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Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter.

In this month's issue, we have interesting articles: Changes at the Marina; Hitting The Bricks - Finding The Right Balance Between the Traditional; Lunch & Learn Sessions; and Special Knots for Sailors.

Sun Harbor Marina Office Hours for the Holidays
Christmas Eve, December 24th-closed
Christmas Day December 25th-closed
New Years Eve December 31st-8:30-5:00
New Years Day January 1st -closed

Special Dates in December - National "Operation Santa Paws" Month
National "Operation Santa Paws": Animals serve an important part in our lives, being those friends and companions that give us love unconditionally. They protect our homes, and are there whenever we need them, asking for nothing but love and tenderness in exchange for all they give.

Operation Santa Paws Day is a reminder that we need to return that love, and remember them at this most special time of year.

Special Dates in December
4th - World Wildlife Conservation Day
9th - Christmas Card Day
12th - Poinsettia Day
16th - Chocolate Covered Anything Day
19th - Look For An Evergreen Day
21st - Winter Solstice
25th - Christmas Day
26th - Thank You Note Day
30th - Bacon Day - Have you had Rebecca's Bacon Wrapped Dates? - Click Here for the recipe.
31st - Champaign Day/New Years Eve

Welcome Aboard
Lisa Rustin is joining us as Marina Manager. She is a native of California and has called San Diego her home for over 35 years. Prior to joining Sun Harbor, she worked in construction lending and real estate investment with a focus on project management, business development and investment management.

Lisa has been an active volunteer at the San Diego Natural History Museum. In her free time Lisa enjoys long distance ocean swimming, scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding and making sushi. Join us at the next event to help welcome Lisa to the team.

Lunch and Learn Sessions
Thursday, November 29th: Topic - When are supplements necessary? What foods are you lacking? How can it help you identify better steps to your optimal Health and Wellness?

Do you ever scour the aisles of your local health store and wonder which supplements are best for your specific body type and current needs? You are not alone.

This is a common question that we have exciting answers for using a highly accurate and dynamic wellness screening tool. This can help you to make more informed health decisions that are specific for you. We can test which particular foods and supplements best nourish the current need. Interested in learning more?

Dec 11th: "Beware the Chair" by Greg Sterner / Licensed Physical Therapist/Owner of Fitness Together - Point Loma Details coming.

Marina Lights Competition
Show your holiday spirit; decorate your boat with lots of lights and holiday cheer. Enter in the Parade of Lights where the theme is "A Tropical Island Christmas", you may win at the marina and on the bay.

We will be checking out boats decorated in the marina and making a decision about the most creative, most lights or holiday spirit for the holiday lighting contest. If 10 or more boats on each dock are lit up nightly starting December 8th, awards will be distributed to the top 3 boats and the top group (A dock, B dock or land tenant) on December 9th, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Make us proud and put up those lights to show the rest of America's Cup harbor how much holiday spirit the Sun Harbor Marina community has. (There may be extra lights available to borrow at the SHM office for those needing a little extra twinkle.)

Marina Events - Boating Stories, Bake Off & Parade of Lights
Where: Marina Upper Deck
When: Sunday, Dec. 9th, starting at 5:00 p.m.
As we start our preparations for the holiday season what a great time to Share! Join Sun Harbor Marina Boaters for an evening of boating stories dedicated to the gratitude of having lived through them.

Please bring your adventure (limit to 10 min each) of fun, terror, or just the lazy day of pure bliss.

To make the evening more enjoyable, this is a great time to bring your favorite holiday Sweet or Savory Baked Good to share during the Boating Stories.

As the Stories to Share winds down we will be in a great position on the upper deck to watch the 47th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.

Participants in this year's highly anticipated holiday boat parade will decorate their boats to fit this year's theme – "A Tropical Island Christmas".

If you miss the parade on December 9th, the next one is on December 16th. No Baked goods on the 16th, I still have to get into my Mrs. Claus dress by Christmas.

October Marina Fest 2018 Recap
Our Swap Meet, Vendors Fair, Chili Cook-Off YMCA Fundraiser and Boat Rides were a huge success.

We want to thank this year's chili cook-off judges: Pamela Hof from Pacific Ocean Marine Insurance, Annette Dwyer friend of Sun Harbor and Jerry Newton from Downwind Marine.

And special thanks to:
Seaforth Boat Rentals for providing the free boat rides...

...and the fabulous band “Throwback Thursday” for rocking us out!

And lest we forget the chili cook-off winners:

  • Erin Cunningham – 1st Place
  • Greta Record – 2nd Place
  • Tim McCully – 3rd Place

If you would like to have the award winning "Holiday Bowl Chili" recipe courtesy of Erin Cunningham, click on the Read More button.

Lastly, Save the Date: Oct 12, 2019 for the Next Vendor Fair and Chili Cook of

Clean Marina Minute
Handling Liquid Waste
By Sean Peterson
Dirty oil can be recycled, cleaned and used again. Recycled used motor oil can reduce the threat of its entrance into storm drains and pollution of groundwater and water bodies and/or it being poured onto the ground or tossed into trash receptacles and polluting the soil.

Used Motor oil is a hazardous waste and may never be put in the trash, poured down the drain or dumped on the ground.

You may have heard it before; a single quart of motor oil spilled in the water can create an oil slick two acres in size, killing marine organisms and fouling docks, lines and watercraft.

Proper management/disposal of used oil is essential to keeping marina grounds and waters clean. In addition to the immediate benefits of cleaner soil and water, collection of used oil benefits us by reducing our need for more crude oil.

Oil can be re-refined and used again as oil, lubrication products, or refined and blended into fuel oil.

Below are some useful tips on handling liquid waste here at Sun Harbor Marina.

  • Know where your waste oil collection sites are. Locally Pearsons fuel dock, High Seas fuel dock and Quick & Reily (on Midway) will take used oil and some liquid wastes. Sun Harbor Marina will take used dirty absorbent pads and dispose of them properly, just bring them up to the office in a plastic bag and we will re supply you with fresh, clean absorbent pads.

  • Use local Household Hazardous Waste collection sites for all hazardous waste and provide contact information. City of San Diego Household Hazardous Waste Transfer Facility is located at the entrance of the Miramar landfill located at 5180 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111. Telephone #858-694-7000

  • Use alternative environmentally safe liquid materials when possible such as Simple Green or Booyah Cleaner ( ). -Keep adequate spill response equipment and materials in strategic locations. Sun Harbor has boom and absorbent pads located on the Main dock walk next to the sewage pumps in a plastic storage bin.

  • Don't leave possible contaminates in accident prone areas. E.G. a gallon of oil in the bow of the vessel, a fuel can on the swim step, or on the dock. Store liquid waste both used and new in a plastic container that will catch any spills or leaks.

  • Always check your bilges before pumping out. If you see anything other than fresh water use an absorbent pad to soak up the liquid waste before pumping out into the water.

  • Report spills to both the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center (800).424.8802 and (800) 852-7550 to the Office of Emergency Services immediately.

  • All liquids that are not in their original factory container should be properly labeled to prevent accidents.

  • Keep a record that has all the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for any and all liquid wastes that you have onboard and use on your vessel.

A Farewell Message From Kathy to Everyone at Sun Harbor Marina
Hello boaters, sailors, pirates, vendors, and office tenants. :) For those of you who have not heard the news, I will be leaving our fair waters for other adventures – Monday Dec 31 2018 is my last day here at Sun Harbor Marina.

Since starting here in January of 2005, my voyage here has been exactly like nothing I expected.

David De Rosier, my dentist, suggested that I drop by the Marina. I needed a change from High Tech. It would give me a chance to be at home aboard our sailboat WIKD, walk to work, get to take a normal lunch break and be off at 5 without a care.

Ok I get to walk to work and wear shorts when it is warm out, but the marina quickly became home with all the learning experiences, great friendships and yes long hours.

Many times I have said I should have kept a journal. What were some of the surprises; ok I will keep it short:

  • Getting the call just after hours to see when I would be headed home. "Soon, but how can I help you?, No I don't need help, I need to walk you to your car so you make it home safely. What? This was prior to the remodel being complete and the neighborhood was a bit rough.

  • A changing commute: 45 min drive to a 15 min walk. Yes the tenant who called did not know that I had not driven. I was a little nervous that first walk home.

  • What it means to be a LEED facility and to maintain a LEED facility. It has been a privilege to be part of the solution as the first Marina as a LEED facility in the World. This continues to help us as we all work together to conserve water, electricity and the air quality.

  • Learning why so many people truly do love their boat

  • Learning the nuances of supporting contractors to keep your vessels in good shape

  • More spreadsheets than I care to think of – wait I thought I left high tech.

  • Working closely with other marinas and industry members to insure that Sun Harbor Marina and other marinas throughout CA are designated Clean Marinas. You learn about this in the Clean Marina Article each month. It is critical to keeping boating available for our children and grandchildren and a safe environment for the sea life.

  • Hearing wonderful boating stories from world travelers

  • The amusement of a tiny dog wearing a life jacket with a handle

  • The fun of watching families grow and grow up together on their boat. I am hoping you can all help manifest Kelly and Brandon's new arrival on my birthday in February.

    Tasting more chili recipes than I knew existed

    Making thousands of friends (two- or four-legged) over the thirteen years I have had the joy to be here watching my Sun Harbor Marina family grow and change

My journey is now allowing me to spend time completing the construction of my home, planting a garden (hopefully for me and not the wildlife), traveling, finishing all the UFOs from my room for hobbies and enjoying time with my husband Garrett.

I will miss you all. When my travels bring me back to San Diego, I look forward to catching up with you.

Thank you!
Kathy OBrien, Sun Harbor Marina

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Best Regards,
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team

World Wildlife Conservation Day
Looking for a simple way to support wildlife day year round? Practice "Plus-One Boating". Much like hiking in the wilderness, Bring Back everything you take out, plus one more Piece of litter from someone else's wasteful wake! .

Another benefit to this practice is to improve boating skills. If you see the piece of trash floating as you are sailing or motoring by, us the trash as a "man overboard" drill. You will hone you and your crews skills and help the environment.

Laura's Blog: Pets = Health Benefits
Most pet owners agree that a pet can fill your heart with love. So don't you think it's only fitting that the presence of a pet can help improve the overall health of that organ, too?

An interesting fact from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets.

The findings showed that pet owners have decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels -- all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack down the road. More good news, for those who have already experienced a heart attack, research also indicates that patients with a dog or a cat tend to have better recovery rates. These benefits are thought to be connected with pets' tendency to help reduce or at least control their owners' overall stress levels.

Another powerful benefit is that pets are a great way to beat the blues. They are known to offer unconditional love which we all appreciate, and for those who might be feeling down in the dumps, they can also give their owners a sense of purpose, which can be crucial. Pets also combat feelings of loneliness by providing companionship, which can boost your overall mood and even bring you feelings of joy and happiness. This is particularly apparent among groups -- including the sick and elderly -- who may be on the receiving end of Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet-facilitated Therapy (PFT). Many hospitals and nursing homes use these types of programs on a regular basis.

Dogs know how to get your attention to go outside, and oh they love walks, which is great motivation for exercise. According to studies like those conducted by the Wellness Institute at Northwest Memorial Hospital, as long as you're the one holding the leash, you'll reap the rewards, which can include losing -- or at least maintaining -- weight. Research conducted by the National Institute of Health also supports this claim -- including one study of more than 2,000 adults, which found that dog owners responsible for walking their pups are less likely to be obese than dog owners who pass the duty off to someone else or those who don't own dogs at all. Be sure and thank Fido :o}

Night Shift: Seamanship Skills for Cruising Past Daylight
- Reprinted From
Distant harbors beckon the power cruising boater, but distant harbors take time to reach, which means you may need to use that second set of 12 hours we get each day you know, the ones in the dark.

This article was originally published April 12th, 2016, we've republished it based on its relevance for running your boat at night. We have to have increased situational awareness when running at night to avoid collision.

A large part of being a good night operator is being able to understand and identify the lights of other vessels. Our Boaters University course, Fundamentals of Seamanship: Navigational Rules will help teach you the meanings of different lighting configurations and how to evaluate the risk of collision based on what you see on the water at night.

Learn more about different lighting configurations and the Navigational Rules in our course Fundamentals of Seamanship: Navigational Rules. Sign up today and use the coupon code: PMMBLOG for 20% off!

So how does a cruising couple or small crew safely make a night passage? Let's explore how to prepare your boat and yourselves to undertake this unique nocturnal experience.

Environmentally Friendly Boat Cleaning Tips
- By Marie Stegner
Did you know that the volume of oil pollution entering our waters every year from recreational boating is estimated to be more than 15 times the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill?

This is because about 30 percent of all fuel and oil from boats ends up in the water. Fish, shellfish, sea birds and other forms of aquatic life need a balance of nutrients, oxygen and clean water to survive, and even small quantities of toxic products in the water can disrupt this balance, with lasting harmful effects.

Here are some boat cleaning tips that can help reduce harmful effects:

  • Keep a supply of oil-absorbent rags on board for spill cleanup of oil and fuel. Even small spills of oil can contaminate a large volume of water.

  • Properly dispose of used oil and filters. Facilities are available to handle these elements which are toxic to the marine environment. In the US call 1 800 CLEANUP.

  • Keep used solvents separate from used oil. Never mix wastes, or pour hazardous wastes down drains, on the ground or into surface waters.

  • A good coat of wax on a fiberglass hull prevents surface dirt from becoming ingrained This will reduce the need for detergents when washing the boat.

  • When washing your boat, limit dock side hull cleaning to the above water surface area only, from the boat stripe up. Use a sponge to remove growth without creating clouds of heavy metals caused by scrubbing. Rinse boat with fresh water.

  • Use non-toxic cleaners. Many cleaning products contain phosphates and other chemicals that are toxic to aquatic ecosystems. Before using products with hazardous warning labels, try natural cleaners like vinegar.

Natural Boat Cleaning Recipes:

  • For fiberglass stains, make a paste of baking soda and water. Use a sponge or soft cloth and gently rub the mix into the stain. Also use paste to clean showers and heads. Use lemon or lime juice as a final wipe-down for a shiny, fresh-smelling finish.

  • For windows and mirrors, mix vinegar, lemon juice and warm water. Fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spray it on your windows and wipe with paper towels or newspapers.

  • To clean chrome, use apple cider vinegar on a soft cotton cloth. Use a fresh cloth with a dab of baby oil to restore it to a bright shine.

  • For brass, use a mix of Worcestshire sauce, vinegar and salt solution.

  • To clean copper fittings, make a paste of either lemon or lime juice and salt.

  • For stainless steel, clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar.

  • To clean aluminum, use a soft cloth and a solution of cream of tartar and water.

  • For plastic surfaces, use a mixture of one part white vinegar and two parts warm water.

  • On decks, use a mixture of one part white vinegar and eight parts warm water.

  • Interior wood can be cleaned by using olive oil or almond oil. The oil will provide natural moisturizers for the wood and add shine at the same time. Don't use these oils on exterior surfaces, they won't hold up in direct sun.

Marie Stegner is a Consumer Health Advocate and a nationally recognized healthy living and green cleaning expert.

Recognizing Navigation Lights & Shapes - A Must for Every Skipper
Anyone who is responsible for a vessel at sea, from the smallest dinghy to an ocean going supertanker, day or night, must be able to recognize other vessels and quickly interpret what they see around them.

This is not always easy, especially in crowded coastal waters.

Part of that responsibility is to be familiar with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs).

To test your knowledge of navigation lights and shapes, has created a free quiz you can take.

the quiz is designed to help all recreational and professional seafarers learn how to identify the vessels in their vicinity and the activities they are engaged in.

For iPhone users, the company has also created a nav-lights-shapes-for-boating-and-sailing App to look up lights and shapes while underway.

Mark's "Fish n' Tips" - Fishing For Tuna at Night
- By Captain Mark Moffat
Nothing adds a little more excitement into fishing than fishing at night. In this article, I focus on fishing specifically for tuna at night.

Tuna swim from between 20-40 fathoms and are attracted to light at night. Think about the light as an artificial kelp paddy. The light will bring in life such as Plankton, Squid, Flying Fish, and other life.

This ecosystem that builds under the boat eventually attracts game fish.

When using live bait it is a good idea to put weight on. The hooked bait will be attracted to the light coming from the boat just as the small bait fish I mentioned. When this happens it could cause the bait to end up in the propeller(s) and/or rudder.

By adding weight, this will keep the hooked bait away from the boat.

The other benefit to using a weight is that it will allow the angler to fish the columns of water. Drop the hooked bait down about the 20 fathom mark and hold it. After about 30 seconds, drop another 15 to 20 feet. The purpose of dropping it and holding it for so many seconds is to fish the water columns.

After so many minutes change the hooked bait.

For artificial lures, fish the heavy type lures in this application. Light weight lures are for fishing the surface. When choosing the lure, glow-in-the-dark are good choice. Fishing heavier lines is appropriate as well.

Drop the lure down under a light and pay close attention to what might feel like you hit bottom. Quite frequently fish will take the lure on the way down. If this happens immediately put the reel in gear and start turning the handle of the reel.

Mark Moffat is a fire-fighter by trade, a member of the San Diego Yacht Club and is a life-long fisherman by avocation. He started working the half-day boats as a pinhead at age 10; migrating to the full day Albacore boats at age 14.

Today , Mark is the Charter Master of an annual two week long range trip on the Red Rooster 3. Click Here to learn more about the Red Rooster 3 and Mark's annual trip.

New App Makes It Easy To Fish Legally
The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation has announced the release of FishLegal, a new California fishing App!

This handy new App identifies California's Marine Protected Areas and fishing regulations, and also provides species identification capabilities.

The App is completely offline capable, and includes Maps of California Marine Protected Areas. Its GPS location capability allows accurate positioning so you will know your exact location, where to fish legally, and where to avoid!

Marine Protected Area maps and regulations are free and include all State Marine Reserve (SMR), State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA), State Marine Park (SMP), Special Closure (SC), and even the Cowcod Conservation Area.

To download the App, visit the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation's website.

What's In Your Boat's Fresh Water Tank?
As usual, the answer is "it depends". Another common answer is, "you really don't want to know".

Most boaters just don't drink the water on board from the tap unless they live aboard full time.

That's because living aboard causes the water to get used and refreshed a lot more often. But casual boaters probably shouldn't drink water from the fresh water tank or use it to brush their teeth.

For other uses, if it's been a while since you treated your boat's fresh water tank for contamination, here's a step by step process to do the job:

  1. Shock the system. In a 20 gallon tank, fill the tank approximately until there is water just covering most of the bottom.

  2. Add in a half cup to a cup of straight bleach.

  3. Fill the water tank until it is 3/4 full or so.

  4. If your faucets come with filters in them, remove these filters so any large sediment that gets through the water pump filter will be expelled from the system.

  5. Turn the water pump on and run the backwater mixture through the lines until the faucets begin to smell of bleach or long enough to feel comfortable that the mixture has gotten all the way to the faucets.

  6. Leave the mixture in the system for 4-6 hours.

  7. Open all of the faucets once again and run the faucets until the tank is empty.

  8. Refill the tank to the top 2-3 times and pump it completely dry each time. This will cycle fresh water through the system to get the bleach through. Reattach your faucet filters.

  9. Use it frequently to avoid having to shock the system again.

Last but not least if you have the suspicion that you need to get inside your fresh water tank and do some internal scrubbing, here's a link to a video showing how one couple attacked that task and what they discovered inside.

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