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Greetings Mariners - Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the Sun Harbor Marina newsletter. In this month's issue, we have interesting articles about: Easy Maintenance Tips for your head, National Marina Day Celebration at Sun Harbor Marina, Top 5 Reasons Boats Get Towed, 7 Essential Knots for Sailors and Bait Bikes and Recycling Do's & Don'ts. We round out the topics 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.
Clean Marina Minute - Marine Sanitation
- By Bradley Wright
The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the centerpiece of federal legislation addressing pollution in U.S. waters. Within No-Discharge Zones, vessel operators are required to retain their sewage discharges onboard for discharge at sea (beyond three miles from shore) or onshore at a pump-out facility. All of San Diego Bay is a no-discharge zone.
The EPA regulates the equipment that treats or holds the sewage (marine sanitation devices) and establishes areas in which the discharge of sewage from vessels is not allowed (no-discharge zones).
Modern MSD's require minimal maintenance, but ignore them completely at your own peril. How to you keep the head running like new? There are some simple tips to follow.
Types of Marine Sanitation Devices (MSDs)
All of the vessels in Sun Harbor Marina have MSDs. USCG has certified three types, do you know what Type you have? Do you know how it works and how to maintain it?
Special Dates in June
Get Outdoors Month. Have you started planning your adventures? This is just the month to enjoy anchoring out. Consider a short overnight trip to La Playa Cove, a little longer to Glorietta Bay or Mission Bay (be sure to ride the roller coaster). If you have a long weekend or weeks vacation, consider a trip over to Catalina. While enjoying the outdoors, it might just be a cocktail aboard your boat with friends. We hope you will participate in the Open Boat on June 30th whether sharing your boat with another SHM slip holder or visiting theirs.
June 1st OFFICE HOURS will be open 7 days a week and we will kick off the Summer Season Celebrating National Donut Day. Come up to the office and enjoy a donut while they last.
June 1st Where is the best place in Point Loma for Sunset Cocktails? Pizza Nova Starting this June enjoy a drink with your friends on the upper deck.
June 2nd & 3rd Rock 'n Roll SD Marathon
The course has changed and doesn't limit access to the marina this year, but could change the path that you take to get to Sun Harbor.
June 7th 10th San Diego International Boat Show - Here is a link for more information
June 14th Flag Day
June 17th Fathers Day
June 18th National Go Fishing Day
June 21st First Day of Summer
June 22nd Take Your Dog to Work Day
June 27th Sunglasses Day protect your eyes, be sure to wear a pair out on the water.
June 30th National Marina Day and Sun Harbor Marina
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Open Boat Event
Several tenants will be hosting a visit aboard for SHM tenants only. Grab a list from the office or look for a SHM Burgee aboard hosting vessels.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Cabrillo Yacht Sales
They will have their listed boats open for tours
9:00 am - 2:00 pm USCG Aux Vessel Safety Checks
Congratulations to Sam Merten, Jason Lilley & Diana & Mark McDade for passing their VSCs on May 5th. Sign up at the SHM office for your vessel check.
11:00 am - 11:30 am OEX SUP Basics class
1:00 am - 1:30 pm Sea Tow Handling Fuel Spill in Water
Top 5 Reasons Boats Get Towed
BoatUS claims data can tell us why, but we don't like to point out problems without solutions. A towing expert shares what you can do to avoid these situations altogether.
Every year, the BoatUS Towing Dispatch center gets over 70,000 calls for assistance. Almost 90 percent of those fall into five categories:
- Mechanical Breakdown,
- Running Aground,
- Dead Battery,
- Out of Fuel,
- Engine Overheating.
In the article "Boat Towing Claims Analysis", we'll break down some stats on the who, how, when, and where, but here we'll tell you the why and how to avoid a tow
Look for the Good . . . Even in Donuts?
- By Laura Brownwood
OK, so this is a wellness article, how can there be something good about donuts, seeing they are worse than most other snacks and contain more than 300 calories, for something that usually takes less than a couple minutes to eat? Add to that, the amount of sugar, other unhealthy ingredients, as well as being fried . . . doughnuts truly have a bad reputation.
Which brings us to very important fact of life, which has inspired quotes from many great people is . . . "look for the good." Every subject has two sides, just as a stick has two ends: what you want and what you don't want. Quantum physics has proven, that looking for the positive aspect of a subject has HUGE benefits.
SO, let's do that with donuts!! June 1st is "Donut Day". This came to pass, in part, due to the efforts of a doctor in the military in the first World War who sought to brighten the day of the wounded soldiers he worked on. On his first day to the Military Base, he purchased 8 dozen doughnuts and gave one to each soldier he worked on. He gave one to Lieutenant General Samuel Geary, who received it with great mirth and appreciation for the doctor's intention. Samuel decided to start a fund raiser, providing the young doctor with means to continue to give to wounded soldiers. This fund raiser began working together with the Salvation Army who, after a fact-finding mission, determined that many needs of the soldiers could be met by creating social centers that would provide all sorts of amenities (yes including donuts sometimes).
The Salvation Army sent 250 volunteers to France to help put these huts together, which soon became a mainstay of military life. These huts went a long way to improving the overall life of the soldiers during the war, and has become a tradition that the Salvation Army continues to this day, as a fund raiser for this wonderful organization.
So my friends, including those who do not partake, a great way to celebrate Donut Day is to volunteer to help this amazing organization on the day they've held for years in support of our armed forces. Just a few hours of your time or a donation towards their organization (any day of the year) will ensure they continue to be able to do their good work the world round!
Volunteering time, money and items you no longer use will not only help those in need but will make you FEEL GOOD. There are many ways to volunteer in your community, including just doing nice deeds, random acts of kindness at home and in the marina. After living on the docks for ten years, I saw so many deeds of kindness in the maritime world. There was always someone to help me bring my 38' trawler into the slip, sometimes several would come to my aid. Many times I witnessed people bailing water from a neighbor's dingy, when they knew they were not around. There are several groups that support wounded warriors, including: Challenged America and many of the SD yacht clubs with programs such as SDYC Wed Night program during the summer Beer Can Races. Or, how about introducing boating to a youth (grandchild, neighbor's kids, your child's school mates)? While everyone loves a relaxing day on the water soaking up the sun, many don't realize that boating has many health benefits other than just creating a sanctuary. Boating itself is a low impact activity that burns calories and at the same time is FUN. Consider sharing this joy with others.
The BeachHouse Team 619-994-4999
Seven Essential Knots for Sailors
- Reprinted from the April 2nd, 2015 issue of Sail Magazine
If you didn't learn knots when you were young, you can still master them quickly. The key is to learn what a given knot should look like when completed, then practice tying it until you can do it with your eyes closed.
Once you cut a piece of rope off the spool at the chandlery and bring it aboard your boat and give it a job to do, it becomes a line you have put to work. Whatever job it is performing whether it becomes a jibsheet, a fender whip or a dockline, there is an ideal knot, hitch or bend for its given task.
Types of knots fall into three general categories. The first are those tied on the end of a line and are commonly called "knots," such as the bowline knot and the stopper knot. The second category are those used to join two lines together. They may have "bend" in their name, as in a sheet bend, because to bend, in sailor talk, means to join. The last group are those which secure a line to a cleat, piling or stanchion, and they are known as "hitches."
When studying knots, it helps to know some terms. The ends of a line are referred to as either "working" or "standing." The working end is free, while the standing end is secured to something. A loop formed in a line is known as a bight. All 7 knot are shown on the following "Read More" page
Recycling is Easy Let's Do Our Part...
You can put all of your recyclables in one container. All you need to remember is what you CAN and what you CAN'T put in your recycling.
What's OK to Recycle?
- Food & beverage containers
- Milk, soda, water, cooking oil and salad dressings
- Jars and canisters
- Peanut butter jars, soap & mayonnaise jars, aspirin bottles and 35mm film canisters.
- Cleaning products & detergents
- Bleach, detergent, soap, shampoo, drain cleaners, etc.
- Automotive & yard care products
- EMPTY antifreeze, oil, plant food and herbicide containers
What's NOT OK to Recycle?
- plastic bags
- newspaper delivery bags
- light bulbs
- window glass
- wax paper
- food-soiled paper
The San Diego Police Department is launching its "bait bike" program in Point Loma and Ocean Beach after its success in Pacific Beach. The program outfits bikes with GPS devices that notify officers when a bike is being stolen. Officers are able to track the suspect's location in real time before arresting them.
San Diego PD has received enough funding for at least 2 bait bikes for Point Loma and Ocean Beach, according to Council member Lorie Zapf's Office. Figures from Pacific Beach indicate officers have arrested 128 bike thieves since the program began, with the program having a 100 percent conviction rate.
It's estimated more than 3,000 bikes are stolen every year across San Diego County. Experts say U-shaped locks are the most effective.
A few additional tips for bike security:
- Always lock your bike, even for "just a minute."
- Lock your bike to a fixed, legal device such as a bike rack.
- Lock your bike in a visible, well-lit location.
- Use a U-shaped lock.
- If you use cables or chains to lock your bike, make sure they're heavy duty and can't be cut easily.
- Don't lock the wheels of your bike to a bike rack; thieves often leave a wheel and steal the rest of the bike.
- Register your bicycle. If your bike is stolen the police can't get it back to you without any tracking number.
- Report the theft to the Harbor Police (619) 686-6272
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Here's to a fun and safe summer! Be sure to give us a ring or come on in with any news to share, questions or concerns. We hope you kick off your summer full of boating activities.
Your Sun Harbor Marina Team
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 (saildrone.com). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here to visit his web site.
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.
The Recreational Boater's Best Bargain
- By Bob Simons
They say the best things in life are free, and for a boater, nothing is more exemplary of that than a free safety inspection of your vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
When we come to inspect your vessel, we have our standard "checklist" form of course, but equally important, we are also looking for anything out of the ordinary during our inspections that might pose a safety risk or hazard to you or your boat.
We also know it's important for us to explain what we are looking for during an examination and why it is important to you as a safety item.
In the engine room our examiners are looking for any potential safety hazards. Are there hoses that should be double clamped? Any bare or disconnected wires? Any hoses that are dangerously close to a heat source or engine? Any thru-hulls that have corrosion or have not been moved recently? Discoloration of metal or plastics can also be a sign of potential hazards.
Also while in the engine room, the examiner will check batteries to make sure they are secure and the terminals are covered; check the bilge to assure it does not have excessive water or especially oil; and check the packing box(es) to assure that there is a small "drip", and explain why this is important.
And again, explaining how or why any observations found are a safety matter and if the examiner has the experience, make some suggestions.
A Coast Guard Auxiliarist or Power Squadron Examiner is not a marine surveyor or even necessarily an expert, but they normally are an experienced boater themselves that have the advantage of looking at many boats for problems or defects and offering you the benefits of their experience and observations.
One final note - If you own a boat, you should know that the vessel examiner is not looking for flaws for the purpose of issuing citations - they are an extra set of experienced eyes that do whatever they can to help make sure your boating ventures are enjoyable and safe experiences.
So give your local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary a call. We'll be more than happy to schedule a free vessel safety inspection for your boat. You'll be glad you did.
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
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.
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.