Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the June 2019 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina eNewsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles: Use Safe, Spill-Proof Fueling Practices; Ready for Cruising; The Health Benefits of Salt; and our June recipe for Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette.
Please be aware that the MARINA OFFICE, WILL BE CLOSED on MONDAY May 27th for Memorial Day.
- Starting June 1st through the end of August, we will be open 7 days a week. Sunday hours will be from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.
- Sun Harbor won the Environmental Initiative Award this year from the San Diego Port Tenants Association for demonstrating outstanding leadership and collaboration. This award is for all of you at the Marina. It is the result of your willingness to become involved, to participate and collaborate with us to find ways of protecting the environment in and around the Marina.
- National Marina Day at the Marina on Saturday, June 29th. (PLEASE NOTE REVISED DATE) Details Here
- Come and try the new Kooler Ice and Purified Water Dispenser. Purified water is .50 cents per gallon and $2.50 for 5 gallons. Ice is available in 10lb bags for $5. Bring the attached Flyer and get a coupon for a free bag of ice on June 29th. Details Here
- Public Dock and both A and B Dock Pumpout Closure: All pumpouts will be closed for major repair through May 22nd.
- WiFi at the Docks: Our internet provider is offering a new promotion. Details Here
Special Dates in June
June is Pride Month & PTSD Awareness Month!
June 1st Say Something Nice Day
June 4th Hug Your Cat Day
June 6tth Gardening Exercise Day
June 14th World Blood Donor Day
June 15th Nature Photography Day
June 17th Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 21st Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 22nd National Marina Day at Sun Harbor!
June 23rd Let It Go Day
June 28th Happy Heart Hugs Day
National Marina Day! June 29th
1:00 - 5:00 pm Open Boat Event
Take a tour of boats for sale in our marina
9:00 am 2:00 pm Vessel Safety Checks and Vessel Safety Check Forms
11:00 am OEX SUP Paddleboard/Kayak Demos
1:00 pm Handling Fuel Spill in Water by Seatow
1:30 pm Blue Guard - Smart Bilge pump
All Day Vessel Competition!
And looking ahead, Sun Harbor Marina Activities for 2019
September 21st Coastal Clean-up Day
October 12th Annual Chili Cook-off
Ready for Cruising? Here's One Eye-Opening Test to Make Before You Cast Off!
- By Captain John's Skipper Tips
Ah..., the luxury of a nice, big, comfy cockpit to lounge about, entertain friends and guests while moored in the slip. What could be better? Just one thing to consider. Do you know your sailboat cockpit's "drain-ability"?
No other drain on your boat needs to do it faster than those in the cockpit. They alone will be exposed 24/7 to storms, rain, spray, and waves that might come aboard in really bad weather. Wimp-diameter drains don't cut it! Cruising guru and author Donald Street recommends a cockpit drain test that costs you nothing but a few minutes of your time. You can make this test when tied up in your slip or alongside a pier. Follow these easy steps... Close off each cockpit scupper drain seacock. Fill the cockpit as high as practicable with water from a garden hose. Grab your watch. Open both cockpit scupper drain seacocks and start your timer. How long did it take? There's no right or wrong answer here. But the point? One pound of sea water weighs about 8 pounds. A wave boarding your boat can add hundreds of pounds to your displacement. This can affect stability. Affect stability and you increase the probability of capsize. You must shed water as fast as possible to maintain stability. Larger diameter cockpit drains are a must if you venture outside of sheltered waters. And you can bet, most production sailboat cockpit drains are woefully inadequate. Consider this modification on your sailboat this season, for more peace of mind when sailing or cruising
Three "Stay Aboard" Sailing Tips to Keep Your Crew Safe 'n Sound this Season!
- By Captain John's Skipper Tips
Falling overboard remains the #1 nightmare of sailors worldwide. One slip on deck or trip over a line or fitting is all it takes. Follow these three steps to help keep your sailing crew or partner on the boat and injury free this season...
- Grab a Handhold.
Most production boats lack enough handrails below deck. Install handrails to provide continuous support from the companionway to the forward v-berth. Add extra rails in the galley, head and shower spaces.
Next, go topside and look for areas that lack enough "grab 'n hold" gear. Could you add more braces near the mast to give your crew better security for hoisting, lowering or reefing the mainsail? What about the open, vulnerable foredeck area?
- Wear Proper " Foot Covers"
I personally will not go barefooted aboard a boat. No matter what you might see or read, nothing puts you out of commission faster than a foot injury. Your feet are your mobility aboard a boat. Wear top quality boat shoes or sneakers with a non-skid sole.
Look down, then forward before you move. Step over headsail sheets, winches, rope clutch gear, deck cleats and slippery boat sails. Keep control lines and sheets coiled and off the deck to reduce "slip hazards" and help prevent injury.
- Lower Your Center of Gravity
Bend your knees when moving fore or aft. If thrown against the lifeline, this offers more area to brace your body. In heavy weather sailing, squat down closer to the deck or crawl on your belly if necessary. Wear your harness and keep it connected.
All sailors enter a unique environment whenever they step aboard a small sailboat. Use these sea-tested sailing tips to make each trip a safe one for you and your sailing crew!
Clean Marina Minute - Use Safe, Spill-Proof Fueling Practices
- By Sean Peterson
California has more boaters than almost any state in the nation, and all those boaters put in a lot of hours on the water. Millions of gallons of fuel and diesel are sold to recreational boaters in CA every year. It is extremely important for boaters to implement clean and safe boating practices when filling up a tank to protect the environment and their health and safety. Accidental overflows, splashes and spills go directly into the water and impact our environment. We can make a big difference by implementing the following clean boating practices.
Salt is Bad for Boat Engines, but GOOD for YOU
- By Laura Brownwood
Salt is an essential dietary nutrient. Without it, life itself would not be possible since all living things utilize salt! There is much current research backing these statements, including a book, The Salt Fix by a leading cardiovascular research scientist. He reviewed over 500 publications to unravel the impact of salt on blood pressure and heart disease.
Listen up... open your mind, and your heart will thank you!!
Marina Recipe: Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad
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 Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette
Nutritious and flavorful spinach quinoa salad bursting with mango, strawberries, avocado and a scrumptious sesame-lime vinaigrette. Great for parties! Gluten free, vegan-friendly and wholesome.
A Final Note of Thanks
In closing, a big shout out to all of you who participated in the Green Employee Engagement Campaign. We know it is hard to give up time during your day to become involved and participate in yet one more program. We appreciate your time and welcome your input. The marina award for environmental initiative this year is in no small part due to your time and effort.
We have 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!
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.
Lisa Rustin and the Sun Harbor Marina Staff
My Radar - Boating App of the Month
Whether you're out on your dinghy or relaxing by the marina pool, this handy App displays animated weather radar conditions around your current location, allowing you to quickly see what kind of weather is headed your way.
The App's High Definition Doppler radar data is processed from raw NOAA weather radar data from the National Weather Service using proprietary systems and software.
Just start the app, and your location pops up with animated weather.
With this portable radar system, you'll always be in touch with storm warnings; wind; rain; snow; NOAA alerts; and other weather details at the closest level!
New Labeling Standards for Life Jackets
- By Bob Simons
It's one of those questions for which there's no simple answer. "What kind of life jacket should you wear?"
Should you use life jackets that will try to turn you 'face up' in the water if you go overboard?
This type of life jacket can prolong the chances of survival if the person who has gone overboard is unconscious.
How likely is that? Well, it might happen on a sailboat if you gets hit by the boom - or in heavy seas due to a fall or getting hit with a loose object.
Or is comfort and freedom of movement more important in your choice of a life jacket?
I usually recommend that power-boaters wear the manual pull inflatable type and sailboaters wear the auto-inflate type. Power-boaters are more likely to just fall off a boat, whereas sailors are more likely to be knocked off and may be be damaged when they hit the water. Just my opinion but I've never seen a study on it.
In an attempt to simplify the types and uses of life jackets for consumers, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued new labeling standards along with identifying icons that will appear on life jackets.
The Coast Guard has identified four characteristics that should be considered when choosing life jackets:
- Buoyancy - Which relates to the weight of the person wearing it.
- Whether it's wearable or throwable.
- Type of activity.
- Whether it will attempt to turn the person face up.
The new standards also include new icons that will help consumers easily identify what type of life jacket they are looking at.
Click Here to see the three page PDF of the U.S. Coast Guard's new life jacket labeling standards and icons.
By the way - We used to hear other terms like PFD (Personal Flotation Device) etc., but those are gone so now and they're all called life jackets again.
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 Chart
||Captain on the Bridge - A Job Soon to be Obsoleted by Automation?
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews.com
People are only recently getting a real sense of how many jobs and skills are in the process of being rapidly eliminated or dramatically transformed by robots and automation.
One maritime related job on the automation revolution chopping block is no less than that of the Captain.
That includes all types of captains - On military ships; commercial ships; cruise ships; yachts; yacht delivery; and yes, even recreational boats.
If you look into this subject, you'll be stunned at how far the technology of skipperless vessels has progressed - and what the future looks like.
Last summer a Norwegian built robot sailboat became the first unmanned vessel to successfully cross the Atlantic.
If one looks through the hindsight crystal ball, it's not to difficult to predict which marine skills will eventually be reduced, eliminated or transformed.
Other than Captain, at the top of the list will probably be those involved with traditional navigation. That includes both the navigators and navigation instructors.
Persons involved in any form of marine instruction, deck jobs, security, mate, leadership, watch standing, etc. would be well advised to keep abreast of these trends.
Crew members will be some of the last jobs eliminated, but the required number of crew members has already been dramatically reduced; especially aboard commercial ships.
Today's monster container ships for example used to have hundreds of crew aboard, but the average number of crew today is only 18-20 people. And countries like Japan are working hard to reduce that number to zero.
Jobs that will probably be the last to be eliminated will be those in Food Service, Engineering, Electrical, Security and Fire Fighting.
Autonomous ships are even an area of particular interest for the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which sets the standards for international waters. It launched a regulatory scoping exercise last year to analyze the impact of autonomous boats.
So what does it all mean? If you're a sea captain, you might want to look into becoming what they are forseeing as an "Armchair Captain", controlling several ships in a Tracon-like center captaining several ships on a computer console.
For me, automated recreational boats and yachts are also coming soon. I'll name my next yacht Alexa.
I can see it now - My guests will be aboard and settled in for a cruise. I'll be sitting in an armchair on the back deck - "Alexa! - Take us to Catalina! - And bring me a margarita!"
Under the Radar? - Short Term Boat Rentals in San Diego
It's happening all over the globe. Municipalities are looking to both regulate and "get their piece of the action" of the short term rental Market.
Last July, the San Diego City Council adopted Mayor Faulconer's compromise proposal to establish San Diego's first-ever city regulations for short-term rentals. The new regulations are due to take effect this coming July.
As reported by Alavara, starting in July of 2019, short-term rentals will only be allowed in owners' primary residences, and both short-term rental operators and online rental platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO, TripAdvisor and HomeAway will have to abide by several new requirements.
Before the new law was approved, San Diego did not regulate short-term rentals, although the council had debated the issue for years.
According to data analytics firm Host Compliance, San Diego now has 11,000 short-term vacation rentals, most of which are whole homes. The report did not include any statistics for short-term vacation boat rentals.
But the short-term rental issue clock is not only ticking, it is fraught with complications and conflicting interests for all short term rentals. For boat BnB type operators, there are additional potential conflicts with marinas; Port District regulations; and even USCG maritime license requirements.
The bottom line is if a boat owner is short term renting a boat and has a website or listing on any of the travel platforms, the city will construe that as a business, and no doubt find it.
And if San Diego is like other municipalities, there will be retroactive sanctions and penalties for ignoring the new laws.
Click Here to read the full text of the City Council's compromise short-term rental proposal.
How to Know if the Price is Right
- By Kells Christian
Do you have a favorite boatyard? How about a boat maintenance provider who you tell all your boating buddies about? How did you find them? How can you tell if a repair cost is fair?
As a 30 year marine professional, often dealing with insurance claim repairs and assessing boats' conditions, I still occasionally have trouble assessing the reasonableness of vessel repairs costs. There is a wide range of costs for some jobs and I wonder how a new boater navigates these waters?
If the new boater is "young", they use social media. If they are a bit more mature, they ask their friends, but either way we are checking reputations.
Check the internet ratings site and a boating chat room or message board. Ask your both boating neighbors and the dock master. The root of a good business reputation is a good person or people and the longer they have been that way, the better and wider the reputation.
I have seen some horrible service in the marine industry and I suggest getting more than one reference for any significant boat work. Reliability is available, and it rightfully comes with a price.
Once you develop a relationship with a vendor, the price is less likely to be a surprise and a casual glance at the bill should suffice, but what if the relation is new? There are a few tools we use to help assess costs in this wild west atmosphere of repair costs.
Competitive bids can be obtained, but make sure they cover the same costs, lay days, crane fees and boatyard charges (on top of subcontractors) all must be considered. Ask if the estimate covers all charges. Determine if the bid is just an estimate, and you will actually be charged time and material, or if the bid is fixed. Some things are negotiable and there are often less expensive options, remanufactured units instead of new for instance.
Some jobs are similar to warranty work and warranty work has defined costs. Labor hours and material pricing can be compared to what a manufacturer would pay a dealer for the work. I have seen labor costs for similar transmission replacements recently vary from $4,000 to $16,000! This is an example where the allowed warranty hours are a reasonable reference.
We often deal with insurance claim repairs and we all know these costs are often at the high end of the range of fair and reasonable. We pay a premium for the good stuff. We anticipate it to an extent and we value the businesses that get the job done properly, the first time.
Vendors with proper insurance, competent customer service people and experienced professional technicians are worth their premium. These reputations are hard earned. The product's authorized dealer has spent time and money on training and tools. The more expensive time is usually worth it! But there are also high priced scam artists and bait and switch techniques to be aware of.
Internet posts and reviews can be conjured in a very short period of time with no basis. Solid business reputations can be found on line and at the marina coffee shop, the boating supply store and on the docks. Find the good shops and support their good work and spend your money wisely.
P.S. - The weather is nice, go 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 email@example.com or Click Here to visit his web site.
The Good Samaritan - Safety of Life at Sea
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Any school child knows, or at least believes, that if you see a person or boat in distress on the water, the "law of the sea" demands that you render assistance. Simple human decency would require no less and, from time immemorial, this has been law of the sea.
But we live in a modern and litigious world. Having just come upon a number this patrol season where USCGAux 251384 provided assistance to a disabled vessel, it occurred to me that we ought to refresh this information. So, what are the facts?
Your Duty to Assist: As said above, from time immemorial, seamen have always come to the rescue of those in distress on the high seas. In fact, Admiralty Law has consistently encouraged such actions. Those "that go down to the sea in ships" have by law and precedent been urged to assist in life-saving efforts. On the US Federal books (46 U.S.C. paragraph 2304), it states:
"A Master or individual in charge of a vessel shall render assistance to any individual found at sea in danger of being lost, so far as the Master or individual in charge can do so without serious danger to the Master's or individual's vessel or individuals on board." (Emphases mine.)
It goes on to specify that those that fail to do so can be fined (up to $1,000) and imprisoned (up to 2 years). When a maritime law says, "shall", it means must.
For those that are expert wordsmiths, the term "at sea" doesn't evoke the Forge River or Seatuck Cove or does it? Centuries of practice would argue that they are part of the seas and, in fact, the USCG Rules of Navigation (the COLREGs) embody, in Rule 1, the connectedness of our waters:
"These Rules shall apply to all vessels upon the high seas and in all waters connected therewith navigable by seagoing vessels."
The "Good Sam" Laws: The Congress and Admiralty Courts have addressed this little "at sea" loophole via the Good Samaritan regulations. Federal Law 46 U.S.C. paragraph 2303(c) states that the Master or individual involved in rendering assistance "is not liable for damages as a result of rendering assistance or for an act or omission in providing or arranging salvage, towage, medical treatment or other assistance when the individual acts as an ordinary, reasonable and prudent individual would have acted under the circumstances."
This creates, in legalese, a "high legal hurdle" to prove a case against a Good Samaritan. The Admiralty Courts have always considered the chilling effect that a decision against a Good Samaritan would have upon centuries of life-saving practice. Even if the Good Samaritan made the situation worse, the Court has only ruled against the "Good Sam" if they were grossly negligent or exhibited "reckless or wanton conduct" in attempting the rescue.
This doesn't mean that the rescuer even has to succeed not all rescues do. The Court recognizes that, "under the bright light cast by hindsight", a rescuer might have done something differently and thus outcomes might have been different. "A rescue attempt must be considered in the light of the circumstances that faced the rescuers when they acted and not with the wisdom of an 'armchair admiral' after the fact." (Korpi v the United States, 961 F. Supp. 1335)
The tough part for you - the skipper - is deciding whether he or she is "standing into danger" that is beyond the capabilities of the crew or the vessel. However, when you see some vessel alongside the rocks in the Moriches Inlet, most skippers will try and the Courts will applaud you, even if you have to back away.
Let me also add this call the US Coast Guard on channel 16 as soon as you see the situation develop. They will give you advice and counsel as the facts you relay would imply and get a boat or helicopter underway at the same time. Also, all the commercial salvors, as is required of ANY boat equipped with a VHS radio is required to do by Federal regulation, monitor channel 16. They themselves are accomplished skippers and may also find the opportunity to assist in the circumstances, directly or via advice.
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.