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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the August 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about: Top Outdoor Recreation, How to Read Clouds, Smarter by Summer, Knots for Sailors and Recreation Industry support with Key Congressional Action. And watch the newest sections of the newsletter: TRAVEL BLOG & MARINA TENANTS CORNER.

Special Dates in August
National Fishing Month

Find some peace and quiet, a calm, tranquil bay or early morning ocean, and relax for a few hours to celebrate Fishing Month. Who knows - if you're patient enough, you might actually catch something! Bradley will share with us the best techniques for cleaning the various types of fish next month.

August 3rd International Beer Day

August 4th U.S. Coast Guard Day

August 7th National Lighthouse Day

August 26th National Dog Day

National Marina Day, June 30, 2018
Our thanks to all the tenants who opened their boats to us and to the contest judges: SDYC Rear Commodore Michael Fink, SWYC Commodore Russell Cornelius, and Silvergate Yacht Club Vice Commodore George Woodley. The judging was challenging as you pulled out all the stops in preparing.

Congratulations to our winners:
Yachtiest Boat - Sam & Lisa Mertens: Seatrawlee






Most Accessorized - Sean & Erin Cunningham: Luna Rosa








     

Best Maintained - John & Sharon Warren: Warren and Peace






     

Thank you to Eric of OEX Point Loma for the SUP lessons... and Capt. Jared Stubbs with SeaTow for the Hazardous Waste Handling Lecture See facebook for more photo's from the Day. Brandon did some creative photography that you won't want to miss.

July 4th Pot-Luck & Fireworks Event
Our thanks to everyone who attended with so many delicious dishes!

Prime view from Sun Harbor Marina's upper deck

Mexico, Oh Mexico!
By John & Sharon Warren

Can't you just hear those lyrics from James Taylor? "Whoa, Mexico, it sounds so simple, I just gotta go."

Sharon and I, on our sailboat Warren Peace have been doing just that, off and on for 18 years and loving every minute of it. We have owned Warren Peace now for 28 years with the first ten years sailing her from San Francisco Bay down to San Diego and points in between. In 2000, we decided to do the Baja Haha to stretch our legs, so to speak, and find out more about that wonderful country. In 2002, we did the Baja Haha again and stayed a little longer. Of course, now that we had been there twice, we were experienced, LOL! A couple more years went by and then we decided to take our boat down for an extended period of time. We didn't realize at the time that it would be twelve more wonderful years of Mexican waters!

To a boater, whether sail or power, there is something special about Mexico. The Mexican people are wonderful, kind at heart and very hard working. The country is so beautiful in so many ways. From Tijuana down to Mazatlan it's arid and mountainous and from PV south it is more tropical. It's rich in heritage with so many places to visit both by water and inland. We have experienced both and will continue to travel in Mexico in years to come.

From a cruisers stand point and in my mind, I can divide the west coast of Mexico basically into two parts: Mainland Mexico from Mazatlan south, and the Sea of Cortez. Sharon and I have cruised multiple times as far south as Manzanillo, Santiago Bay, Barra de Navidad, Tenacatita, Chamela, Chacala, Puerto Vallarta, LaCruz, Isla Isabela and Mazatlan. There is definitely an ocean effect to these anchorages as there is a Pacific Ocean swell unless you're in a marina. The further south you go, the hotter it gets! Air conditioning and shade become precious! And let's not forget about that cold cerveza. Inland travel from Mazatlan south is also adventurous and interesting.

However, our best times cruising have been inside the Sea of Cortez from LaPaz up to Loreto and then further on up to the Bay of Conception. There are many islands which have great anchorages and are much smoother at night while on the hook. Our favorite islands are Isla Partida and Isla Coronado. Also, the Baja Peninsula has coves and bays that provide great anchorage. The Sea of Cortez is remote and beautiful along with plentiful and spectacular sea life. We love the winter months in the sea because of the temps. The downside of the sea in the winter months are the occasional northerlies. The anchorages have white sand and clear waters where you can see your anchor chain skipping all day in about 20 feet of water. Scuba and snorkeling is also very nice.

So, all in all, we love the Sea of Cortez better, but the rest of the west coast of Mexico is well worth cruising.

If you have any interest at all in cruising Mexico for a season or longer, Sharon and I would highly recommend cutting the dock lines and making memories that will be with you the rest of your life. We know cruisers that have circumnavigated the globe and they all say Mexico was the best cruising ground.

Think about it and hum those versus of James Taylor to yourself. "Whoa, Mexico, it sounds so simple, I just gotta go!"

Tenants, we invite you to send us a story about your sailing adventures for our future newsletters. Please e-mail them to assistant@sun-harbor.com and feel free to include a photo. Looking forward to reading them!

Marina Tenants Corner
Hello Mariners!
My name is Kelly Gillotti. I’m a Sun Harbor Marina Tenant and owner of Health, Naturally… Ayurveda & Massage. I’ve recently opened an office at 1267 Rosecrans St. Suite B and wanted to invite you to come by for 20% off of any service in the month of August. It’s a beautiful 8 minute walk from the Marina.

Massage is a useful therapy for countless medical conditions. When scar tissue is massaged, it becomes more pliable, aiding in increased range of motion. Muscle tissue becomes soft and relaxed which can decrease nerve and joint compression. Many people find massage useful in reducing anxiety, which can aid in sleep regulation. Studies repeatedly demonstrate that massage is effective in reducing pain and muscular tension.

I’ve been a massage therapist for more than 13 years, working at hospitals, chiropractic offices, and spas. I provide therapeutic massage tailored to your needs, as well as oncology massage for those with a history of cancer, and Ayurvedic massage for those in need of grounding and restorative therapy. I particularly enjoy working with neck and low back issues because it can produce tremendous quality-of-life improvements. While well-versed in many modalities of massage, one of my favorites is the Ayurvedic oil massage. It’s a deeply restorative and relaxing style of massage with warm oil. This includes a luxurious scalp and face massage with a focus on marma points. The rest of the body receives a nourishing massage with herbalized oil.

Your body greatly benefits from massage once or twice a month, especially if you are particularly active, use a lot of repetitive motions in your work or hobbies, or if you sit for long periods of time. Don’t wait until you’re in serious pain to book an appointment. Make it part of your regular health routine. Start in August with 20% off. Call 858-780-6110 for your appointment. Visit naturallydiy.com

Clean Marina Minute - Fish Waste Management
The amount of fish waste disposed into a small, enclosed basin can exceed amounts that are naturally found in the water. In small quantities, this fish waste is eaten by scavenging fish and is not a problem. In large amounts where water circulation is restricted, decomposition of fish waste can deplete the water of dissolved oxygen, leading to water quality degradation and fish kills. "Fish feeding" with bait or cleaned fish loads basins with nutrients and can disrupt the feeding behavior of wild animals or spread disease among them.

• Practice proper fish-cleaning methods and proper disposal offish wastes.

• Dispose of unwanted bait at sea.

• Gut fish and dispose of the contents at sea.

• Use fish cleaning stations with trash receptacles and wastewater hookups.

How to Read Clouds
From The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
Learning what clouds can tell us is a useful skill that will help decide if it's safe to head out for a grand day on the water or weather a storm in port.

NOAA and other weather forecasts are very important, and so is a barometer, but you can also get a reliable gauge on your local weather if you think of the sky as something like the face of an emotional person whose moods are shown right on his or her face. Reliable indicators are the changing shape and color of the clouds, which are created by the same natural phenomena that cause the weather itself: temperature and humidity. Here are some hints for predicting weather by reading clouds.

  • Isolated, wispy, or very high clouds are an indication of fair weather.

  • Crowded, dense, dark, and towering clouds indicate changing or worsening weather.

  • The sharper the edge of a thundercloud and the darker its color, the more violence it may contain. Don't go below or near it.

If cloud color, shape, and size change, so will the weather.
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Smarter by Summer
Re-printed from Sea Magazine
Step 4: If your knowledge of the rules of the road begins and ends with “red, right, returning” or “sail over power,” you may want to spend a few evenings by the fireside, studying. Not just right-of-way guidance, these rules require a thorough understanding of lights and day shapes that identify another vessel’s predicament or condition from afar. For example, if a boat is displaying two red lights, one over the other, what’s going on aboard? Red over red — the captain is dead — the vessel is not under command. Red over white is most likely a commercial fishing vessel: red over white — fishing at night. For a helpful list of nautical mnemonics, check out BoatSafe.com.

A great tool that will keep you entertained on cold winter evenings is the Weems & Plath LIGHTrule. Like a large slide rule, this tool identifies all COLREGS (international rules addressing collision avoidance); 60 light combinations from bow, stern, port and starboard angles; and 15 day shapes (e.g., a black ball in the rigging means the vessel is anchored in daytime). It’s more fun than it sounds, and a couple can always make a game out of quizzing each other. Keep it aboard for quick reference throughout the boating season. Read the full article in Sea Magazine

Knots: Clove Hitch
This is a handy knot because it can be tied very quickly. On sailboats its usual use is for securing fender whips to a lifeline, stanchion base or toerail. It can be easily adjusted to raise or lower a fender as needed. The clove hitch can also be used to temporarily secure a dock line to a piling, but be aware that the hitch can unexpectedly work free as the boat moves around at the dock.

                             

Take one full turn around the object the line is being secured to. Then pass the line over itself as you take another turn. Finish the knot by tucking the working end under itself and pull tight.

Read about all 7 essential knots in an article found in Sail Magazine

Top Outdoor Recreation Industry Priority Moves Forward with Key Congressional Action
Funding for the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account Will Ensure Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation Industry Continues to Be Recognized by the Federal Government.

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2018) – Today, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee for including funding for the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) in its FY2019 Commerce, Justice and Science markup.

The markup set FY2019 funding for ORSA at $1.5 million, meeting the funding levels necessary to survey the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry in the coming fiscal year.

The BEA, which is the government body responsible for calculating U.S. GDP, launched ORSA in 2017 to complement its overall statistical analysis by providing detailed insights into the economic impact of the outdoor recreation industry. The industry had previously not been included in U.S. GDP calculations despite years of calls to do so by industry leaders.

In February, ORSA released its highly-anticipated initial statistical findings on the outdoor recreation industry, showing the sector makes up 2 percent of U.S. GDP and accounts for $673 billion in annual gross domestic output. This impact exceeds that of key U.S. industries such as farming and computer manufacturing. In addition, ORSA found the outdoor recreation economy grew by 3.8 percent in 2016, exceeding the 2.8 percent growth of the overall U.S. economy during the same period.
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Lockers Available
We have a few lockers available for occupancy. If you have too much aboard and need to off load to a close destination come on up to get the best locker size for your needs. Give the office a call at 619-222-1167. Please be reminded that no hazardous or flammables may be stored in your locker. If you have more than you want to store, watch the newsletter for the fall Swap Meet.

It has been great to see you down at the marina enjoying your boats and getting to know your neighbors. Save the Date: September 1st 5 to 8 pm will be the next group event at the marina. To follow our daily updates, please visit our Facebook page. We also welcome your comments on Yelp.

Best Regards,
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team


Your Hailing Port Name - Is It Valid?
- By Kells Christian
There are two ways to prove ownership of a US flagged vessel.

Coast Guard documentation and state registration.

All vessels over 5 net tons are eligible for Coast Guard documentation and the form of ownership record or title is an owner's choice. Lenders generally insist on vessels being documented so they may be the subject of a Preferred Ship Mortgage.

Registered vessels must display the registration number and a current registration decal on both sides of the bow, while documented vessels must display the name and the hailing port on the transom or on both hull sides.

Naming a vessel can be a difficult decision, often reflecting a family member's name or referencing the business of the owner in some clever way. Less thought is put into the hailing port, but the hailing port is a choice. It does not have to be the place where the boat is stored, where you live nor does it have to have any actual significance or relevance to your life.

What do you think are the parameters for choosing a valid hailing port?

Recently I have seen hailing ports including Huntington Harbor, Mission Bay and Surf City. To my surprise Huntington Harbor and Mission Bay were both the hailing ports actually on the document.

The owner of the vessel with hailing port Surf City liked Huntington Beach's "official" nickname, but he was not in compliance with federal regulations as the hailing port on the document did not match the hailing port on the transom. As a result of these unusual haling ports, we researched the rules for hailing ports.

Throughout my career it had been my understanding that the hailing port had to be an actual city in the United States or a US territory. Some had told me that a hailing port had to have a post office, but I had never researched the actual rule, and I wondered what made a location a "city"?

My thanks (and a belated Happy Birthday) to Bernadine Trusso of Dona Jenkins Maritime Document Service, Inc. Bernadine discussed this issue with an officer in the Coast Guard and they confirmed that this website is used by documentation personnel to determine if a hailing port name is legitimate.

To determine if a location is a valid hailing port, click the "Query" tab, fill in the "feature name" and the "state" and then hit the "Send Query" tab. If the feature name comes up as written, such as Point Loma, the location is a valid hailing port.

In the case of Point Loma the class is cape. In the case of Mission Bay the class is bay, and in the case of Leucadia the class is populated place. The class of the location is irrelevant according to our source, as long as the feature name comes up as you have searched it, without additional words.

The name and the hailing port must be displayed externally on the vessel, either on both sides of the hull or on the transom. The hailing port must include the place and a state, territory, or possession of the United States. The state may be abbreviated.

We often find hailing ports without the necessary state, territory or possession included. We often find names and hailing ports from prior documents, legally requiring modifications to the current documented name and hailing port.

We occasionally find registration numbers on documented boats (a no no), documentation numbers on the exterior of boats (unnecessary) or no identifying numbers, name or hailing port (begging to be boarded by the authorities).

Registered boats may have names and hailing ports, but these boat names are decoration, an expression of individuality, and can be changed at any time as they are not legally significant. Based on my newly found resources, Huntington Harbor and Mission Bay are in fact valid hailing ports, but not Surf City and now you have the ability to be as creative with your hailing port as with your vessel's name.

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.

        
I Have GPS - So Why Do I Need a Compass?
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
We've written about GPS, the wonder of the 21st (really 20th!) century, many times. It is truly one of the simplest yet most powerful aids to navigation ever invented. And it just keeps getting better and better. So, who needs a compass? You do. This column is all about that.

A Candle Held Where? What if I told you that the signal from the GPS satellites reaches your boat with the intensity of a candle –held in Los Angeles while you are in New York? Yes, that's how it is designed.

So, what happens if the weather really becomes foul? You can lose your GPS signal, that's what!

It takes a lot because of the redundancies built in, but it can happen. I know it, first-hand. And if you have to leave your boat due to emergency conditions, are you going to rip your GPS out of your dashboard and take it with you into the raft? No.

As a matter of fact and of safety, right next to my compass, which sits above my in-dashboard GPS system, is a handheld, old fashioned compass. If I leave that boat, the handheld compass comes with me.

Where Is The Magnetic North Pole? Most of us have seen diagrams or pictures of magnetic waves, just like those that come out of household magnets, coming out of the North and South Poles, encircling the Earth. The iron core of the Earth spins at high speed and creates this magnetic field.

Of interest, the magnetic forces don't emanate from the top of the world, i.e, the true North Pole. Right now, the "Magnetic North Pole" is just north of Hudson Bay. When George Washington was leading the United States, Magnetic North was near Norway.

If you look on any paper chart for the "compass rose", it shows in the very center what is called "Variation", i.e., from the area that the chart covers, what is the angular difference, i.e., Variation, from True North to Magnetic North.

Where I am, it is 14-degrees west, i.e., your compass points 14-degrees too far west at Magnetic North versus where True North lies.

This means that when your compass is pointing to Magnetic North, you would turn the boat 14-degrees to the east (014-degrees) to be pointing to True North!

BTW, this is interesting –but largely meaningless since all compasses sold above the Equator point to Magnetic North. But it is important to be aware of Variation.

What is Deviation? Frankly, more important than Variation to the average boater is Deviation. Deviation is the sum of all the forces within your boat that keeps your compass from pointing to Magnetic North. What?

Case in point: a number of years ago, I was doing USCGAux vessel exams at a local marina when one skipper came up to me and asked me if I could look at his compass because it wasn't working probably.

Now fixing an errant compass is a relatively complicated process that requires specialized hardware.

But away I went with this skipper to see if I could at least isolate the problem. We stepped on his boat and, just before taking his seat at the helm, he removed his wallet from his hip pocket (which held his police badge within) and placed it next to his compass.

While he was fumbling with the boat keys, I literally watched his compass clock around and point at his wallet/police badge! I asked him, "Skipper, why do you put your wallet there?" He said, "It kills my sacroiliac if I sit on my wallet!" I said, "Keep your eye on your compass while I move your wallet."

As I lifted it away from the compass, the compass clocked back and pointed to Magnetic North. "You fixed my compass!" No, I simply removed a source of Deviation. Metallic objects (or magnetic objects like radio speakers) near your compass will "fool" your compass into thinking that that object is Magnetic North.

How can you tell what the Deviation is of your compass? Well, if you have a GPS, it will be easy. – All you need is mile or so of calm water and you can run down the rhumb lines of the four cardinal points and record the differences between what the physical compass is reading from the GPS course you are running.

Of interest, Deviation "deviates" differently at a given compass course so you need to check at least the four cardinal courses (when we develop our deviation tables for new boats, we measure at least 16 compass headings.) You need to know what your boat's compass Deviation is so that, if you do have to use your compass in lieu of your GPS, you can compensate appropriately.

Over enough distance, even a degree or two can add up to significant differences. If you don't have a GPS, it is a bit more complicated but it still can be done.

Get your paper charts out, mark a rhumb line between two points that lie at a given magnetic course between each other. Run down that line and record what your compass is reading versus what your paper chart told you the compass should be registering. The difference is Deviation.

What if my GPS has failed and in spite of reading this column, I don't have a compass? Well, happily for this sorry skipper, there is a way to create a crude compass with a watch if you find yourself in such a state. Simply point the hour hand at the sun. Halfway between the hour hand (the sun) and 12 on your watch lies South. If you know where South is, you know where North, East and West are

Don't have an old fashioned watch? Draw one and line it up as it were on your wrist. It works!

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.


    
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Why Wait? Get Your California Boater's Card Now!
- By Bob Simons
By now everyone has heard that in just a few years, California boaters under the age of 21 will be required to have a valid California Boaters Card


But you don't have to wait until the last minute to get one. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Class "About Boating Safely" meets the requirements for the California Boater Card and it being offered this summer and fall in many San Diego locations.

The eight hour course starts with basic boating terminology and introduces boaters to safety and legal requirements; the basics of rules of the road, trailering and more.

The class fee is only $35 and includes the text book. Course topics include:

Which Boat Is For You? – Boater's language; types of boats; outboard motors and stern drives; hull design; uses of boats; other power plants; materials for constructing boats; your intended use; the Coast Guard Customer Infoline; marine surveyors; buying a boat.

Equipment For Your Boat: – Requirements for your boat; your boat's equipment; legal considerations; substance abuse; boating accident reports; Courtesy Marine Examinations.

Trailering Your Boat: – Legal considerations; practical considerations; the towing vehicle; balancing the load; handling your trailer; pre-departure checks; preparing to launch; launching; retrieving; storing your boat and trailer; theft prevention; Zebra mussels; float plan.

Handling Your Boat: – Leave with a full tank; fueling your boat; your boat's propeller; cars and boats; twin screws; jet drives; loading your boat; getting started; leaving a pier; "man" overboard; docking; mooring to a permanent anchor; anchoring; towing a skier; heavy weather; small boat safety.

Your "Highway" Signs: – Protection of ATONs; buoyage systems; waterway marks; how waterways are marked; light characteristics; chart symbols; light structures; lights on bridges; electronic aids to navigation; a word to the wise; navigation publications.

The Rules You Must Follow: – Two sets of rules; to whom do the rules apply; what is a vessel; the general responsibility rule; general considerations; conduct in narrow channels; traffic separation schemes; vessel traffic services; stand-on or give-way; rules for special vessels; risk of collision; bend signals; restricted visibility; vessel lights and shapes; vessels at anchor; diving operations; distress signals; drawbridge signals; penalties.

Inland Boating: – Types of inland waters; inland navigation; inland seamanship; river currents; maintaining inland waterways; dams; locks; river charts; commercial traffic; before you go. (This lesson typically will not be taught in coastal courses)

The Rest Of Our Story: – Small boat safety; personal watercraft; hypothermia; motorboats and sailboats; carbon monoxide poisoning; float plan; U.S. Coast Guard District Offices; instructions for using a course plotter; metric conversion system.

Introduction To Navigation: – Piloting tools; maps and charts; chart features; your chart's general information block; other charted information; your magnetic compass; position on the earth's surface; locating a point on a chart; distance on the earth's surface; measuring distance; course plotting; sources of compass error; correcting a compass reading; positioning; speed-time-distance; dead reckoning; practice your art.

Powering Your Boat: – Types of marine engines; marine engines; selecting a propeller; induction systems; ignition systems; flame arresters; cooling systems; gasoline considerations; batteries; maintenance; winterizing your boat; spring fitting-out; troubleshooting.

Lines & Knots: – Line or rope; rope materials; kinds of rope; measuring rope; selecting your ropes; care of rope; making up line; knots, bends, and hitches; splices; securing lines; dipping the eye.

Weather & Boating:– Sources of weather information; wind and boating; wind and waves; understanding weather; weather and heat; fog; non-frontal weather.

Your Boat's Radio: – Radios used on boats; functions of radios; licenses; selecting your VHF-FM radio; installation; operating your VHF-FM; maintain a radio watch; channels have special purposes; some "no no's"; copies of the rules; calling another station; procedure words; phonetic alphabet; routine radio check; distress, urgency, and safety calls; crew training.

The USCGAux contact to find out course locations and times in San Diego is Bill Andersen. He can be reached by email at wgander1@hotmail.com or by phone at 619-922-0231. Many of the courses are available on weekends for convenience.

For course availability in other locations, Click Here.

Why wait! Beat the crowd and at the same time get some great boating tips and resources in an informal and enjoyable environment.

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 Charts

    
Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Your Boat This Summer
- By Bob Sherman
Sooner or later this persistent marine layer is going to go away for good, then summer boating will be in full swing!

Here are some ideas for your summer "bucket list"!

1) Take a sunset cruise in your dinghy, kayak or standup-paddle board around the marina or cove.

2) Have a pot-luck with fellow boaters on the dock.

3) Go for an evening cruise or sunset sail. Dock at the Bali Hai for your favorite tropical drink. Try some dock 'n dine options.

4) Go for a cruise or a day sail. Anchor at Glorietta Bay for lunch, or anchor at La Playa for dinner. Jump in for a refreshing swim!

5) Reserve a guest slip at another favorite marina for the weekend.

6) Plan a weekend raft-up at La Playa with your marina friends. Don't forget to reserve permits online in advance. Bring kayaks, SUPs, small sailboats, or other water toys.

7) Take an overnight trip to Mission Bay. Anchor at Bonita Cove or get a slip at one of the marinas. Go body surfing at Mission Beach. Dinghy over to Sea World, for a close-up view of the fireworks. (Check schedule first!)

8) Go to Catalina! If you've never picked up a mooring, have a qualified person explain it to you, perhaps drawing you a picture. It's a little tricky, but really not that difficult. Pick up a cruising guide.

9) Take a trip to the Coronado Islands. Anchor in the lee of South Island. You'll feel like you are way down in remote Mexico. (Be aware of the current when swimming.) FYI, the law requires that you clear US customs when returning, however, even if you don't set foot on land.

10) Take a trip to Ensenada. Stay at the beautiful Hotel Coral or Cruiseport Marina. The marina staff will handle your customs clearance for a nominal fee. (Reservations recommended; contact marina ahead of time to assure proper documents on board!)

Or, just hang out at the slip and sip your favorite beverage.

Editor's Note: Bob Sherman has over 30 years of Yacht sales experience and is the owner of YachtSource. He is also qualified to instruct on all vessel types, and has held 100-ton Captain's license since 1982. He is an avid sailor, and scuba diver. You can send an e-mail to Bob at bobsherman@BlueSkyNews.com


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