Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago
DINNER & DIESELS
Dinner 5 – 7:30 pm
Program 8 pm
Bike the Drive
Our next General Meeting is Friday, April 15 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club.
Start the evening with dinner at the Yacht Club. Enjoy the club’s popular fish
fry or choose from other sandwiches, salads, or ribs. The yacht club opens at
5pm. Make early reservations so that you are certain to finish dinner before 8
pm when we’ll adjourn to the chart room for our general meeting and program.
Our speaker is Roy Cohen, a mechanic working on
both diesel and gasoline engines since the 1970s. He has been a certified
Landmark training technician since 1986. Find out what maintenance your engine
requires. Did you know that many engine problems are actually caused by “bad”
diesel fuel? Find out what you can do to prevent a problem in your fuel tank or
how to correct it. Don’t wait until your engine leaves you stranded at the dock;
get it ready for a problem-free summer season. Bring your engine and fuel
questions! Roy has the answers.
It is crucial that you make dinner reservations with the yacht club. Call
312-427-4664 and say you are part of the Catalina group. The yacht club is
located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus.
Parking in the Yacht Club lot should be available.
THE DIESEL ENGINE QUIZ
1. A diesel engine has sparkplugs. TRUE FALSE
2. A diesel does have injectors. TRUE FALSE
3. A combustion does take place in the outside of an engine. TRUE FALSE
4. A diesel engine mixes air and fuel in the cylinder. TRUE FALSE
5. A diesel engine has two valves. TRUE FALSE
6. All Catalina sailboats have a diesel engine. TRUE FALSE
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMODORE
For those of you who had other plans, you missed a great day on Saturday the
26th. Crowley's Yachtapaloosa continues to put on a good show of boater’s
interesting seminars as well as multiple nautical products with discounted
prices. Still it was pretty chilly to walk around out-of- doors!
The evening General Meeting at Hammond Yacht Club was attended by 30 members. We
enjoyed their open bar with Kate, the bartender, being most accommodating. She
also served as our waitress and never lost her charming smile. We had an area to
ourselves with tables and chairs for all. After covering the basic information
agenda including some lively discussions, on with the program.
Our main speaker was Captain Al Grigalunas an accredited captain who teaches
classes at Columbia Yacht Club when not enjoying sailing adventures and boat
deliveries. His friend Loren who often joins him on these was available to “ad
lib” on occasion. The main topic was the Caribbean 1500 which has its name from
the 1500 mile sail from Norfolk, Virginia to Tortola. This event’s participants
are often those sailors planning to winter in the Caribbean and enjoy the
camaraderie of other boats going along. They often have between 50-75 boats
participating. His PowerPoint pictures accompanied his narrative. Thanks to our
own Shirley Collins this presentation moved along smoothly with viewing
presented on 2 large screens in corners of the room. His large chart displayed
identified the rum lines. Sure sounded like a fun thing to do.
Many thanks to the Hammond Yacht Club and their Commodore Pat Reynolds for a
most pleasant evening.
As we move along through our boating season we will enjoy many more fun and
interesting meetings so mark your calendars as you receive details in our Fleet
Sheet monthly publication.
Nancy Bartlett, Commodore
We’re still looking for harbor and fleet captains. Your name can be inserted!
Just call Nancy Bartlett and volunteer. She’ll be happy to tell you what’s
involved and get you active in our Fleet.
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 or fax to 630-668-8950 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listings will run for 2 issues unless you notify me otherwise.
FOR SALE: 1995 Catalina 36 Mark II. Wing Keel, Jib 50, A-Spinnaker w. Dowser,
3- blade Max Prop, Radar, AC, Custom Deck Cover, many extras. Contact Nancy
FOR SALE: 1989 Catalina 30: Bearoness. Wing keel, new sails w/Dutchman, full
cockpit enclosure, autopilot, 2-blade prop, Signet instruments. Many, many
extras. $32,000. Call Ted Kuenzli at 773-517-1576 or email Kuenzli@sbcglobal.net
FOR SALE: Spinnaker pole (10’ long X 3” diameter) With upper & lower bridle.
10’ Achilles inflatable with 7.5 Mercury outboard. $800. Two Beckson port
opening windows 5” X 12” with screens. New. Still in box. $25.00 each.
Call Jack Bretall at 708-974-4932.
Late Addition - Find out the exact moisture content of your boat and
where it is, with state of the art thermal imaging.
A1 Surveying is offering no cost thermal inspection of your hull at this
Come on down to Skyway Yacht Works for Gumbo and informative talk with our
Please RSVP by email or call 773-734-7777
See you there,
RIGGING & EQUIPMENT
By Brian Ruxton
Before you put your sails on you might want to consider some advice from John
Baxter of Doyle sails. According to John virtually all sailmakers recommend
using dishwashing liquid as a lubricant for sail luff tape and/or slides. Use it
every season when putting on your sails for the first time. Apply dishwashing
liquid on your genoa luff when first raising the sail on the roller furling
extrusion. The best way to do this is by hand application as the sail is fed
into the luff track. Any dishwashing soap will do but John recommends Ivory.
After application the sails will be easier to raise and lower. Dishwashing
liquid will not stain or attract dirt unlike silicone. Additionally soap will
clean the furling extrusion or sail track. In the worst of circumstances
dishwashing liquid will simply wash off in rain or wet weather sailing.
I’m sure that one container of soap will probably last a lifetime if all you do
is use it on your sails. If you wanted to be really economical you could
probably use it to wash your dishes as well. Just another one of those little
tidbits that the boat stores would rather you didn’t know. Look for a column
this fall about all the engine parts you can find at an auto parts store that
will work on your engines and save you big bucks.
Thanks to Dave DeAre for the tip.
Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting of March 24
A representative from Westrec reported that it was a tough winter for the
harbors. The ice damage to each harbor was heavy this year and hopefully will
be buttoned-up in about 3 to 4 weeks. Harbor updates:
Jackson Park Outer - will be getting a new "A" Dock - concrete, new
electrical. Adding more slips, adjusting cans to hold more boats. Providing a
sailing dock with a launch date of 5/2/11. By 7/11 - additions of a
bathroom/office and a new "P" Dock. Pump out is to be removed with enough
turn-around room for boats. Hope to progress with start-up beginning 5/1. Gas
Dock will be removed. Dredging of Jackson Park is under assessment for this
31st Street Harbor - Going gangbusters and prospective Opening Date of
Burnham Park Harbor - "S" Dock will be replaced with a new dock. A new
floating break wall will be installed close to McCormick Place to thwart-off a
ripple effect at the entrance of the Harbor with new lights, weighing 1 million
lbs. - new Docks "E", "C", "D" and 2 new Docks in 50' and 60' lengths. They
will install 2 new Star docks below the old Fire Department Building and 2 new
Floating Bathrooms on "P" Dock and "F" Dock with separate entrances for security
purposes. The Rainbow Fleet building will be modified as well. A new Security
Company will be covering Burnham this season.
Monroe Street Harbor - 30 to 40% will be reconfigured from "L" to "R"
Docks with larger docks.
DuSable Harbor - will sport a new security fence, of wrought-iron
material and add some boat storage
Belmont Harbor - 5 Docks will be removed from "B" to "J". Also, a
Floating Bathroom off "F" Dock. Star Docks will be available in about a week
and a half.
Montrose Harbor - will provide a new parking lot by 5/1 and plan to be
open 4/22. A new recycling program installed for harbors.
Foote Brothers will provide a new garbage pickup service this season and will
have a new entry card system, hopefully ready by 5/15. A new state-of-the-art
exterminating system for Belmont and Montrose. Harbor Masters will be on
location and be the same staff as last year, no changes. Some Docks will not be
open if you come-in early in the season, but try to call the Harbor Master and
they will try to put you somewhere, as there will be a lot of construction . The
Montrose Boat Storage was a learning curve for Westrec and Park District this
past year. There are expected to be refinements.
Water Depth? Contact: Kirk Kleist, Operations Manager beginning 4/15 from
9:00am - 5:00pm
Be sure to contact your Harbor office if you are planning on coming-in earlier
than 4/15 - Offices should be open 4/30. They will have new card readers
Standard Parking will again be managing the parking facilities at the Harbors
- the cost of extra Parking Passes are: $250.00 2nd Pass and $350.00 for a 3rd
WesTrecWebsitewestrec@westrecchicago.com will now include upcoming Events of the
Summer or one can sign-up for Instant Text Messaging.
Mark Jaeger represented the Chicago Police Marine Unit & stated that Lt. Pete
Piazza retired after 36 years with the Force. And, yes, they will expect to
have 2 new jet-propulsion boats with rigid-hulls and twin outboards 1 - 45 1/2'
and 33' similar in size in metallic blue. They will still pump out boats and
charge a fee to unfurl props causing to request a diving team. Will continue to
write Parking Tickets. They are located in DuSable, near the Locks and respond
to sinking, drowning, and fires PHONE: 1-312-742-3203 -- 24/7 or Channel 16 on
the boat radio. Be careful of boat break-ins, especially the beginning of the
season when the Harbors are not yet full. Be very vigilant of anyone coming
or going, even next door. Call 911 to report problems. Early Spring boating
season brings in boat burglars who board unmanned vessels during this time of