September 2018 - Marina eNewsletter
FREE Boating Newsletters Waterfront Dock 'n Dine Marine Services San Diego Brokers Fun Getaways Marine Marketing Services

Blue Moon Yacht Services

Sun Harbor Marina
5000 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92106



E-mail Address:

Web Site:

Office Hours:
Monday - Saturday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Important Numbers:
Harbor Police:

US Coast Guard:

Marina After Hours:

Follow us on
Sun Harbor Marina's

Want to read
back issues of
Sun Harbor Marina's newsletters?

Look What's NEW!!!
We are very excited to announce the arrival of the all NEW Sun Harbor Marina Website!!! When you have time visit the site let us know what you think.

Summer Boating Gadgets
Here are a few of our summer boating gadgets we found you may want to try out. We didn't put any links to specific sources on some of these because there are so many places online to buy them, and there are lots of different options for each that you might want to select.

Projector for Your Sails: Amaze your guests on your next cruise with a mini projector that will turn your sails into a dazzling evening display. Many models are available from many different manufacturers with a variety of mini power sources.

Collapsible Buckets: Buckets are always in the way and they take up a lot of space.

You'd like to have more than one aboard the boat, but there's no place to put them. Try collapsible buckets. Easy to store; at the ready when you need them.

Solar Powered Rail Lights: Light up your way at night on your boat with these marine solar powered rail lights.

These LED lights provide enough night time lighting to help prevent stumbling, tripping or falling while walking around your boat deck, marina piers or other walkways. The lights can be installed on any 1" or 1.25" vertical, horizontal or angled metal rail or wood dowel rod. Available from Sea Dog Boating Solutions.

Rail Mounted and Floating Beverage Bar Holders: Available from, these creative happy hour beverage and appetizer holders can be easily mounted and keep everything neat and organized and don't take up scarce table space.

For those warm summer days, you may want one of their models that can float.

Your Own Personal Wine Glass Holder: Last, but not least, here's a boat gadget for all you wine connoisseurs.

This handy wine glass holders powerful suction cup sticks to any smooth surface leaving your hands free to enjoy that next appetizer or doze off for a few minutes in the afternoon sun. Available from

Christian Marine Surveyors

Safety First – In 10 Easy Steps
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary characterizes their Auxiliary corps as a "force multiplier", enabling the active-duty and reserves corps to do more with the budgeted dollars allocated by the US Congress.

USCG Auxiliarists donate 100% of their time to the tasks authorized by the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. And no task is more important than promulgating and expanding the safety of life at sea. This column is about that.

The Ten Safety Commandments: Well, "commandments" might be a bit dramatic (These safety must dos are hardly divinely inspired) but these 10 steps are compelling things that every skipper should do or insist that they be done whenever underway.

#1 - Thou Shalt Wear a Life-jacket: – If 16 mariners go into the water without a life-jacket –only 1 comes out alive. Conversely, if they fall overboard with a life-jacket, 15 come out alive. Which cadre do you want to be in? Always have an adequate supply of personal flotation devices aboard. Make sure that children are wearing life-jackets that fit correctly. Federal and State law requires that they have one on. Only you, the skipper, can insure that it fits them properly.

#2 – Never Shalt Thou Drink and Drive: – Whether a car or a boat, it is just plain crazy –and illegal – to drink and drive. Individual years vary but I have never seen alcohol account for less than 25% of boating accidents in a given year.

#3 – Taketh a Boating Safety Course: –Yes, something as simple as an 8-hour boating safety class can make all the difference. 70% of boating accidents involve skippers who have never taken a boating safety course. If you haven't, start here or email me below and we'll get you squared away.

#4 – Safety Begins With Thou: –Adults between the ages of 40 and 49 account for the highest rate of boating fatalities. You set the tone for safety for the entire crew and her passengers. Come on, Bunky, get that life-jacket on.

#5 – Thou Shalt Know The Rules of Navigation:
–Can you imagine giving the keys to the family car to one of your children –and they have never opened the book of driving regulations, much less taken a course? You can get a course online at the U.S. Coast Guard's Navigation Center. You can also get them from prior columns here.

#6 – Thou Shalt Keep A Good Look-Out: While Driving: You are required by law to always maintain a look-out. You are also required to use all available means to do so. Have radar? Turn it on, Skipper. Speed is a another matter because, like driving a car, speed should always be reduced if visibility and/or weather demands it.

#7 – Knoweth Thy Weather: –Clearly, if you've ever left the dock under beautiful skies and then came home under heavy weather, you know how important is to know – before you go – what to expect during the course of your journey. Particularly for skippers of open boats, this can be all the difference, even between life and death.

#8 – Haveth Thy Boat Meet Federal Standards: – Can there be any an easier way to ensure that your boat meets USCG requirements than getting a FREE vessel safety check? This is not a regulatory event –if the boat is missing some requirement, the examiner is very likely to give you his or her cell phone number and the advise to, "fix this and then give me a call –and I'll come right down, complete the safety check and affix the safety sticker to your windshield." Click Here and put in your zip code and a vessel examiner will contact you directly.

#9 – Useth a Carbon Monoxide Detector: –If you have an enclosed cabin, equip it with a Carbon Monoxide detector. Nothing else will protect you from the odorless, tasteless gas that can kill you and yours.

#10 – Thy Shalt File a Float Plan: – The U.S. Coast Guard recommends that you always tell a friend or family member where you plan to go and when you'll be back. Make it a habit before leaving on any boat trip.
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!"

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.


Swimming in Open Water
Open water swimming is very different from swimming in a pool or on the shore. Strong currents can swiftly carry the strongest swimmer away from where he/she wants to be; waves and undertows can sap your energy; and cold waters can dangerously lower your body temperature.

We all know It's wonderful on a perfect day to jump over the side for a dip, but here's some useful tips from the experts on swimming in open water:

Wear a lifejacket: Yes, it's not stylish and maybe uncomfortable, but it's not going to do you any good if you're in trouble and your life jacket is back on the boat. According to the Red Cross, 90% of young male swimming deaths could be prevented by wearing life jackets.

Be sure you can get back on the boat: It's hard to believe, but many open water drownings occur because swimmers couldn't get back up on the boat. If your boat doesn't have either a person left on board to assist or a deployed ladder, many people do not have the physical strength to get back on board.

Never swim alone in open water: Always swim with a friend.

Be aware of the weather: Wind and waves can come up suddenly, posing a major threat for swimmers and boaters far from sheltered waters.

Distance is deceiving: It may look like it's just a few feet back to the boat, but it is probably farther than it looks. Stay close to the boat.

Leave the Mai-Tai until you're on terra-firma: Alcohol and swimming don't mix.

Parking Near Your Boat ... and Other Futile Endeavors)
- By Kells Christian
As boaters we don't always get to park at our home, yacht club or marina. Your active boating life will often necessitate parking someplace else, and you'll be thrown in with the mass of Southern California drivers searching for coastal parking. More and more of which is fee based.

After nearly 30 years of marine surveying, driving to a different boat every day, it would be logical that I would become savvy at parking near them. Yeah, no! but I am learning all the time.

Decades ago my car was towed from Humphreys on Shelter Island, about a month after they started to control their parking lot. I didn't believe the newly posted "will tow!" signs. Since then, I made it decades until recently when I received tickets in Long Beach and Oceanside.

In Long Beach, a nine iron away from the Queen Mary, I fed three quarters into the meter. When I noticed no time, I wrote a note for any potential enforcer and put it in my dashboard. I even had a witness. The note was no deterrent and a ticket appeared. My initial request for dismissal and my subsequent appeal both rejected, even with a witness statement and a copy of the note left in the dashboard. The denial said the meter was "working properly".

The Oceanside ticket resulted from my apparent negligence of placing the parking receipt face down on my dash. My initial request for cancellation, including the credit card receipt for purchasing the parking ticket, was rejected. I just put the appeal in the mail, motivation for this story. Wish me luck.

In addition to moving your car to a space with a functional meter and putting the receipt face up, I have learned other useful parking tidbits.

There are often free areas in the vicinity of paid spots. Near our Shelter Island (San Diego) office there is free unlimited street parking. There are free lots on all three corners of the Shelter Island. There is free parking in Spanish Landing, close to San Diego boat shows and Harbor Island (and the airport).

Keep in mind that these lots have limitations, displayed on signs, usually to prevent overnight and long term parking. In your area, keep an eye out for where the workers park, usually we know the best spots.

Professionals/vendors often receive discounts in commercial parking lots, including those for large hotel chains. Many marinas allow vendors to purchase keys, a wise decision if one must return to a marina repeatedly, without a boat there.

Keeping the environment and parking difficulties in mind, consider car pooling and bicycles (yes even those colorful eyesore rental bikes and scooters). And then there are times like 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day and the Parade of Lights. My suggestion for all of these: ride share.

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 or Click Here to visit his web site.

Your Inflatable Lifejackets - Are You Sure They're Ready to Save a Life?
- By Bob Simons
I recently was aboard a beautiful racing yacht at the San Diego Yacht Club doing a Vessel Safety Check.

Everything on the yacht was absolutely perfect and the owner assured me that the inflatable lifejackets in the closet were in perfect condition.

Just for kicks however I wanted to show him how to inspect his inflatables that his crew were to wear on the upcoming Transpac.

All were in immaculate condition except for one little aspect; the six jackets had been discharged and were in the red! Apparently his kids had had a swim party on the boat recently and had fun with the Auto-inflate PFDs, but had carefully rinsed them off and replaced them into the hanging locker.

After some very colorful language regarding this incident, I would not want to be around when this gentleman confronted his grown kids.

Last week I was aboard a beautiful Beneteau Sailboat that had excellent expensive auto-inflate harnessed off-shore inflatable PFDs.

Two were Canadian and two were English; none were Coast Guard approved. Fortunately he had a couple of the cheap orange type "C" Coast Guard approved PFDs that qualified his boat for passing.

The cost of the Coast Guard Approval process is very substantial and many excellent foreign PFD manufacturers just cannot justify the cost to sell a few hundred in the U.S. This is not to say they are not any good just that they are not approved by the Coast Guard. There might be an insurance or legal problem in a disaster?

Inflatable and auto-inflate PFDs all have a very visible green tab when they are ready to be used. After they are used and the pressurized canister has been punctured, the green tab either falls off or is replaced automatically by red. Check your inflatable PFDs when you wear them to assure they are ready to save your life.

The question comes up occasionally as to the difference between auto and manual inflate and which I prefer. Usually my preference is to have auto-inflate on sailboats because you are more likely to be knocked off a sailboat and possibly dazed, as opposed to falling off a powerboat where a less expensive manual inflatable would be sufficient.

As with all PFDs, unless you wear it, its useless.

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.

Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the September 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about: Sailing to Mexico with the Baja Ha-Ha; How Life Jackets are Tested; Smarter by Summer #5 ; and Knots for Sailors.

Special Dates in September
National Chicken Month

Chicken is a staple food of many western countries, and often taken for granted. Chicken Month aims to bring the humble chicken off the back-burner and into the spotlight, highlighting the versatility, value and importance of the original white meat. Think of the chicken options to create for the Progressive Dinner.

September 1st  Progressive Dinner 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tenants are invited to be hosts for a Progressive Dinner Party.

Wondering what a Progressive dinner is? The basic idea is lots of courses (small) but each course requires moving to a different host boat. Recommended to bring your own utensils, plate and glass; it will help ease the prep for each of the hosts and conserve on trash. Please come to the office to sign up as a host for one of eight courses. If hosting is not in the cards for you; just out to enjoy the evening – let us know so we can better support the host boats.

September 3rd Labor Day

September10th – Swap Ideas Day - Get a head start at the Progressive Dinner.

September 11
th – Patriot Day

In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, President George W. Bush, proclaimed Friday September 14, 2001, as a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.

A bill to make September 11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) with twenty-two co-sponsors, among them eleven Democrats and eleven Republicans.[3] The bill requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day. Joint Resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407–0, with 25 members not voting.[4] The bill passed the Senate unanimously on November 30. President Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18 as Pub.L. 107–89.[5] On September 4, 2002, President Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim September 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day.

September 15
th – Coastal Cleanup Day
Sun Harbor Marina is a Host Site and needs volunteers. We encourage everyone to come sign up at our office for this eco-friendly community event. The cleanup Day starts at 9:00 am to noon.

September 18th – Cheeseburger Day
Check out Pizza Nova's, Mitch's or Jimmy's - they all have burgers. Kathy's favorite is Mitch's Bacon and Blue Burger.

September 19th – Talk like a Pirate Day - Argh Matey!

September 23rd Equinox

September 28
th - Maritime Day

September 28
th & 29th – Cabrillo Festival - The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and vibrant music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their diverse array of artistic goods.

September 29th – National Coffee Day


Sun Harbor Marina Notices
Take for Free Table:
Any unwanted items left on the Take-Free Table should be in clean working order; any items left over 24 hours must be removed by owner or will automatically be discarded by staff.

Sun Harbor Marina WiFi:
You get 50GB per month with your slip. Visit FREE WiFi San Diego to connect.

Too Crowded? Need Some Space?
Lockers are available. If you are looking to remove some items from the boat that you would like to keep near but not aboard, we have a few lockers for rent in various sizes. Stop by the office to see which is the best fit for your needs.

Cruising or Hauling Out?
This time of year we get loads of requests for guest slips. We are unable to confirm a guest slip in advance unless we are informed in advance by a tenant who will be vacating their slip due to a haul-out or cruising. If cruising, for your safety please complete and share a float plan with us. You can get one on the Coast Guard website. If at all possible, try to give as much advance notice as possible of your exact haul out or cruising dates.

Local Tips and Notices
San Diego Bay is a recreational haven that attracts boaters from all over the globe. To make the bay more accessible and enjoyable, the Port of San Diego provides temporary anchorage areas and docking facilities for boaters who are able to make reservations online.

Shelter Island Boat Launch Ramp
Due to safety concerns and to allow the construction to occur, the facility will be closed to the public during most of the construction. One lane will remain open during the summer months. Expect delays if launching from the SIBL during the summer months, or find an alternate launch facility

Read More      

Clean Marina Minute - Green Topside Maintenance
- by Bradley Wright.
Do you perform shore-side boat cleaning and maintenance in a manner that minimizes discharges of products and debris into the water and into the air. In water cleaning and maintenance activities should be limited to minor touch-ups and maintenance. Larger jobs should be conducted in a boat yard with waste collection and treatment systems. In the slip, tarps can be suspended between the boat bottom and the dock to catch debris and spills. Use a vacuum to remove debris.

Before you get started, be sure that the cleaning and maintenance activity that you are planning to do is legal and safe to do in slip!
Read More

Laura's Blog - Go Nuts for Health
- By Laura Brownwood
Heart, brain, skin, nails, hair and more, all benefit from nuts! Studies even tie nuts to a lower risk of death from cancer. Nuts have healthy fats, omega 3s, fibre, good plant phenols and health-promoting compounds. Three of my favorites are:

  • Walnuts are the top nut for brain health. They have a significantly high concentration of DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid which can help with blood pressure. Among other things, DHA has been shown to improve cognitive performance in adults, and prevent or ameliorate age-related cognitive decline. They are packed with antioxidants and other compounds that help keep breast cancer away according to research.

  • Almonds - They're high in vitamin E, magnesium, they're natural antioxidants and they help with heart health and skin healing.

  • Macadamia are delicious and should be included in every healthy diet. Eat a handful of them as a snack or sprinkle them on your salad. Macadamia nuts will help you stay full for longer while providing healthy fats.

Across the board, nuts helped stave off heart disease. In a study, the risk of cardiovascular disease dropped by 29% and the risk of cancer dropped by 11% among people who ate nuts seven or more times per week compared to people who never ate them. In addition to the nutritional benefits of nuts, they are a fun and delicious snack vs the myriad of unhealthful alternatives.

Warning: don't go nuts... a healthy serving is a handful There is controversy over roasted, salted, candied, raw, organic. After decades of studying this amazing food "gem" my advice is to eat what taste good to you, eat them consciously vs mindlessly eating too much.

Laura Brownwood
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999

Sailing to Mexico With the Baja Ha-Ha
- By Mark Pillsbury, Editor Cruising World

Registration is now open to sign up for the Baja Ha-Ha, which is a two-week cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which takes place every fall. The 2018 dates will be October 28th - November 10th.

"It was still quite dark when I heard one outboard and then another start. Meriwether had been adrift on calm seas for the past couple of hours, and I'd slept soundly after coming off my 2300-to-0100 watch. Tempted as I was to stay wrapped in my sleeping bag, I knew as soon as I heard the engines clunk into gear it was going to get noisy fast.

Besides, it was showtime. We were about to make our first landfall along Mexico's Baja coast, and I didn't want to miss a minute of it. Read More.

How Life Jackets are Tested - Life Jacket Testing, It's a Safety Thing
Performance verification through UL's comprehensive evaluations—in-water performance and mechanical testing helps drive device consistency and design quality.

Verifying a life jacket's life-saving ability is important. Will it hold up to the elements? Maintain a person's buoyancy in an emergency? To answer these questions and more, UL performs tests to certify the performance and functionality of life jackets at its laboratory, which includes a "test tank", in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

How do they test life jackets and what types of testing is performed? Chris James, UL's Principal Engineer for Flotation Devices, explained the testing procedure in a recent interview with Inside UL. Click Here to take a dive into the world of life jacket testing to learn what goes into certifying the performance of life-saving equipment. To follow are some of the tests conducted.
Read More
Smarter By Summer - Step 5 - Create Safety Checklists
My discussions with Lt. Comdr. Andrea Sachetti, an H-65 helicopter pilot in U.S. Coast Guard District 11 in San Francisco, focused on the importance of having a plan for various scenarios prior to them happening. Spend an afternoon writing down steps in case of fire, flood, abandon ship, engine failure or crew overboard.

"It will be easier to take the right steps when panic sets in if you've thought it through beforehand," Sachetti said.

Write out thorough and separate checklists and laminate the procedures to keep by the helm for future reference. It's smart to walk around the boat and find the equipment (e.g., through-hull plugs, fire extinguishers, life raft) that will aid in each scenario. Post the proper procedure for an emergency VHF call, in case the captain is the one who's incapacitated and the crew doesn't know how to use the radio.

Discuss these procedures with your usual crew and brainstorm better ways of doing things. Then, conduct a few practice drills that ensure everyone's prepared in case of an emergency.

Knots for Sailors
Stopper Knot: To keep a line from pulling through a block or rope clutch, a knot should be tied in the end of it. The most secure knot for doing this is the double overhand stopper knot, known as the stopper knot for short. Unlike a simple overhand knot or a figure eight knot, this knot does not come loose easily.

The easiest way to tie a true stopper knot is by using your hand as a form. Just loop the end of the line twice around the palm of your hand, tuck the working end under the two loops, and then pull the loops off your hand. Once you try it, you'll never use a figure eight again.

It's hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. Oh wait! we live in San Diego, summer lives on. If you have a story to share about one of your outings let us know, we can have you in print to share with your closest SHM mates. We look forward to enjoying time with you at the Progressive Dinner on Sept 1, 5 to 8 pm and the Coastal Clean Up on Sept 15, 9 to noon.

A Final Word...
It's hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. Oh wait! we live in San Diego, summer lives on. If you have a story to share about one of your outings let us know, we can have you in print to share with your closest SHM mates. We look forward to enjoying time with you at the Progressive Dinner on September 1st, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and the Coastal Clean Up on September 15th, from 9:00 am to noon.

To follow our daily updates, please visit our Facebook Page. We also welcome your comments on Yelp.

Best Regards,
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team I Like
This e-mail newsletter is produced on behalf of the Sun Harbor Marina by
To be removed from distribution, please reply to this e-mail with the word "Unsubscribe" in the subject line.