Greetings Sun Harbor Mariners
Welcome to the May 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about: Passenger "For Hire" Operations; Its Electric! and Faux Pas: Avoid These Boating Errors; and Wildlife Problems.
Look What's NEW!!!
We are very excited to announce the arrival of the all NEW Sun Harbor Marina Website!!! When you have time visit the site let us know what you think.
Special Dates in May
National Photo Month - To encourage your activity join the PHOTO CONTEST. Each summer during June, Marina Dock Age hosts its annual marina photo contest, celebrating the waterfront and the marina lifestyle. We encourage SHM tenants to enter, and copy your entries to us here at Sun Harbor Marina. If your photo places in the July/Aug issue you will get a $500 discount on your slip fee! Good luck - we look forward to seeing your photos! The deadline for the 2018 contest is June 11th. To increase your chances of winning check out what we found on this site about "How to Take Good Photos" There are three main things you have to understand, composition, light and how to use your zoom. We've found loads of good stuff on this site.
May 4th - Firefighters' Day
Thank you to Josh Scarboro for your service!
May 5th - Cinco de Mayo
Join us for dinghy rides to "Cinco By The Bay," which celebrates Mexican heritage and culture with a day of festivities featuring Mexican cuisine, Agave spirits, music, entertainment, arts and culture all surrounded by the stunning San Diego Bay at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 12 Noon to 5pm.
May 5th - Vessel Safety Checks
Bill West from the USCG Auxiliary will be available to conduct VSCs here at Sun Harbor Marina from 8:30 to 1:30 pm (30 min per session). To reserve a time slot, please come sign up in the office.
May 10th - 13th - Gator by the Bay
Music, Louisiana food & crawfish festival; Blues, Zydeco, Rockabilly, Swing, Salsa and New Orleans jazz. visit their website for more information
May 10th - Mother Ocean Day
May 11th - Military Spouses Day
Military Spouses Day is a day to recognize and honor the real backbone of the military - the spouses of our soldiers. This day recognizes the contributions made by military spouses to the spirit and well being of soldiers and military communities. Where would military moral be without their spouses behind them? We salute our own Kelli Gillotti, whose husband Brandon is an active-duty US Marine, and to Nicholas Cimadon, USN. Thank you all for your service!
May 13th - Mothers Day
May 17th - Bike to Work Day
Bike to Work Day is a nationally recognized event celebrated annually in May. Since May is also National Bike Month, San Diegans have opportunities to GO by BIKE all month long. Bike Month 2018 supports biking as an everyday, environmentally friendly, cost-saving commute choice. There are lots of options with LimeBike, orange MoBike, and yellow Ofo bike rentals being easily at hand. Check out Laura’s Blog below for more reasons to keep on moving
May 22nd - Maritime Day
May 26th - American Freedom Concert
The Gin Blossoms, the Arizona rock band that last year celebrated its 30th anniversary, will headline the 2018 Freedom Concert aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. To be held May 26th on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, the concert will benefit the Armed Services YMCA San Diego, STEP (Support The Enlisted Project) and SDMOM (San Diego Military Outreach Ministries). For ticket information click on this link.
May 28th Memorial Day
Clean Marina Minute - 3 Tips for Routine Maintenance
No matter the size, age, or cost, there is one thing every boat needs, and that's maintenance. Fortunately, routine maintenance and small repairs aren't very complicated. In the long run, a little elbow grease will definitely pay off in efficiency and performance. Not to mention, your vessel will look great in the photo submitted to Dock Age Magazine.
The most basic (and simplest) task is to wash your boat regularly. Rinse your boat thoroughly with fresh water after every outing to remove sea salt. A long-handled boat brush or a spray wand makes the job easy. You can find brush wands at your local marine retail store. To protect your boat's finish, be sure to use soaps and cleaners made specifically for boats, or consider mixing your own home-made cleaner-that can be gentler on your boat and better for the environment. If you're tempted (as I often am) to let this chore slide consider this fact: a boat with a clean hull bottom is more fuel-efficient than a hull that's covered with algae or other aquatic scum. A dirty hull can easily add up to an additional 30% of fuel cost. In other words, it makes your boat go faster, and for powerboaters, it saves on the cost of gas.
Don't forget to change your oil. Outboards, inboards and stern drive boats require regular oil changes. The frequency will vary by model, but a good rule of thumb is to change the oil every 100 hours of operation or at least once a year. (See last month's newsletter for do it yourself tips on changing oil.)
Be sure to check the propeller regularly. Use a deep well socket to make sure the propeller nut is secure. Remove the propeller several times during the season to make sure discarded fishing line hasn't become wrapped around the propeller shaft. If it has, have your dealer inspect the gear case, because fishing line can cause gear case leaks and gear case service is not a do-it-yourself job. While you have the propeller off, inspect it for nicks, dents and other signs of damage. Send it out for repair if you find signs of impact aside from small nicks. The smallest dent can cause your boat to lose performance and to burn more fuel than normal.
Finally, apply a liberal amount of waterproof grease on the propeller shaft and re-install the propeller and hardware in the same order that you took them off, and tighten the propeller nut to the manufacturer's specifications.
Homelessness and Trespassing
A growing problem in CA. We feel the impact all over town in San Diego and close to home right at the Marina. A few things to be aware of: California Penal Code 602 PC prohibits the crime known as criminal trespass. Put very simply, an individual may commit the California crime of trespassing when entering or remaining on someone else's property without permission or a right to do so.
California trespass law sets out literally dozens of situations in which the offense of trespass may take place, some that are common, and some that are highly unusual or even a bit bizarre.
Here are some examples of behavior that can lead to criminal trespass charges under Penal Code 602 PC:
- Because of a personal grudge against a restaurant's owner, entering the restaurant and creating a disturbance that drives other patrons away;
- Entering another person's private property (marina deck, restrooms, a vessel) without their consent, setting up a sleeping bag, and sleeping there for several nights
Recently a change was made in the application of Penal Code 602. Sun Harbor Marina has given the authority to the Port of San Diego Harbor Policy to arrest a trespasser on our behalf. This supports the facility better when staff is not on site. We have also made the Harbor Police aware of the most common sites for trespassers to camp out.
A positive side to the new laws, with the Harbor Police involvement help for individuals can be found. The Port of San Diego has partnered with the Alpha Project The Alpha Project staff acts as case workers who guide people who are homeless to available services in the region.
The Port continues to expand their program with Alpha Project. The focus is to help one person at a time. "The Port is addressing the condition of homelessness from a compassionate and humanistic perspective," said Bob Nelson, former Chairman of the Board. "We don't believe in shuttling people struggling with homelessness from one place to another, but rather want to respectfully offer services to help them get the support they need."
With this help, we hope to see homeless getting assistance and not just referring to them as trespassers. You can help as well by contacting Sun Harbor Marina at 619-222-1167 or the Harbor Police at 619-686-6272 if you see someone trespassing on our property.
- By Laura Brownwood
Movement is essential for every aspect of health. At a very basic level, human beings are simply energy in motion. It is difficult to separate the difference between moving and living. The more sedentary your life, the more important it is to intentionally move.
To a large degree, the movement of each specific aspect of the body is based on the philosophy of "use-it; or lose-it". Any joint or muscle that is not used on a frequent bases will lose part of its function. If there is a lack of movement a person will typically experience, difficult and stiffer movement that is often accompanied by pain and discomfort. Bottom-line, you need to continually move, so that you maintain the ability to move. Movement is required to pump infection-fighting white blood cells throughout the body and to aid in the return of blood from the extremities. The movement of blood, nutrients, oxygen and cellular energy is dependent on external movement.
A person's strength is based on the load that a muscle can hold or endure. Strength is developed and maintained by engaging muscles in activities that work the muscles and that train them to hold, carry or lift increasing amounts of weight.
Movement promotes improved sleep quality by allowing for smoother and more regular transitions between the cycles and phases of sleep. Individuals who are active have fewer episodes of sleeplessness, and fall asleep easier and sleep more soundly compared to sedentary individuals. Aerobic movement three times a week has been shown to increase the amount of time spent sleeping and decrease pre-sleep anxiety in individuals who suffer from sleeping difficulties.
All types of activity, aerobic or anaerobic, contribute to improved mood and stress reduction. Endorphins, the body's feel good neurotransmitters, are released during activity creating a natural feeling of well-being, decreasing feelings of stress. Movement is also a form of meditation in motion. It has also been proven to decrease levels of depression, anxiety and improve self-esteem.
There are many other benefits, but I will close with a vitally important fact... daily movement is also a key component to digestive health, the "gut" plays a large role in digestion and absorption of nutrients, but it actually affects a pretty wide range of other processes within the body. Gut health plays an important role in mental health and behavior.
May 18th is Bike to work Day and is supported by many organizations as a healthy alternative to driving. If it is in the realm of possibility for you... I encourage you to move it and do it.
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999
Working with a Surveyor
Existing owners need to get a survey to fulfill a requirement for renewal of insurance every few years. Check out this article for things your should know when preparing for a survey.
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 Sun Harbor Marina. Please do not drop your waste/bait in the water anywhere within the marina and make preparations to clean your fish off site 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. A special thank you to Diane Richard and Allan Moss for assisting with the rescue of an injured Seagull in April.
Have You Ever Dreamt of Owning a True San Diego Classic?
Here is your chance to purchase a 41' Kettenburg Sloop for only 49,000! Slipped at Sun Harbor Marine this beauty has always been in San Diego and owned by only a few classic boat lovers. This is a fiberglass hull from the factory over on San Diego Bay. Her exterior and interior are like a new boat ! Her sails, rigging and diesel engine have all been reworked. Take a look in person or on our website to really understand the quality of this beautiful classic sailing yacht. For more information about this beautiful Sloop contact Daniel Peter at Cabrillo Yatch Sales. His phone number is 619.523.1745 or his email address is DanPeter@CabrilloYachtSales.com
Passenger "For Hire" Operations -
Technological Advances and Offer New Levels of Electric Power
With a growing spotlight on the environment, and the rapidly changing world of technology, electric power and propulsion are not taken as lightly as they once were in the marine industry.
Through the constant push on technology's limits, electric motors are no longer simply small motors only capable of reaching unflattering speeds of 5 to 7 mph. While a large variety of electric motors on the market are still low-speed, many manufacturers are taking new technologies and pushing for higher speeds and longer range.
Last fall, Hinckley Yachts released the Dasher, powered by twin Torqeedo 80 horsepower electric motors, capable of reaching top speeds of 18 - 27 mph. Unbelievable?
Faux Pas: Avoid These Boating Errors
- By Capt. Nicole Sours Larson
SAN DIEGO - As boaters we usually gain knowledge from family, friends or professional instructors. As we continue boating, we soon learn from our own experiences including occasional mishaps.
Two of my more memorable lessons fall into that category. When Arv and I fueled prior to returning home from our Chesapeake Bay honeymoon, I stupidly wrapped a line around my hand to manhandle our heavy old Hatteras. Suddenly the wind picked up and pulled the line so tight I couldn't release it. Fortunately the fuel dock attendant saw what happened and quickly loosened the line, allowing me to free my hand and save my fingers. My hand hurt for months, but I've never repeated that mistake.
To prevent falls make sure you have adequate grab-rails on your boat and use them. Twice I slipped and missed a stair while on our boat, tearing up my knees and requiring surgery. Now I'm extra-careful to use handholds while moving around the boat.
Frequently I see both kids and adults with their legs hanging over the sides of underway boats, especially at the bow. That may seem like harmless fun, but it can turn tragic if a heavy wake hits the hull or someone's leg or arm gets pressed between the boat and a piling or dock. That happened to a liveaboard woman at our marina. Her legs were crushed between her boat and a piling. I last saw her painfully navigating the marina ramp on crutches, following a long hospital/rehab stay.
Sounds like "it will never happen to me" but read more it is surprising what we take for granted.
That's it From Your Marina Team
It's hard to believe that summer is right around the corner. We look forward to seeing you at the marina enjoying time on the water. Whether it is joining the dinghy round up to head over to "Cinco By The Bay", anchoring out at La Playa Cove or dressing ship to show your appreciation to active duty military and veterans, enjoy your time aboard.
Give us a call if you need a hand.
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team
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.
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.
Note: It's important to verify that your marina allows the rental of your vessel. Sun Harbor Marina does not allow short term boat rentals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here to visit his web site.
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 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
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!"
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.
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.