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Bay Club Marina
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A Note From Your Dockmaster
Greeting Mariners - Here is the April 2018 issue of Bay Club marine newsletter. After a chillier than normal Southern California March, the April sunshine is a welcome change.

FREE Coast Guard Vessel Inspections!
It's that time of year again. Every year the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary kindly volunteers their time to come to the Bay Club for an afternoon to provide free vessel safety inspections. They can go through your vessel and let you know if you are in compliance or not. They are here to help you pass a vessel safety check and will give you the proper tools to do so, they are not here to give violations only to help. If you would like to participate, there will be a sign-up sheet on the window in the breezeway outside the Marina office. The times are from 10:00 am until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14th.

Wildlife Problems
Feeding any wildlife is strictly prohibited. This includes all birds and ducks as well. Not only is it extremely bad for their primitive and delicate digestive systems it attracts more birds to the marina and they in turn leave bird droppings all over the vessels and docks. This is also the reason we do not allow cleaning fish at the Bay Club. Please do not drop your waste/bait in the water anywhere within the marina and make preparations to clean your fish offsite or at home. Also, DO NOT approach sea lions no matter how docile or friendly they may seem. They are wild animals and can prove to be as such if startled or scared. Sea World rescue operations asked for me to reiterate to marina tenants that you should never feed or approach wildlife (sea lions, birds, etc.) This can prove to be detrimental to their health and well being. It is listed in our marina rules as well and is a violation of Wharfage terms. If you see an injured animal, contact Sea World or the marina office and we will contact the appropriate rescue team. We appreciate your cooperation in these matters.

Pool Privileges
Please be aware that summer is almost upon us and the hotel will be strictly enforcing pool and parking policies. If you or your guests plan on using the pool, you must make sure that someone has a gate key with them at all times to show you are in the marina. Marina tenants should bring their own towels as the poolside towels are for hotel guests. Please do not remove pool towels from the pool area so that we can always have pool privileges for marina tenants. These towels are not to be taken to the marina restrooms.

Parking Privileges
Parking will be at a minimum, especially as concert season starts and we get numerous guests in the restaurant prior to the concerts. If you are two liveaboards, please use the tandem parking spots in the back of the garage. Also, have all guests park off property either on the street or in the parking lot across from Silvergate Yacht Club if they are staying overnight. Thank you for your continued cooperation!

April Humphrey's Concerts
Can you believe the concert season is already here?? Yet again, Humphreys has a fantastic lineup for 2018. The first concert starts April 10th! Here is a link to the lineup so far this year

Concert Guidelines
Most of you marina veterans know the rules for the Humphreys concerts but we have some new tenants that will be enjoying their first concert season! In order to ensure fun and safety for everyone, it is imperative that you abide by the following rules during the Humphreys concerts:

  • When you arrive, please make sure that your marina issued parking placard is displayed on your rearview mirror at all times to avoid being towed. Parking will be heavily monitored during concerts. There is only one vehicle per slip allowed in the parking garage so you may want to carpool. Please instruct any of your guests to park either on Shelter Island Drive or across the street from Silver Gate Yacht Club in the public parking area. There will be no exceptions as the parking garage will be completely full with hotel and restaurant guests.

  • All guests must be accompanied by a boat owner or marina tenant to enter the docks. No exceptions. This is for safety and insurance purposes.

  • No one is to prop the gate open. The gate must remain closed at all times to prevent unauthorized persons from entering the docks. This will protect the marina and all marina tenants from theft, damage, and liability.

  • Do not give anyone access to the docks or restrooms who you do not personally know. If you have a hard time denying someone access, blame it on the marina and inform them you could lose your dock privileges if you let someone in you don’t know. We have installed a camera focused on the gate.

  • Please keep the docks and fingers clear at all times. Other than the two party docks, there should be no tables and chairs set up on the docks. THE PARTY DOCKS MAY NOT BE RESERVED. THEY ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS FOR ALL TENANTS TO ENJOY.

  • Please remember that all children 12 years of age and younger should wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while aboard any vessel. It is a good idea to make sure there are enough PFD's onboard to accommodate all guests. This is a requirement if you are underway but also a good precautionary measure while in your slip.

  • Please observe quiet hours after the concerts are over. There are liveaboards in the marina that will not appreciate an all night party.

  • Please alert security or the hotel front desk at 619-224-8888 immediately if you see any suspicious behavior of unknown persons.

  • Please enjoy yourself and drink alcohol responsibly. Do not drive home if you are impaired. The front desk of the hotel will be happy to call you a cab or get you a room at our marina tenant rate if it is available.

If you have any questions, please contact the marina office at 619-222-0314. Happy concert season and thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Marina Tenant February Hotel Offer
For the month of April we're offering marina tenants a discounted rate in the hotel of $139/night Sun-Thurs and $149 Sat/Sun based on availability. There may be some blackout dates so call the front desk to check availability of these rates at 619-224-8888.


Director of Marina & Food and Beverage Operations

Let the Boating Season Begin
While you're out for a weekend bay cruise this month you may notice all the yacht clubs dawning their best colors. It's Opening Day!!!

This is an important day to members of these clubs. You'll hear military bands, cannon fire, champagne corks popping all the while flying old glory and hundreds of nautical pennants. If you're up for some fun hop in your dinghy and motor around the club's fairways. Don't be surprised if you get invited in for a tour and a bit of fun.

Coronado Yacht Club
Opening Day: May 27th   9:00am

Coronado Cays Yacht Club
Opening Day: May 5th  9:00am

Mission Bay Yacht Club
Opening Day: April 25th

Oceanside Yacht Club
Opening Day: April 8th 3:00pm

Point Loma Yacht Club
Opening Day: April 8th 10:00am

San Diego Yacht Club
Opening Day: April 22nd 10:00am

Santa Margarita Yacht Club
Opening Day: April 8th 10:00am

Silver Gate Yacht Club
Opening Day: April 22nd 10:00am

Southwestern Yacht Club
Opening Day: April 22nd 2:00pm


Mark's Fish n' Tips - How to Keep Your Fishing Reels in Top Condition
- By Mark Moffat
A fishing reel has a number of moving parts, so this article will go over the basic upkeep of the reel.

Before your fishing trip, make sure your reel is in great working condition. This means that things that move should move smoothly.

Pick up your reel and inspect it. Look for corrosion/salt build-up, and make sure the screws are not loose. If there is corrosion, spray Corrosion X on the area and let the lubrication work to dissolve the salt. Then make sure all the screws are tight with a screwdriver.

Next, operate the reel by turning the handle and putting the reel in freespool. Freespool is taking the reel out-of-gear so there is no drag pressure on the spool. Spin the spool and it should turn smoothly. If they do not run smooth, they either need to be lubricated or replaced. If you can do this, great, if not, your local service department should be able to.

After checking the freespool, proceed on to the drag pressure. Tighten the star part on the right side of the reel and with the reel in gear grab the line and pull. This should have resistance (or drag), and when pulling the line off the spool it should be smooth. If there is any jerk in the reel that means the drags probably need replacing.

Once these functions have been completed, take Salt X and spray down your reel. Allow it to dry then wipe off the residual. This will keep a film on the reel to give it some protection in the marine environment.

After fishing, rinse it off with freshwater. Either use a spray bottle or use mister that attaches to a garden hose. Rinse off the exterior of the reel, the least amount of water inside the reel the better. Grease and oil should be the only material applied inside.

After the reel has been rinsed, spray Salt X solution on the reel and let dry; Wipe off the residual. Lightly apply Corrosion X to the moving parts and stow.

Follow these steps and your reel will be less in the shop and more on a fish.

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.

Gazing at Stars (and the Sun) Gets More Complicated
- By Captain H. R. "Rags" Laragione
Many mariners attend a Celestial Navigation course in order to get an "Oceans Endorsement" on their Captain's License that qualifies them to operate anywhere on the open seas.

In these courses, the theory and mechanics of noon sun shots and star fixes are taught, but until recently, it was not a requirement to actually go out in the noonday sun or in the cold cold night and actually do the shoots.

Well, no more. The National Maritime Center (NMC) has recently established new requirements to do just that, or you may have your Captain's License limited to the 200 mile limit.

Delivered by highly qualified Instructors, the two week course covers all required types of celestial navigation calculations for mates and masters and satisfies the Celestial Navigation Training & Assessment Requirement of STCW A-II/1.

The new NMC requirements are meant to ensure that if all of our modern day electronics should fail in the middle of the ocean, we will actually be able use the skills we were taught to find out where we are.

Captain Laragione is the President of The Maritime Institute which offers USCG approved courses for mariners. Curriculum ranges from the maritime rules of the road to the 1600 Ton Captain's License. Captain Laragione is well known for his motto - "The key to safe boating is education; so let's get educated!"

Boats and the Gig Economy*
- By Kells Christian

The recreational marine industry is a subset of larger industries. We are a small part of manufacturing, banking, insurance, and yes the gig economy.

As with most of these industries, the boating industry's slice of the pie is small, but to those involved it is significant. Some of us love the progress and convenience that comes along with these new ideas and apps; some are firmly against these new types of business arrangements, and many just don't want it in their marina.

The boat based temporary rental market mirrors land based Airbnb and VRBO markets. Both continue to pose challenges to governments, frustrate neighbors and provide opportunities and access to many.

As it is on land, some are firmly against renting a boat as a place to sleep while many are reaping the financial rewards of just such usage. And as it goes on land, there are questions of legality, interpretations of regulations vary depending on which expert you ask, and the relative ease of finding short term rentals online. The most common interpretation of a legal "boatel" requires the boat to be unable to operate away from the dock, but it takes very little searching to find other opinions.

Short term boat rentals are not just for sleeping and remaining in the slip. One app, Getmyboat.com, lets you rent a wide selection of boats for short periods of time, and use them as boats, underway. This is the closest app that I have found to Uber, Lyft or Turo on the water. You can even get an insurance policy for the few hours of your rental.

Of course there are "legitimate" short term boat rentals, including Boat and Breakfasts, boat rentals, yacht charters and passenger vessels, available for the less daring or technically sophisticated. These companies provide instruction, support, varieties of boats and convenience, albeit at a higher price. All are gateways to enjoying the water onboard and all contribute to the recreational marine economy.

Social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, is also aboard. I work with boat brokers who are prolific video posters. There are tonnes (maritime allusion) of boating blogs. The information available online regarding "how to" do something on a boat is readily available. Like land based topics, our challenge is to sort through the BS and find the expert advice. The sorting often takes longer than replacing the water pump's impeller, once the right video is found.

Next up, following the theme of technological advancement: self-driving boats.

*Note: A gig economy is an environment in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. The trend toward a gig economy has begun. A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors.

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.

Special Dates in April
April 1st April Fools Day

APRIL 15th Day at the Docks

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Fishing Seminars
  • Kids Fishing Adventure
  • Catch, Prep & Cook Center
  • Casting Contests
  • Izorline Knot Tying Competition
  • Fishing Videos
  • Boat Rides Around The Bay
  • Gourmet Galley
  • Hot Tackle
  • Boats
  • Marine Art
  • Open House On Boats In The Fleet
  • Entertainment All Day On Stage

April 18th Amateur Radio Day - A great network supporting cruising boaters

April 21st International Astronomy Day -

April 28th - 29th Little Italy Art Walk

17 blocks of an arts and culture event featuring over 350 local, national and international emerging and established artists at the free two-day festival.

Is There "Life" in Your Inflatable Life Jacket?
- By Bob Simons
Since being made legal just a few years ago, the inflatable life jacket has really proven to be very popular, but there are some things you should check every time before you put one on.

The "automatic" and the "manual" inflators they come with both have the little rip cord that can activate the jacket. The problem is though that sometimes these have already been activated by curious kids or pranksters and then put back in the folds of the life jacket.

So everything looks normal except the little green tab is gone, and the CO2 canister has been punctured rendering it useless.

This is very easy to see if you're checking each time you wear one, but you actually must visually check it to be sure.

While doing Vessel Safety Checks, I'm frequently asked which type of life jacket is better, auto inflate or manual inflate.

My response, while not official, is that manual inflatables are usually recommended for powerboats, and auto inflators are recommended for sailboats.

Why do I say that? A person generally falls off a powerboat and is conscious when hitting the water; whereas if a person is knocked off a sailboat he or she may be dazed or unconscious when hitting the water.

This is a vast oversimplification but the best policy of course is to wear a life jacket all the time.

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


Christian Marine Surveyors

Gentlemen (and Ladies) Start Your Engines!
By Commodore Vincent T. Pica, II
Back in the Fall a lot of boaters buttoned up their boats for the winter, but now that the good weather is returning, the call of the water is beckoning.

But, BEFORE you start your engines, be sure to ready your boat!

Getting Started: As with any project, starting at the beginning is the best place to start, and for "commissioning", i.e., getting your boat ready for service, the beginning is the front of the boat.

For those of you that trailer your boats, the front of the boat is actually the trailer. Who wants to go flying down the highway and see their boat doing somersaults along the side of the road?

How do you prevent that!? Well, start with the strap that comes out of the winch. Connected to the bow eye, it is the first line of defense. Pay out a few feet and make sure that there aren't any frayed or torn segments. If there are, you will need to cut out that entire segment and re-attach the strap. If you aren't sure how, and you need to be since this strap IS the first line of defense, get help from a competent mechanic or dock master.

While you're at it, why not spray the winch and all the moving parts with some penetrating oil. Pay out the entire strap if need be and re-coil it up so that you are sure you get a good covering of the moving parts with penetrating oil. Take a walk around the boat and be sure the binding straps are all equally in good shape. If not, replace them.

As to the boat itself now, open the anchor locker and flake out the anchor rode (the line and chain attaching the anchor to the "eye" in the bottom of your anchor locker/your boat) and lay the anchor "on the hard." Again, check the shackles for excessive wear as well as the rode itself. Replace or repair, as needed. No sense having the boat float away one day because the anchor rode wore through or a shackle pin gave out.

Be sure that the navigation lights (red and green) are working. If not, take the bulb with you to the marine hardware store and replace it –plus spares. The gas is more expensive than a few extra bulbs!

Your storage area(s) might be forward so open them up and ensure that PFDs, tools, etc, etc, etc are all in good condition. Check that there is no standing water in the compartment. If so, the "limber holes" are clogged and the water can't get to the bilge to be pumped overboard. Every ounce of weight that wasn't on the boat when the boat was manufactured changes its centers of buoyancy and gravity. In heavy seas, that just might matter a whole lot.

Next are the cockpit and the electronics. Disconnect them, spray them with some "white grease", reconnect and test the gear. If a connector is corroded, replace it. This all will keep salt in the air from penetrating your electronics.

If you haven't checked the PFDs yet, do it now. Check your whistle, your horn, your flares or SOS devices, and all safety equipment. Don't forget your fire extinguisher(s). If it isn't "in the green", chuck it. Also, gently shake it side to side, head over end. If you hear a "thunk", the dry chemical has solidified. It is now a good door stopper but not good for much else. You should hear a low "shhh" sound as the suppressant moves back and forth.

Check the fuel tank. Is the "sender wire" (wire that runs from the top of the tank (usually) to the fuel gauge) in good condition? How about the filter? And check the fuel lines too. Weak or cracked hoses must be replaced, along with rusted hose clamps. Stainless steel.

How are the battery and the clamps that attach to the posts? Just like a car, all this has to be in good condition.

The engine is the most obvious component to ready for service. Change the oil – all the oil – including the oil down in the foot of the engine. You'll need a large straight-slot screw driver for the two screws (high and low) that have to be backed out, a bucket and a quart of oil. Find all the grease fittings and gently pump new grease in until it comes out somewhere else. Don't forget the steering cable fitting. Be sure that the oil dip-stick is properly seated.

If you do have trailer, check the tires and the lube the bearings. As with the engine grease, pump it in gently. Who wants to push out a seal?

Reset the spark plug(s) in the engine before you put the cover back on – unless you are going to work on the prop. Some old models might start up when you turn the prop –and that will definitely ruin your Saturday. Once ready to start the boat, be sure it is in water! You need the coolant! It will smoke at first from the fogging oil you laid in the Fall but that will quickly pass.

OK, there are surely more things to do but you are well on your way to heading out to the high seas – or at least in our bays and creeks.

BTW, if you are interested in being part of USCG Forces, email me at JoinUSCGAux@aol.com 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.


A Handy Marine VHF Radio Channel Guide
There's always a chance that when you're cruising out there you might need to know more about which VHF radio channel is for what - other than the one you hail your friends on and Channel 16.

If you don't already have a channel guide, here's a link to the U.S. Coast Guard VHF Channel Guide that you can print out to keep handy by your marine radio.

It's very interesting, and it demystifies the marine radio channel protocol in a simplified manner.

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