Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

May 2001


May 2001

MAST TUNING
Our next General Meeting, will be on Tuesday, May 15th. This months program will be on Mast Tuning. Tim Fulbright of Sail Place will demonstrate the fine art of mast tuning. Weather and construction permitting, the procedure will be demonstrated on a Catalina 36.

The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn Drive. Follow the signs to Meigs Field. All are welcome to arrive early and enjoy dinner at the club beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to have dinner, please call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations. Tell them you are part of the Catalina Group. The program and business meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. It is recommended you call the Yacht Club for parking information.

A Message from the COMMODORE
As you have noticed, the format of this month's Fleet Sheet is a departure from the usual. In the true spirit of the Fleet, Branson Stone has put together this edition since our editor Carolyn DeAre's mother has passed away. Our thoughts are with Carolyn, Dave and their family at this time.

May has arrived, boats are being launched and the outings committee has been busy with this season's schedule. I am looking forward to seeing many of you at upcoming outings and meetings. The first will be Saturday, May 26th (Memorial Day Weekend) at Burnham Harbor. Details are in the tlyer included in this newsletter. It doesn't matter whether you come by boat or by car, just come and join in the festivities.

Summer vacation plans are being made - with members using the rendezvous at Macatawa Bay (Holland) Michigan on July 13, 14 and 15 as the focal point. If you are planning on cruising to or would like to buddy boat to Macatawa, please
contact Vice Commodore Lori Lauraitis at (708) 448-1382.

Don't miss the May General Meeting on May 15th at Burnham Yacht Club. Tim Fullbright of Sail Place will demonstrate proper mast and rig tuning and a
new Fleet 21 item will make its debut.

For our new members, set your sights on the "Rookie of the Year" award. This award is given to a new member (including members who joined the Fleet after publication of the directory) who has been involved in and/or contributed to Fleet activities. It is quite an honor! Besides the honor, it's fun to get
involved and meet new people. Its' a great way to truly become a member of our Catalina family.


HOTELS / MOTELS in Holland, Mich.
Lake Shore Motel/Resort    (616) 335-5355
    1645 5. Shore Dr. Holland, Mich
Comfort Inn    (616) 392-1000
    422 E. 32nd St.    Holland, Mich
Days Inn    (616)-392-7001
    717 Hasting Ave. Holland, Mich
Best Western        (616)396-1424
    482 E.    32nd Ave   Holland, Mich
Holiday Inn        (616)394-011
    650 E.    24th Ave   Holland, Mich
Super 8 Motel        (616) 396-8822
    680 E.    24th Ave   Holland, Mich

JUNE MEMBERSHIP MEETING

"MAYDAY"... "MAYDAY"... "MAYDAY"

Responding to our call for a speaker, the United States Coast Guard will dispatch Chief Warrant Officer, Steve Cabral, to our June 1 9th membership meeting at Burnham Park Y.C. to discuss the safety issues pertaining to a marine rescue. Chief Cabral has 23 years of service with the U.S. Coast Guard, and has served "from coast to coast".

We have asked Chief Cabral to address such issues as:

1.    What information the Coast Guard will want from a "MAYDAY vessel;
2.    The rescue options that the Coast Guard will consider under the various conditions to which it typically responds;
3.    How and when to (and not to) abandon your vessel;
4.    How to safely transfer from your vessel to the rescue vessel;
5.    What to have onboard for a proper tow under difficult sea conditions;
6.    How and where to properly attach a tow line to the vessels;
7.    The dangers of towing a vessel under difficult sea conditions;
8.    What to do when a rescue involves a U.S.C.G. helicopter;
9.    Specific things to avoid during different types of rescue attempts.

Many of us have been on one end or the other of a tow rope. Few, if any, of us have been taken off our boats. All of us should be prepared and able to cooperate with the Coast Guard or another rescue vessel when that time comes.

Get the Facts ...

Be Prepared ...

Come to the Meeting ...
Tuesday, June 19, 2001


SPRING, PRE-LAUNCH CHECKLIST

Time spent with this checklist today can save time and money tomorrow.

OUT OF WATER
*    Inspect and lubricate seacocks. Hoses and hose clamps should be inspected and replace as necessary

*    Replace deteriorated zincs

*    Inspect prop for dings, pitting, and distortion

*    Make sure cotter pins are secure. Grip the prop and try moving the shaft . . . if it's loose, the cutlass bearing may need to         be replaced.

*    Check to make sure the rudder stock hasn't been bent

*    Inspect the hull for blisters, distortions and stress cracks

*    Make sure the engine intake sea strainer is free of corrosion and properly secured

ENGINE AND FUEL SYSTEM
*    Inspect fuel lines, including fill and vent hoses, for softness, brittleness, or cracking.

*    Check all fuel tanks, fuel pumps, filters and joints for leaks.

*    Clamps should be snug and free of rust

*    Clean or replace fuel filters

*    Inspect cooling hoses and fittings for stiffness, rust, leaks or cracking. Make sure they are double-clamped

*    Clean and tighten electrical connections, especially ends of battery cables.

*    Wire brush battery terminals and fill cells with distilled water

*    Inspect bilge blower hose for leaks & cracks

RIGGING
*    Inspect fittings for cracks and rust

*    Inspect wire halyards and running backstays for "fishhooks" and rust

*   Remove tape on tumbuckles and lubricate threads, preferably with Teflon. Replace old tape with fresh tape

*   Recaulk deck-mounted chain plates as necessary

IN THE WATER
*    Check the engine shaft and rudder stuffing boxes for steady leaks and looseness

*    Use a hose to check for deck leaks at ports and hatches

*    Replace caulking or gaskets as necessary

MISCELLANEOUS
*    Check expiration dates on flares and fire extinguishers

*    Check stove and remote tanks for loose fittings and leaking hoses

*    Inspect bilge pump and float switch to make sure it's working

*    Inspect dock and anchor lines for chafing

*    Update or replace old charts and waterway guides

*    Make sure your boating license and/or registration are up to date

*    Review your boat insurance policy and update coverage if needed

*    Make sure you have properly sized and wearable PFD's in good condition for each passenger, including children and pets

SOURCE BOATUS


RADIO RAFFLE

INTREPID RADIO with RAM MIC
Tickets
$5 each or 5 for $20
see
Hazel or John Luther


BUY / TRADE / SELL

FOR SALE: Navico Wheel Pilot. . Model WP5OOO with pedestal mounting bracket.
$150 Call Branson Stone (219) 922-2767

FOR SALE: 1988 Catalina 34 Tall Rig, Wing Keel. All interior cushions and 1 50 roll furing genoa new in 2000. Hood 915 Searfurl LD. Universal 25 diesel, self tailing winches. VHF radio, handheld GPS, speed, depth finder, compass. Collapsible bimini covering entire cockpit area, 6 disk CD hanger/radio/cassette with inside and outside speakers. Dock lines, fenders, etc. Stern perch seats. Fantastic. $51 ,000. Call Brandt Malelo (773) 927-6066

FOR SALE: The world's most versatile sailboat a 1974 Catalina 22. Sails: Main, 110 jib, 150 genoa, VHF marine radio, Air Guide model 70 compass, newer cockpit cushions, knotmeter. Adventure dinghy; trailer 1997 15 hp Mercury easy-electric
start motor. Ready to sail. Forget the wait at the crane - - launches easily from a boat ramp. Star dock mooring at Montrose Harbor and economical winter storage also available.
Asking $6800. Call Dave Nordin at (630
871-4195 (home) or (630) 420-2900 (work).

Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade, or buy in this column without charge. Items listed run for three months, unless you notify me that wan the ad to continue. Send listing to:
Fleet Sheet Editor,
306 Linden Street,
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Fax (630) 668-8950
Email:    deare@megsinet.net
Phone:    (630)469-6117

LISTINGS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 1st OF THE MONTH.



Chili Outing & In Water Boat Show
Saturday, June 9th
P - Dock
$1.00 per person

Bring yourself, your boat (or auto) and enough Chili for 3 and head to Hammond Marina.
Come by 1:00 p.m. to add your chili to the pot.

Bring either a desert or an appetizer to share and lawn chairs.
$1 margaritas or BYOB

RSVP to Branson or Danita Stone
(219) 922-2767

In water Boat Show by Larsen Marine
Come early or stay late