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From the Marina Office!
Greeting Mariners - Here is the October 2018 issue of the marina newsletter.

In this month's issue we take note of the upcoming cooler and windier weather and offer some advice for dealing with it.

In the safety category, tips for safety in colder water, new products for economically keeping warm aboard, and finding yourself suddenly in command are covered.

Other topics include how to silence noisy halyards, a new app from the Customs and Border Protection Agency, and what to do if one engine fails are covered.

Have a great boating October and stay warm!

Jeff Hughes
Dockmaster - Dana Landing

Christian Marine Surveyors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob Simons ImageBob Simons has been in the Coast Guard Auxiliary for over thirty years. He teaches classes in Boating Safety & Seamanship as well as Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation. Bob is also the co-developer of the Sirius Signal S-O-S light and co-owner of Seabreeze Books and Charts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BTW, if you are interested in being part of U.S. Coast Guard forces, send me an email to JoinUSCGAux@aol.com or go direct to the D1SR Human Resources department at DSO-HR who are in charge of new member matters, and we will help you "get in this thing"!

Commodore Pica is District Directorate Chief; Strategy & Innovation; First Coast Guard District, Southern Region USCGAux. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master Captain.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kells Christian has been an accredited Marine Surveyor since 1990. His expertise extends to both recreational and commercial vessels. You can e-mail your marine surveyor questions to kells@themarinesurveyors.com or Click Here to visit his web site.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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