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Coming Next - Self Driving Boats?
- By Kells Christian
Autopilots have been around forever, but autonomous vessel operation is being developed using technological advancements, and some of the same systems used for self driving cars. Self driving boats are much easier most of the time; the ocean is big and has less traffic.

I recently drove a car with some autonomous features and while it added a component of safety, like mandating a safe distance between my car and the next car forward, I also noticed how easy it was to rely on that feature and let my guard down.

There are large scale self driving vessel projects underway. Japan, Norway and Holland have autonomous vessel testing underway. The recent series of ship vs. ship accidents have been mostly attributed to human errors and many feel the outdated control technology can be improved upon. There is a company selling sailing drones for ocean research ( These vessels are controlled from remote control rooms and by computer programs (think Olympic drones.)

On several occasions the undersigned has surveyed a multihull sailboat that was converted to a fixed wing sailing drone for the military and later sold to the private sector. One of our jobs arose from this high powered vessel damaging its dock when the computers were removed for service and a large wind created extreme forces and ripped the dock loose. Usually the computers would orient the fixed wing sails to prevent such a problem.

In the recreational vessel realm, there are pod drives and conventionally powered vessels with "drive by wire" controls. For those unfamiliar with pods, both Volvo and Cummins offer drive systems that don't include a rudder and all controls are electronic, no mechanical linkage and no hydraulics.

The pods are transmissions protruding from the bottom of the boat which spin and thrust independently at the direction of the computer. The operator simply tells the boat where to go with either a joystick or "faux" conventional controls (steering wheel and levers) and the drive system computer decides what the pods need to do to make the boat go there.

We can all parallel park one of these boats.

This same control concept is in use on other drive systems, including inboard and outboard engines. The evolution of electronic control systems facilitates automation. I have spun boats in circles while moving in a straight line down the bay. There are dynamic positioning systems that can keep the boat in one location without an anchor. A now common test during sea trials is to push a button and watch the boat's computer control the propulsion gear to counter the wind and current; the boat remains in one location and orientation.

Here are some links to see more interesting reading on the topic. (World Maritime News Japan); (World Maritime News Norway); (Fairplay Commerce Holland).

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.

Don't Miss San Diego's Famous
"Gator by the Bay"!
It's that time of year again! San Diego's fabulously fun "Gator by the Bay" kicks off on Thursday, May 10th and runs through Sunday, May 13th.

Billed as a "Music, Louisiana Food & Crawfish Festival", Gator by the Bay features seven stages of non-stop music featuring blues, zydeco, rockabilly, swing, salsa, and New Orleans jazz that is sure get your toes tapping while enjoying some delicious Creole & Cajun food including 10,000 pounds of live crawfish straight from Louisiana!

Fun for the whole family, other features of the festival include cooking demos by Southern chefs and free dance lessons by some of the finest instructors in the country!

Gator by the Bay happens on San Diego's Spanish Landing on the waterfront just opposite the San Diego airport.

To see the live music performance schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the Gator by the Bay website.

Kids 17 and under admitted Free.

Anchoring Overnight? - Remember, You Need to Get Permission
One of the joys of owning a boat when the weather gets warmer is to anchor out overnight by yourself or with other boaters in your favorite anchorage.

Just remember in San Diego Bay, you'll need to get a permit from the Harbor Police to do that.

You can apply for permits at the Harbor Police's Shelter Island Mooring Office, which is located at the very end of the Southwest leg of Shelter Island, next to the Customs Dock. (1401 Shelter Island Drive). Their phone number is 619-686-6227.

There are limits to the number of days/hours you can stay, as well as limits on the total number of boats they allow at each anchorage. Holiday weekends are at a premium as you might guess, and the anchorages on those weekends are always full.

Here's the inside scoop - They don't take reservations more than 30 days in advance, so for holiday weekends, the smart thing to do is to show up in person at the window on Shelter Island the first thing in the morning exactly 30 days in advance. Make sure you have all the statistics about all of the proposed boats in the raft-up.

You can call or fax reservation requests, but if it's a holiday weekend you're interested in, the reality is that the people who are on the spot standing in line when the window opens are likely to fill up the quota before other requests are looked at.

Give them a call to ask for advice and for their flyer listing the available anchorages and other restrictions - our experience is that they're very friendly at the Mooring Office, and they bend over backwards to do what they can to accommodate you.

On Mission Bay, you can anchor overnight at Mariner's Point without a permit. This is dead ahead on your left after you enter Mission Bay through the jetty. There are no bridges between the ocean and Mariner's Point, but power boaters and sailboaters alike should be aware of bridge heights if you are wanted to go further into Mission Bay.

What to Do If Your Inflatable Dinghy Is Losing Air
If your dinghy is losing air pressure, the best tool to find the leaks is light soapy water in a bucket and spray bottle.

Start by checking the valves first - the number one cause of slow leaks is due to poorly fitted valves. Spray around the valve, and if you see bubbles forming, unscrew the valve and clean the area. Check the valve fitting and base and be sure the valve insert is screwed on tight.

You can apply glue from the repair kit to seal small leaks around the valve or holes where the nylon string enters the valve assembly. Make sure the little rubber O-rings are still good. If that doesn't fix the problem, it's time to get a new valve.

Next, take the floor boards out and fully inflate the boat until it's hard to the touch. Put some liquid detergent in a bucket of water and scrub it all over the boat with rag or big wash brush. Watch for elusive or tiny bubbles to find the leaks.

Inflatable boats come with a repair kit as standard equipment, but if you don't have the original kit, be sure to check with the manufacturer to find out what material your inflatable is made of. The wrong kit could be a very bad thing.

It is recommended to do repairs in dry weather. Humidity will decrease glue bond. Cut a piece of repair material large enough to overlap the damaged area by approximately 1" and round off the edges.

Apply glue to the underside of the patch and around the area to be repaired. Too much glue may interfere with a proper repair. Allow adhesive to become tacky for 5 minutes, and then place patch on the damaged area.

Use a weight to apply 3-5 lbs. of pressure over the patch for 24 hours. After the patch has dried, apply glue around the edges for a complete seal - let dry for six hours.


Things to Remember About Cold Water Boating
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
Summer is not far away and I like boating on a warm day early in the season as much as the next mariner, but the thing to remember is that warm weather and cold water can lull people into complacency about the potential risks of this combination should you happen to end up overboard.

Remember that water takes heat from your body 25 times faster than air of the same temperature. You can impress this on your young boaters – and yourself – quite easily. Lay out a glass of water before you turn in one night. It will be room temperature by the morning. Now take two ice cubes from the freezer. Put one on a dry napkin next to the room-temperature glass on water. Drop the second ice cube into the glass. Now, in theory, they are both exposed to the same temperature – room temperature.

But when the ice cube on the napkin starts to show a damp line around itself, the ice cube in the glass will have already melted away. This is why hypothermia is so insidious and dangerous.

Are there prudent precautions? Yes! OK, it is a beautiful day in May and you're just dying to tool out for awhile. And why not? – How great is it when the waters are too cold for the algae and other microscopic sea life so can you can see all the way to the sandy bottom? Great indeed but don't make way without a few simple but important precautions.

Step #1 - Has your engine been prepped from its long winter snooze? Are you fueled up? Is there some fuel enhancer thrown in? Certainly, there is likely to be some condensation in the tank and that water will precipitate down to the bottom of the tank and some might get sucked up into the engine. So, engine prepped, fuel tank full and fuel enhancer thrown in –or no-go!

Step #2 - Did you file a float plan with somebody? Do it –or no-go. If you do end up in trouble, getting the "rescue clock" started ASAP is imperative. The environment is inherently more dangerous when the water is cold.

Step #3 - If you don't have cold-water life jacket gear, you're playing Russian Roulette with your own life. When we put to sea, if the water temperature is 60-degrees F or less, USCG regulations require us to be in "mustang" suits – which aren't as encompassing as a dry suit but certainly offers us significant protection in the event of an immersion.

Admittedly, when the air is warm, those "mustangs" are like Turkish steam baths but we're safe. At the very least, a float coat provides warmth and at the same time doubles as a life jacket that will float a person. Just acknowledge that it isn't as safe as a "mustang".

Be sure that your flotation gear has a whistle and an emergency strobe light attached. If you've invested in a Personal Locator Beacon, great. And a reflector mirror would be superb. You can signal over 20 miles with one smaller than the size of your fist. Airline pilots are trained to call in sightings of targeted reflections.

Step #4 - Review cold water survival techniques and risks with your crew.

1. If you fall in, get out. Even if you have to climb onto the hull of the over-turned boat, get out. Remember the ice cube experiment.

2. Limit your movements! Strenuous activity increases your heart rate, which increases the rate that blood, cooled at the surface of your body, is circulated to the central core – where it will kill you. Assume a heat-emitting lessening position – in the water or out (HELP.) Cross your legs to protect your groin area from giving up heat. Put your arms across your chest and your hands under your arm pits to do the same thing.

3. If you're a 200-lb man, here is a rough guideline of your survival time: Temperature of water: expected survival time:

  • 70 -– 80° F - 3 hours –to indefinitely
  • 60 - –70° F - 2 to –40 hours
  • 50 –- 60° F - 1– to 6 hours
  • 40 -– 50° F - 1– to 3 hours
  • 32.5 –- 40° F - 30– to 90 minutes
  • Less than 32° - Under 15 to –45 minutes

If you're smaller, less time. If you're larger, more time. If you have a good meal before you make way. It will help warm your body from the inside as the fires of digestion do their work.

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 Note From Your Dockmaster
Greetings Bay Club Mariners - Here is your May 2018 Marina eNewsletter!

In this month's issue, we consider the arrival of the summer boating season, and offer some tips for safe boating and for getting both your boat and your dinghy ready for the season.

If you haven't done it for a while, be sure to call your local Coast Guard Auxiliary and ask them to schedule you a free vessel inspection to make sure your boat is ready to go.

We round out the warm weather topic with a reminder of the potential hazards of cold water boating, some instructions for fixing your inflatable dinghy if it's losing air, and what to do if you plan to anchor overnight in your favorite anchorage.

Christian Marine Surveyors

Mother's Day Champagne Brunch at the Quarterdeck, Sunday, May 13th!
Bring Mom and join us for a Mother's Day all you can eat feast on Sunday, May 13th at the Quarterdeck. Brunch will be served from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm (last seating at 2:00 pm and breakfast will finish at 9:00 am that morning to allow prep time). Prices are $43.99 that includes bottomless champagne, coffee and tea (other beverages are extra), $15.99 for children 4-12 years and includes milk, soft drinks or juice. 3 and under are free. We are accepting the marina food discount of 20% for this brunch! Tax and an 18% gratuity will be added to your bill. Here is a sneak peek at the menu:

Breakfast Items:

  • Eggs Benedict
  • Rosemary Breakfast Potatoes
  • Waffles with strawberries and cream
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Sausage and Bacon
  • Assorted Muffins and Danishes

Soup and Salads:

  • Shrimp Bisque
  • Italian Toscana Soup
  • Quarterdeck House Salad
  • 3 Bean Salad, Tortellini Salad and Caesar Salad


  • Chilled Salmon with Dill Sauce
  • Peel & Eat Shrimp
  • Crab Cakes
  • Chicken Enchiladas
  • Wild Rice
  • Broccoli/Carrot/Zucchini Medley
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes


  • Carving Station with Turkey and Prime Rib, Brown Sugar and Pineapple Ham
  • Baked Sea Bass
  • Chicken Breast with Artichokes
  • Shrimp and Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese
  • Pasta Primavera
  • Beef Stroganoff


  • Vanilla Jasmine Cupcakes with Raspberry butter cream,
  • Carrot Cake,
  • Chocolate Cheesecake

Make your reservations now to get an appealing dining time by calling 619-224-8888.

No Pool Towels to Leave the Pool Area!!!
We are finding more and more pool towels in the marina restrooms. These towels are provided for hotel guest use only. It is stated on page 17 in the Marina Rules and Regulations that tenants are not allowed to use these towels and should bring their own towels from their boats to the showers and pool. We keep running out of pool towels for hotel guests and as you can imagine it is causing much trouble. Summer is upon us and it is of the utmost importance that tenants follow this rule strictly. It is technically a violation of your Wharfage Agreement as it is listed in the Rules as an Amendment to your lease. Please don't jeopardize your slip at the Bay Club over simple towel use! It’'s not worth it!

Cinco de Mayo!!! This Saturday, May 5th at the Quarterdeck
It will be a $2 Off EXPLOSION at the Quarterdeck!!
$2 Off ALL DAY of the following:

  • All Fish tacos
  • All Mexican beer
  • All Margaritas
  • All Tequila shots

We are also going to feature a chicken fajita plate with rice and beans for $11.95! Come on down and celebrate with us!

Humphrey's Concert Info and Rules
The first concerts of the season have commenced! There are quite a few great concerts this year. Please help us keep watch during the concerts if you are at the marina by reporting any vessels that don't belong to the marina. Concert goers will try to tie up "illegally" to the main walkway or other boats at the Bay Club to watch the concerts. Please notify the front desk if you see anything out of the ordinary. You can see the full concert schedule heat this link.

Summer Parking
Summer is almost here and we will once again be doing a parking placard audit to make sure that everyone has only one parking placard per slip (except for those liveaboards who pay a 2nd liveaboard fee and we ask those liveaboards to only use the tandem spots during the summer season). If you have more than one parking placard and you are not a liveaboard, we will ask you to turn the other placard back in to the marina office and we will remove it from the security list.

Please try to understand our parking situation. We are happy to provide the only underground parking on Shelter Island for hotel and marina guests, but for obvious land restrictions, there is very limited parking. Please know that as a marina tenant you are always assured one spot in our garage or up top when you come. (Unless of course you leave on 4th of July weekend and try to come back). Advise guests to park across the street from Silver Gate Yacht or on the street if they are here for the day. Thanks again for understanding!

Dock Rules & Regulations to Be Enforced
One of the reasons we have the very best sought after marina is because almost all of the tenants follow these important rules. Just a reminder:

  • Nothing can be stored on the docks other than the approved dock steps. Let's keep our docks free and clear of clutter.

  • No wooden or metal dock steps are allowed. Only the approved lightweight, removable, non-affixed, non-secured docks steps are allowed. The white plastic ones are always a good choice.

  • Please do not wrap your excess power cord or hoses around the power pedestals. You should coil up the excess cord and keep it onboard your vessel.

  • ABSOLUTELY no major work will be allowed at the marina. Please remember that this is a recreational at facility, not a boat yard. You may wash your boat, perform underwater hull cleaning, perform maintenance inside the boat as long as chemicals, parts, and tools are not on the dock, and perform very light sanding with a vacuum attachment only. No hull painting or major work will be allowed. Should you require major work, please schedule with a local boatyard.

  • No bike riding, scooter or skateboarding is allowed on the docks or Bay Club hotel property. Kindly walk your bike to your boat to ensure safety for all tenants. Bikes cannot be left on the docks. They must be stored on your boat or we have a secure bike locker available for $25/month. Any bikes in the storage locker that are not registered with the marina office will be removed and disposed of.

  • Slip rent is due on the 1st of each month whether you receive a courtesy emailed statement or not. (just like renting an apartment).

  • A 10% late fee of total berth will be assessed on the 10th of each month. If you are 30 days late your lease will be automatically terminated per Wharfage Agreement #16 and you will be required to remove your vessel from the marina.

  • You must have permission and a signed liveaboard agreement to liveaboard your vessel. Per #7 of your liveaboard agreement, you must give a 30 day notice to terminate liveaboard status. Sneaking aboard will result in lease termination. Every person living aboard your vessel must be on the agreement and pay a liveaboard fee in addition to the vessel owner. You are a liveaboard if you are staying 10 or more nights per month. Every person living aboard must also be listed on your insurance policy.

  • Per #8 of your Wharfage Agreement vessel owners shall not store any materials, equipment or any other property (including bikes) on the docks other than in the confines of the dockbox. Any liquids or chemicals in the dockboxes MUST be in a secondary container to prevent any leakage into the bay and to avoid hefty fines.

  • Per #7 of your Wharfage Agreement, all vessels are to be well painted, clean, sanitary and in yacht condition.

  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. You cannot leave your animals alone onboard to bark which disturbs other tenants. You must also pick up or clean any waste left by your pet or your pet privileges can be terminated.

  • If you have guests aboard, you are 100% responsible for them. Their behavior is considered your behavior in the eyes of the marina. If they violate any of our rules, it will be considered that your Wharfage Agreement has been breached.

  • No one shall commit acts of pollution or nuisance including discharge or depositing from any vessel any refuse matter, oil, spirits, flammable liquid, oily bilge water or holding tanks into the bay.

  • Your lease will be terminated if you leave any of the following items anywhere on marina or hotel property including in or by the dumpsters:
                    Fire Extinguishers,
    Please dispose of these items off property in the appropriate facility.

For the most part we have an amazing family of tenants here that always abide by our rules and we thank you all for that. The economy is thriving and the size of our waitlist is very telling of that. As of right now we have not decided on a rate increase but I will keep you posted.

Memorial Day Weekend Parking & Safety
Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28) will be sold out at the hotel. Once again, this means that parking on hotel property will be strictly enforced. You must have ALL guests park on the street or in the parking lot across from Silver Gate Yacht Club. Marina tenants must have only one vehicle in the garage with their parking placard displayed on the rearview mirror in order to avoid being towed. Please do not forget your placard at home or security will not let you into the parking garage!

Also remember that Memorial Day Weekend can be "rookie" day on the bay. Many people who only operate their vessels a couple of times of year are on the water without knowledge of the rules of right of way. Please operate your vessel as if you are a moving target because most likely you are!!! Also remember that the Harbor Police will be heavy that weekend and for your own safety, please have a sober captain and crew. Have a wonderful and safe weekend!!!

Bay Club Marina Family Benefits
To our beloved marina tenant family, just a reminder of all the benefits you receive as a tenant in the hotel, Quarterdeck restaurant, and gift shop. Please use them to your advantage!

  • 20% off all food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases in the Quarterdeck. (Not valid with happy hour or any other discount).
  • 10% off all alcoholic beverage purchases in the Quarterdeck. (Not valid with happy hour or any other discount)
  • 10% off Hotel Gift Shop purchases (excluding alcohol).
  • Discounts on hotel rooms based on availability.
  • Free self-serve morning coffee daily in the hotel lobby.

Other Amenities:

  • $10 airport and Amtrak shuttle service from 5AM-10PM daily (please sign up at the front desk one day in advance).
  • Complimentary computer access in the hotel lobby.
  • Complimentary access to the hotel pool, spa, and health club (be sure to keep a gate key with you at all times to identify yourself as a marina tenant).
  • Complimentary ice from the ice machine located just outside the marina restrooms.
  • Complimentary wi-fi access in the marina and hotel.
  • One complimentary parking space per slip in our underground parking garage.
  • Complimentary power and water at your slip.

We are so happy to offer all of these amenities at no extra charge and are happy to have each and every one of you as tenants. Please enjoy your benefits as a tenant here because you make our Bay Club Family complete!

Marina Tenant Hotel Offer
For the month of May we're offering marina tenants a discounted rate in the hotel of $139/night Sunday through Thursday. Hurry before these rates sell out! Call the front desk to check availability at 619-224-8888.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter, and our fabulous Southern California Winter weather.


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