Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter


September 2011


General Meetings
Burnham Park Yacht Club
September 27
The Viking Ship
October 28
Lake Michigan Freighters

Awards Banquet
Burnham Park Yacht Club
November 19



“In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.”
I’m sure you all remember reciting that poem on Columbus Day! But was Columbus the first sailor to reach “the new land?” Many Norwegians would tell you no—it was the Vikings. We’ll explore this bit of nautical history and its connection to Chicago at our General Meeting on Tuesday, September 27 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club. Dave Nordin will discuss the preservation of a 78 foot replica of a 9th century Viking ship. The ship sailed 4,800 miles from Bergen, Norway to the Chicago World Fair of 1893.  After the Fair the ship sat for years in a sea of good intentions, slowly deteriorating.  Mr. Nordin is a member of The Friends of the Viking Ship, an organization dedicated to the preservation of this ship. . Dave’s PowerPoint presentation will include details on the construction, journey and significance of this incredible ship.

The meeting is at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to the Museum Campus. Come early and dine at the club. Dinner reservations are a must: 312-427-4664. The club is closed on Mondays so don’t wait until then to make your dinner reservation. Please call the week before our meeting! Our business meeting will begin around 8 pm. Parking should be available at the club or south of the club.

Also on the agenda for the meeting is a brief presentation by Arnie and Bev Hollander on how you can become part of the Chicago theater scene.


It has now been established that the dress code for Catalina Fleet Outings is Foul Weather Gear!

We do not need the weather man to tell us this has been the rainiest spring and summer for our region. Just look at our outings and we can figure that out.
Labor Day in Michigan City was no different. Although the serious weather on Saturday evening allowed us a window from 6pm to 8:30pm to have our gathering under the pavilion at the end of the 600 dock. Twenty nine hearty sailors joined together for appetizers, fried chicken and side dishes with desserts and beverages of choice. Camaraderie and tall tales enhanced the evening until the rain came and all scurried for cars or boats.

Sunday morning a smaller group enjoyed coffee, juice and pastries at the same pavilion. Then several of us went down to the wall along the river to see the Tri-State Boats arrive. One large boat was grounded for a short time and the limited number of 20 followed. All agreed it was a very quick ride with the wind and waves driving them in the right direction.

Sunday night strong gale warnings and winds overnight kept all the boats rocking. Since the seas and winds were far from friendly Monday morning, most racers opted for slips in the harbor to wait it out. Those that had to be back in Chicago for Tuesday left the boats and traveled by land. So ended our season’s outings!

Still September is scheduled for a most interesting program at Burnham on the 27th with the presentation and video’s of the restoration of an ancient Viking ship. Then on to October for an interesting account of rounding the Horn on a freighter.

In between will be the melancholy trip to the winter storage areas for sealing off another sailing season. Best wishes to all for fair weather and seas for this accomplishment.

Nancy Bartlett, Commodore

Reported by Lori Lauraitis

Harbor news from the August meeting:
WesTrec has been actively busy during the summer and the big picture is 31st Harbor, which is under construction and expected to be opened on 5/2013 with a 1,000 boat slips. www.chicagolook@theharborgrow .  Docks will be set-up in a couple of weeks, or the latter part of September.  The Parking Garage is structurally completed, playground in about 8 months.  Crains Article reported 31st Street Harbor to be a lonely marina, seeking boats with spots available in existing harbors along the lakefront, namely Belmont, Diversey, Burnham and Jackson Park-Inner and Outer with 95% occupancy.  Soon, we will be seeing commercials on the upcoming harbor on television.  But, all construction is going-well despite Crains current article.  Scott Stevenson mentioned a "bond issue" to ease harbor improvement costs, i.e., floating washrooms this winter for marked harbors along the Lake.  The contract is out for bid on Jackson Park, Burnham, Diversery and Belmont. 
Jackson Park - Outer - continued problem with dredging, garbage pickup and a problem
 with the water when the golf course is sprinkling - no water!
  Burnham Park Harbor - continuous problem at "E" and "F" docks lights not  functioning, something about timers out-of-whack, along with the street lamps.  Kudos to the Burnham Park Harbor crew for John, Mark, etc.  boater friendly and find it
refreshing to work with the crew.  And, as always for a crowd function, parking is still a
challenge for boaters.  Also, the navigation light at McCormick Place still not visible from the water. 
DuSable Harbor - garbage and recyclable information should be posted on the Docks. 
Boaters have "too much stuff".  Open grilling is allowed on shore but not on the individual
docks.   Never, never on a boat, slip or dock!  A boat fire is unbelievable to watch, sometimes flames shooting as much as high as a 100' in the air.
Belmont Harbor -  street lights out, passes don't seem to be working,  The Air & Water
Show went okay this year with boaters. 

Sea Scouts are having a blast this year.  Any vessel that is out-for-the-season, could be taken over by the Scouts, and you could avoid paying for storage fees.  Something to think about.

By Brian Ruxton
I’m not sure about everyone else’s respective maintenance schedules but I always change my filters in the fall. Changing your oil in the fall right before the boat is laid up means that the oil sitting in your engine over the winter will be as free of contaminants as it can be. Certainly it will be cleaner than season old oil.

If you have a Universal engine you most likely have a 3003209 Universal filter. That’ll cost you $20+ from a marine parts dealer. Here is a list of comparable replacements you can get at the auto parts store for probably less than half the price:

AC PF-57 Baldwin B179
Fram PH-3593-A Kubota 70000-15241
(Replaces PH 2849A) Lee LF-2808
Motorcraft FL-799 NAPA 1064
Purolator PER-4620 Wix 51064

Here is a list of comparable fuel filters for the Universal 298854:

AC TP807 Big-A 538
Car Quest 86390 Fram P-7514
Kubota 70000-43081 Motorcraft FG72
NAPA 3390 Purolator PER-262-F
Wix 3390

I’ve used the Fram oil filters for several years. I pay a little more and get the highest protection level, the Toughguard. It has the same bypass valve that the Universal has and costs about $9.00. I will be using one of these fuel filters for the first time this year. I got this info from the Catalina 34 website. They (and I) caution you to use this as a guide only and double check parts numbers because of manufacturer or owner changes.

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
Listings will run for 2 issues unless you notify me otherwise.

FOR SALE: 1981 Catalina 30
$23,500 OBO
This boat can be viewed in her slip at Burnham Harbor.
• Year: 1981, • Price: US$ 23,500 obo, • Located in Chicago, Il
• Hull Material: Fiberglass, • Engine/Fuel Type: Atomic4/Gas Electronic Ignition (2011) Very clean and well maintained boat for its vintage. Have owned her 9 seasons. Many improvements and upgrades. See my ad and pictures on the Fleet 21 web site.
Call Bill Thompson at 630 257 8052 or email

FOR SALE : 1983 Catalina30 Standard Rig Fin Keel
Boat Name: Valhalla
Price: $24,900
Location: Chicago, IL
Contact Ed Jakububas

FOR SALE: 1991 Catalina 36 Mark I
Wing keel, dodger and bimini, 12v refrigerator,
GPS, VHF, Ram mike, Autohelm 4000, Am/FM radio
Mark II rudder installed 2009, feathering prop, Garhaur
vang. $55,000. Call Wally Hartmann at 708-917-2704.
Boat can be seen at DuSable Harbor.

FOR SALE: 1984 Catalina 30 Tall Rig.
Diesel, Harkin furler, 150 jib, dodger, cockpit enclosure, full keel, h/c water, cradle, auto pilot, battery charger, whisker pole, reef from cockpit, adj. jib cars, lazy jacks, raw water strainer, Rayco fuel strainer, AC Power cord, life jackets. $25,900. Call Bob Kocolowski


The 2011 Leukemia Cup Regatta was held on Saturday, August 27. The wind and competition was strong! The Catalina only jib & main section had the largest fleet in the regatta with 16 boats registered. Congratulations to Fleet 21 members:

Little Miss Magic-3rd place
Karizmaddie-4th Place
Ti Tae-7th Place
Sea Horse-8th Place
Easy Too-DNF

For complete results email Dave DeAre


Congratulations to John & Lori Lauraitis on the adoption of a new puppy!
Welcome to the fleet Holly.


The banquet is coming! The banquet is coming!

Don’t miss this special Fleet occasion! On Saturday, November 19,
we’ll gather at Burnham Park Yacht Club for a night of dinner, dancing,
and awards.You won’t recognize the club nor your fellow Fleet 21 members
as they both dress up beautifully! The price will remain the same as last year--$55.00.
That includes passed appetizers with an open bar, a gourmet dinner with wine,
a live band for dancing, parking, a spectacular city view, and great company.
Invitations go out in October. Bring your friends, family, dock mates and crew!


31st Street Harbor Tour/August 13/ Mickie & Bill Thompson
Our August outing was a tour provided by Westrec Marinas to the new 31st Street Harbor. The day began as sunny and nice but by 2:00pm the sun was gone and was replaced by a steady rainfall. This didn’t deter 30 hearty members of Fleet 21; they arrived as scheduled by 2:30. We hid out anywhere that was dry, boats, cars and the fish cleaning station. The rain moved out and for a while it looked like things would clear long enough to do the tour. Our launch arrived a little after 3:00 and the assembled group boarded for the tour. The rain held off for most of the tour and our Westrec tour guide provided us with an informative tour of Chicago’s newest harbor. From the building of the break wall to the layout of the new piers all came away with a great vision of the new harbor.

By the time the tour returned Mickie & I had reset the canopy taken down earlier due to the storm, and started with cocktails and munchies. That’s one thing you can count on with a Fleet 21 group; they always have a wonderful variety of munchies and side dishes. We shared our picnic tables with a group from New York that was there for the Bears pre-season game that night. The rain started again and we all huddled under the canopy to stay dry. Mickie did the grilling with the help of John & Faith Dreyzehner manning the umbrellas. She served a combination of Italian sausage, brats and hot dogs. With a great variety of side dishes and desserts everyone shared a hearty meal. Most of our group either went to the Bears game or retreated back to their boars or cars due to the weather. As is always the case, just after things broke up the sun came out again allowing us an easier clean up. Thanks to John & Faith for all the help and to Westrec for the tour.

LMCA Mac-Bay Rendezvous/Madalyn Duerr
The July 8-10 rendezvous in Holland was a great success as always. The weather was beautiful, the events were fun, the food never-ending and delicious. Friday night kicked off the weekend with the annual Shrimp Boil organized and carried off impeccably by Jon and Mary Bontekoe.
Saturday brought both some traditional and new events – continental breakfast, kayak obstacle course, pizza lunch, a seminar, Tour of Boats and costume contest (Hollywood theme). Male winner of the contest was Steve Megennis for his rendition of ‘Indiana Jones’ and female award went to Madalyn Duerr for her ‘Shirley Temple’ impersonation.

The awards banquet (and a banquet it was!) usually held on Sunday afternoon was changed to Saturday night and instead of a DJ and dancing, we were entertained by a terrific magician with a great sense of humor as well. We were amazed with his magic and laughed until our sides hurt with his comical antics.
Sunday started out with a bountiful buffet breakfast, The Fullbright Challenge where boats were put through maneuvers in anchoring, man-overboard drill, heave to, reefing and sailing backward. The fab weekend ended with a quick lunch, lots of hugs and ‘atta boys’ for a job well done.

Fleet 21 participants in this year’s LMCA rendezvous were: Cantwells (More Details), Collins (C-Dream), Madalyn Duerr, Forsyths (Bleed’n Green), Gagermans (Current Sea), Wally Hartmann (Sea Horse), and Lauraitis/Shereyks (Team Effort).


Mateys. Don’t ye ferget that September 19 is International
Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Our new slate of officers looks familiar!
Commodore: Nancy Bartlett
Vice Commodore: Pat Reynolds
Treasurer: Ray Kalinsky
Secretary: Mike Walsh
The slate is presented at the September meeting (and nominations are taken from the floor), voted on at the October meeting, and installed at the November banquet.

Thanks to all for agreeing to serve another year!