Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
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 www.columbiayachtclub.com where any future changes in options will be
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.
A MESSAGE FROM THE
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.
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
. 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
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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:
Don’t miss all our new Catalina Fleet 21
A new logo was designed for the
Glassware and all the
New Clothing Items
What perfect Christmas gifts for that special Fleet member on
Look over the flyers in this newsletter and order