Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

August 2005

August 2005

Author To Speak
Head down to Columbia Yacht Club on the evening of August 18 to hear former Fleet Member turned author Ken Ebner. Ebner, who now lives in Florida is the author of Boating Tips Better Ways to Float Your Boat: Practical Ways to Improve, Operate and Maintain Your Cruising Boat. Ebner’s book is described as “ a great ,easy to read and understand publication, for the apprentice to the accomplished boater. It covers the technical and practical problems experienced by both the sailor and power boater.” Ebner will share many of his tips with us and also relate some of his sailing adventures.
The meeting is at the Columbia Yacht Club which is located in the ship between Monroe and DuSable Harbors.

As far as parking goes, the Field Harbor Parking Lot we originally recommended, is no longer available; it went condo July 1st and no longer accepts daily parkers. We now recommend the DuSable Harbor lot; the entrance is beyond the Columbia member lot, but, if you drive back to Randolph to park, you can actually park closer than some of the Columbia member spaces. There are no stairs or ramps involved. The cost is $13 per day or evening. You may want to check the "Directions" link on where any future changes in options will be noted.

Cheaper parking may be available in the Grant/Millennium Park underground lots (entrance on Columbus). You can park by the upper level Randolph exit; stairs are involved to exit the parking lot and again to get to middle level Randolph. Then the walk to Columbia is a block or two longer than the old Field Harbor option.

Enjoy dinner at Columbia beginning at 6:30 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 312-938-3625. Tell them you are with the Catalina group. By 8:00 make your way to the meeting which we think will be on the first floor as you come in.


Well we have had a great summer for sailing so far! I appreciate the great turnout we have been having at all the outings this year. The July outings were great! My compliments to our hosts the Michigan City Dockers and the Hammond P Dock Party Planners. Fantastic get togethers!

And if some of you haven't had a chance to sail to an outing yet, don't fret, we still have more. Join us this month for the North Point Venetian Night outing the weekend of 8/13, and the Montrose Tour-de-Boat on 8/27. Should be a lot of fun, hope to see you there!

And make plans to join our General Meeting, Thursday 8/18 at Columbia Yacht Club. Our guest speaker will be Ken Ebner, a former Chicago Fleet 21 member, now residing in Florida. Come hear Ken speak on practical boating tips for serious cruising, including excerpts from his book, A Better Way to Float Your Boat: Practical Ways to Improve, Operate and Maintain Your Cruising Boat. Following the meeting, we will have a short book signing opportunity. Come out and welcome the Ebners back on their visit to Chicago. Also, please remember to call the club at least 24 hours ahead for reservations if you will be having dinner at Columbia.

Also, our Vice Commodore, Rick Roberts is leading a committee to develop a slate of officer candidates for our 2006 Fleet 21 year. If you would like to learn more about the officers' roles, or want to nominate someone, please call or email Rick. We appreciate all the help we have received this year, and need all your support , so give Rick a call, you will be glad you did!

Well, that is all for now. Barb and I are leaving tomorrow for our "week away from sailing"; otherwise known as a bike ride across Wisconsin. I hope to see you all on the water when we get back.

Terry Ries,
Cap'n Parrot Eyes

Hammond Outing/July 29-31
The weather was great and the turnout was super. The Peorgi Fest parade was interesting and the food was plentiful. The Hammond Outing is now over and everyone who sailed, drove or moors in Hammond had a great weekend. The following boats sailed over with good winds both days: Black Angel, Summer Mink, Sea Horse, Quiet Island, Fast Tack, Parrot Eyes, Pivot Point, Allegro, Bill's Michael-een, Mission Accomplished and The Lupi. Maris drove over and the Hammond boats were: Weak Moment, Wind Dancer, Ultimate 19th Hole, Bleed'n Green, Baysic Necessity, Bearoness, Karizmaddie and Finesse. All the boats were able to moor on P dock, except our fine Commodore. Sorry about that Terry. We also had one of our fleet sponsor's from Texas in - Zarcor (John Halter). Thanks to the P dock gang for working hard to make the weekend enjoyable.

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: .  Phone: 630-469-6117

FOR SALE: Dinghy. Pelican 245. 7’15”. Excellent condition. Includes oars, motor mount, wheels and two seats. $400 OBO. Call Walter Wolf 708-799-4705

FOR SALE: Alcort Sunfish Sailboat. 14 ft. Fully equipped. In excellent condition with trailer. It’s ready to go.
Walter Wolf 708-799-4705

FOR SALE: DRS multi color light weight sail for a Catalina 30. Flown like an asymmetrical spinnaker. $500.

5hp Nissan outboard purchased 2001. Very low hours and 9’6” West Marine inflatable. Roll up with aluminum floor. 1994. Plus cover. $1300 or best offer. 40” Edson SS Destroyer wheel $250 or best offer. Call Ron at 312-664-3648 or email at

FOR SALE: Yanmmar YSE12. Good running condition. Repowered my Catalina 30. $450.
8 foot Eli Laminatic dingy. $100.00
2.5 hp Cruise & Carry motor. Like new, hardly used. $300. Call Joseph Richart 815-943-5696

FOR SALE: 8' folding boat, with sail kit. Folds to 4" X 24" X 8' ; I had it strapped to the forward lifelines of my Catalina 30. Can be sailed, rowed, or powered with a small outboard. Includes paddle, rudder/tiller, leeboards, all rigging, mainsail, and added jib for easier tacking. $1400. Call Mike Levine at 847-475-4249; email:  Pictures at

FOR SALE: 1981 Catalina 25. Adios. Ready to Sail! Cruising accommodations for six people with the standard Catalina 25 layout. Lots of extra headroom, light and ventilation with the Pop Top companionway. 2001 Johnson electric start
9.9 HP outboard engine (used only in 2002 and 2003 seasons). Autohelm ST 1000 Tiller Pilot. Blaupunkt stereo, All original manuals. $8,000.
Currently at Crowley's Yacht Yard. Please contact Ray Cesca at 630-789-3717
Email:  or Bruce Rosenzweig and George Gaw at 312-225-2046 Email:

FOR SALE: 1988 Catalina 27. Tall rig. Wing keel. GPS, Autohelm 4000, 150 Hood furling genoa, wheel. Self-tailing winches, 2 new marine batteries, cradle. Fully equipped inside and out. Ready to sail! $18,500. Currently docked at slip 643, Washington Park Marina, Michigan City. Call Barb or Ernie Miller 219-926-6673 or email:



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