that the mast is probably coming down.
- Work quickly to reduce tension on the rig by sailing downwind.
- If the forestay failed at the base, see if it can it be reconnected or reinforced while a secondary line is run?
- If conditions warrant, head upwind to reduce the load on the backstay.
- If you have running backs, tighten them up and reef the main below the point where the running backs connect to the mast.
Shrouds or Spreaders Failure:
- Shrouds and spreaders usually fail on the windward side. Quickly ease the load on your sails and tack the boat so that the failed components are to leeward.
Obviously, we are only denting this HUGE topic in this article. If we have piqued your interest, we encourage you to attend a Safety at Sea seminar to learn more. Remember - "The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining." - John F. Kennedy
Rigworks is a San Diego-based full yacht rigging and chandlery specializing in rig Inspection; re-rigging and tuning; deck layouts; custom splicing and machining; winch service and installation; and furling gear spec. and Installation.