Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

Jan / Feb 2015 FleetSheet


Happy New Year!  I would like to thank our Past Commodore Pat Reynolds for the two great years he served as Commodore of Fleet 21.

The final 2014 Fleet 21 event was our annual Awards Banquet held at Burnham Yacht club on November 18.  Thanks to Carolyn and Dave DeAre for hosting another fine banquet.

Commodore_Ron I am Ron Shereyk and this month begins my tenure as Commodore of the Fleet.  Other incoming officers of the club in 2015 are Francine Kuenzli, Vice Commodore, and John Jackiw, Secretary. Returning for another year as Treasurer is Ray Kalinsky.  A warm welcome to John Jackiw and Francine Kuenzli both of whom accepted a Board position this year.

I have been associated with Fleet 21 for more than 20 years serving as a Board member for most of that time.  Most recently I have been co-chair of the Membership Committee and am known to most of you.

We need volunteers for Harbor Captain in Monroe, Waukegan and Kenosha Harbors.  Please contact me if you wish to become a Harbor Captain at any of these harbors.

Since the Strictly Sail Show was moved from Navy Pier to McCormick Place on short notice, the Fleet decided not to staff a booth at the show.  We were also unable to host the annual Rendezvous with Lake Michigan Catalina Association.  Hopefully, we will be able to work something out next year.

We are going to streamline our Programs and Outings this year, incorporating our general meeting with an outing whenever possible.   Our first general meeting will take place in April at the Brown Bag Auction at Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor.  It was decided to reschedule the Brown Bag Auction from February to April due to the possibility of inclement winter weather in February.   We are currently planning a get-together at Hammond Yacht Club after Crowley’s ‘Yachtapalooza’ at the end of March.  More information will be available in the next Fleet Sheet.

After losing vendor sponsorship a few years ago due to the economic downturn, we find it necessary to increase our annual dues by $5 for new and renewing members.  This is the first dues increase in nearly 20 years.

Although it is a long way off, I am looking forward to the 2015 sailing season and our annual Margarita Party on Memorial Day weekend in Burnham Harbor.

Commodore,  Ron Shereyk

By Brian Ruxton
This isn’t a church newsletter but this will be my confession.  I learned, or again reminded myself, to keep it simple and never forget the basics.

Back in 2013 it seemed as if my sinks were draining very slowly.  I’m reluctant to do a repair like that in the summer because we then run the very real risk of having no sink for rest of summer.  So, one of my spring repairs before last year was to re-plumb the sinks and put all new tubing in.  That went well and the sinks drained faster . . . probably because they leaked.  Right into a silverware drawer.  I patched and sealed but the leak was still there.  All summer I looked in various catalogs but didn’t buy anything because I would be retrofitting with something other than what was there, it was fairly expensive and again, a dripping sink was better than no sink.  The remedy last summer was to remove the silverware drawer and let it drip into the bilge.

Last fall my big giant brain came up with the idea of contacting Catalina Yachts.  I called the parts department and got the e-mail of the manager.  I sent her a picture of my part and within fifteen minutes I had a reply.  The reply was a picture of what sure looked like what I needed.  The cost was $15.00.  I was possibly going to spend $60.00 at West Marine.  I had them send it and it was EXACTLY what I needed.  The problem with the old part was simply its age.  Plastic may last a long time in landfills and sink drains but once you start twisting and turning it you may find that it is brittle.

The moral of the story here is obvious.  So obvious that I will leave it to you to make your own.  No lawyer jokes though.

On another note, Madelyn Duerr is going to be logging some long days at the combined sailboat, powerboat and RV show.  Stop by and give her some business.  The tufted topper is a fantastic product.

Your 2015 membership renewal form is included in this newsletter.  Please complete all information and return it along with your check to membership chairman Pat Shereyk by April 1.

Please consider including a donation to the Mariner’s Fund when you renew your membership.  This fund was established by the Fleet in 2000 as a means to give back to the sailing community.  You don’t have to have a special occasion to contribute, but donations can be made in honor of a special birthday, anniversary or as a memorial contribution.

The chairman of the Mariner’s Fund evaluates possible recipients and recommends distribution of the funds.  Past recipients include the Sea Scouts, Friends of the Viking Ship, and the Uhlich Children’s Home.  The fund is also used to bring speakers from the sailing community to Fleet 21 meetings. If you have an idea of a group worthy of a donation or have a speaker you would like us to sponsor, please contact Ray Kalinsky our Mariner’s Fund chairman.

Next Board Meeting:  February 5, 6:30pm at Nancy Bartlett’s.

Got something to sell or trade?  Trying to find a boat to buy?  List your items here for free.  Send listings to  Listings run for two issues unless I hear otherwise.

FOR SALE:  1993 Catalina 36.  Tall rig, wing keel, feathering prop, Maxwell anchor windlass, 1000 W inverter, upgraded traveler, reverse cycle AC, and more.  Stored at Skipper Buds, Winthrop Harbor under custom winter cover.  Asking $69,900. Contact Marshall Fernholz 312-446-4267

FOR SALE:  2005 Catalina 320 manufactured in California.  Ultra leather interior cushions, Bottomsider cockpit cushions, A/C, Raymarine chartplotter, low hours on the Yanmar engine, Varioprofile feathering prop and cradle.  Super clean, ready to sail away.  Can be seen at Sail Place in Kenosha, WI.  Contact Tim Fulbright (847) 274-9717.  A full listing with pictures and specifications can be seen at  Owner:  Steve Wash.

FOR SALE:  1986 Catalina 30, Fins. Tall rig, fin keel, diesel, refrigeration, full instruments,  stored indoors, many upgrades. Superb condition. Great for day sailing or long distance cruising.  $25,000. Call Tom Grove 815-685-2888 or email

FOR SALE:  2005 Catalina 36, tall mast, fin keel, special anniversary model.  Many extras.  Set up for racing and cruising with 3 spinnakers, 1 asym, 2 sym.  For sale at Sail Place in Kenosha, WI for $129, 950.  Owner:  Ray Kalinsky.

FOR SALE:  1989 Catalina 34, Recovery Room.  Great condition.  For sale at Sail Place for $54,000. Owner: Lloyd Johnson.

Now is the time to start thinking about an outing for your harbor!  Do you have something fun that you would like to try?  Send your ideas to Outings Chairman Dave DeAre.  Sponsoring an outing is something anyone can do.  You come up with a date and/or a theme.  Arrange for food (a restaurant to go to, a potluck, pizza– everyone pays for their own food). Arrange with your harbormaster where people could park their boats or cars.  Sponsors do not pay for outings.

The following awards were presented at the banquet on November 15:
Boat of the Year       Larry & Pat Meekma   Corvair
Racer of the Year   Ray Kalinsky  Little Miss Magic
Rookie of the Year   Wilson and Marjorie Heaton  Four Docks
Commodore’s Award    Nancy Bartlett & Dave DeAre
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you!

By Lori Lauraitis
Look for Lori’s report in the next (March) issue of Fleet Sheet.
Happy New Year to all Fleet members.