Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

April 2001

Discover the maritime musical heritage of the Great Lakes at our General Meeting on Friday, April 20. Singers Tom and Chris Kastle will perform traditional and original sea shanties that tell tales of fast ships, lonely lighthouses, eerie legends, sailing to adventure , and safe, as well as not-so-safe returns. With such intriguing song titles as Burnham Harbor, Ballad of the Race to Mackinac, On the Boat Eastland you've got to come and hear them. Tom and Chris are also tall ship sailors and their repertoire includes such stirring forecastle songs as Haul Away Joe, Drunken Sailor, and Strike the Bell. In addition to being entertaining performers , the Kastles are educators and know the history and heritage of our sailing waters through and through. Don't miss this delightful evening of nautical entertainment.

The meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Follow the signs to Meigs Field. All are welcome to arrive early and enjoy dinner at the club beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to have dinner, please call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations. Tell them you are part of the Catalina group. The program and business meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m.

Construction continues around the Yacht Club and the club parking lot may not be available. Special arrangements have been made for parking in the north end of the Meigs Field lot (just keep going past the Yacht Club). You may want to call the club for parking information on the day of the meeting.


Chilly March is finally over and it appears that warmer weather is around the corner. Now we can get to those outdoor boat chores such as washing, waxing, and bottom painting.

Fleet members helped BoatUS's bottom line last month - all that VC17! Although it was snowy, (again), we had a good turnout and kept those cash registers humming.

If you haven't bought raffle tickets yet for the Horizon Intrepid radio and RAM mike, I recommend that you do. Phil had purchased one last fall and with the help of Bob Kocolowski installed the wiring to the cockpit for the RAM mike. We tested it last weekend and spoke with a fishing boat at Navy Pier from our "perch" at Hammond Marina parking lot. The communication from both the salon and the cockpit was sharp and clear. Just wish we had had it when we made that wild ride back from Northpoint last Labor Day weekend!

One of the things that has made a lasting impression on me during our membership in the Fleet is the willingness to help and the sharing of skills (such as Bob's help with the wiring) by our members. Our Fleet is truly a family. If you are new to Fleet 21, do not hesitate to seek out advice and assistance.

Our April meeting promises to be very entertaining. A nautical musical program will be presented by the Castles, a husband and wife singing duo. Come out and enjoy the evening and meet with fellow Fleet members. And buy some raffle tickets! See you there.

            Jan Byrd

Mark your calendars:

In May the General Meeting moves to the 3rd Tuesday night of the month. Our program on May 15 will feature Tim Fulbright of Sailplace demonstrating the fine art of mast tuning. More details next month

All address changes, harbor assignments, email address changes should now be in to the Membership committee. The new directory is in the works and will be available at the May meeting.

27th Annual Skipper's Club
Nautical Auction
On Friday Evening, April 27, 2001, Burnham Park Yacht Club hosts this annual night of bargains with wild sales beginning at 7:15 p.m. Everyone's invited to bring sea-going "treasures" (un-neededs, duplicates,
white elephants)…tagged with your name, item name, price new and lowest price you'll accept. The Auctioneer starts the bidding at this price and it can go up, up. A nominal contribution to the group is expected if you sell an item. While this is not a Fleet 21 sponsored event, our members have purchased lots of good deals at this sale.

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Additional outings could be added…items without a sponsor listed need one. Call Fred Collins 219-762-4107 or Nick Thies 708-403-9216 to volunteer.

May 26    Memorial Day Weekend    Shereyk/Lauraitis

June 9    Hammond Chili Outing         Stone

*June 29 - July 8    Taste of Chicago

*June 30 - July 1    Chicago Country Music Festival

*July 3    Chicago Fireworks at Monroe Harbor

July 7    Michigan City Outing         McDermott   

July 7 - 21?    Michigan Shores Cruise

July 13 - 15    Mac Bay Get-Away at Macatawa Bay Yacht Club, Holland, MI     Shereyk

July 28 ?        Burnham Ice Cream Social             Bretall

*July 28        Chicago Venetian Night

August 11 -12    Hammond Overnight                 Duerr etal

*August 18-19    Air & Water Show

*August 23-24    Michigan City In-Water Boat Show

*August 30 - Sept.2    Jazz Fest

September 1 -3    Labor Day Outing

September 15    Septoberfest at Montrose    Pierson

*September 15- 16    Celtic Fest

Adventure in Paradise (Mexico 2000)
Contributed By Chuck Synowiec

After winning the Grand Prize at the Strictly Sail 2000, inviting the Lucy's to join us and making travel plans the big day arrived. It all started on October 28th. Peg and I left Indy headed to Houston Then on to Puerto Vallarta. John and Marilyn left Miami to Cancun, Mexico City then Puerto Vallarta. After a four-hour delay we left Houston and arrived in sunny PV. John and Marilyn soon arrived - all but Marilyn's bag that arrived the next day. Money was exchanged,the rental car picked up, directions were given and off we drove to Punta Pelicanos, Casa #14.

John and I agreed to alternate driving and navigating. This really worked well and gave both of us a chance to drive in Mexico. The roads were quite good. The main highways were four lanes, secondary roads were paved two lane. The streets in towns were paved with cobblestones with speed bumps that could stop a tank. The most interesting part of driving in Mexico was making a left turn across the four-lane highway. This involved taking an access lane that ran on the right side of the highway, waiting for the turn arrow and hurry across the four lanes before the light turned green. Sounds simple but quite scary.
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Our twenty-mile journey to Punta Pelicanos went quit smoothly. A young lady helped the gate guard sign us in and gave us the keys, she also gave us the directions to a convenient store. We arrived at the Casa about 7 PM. The Casa was just beautiful. We unloaded our luggage, the girls set up housekeeping and John and I went to the store for something to tied us over until the next day. The convenient store had a few paper products, a few canned goods and Corona beer. So we bought the necessities - a six pack of Corona's. We also met a traveler from Canada who was kind enough to lead us to a near by restaurant. We returned to the Casa with a nice evening meal, relaxed at the pool and ended our first day.

The next day was spent exploring Puerto Vallarta, Going to the supermarket, buying hats to protect our heads from the sun. Marilyn's luggage arrived, we enjoyed the pool and a few margaritas and decided on where to have supper. We decided on La Luna y Sol an Italian restaurant owned by a couple from Canada. They were most helpful with information about other restaurants, places to visit and most of all about the local people.
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* Chico’s Paradise

The next few days were spent having our morning coffee by the pool, taking in the beauty of the new day and deciding if we wanted to go to the beach or the mountains. What a life! We managed to see everything around Banderas Bay from Punta de Mita on the north to Chico's Paradise on the south and every town in-between.

On Friday we set sail with Vallarta Sailing Adventures. The day was a little overcast, which made the sailing perfect. We were on a 44ft. performance yacht with a Captain and mate along with ten other guests. The crew had about five years of sailing and felt a little intimidated with our years of sailing. We had a grand time, snorkeled, a great lunch and drinks were included. A full day on the water and a great way to end our week in Mexico. This by far was the most relaxing and best vacation one could have. Thanks for the memories.

Dr. Nautical Here
Since I'm to address the rigging equipment on our boats, I started to think about one piece of equipment most of us have and do not pay much attention to-our cell phones. Cell phones are a great piece of safety equipment. If you loose your mast, or the batteries go dead, or for some reason, the radio fails, you can still contact the U.S. Coast Guard at 773-768-4093. That's a good number to have programmed into your cell phone. Or you could call one of the Fleet members for help. We keep a Fleet Directory on board for just that reason. So remember, if all else fails, help is only a cell phone call away.

Know Your Boat's Equipment
*The Alcohol Stove: Compact stove used in small boat galleys to bring liquids to body temperature usually within one hour. Preferred over propane stoves by many boat owners since in a pinch its propellant may be served as a cocktail. Alcohol stoves are also sometimes used by owners, together with a valid insurance policy, to convert their craft into a liquid asset.

    Till next time,
    Jack Bretall
    Dr. Nautical
    I make boat calls
P.S. If I don't know the answer, I will make one up.

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FOR SALE: Navico Wheel Pilot. Model WP5000 with pedestal mounting bracket. $150. Call Branson Stone 219-922-2767.

FOR SALE: 1988 Catalina 34 tall rig, wing keel. All interior cushions and 150 roller furling genoa new in 2000. Hood 915 Seafurl LD. Universal 25 deisel, self tailing winches., Vhf radio, handheld GPS, speed, depth finder, compass. Collapsible bimini covering entire cockpit area, 6 disk CD changer/radio/cassette with inside and out speakers. Dock lines, fenders, etc. Stern perch seats. Fantastic. $51,000. Call Brandt Malelo 773-927-6066.

FOR SALE: The world's most versatile sailboat-a 1974 Catalina 22! 3 sails: main, 110 jib, 150 genoa; VHF marine radio; Air Guide model 70 compass; newer cockpit cushions; knotmeter. Adventure dinghy; trailer; 1997 15 hp Mercury easy-electric start motor. Ready to sail. Forget the wait at the crane--launches easily from a boat ramp! Star dock mooring at Montrose harbor and economical winter storage also available. Asking $6800. Call Dave Nordin at (630) 871-4195 (home) or (630) 420-2900 (work).

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Fleet member Scott Baumgartner is now in the marine sanitation and pump-out service. Scott reports that he is having a custom-built boat made in Bristol, Rhode Island designed specifically for the purpose of the pump-out business and is 23 feet in length with a beam of eight feet and a holding tank capacity of 306 gallons. Scott's company has a contract with Westrec Marina Management and will be providing at your dock pump-out service to all boaters in each of the nine harbors
with the Chicago Harbor system.
Watch for Scott on his HoneyJug this summer!