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Welcome to the August edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter.

In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about a Boating Bill to end Customs check In; a Crime Ring that is stealing boats; how boat owners can do a lot to ensure their claims are paid in their time of need; and a Clean Boating Quiz.

Special Dates in August
August is National Coffee Month
August 4th - U.S. Coast Guard Day

August 7th - – Purple Heart Day
August 7
th - – National Lighthouse Day

August 21st - Total Solar Eclipse

August 26th - National Dog Day

Weekend of BBQ, Pot Luck, Live Entertainment and Operation Clean Sweep
On August 25th Bradley will be at the grill again. We invite you to come up to the upper deck from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to enjoy the live entertainment, a burger and any items you would like to bring as a side to share. There is also an opportunity for some product demos by OEX of some of the latest new products. Sign up in the office or drop us an email to let us know how many in your party will be attending.

On August 26th Operation Clean Sweep starts. This event serves as the largest bay-wide cleanup in San Diego, with volunteers ranging from shore side to watershed. Last year, over 1,300 volunteers participated in a record 12 cleanup locations collecting an estimated 27,000 lbs. of waste and debris. SHM is a Host Site and needs volunteers. We encourage everyone to sign up at our office. You may win a prize for the most Unique Piece of Trash recovered.

4th of July Recap
Another great Big Bay Boom. Fireworks were spectacular as always. This year with a few new colors. As a warm up to the Fireworks many of you enjoyed the Pot-Luck with your friends and neighbors. The upper deck of your boat of the office were both good viewing options. Here are a few pictures from the potluck. Special Thanks to Eric Weissmann for the smoked Yellowfin tuna and Fish Tacos!    

Talent at Sun Harbor Marina - John Minnella has published a CD!
And it can be purchased for $.99 at this website!

Parking Lot Reminder
Tenants, please remember only one (1) car is permitted in the lot per slip holder, and each Guest must have a pass which you can obtain in the SHM office. Be sure Permits applied to the bottom left corner of the windshield and Passes are visible on the dashboard to avoid towing.

Additional parking is also available in Port Parking lots (watch the time limit, the zone right opposite SHM is 72 hr, the zone opposite Pt Loma Marina is 2 hr. and the zone opposite Driscoll's is a mixture of 2 hr and 24 hr. Finally the lot across the street, between the hotels is 72 hr and open for use.)

Boating Security - Part 1 - What Boat Owners and Boating Facilities Can Do to Prevent Thefts
(As seen in BoatUS
It's hard to stop a determined thief, but you can reduce your chances of being targeted. BoatUS offers seven tips:

  1. Take a look at your boat storage area. Does it have motion-operated lighting ? How difficult is it to gain entry? Is there one or multiple ways to enter (remember there is access from the water)? Does it have a video-surveillance system?

  2. Slow a thief down. Are helm electronics locked behind a solid instrument cover? Use tamper-resistant fasteners for mounting electronics and outboard locking devices. Using a special nut with an engine-mounting bolt that requires a special key can help.

  3. Make stealing expensive electronics less appealing by engraving and posting a warning (this goes for the outboard, too). Create and keep at home an engine and electronics inventory list that includes manufacturer and serial number, and take plenty of pictures – including the boat.

  4. Be wary of suspicious questions. In most of the boat dealership theft cases, a suspect posed as a boat shopper on the day before the theft occurred. For boat owners, loose lips sink ships. Boaters should remain cautious to questions from strangers wanting to know more about access. Get to know your dockside neighbors so you can more readily recognize suspicious activity and people who don't belong. DO NOT give access through the gate to a stranger. Send them to the office for access. Just tell the person you can lose your privileges at the marina .

  5. Consider adding a boat tracking device that can sound an early alarm if something's amiss.

  6. Yamaha outboard engine owners may want to investigate Yamaha Customer Outboard Protection, or Y-COP. Y-COP is available with the manufacturer's Command Link (CL) and Command Link Plus (CLP) systems.

  7. Help get the word out. If you are a victim of theft, ask your local law enforcement to share the information on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a computerized database of documented criminal-justice information available to virtually every law-enforcement agency in the U.S. or add to state crime-tracking databases.

Clean Waters
We invite you to take personal action to protect California's waterways from boating pollution by completing a short Clean Boating Quiz. This educational tool will test your knowledge on clean boating practices and provide you with key information on how to protect California's waterways from pollution, such as:

  • How to properly dispose of boat-related pollution
  • Rules, regulations and penalties
  • Tips on environmentally-friendly boat cleaning materials
  • How to avoid oil and gas leaks, clean oily bilges and recycle boat motor oil

So when can you take the quiz? The quiz will be available from June 26 to August 20, 2017 on Participants will be eligible to receive a boater kit and/or life jacket (while supplies last).

Every Monday, during the eight-week quiz promotional period, 25 random participants will be selected to receive a boater kit filled with educational material and a life jacket.

Given the 700,000 registered recreational boats in the state, even a small amount of pollution from a fraction of the boats can causes serious harm to marine fish and wildlife. We hope you take advantage of this program and help keep California’s waterways clean.

Maritime Hazardous Waste
- By Bradley Wright
Many of the products we use to maintain our vessels are considered hazardous to human health and the aquatic ecosystem. The products include but are not limited to oil and oil filters, old or bad gasoline, transmission and hydraulic fluid, lead acid batteries, Freon (air conditioning re-charger) which is illegal to release into the atmosphere, fishing line, paints, varnishes, wood stain and wood preservatives.

Properly dispose of all hazardous waste at the appropriate locations. The fuel docks in the bay will take used oil, oil filters, bad gasoline, and hydraulic fluid. For all of the other types of waste, take it to Hazardous Waste Disposal (San Diego) located in downtown, Clean Harbors Environmental located in BayHo, or Waste Management Located in El Cajon.

Recycle, although it is important to know how to properly dispose of hazardous waste. Some of the hazardous wastes are recyclable. When applicable recycle before disposal. Lead batteries are recyclable as well as used motor oil. At times I have seen a used oil exchange program at the local oil recycling facility.

Storage and containment reduce the amount of hazardous materials that are kept on hand at home and on the yacht. Buying items in bulk is helpful; ideal items would be food, toiletries, beverages. Although it is nice to have some things on hand, it is best just to store what you need. Any excessive storage of hazardous materials poses a greater risk for it to affect the environment; our goal is to make the environmental hazards minimal or non-existent. Fair seas and good winds - Bradley Wright

Coffee . . . Really?
- By Laura Brownwood
"There is certainly much more good news than bad news, in terms of coffee and health", says Frank Hu, MD, MPH, PhD, nutrition and epidemiology professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Science is constantly evolving and old beliefs are being changed in several areas of health. Fat used to be the total villain, and research is now telling us, it's very important in our diets, more on that in another article. This month we are going for some really good news about, some say, the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world . . . coffee.

There are still some warnings, BUT reliable science has some very interesting health facts on that cup of java. Most of us are aware that coffee helps you focus and stay alert. Moderate caffeine intake, 1-4 cups a day, helps you focus and improves your mental alertness.

Coffee may reduce risk of:

  • Cancers: prostate cancer in men by 20%, and endometrial cancer in women by 25%. People in the test group drank four cups of coffee a day

  • Stroke: reasonable consumption of coffee (2–4 cups a day) is associated with lower risk of stroke

  • Parkinson's disease: studies have shown that regular coffee drinking decreases risk of Parkinson's disease by 25%

  • Type II diabetes: caffeine decreases your insulin sensitivity, therefore reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes

  • Dementia: it can reduce the risk of Alzheimer disease and dementia

What about decaf? More good news. Harvard Medical School examined the impact of decaffeinated coffee on gout risk in men. They reported in the May 2007 issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism that men drinking four or more cups of decaffeinated coffee per day lowered their risk of developing gout compared to non-coffee drinkers.

OK, for the other side of the coin... some research shows that caffeine can cause a significant decline in the production of important age-defying hormones (like melatonin and DHEA). Caffeine also dehydrates the body, meaning skin loses water, the result of which can be dry, sagging and wrinkled skin. Some people experience insomnia or sleep disruption if they consume caffeine, especially during the evening hours, but others show little disturbance.

Please note, this research is done on black coffee, no added sweetness or artificial creamers. To enjoy the benefits use real milk or cream, almond, coconut or soy milk. Most importantly, as with everything we do or consume... to it in appreciation. DON'T do it, thinking... I really shouldn't, or this isn't good for me BECAUSE every cell in your body is responding to your thoughts, just ask a quantum physicist!

Laura Brownwood
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999

That's it for Us! - Enjoy your summer boating. We hope to see you meeting and catching up with your neighbors at the August 25th BBQ or the August 26th Clean up.

Best Regards,
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team

Mark's "Fish 'n Tips" - Artificial Lures
- By Captain Mark Moffat
Fishing with artificial bait is a lot of fun, and when you get a bite it's exhilarating. This article talks about some of the most common types of artificial bait and their use. Artificial lures are made to imitate the natural bait that is in the water for the type of species being fished.

In general, darker colors should be used on overcast and cloudy days, while lighter shades should be used on sunny days.

Lures range in size. In the tackle shop, you may see different sizes of the same lure. I have been fishing when some fish only want small baits and others times they would not touch them, and wanted a big lure.

Types of Lures: Irons- heavy and lite; Plastics; Feathers; Wood; Metal; Poppers
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A Word About BUI (Boating Under the Influence)
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Operation DryWater is underway over the weekend of June 30th to July 2nd. This column is to get you focused on that, and all that it implies.

Are We Tough Enough? I just don't think we are. Drunk driving, whether it be in a car or in a boat, is one place where I actually feel the legal penalties are too lenient. If a person, uninfluenced by booze, drove a car or a boat recklessly and hurt or even killed someone, they would get a more severe sentencing in many jurisdictions than doing the same thing while drunk, "under the influence" as the legal saying goes. I for one think it should be the opposite. If you had the forethought to take a drink or two before driving, you had better be thinking of the consequences. But that's just me.

In past ages, drinking and still being able to drive, whether that be a car or boat, might have been considered a badge of honor in certain circles. Today, thank goodness, it is considered reckless lunacy. And things are worse on the water than on the land, for a given level of alcohol.

Oh That Swaying Feeling - Often times, when I come in from a boat ride with the family, some of the more lubberly members of the family say, "I can still feel the swaying!"

If they happen to jump in the shower, it really gets intensified and they joke that they had to hold on to the shower wall to keep from tipping over! This is clear evidence of the dramatic impact the marine environment has the body's sensory perception system.

While boating, we are confronted with conflicting information from the eyes, feet and inner ear. The horizon is constantly moving – up, down and sideways – as the boat moves beneath our feet. Our conscious brain has no problem with intellectualizing this. But the unconscious part of our brain is getting sensory overload. This can result in reactions ranging from slight queasiness to absolutely debilitating nausea.

The marine environment is full of "stressors" – the Sun, glare, vibration – to name a few, are all pretty common out there. Stressors intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications. They can cause fatigue, reduced coordination, weak judgment and slow reaction time. And forget about the vision of the St Bernard saving you from the cold by giving you brandy. Alcohol makes the body more susceptible to the effects of cold water, not less.

Not surprisingly, all of this adds to boating accidents. U.S. Coast Guard data shows that, in boating deaths involving driving under the influence, more than half the victims capsized their boats and/or fell overboard. Over 1 in 5 boating deaths are linked back to the use of alcohol.

The Law - Every state in the Union prohibits the operation of a boat while under the influence of alcohol. The U.S. Coast Guard, as a federal entity, enforces a federal law that prohibits Boating Under the Influence (BUI). This law pertains to every vessel, foreign or domestic, operating in U.S. waters, as well as U.S. vessels on the high seas. Penalties may include fines, jail, and impoundment of boats and, in some states, the loss of boating and/or driving privileges. (see below.)

Back in 2008, Operation Dry Water was started in partnership with the US Coast Guard, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and partner agencies. It is a national weekend of BUI detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities, and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water. Zero tolerance is of course the posture, then and now. - Booze kills.

What Are the Real Risks and Consequences? Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs could cost:

  • – Someone else's life
  • – Your own life
  • – Your driver's license
  • – The time, expense and shame of an arrest
  • – A fine
  • – Boat repairs from an accident
  • – Property damage from an accident
  • – Medical treatment

Essential Boat Operating Skills Adversely Affected by Alcohol or Drug Use Include:

  • – Peripheral vision
  • – Night vision
  • – Inhibitions
  • – Ability to distinguish colors
  • – Cognitive abilities
  • – Judgment
  • – Balance
  • – Coordination
  • – Reaction time

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.

BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at 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!"

Christian Marine Surveyors

Coronado Boat Storage Under New Ownership Advertisement
Cambridge Properties of Phoenix, Arizona has recently purchased the Coronado Boat Storage Lot.

Located at Coronado Cays, the lot specializes in the storage of trailers, boats on trailers, and watercraft on trailers.

Among other improvements, company spokesman Nowell Wisch pointed to a new simpler pricing method that charges solely by the length of the boat or watercraft and not the length of the trailer.

The lot is close to the Glorietta Bay Launch Ramp and all the South Bay communities, and is also expected to be a good alternative storage place for boaters who are affected by the year long closure of the Shelter Island Boat Ramp.

For more information, call 619.736.2628 or email to, or visit

Boat Buying Perceptions
- By Kells Christian
During the last month we have surveyed two 1978 Gulfstar 50 sailboats located in San Diego. The boat model is only relevant because of the comparison of the buyers and their perspectives of the boats.

During the survey of the first GS 50 the clients had inspected and discussed the second GS 50. They said, "The other boat is in bad condition and they are asking more money." In their opinion, the finish of boat number one was far superior to the finish of boat number two and the choice between the two boats was easy for them.

Subsequently we were contracted to inspect the second GS 50. Our first opinion was that the boat was a restoration project "in process". The headliner had been removed throughout the entire boat, but the overhead (bottom of the deck, no deck liner in this boat) had been painted white. Trim work had been removed exposing junctions between bulkheads and the deck, bulkheads and the hull sides and much of the finish carpentry was pending completion. The boat looked raw.

The second boat was equipped with a relatively new mast, with in-mast main sail roller furling, sail and standing rigging.

The potential buyers of the second boat were excited about the "blank slate" which they were considering. They had seen boat number one and knew they would have to perform a significant cosmetic refit. Boat number two had the initial stages of the refit completed and for them it was a clear choice.

These two boats provide and interesting example of boat buying perspective and its significance to boat value. Some buyers are willing to take on a "project" however many are not. Familiarity with a problem gives a potential buyer comfort with a specific boat's deficiency and influences the buying decision. A mechanic buying a boat with a bad engine is a proper fit.

The ability to quantify the costs associated with the potential boat is critical. If you know the additional costs you will face, after initial purchase, you lessen the financial risk, and there is always some risk.

Open minded analysis during the shopping process broadens the supply. If the mechanic learns the costs of a paint job and new upholstery she may find a boat better suited. If an upholsterer takes the time to learn the cost to rebuild an engine, he may be able to afford his dream boat even if it already has new upholstery.

While marine surveyors and mechanics will help with your final purchase decision, a reliable and knowledgeable boat broker is key to wading through your boat choices. If you have a trusted relationship with a boat broker, use him or her to help find a good fit. If you don't have a broker, consider shopping brokers first, and then shop boats.

Know thyself. The Gulfstar surveys broadened my mind. While I know that a majority of buyers prefer to buy boats that are "ready to sail", I learned the definition of "ready to sail" can vary. The potential buyers of the second boat were intelligent, creative and well grounded. They had no boating experience but they had life skills, they could solve problems and they could visualize "their boat" in the stripped down version that we were aboard.

Of course this is most relevant to used, older boats. Gaining perspective on problems and learning to look from different angles is one of the best parts of shopping for boats, some of us even like fixing them.

Happy Fourth of July to all of you American boaters!

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 or Click Here to visit his web site.

Tommy's Favorites - "Sea Gold"
- By Tom Jarvis
As we enter into the summer months it only seems appropriate to look at a new product on the market from Pettit Marine Paint Company, called Sea Gold Marine Wood Treatment. If you are thinking of doing a little bright work aboard your vessel this may be a fantastic alternative to varnish or oil.

To start with, this is a Satin finish not a high Gloss. Sea Gold is designed with UV resins and UV inhibitors are added to this water based wood treatment.

In case you are worried about the water base idea, don't be. This product really works well and has long lasting protection. Due to the product's ability to dry quickly, you can put down three to four coats per day. I would recommend six (6) to eight (8) coats in order to maximize the UV protection and since it dries so quickly you can do that many coats in two days; a perfect weekend project.

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