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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners

Welcome to the November 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles: Docking and Undocking; Power Cords Management & Safety; Being Prepared for an Emergency Part 2; Smarter by Summer #7; Cool Products like GoalZero's Solar Generators.

Special Dates in November
National Pomegranate Month (see Laura's Blog for the Benefits of celebrating this beautiful fruit)

November 3rd - Jelly Fish Day

November. 6th – General Election Day – Go Vote!

November 11th – Veterans Day

November 12th - Pizza with the Works – Great time to visit Pizza Nova

November 11th - 18thSan Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

November 15th – America Recycles Day – Thank you tenants for your participation

November 22nd – Thanksgiving Day

November 23rd – Black Friday!

November Craft Jerky Day – Have you tried any from Fisherman's Processing?

Save the Date
Boating Stories & Bake Off, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018, 5:00 P.M. This is also the first Sunday of the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.

Tips for Tenants - Slick Stain Remover
Got an oil stain on your fiberglass boat that you just can't get out? Spray the area with WD-40, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe with a clean rag. You can use the same technique on upholstery and carpet, too. After spraying the WD-40 onto the affected area, blot with clean paper towels, then spritz the area with warm water mixed with a little laundry detergent. Blot with a clean dry towel. Test in an inconspicuous area first to check for color-fastness or other issues.

Gate Access
What do you do when someone asks to be let in and you do not know them?

It's awkward; sometimes annoying; frequently embarrassing; always a pain. You're approaching the gate to your dock, and there they are. Workmen with tool boxes, families with ice chests and water toys, other seemingly nice people all waiting for someone with a key to let them in. In a few cases you may even run into a case where the person trying to gain access has a key but it does not work. Please realize that the keys to each marina look very similar. Keys to Sun Harbor Marina are turned off when a tenant has lost the key or someone has access to the key that should no longer have access.

You don't want to be the one who has to say "Sorry, I apologize, but if you don't have a key, I can't let you in". But that's exactly what we need you to do to protect you and your marina. Point out that there is a camera that monitors the activity through the gates. As a tenant, you don't want to get caught and in trouble for letting people in.

In addition to basic security reasons, there are liability and, other issues relating to unauthorized persons being admitted to the docks. It is a Marina Rule, No key – No Access. So please be mindful when you are entering or leaving the marina. Do not hold the gate open for someone you do not know, we are so close to the public dock, it can be confusing for someone walking to the public dock.

It is the same for the restrooms, rec room and laundry room. In other words, blame it on us. If enough of you do this, the problem will eventually go away and you will have helped us protect your boat and your marina.

After hours, any suspicious activity or persons should be reported to the Harbor Police at 619-686-6272.

While the Harbor Police may not be able to recover the items, they do a great service keeping an eye on the property and have stepped up patrols when appropriate. Even if the person looks familiar – if they don't have a key or don't have a working key, please do not give access. The person will need to call their hosts or contact the office for access.

Thank you for your efforts in keeping the property secure.

Clean Marina Minute - Check Bilge Before Pumping Out
- By Sean Peterson
We finally had some rain – that is great news for San Diego. But have you checked your bilge lately? Some of the rainwater was captured which could have set off the bilge pump.

Ninety percent of oil in marine waters is from small, chronic sources such as bilges, outboard motors, poor fueling procedures, urban run-off and improper disposal of used oil products. Protect California's waterways by preventing oily bilge water from being pumped overboard. Routinely check for engine fuel leaks and use a drip pan or absorbent pads under engines. Use materials that either capture or digest oil in bilges. Examine these materials frequently and replace as necessary. Exchange used oil absorbent pads (Sun Harbor Marina Office will exchange one for you) and dispose of them in accordance with petroleum disposal guidelines.

To report all oil fuel and chemical spills in California call both the National Response Center (800) 424-8802 and the State Line (800) OILS911 (645-7911).

Docking & Undocking
It's inevitable that when conditions are at their worst, you'll have an audience. Prior planning and practice will not only keep you and your passengers safe and protect your boat, it will also help you avoid serious personal humiliation.

Undocking Plan
Prior to getting underway, you should implement an undocking plan with the help of your passengers. You should consider the traffic in the area, the direction of wind and current and the depth of the water.

(A Note for the Crew: Do not assume that your passengers have the same experience that you have or that they can read your mind. Be specific and give direction if you ask for their help. This not only protects their safety but their pride as well.)

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Shore Power Cord Management & Safety
Before you get ready to "undock" please consider the following safety tips. For boaters whose boats are equipped with 110V to power their electrical devices and appliances, Shore Cords are a must! How do you run the shore cord from the power post to the power inlet fitting on your boat? How do you do it so that it not only supplies power, but also is safe - safe so it won't harm you, your guests, your boat or others? There are a few things to consider to Shore up Your Cords.

It is important to use shore cords approved for marine applications. Unapproved cords are dangerous and cannot be used. Also inspect for any damage to the cable (including the outlet prongs) and replace if necessary to avoid any stray current or fire from sparking. Stray electrical current in the water is dangerous. Boaters or pets falling in or swimming in a harbor where there is stray current will most likely die of electric shock drowning. It is invisible and deadly. If you your electric hook up is across the finger, at Sun Harbor Marina the docks have a PVC pipe (raceway) that runs internal to the finger. This raceway insures you will never have a cord on deck creating a trip hazard for you, your guests or your neighbor.

Always turn the breaker switches off first, unplug the shore side of the cord; then the boat end. Never in the reverse order! You don't want a live shore cord on the dock or in the water if the cord falls in. When plugging your boat in, always plug into the boat first, then the dock. Extra cable, if not coiled properly, can be hazardous to boaters walking on the docks. So, be sure to coil it loosely around your pedestals post hanger (not the pedestal). When travelling, some boaters prefer to coil up their shore cord each time and place it in the locker aboard. Some like to leave it laying down the side of the boat for short trips and others prefer to tie it to their finger dock for the season.
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The Power of Pomegranates
- By Laura Brownwood
Ruby red, delicious and nutrient rich pomegranates pack a punch in beneficial nutrients good for your body. As a little girl I was most fortunate, my grandfather had a tree next door. From the opinion of a 4 year old, they not only tasted really good, but they were FUN to eat. As an adult you might consider it more of an effort than fun, but read on for the good reasons to do so...

Pomegranate contains a unique and powerful antioxidant called punicalagin, and phytochemicals, that have blood pressure-reducing properties. They are rich in potassium, fiber and contain 48 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C intake, important for a variety of health functions. The majority of the fiber is found in the white seeds hiding beneath the pockets of juice. Despite beliefs to the contrary, the seeds within are both mild tasting and good for you. So the next time you have access to this "fruit of paradise"... No spitting :o}

Good news... you can buy pomegranates already deseeded in packages in grocery stores... or you can try this method:

Roll the fruit first to loosen the seeds

Score around the middle and tear it open into halves

Hold each half over a bowl, seeds facing down and tap the skin with a wooden spoon, squeezing a little to release the seeds

Even easier?... Juice!! Today, pomegranate juice is being studied for its many health benefits. It may help with cancer prevention, immune support, and fertility.

In addition to the health benefits there is history, just ask Romeo and Juliette!

Laura Brownwood
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999

Being Prepared for an Emergency
Part 2
Capt. Nicole Sours Larson
SAN DIEGO — In my previous column I examined some of the issues that might arise if the captain or main boat operator is suddenly incapacitated because of an accident, injury or illness, as well as actions boat owners can take to prepare for unforeseen situations and emergencies. This column continues that conversation.

Everyone in the family or crew who spends much time on board a boat should take a basic boating safety class and get a California Boater Card. An even better idea, especially if you've just bought a new boat and you're relatively inexperienced, is to hire a professional captain to teach the whole family/crew how to operate its systems and how to dock and secure the boat in its slip. Hands-on training, with the opportunity to ask questions, is always preferable to attending a generic course or training yourself on boat operations by reading instructional manuals.

If you do hire a captain, be sure to request training in dealing with emergencies, including use of safety and emergency equipment and man overboard drills. Make sure you go over the location and use of marine radios, navigation and anchor lights, horns, sound signals and depth sounder. Even if the main operator is fairly experienced, bringing in a dispassionate professional captain to train the rest of the family can eliminate or reduce the emotional stress of teaching family members to operate a vessel with complex systems.
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Smarter by Summer - Do Equipment Checks/Updates
7. Wintertime is great downtime for maintenance and upgrades. Change the engine and genset oil, service running gear if needed, repair those odd lights that seem to work sporadically, and load up flashlights and handheld radios with fresh batteries. Also check the fire extinguishers and dig through the first-aid kit for expired medication, bandage conditions and inventory of seasickness pills. This is the stuff that gets no attention during the season's fun times but must be ready and working when needed. This tip was found in an article in Sea Magazine

Knots for Sailors - Sheet Bend
Many sailors use a square knot when tying two lines together, but these often come loose when not under load. The sheet bend is more secure, is easy to untie and works much better when two lines of unequal diameter need to be tied together. As you can see in the illustration, its final form is only slightly different from a square knot, though it is tied quite differently.

Form a bight in the end of one line. Pass the end of the other line through the bight from beneath and around behind both parts of the first line. Finish the knot by passing the working end of the second line under itself, then pull the knot tight. For more essential knots visit this website

Marina Rules Reminder
Just a reminder of a few marina rules:

  • Please keep hoses on hose racks not laying on the docks.
  • Please keep extra electrical cord on your boat, not on the dock or wrapped around pedestals. You can also wrap it around one of the hose racks if this works for you.
  • Nothing should be stored or sitting on the docks, e.g. dinghies, kayaks, hose containers, buckets, shoes, engines, plants, boxes, boat parts, sails, storage containers, or anything except dock steps.

Thank you for keeping our marina clean and safe.

Tenant of the Month
Sam Lindsay called Sun Harbor Marina staff to report a small boat at the Public Dock with the engine on fire. The owner used a fire extinguisher to put it out. Sean went down immediately to render assistance. Our thanks to Sam for his quick action!

Big Thanks to the Harbor Police

They recovered and disposed of the mystery vessel found submerged beneath our docks. If you see any ocean trash, please be sure to notify Sun Harbor Marina staff and we will remove it to keep our marina and the bay clean.

Office Holiday Hours
Closed November 22rd and 23th for the Thanksgiving holiday

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, remember the Swap Meet October 27th.

That's it for Us! – Be sure to join us for Marina Fest, October 27th.

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Best Regards,
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team

Those Clanking Halyards! How Do You Shut Them Up?
When the Fall and Winter winds whip up, halyards step up their noisy presence.

The solution to this annoying problem is to do something to get the halyards far enough away from the mast so they can't bang against it.

Just tightening the halyards to take out the slack doesn't eliminate the clanking, it just changes the pitch of the clank.

So what's the easiest way to pull halyards away from the mast?

Answer - the easiest and most cost effective way is to use bungee cords.

Just slack the halyard a bit, hook the bungee on it and then hook the bungee on the sidestay.

If the length of the bungee cord is too long to pull the halyard off the mast, tie a knot in it or wrap the bungee around the sidestay and hook it back on the halyard. If it's too short, use two linked together.

How Many Tonnes Tuns Tons of Cargo Can Your Vessel Hold?
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Tons, Tonnes, and Tuns: Tons come in many shapes and sizes – short tons, long tons, metric tonnes, gross tons, net tons, displacement tons, deadweight tons, register tons, US and international regulatory tons – and tuns.

I bring this up because for the USCG to permit "documenting" a vessel, it must adhere to a certain formula for its "admeasure" – not what it weighs, but what it can carry in cargo. Its "admeasure" must be at least equal to 5 net tons by the USCG formula.

As a rule of thumb, boats less than 25' in length are unlikely to measure up, but there is a simplified formula that the USCG provides that you can access online to find out (Form CG-5937, Application for Simplified Measurement).

A tun, going back in history, was a wooden cask full of wine. To be precise, it had to hold four "hogsheads" of wine,– which is 252 gallons.

Vessels were measured and taxed by how many tuns of wine that they could transport. Guess that a tun of wine weighs..? About 2,200 pounds – and this is where it starts to get interesting or complicated, depending on how your brain works!

The "ton" we all learned about in school is 2,000 pounds. In maritime parlance, this is a "short ton", with a "long ton" being, yup, about 2,200 pounds.

It is 2,240 pounds to be precise or just about what a tun of wine weighs. Of course, most of the world is on the metric system so a metric ton – or a tonne - is 2,205 pounds but, as best as I can determine, this is coincidentally about what a tun of wine weighs.

The reason that they are so close is because the metric ton, or tonne for short, is the weight of 1,000 liters of fresh water – and wine is mostly fresh water! Displacement tons and deadweight tons can come in all three flavors – short, long and metric. Suffice it to say that it is complicated.

One last tidbit - Above, I referenced that tuns were used to measure and tax vessels "back in the day" of sailing ships and bootleggers. The agency that Alexander Hamilton created to police these policies on US waters was the Revenue Cutter Service. This service became, over the centuries, what we now know as the United States Coast Guard.

BTW, if you are interested in being part of U.S. Coast Guard forces, send me an email to or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department at DSO-HR who are in charge of new member matters, 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.

One Engine Operation
- By Kells Christian
The sea stories I write are well received. It seems struggle and adventure are a fundamental component of our makeup as boaters, and we love to hear sea stories. Most of us have stories about operating a twin engine boat on one engine; here are a couple of mine.

Many years ago I agreed to drive a twin engine boat from the boatyard in Dana Point to its slip with only the port engine functional.

The boat was small and I was confident. I decided to make a sharp turn to starboard into the fairway, just aft of the boats across from this boat's slip, to allow as much as room as possible for a port turn into the slip.

After I made the turn I noticed a lovely little wooden tender tied behind the second boat, in the fairway.

An instance of a usually innocuous storage location (though hanging out further than most marinas allow) I could not reverse the port engine or I would have moved the stern further toward this lovely little boat. I decided to try to turn slightly to port to avoid it, and missed it by just "this much", resulting in one of the few insurance claims of my career.

Turned out the owner had done a wonderful job restoring this little tender to a splendid state, worthy of competition, and he reacted like an enraged Yosemite Sam, much like the video in the link below.

Recently a marine survey job in Ensenada, Mexico on a 68' luxury sportfisherman cancelled at the last minute, due to a malfunctioning transmission control. The client asked to reschedule the job for a few days later, and I responded to please fix the problem and then reschedule. I had first met the warm hearted owners a couple years ago when a similar problem lead to an collision with the unused travel lift ways at the Hotel Coral Marina and I handled the claim.

Their insurance company requested an out of water survey, as many will do about every five years. They had the problem repaired, we rescheduled and the owners hired a local captain. Prior to untying the lines, the experienced captain tested the engine and transmission controls and found a problem with the starboard transmission.

This boat has electronic controls to servos in the engine room that move push/pull cables to levers on the engines and transmissions. The owner, very nimble considering his age and the lingering effects of having suffered a severe motorcycle accident, hopped down into the engine room and manipulated some wires on a sender on top of the transmission. It functioned and we were quickly out of the marina and on our way to Baja Naval boatyard.

Underway the starboard engine died, perhaps because of an accidentally turned off circuit breaker, but was restarted and we continued. As we approached the yard the captain again tested the controls and found a problem with the starboard transmission. This time it was stuck in reverse.

Our haul out time was at hand due to our delays, and the captain decided to dock with the port engine and the bow thruster and thankfully a helping wind. We decided against using the starboard engine, even in an emergency, as we were unsure how the transmission would behave. The captain fared better than I had years before and the docking was uneventful.

Pro tips: Check the engine and gear controls before untying, extra pro tip, test a strange boat's controls (or a boat with known control problems) again prior to attempting to dock. Try maneuvering your boat with one engine at a time as practice. Leave some space between your boat and a reference marker, and notice how quickly the boat will "get sideways" with one engine and a little current or wind and how different it is to back out of trouble with one engine.

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.

Seven Tips to Keep You Safe on the Colder Water in Winter
Source - U.S. Coast Guard
Even in Southern California, the winter season calls for added precautions to help you stay safe on the water.

With colder air and water temperatures, it's crucial to be prepared for anything if you happen to be heading out on the water for any activity this winter. Here are 7 tips to help keep you safe on the water this winter:

File a float plan: Filing a float plan can be as easy as telling a loved one where you are headed and when you plan to return. Leaving this crucial information with someone on shore can help rescuers narrow down where to look if you don't return when scheduled.

Always wear a lifejacket: Life jackets are crucial equipment that keep you safe while out on the water.

Have a method of communication on you at all times: Take a working marine-brand VHF radio and a handheld GPS. This will allow you to call for help and give rescuers your position. Cell phones don't always have reception in the areas you may be going to.

Dress for the water, not the air: Even though the temperature outside may be warm, the water temperature could be much colder. It's always crucial to know the water temperature and know the proper protective equipment that will keep you warm in the worst case scenario.

Know the 1-10-1 principle: Knowing some basic cold-water immersion principles can greatly increase your chances of survival if something goes wrong. Although the times are approximate, in general you should try to remember 1-10-1:

1) You have one minute after being submerged in water to get your breathing under control and realize what has happened. If breathing isn't controlled immediately, the possibility of drowning drastically increases. This is often referred to as the body's response to "cold water shock."

10) –After gaining your awareness, there are 10 minutes of meaningful movement to help someone self-recover. After ten minutes, it's likely the cold water temperatures will cause a loss of dexterity in fingers and arms, lessening the ability to recover yourself.

1) –There is approximately one hour until hypothermia will set in and someone could become unconscious.

Maintain situational awareness at all times: As a general safe boating tip, situational awareness should always be maintained when on the water. Whether it be knowing what is happening around the boat, keeping an eye on changing weather or even knowing where the boat is, good situational awareness can help a bad situation from getting worse.

Always be responsible and never boat under the influence: Boating under the influence decreases overall situational awareness and lessens their ability to recognize dangerous situations before they occur. There should always be a designated boater when heading out. The safety of each person aboard the boat depends on it!

Christian Marine Surveyors

Announcing CBP ROAM - A New App to Report Offsite Arrival Back to U.S.
Source - U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Beginning September 5, 2018, the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) will no longer be in service and float plans will no longer be accepted.

Boaters looking for a new, faster way to report their arrival and/or apply for a registered boater program can use the CBP ROAM app, available for free on the Apple App and Google Play stores.

Boaters may also continue to report their arrival via designated telephone reporting numbers, if desired.

CBP ROAM App Benefits "Streamlined reporting process with reusable mode of travel and traveler profiles through" Shorter wait times by reporting from a smart device, with the option to request a "Verified Traveler" number. Greater convenience with video inspections by CBP officers when applicable

The CBP ROAM app is a free mobile application that provides an option for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry to CBP via their personal smart device or a tablet located at local businesses to satisfy the above reporting requirements. In limited areas, travelers arriving in remote locations may also be eligible to use the CBP ROAM app. Contact your local POE to confirm arrival notifications via the CBP ROAM app are accepted.

The CBP ROAM app also qualifies as an Alternative Inspection System that satisfies the boat operator's legal requirement to report for face-to-face inspection in accordance with 8 CFR 235.1 with some exceptions:

  • Travelers who require an I-94
  • Travelers who wish to obtain a cruising license
  • Travelers who must pay duties on imported goods; and other circumstances as applicable

For instructions to download the CBP ROAM app on your web-enabled smart device, Click Here.

Cooler Weather is Just Around the Corner
There's nothing better that enjoying a cozy Winter day snug and warm on your boat. Here are three products we found that will help make that experience more economical, warmer, moisture free, and mildew free!

GoalZero's Solar Generators
Whether it's because you don't have or don't want an inverter, or you just would like a portable off-the-grid quiet ecological power source during the Winter months instead of using your fuel driven on-board generator, GoalZero's creative silent and light weight solar generators provide a great solution. Click Here to see their complete line of portable power generators.

NewAir Portable Space Heater
This super-thin oil-filled heater gives of a really cozy heat, has no moving elements and is extremely thin and easy to tuck away when not needed.

A great to have item for the upcoming Winter months, this really takes the edge off when you have a chill in your boat and also helps to dry it out as well. Click Here to learn more.

Hypervent is a flexible moisture reduction layer that can be cut to shape and laid flat under cushions or mattresses inside your boat.

The white core is composed of a pattern of thick nylon coils that resist compression, bonded to a thin waterproof polymer fabric. The open spaces in the coiled structure allow air to circulate within the 3/4-inch layer.

Circulating air brings warmth into an area where typically the bottom supporting boat structure is cool due to the boat's hull in water that is usually cooler than the air. When warm, moist ambient air comes in contact with the cooler fiberglass or wood surface beneath a cushion or mattress, condensation forms - and if the cushion or mattress presses directly on that surface, the condensation has little chance to evaporate. That's when mold and odors begin.

Hypervent helps prevent this problem by allowing warmer air to circulate below the cushion or mattress, preventing the cooling that starts the condensation process.

When condensation does occur, or other moisture seeps into the area, the circulating air promotes evaporation and drying before mold gets a toehold. Hypervent minimizes condensation and helps prevent mold and mildew in marine environments. There are dozens of other onboard applications. For more information, Click Here.

"Suddenly In Command" - A Boating Safety Course
- By Bob Simons
It happens more often than you might think. The person driving the boat loses his or her balance for example - and goes overboard.

And now, you're on board and you don't know what to do, let alone how to drive the boat.

If this description matches you as a regular "first mate" on pleasure boating excursions, Dianna Jones Simons, a highly qualified woman in the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Power Squadron is presenting a 4 hour course early in the evening on Monday, October 29th just for you.

The course covers the possible scenarios which may involve you if the captain becomes incapacitated or falls overboard, or you purchase a new boat and step aboard for the first time.

This "Suddenly In Command" course is a boating safety primer is designed for those not generally at the helm, and will help you to be prepared with the basics in case of an emergency.

Topics covered include nomenclature and operating principles including starting the engine. Also included are descriptions of things which cause boating mishaps and how to minimize them, basic boat handling, what equipment should be on board and knowing how to use it is discussed as well as the basics in using the radio, and how to assist persons via radio who are trying to find/rescue you.

For more information or to register to attend the course contact Dianna Simons at 619-609-6305 or myself at 619-743-3095 for info on this class!

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 I Like
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