Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

August 2004


Buenas tardes. Como esta usted? I can't believe our trip is finally here. This sabado (Saturday) my family will be sipping Margaritas in the beautiful Villa La Paz of Punta Pelicanos in Puerto Vallarta. I will be thinking of all of you at the lovely Olive Park outing. I hope the weather  goes well and that you have a safe overnight with calm waters. We hope to hit the waters as well with a possible deep sea fishing excursion or a lovely sail. Other than some sight seeing we look forward to spending some down time together just enjoying each others company and taking long walks on the beach. I hear the sunsets are beautiful.

Before I go off on vacation mode, let's get back to business. The votes are in and the decision has been made as to what we will do for next year’s meeting place. 1/3 of the votes went to Columbia Yacht Club, 1/3 of the votes went to Burnham Yacht Club and 1/3 of the votes went to either of the clubs. Only one vote said neither. So this coming year we will have 4 meetings at Columbia and 4 meetings at Burnham. I will be talking to both Ernie (Columbia) and Mike (Burnham) and try to get the meetings all set up for Tuesday nights. I will leave it up to next year’s Commodore to set the schedule as to what nights are where. I think this will make everyone happy and give us a nice variety and change for next year.

Did you get a chance to see Venetian Night?  Wow! What a great job they did. I missed being in the show this year, but watched the spectacular parade from the Shedd Aquarium. Some of those boats looked like they were done by professionals. North Point is having their Venetian Night on the weekend of our outing. Be sure to read the flyer and get your reservation in early if you need a slip. Lots of exciting things are being planned and you won't want to miss out. If you can't sail, than drive up there. Anyway you can get there you'll be sure to have a great time.

The Nominating Committee has met and done their job. Thank you to each of you for taking the time to help the club out. The Slate of Officers will be announced at the September General meeting. Nominations will than be opened to the floor. If you're interested or know someone that's interested that will be the time to come forward. It's a rewarding experience to serve on the board.

I'm going to slip into vacation mode now. I'll be back in time to hear Ted Karamanski talk on the Schooner Ships that sailed in Chicago. It will be a great program. The new menu at Burnham is truly worth coming out for. The food and prices were great at the last meeting. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the Trivia show put on by Brian. We had a special treat from our own Dick Bek with his Barbershop Quartet. They sang a variety of songs for us then took second place in the Trivia game. Thanks to Dick and his gang for entertaining us.   Adios and Hasta luego.

    Deborah Ruxton, Commodore


Welcome aboard to our first member from Iowa!  Please add their information to your directory.

Steve & Kathi Morency
Fresh Aire II  387
Sail #34
North Point Mooring O-45

Please make the following changes in your directory:  The mailing address for John & Hazel Luther should be Aurora, IL 60506 not Sugar Grove.

Email address for Carolyn & Dave DeAre is

 Dick Bek, Chairman
Catalina Fleet 21 members are proud to sponsor two future sailors.  The Fleet sent two teenagers from the Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network (UCAN) to the Chicago Park District’s Rainbow Fleet’s Sailing Programs for Yourth.

Two teens, 13 year-old D’Andre and 16 year-old Robert, attended the 5-day camp at the Burnham Harbor Sailing Center from June 21 -25.  They learned sailing basics, theory, terminology, and basic racing skills.  Emphasis was on learning to sail in a safe and enjoyable environment..

Was this experience valuable for D’Andre and Robert?  According to Gary Koenig of the UCAN, the answer is an absolute “Yes.”  Gary said “Although both were hesitant to get involved at first, as the class progressed, they became increasingly more excited about the experience.  Both D’Andre & Robert returned home and actually shared the experience with their dorm mates-something that was most unusual.  They were both excited, proud, and grateful for the experience and what they learned.”

The Catalina Fleet’s total contribution was $420.00. We should each be proud to have been a part of this experience through our contributions to the Mariner’s Fund.  We definitely sponsored future sailors!  Thanks to each of you!

 Lori Lauraitis
Marine sanitation remains a high priority.  At least 200 heads have been inspected so far this season and inspections will continue.  If inspectors show up at your boat, you must allow them entry to your boat.   If you’ve had the marina or mechanic comply with standards, know what has been done when a uniformed WesTrec employee approaches your vessel.

The Coast Guard is also cracking down—this time on operating a boat while under the influence.  The Coast Guard will fine individuals $2000 for refusing to take a breathalyzer test.


Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade, or buy in this column without any charge.
Send listings to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Fax 630-668-8950 email: deare30@sbcglobal. net.    Phone: 630-469-6117

FOR SALE:  1981 Catalina 25 Adios Standard Catalina 25 interior layout, which provides cruising accommodations for six people. Pop-Top companionway provides extra headroom, light and ventilation. Autohelm ST 1000 Tiller Pilot; 2001 Johnson electric start 7.5 HP outboard engine (used only in 2002 and 2003 seasons); Blaupunkt stereo; all original manuals; more. Located at Crowley’s Yacht Yard.  $8,800.Please contact Ray Cesca at 630-789-3717 or Bruce Rosenzweig at 312-225-2046; Email:

FOR SALE: 1989 Catalina 34 Hull #977 Andiamo Tall Rig, Wing Keel, Harken Roller Furling with150% Genoa, Main with 3 reef points and Lazy Jacks, all blocks, sheaves and traveler have been replaced with new roller bearing Garhauer upgrades, Nearly new dodger and bimini, Many custom interior teak additions, Force 10 cabin heater, A/B refrigeration, 2 burner LPG stove with oven, Auto Helm, Loran, speed, wind, depth instruments.  New VHF radio with RAM (remote mike), new stereo/CD with internal & external speakers, folding teak cockpit table, cockpit cushions, two anchors,  and lots of other stuff to make the boat safe, comfortable and beautiful.  Steel cradle in Racine, boat in water at Montrose Harbor.  This is a fresh water, second owner boat in excellent condition.  Reason for sale: “Fourfootitis” - a bigger Catalina!  Contact Phill & Maryjane Klein, email:  Phone: 847-971-7445(cell)

FOR SALE: 1986 Catalina 34 Audrey Too. Fin keel, new diesel with only 46 hours.  A/C, refrigeration , new upholstery by Catalina, dodger, bimini, custom cabin doors, stereo, steel cradle. Full instruments including speed, depth, wind, and GPS.  Roller furling, Dutchman on main.  In water, Burnham Harbor slip. A beautiful boat in excellent condition.  $58,000. Call Audrey and David Weissman 847-673-3305.

WANTED:  Electric starter for outboard motor.  Call Terry Smith at 630-655-1934.


From Chicago to the Keys
 Scott Welty & Sue Budde

To the Readers:
 In June of 2005 we plan to sail Enee Marie, our 1978 C30, from Chicago to the Florida Keys and hopefully beyond. This series of articles will describe some of the improvements and modifications we’ve made in preparation for this trip. We hope you enjoy these articles and please know that we are certainly  not the last word on how to do these projects. If you have questions about any of these projects email me at  Additionally, we now are keeping a weblog (blog) of our progress and experiences in Burnham Harbor. You can read the log and offer comments.  Access the blog via:

Making Do – Solving Problems on the Move
Part of the adventure of cruising (i.e. repairing your boat in exotic ports all over the world) is solving problems as they come up and looking for that “other solution”. Here are a couple of short takes on problems we’ve solved while being on the go.

Lifting the Dingy Motor

A couple of summers ago we took off on Enee Marie (’78 Catalina 30) for a 10 day cruise - harbor hopping with a little anchoring around the southern part of Lake Michigan. We anchored in Lake Macatawa. We pulled the dingy up tight to the stern and then removed the motor, an 8 horse long shaft left over from our Chrysler 22, from the stern rail.  Scott stood in the stern cradling the motor in his arms and looked at the swim ladder and the dingy and the slightly rolling lake and said, “No way!”. How do you get the motor from the stern rail to the dingy? We came up with the following system. We fashioned a cradle for the motor with some old line. This cradle terminated in a loop above the center of the motor. We then attach the main halyard to this loop. While Sue operates the winch on the mast Scott guides the motor up and then down and into the dingy. Although the halyard does not pull straight up, it is straight enough so that only slight horizontal pushes are required to guide the motor to the stern of the dingy. Ain’t Physics wonderful! The same process works in reverse. All in all a good method with even less swearing than when we anchor!

Another Winch

We were sailing north out of Frankfort Michigan last summer on a broad starboard reach as the wind and waves were building. I had too much sail up and when we rounded Betsy Point I found out that it was really too much. The wind came screaming down from the high dunes at over 30 knots. At one point the wind sucked the fan off of our front hatch! I couldn’t keep the boat from violently rounding up. We started the engine and tried to bring her about into the wind to get sails down to no avail. The wind kept pushing us off. You are supposed to be able to work our ProFurl reefing system safely with a winch on the reefing line but we were already using the port winch for the genoa sheet. I was reluctant to let this sheet fly in the violence. With some slow and  mighty pulls I was finally able to reel in the genoa but I was totally spent by the effort.

When we finally made it to Leland, Michigan we got out our West Marine catalog and found a nice little winch (3” dia x 2.5” tall) that could be dedicated to this function. We cleverly had it delivered to North Point, Michigan as that was our destination on the next day and then as high winds kept us in Leland we rented bikes and pedaled the 12 miles to Northpoint to pick up our winch. We installed it with no problem (always travel with your cordless drill!) on the coaming about 2 feet aft of the genoa winch. I used an old piece of ¼ inch wood for a backing plate. Our winch handle fits this winch too. This is just enough mechanical advantage for those times when you want to reef the foresail or take it down and there is significant resistance. We sailed out of Leland still shaken by the experience at Betsy Point but more confident in our ability to handle the boat properly even when things get dicey.



Labor Day weekend will be here before you know it — and you’ll want to be a part of the fun our Fleet will have in Michigan City.

**Washington Park will be filled with activities for the annual Festival: Food, crafts, carnival, music.
Tri-State racers will arrive Sunday afternoon and dock along the river.  It’s always fun to see all of these boats rafted off, mix with the racers, and listen to their 

At 4 pm on Saturday we’ll tour the Old Lighthouse Museum.  There is an enormous fee of $2 per person for this private tour.  Then at 5:30 p.m. we’ll meet at the Yacht Club for a buffet dinner.  The cost for dinner, tax and tips
is $18.54

On Monday morning you can watch the racers leave before you leave for your home port

Other places to visit are Lighthouse Place (outlet stores) and Blue Chip Casino. Other restaurants within walking distance are Matey’s , Swingbelly’s,
Galveston Steakhouse, and the Yacht Club.  There is also a sandwich, etc. store at the marina.

We hope this information will entice you to join us.

Call Barb and Ernie Miller at 219-926-6673 to make dinner and tour reservations or email  Unfortunately, the marina does not take slip reservations—so come early!


AUGUST 14 & 15

Cruise North for a fun-filled, relaxing weekend!

It’s Venetian Festival at the Marina :  car show, boat parade,
music (Navy Band in the afternoon & other groups & dancing), children’s games (bring bathing suit), petting zoo, food tents, fireworks

Reserve a slip by calling North Point Marina 847-746-2845
You’ll need to pay in advance with a credit card
(you can cancel 48 hours in advance).  Call now and identify yourself as part of Fleet 21

The nearby Sandpiper Inn is offering a special rate of $71.95 if you don’t want to sail to North Point.  Phone 847-746-7380 and tell them you’re part of the Fleet. 

Call Mike & Carolyn Rafa at 630-964-7881 and let them know you’re attending —they’ll make dinner reservations for the group.

Shuttle bus available
North Point has it all!  Come and enjoy!