From the Sun Harbor Marina
Welcome to the July edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter.
With the peak boating season finally here, we thought it only fitting to focus this month's newsletter to the topic of safety on the water. With a little common sense and basic education, it is possible to avoid those unforseen boating accidents and injuries that can potentially ruin lives and property.
Without intending to lecture, our goal is to offer some basic boating tip reminders for recreational skippers, crews, and guests alike to help make this Summer's boating both enjoyable, fun, and safe.
Special Dates in July
July is "National Picnic Month" read more about it at this Link
July 4th - Fourth of July!!!
July 6th - Fried Chicken Day (Perfect for a picnic)
July 14th - Point Loma Summer Concerts begin
July 14th - Shark Awareness Day
July 17th - World Emoji Day
July 18th - Go Fishing Day
July 19th - Hot Dog Day
July 22nd - Hammock Day
Sun Harbor Marina's 4th of July Potluck
Sun Harbor Marina will hold the annual 4th of July potluck on Tuesday the 4th. Potluck will begin at 5:00. Drop by the office to sign up for the type of dish you are bringing so we don't have all desserts (Oh that would not be all bad). After the potluck, get ready for fireworks!
Boating Etiquette: Reading Between the Lines
- As Seen in Discover Boating Magazine
There are certain customs and traditions that help us, as boaters, get along independently while respecting that right for others. Just as there are social norms you're expected to know on land, you've got to know certain basic rules of boating etiquette if you're going to be spending any time at all on the water. While it may feel like you're the captain of your nautical domain, remember that a little consideration for your fellow boater can go a long way toward avoiding any misunderstandings or conflicts.
These basic rules of the road that show you how to operate your boat and you shouldn't leave the dock until you've spent some time getting to know what you're doing. It's the same method you would follow with a car (on an actual road) except you don't have brakes. The following pointers are really more to fill in the gray areas of boat operation that you'll come across at one time or another. A few key etiquette tips can be read here.
Rules and Regulations
- By Bradley Wright
Fishing or swimming from Marina premises shall not be permitted. You might ask why the rule exists. Let's take a look at the Swimmer vs Current (and we don't mean water flow).
Have you ever wondered why marinas post "No Swimming" signs? Yes, there are dangers from boat traffic, and from surface pollution that's sometimes concentrated in marina waters, but one of the main reasons for the signs is the possibility that a boat with faulty wiring or grounding might be leaking electrical current into the surrounding water. E.S.D. Electrical shock drowning occurs when electrical currents do not have a good ground connection. The stray current has no place to go. So the stray current chooses the least path of resistance which can be the swimmer.
Here at SHM we do have a wireless G.F.L. (ground fault leakage) metering system. It gives us an edge on detecting G.F.L. it is also a good tool to find a solution to any leakage that exists. This applies only to boats that are connected and using SHM's shore power.
One piece of equipment that can help prevent such accidents is the Electrical Leakage Circuit Interrupter (ELCI). You will notice the ELCI on 2010 and newer model boats. The ELCI is a residual current device that detects leaking current and disconnects all ungrounded 120/240VAC live conductors from the supply source. On an alternating-current system the power alternates between the hot and neutral conductors. If everything is installed correctly, the current between these conductors or wires should be the same. The ELCI will read any difference between the conductors, and if this difference is great enough, it will trip the breaker. Essentially, it is detecting any possible stray current and shutting down the shore power entering the boat. HOWEVER, Shore power is not necessarily the only source of 120/240VAC power on your vessel. Your generator or inverter can cause the same problems if there's improper or damaged wiring on your vessel.
Alert your guests to the dangers of electrical current in the water and its potential causes and remember why it's not safe to swim in marina waters. With these things you don't want to take a risk.
Clean Marina Minute - Liquid Waste
- By Bradley Wright
Any liquid waste entering the waterways is hazardous waste. Liquid waste is a predominant waste in our local waters. Let's be mindful of hazardous products so that we can enjoy the water to its fullest extent. No one likes to swim in dirty or stinky water!
With preventative know-how knowledge we can begin to improve the quality of our waterways. Here are a few tips to keep your vessel pollutant free:
- Know where your waste oil & filter collection sites are (local fuel docks & environmental disposal station.)
- Frequently clean topside and bilge, elbow grease is safer for the environment than any cleaner.
- Check for traces of oil in the bilge before pumping.
- Store minimal quantities of hazardous materials.
- Use environmentally safe cleaners when possible.
- Use oil-absorbent pads to soak up oily bilge water. Dispose of pads at the appropriate location.
- Inform your regular crew of spill response procedures.
If all of these practices are put into play we can ensure clean water in all of our waterways.
Use Safe Spill-Proof Fueling Practices
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:
Before Fueling, always remember SAFETY first! Be sure your vessel is securely moored to the fuel dock, shut off the engine, turn off all electronic equipment and heat sources, and send all other passengers ashore. These are just the basics for safety, but there are more tips to consider read more.
Report ALL spills of oil and chemicals immediately to the National Response Center
800- 424-8802, California Office of Emergency Services (800) OILS911 and to the marina office.
National Picnic Month
- By Laura Brownwood
Can't say I have ever heard of this holiday, but glad someone started it. Picnics are FUN. One of my favorite memories of living on my boat for a decade was eating on the bow, enjoying my meal while watching a variety of birds, boats coming and going, and occasionally a sea lion enjoying a meal as well (that would be a lot of smacking it's fish around then diving under, back up and more smacking) true entertainment for sure!
When I was new to Sun Harbor Marina a fellow boater invited me to join him for a picnic. He packed a healthful lunch, as we had talked enough for him to know I was into eating well, then kayaked over to a sandy beach on Shelter Island. Talk about fun! He had gone to Whole Foods to look for some healthy options and did really well.
In addition to including some healthful options, it's important to remember to "pack it safely." Bacteria love the warm, humid days of summer and multiply faster than at any other time of the year. A couple helpful hints, it's good to take moist towelettes for cleaning hands and surfaces. Be sure and keep cold foods cold, especially meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy products. It is easy with all the coolers and types of ice packs available.
Here's a delicious addition to try that is "outside the box" to put in your basket: Lentil Cauliflower Salad
Lentils are a fantastic source of protein and, when paired with cauliflower, makes a filling, healthy salad perfect for a picnic on the bow or in the park. The salad is tossed with turmeric, cilantro, and coriander for added flavor. This salad is perfect for picnics because it just gets tastier with time. You can make it on Friday for Saturday's picnic and it will be just perfect. You can add the feta cheese just before leaving the house.
For the Recipe Click Here
Want something more traditional and yet bathing suit friendly? Look for "Healthy Picnic Lunch" on Google or Pinterest and you will literally find hundreds of tasty ideas. Most importantly, eat consciously and HAVE FUN and enjoy our beautiful San Diego.
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999
National Marina Day Wrap up
We hope you were successful trading your goods and finding the treasures at the Swap Meet. And, did you get your burger by Bradley before they ran out? Rumor has it he is a good grill chef.
A special thanks to the Vessel Safety Check team on site to perform those annual checks that keep boaters compliant with federal safety standards. Don't forget to let your insurance agent know that you have the certification so you can get the discounts that is often available. Finally a shout out to Jared from SeaTow for being on site to conduct the Safety Workshop. Jared was great at adjusting the workshop to cover specific needs of each attendee.
Bradley has double-duty as Dockmaster/Grillmaster; Johnny Salter rocks with guitar/vocal
Coast Guard Auxiliary Officers Shawn Anderson and Rob Hogue
That's it for us - Have a great June boating month!
Your Sun Harbor Marina Staff
Welcome Aboard - Now May I Please Have Your Attention!
- By Gus Giobbi - BlueSkyNews.com
When you board a cruise ship, one of the first things that happens even before you leave the dock is the mandatory safety drill. A recreational skipper also owes it to his or her guests to do the same before getting underway.
There's a tendency to assume that your guests have some boating experience, but often that's not true. It's also sometimes a little embarrassing when you're taking long time friends and their families for a pleasure cruise to all of a sudden put on your "captain's hat" and ask for their attention, but it's important, and believe it or not, they will appreciate it.
Every boat and circumstance is different, but here's a few of the items I recommend covering before heading out for a pleasure cruise:
- Show the guests where the life jackets are stowed.
- In California, children 12 years old or younger are required to wear a life jacket at all times. (The age may be different in other states).
- If an adult guest is planning to sit on the bow while under way, I "encourage" them to wear a life jacket. I also arrange for 1 or 2 hand signals for bow riders. (Do they need a beer or do they need to come back to the salon, for example).
- If there are places where guests should "not" sit or stand while under way, let them know. This is especially important on a sail boat for obvious reasons like where a swinging boom might hit someone.
- Talk about the most common situations where a person falls overboard. Emphasize Commodore Pica's "3 Point System" for remaining aboard a boat. (See "Overboard" article in this newsletter).
- Let the me know if you are going below or transiting to and from the bow. I can make a course and speed adjustment if necessary so you don't fall.
- Don't carry drinks or items down stairs or ladders. Have someone hand items to you once you are at the bottom. If a ladder, explain the benefits of going down a ladder backwards.
- Please don't drink red wine while underway.
- Never "jump" off the boat onto the dock.
- Lastly, I politely ask that they don't help with lines or fenders etc. unless the I ask for your help - especially during docking operations.
Tommy's Favorites - ProOne Hydraulic Treatment
- By Tom Jarvis
Over the past twenty years I have learned more about systems on certain vessels and how critical they are for the safety of the vessel and for the success of that vessel to provide a sustainable income for the crew and owners.
Recently I attended an AAFA, American Albacore Fishing Association, Annual Seminar and I had the pleasure of meeting some of the hard working people that put their lives on the line to do what they do to create a source of food for our country and an income for themselves.
Their systems have to work 100% of the time for the success of their voyage. Many of their vessels have hydraulic systems as do many pleasure boats, so I wanted to talk about Pro One's Hydraulic Treatment.
One of the many products that Pro One Lubricants makes is Hydraulic Treatment which uses their XPL (Extreme Pressure Lubricant) formulation, a technology that allows the lubricant to be drawn to heat and friction with a positive ion that makes a molecular bond to all metals. All other lubrications move away from heat and friction.
Pro One Hydraulic Treatment will reduce friction and the operating temperature; it will protect against wear, and displaces moisture. By reducing the moisture the net gain is that the system has less oxidation and corrosion and it also reduces the electrolysis up to 94%.
Tim Wagner, Pro One Senior Vice President, has made a great video explaining the hydraulic system and the Pro One Hydraulic Treatment. If you have any questions about this product please contact me.
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.
Man Overboard! - Do Your Guests Know Anything About That?
By Commodore Vincent T. Pica, II
Recently, a friend of mine fell overboard While boarding a boat at the dock!
Sound crazy? Not really When the "victim" isn't wearing proper shoes - or when he stepped on the gunwales and not into the boat - and when the wake of a passing boat (who shouldn't have been making a wake!) rocked the vessel strongly - In other words, things just go wrong at all the wrong times - Are you ready to deal with it?
As a case in point, when I take young boaters out for seamanship exercises, I start the man-over-board drills with an example. I bring the boat up to 20 knots and ask one of the youngsters to throw a fender over board and then count to 10 before yelling "Man Overboard!"
During those ten seconds, two things happen. The fender disappears behind the boat, well over a full football field behind, and the faces of the youngsters turn white and their jaws drop.
So what's the answer? - Don't Fall Overboard!
Clearly, that is a facetious answer, but the best way to do that is to follow some basic common sense rules. That means:
1. No "bow riding", i.e., sitting up on the bow with your feet dangling over the side (btw, that is a violation of Federal regulations no limbs outside the boat while underway). Assuming the prop misses you as the boat whizzes over you, you could very likely be rendered unconscious by the boat passing over you. That is assuming the propeller misses you.
2. No sitting on the gunwales the edge of the boat even if you are holding on tight. If the skipper takes a wake too hard you may go airborne. If you land in the boat, it is a small miracle. If you were sitting on the transom, unless the boat is in reverse, physics demands that you end up in the water. That is if you are lucky enough that the boat is going fast enough for you to land behind the propeller. You could be unlucky enough to land on the prop instead of in the water.
A variation of sitting on the gunwales is holding the taff rail (railing around the stern of the boat) and jumping up and down with the swells as the boat passes over them. This is swell fun until the boat gets sluiced to one side or the other by those same swells pushing the bow around. Instead of coming down inside the stern of the boat, which a moment ago was just below you, you come down in the water.
3. The failure to use the "3 point system" while working the boat can get even the most seasoned mariner. Always have 3 parts of your body in contact with the boat at all times, i.e., 2 hands, 1 foot; 2 feet, 1 hand. Try toppling over a 3-legged stool and you can see how much more stable this is than a 2-point system.
What to Do If You Do Fall Overboard
You need to do two things. First, attract as much attention as possible as fast as you can. I never go on a boat without a knife, flash light and whistle on my person. The light and the whistle are to attract attention. The knife is to cut me away from the line I am tangled in that is dragging me below the water.
Secondly, if the boat continues to steam away, start saving yourself and that starts with conserving energy and heat. Eventually, someone will start to look for you.
Don't panic and waste life-sustaining energy. Assume the HELP position or at least float with your arms across your chest and your legs crossed. If you slip below the water, don't thrash and waste energy.
Lie there for a few seconds and then dog paddle up. Get back in the prone position and start over. If the water isn't too cold, you can do this for hours.
What to Do If Someone Has Fallen Off the Boat!
1. The first person who sees someone fall overboard does two things simultaneously. First, shouts at the top of his lungs "MAN OVERBOARD" and, second, NEVER takes his eyes off the person in the water and points at him constantly.
I tell my crew, "Even if you have to watch him drown in front of you, never take your eyes off him." Why? If you lose sight of him, we may never see him again. It is unbelievably difficult to find a head sticking up out of the water. This is why the USCG often sends helicopters first to look for people in the water.
2. Have someone else throw a cushion, a fender, a life-jacket anything and everything towards the victim to give them something to swim towards and hold onto.
3. The boat driver brings the boat to neutral. The skipper then determines what side the victim is on and turns the boat to the same side as the victim is on. It keeps the victim inside the turning radius of the boat and keeps the propeller moving away from the person in the water.
4. Call the USCG and tell the watch stander you have a "man overboard!" Your crewmate may be injured, have swallowed a lung full of water or having a medical emergency (how about a heart attack?) Get the "rescue starts now" clock started ASAP!
5. Once you get alongside the victim, turn off the engine. Those props are potentially dangerous. Stop the engine entirely especially if you are getting him back aboard via a swim platform.
Try the 10-second exercise one day with your crew. And watch their faces as the fender disappears astern.
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.
San Diego Big Bay Boom 4th of July
Take your boat out to see the spectacular "Big Bay Boom" 4th of July Fireworks. The sensation of being suspended in space between the sky and the water is incredible. This link gives you the facts you need to know if you plan to take your boat out to view the fireworks.
Safety Is For Everyone
- By Kells Christian
This is not a story about the well-to-do boater who has a fully crewed yacht or can afford to do everything the mechanic suggests be done to maintain a well-kept craft. This is a story about every man (or woman) who loves to go boating and can't afford to do it all, but still wants to be on the ocean.
As a young man I raised a boat that had sunk because it was tied to a piling improperly. The boat was owned by two boating enthusiasts, who were not well off financially, my brother and I. It was a 26' Privateer cuddy cabin with two Johnson outboard engines and I was using it actively for scuba diving and spear fishing. I couldn't afford to have it repaired professionally and fixed what needed to be fixed to keep it running. This was a summer that I push started a Harley because I couldn't afford a new battery.
Eventually, three people were required to start the port engine. I turned the ignition key and worked the throttle. One of my dive buddies would wrap a string around the flywheel of this 150 h.p. engine and pull to get it turning while another would stick a screw driver between the posts of the starter's solenoid. On lucky days we only had to do it once. This dance did not inspire great confidence in new crew members, but seemed normal to the regular crew. We would leave the engines running while we were diving because the engine starting dance was a bit harder in the swell.
Recently during a pre-purchase marine survey of a fifty foot, 1970's vintage, diesel trawler, the seller said, "We only fill that fuel tank half way or it leaks". During an insurance survey of a 30' twin gasoline fishing vessel I found emulsified oil in the starboard engine. When oil looks like a milk shake (or transmission fluid looks like Pepto Bismol) it has water mixed with it. The owner did not know of the emulsified oil problem but was quite aware of the difficulty starting the engine and the rough running condition that had existed for about two months.
How To Keep Your Boat's Winches in Top Shape
- By "Ask The Rigger" from Rigworks
We are going to be honest with you. We are often shocked by the condition of the winches we service.
We promise not to tease you if you let us work on them, but trust us, a professional rigger can tell if your winches have been neglected; if you have used incorrect lubricants; and yes, can even tell if you sail with your dog (oh that fur!).
Just as doctors tell us we need more exercise, your winches probably need more attention and care.
High loads, corrosive conditions, lubricants that degrade over time, and small internal components all contribute to diminishing performance. We find that it is often a small neglected part such as a pawl or spring that breaks, running up repair costs and ruining a beautiful day of sailing.
And worst-case scenario, faulty winches can cause serious safety issues such as backlashing, a forceful recoil that can easily break a person's hand.
First, we encourage you to use your winches properly. Be sure to take enough wraps, three to four minimum, to distribute the load and avoid bending the arm on your self-tailer. Be sure that the stripper ring is tightly engaged under the stripper arm to prevent your rope from jamming and bending the stripper arm and/or breaking the ring.
To keep winches pretty on the outside, wash them regularly with fresh water and dry them with a soft cloth. You can use non-abrasive liquid cleaner on chrome and stainless steel winches or bronze cleaner on bronze winches, but if you have alloy winches, just stick with fresh water.
Lewmar, manufacturer of world class winches, recommends that you strip, clean and re-lubricate your winches two to three times during an active sailing season. At the end of the season, they encourage you to completely strip them to check for damaged parts and make any necessary repairs before cleaning, lubricating and putting them back together.
Winches are like jigsaw puzzles. If you enjoy puzzles and are handy with tools, you may want to service your own (just be careful - like a jigsaw puzzle, there are a LOT of small parts to drop overboard and NONE of them float!). Your service manual and/or manufacturer's website should have the schematics for your unique winch or windlass (a special winch designed for heavy loads such as anchors).
If you can't find the specs for your specific winch, basic servicing principals may be applied across styles, so find a schematic for a winch that is similar to yours. We sell most of the spare parts you will need for a full service. Winch grease and oil, pawls, washers, springs, circlips, etc. can often be purchased individually or in kits. We can even hunt down unique or older parts that are difficult to locate and replace.
For those of you who do not have the interest or time to service winches, our Rigworks team is happy to help. We can service your winches on your boat or here in our shop. We will replace damaged or worn parts and get them running in peak condition or, as a worst-case scenario, recommend that it is time to replace them.
So, if you don't want to trim sails, haul anchors or hoist sails manually, give your winches a little TLC, and they will continue to handle those heavy loads for you!
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.
How To Fix a Dinghy That's Losing Air
An under inflated dinghy can be annoying but is not normally a safety hazard because they're almost impossible to sink and they have multiple sealed chambers - it's just more of a performance annoyance.
The best tool to use to find the leaks is light soapy water in a bucket and spray bottle.
Start by checking the valves first - the number one cause of slow leaks is due to poorly fitted valves. Spray around the valve, and if you see bubbles forming, unscrew the valve and clean the area. Check the valve fitting and base and be sure the valve insert is screwed on tight.
You can apply glue from the repair kit to seal small leaks around the valve or holes where the nylon string enters the valve assembly. Make sure the little rubber O-rings are still good. If that doesn't fix the problem, it's time to get a new valve.
Next, take the floor boards out and fully inflate the boat until it's hard to the touch. Put some liquid detergent in a bucket of water and scrub it all over the boat with rag or big wash brush. Watch for elusive or tiny bubbles to find the leaks.
Inflatable boats come with a repair kit as standard equipment, but if you don't have the original kit, be sure to check with the manufacturer to find out what material your inflatable is made of. The wrong kit could be a very bad thing.
It is recommended to do repairs in dry weather. Humidity will decrease glue bond. Cut a piece of repair material large enough to overlap the damaged area by approximately 1" and round off the edges.
Apply glue to the underside of the patch and around the area to be repaired. Too much glue may interfere with a proper repair. Allow adhesive to become tacky for 5 minutes, and then place patch on the damaged area.
Use a weight to apply 3-5 lbs. of pressure over the patch for 24 hours. After the patch has dried, apply glue around the edges for a complete seal - let dry for six hours.