Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

April 2018 FleetSheet


The robins are back, snow birds are headed home, and boatyards are coming to life. It’s spring! For Fleet 21 that means it’s time for our annual Brown Bag Auction and Dinner. If you’ve never been to a Brown Bag Auction before, it works like this : we ask that you put something gift-worthy in a bag of some sort. The item can be nautical or not. You can re-gift something you can’t use, recycle a boating accessory you no longer need, or just fill it with something neat or tasty. Staple or tape your bag shut and indicate on the outside an estimated value and a clue as to what’s inside. Don’t say what it is, just a clue. Then let the bidding begin. Our high-powered salesmen will auction off each bag to the highest bidder. The bidding can get fierce so bring lots of cash. You might just go home with a bottle of wine, boat gear, a door knocker, cash, or next year’s brown bag item.

This fun-filled evening is Saturday, April 21 at Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor . We’ll begin at 5:30 with appetizers followed by a buffet dinner catered by Drew’s on Halsted Restaurant starting at 6:30pm. The buffet will include the following: Mixed Green Salad with Champaign Shallot Vinaigrette, Chicken Marsala, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Grilled Vegetables, Vegetable Penne Pasta-Marinara Parmesan and Fresh Basil and Fresh Bread. The price range will be between $17 and $20. As in the past, members are asked to bring appetizers or desserts to be shared. The Regular Meeting will begin immediately following dinner. Our Brown Bag Auction will conclude the night. RSVP by April 14 to Sheila Caldwell: 312-218-6666 or Parking is free and has never been a problem.

Fleet 21 members and friends
toured the Catalina Factory on
March 14.

21 Fleet members and friends toured the Catalina Yachts factory in Largo, FL on March 14. Our host was Warren Pandy and he did an excellent job taking us through about 12 different buildings, each dedicated to different processes in the production of a new boat. From hull glass work to final assembly it was a real education in the steps needed to produce a new boat.

We learned that it takes about 3 months to produce a large boat like the new 425 which was a favorite boat for many of us. Catalina still makes virtually all of the boat parts, so the hull lamination, liner and deck assembly were a major attraction. The wood shop and final assembly were very interesting. It takes a lot of work and parts to produce a new sailboat!

We came early and spent time in the store. Chris, the parts manager is very knowledgeable and confirmed that most parts for older boats are available or can be sourced. We had a very enjoyable dinner in a private room at Bascom’s Chop House in Clearwater. Next year is Catalina’s 50th anniversary to be celebrated in part by the introduction of a new 50+boat. Plan to join us next year for the tour!
Dave DeAre, Outings Chairman


I would like to thank our members who contributed to making 2017 an outstanding year for the fleet. Let’s do it again in 2018. Thanks to Laura Pohl we are starting the year off with a bang and our very own Facebook page. Have you joined our group? To do so search Facebook for Catalina Fleet 21 Chicago Region and ask to join the group.

Members can post news, photos and share on the site. Since we have members in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Illinois, this will be a great way to keep all our members up to date and also recruit new members. And also thanks to Bob Kuba for maintaining our Fleet Web site all these years! How many has it been, Bob? Bob includes lots of great links on the site, archives the newsletters, posts pictures and events, and much more. Check it out at

Besides this Fleet Sheet, our members can subscribe to the Catalina Yachts official magazine Mainsheet. Just check the box on your membership renewal form and you’ll receive (for a fee) this great magazine quarterly. It’s just one of the things that makes owning a Catalina special! Our next regular meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., April 21st at Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club. We have planned a buffet style dinner catered by Drew’s on Halsted Restaurant starting at 6:30 p.m.

As in the past, members may bring appetizers and desserts to be shared. The Regular Meeting will begin immediately following dinner. Our Brown Bag Auction will conclude the night. The Brown Bag Auction has always been a fun event. This night will benefit our Mariner’s Service Fund. The Mariner’s Service funds enables the fleet to continue contribute monetary funds to programs that promote sailing. Hope to see you there.
Captain Jim Caldwell


Fleet members may list items they want to buy, sale or trade in this column. Listings are free and run for 3 issues of the newsletter. Send submissions to the Fleet Sheet editor at

FOR SALE: 1998 Catalina C250 Water ballast, swing keel boat. She shows like a boat half her age. Very clean & in great condition inside and out. New Yamaha 99 motor 2017. New sails 2016. New galvanized trailer 2012. Mast stepping system for on the hard or in water. Summers in Michigan City, winter stored in heated building. The list of new items & upgrades is way to extensive to list here. Please contact me for pictures and more info. $17,900. Leo Beer 708-204-6771 or


Your 2018 membership renewal form is included in this newsletter. Please complete all information and return it along with your check to membership chairman Pat Shereyk, 13418 Choctow Trail, Homer Glen, IL 60491 by April 15. You can also bring your completed form and a check to the Brown Bag Auction/Dinner.

Member News
Ron Shereyk wishes to thank everyone for their cards, notes, and messages of support during this trying time. Ron continues to receive treatment. We all love you, Ron, and pray for your recovery.

Westrec is busy fulfilling their plans for North Port Marina. Pool plans are on track for this spring. The quotes for construction are almost all in, construction is scheduled to begin in March (as the ground thaws) and completion of the project is on tap for May. As soon as practical, Comcast will wire the entire facility for cable TV and optional Wi-Fi.

There will be some reconfiguring of the southeast dock area. “R” dock will be entirely removed to provide an area for small boat activities. There may also be jet ski rentals and a launch area for kayaks, etc. Stayed tuned for more improvements!

Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meetings held February 22 and March 22 *Westrec will be testing newer dock materials that last longer. Wood doesn’t last as long due to changing weather patterns over the years. So, Westrec is testing more composite materials (found that pressure treated wood does not stand up as long either) . Some docks will be widened from 7’ to 8’–an upgrade to ensure safer usage.

*Damage to docks not as bad as expected. Everything looking good for spring and harbors should open on time.

*New harbor rules suggested but will be reviewed by Westrec Board Members & published this March or April. New Security Systems to be announced later.

*Water levels are more than a foot higher than in 2017!

*Amazon looking at the Michael Reese complex near McCormick Place.

* South End of Monroe – designated kayak guided tours within breakwall. Cause for concern, visibility. So far, daylight only.

*Park District using Drone to map out & set mooring cans.

*Boaters getting older, not being replaced by younger enthusiasts. Seeing decline in registration.

*“Women On The Water” popular with power boats, learning docking, etc.

* Park District has a big Spring “ To Do List” before season begins…some dome cameras will be installed in some harbors. Northerly Island will convert to the Park District office; courtesy dock, open on Saturday – the south wing of the airport.

* Electricity turned-on mid-April.

* Venetian Night – may be called “Light Up The Harbors” on 7/28 – more information later

* Progress in fines for Illegal Charters – as much as $14,000 has been collected.

*Belmont to host Vintage Car Show at 10:00 a.m. on 5/12 called LAMDA. More info to follow