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A Note From Your Dockmaster
Greetings Bay Club Mariners - Here is your November Bay Club Marina eNewsletter!

Turkey Day Dinner
Why spend a fortune and fight the downtown and beach crowds? The Quarterdeck is convenient, cost effective and has the best water views of Point Loma and downtown! Leave the cooking and mess to us! The Quarterdeck Restaurant and Bar will have our annual Thanksgiving Day Prix Fixe Dinner

Where: Thursday, November 23rd
When:  11:30am - 8:00pm
Price:   Adults - $27.95 plus tax
            Children 4-12 years $14.95 plus tax
Plated Prix Fixe Menu Includes:

  • Dinner Rolls w/Boursin Butter
  • Choice of Butternut Squash Soup, Clam Chowder or Dinner Salad
  • Sliced Oven Roasted Turkey
  • Herbed Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Gravy
  • Butter Herbed Green Beans
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Choice of Homemade Pumpkin Cheesecake or Chocolate Pecan Pie

To make reservations, please call 619-224-8888.

Quarterdeck Restaurant and Bar Happenings
Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays during football games on the Quarterdeck Restaurant and Bar will offer ½ OFF OUR FAMOUS CHILI!

Tuesdays - – Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at the Quarterdeck Bar and Restaurant featuring $3.00 off all taco plates (grilled and fried).

Wednesday - –Wine Wednesday at the Quarterdeck Bar and Restaurant featuring 50% off bottles of wine (except all champagnes).

Monday - Friday - Happy Hour from 4:00pm - 7:00pm ...See you there!

Marina Tenant Holiday Party
Once again, to show our appreciation I am going to host a Marina Holiday Party for all of you wonderful marina tenants! It will be in the Banquet Rooms on Sunday, December 10th, from 12:00pm until 3:00pm prior to the Parade of Lights.

A nice holiday dinner & beverages will be provided and will all be complimentary for marina tenants only. If you would like to bring extra people, it will be $20.00 per person. Please RSVP no later than Monday, December 4th to the Marina Office. The Parade of Lights will be following our party at dusk (5:30 pm) so please make sure you keep a designated vessel captain for the Parade of Lights.

To coincide with our party we are going to have a contest for the best decorated boat. We had such great contestants last year! If you didn't do it last year, now is your time to shine!

  • 1st prize will be one month slip rental (excluding liveaboard and any other fees)!
  • 2nd prize a one night hotel stay
  • 3rd prize a meal for two at the    Quarterdeck Bar & Grill.

We're looking forward to our new tenants attending! Judging will be after the Parade of Lights on the evening of Sunday, December 10th.

We are also asking everyone to please bring a $20.00 UNWRAPPED unisex gift for a "white elephant" gift exchange to the holiday party. It was soooo much fun last year! I will also have a few raffle prizes. I am seeking donations of any kind for the raffle, so if you have a business, or know someone who does, that can donate ANYTHING, please contact me at the Marina Office at 619-222-0314. Hope to see you all there!!

Boat Lighting Seminar at West Marine November 15th
Join us for a boat lighting seminar put on by the pros at West Marine on Rosecrans St. in Point Loma on November 15th, 2017 at 5:30pm. This is a FREE event. Learn how to light your boat the correct and safe way for the Parade of Lights. Click Here for more info:

Important Reminders!
Please remember that if you are caught leaving oil, gas, bilge water, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, batteries, flares, or any chemicals in the refuse room or anywhere on hotel or marina property, it is a violation of your Wharfage Agreement and is grounds for termination. Please be considerate and don't make your problem our problem. Pearson's Fuel Dock will take all used oil, fuel, absorbent pads and propane tanks for a very minimal fee and it's only a short dinghy ride away. Don't jeopardize losing your slip for this minor inconvenience.

Anything left unattended in the parking garage including trailers will be disposed of or towed at the owners expense.

Also please remember that major work on your boat is not allowed in the marina and is also a violation of your Wharfage Agreement and grounds for termination. No power tools are allowed on the docks (keep them inside your boat or at your home). There should never be anything allowed to enter the water, including sanding dust or dish soap. Not only is this a violation of your Wharfage Agreement but it is a potential fine up to $25,000 from the Port of San Diego. This is not a boatyard, it is a recreational boating marina. Please be considerate of your fellow yachtsmen so everyone may enjoy their vessel without listening to your power tools.

Unlike previous years, we will have our FULL dinner menu available instead of a small prix fixe menu! We'll have dinner, party favors, a champagne toast at countdown and music with a dance floor in the lounge!! Room packages will be available. More details to come!

New Years Eve Black & White Party with Live Music By Hank Easton!!!
The Quarterdeck invites you to come celebrate New Years Eve at our Black & White New Years Eve Party!

Why spend a fortune and fight the downtown and beaches crowds? The Quarterdeck is convenient cost effective and has the best water views of Point Loma and downtown! We are throwing a Black & White New Years Eve Party!.

Very simple, black and white! We'll have dinner, party favors, a champagne toast at countdown and live music with San Diego's own Hank Easton with a dance floor in the lounge!! Room packages will be available. Details to come soon.
Here's a peek at our menu:

SOUP OR SALAD ~ Choice of one:
Shrimp Bisque or New England Clam Chowder

Bay Club House Salad or Caesar Salad

Choice of one:
All entrees served with sautéed baby carrots & zucchini

Choice of:
roasted red rosemary potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes or saffron rice

Filet Mignon & Shrimp Scampi
served with a white wine scampi sauce

Roasted Rack of Lamb Rosemary & Thyme Herb
served with mint jelly

Tequila Lime Chicken
served with peppers, cilantro and tequila lime sauce

Macadamia Encrusted Sea Bass
served with a tropical salsa

Roasted Prime Rib
served with a creamy horseradish sauce

Homemade de Almond Crème Eclairs with a chocolate drizzle

Marina Tenant November Hotel Offer
Book your family a room early for Thanksgiving! For the month of November. Marina tenants will receive a room rate of $119.00 per night based on availability. Rooms at this rate are limited so please call reservations at 619-224-8888 to check availability. Book now before they are all taken at this rate!

That's it for me - Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Kind Regards,

Float Plans - Nothing But Upside
- By Commodore Vincent Pica
As we often pine to be afloat with a deck beneath our feet, we might feel compelled to venture out with proper planning. If so, the Float Plan, oft spoken of and more often ignored, can be key for you and those closest to you. That's what this column is about.

Float Plan: The Float Plan is nominally known as a mechanism for ensuring that missing vessels are indeed missed in time for action to be taken that might otherwise lead to the rescue of the crew rather than the recovery of their bodies. "Boat-A is supposed to be at Payne's Marina in the Great Salt Pond on Block Island at this time and date. Is it there?" If you need a printable Float Plan template, you can download one from the U.S. Coast Guard's website.

So, in a nutshell, float plans are all about SOLAS - Safety Of Life At Sea. However, as the title infers, the development of a float plan delivers nothing but upside to the boat's master and thus to the crew who are fully the master's responsibility.

Charting: The ideal float plan involves the detailed analysis of getting to your destination and returning safely. The float plan provides the opportunity for the skipper to sit with his or her charts, in the calm of a kitchen, den or study, and literally walk through the passage with parallel rulers and dividers.

What is the goal of such detailed analysis? The net effect is to create your own Pilot Guide for the entire passage and to be able to assign predicted times to each leg. Deviation from predicted times is an early warning to the skipper that something is up – working against (or with!) a current, cross winds creating additional work effort for the engines to hold course, etc. All of this translates into fuel consumption "deltas" which ultimately leads directly to SOLAS issues – Safety Of Life At Sea ...

If you have made an error in the development of your pilot guide, the rest of the guide is likely to be suspect and you'll have to do what every skipper has done for centuries untold –- improvise carefully! If the chart is generally consistent but winds and tides have done the inevitable, then the overall pilot guide is likely to still have integrity but, once again, you'll have to do what every skipper has done for centuries untold – improvise carefully...

Weather: With respect to predicting the weather, I use the - and the reason I do is because I can get weather prediction by the hour. If the chance of precipitation for a particular day is 50%, but it is 10% in the morning and 90% in the afternoon, I want to know that. Put in your zip code or city name and click go ... Click on "More Details" and see how the hourly details add to the weather analysis...

Tides: Nothing is more likely to surprise you and more potentially perilous to happen than running aground, –and understanding the tide is all about that. There are several good services to use but there is something very subtle about tide analysis that no chart gives you. Tides change at different rates at different places (watch for a column here soon where we'll talk Time and Tides.)

Knowing the tides at an inlet while spending the next 6 hours transiting from cove to bay "on the inside" could require major mental gymnastics in order to keep pace with the pace of the tide as it works its way through that inlet and across the bays and into the coves ...

Why do that if the internet can do it for you? See Local Notice to Mariners:
As of April 1, 2004, the United States Coast Guard stopped mailing the Local Notice to Mariners. Instead, it is accessible on the Internet, and they will even email you a link to the updates each week as they "go to press."

The electronic versions of LNM appear on the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center's website. Why go out upon the briny deep with less information than there is available to you? What's the upside in that? Go on their web site, click around until you find the area for you to put your email address in –and from then on get, direct from the United States Coast Guard forevermore, the latest they know about what is happening "out there" ... For free!

Battening Down the Hatches:
So, in summary, a complete float plan left with someone responsible and capable of checking on you over the course of your passageway encompasses all of these components... And a prayer!

Dear Lord,
Your Sea is so wide,
And my boat is so small,
Protect me.

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.

Tommy's Favorites - The New "Smart Plug"
- By Tom Jarvis
A new option on the market today for Shore Power is the Innovated Smart Plug.

The Smart Plug has a four stage solution that protects against overheating and loose connections and provides twenty (20) times more electrical contact with the female connection inlet on dock side and on the vessel.

It is simple to use since there is no struggle to align the pins and then twist to lock in the male plug into position. You simply insert the male pins straight and directly into the inlet and lock into place automatically with the spring loaded side locking clamps. This makes for a solid connection and secure from disconnection due to movement of the vessel.

The unique body shape of the male plug and female receptacle make it easy to align the plug the first time and every time with no chance of misalignment. The plug has a TPE Dyna-flex cord seal, and a face gasket that seals against inlet sleeve to eliminate dirt and moisture reaching the electrical pins. The Smart Plug is much cooler and maintains 20 times more contact surface.

According to Christian & Co. Marine Surveyors, "By their nature shore cord connections are subject to weather, movement and wear. All of which increase resistance and thus temperature of the conductors. Approximately one out of every five boats we inspect has some problem with the shore power system."

The Locking Inlet Cover snaps down onto the front and rear of the male connector to provide a multi-point locking system. The plug is available in 30 Amp and 50 Amp Cord Sets and individual components.

Check out their website at: This is truly a great product line!!

Editor's Note: Tom Jarvis is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the SuperYacht Association and he also performs outside Marketing and Sales for the San Diego Marine Exchange. Click Here to email your boating product questions to Tom.

Mark's "Fish n' Tips" - Fishing Line
- By Captain Mark Moffat
There are a myriad of types of fishing lines to choose from. It's important to choose the right type of line, and line combinations, for the type of fishing you're doing.

The three most common types are monofilament, fluorocarbon, and Spectra.

Monofilament is most commonly used in near coastal waters. A major difference is that monofilament stretches whereas Spectra and fluorocarbon have minimal to no stretch.

Under pressure when pulling on a fish, anglers feel that having some monofilament in the line is beneficial to reduce hook pulling. As the boat goes up on a swell there is less jerking on the hook because the stretch of the monofilament.

It is always important to keep fresh monofilament on the reel. After use of the line, monofilament that has caught multiple fish will lose this stretch characteristic and eventually will break. I have seen situations where monofilament will break just by setting a hook when getting a bite, so it is very important to keep fresh line on your reel.

Another factor to think about is that when an angler is Calico Bass fishing and gets the line caught in the kelp, it is difficult to get the hook free at times due to the stretch of the line. Eventually, after multiple times getting caught in the kelp, the stretch ability of the monofilament goes away, and the angler hooks a fish and the fish breaks off. Monofilament also reflects light which could affect fishing.

Fluorocarbon is used as a leader material for abrasion resistance and also to reduce visibility. Anglers can tie on a piece of fluorocarbon to their monofilament or Spectra and then connect their hook to that.

Fluorocarbon reduces the chance for fish to chew through the line. It is especially useful in the long range application when the fish become much larger.

Spectra looks like rope and becomes more commonly seen for longer trips, say 5-plus day range. In the old days, anglers would fish giant Penn reels because they needed the line capacity before Spectra was around. Once Spectra was introduced it became a game changer in the industry. The reels were reduced on size and Spectra was added.

Spectra has a much smaller diameter over monofilament when looking at pound test for pound test. Spectra can be on a reel for years before having to replace it as long as it is properly maintained. Spectra cuts through the water and is much more sensitive.

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 Mark's annual trip.


Christian Marine Surveyors

Two Sailboats Approaching in Sight of Each Other? Better Know Rule 12!
If you operate a boat, you are subject to comply with the U.S. Coast Guard's "Navigation Rules of the Road".

There are a total of 38 rules in total, and they are applied differently in many cases depending on whether you are in Inalnd or International waterways, but they are all basically Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

In this month's issue, we review Rule #12 - Which is for "Conduct of Sailing Vessels in Sight of One Another", and is one of those "Steering and Sailing" rules which is the same for both Inland and International waterways.

The rule applies to two sailboats approaching that are in sight of each other.

Here is the wording of Rule 12:
(a) When two sailing vessels are approaching one another, so as to involve risk of collision, one of them shall keep out of the way of the other as follows:

(i) when each has the wind on a different side, the vessel which has the wind on the port side shall keep out of the way of the other;

(ii) when both have the wind on the same side, the vessel which is to windward shall keep out of the way of the vessel which is to leeward; and

(iii) if a vessel with the wind on the port side sees a vessel to windward and cannot determine with certainty whether the other vessel has the wind on the port or on the starboard side, she shall keep out of the way of the other.

(b) For the purpose of this Rule the windward side shall be deemed to be the side opposite to that on which the mainsail is carried or, in the case of a square-rigged vessel, the side opposite to that on which the largest fore-and-aft sail is carried."

Editor's Note: Information published here regarding the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Rules is provided in the interest of encouraging better boater education and is not endorsed by the U.S. Coast Guard - For the official source please visit the U.S. Coast Guard's "Navigation Rules of the Road".

How to Measure for New Sails
- By Brad Poulos
When it's time to order new sails, using your old sails' measurements is of little use. Think of that approach as similar to asking a tailor to make you a new suit just from looking at an old suit. Even if your boat is a "standard production boat", builders and/or owners may have modified the rig, making database information doubtful.

It's only by on-site measurement can you obtain reliable measurements. The following rig dimensions designated by "I", "J" "P", and "E" are needed to produce an accurate price quote and sail construction. They are convenient names to use because they are short and are understood throughout the sailmaking industry

"P" is the luff length of the main-sail, measured along the aft face of the mast from the top of the boom to the highest point that the mainsail can be hoisted.

"E" is the foot length of the main-sail, measured along the boom from the after face of the mast to the outermost point on the boom to which the main can be pulled.

"I" is measured along the front of mast from the highest halyard to the main deck. The main deck is where the deck would be if there were no deckhouse.

"J" is the base of the foretriangle measured along the deck from the headstay to the mast.

"JC" is the greater of the following three dimensions: "J", the length of the spinnaker pole, or the maxi-mum width of the spinnaker divided by 1.8. Under most measurement rules, "JC" is used, along with "I", to determine the size of a spinnaker.

"PY" and "EY" are, respectively the luff length and foot length of the mizzen of a yawl or ketch measured in the same manner as for the mainsail.

"IY" is the "I" measurement for the staysail halyard.

"JY" is the base of the staysail foretriangle measured along the deck from the staysail stay to the mast.

If your boat is near your sailmaker, they will want to do the measurements themselves. If you're in a remote area, most sailmakers can send you a measurement form and work with you to fill it out. When you see this form, you will quickly appreciate how "customized" every sail actually is.

Time to Renew Your Captain's License But Don't Have the Sea Time?
- By Captain H. G. "Rags" Laragione
The U.S. Coast Guard requires that you must renew your Captain's License every five years.

But what if it's time to renew your USCG license, and you don't have the required 360 days of sea service to renew. (Has it been five years already??)

What do I do then? Well, if you have an OUPV or Masters license that is less than 200 gross tons, there are two easy options to renew your license - without sea time!

The best way is (I wouldn't be a good salesman if I didn't say this) is to take a one day U.S.C.G. approved renewal class with our Maritime Institute. The course curriculum topics include reviews of the Rules of the Road, Navigation techniques, Firefighting Techniques, Conducting Drills and Handling Emergencies.

Successfully completing this class will earn you a certificate that you submit to the USCG, with appropriate documentation, (renewal checklist is available at Maritime Institute or on the National Maritime Center NMC) website,

The second way is to request an open book exam with your application. NMC will provide you with an open book exam that you complete and return to NMC.

Either method, when completed properly, will result in your license being renewed for another five years. Give us a call if you have any questions about this or if you'd like to register to attend.

Either way, don't let your valuable USCG license expire for lack of sea time!

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!"

The Perils of Open Hatches
- By Kells Christian
People often get hurt around hatches but most of the time it's avoidable. There are many hatch topics worth reviewing, water and weather tightness, ventilation vs. safety, fire escape, material, installation and design but this article is about avoiding injuries.

Don't leave a hatch open and then leave the area. Whether on the exterior deck or interior sole, an open hatch is a hazard.

Falling through an open hatch often leads to serious injuries. Professional mariners often utilize a hatch watch to prevent falls; recreational mariners don't.

A false sense of security is part of the problem, nobody else is aboard or in this area and the open hatch is easy to see, what are the chances?

Shut the hatch, open it when you return, it's safer and you get a bit of exercise. I once handled an insurance claim where a crew member, carrying a tray of drinks, didn't see the open hatch and walked right in. Funny on a cartoon, not so funny for her.

I almost fell through a hatch I thought was closed while inspecting a Sea Ray that had been deposited in a large bush by a hurricane. The foredeck hatch had a canvas cover, but only a canvas cover, no lens. I stepped on the cover, my foot went through the hatch and I luckily recovered, a near miss. (Pro tip - don't go on boats in bushes and if you do, don't assume anything will support you.

Hatches can also fall! I advocate for means to secure hinged hatches and not propping up loose hatches where they can fall and do damage, i.e. don't lift the engine hatch and set it on edge beside the open hole. Latches, lines, bungee cords and struts are easy to obtain, design and install and inexpensive (especially compared to an emergency room visit). Boats rock, what you thought was a safely raised hatch is now a guillotine. Lay loose hatches flat where they can't slide or fall.

I once failed to secure a hinged hatch, it was small and I figured it couldn't hurt me. A wave came, the hatch fell and hit the back of my head. It didn't hurt the back of my head, but I flinched forward, hit the edge of the locker, and was off to urgent care to stitch the "boxers cut" above my eye. I try to always secure hatches, tying them up, putting my tool bag against it, using a boat hook, or asking for someone to hold it, but of course it is easier and more secure if there is already a device on the hatch to use.

Boating has inherent dangers and a boat owner's exposure to personal injury suits arises from negligence, failure to act with reasonable care. Let this article be a reminder of what you already know, maybe inspire a new, safer way to do things and a motivator to check those hatches.

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. I Like
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