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Chula Vista Marina Newsletter | Dec 2017 | San Diego Bay
*Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours*
Welcome to our New Mariners

John Smith & Kesha Hudson came in on their 30-ft Sea Ray; Jared Kaiser & Rachyl Miller came in on their 37-ft Holiday Mansion named Ship Faced; Tommy Meador sailed on his Newport 27 named Main Course; Dave & Liska Foss have been out cruising for the past 6 months on their Island Packet 38 named Vagabon; Keith Schuck sold his 35-ft Donza for a 37-ft Boston Whaler 370 with three 300 hp power outboards named Kryptonite II; Darryl Ledoux sailed in from Marina del Rey on his 24-ft Yankee Dolphin named Knockabout; Jerome Robelen powered down the coast from San Francisco in his 54-ft Bluewater named Shared Vision II; Peyton Robinson sailed in on his 49-ft Hunter named Sail Va Vie; Robert Ashmore is back with his new Catalina 30 named Walla Walla;
Clifford Isbell came down from Long Beach on his 45-ft Bayliner named Bayliner Redz; Newell Wilson is back with his 26-ft MacGregor named Fast Sunday; Andrew Georgitsis sailed in from Mission Bay on his 35-ft Palmor Flica Catamaran named Gato Gordo; Raymond & Crystal Barnes came in on their 41-ft Aquarius named Saddle Up; Keith Laughlin sailed in on his 16-ft Cortez named Lorietta; Michael Erlandson came in on his 24-ft Sea Ray; Mark & Sherri Bradley had their 65-ft Skipperliner trucked over from Lake Mead, so quite an expensive undertaking but the "Wild Burro" made it to the shipyard for some new antifouling paint and reconstruction of the upper deck and installing the Biminis; Christopher Cleveland sailed in on his 41-ft Hunter Legend named Muneca; Eric Conard sailed in on his Contour 50 tri-hull named Fire Fly that's 31 feet wide and looks like a rocket ship; Keith Cinko sailed in on his Ranger 22; Chris Yankajtis came in on his 24-ft Bayliner named Yanks On This; and Stephen & Deborah Gratton sailed in from San Francisco on their way around the world on their Oyster 53 named Amelie.
Let's welcome our new tenants!
News from the Dockmaster

Hard to believe it's December and we're rolling into the holidays! This year went by like a flash, and with our beautiful fall weather the season snuck up on us. We had some of the nicest weather I can remember this fall. Makes me feel pretty lucky to live and work here in San Diego.
Just for a reminder the first day of winter is December 21.  This is the time when you should be doing winter maintenance on your boat, so please check your dock lines. You should always have a spring line on to keep it from riding over the dock. Think about what you can take down that could be affected by high winds as we do get strong winds at least once or twice a winter. And let's be sure to check your bilge pumps and the flapper to make sure it's clear with plenty of room to operate.
And for all our sailors with roller furling jibs, think about doing a safety wrap of some sort if you will be away for any long periods. Last year in one of our big storms, we had seven or eight jibs unfurled all about the same time, and believe me it's no fun trying to get them back in during the storm.
This year we had a pretty nice group of cruisers from Canada, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. They would come in and say "yep, it snowed two inches while I was back home last week," so it is no wonder their heading south!  I have always said if you have to go to work every day, here at the Marina isn't so bad.
We're working on some fun activities for the New Year so stay tuned for another action-packed year of boating and fun at Chula Vista Marina and RV Resort.
And from all the crew of Chula Vista Marina we wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year .

Mike Sullivan, Dockmaster
Get Your New 2018 Parking Permit 

If you haven't picked up your new parking sticker, head over to the office and pick up your new 2018 Parking Permit. We will trade you a new Permit in exchange for your vehicle information, so please bring your license plate number. We're updating our files.
Lighting It Up for the Season 

Xmas at Chula Vista Marina
Gus and his maintenance crew have been working hard on getting all our Christmas lights out, and we do like our Christmas lights! And we do appreciate it.
Kiddle Recalls 40 Million Fire Extinguishers 

You'd better check this out as there is a good possibility you might have one of these on your boat. If you do have one of these fire extinguishers on your boat, you could have a problem. Check  on line for model numbers and years affected. If you are pulled over for a vessel inspection from the Coast Guard, they will write it up. 

Just so you know, we do have a new Coast Guard Auxiliary tenant here in the Marina - we can give you her phone number and she can make arrangements with you for a full Coast Guard Inspection.
The Bill of Rights 

The Bill of Rights is taking on a major project of their own with their upcoming haul-out and mast removal. It's their 10-year inspection and the two masts need to come out and be inspected, which is a huge undertaking, not to mention a very expensive project. Can you imagine as both masts are 110 feet tall! If anyone is interested in helping out, stop by and see either Don or Susan Johnson.
Special Events for December
Winter Wonderland - RV Candy Cane Lane
Saturday, December 9 starting at dusk
It's a sight that everyone must see at least once. The Resort transforms into a Winter Wonderland with RVs all decked out in their Holiday finest. There are lights everywhere, and I mean everywhere! The Happy Campers will be here for their 16th year! Their group of exuberant and gleeful people ensures that this is one of the best weekends of the year.
Toys For Tots
Saturday, December 9 | 5:30 pm
While you are enjoying all the beautiful lights in the Resort, stop by the Poolside Room for some festive holiday candies. Don't forget your donation for the Marine's Toy for Tots - for each donation you'll receive a raffle ticket. At 6 pm we'll announce the winners of the RV decorating contest as well as the raffle winners. It's a great way to share the reason for the season.
San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Sundays, December 10 & 17
This is a must thing to do if you have a big boat and a crew that wants to get out and enjoy the season festivity. See their website for more details -
Here's a picture of Brandy Brands and her crew who helped with the decorating and the fun evening on the Bay last year.
Christmas Sing-A-Long
Saturday, December 23 | 6:30 pm
We'll be having a Holiday Party with a Christmas Song Sing-A-Long at 6:30 pm in the Poolside Room. Dress up in your holiday finest and bring your holiday cheer as we celebrate all the favorite holiday songs.
Movie Night
Sunday, December 24 | 7 pm
Need a break from all the shopping and present wrapping? Head over to the Poolside Room to share some hot chocolate and popcorn while we relax watching a holiday favorite.
Christmas Potluck
Monday, December 25 | 3 pm
Join us in the Poolside Room for a Christmas Potluck. The Resort's elves will cook the ham and their cheesy potato casserole. You just need to bring a side dish to share and your holiday cheer.
The Galley at the Marina 

Would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And as a nice holiday gesture, they're offering up a Free Appetizer to all our boaters.
So bring this in for your Free Appetizer. Offer expires December 31, 2017.
Appetizer choices will be Hot Wings, 2-Tacos, Sliders & French Fries, Potato Skins, Black Bean Nachos, or Fresh Steamed Clams & Mussels. Enjoy! And be sure to make your resveration for their New Year's Eve Party.
Marina Classes for December & January

Marina Classes are  free to CVM tenants   and members of CG Auxiliary and US Power Squadron. For all others there is a $10 fee.
For more information call the Marina Office at 619-691-1860.
8:30-11:00 am | Marina Room
Bring your own laptop. Instructor: Don Johnson
7-9 pm |  Marina Room
Weds, December 6, 13, 20 & 27
Marine Electric
Weekly workshop covering all things electric on your boat from basic wires and batteries to the latest gadgets. Do you have a electrical challenge? This workshop is tailored for you. Learn about electrical wiring practices and diagrams, direct and alternating current power, galvanic and stray current corrosion, and lighting protection. Troubleshooting and feeling comfortable while performing even tricky wiring tasks are skills you will acquire during these workshops.

7-9 pm | Marina Room

Thursdays, December 7, 14, 21 & 28
Coastal Navigation Refresher
Brush up on navigation skills, such as DR plot, Set and Drift, running fix, as well as other important considerations. A discussion of basic radio and electronics will be part of the course. We will also review maneuvering boards and universal plotting sheets. If you're planning on going South soon, this will help you make a safer, better informed trip. Instructor - Don Johnson, President, South Bay Sailing Association, First Mate, Chief Engineer, Schooner Bill of Rights.

9:30-11:00 am |  Marina Room   
Sat, January 13
About Boating Safety
Introduction to boating, boating laws, rules of the road, safety equipment aids, buoys and beacons are just a couple of topics that will be covered. Don't miss this informative boating presention. Instructor - Bill Andersons, U.S. Coast Guard Auxilary Flotilla 114.
Sat-Sun, January 20-21 | 9 am - 3 pm
Weekend Navigator
Cost for this 2-day session is $50 pp, $60 for couples. Space is limited so call for your reservation now at 619-922-0231.  This is a great way to jump right into it and learn what you need to know on how to get from Point A to Point B. This is a 2-day class with a ton of material, but when you're finished, you'll be able to safely navigate by using GPS and the back-up skills of navigation using charts, navigation plotting tools, and dead reckoning. The intent is to provide the student with a solid foundation with emphasis on technique and not blind reliance on electronics. GPS will be mentioned and discussed as it relates to plotting waypoints, read a chart and how to cruise your boat coastal. The fee includes the Coast Guard handbook and charts. Bill Anderson instructor, U.S. Coast Guard Auxilary 114.
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