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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about Your Brain on a Boat; Being Prepared for an Emergency; Causes of Boat Fires; and Smarter by Summer.

Welcome Aboard
Sean Peterson is our new Dockmaster Assistant. He is a native to the peninsula and has lived in New Jersey, Maryland and Louisiana while serving in the US Coast Guard. His Coast Guard experience included working as a Marine Science Technician inspecting commercial vessels, waterfront facilities and pollution cleanup. Prior to joining the team at Sun Harbor, Sean's experience includes working as a residential handyman, a rigger, deckhand and marina maintenance staff. Sean is a member of the San Diego Search and Rescue team which operates in and around the county assisting the Sherriff's SAR in both urban and backcountry searches. In his free time Sean is an avid rock climber, surfer, and backpacker.

Special Dates in October
International Black Cat Awareness Month

ober 4th - Ship in a Bottle Day

October 5th - World Smile Day

October 8th - World Octopus Day

October 9th - Fire Prevention Day

October 14th - Columbus Day & National Dessert Day


October 21st - Map Reading Week
Great time to visit Seabreeze Books and Charts!

October 18th - 21st - Extreme Sailing Series

Whether you're a hard-core sailing fan or a wide-eyed newbie, the Extreme Sailing Series has something for everyone. The free to enter public Race Village puts fans right at the heart of the action – racing their catamarans at full throttle just off the waterfront, the sailors can hear the roar of the fans, who experience the competition up close like never before. And fans around the world can follow online with this link through live video streaming and dynamic SAP Sailing Analytics.

October 20th - 28th - Fleet Week
The mission of Fleet Week San Diego is to honor and celebrate the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that support and thank these heroes. More information about all of the events can be found at this website

October 27th - Marina Fest
7:00 am – 3:30 pm. Here are the events for the Day:

  • Mariner's Swap Meet
    Plan by gathering up items that you would like to sell or swap. They do not have to be boating related. It will be held in the Pizza Nova parking lot, 7:00 am to 11:00 am. Invite people you know who would be interested, to come and take a look. Vendors and individuals may rent spaces with purchase of $10 Pizza Nova gift certificate. Gift Certificates must be purchase the week before the event and presented during the swap meet.

  • Vendor Fair
    We will have vendors with Marine/Boating Products and Services, Health & Wellness, Gift items and more. The Vendors will be on site from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. OEX will be having their annual end of Season Sale. Great time to pick up that SUP or Kayak that you have been dreaming about or surprise a friend or family member with for the holidays.

  • YMCA Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
    It's Chili Cook-off time! Will you be the next to have the prestigious title of Sun Harbor Marina Chili Cook-off winner? Enter your best Chili in our annual Chili Cook-off. The 3 categories are: meat & beans, meat no beans & vegetarian. We request that you make at least one gallon of chili. The more creative you are the better. Can you make the presentation interesting and keep the Judges on their toes? What will you bring to add to your chili? RSVP at the office, Even if you are not entering your award winning chili. Bring a side dish to share and let's enjoy the hard work by this year's entrants. Kelly is entering again – so you have serious competition.

    When: Saturday, October 27th, judging will start promptly at 1:00 pm
    Where: Sun Harbor Marina Upper Deck

    Registration cutoff is Wednesday, October 24th, at the marina office 619-222-1167. Judges to be announced, stay tuned to Facebook to find out who will be on board. We have invited the Peninsula YMCA to team with us and promote the cook-off as their fundraiser. They will help us sell tasting tickets and some of the staff and volunteers will be on hand selling drinks. The proceeds will go directly to local families in need of camp and child care services. Tickets will be $5.00 per person for 5 tastings. A great cause - plan on joining us.

  • Live Band
    Throw-back Thursday" performing from noon to 2:00 pm on the upper Deck.

October 27th - Navy Day
Every year on October 27th, the U.S. Navy celebrates Navy Day, a separate occasion from the service's birthday.

October 31st - Halloween Dress Up
Send your photo's in – we will post them on Facebook for all to see.

Boating Tips
This photo shows placing the short pumpout hose on the cart prior to loading the long hose. This is a great practice. The long hose will keep the short hose from falling off while you are in route to return the cart.

Clean Marina Minute - Emergencies: Where Fires Commonly Occur on Boats
- By Sean Peterson
Did you know that in the past 20 years 30 people have died in fires on boats? Most of these fires are preventable and are started within a few specific spaces onboard. The most common place for fires to ignite on a boat is the engine room due to the close proximity of fuel and an ignition source. However there are five specific areas that lead to most of these fires and if these could be monitored better we could prevent about one third of all boat fires.

26% or ¼ of fires occur when something nearby is on fire and the flames spread to your boat. Usually it is the marina that catches fire and spreads but it could be another neighboring boat, house or building. This means that every boater has the responsibility to not only prevent fires on their own boat but to also keep the people, and property around their boat fire safe.
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Notice to Tenants
1. Sunday September 9th was the last Sunday the office will be open this season. We are back to Monday thru Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

2. October 24th – The restrooms will be closed from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am for deep cleaning; the showers will be closed from 9:00 pm – 5:00 am October 25th.

3. Laundry Room Etiquette: All cleaning products must be stored in the cabinets – not on the counter or on top of the cabinets. Bottles need to be clean on the outside not with soaping running down and leaving residue where it rests. Bottle size is to be limited to 64 oz max. It is recommended that you label the bottle with your name or slip number. Laundry should not be left in the washer or dryers for extended stays out of courtesy to the next person waiting to use the machine If you see something that doesn't look right let the office know.

4. Maintenance of Your Slip and the Surrounding Area. It is a great feeling to step onto a dock where the boats and dinghies' are well maintained and the docks and fingers are neat and orderly. We all have a part to play in making this a reality for boaters at Sun Harbor. A brief refresher excerpted from the slip agreement:

"Owner agrees to maintain the slip, the walks, floats, ramps, gangways and docks in, about and surrounding the slip in neat, clean and unobstructed condition at all times. Should it become necessary for the Marina to maintain the aren't will be done at owner expense".

Some things to consider in this regard:

  • Is the topside clean, sanitary, and without clutter?
  • Are the lines in good condition; is there any fraying?
  • Is the paint in good condition?
  • Is the varnish in good clean condition?
  • Is the hull cleaned regularly?
  • Is the canvas, clean, mildew-free and in good condition?
  • Is the dinghy in good condition, clean, and free of standing water?
  • Are the docks, fingers, and channels around the vessel clear, uncluttered and safe?

Many thanks for attending to these concerns and for being aware of the condition of the dock in your area. We all appreciate the pleasure of a marina that's clean, safe and well maintained. We appreciate you pitching in with the effort it takes to make Sun Harbor just that kind of marina.

World Smile Day
- By Laura Brownwood
Want to be healthier? Try smiling and laughing more. It can have a positive effect on your well-being.

World Smile Day is celebrated on the first Friday of October every year. The idea was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, the creator of the smiley face, which has been around since 1963.

We start off full of smiles and laughter as children, but as you make the transition from child to adult, we tend to lose the habit of indulging in these behaviors. As I walk down the beach every day, I am amazed at the fact almost every child I pass is smiling and laughing... it truly is a pleasant experience.
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Your Brain on a Boat
Recent research has confirmed what many boaters already know – you experience emotional, behavioral and psychological benefits being near, in, on or under water, and while participating in activities like boating.

One of the leading researchers on the health benefits of the water is Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, marine biologist and author of Blue Mind, the bestselling book on the scientific connection between water and happiness. Working with Discover Boating, Dr. Nichols has begun to explore the wellness benefits associated with boating.

We now know, thanks to science, that the mere sight and sound of water promotes wellness by lowering cortisol, increasing serotonin and inducing relaxation.

Red Mind, Blue Mind
"Red Mind" is a state of mind described as an "edgy high, characterized by stress, anxiety and fear." While stressors such as money and work influence people, there are new stressors associated with urbanization and a constant tether to technology that offer little respite from the demands of today's world. An antidote to "Red Mind" is "Blue Mind" a mildly meditative state characterized by calm, peacefulness, unity, and a sense of general happiness associated with the water.
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Smarter by Summer - Step 6
Create Departure & Arrival Checklists
Checklists are magical in that they keep everything organized without having to reinvent the wheel (in your head) during every departure or arrival back at the dock. Once you develop a routine, write it down; that way, next season you won't need to dust off the brain cells and remember what to do.

For example, when departing, you may need to open the through-hulls, check the engine oil and transmission fluid, monitor the batteries, disconnect the shore-power cord, spool up the gyro stabilizer, and turn on electronics at the main and flybridge helms. When you return, the process may include shutting down and checking the engines, making sure the bilge is empty, switching lights off and security systems on, flushing the outboard, putting on canvas and rinsing the decks. Whatever the process, just get it down. That way, guests who come along as occasional crew can help without needing too much guidance.

In Closing

Thank you for all who participated in the Coastal Clean up on Saturday September 15th. Thanks to many Californians like you and your participation, the 34th annual CCD was a success. With 75% of the cleanup sites reporting, the statewide count stands at 53,073 volunteers. These volunteers picked up 698,931 pounds of trash and an additional 35,674 pounds of recyclable materials, for a total of 734,606 pounds or 367 tons. We have posted lost of photo's on Facebook. Save the Date: 35th annual CCD Sept 21st, 2019.

Join Your Dock Mates for a Progressive Brunch
Saturday, September 22nd starting at 10:30 am is the Progressive Brunch. The first stop B87 aboard Eleanor Dawn. Be sure to BYO (Stuff: glass, plate, napkin, utensils to use as you move from course to course aboard the boats) We hope you will be able to join in the fun.

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

Best Regards,
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team

Sailing to Mexico With the Baja Ha-Ha

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. For more information on the race visit their website.

Tired of the Same Old Bay Cruise? Maybe You're Ready for America's Great Loop!
"If you're looking for a "real" boating adventure, America's Great Loop will capture your heart and blow your mind wide open!"

So says Captain John. "This is an epic journey worthy of your epic memoir. It's where the grass is greener and waters bluer. Destined to be the greatest chapter in your book of life's adventures.

For the pleasure boater, It offers over 6,400-miles of friendly, safe, scenic and sensational cruising.

Unlike the ocean, it is close to land, home, family and friends, as well as hospitals, rental cars, airports, restaurants, tourist attractions and entertainment.

Seldom are you without cellphone service, Internet, Wi-Fi or air digital TV".

Your Great Loop adventure will take you through the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, the Hudson River, the Great Lakes, the Illinois River, the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, the Cumberland River, the Tennessee River, Tennessee-Tombigbee, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway!

If you're ready to go, visit Captain John's website for all the details!

Barnacles on Your Boat - Could They Be a Thing of the Past?
A research team at Kiel University in Germany claims to have created a new boat surface that prevents the permanent growth of barnacles without toxic substances being introduced into the sea.

For the development of the new surface, the researchers first analyzed the wettability of the barnacle cement meaning the ability of the organisms to adhere to surfaces underwater and to spread their "cement" throughout the surface.

"Our research has shown that adhesives used by organisms that settle underwater can stick to almost any surface. The reason is the complex chemical composition of these adhesives. The aim of our research was to develop a surface as universal as possible, which, based on physical principles, prevents the organisms from adhering permanently," says first author Dennis Petersen from the Zoological Institute of Kiel University.

Based on the new findings, the researchers have succeeded in developing a coating made of a non-toxic silicone with a new microstructure similar to that of a mushroom head.

Similar to the lotus effect causing liquids to roll off smooth surfaces, the geometry of the new structure prevents a strong adhesive bond between barnacles or mussels with the newly developed coating surface.

In a first practical test, parts of the hull of four sailing yachts of the Kiel Yacht Club were covered with the new material and tested for one season. No barnacles or other macro-foulers such as mussels could be found on the new coating.

The material also showed other positive characteristics. While barnacles on hard materials - such as metal or acrylic glass - break off bluntly during removal and leave their adhesive layer behind, they could be detached from this soft material without leaving any residue. Click Here to read more.

Christian Marine Surveyors

USCG Cautions That LED Lighting Can Cause Potential Interference of VHF-FM Radio and AIS Reception
- Source: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Alert - August 15, 2018
The U.S. Coast Guard has received reports from crews, ship owners, inspectors and other mariners regarding poor reception on VHF frequencies used for radiotelephone, digital selective calling (DSC) and automatic identification systems (AIS) when in the vicinity of light emitting diode (LED) lighting on-board ships (e.g., navigation lights, searchlights and floodlights, interior and exterior lights, adornment).

Radio frequency interference caused by these LED lamps were found to create potential safety hazards.

For example, the maritime rescue coordination center in one port was unable to contact a ship involved in a traffic separation scheme incident by VHF radio. That ship also experienced very poor AIS reception.

Other ships in different ports have experienced degradation of the VHF receivers, including AIS, caused by their LED navigation lights.

LED lighting installed near VHF antennas has also shown to compound the reception.

Strong radio interference from LED sources may not be immediately evident to maritime radio users.

Nonetheless, it may be possible to test for the

presence of LED interference by using the following procedures:

  1. Turn off LED light(s).

  2. Tune the VHF radio to a quiet channel (e.g. Ch. 13).

  3. Adjust the VHF radio's squelch control until the radio outputs audio noise.

  4. Re-adjust the VHF radio's squelch control until the audio noise is quiet, only slightly above the noise threshold.

  5. Turn on the LED light(s). If the radio now outputs audio noise, then the LED lights have raised the noise floor. (Noise floor is generally the amount of interfering signals / static received beyond the specific signal or channel being monitored.)

  6. If the radio does not output audio noise, then the LED lights have not raised the noise floor.

If the noise floor is found to have been raised, then it is likely that both shipboard VHF marine radio and AIS reception are being degraded by LED lighting.

In order to determine the full impact of this interference, the Coast Guard requests those experiencing this problem to report their experiences to Coast Guard Navigation Center - Select "Maritime Telecommunications" on the subject drop down list, then briefly describe the make and model of LED lighting and radios effected, distance from lighting to antennas and radios effected, and any other information that may help understand the scope of the problem.

This Safety Alert is provided for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational, or material requirement. Developed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Spectrum Management and Telecommunications Policy Division. Distributed by the Office of Investigations and Analysis.

Questions may be sent to HQS-PF-fldr-CGF-INV@uscg.mil.

Boat Insurance - Friend or Foe?
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Even though the boating season is closer to the end than the start, we are well advised to be sure that we have boating insurance in place, even over the winter. This column is about that.

To File or Not to File: Most of us are familiar with insurance from owning a car. I don't know about you but the fear of "assigned risk" and massive spikes in the cost of annual insurance premiums keeps me from putting in a claim for anything on my car unless an asteroid landed on it and totaled the car. How does that translate into boat insurance and, unlike your car where it is mandated by state law that you must have it; and do I need it?

As noted in an earlier column, most boats that do sink do so right in their slip or out on their moorings.

Insurance premiums for such losses can run from a couple of hundred dollars a year to thousands, depending of course on the value of the boat and the electronic package that it carries. It makes sense, to me at least, to protect that open-bow 17' Seahunt with the 150hp Merc on her transom, (worth $20,000 when you bought her) for a couple of hundred dollars a year, just in case. Also, as you read in a prior column on groundings, you just might need towing and insurance covers that for a relatively small amount – say $100 a year.

Why protect that bow rider if you really take great care to ensure that all the through hulls are supple, that the battery is well maintained, and all the scuppers are kept clean?

Well, if you can assure yourself of such caring attention, maybe it is worth booking the bet. Put the $250 you would have spent in a coffee can and save it year after year. You won't get to $20,000 in your life time but it wouldn't be the worst thing to take $1,000 out of that coffee can one day and buy a new GPS with a big color screen for the boat! (Did I say that you and the boat are getting older and that small black-and-white GPS is going to be impossible to see one day!?)

But, from a personal experience, I had a neighbor's boat break off its mooring during a nearly month-long nor' easter we had back in October of 2005 and it set down on my very well maintained 25' Chris Craft launch. She sank in seconds on her mooring. It took 4 days for the storm to abate enough for my commercial tower to be able to raise her. The insurance company didn't need too much convincing that I wasn't derelict in maintaining the boat. It also helped that I told the truth on the application when I said it would be on a mooring and not fast to a dock at a marina.

But what if it had just sunk on her mooring because the scuppers got clogged with leaves and, eventually, she filled with water from rain and sank as the battery drained down to nothing? BTW, it doesn't have to rain much. Just enough to have the boat sit lower in the water than she was designed for. Then, wind-driven wave action can ship some water aboard – causing your pride and joy to sit even lower! A vicious cycle, leading to a sinking! Any insurance company is going to look at such facts and consider assigning some blame to you. Translation? Less than full book value.

How about if the wire running from the battery to the bilge pump was found to have been chafed? Not enough to short out (which you might catch a number of ways (such as the circuit breaker tripping)) but enough to reduce the juice driving the 1,000gph bilge pump to a trickle. When the insurance company's surveyor finds that, they will assign some amount of blame to you for not properly maintaining your boat. Translation? Less than full book value.

Look, if you deal with the major insurance carriers, their staffs are generally well-trained, and they are not out to cheat you. But they aren't Santa Claus either. If the facts are friendly, you will get what you paid for and you will get it with a smile. When my 25' was sunk, for the first 24 hours I was walking around like I had lost a puppy or worse. Then, I said to myself, "It is time for a new boat. Thank God this is only a money issue." And the insurance company was fast with the settlement, with a smile.

However, if you haven't been giving your maritime baby the caring she needs or ensuring that she is getting it from the dock master, you will find that the kindly insurance adjuster can be as cold as a January arctic blast across Moriches Bay. They are neither your friend nor your foe.

They are your insurance company. Give your vessel good care and attention. Let the facts always be friendly. But check out whether you are covered for environmental damages like fuel spills associated with the sinking.

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.

Shoes on a boat?
- By Kells Christian
To wear shoes or not wear shoes, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler on the feet to suffer stubs and breaks of outrageous fortune or to don shoes and save them?

There is a basket at the bottom or top of every superyacht's gangway into which you are obligated to deposit your shoes, and if you Google the subject of shoes on a boat, you will find many articles on the etiquette for superyachts (as I did).

So one conclusion is to follow the owner or crew's requests as to what to wear aboard a superyacht, a regular yacht or a boat. Many passengers and crew on these vessels have boats worn strictly while aboard.

Clearly there is a difference between visiting a friend's yacht for martinis at the yacht club and yanking up tuna for a paycheck. So let's talk about recreational vessels and accepted norms.

Don't wear stilettos or black sole shoes that scuff (some black soles don't scuff). Don't wear shoes with tread that can catch rocks, some of the best boat shoes fit this category by the way, so check for rocks if you leave them on. We don't want to damage decks.

Weather, rain and deck surfaces also influence foot wear, teak decks, non skid paint particles or molded surfaces all feel differently and react differently when wet. We don't want to slip, particularly underway.

We also don't want to track dirt onto boats, most noticeable when we step on a wet deck and see our dirty foot prints. For this purpose, flip flops work well. I usually carry flip flops for the many trips off and back onto a boat I make while surveying it. While they are not safe underway, they slide off and on conveniently. If I have to take off shoes and socks repeatedly, I end up just taking off shoes eventually and either track dirt with socks or have wet socks. Taking off your shoes and walking on and off the boat is just as bad as wearing shoes or perhaps worse for tracking dirt.

And for those old timers like me, the options for boat shoes have expanded widely. Here is one site with interesting options.

Lastly, remember - regardless of what type of shoe or how pretty your feet, step aboard with your right foot. Stepping aboard with your left foot is bad luck.

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.

Things That Make Life Better: Low-Cost/No-Cost Liveaboard Ideas
We came across a blog the other day, "The Monkey's Fist" that was writing posts about helpful topic of things that make life aboard better Hmm, things that make my life aboard better ... let's see, a cold beverage, a bright sunny day, 10-15 knots of breeze on the starboard quarter...

Over the years we've noticed a lot of new uses for items the manufacturer never dreamed of, to solve the unique problems of living aboard. Here are a few:

Paper towel weight:
When we're tied up in a marina slip the wind can sometimes come in from the wrong direction and unroll the paper towels all over the cabin. A simple weight hanging over the top of the roll (in this case, a small seashell on a gold ribbon) keeps them from running away.

Solar cockpit light:
Inexpensive solar-powered LED garden lights can cost less than $5 and serve as cockpit lights, courtesy lights for boarding, or just to help identify your boat at anchor. Bonus: the stake on this one fits perfectly in the top of the jibsheet winch!

Small electronics storage:
Small food-storage containers keep cables, chargers and miscellaneous accessories together and organized in the locker... and dry!

Jewelry organizer:
Small fishing tackle boxes sort earrings, rings, etc., and is easy to store.


Electrical parts storage:
A bigger fishing tackle box holds electrical connectors in the lower tray, and screws in the upper.

Trash can for the head:
A receptacle meant for feminine hygiene products in a commercial restroom makes a perfect trash can in the head. It's about the right size, can be wall-mounted, and the lid is useful if you get shower overspray. This can be purchased from a plumbing supply store.

Laundry quarters:
An empty vial from prescription medicine is the perfect size to store quarters for the next laundromat trip.

Dinghy bailer:
Made from a cut up bleach or vinegar bottle

Chart protector:
This simple sewing project, made from scraps of Sunbrella and isinglass, keeps charts in the cockpit clean and dry. It seals with a strip of velcro.

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