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

In this month's issue, we have interesting articles: What is Stormwater?; Natural Ways to Improve your Memory; The Clean Water Act; and our July recipe for Orange, Fig, and Gorgonzola Salad.

The Office Will Be Closed on July 4th in Observance of Independence Day.

Welcome Aboard!

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of our Sun Harbor Marina team, Kristen Page. Native to San Diego, Kristen is excited to be back near Southern California waters after getting her Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to joining our team, she assisted in research for programs including Scripps, NOAA, and Nova Southeastern University. In her free time, Kristen enjoys ocean swimming, fishing, and diving. As an avid fisherman and one with a passion for sustainability, Kristen is excited to be working at Sun Harbor Marina--the world's first LEED certified marina-- and looks forward to meeting all of you. Drop by and say hi! We are open 7 days a week for the duration of the summer.

Marina News
• Starting June 1 through the end of August, we will be open 7 days a week. Sunday hours will be from 9:30 to 5:00pm.

• The office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day

• The pump-outs in the marina are up and running again. We want to thank everyone for their patience during the renovation process. It took longer than was scheduled or anticipated and we apologize for the inconvenience. Based on reports to date, the system is working much better for all.

• The public dock pump-out should be up and running by the 15th of June. The Public Dock pump-out will have its own pump and will no longer be connected to the Marina pump-out system.

• REMINDER: National Marina Day at the Marina on Saturday, June 29th. There is still room on the list if you want to sign up for a vessel safety check or if you want to be included in the open boat program. Don't forget to decorate yourself and your boat for a chance to win a prize! Link to flyer

• 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.

Month of July
This month is Plastic Free July! Participate with some of the following tips:

  • Use a reusable water bottle instead of single-use plastic bottles (it might even save you money in the long run!)

  • Bring your own reusable utensils instead of using disposable forks, knives, and other plasticware.

  • Opt for reusable fabric bags instead of plastic ones. They can often hold more weight and more volume than their plastic counterparts

  • If you're anticipating eating out and having leftovers, bring your own Tupperware containers!

Most single use plastics end up in the ocean, harming ocean life and degrading the quality of our waters. Go green and be a single-use plastic fighting machine!

Special Dates in July
July 1st        International Joke Day
July 4th      Independence Day (Closed)
July 7th      Chocolate Day
July 8th      Chocolate with Almonds Day
July 16th     Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
July 20th     Moon Day
July 21st     Ice Cream Day
July 22nd    Mango Day
July 25th       Hot Fudge Sundae Day
July 27th     Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day

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

Storm Water Awareness
What is storm water pollution?
Storm drains are intended to take rainwater straight to the ocean to avoid area flooding. Rainwater or even runoff from sprinklers or hoses carries contaminants such as litter, animal waste, automobile fluids, fertilizers and pesticides into the storm drains and pollutes the County's neighborhoods and waters, creating health risks for children, killing marine life and contributing to localized flooding and beach closures.

Facts about storm water pollution.
The impervious surface of a city block can generate five times more runoff than a wooded area of the same size.

Annually, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredges 83 million cubic yards of sediment linked to pollution sources at a cost of $180 million. Save your tax dollars! In 2008, the Gulf of Mexico dead zone was estimated to be the same size as New Jersey.

More than one-third of the threatened and endangered species in the US live only in wetlands (one of the most highly impacted areas of poor storm water management). Facts taken from Green-building.com

Ten ways to do your part by reducing storm water runoff.

  1. Don't dump anything down the storm drains (as an extra measure, SHM has additional filtering for solid and liquid debris in each of our storm drains)

  2. Use 2nd containment on all liquids on the docks. If the original bottle breaks or an accident happens you will still be ok with the 2nd containment. (This is also a requirement of the Port)

  3. Use a car wash instead of washing your car in the street (some car washes use recycled water now too).

  4. Pick up after your furry friends--SHM provides doggie waste bags just for your furry friend.

  5. Throw your trash in the garbage or recycle if applicable

  6. Throw your cigarette butts away properly. SHM provides free cigarette receptacles.

  7. Fix your leaky "Classic" car. Or donate to a greater cause.

  8. Consider a rain barrel, consider 2nd containment if storm drain empties directly into the ocean

  9. Use only as much water as you need, excessive water usage can add to the runoff pollution.

  10. Sweep your sidewalks and driveways clean. Minimize the waste that water from storms or otherwise pick up and carry into our waterways

  11. Love mother earth

Clean Marina Minute - The Clean Water Act and No Discharge Zones
Use of marine sanitation holding tanks in an improper manner can result in sewage entering the water. The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. Both improperly installed marine sanitation devices and improper disposal practices (pumping overboard within three nautical miles of the nearest land) are illegal. Sewage from boats is more concentrated than that from either combined sewer overflows or sewage treatment plants because marine sanitation systems use little water for flushing. Any vessel equipped with a Type III marine sanitation device is required to use pump out stations. It is also very important to know that your Marine Sanitation Device must be secured or connected to a holding tank to prevent all sewage discharges within a No Discharge Zone (NDZ). Locations of such NDZ's are found in these areas of San Diego county: Mission Bay, Oceanside Harbor and San Diego Bay.

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Captain John's Skipper Tips
- By Captain John
If you are anything like me, you've had unexpected events pop up from time to time when docking your boat. Just when things seem to be going perfect, you may experience one or more of these "game-changers"...

* Loss of engine power.

* Wind shift at the last moment.

* Unexpected current eddies.

* Heavy boat traffic inside canal.

* Fuel dock full; must hold position.

* Assigned dock or slip occupied.

* Boat backing out of slip blocks approach.

Follow these five easy rules of docking for any type of boat. That way, you and your sailing crew or partner will be ready if the unexpected comes your way.

1. Rig docking lines on both sides of the boat. The pros know that things can change once you get into a narrow maneuvering situation. With lines rigged on each side, you are ready to tie up on port or starboard side.

2. Hang two to three fenders on each side--one near the bow and another near the beam (widest part of the boat). This protects you no matter which side you dock on, and protects other boats in case you make contact while maneuvering.

3. Break out a boat hook or two. Open up the collapsible type boat hook to the full extended position. This helps your crew reach hard to grab lines without leaning out over the water. If in a sailboat, place the boat hook on the coach roof to prevent it from becoming a trip hazard.

4. Assign a roving fender to one of your crew. This becomes the most important position of your crew during docking and maneuvering. Take a fender and make a large loop from the eye in one end to the other. The rover uses the fender to cushion wherever he or she sees contact will be made. This prevents costly damage to your hull, pier structures, or other moored yachts.

5. Know your wind and current. Near the entrance to the marina or yacht basin, stop your boat. Which way does she drift? What signs do you see inside the basin to indicate wind direction? Look for flags, masthead wind indicators on the top of sailboat masts, or ruffles on the water. For current, check water flowing around pilings, day-beacons, or light structures.

Natural Ways to Improve Your Memory
- By Laura Brownwood
There are certain things that are important to remember before you take your boat out as well as when you return to your slip. It is good to have a check list. It is also good to take care of your memory, as a list can get lost. :o} Everyone has moments of forgetfulness from time to time, e.g. where's my cell phone or the car keys (right?). This is true, especially when life gets busy, e.g. you have a boat full of people, or a deadline to meet. Here are several evidence-based ways to improve your memory naturally.

Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a mental state in which you focus on your present situation, maintaining awareness of your surroundings and feelings. Studies have shown that mindfulness is effective at lowering stress and improving concentration and memory. One study of 293 psychology students showed that those who underwent mindfulness training had improved recognition-memory performance when recalling objects, compared to students who did not receive mindfulness training. Mindfulness has also been linked with a lower risk of age-related cognitive decline and an overall improvement in psychological well-being. Incorporate mindfulness techniques into your daily routine by paying more attention to your present situation, living more in the NOW, along with setting aside a few minutes every day to concentrate on your breathing.

Exercising Your Brain
Crosswords, reading, bridge, word-recall games, learning new things, and even mobile apps dedicated to memory training are excellent ways to strengthen your memory. A study that included 42 adults with mild cognitive impairment found that playing games on a brain-training app for eight hours over a four-week period improved performance on memory tests. Another study of 4,715 people showed that when they did 15 minutes of an online brain-training program at least five days a week, their short-term memory, working memory, concentration, and problem-solving improved significantly compared to a control group. It also has been shown to help reduce the risk of dementia in older adults.

Try Fish Oil and Ginkgo Supplements
Supplements can help provide advanced levels of nutrients necessary to fuel your brain. Make a quality multivitamin and source of omega-3 fatty acids part of your daily routine. The fish oil needs to be of premium quality and carefully purified to safely remove the toxins such as mercury. Thousands of studies have shown omega-3s help support several aspects of health. In addition to slowing mental decline, omega-3s including lowering the risk of heart disease, reducing inflammation and relieving stress and anxiety.

You can also add a boost of targeted brain support with the nutrients specifically selected to help preserve the health of your cognitive function in ginkgo biloba. For centuries ginkgo has played a crucial role in Chinese herbal medicine. Current studies have examined many interesting properties including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential, increases to blood flow and circulation, benefits for short-term memory, and treating cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's disease.

At 72, I so appreciate the quality of supplements that have been documented to help memory. Continually, it is my intent to be more mindful, which takes practice, but is well worth the effort. In closing . . . here's to the health of our brain!

Marina Recipe: Orange, Fig, and Gorgonzola 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

Orange, Fig, and Gorgonzola Salad
2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
2 oranges - peeled, pith removed, and cut into segments
2 fresh figs, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup vinaigrette dressing, or to taste
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Combine lettuce, oranges, Gorgonzola cheese, and figs in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat.

Nutrition Facts:
Per Serving: 141 calories; 6.6 g fat; 14.6 g carbohydrates; 6.8 g protein; 22 mg cholesterol; 468 mg sodium.

A Final Note of Thanks
In closing, a big shout out to all of you who have been diligently calling us whenever you see a sheen on the surface of the water in or near the Marina so that action can be taken as soon as possible. We are thankful that you are aware and motivated to be good stewards of our local waters.

Another thank you to all of you who participated in the Breakfast potluck in May. It was a beautiful day and the waffles were great!

REMINDERS – We are no longer connected to the pump out on the public dock, so we will not experience the issues related to connectivity that we had in the past. If you are having trouble with the pump-out cart or your in slip connection, please come up to the office and ask for help. We are happy to be of assistance.

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

Overboard at Sea - How to Increase Your Odds of Survival
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
When I teach seamanship classes, I eventually get around to the fact that the sea is a dangerous and hostile place – but, if prepared, you can increase your odds dramatically if you view yourself as an astronaut on a far away planet.

There are things you can do to stay alive while the rescue team is heading for you. This column is about those steps.

Rule #1 - Leave Her Only If She Has Sunk from Beneath You!
The advice I always give to mariners is, "Never leave the boat, even if you can only cling to her up-turned keel, until she has sunk out from under you."

It is hard to imagine how much easier it is to find an over-turned hull than it is to find your lonely head peering out from the waves – and it isn't easy to find that hull! It is like crossing the street at night. You can see the headlights of the car racing down the street quite clearly. But the driver can't see you, especially if you are blending into the night’s colors.

While you are bobbing in the waves, you can see the plane, helicopter or rescue boat – but your head can easily blend it with the waves and wave-caps, especially if you have no distinctive coloring or reflective material to help you stand out from the steely blue and white of wind-tossed seas! So, unless the vessel has sunk beneath you, stay with her. And get up on her if you can since water will draw your body heat from you 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.

Thar' She Goes –Time to Leave!
There will be conditions, God forbid, when you must abandon ship. Do you have a "ditch bag?" What's that? This is a bag – preferably water-proof – that contains as much vital material as you can bring.

Remember, you're marooned on Mars and it will take time for the rescue rocket to get to you – will you survive until help gets there? What should be in your ditch bag? Well, obviously, priorities are implied since you can't drag the entire boat with you – she must have disappeared beneath the waves by now. Here are some thoughts:
  1. Per above, the bag itself should be water-tight. Buoyant and brightly colored is an absolute "yes" too! If you don't have a raft, the bag itself will work as a supplemental life-jacket, keeping you above water.
  2. Drinking water. You can survive for weeks without food; without water? Days.
  3. Water-proof handheld VHF radio; maybe it comes with a hand-cranked charger too!
  4. If your cell phone isn't water-logged, it might make a lot of sense to have a hand-cranked charger!
  5. First-aid kit
  6. Flashlight and spare batteries
  7. Flares, flares, flares! And only set them off when you can see the rescue team/vessel/plane/helicopter day-smoke distress signals are great too!
  8. A signaling mirror might even be more useful than day-smoke distress signals since you can throw a mirror's light signal for miles!
  9. If your boat had an EPIRB aboard, take it with you! And a handheld radio!
  10. Your life-jacket should be on, not in the bag!

Done, Now What?
Now the question is this: How hard – or easy – have you made it for others to find you? Clearly, coloration matters so be sure that your life-jackets, flotation devices and your ditch bag are brightly colored and have reflective materials attached.

Secondly, if you haven't invested in an EPIRB yet, consider it. There is nothing like having your own gear and ensuring that it is always in readiness. What used to be over $1,200 is now in the mid-hundreds. Over a 5-10 year life, what could be a cheaper or more reliable "come and get me!" beacon? What a pity it would be to survive the initial catastrophe, including getting off the may-day – but no one can find you and your crew.

Think like an astronaut. You have to survive the rescue-cycle – and you have to be found by determined parties searching for you in a dangerous and hostile environment.

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.


Christian Marine Surveyors

A "Short" Insurance Story
- By Bob Simons
I recently talked to the owner of a Catalina 38 and he told me a little personal story.

He had his boat at the Southwestern Yacht Club until just recently when he had a problem with his marine automatic battery charger. Apparently it had a failure that caused it to short out and that caused a fire that totally destroyed his boat at the dock.

A devastating total loss but no one was hurt and no other boats were damaged due to the prompt action of the and pre-planning by the yacht club and their written and practiced plan of what to do in an emergency.

The reason I'm even mentioning this is that he had what he considered full coverage on his boat. When he purchased the boat he had contacted his insurance broker and sent the sales documents indicating the value he had paid. The boat was pretty much a bare boat with very little gear.

The problem came when he put substantial upgrades to the boat with new advanced electronics, advanced navigation systems and many other very expensive upgrade amounting to approximately $35,000 put on a boat for which he had paid about $70,000.

The insurance company only paid for the insured agreed upon value, $70,000 but since he had not informed them of the upgrades, he was not covered for all the additional equipment.

If you're in a similar circumstance you might want to take this up with your insurance broker to make sure that your boat and all the upgrades that you have added are covered.

Bob Simons ImageBob 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

4 Easy Steps to Test Your Boat Batteries' Ability to Hold a Charge
- By Jeff Schwenn
If your boat batteries are the "flooded" type where you can fill and check the electrolyte, this tip is for you.

As time goes by, either through age or neglect, these type of batteries will start to give you "hints" that they need attention. The hints can be fluctuating power or other intermittent events that tell you it's time to pay attention to them.

In this short YouTube video, I will give you four easy steps to measure the health of your batteries and also some tips on how to potentially "rescue" them if the electrolyte has fallen below the plates.

I hope you enjoy the video, and if you have any battery questions you'd like to ask, please send us an email to sandiegobattery@gmail.com.

Art Is In the Eye of the Beholder
- By Kells Christian
One of our clients is the owner of a business with the means and imagination to create a one of a kind project.

He is gracefully facing a serious illness and is giving this creation away to a university. He is the kind of person that carries himself with the calm confidence derived from a life well lived and with whom I am blessed to have had a brief encounter.

I am sharing this story because it is one of the most unique uses for a hull I have encountered and hope it makes you smile.

He purchased the boat 20 years ago after it was damaged by fire. Initially he was going to convert it into a fishing boat, and he rebuilt the deck and the wheelhouse. He then changed his mind and mounted the fifty foot long vessel on a custom made trailer. He used it as an office and an apartment.

He removed the engines, propulsion components and steering system. The trailer includes water and holding tanks. The electrical system is a shore power cord hard wired to a household type electrical distribution panel. Basically the boat is a camper.

The configuration of the vessel has been modified to include a "front door" on the port side amidships with steps into an office, previously the engine room. Aft of the office/engine room is the intact aft cabin with an aft berth and an en suite head/bathroom to starboard forward. Steps forward in the office lead up to the original main deck. Forward of the office is a head/bathroom to port, the original forward cabin is intact with port bunk berths, an en suite head to port aft and a small separate room to starboard aft.

The main deck/top floor is open, and is set up as a conference room, with the helm area turned into a kitchenette. Side doors forward lead to side decks, a fore deck and an aft deck, which serve as raised patios. The aft deck has steps down to ground level (at the transom and aft end of trailer) and steps up to the flybridge deck, which is now a roof.

Placing a value on this one was a challenge. Our research found no comparables. There are numerous house boats. There are homes in the shape of vessels and vessels which have been converted into homes ashore, but we found no vessels converted into mobile homes or campers. We researched values for house boats, boat like homes, mobile homes and campers. We sat around the office as a team and brainstormed on who might purchase it and the fair market value; it was an interesting conversation.

I was fascinated by this creation. I admire it as a piece of art because the medium was a boat and the artist is a stellar human. It is unique, grand in scale and I won't likely appraise another one.

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 kells@themarinesurveyors.com or Click Here to visit his web site.

Avoiding "Terminal" Illness on Your Boat
- By Brett Dingerson
This time of year always seems to bring a lot of calls concerning boats that won't start, and the problem is usually the batteries. Boats don't get much attention during the winter months. Batteries that were fine in November are now 6 months older, or 20 in battery years.

You don't really need any expensive equipment or tools to check the health of your batteries if you know a few simple things to look for:

  1. If you go to your boat and smell something like rotten eggs, then either your refrigerator quit working or your batteries are fried. Its hydrogen sulfide gas and its nasty stuff.
  2. Feel the sides and tops of your batteries while they are being charged. They should not be too warm to the touch. Run your fingers down the side and feel for a hot section, which could indicate a bad cell in that battery.
  3. Battery terminals that are coated with a powdery looking substance are also an indicator of a problem.
  4. Take the caps off unsealed batteries and use a flashlight (a plastic one) to look inside. Any cells that are excessively lower in water, relative to their neighbors, indicate a problem.
  5. Batteries can, and will explode from sparks at their terminals, so one last tip. If you need to replace your batteries, remove all electrical loads from the system before you begin, and use only insulated tools. If you have to use a bare metal wrench to remove battery cables, wrap it in electrical tape from the unused end to the working end and remove the negative cable first. You can always remove the tape when you're done.

What's In Your Ditch Bag?
- By Captain H. R. "Rags" Laragione
This is one of those things we mariners don't like to think about, but really should.

If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to abandon your sinking boat, you'll have plenty of time to go below to find all of the essential items you'll need to survive on the life raft until help arrives. Right?

Wrong - of course! That's why it's smart insurance is to have a Ditch Bag aboard located where you can easily grab it in case of such an emergency.

The idea is simple. A Ditch Bag is a waterproof container with an easy to grab handle which has all the things you'd want to have once adrift. There are many brands available depending on your needs.

Here's a suggested list of items below. It includes not only rescue related items but also items that you would hate to lose. You may not need everything in the list, but you can use the list as a guide in creating your own Ditch Bag to suit your personal cruising needs:

Captain Laragione is the previous owner of the Maritime Institute.

He is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"

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