Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

February 2000

February 2000

Shop to You Drop

Strictly Sail may be the place to dream of new boats, and buy some hardware from Garhauer, but February 18th is the time to get down to some practical purchases. Again this year the Fleet has arranged for our February General Meeting to be held at Boater's World at 1661 N. Elston Avenue. This private shopping event begins at 6:00 p.m. Every item in the store is reduced for our Fleet!  A special raffle is in the works too. Complete the raffle form on the enclosed flyer and bring it along. After an evening of shopping, the Fleet adjourns to the Original Mitchell's on Clybourn for dinner. Mitchell's is located at 1953 N. Clybourn. Go north on Elston to Cortland and turn right. Go east to Clybourn and turn right, then left into the shopping center parking lot. Mitchell's is on the comer. Prices range from $5 to $15.

In March our General Meeting will be held at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, our usual meeting place. Do you have any new ideas for potential programs? We have reviewed the archives, talked to several members, and are working on several topics (both old and new) for this year's monthly meeting programs. But we need your input. If anyone has any specific ideas/wishes for new programs please call or e-mail the Program Committee:

Rick & Debbie Bowald 708 429 -7124

Jim & Marie Marzano 630 717 4946

Mike Walsh 630 323 - 6543           


It's now February and we are another month closer to our annual ritual of boat preparation. The program committee has once again put together a night for our club at Boater's World where the discounts should help us get started on putting the boats in the water again.

Our program last month was hosted by Bob and Cheryl Kuba at the Corinthian Yacht Club and featured the always great pot luck along with the brown bag auction. Thanks to Bob and Cheryl for the enjoyable evening and to our auctioneers for bringing in over $400.

One of my goals this year is to have more of our members involved in meetings and outings. I will be looking for those members who are not attending our programs and will offer incentives to entice your appearance. As I stated in last month's newsletter, I had free tickets to the Strictly Sail show which no one took advantage of As the months go by, I will have other prizes for new and old members who have not attended one of our functions. Hint: read the newsletter.

The fourth Strictly Sail reception is now history and Madalyn Duerr and her fine committee did a splendid job again.   Catalina Yachts was especially pleased with the 30th Anniversary theme and the well organized program. Once again Dave DeAre and his staff managed the contact booth for our club at the Catalina Yachts booth. Thanks to everyone who pitched in and made this a wonderful place for one stop shopping-seeing Catalina friends, signing up new members, gathering information about the Mainsheet and answering questions about our favorite boat, the Catalina.

Don't forget to sign up to sponsor an outing or to help on your favorite project. Your involvement will make this a great year.

Ted Kuenzli Commodore


Last March, after a meeting here in Chicago with Frank Butler and a representative from each association in the Mainsheet, a committee was formed to review the current Catalina Associations and their involvement in the Mainsheet magazine. This committee has been meeting for the last year and has proposed an overall governing board called the All Catalina Alliance. This board was developed for the purpose of adding significant value to our associations and to improving the Mainsheet by increasing the subscriptions.

The Board of Governors (BOG) would be made up of five members elected by the One Design Associations (ODA), three members from the All Catalina Associations (ACA) and a representative from Catalina Yachts. The editor of the Mainsheet would also be a member without voting rights. This board would give guidance to all the associations, increase buying power due to larger number of members, develop a web site, discuss problems within the overall Catalina Group and hopefully increase membership in all associations by creating one source of information.

Your board has been discussing this concept the past year and voted at the last board meeting to accept the All Catalina Alliance Bylaws. We are encouraged by the fact that John and Hazel Luther and Walt Ahern were involved during the development stages and that Hazel has been appointed to fill a short term until the new BOG is elected mid summer. They have kept your board informed and we thank them for this.

The bottom line is your club will not change for the foreseeable future due to the formation of this alliance. We will use their suggestions if they help us and probably make suggestions for them to use. This should be a win-win situation for Catalina Yachts and benefits will flow down to us in the future.

Questions regarding the new Alliance should be directed to Hazel and John Luther or the Commodore.


Renew your Fleet 21 membership today! Your preprinted renewal form was included with last month's newsletter if you need another form, click here,  or contact the membership committee immediately. If all the information on the form is correct, just return it along with your dues and any optional fees. Please check over the form and make certain your info is correct and complete Do you have a new e-mail address? Is your harbor assignment the same? The directory is only as accurate as the information we have. Please, please, please check your form!

All membership renewals must be in by April 1st.


Friday, February 18
Friday, March 17
Friday, April 21
Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday, June 20
Tuesday, July 18
Tuesday, August 15
Tuesday, September 19
Friday, October 20


By Cheryl Kuba

About 60 Fleet members attended our first annual meeting of the century at Corinthian Yacht Club at Montrose. All of the food was sumptuous, the fire cozy, and the Fleet raised $446 from the Brown Bag raffle. Thanks go to all who helped set up and clean up, to all of our spirited auctioneers, and for our great slide show. Special thanks to Jack & Lois Bretall, Carolyn & Dave DeAre, Steve Cook, Linda Sadlowski, Keith & Marilyn Mayo, Danita, Branson & Lizzy Stone, and Dorothy & Wally Hartmann for all the help in getting the club ready for the event Special thanks to Mike, Karen & Brendan Walsh and Joan Conroy for taking The canned goods to the Note Dame School Food Pantry in Clarendon Hills.


By John Lauraitis

Now is a good time to check the fire extinguishers on your boat-including the expiration date. Update as necessary.

Check for expired flares. While they may still work, they won't pass inspection by the Coast Guard. Also look at the dates when you buy new flares.

To prevent flags or pennants from fraying, apply clear varnish along the edges on both sides.


Burnham Harbor
By Deborah Ruxton, Harbor Captain 

Burnham has received approval for an addition to the harbor master building. Improvements will include larger restroom facilities, increased number of shower stalls, and enlarging the attached grocery/supply store.

A separate independent pump out system will he installed for this sailing season.

Landscaping improvement will continue.

By Pat Reynolds, Harbor Captain 

Launch dates can be scheduled after February 15.


FOR SALE: 1995 Catalina 36. Tall rig, wing keel, 30hp diesel, wind speed, depth, autohelm 4000, 5 inch compass, Schaeffer roller furling, Garhauer adjustable fairleads, VH, AM/FM cassette, premium interior fabric, 150 genoa, full batten main with Dutchman, jiffy reefing, 3 blade prop, bimini, dodger and filler, pedestal dinette table, teak cockpit table, microwave, tv/vcr, cradle. Bob Hurdle 630-9643454 or 

FOR SALE: 1985 Catalina 30. Universal 21 hp diesel. Wind, speed, depth, 5" compass. Harken roller furling, jiffy reefing. Four self-tailing winches. WC pressurized water.   Autohelm 3000. Loran, VHF, AM-FM cassette stereo. Extra sails plus many other extras. $31,600. Contact Walter Hartmann 708-246-3447 or

WANTED: Catalina 34 tall-rig.  Spinnaker equipment preferred. Walter Hartmann at 708-246-3447or

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