Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

March 2001


Fleet 21’s General Membership meeting on Friday, March 16, will be held at the BoatU.S. Marine Center,  567 Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL.  Steve Tadd, the store manager has agreed to have the store open for us from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

BoatU.S. will offer the following special discounts on their retail prices (not any sale prices or special orders), to Fleet 21 members who are also BoatU.S. members:

20% Discount on all general merchandise
10% Discount on all electronics
50% Discount on all clearance items (excluding electronics)
VC-17 bottom paint (blue, red, and original) @ $26/can  (1/5 gal.)

If you are not a BoatU.S. member you will be able to join BoatU.S. at a discounted co-op group rate of $9.50 that evening.

In addition, all BoatU.S. members’ purchases will be eligible for the “Members Rewards” of an additional 4% rebate,…AND, as part of the “Big Sail Bonus” promotion, you will receive a $10.00 rebate coupon redeemable  at BoatU.S. Marine Centers for every $50.00 you spend on sail hardware, such as winches, blocks, etc.

Make MARCH 16 the date to buy all of the equipment and supplies that you will need this year.  Your participation will help keep these discounts available in future years.

Cookies and coffee will be served.  There are three restaurants adjacent to BoatU.S. for those who want to eat near the meeting:   Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon, Country Buffet, and Burger King.

Bring your lists, bring your checkbooks and credit card and…SAVE!!  MARCH 16!!


As I write this message, March has blown in and the weather vacillates between definitely winter and the very slightest hint of spring.  According to the calendar, spring is only a few weeks away and we are busy making plans for all those spring commissioning projects.  Plan on stocking up on all those necessary items at our next General Meeting on Friday, March 16th at BoatU.S. in Lombard.  Details are in this newsletter.  BoatU.S. promises some special “deals” for us.  If you are not already a member, you will be able to join at Catalina Fleet 21’s reduced membership cost.  The benefits are numerous.

February’s presentation by Achilles on chartering and cruising the Greek Isles certainly whetted our appetites to be back on the water.  It may not be the blue-green Aegean, but we do have Lake Michigan at our doorstep.

Before we know it, Memorial Day weekend and Fleet 21’s first outing of the sailing season will be here. Hopefully, many of us will be in the water and the weather will cooperate.  Be sure to mark your calendars for a fun-filled weekend.

Watch for further information in upcoming issues of Fleet Sheet.

Hope to see you all at BoatU.S. on March 16th.  Get those credit cards ready.

Jan Byrd

Catalina Fleet 21 Annual Awards Banquet - Saturday, November 17, 2001.


Last call to renew your Catalina Fleet 21 membership.  Deadline to have your name in the 2001 directory is April 1.  This is the last newsletter you will receive if you have not renewed by that date.  Lost or misplaced your renewal form?  Contact membership chairmen Pat Shereyk at 708-598-1457 or Karen Walsh at 630-323-6543.


Call For Candidates

Our Fleet is looking for organizations or programs that would qualify to receive our 2001 Mariners' Service Fund Award. This monetary scholarship will be awarded at year-end to an organization that promotes boating safety educational programs, youth sailing programs, or community based sailing programs. All beneficiaries should, in some way, be linked to the promotion of boating. Individual yacht club sailing programs are not eligible. If you have a recommendation, please contact fleet member Cheryl Kuba,, or at 773-327-9331.



Dr. Nautical Here

The Strictly Sail Boat Show is over, and I came away with a new item that I think you might want to hear about. The P.S.S. Shaft Seal (Packless Sealing System) by P.Y.I. eliminates needless bilge pumping that often times wakes you up in the middle of the night.   No more unpacking and repacking of the stuffing box. It eliminates trying to get only one to drops per minute with the engine off, and too much water or not enough when you turn the engine on.

I was so impressed that I bought one for my 28 footer (Weak Moment).  It took me about two hours to install and was easier than I expected.

No more water in the bilge from the shaft.  The bilge pump hardly ever runs.  No more having to deal with stuffing box problems at the most inopportune times.  It gives great peace of mind.

The cost for most of our boats is around $180 to $190.  You can contact P.Y.I. by phone at 425-355-3669;

Fax 425-355-3661, or E-mail P.Y.I.  Their web site is at

Know Your Boat’s Equipment

*The Battery:   An electrochemical storage device capable of lighting an incandescent lamp of a wattage about equal to that of a refrigerator bulb for a period of 15 minutes after having been charged for 2 hours.

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.


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: 1987 Catalina 30 tall rig. Great condition. New autopilot 3000, new electric panel, refrigeration, microwave, tk.table/drink holder, diesel, roller furling 150, extra 150 head sail, certified lifeboat, lazyjacks, cradle.
Much, much more. $37,500. Located in Hammond parking lot.
Call Fred Kimmel 312-332-6663 or Sheila Kimmel 312-527-2676.

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).

Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade, or buy in this column without any charge.
Items listed run for three months, unless you notify me that you want the ad to continue.
Send listings to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, Il 60137
Fax 630-668-8950
email :
Phone: 630-469-6117
Listings must be received by the 1st of the month.


Thanks to the committee and all who lent a helping hand, this year's Strictly Sail, Strictly Catalina Reception held Saturday, February 3, at Navy Pier was our best ever. We had well over 200 attendees (including the gang from LMCA), a record 32 sponsors, delicious food, fabulous decorations and some great door prizes. Decorations Chair Francine Kuenzli outdid herself with a "Touch of the Tropics" theme and those who helped her decorate turned our banquet room into a tropical paradise.

Registration Chair Diana Phillips and her helpers got everyone in a "tropical" mood as they handed out badges and colorful leis to attendees. Carolyn and Dave DeAre gave us a chance to reminisce with a great slide show, as always - and the Jamaican One-Man Band once again did a splendid job of getting everyone singing and dancing throughout the evening.

A great big thanks to all of our sponsors, especially our two Platinum Sponsors - Garhauer Marine and Catalina Yachts - for their support and participation at this event. (See complete list of sponsors elsewhere in this newsletter.) Garhauer's Bill Felgenhauer spoke about how honored he was to be part of the "Catalina Family" and Catalina Yacht's own Sharon Day and Frank Butler were as charming and entertaining as ever as they drew the winning ticket and presented a lucky attendee with a week's vacation in a beautiful condo in Puerto Vallarta.

Those of us staying at the Hampton Inn (and there were over 100 of us!), gathered in the Hospitality Room for a buffet breakfast on Sunday which gave us a chance to visit with Fleet 21 and LMCA members in a casual setting before taking in the last day of the boat show. All in all, it was a great Catalina weekend!

We'll be planning another Fleet 21 Winter Rendezvous weekend during the 2002 Strictly Sail Show at Navy Pier next year and for your convenience, we'll be reserving another block of rooms at the Hampton Inn and meeting for breakfast on Sunday morning. So, everything will be much the same as this year with one exception - to give Fleet 21's Reception Committee a "year off", Catalina Yachts has very graciously volunteered to sponsor the Saturday evening reception right on the Exhibit Floor in the Catalina Yachts exhibit area. We'll all look forward to partaking in their hospitality!

My heartfelt thanks to my committee chairs and to EVERYONE who pitched in to help make this year's Fleet 21 Reception a rousing success! ! !

Madalyn Duerr
Winter Rendezvous Chair

Catalina Fleet 21 wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support and participation in the 2001 “Strictly Sail, Strictly Catalina” Reception:


Catalina Yachts
Garhauer Marine


Edson International

NestEgg Marine
Sail Place - Cedar Springs
Sail Place - Waukegan
Sun & Sail Marine


ICOM America, Inc.
Hammond Marina
Mack Boring
Sails East - Midwest


Achilles Charters
Boat U.S.
Boater’s World/Chicago Yachting & Navigation
CDI, Inc.
Crowley’s Yacht Yard
Martec Engineering
North Sails