Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

June 2019 FleetSheet


If you’re like most of us, somewhere on your boat you have inflatable PFDs. Maybe they’re easily accessible, maybe they are stashed in a storage compartment, or maybe you wear them every time you go out. However when was the last time they were inspected? Do you even know how to inspect them? Are you certain they would inflate if needed? Our June 11 program will answer these questions and more.

Phil Pollard from Crowley’s will give a talk on personal flotation devices (PFDs), which will include how to repack, change a cartridge, proper maintenance and when it should be done. Be sure to bring your PFD along to the meeting. In addition to drinks and dinner, the only other cost for the program would be for a re-arm kit should you decide you want to inflate your PFD before repacking it.

This important program and general meeting is Tuesday, June 11 at the Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive. Have dinner at the Club beginning at 6pm. Reservations for dinner a must. Call 312-427-4664 to make yours. If you are not a member of the club you will need to use a credit card to pay for drinks and dinner.

There will be a short general meeting beginning at 7pm with the presentation to follow. Once you have your PFDs tuned up, you’re ready for our June outing …a sail to New Buffalo for our Summer Sailstice. The longest day of the year is a perfect time to make a lake crossing (or a short sail for you Michigan City sailors). A flyer with all the details is included in this newsletter. We will be at the Municipal Marina. It is essential you make slip reservations as soon as possible by going to or by calling 800-447-2757. Reservations are refundable with 48 hour notice. There are maps of the harbor and information at


Welcome to the 2019 sailing season. By now most boats are in the water, in spite of the cold wet spring. Many harbors are experiencing problems with the high water levels. Several fixed docks in New Buffalo are several inches under water. They had to turn off all of the power to those docks. One thing for sure, boaters need to be flexible and inventive to deal with mother nature. Also selective amnesia helps, forget the bad, remember the good.

We have several outings and programs coming up, so mark your calendars. May 25th – Launch party Burnham Harbor, 3:30, June 11th – Burnham Park Yacht Club, General Meeting and a program on PFD Safety Vest, care and inspection, June 22nd Summer Sailstice in New Buffalo.

Note – you NEED to reserve a slip, through Michigan State Parks & Harbors There is also convenient parking for those who wish to drive. I want to thank the board and committee members who have taken the time to plan and promote these outings and programs. I encourage everyone to join in on the fun, meet newer members, and reconnect with the older members.

Please make every effort to attend. Fair winds and safe passage.
Branson Stone

More than 40 Fleet members enjoyed beautiful weather (no rain!) at the May 25th Launch Party.










Most of you missed last month’s program at Quantum Sails, but here are some tips from Quantum sailmaker Todd Basch:

Sails lead a hard life. Under sail, they are put on the torture rack of the rig, ropes, and hardware, all loading them with thousands of pounds in several directions. Sails are cooked in the sun, soaked in the rain, and forced to work in bad weather. They’re never left in peace. Settle in on one tack, and suddenly you smack the sail to the other side. And if your sails don’t hurry you along fast enough, you strike them down and put up others to endure the suffering. Even when not being used, they get folded, creased, dragged on decks, dragged on docks, stuffed in lockers, stuffed in trunks, stored in basements, stored in greasy garages, and put away wet. Merciless. Show some love by simply affording them the respect we give a load of laundry—a chance to dry, the dignity of a nice fold (different crease each time), and storage in a clean bag.

I want you to get the maximum enjoyment from your sails: here are some things you can do to keep them flying for as long as possible.

*UV rays are a sail’s worst enemy. Sailors protect themselves from the sun, and they need to do the same for their sails. Make sure your roller-furled sails are rolled with the UV cover out (Seriously, if you’re not sure, ask.). Stow your furling main far enough in the mast or boom so that only the UV-protected corner shows. Similarly, make sure your mainsail cover fits and is on properly without any corners or edges peeking out. Don’t leave an exposed sail on deck longer than necessary—it is the mark of a good sailor to bag sails and have them ready to redeploy in the event of a quick change. Your sailmaker will give your sails a onceover for UV damage during your annual inspection and help catch damage before it’s too late. That’s just one of the reasons you should have your sails regularly checked by a professional.

*You’ve got to be your sails’ advocate. Keep an eye open to catch little problems before they’re catastrophic. Sailors spend a lot of time looking at sails, but what we’re looking at is often only part of the picture. We see shape, smoothness, luff tension, leech tension, foot tension, batten tension, depth, twist, sag, and telltales. But what about slides, bolt ropes, headboards, corner webs and rings, corner patching, sun covers, and stitching?

Look at sails when they go up, when they go down, and when flaking. Scratch across stitching to see if it is brittle or loose. Are there permanent stretch marks on the cloth suggesting fatigue? Are the leech and luff ends of the batten pockets secure? Are all the slides and their reinforcements securely fastened to the sail? Stretched slide webs will change the luff curve of your sail. If you see something, say something.

*Sail care is boat care. Keep your sail handling systems and hardware in good condition and your sails will thank you. If halyard sheave bearings screech, hoisting and dousing takes longer, is less smooth, causes more flog and wear, and leaves the boat vulnerable. Is your headsail extrusion lubricated? Mainsail track? Winches running smoothly? Smooth sheeting allows for better acceleration coming out of tacks and introduces on-the-weather loads without shocking the clew by bouncing it in.

*A well-trimmed sail is a well-cared-for sail. Over-trimming is one of the more common sailing mistakes and does nothing but slow you down and increase loads (Read: wear on your sail!) while heeling the boat more. Under-trimming and letting a leech flutter is slow, ugly, and adds fatigue to a sail. Keep an eye on leech lines for the same reason. Easing halyard tension a fraction for a fuller sail is an effective way to get a little more off-wind speed, but an eased halyard on the weather—from slip or stretch—will load slides or luff rope, distorting your luff. If you’re sheeting the foot of your headsail until it screams, consider changing instead of forcing it flat. A slow, flogging tack is not only an inefficient way to maneuver, but it also abuses the sail. Consistently clean, controlled tacks adds life. Sail abuse suggests a sail change.

*Everyone has experienced some kind of mishap with a sail, whether from error or age, and those troubles aren’t fun and can sometimes be dangerous. Respect your sails like you respect the water and you’ll sail better, save money, and keep your boat off its ear.

Thank you to Harold Hansen for making this article happen!


Reported by Lori Lauraitis
Meeting May 23
Water levels are forever increasing & predicted to increase by at least a foot by summer. Water is sweeping over the promenade at Burnham now & surging from boat traffic. Also causing drainage problems in the harbors. Boats are still finding it difficult getting into Diversey.

BELMONT HARBOR – May have to evacuate “A” Dock.

MONTROSE HARBOR – rising water as well.

DU SABLE HARBOR – LSD work still causing a problem for parking but have brought-in a sweeping machine to clean & promised to re-pave parking lot in the future.

BURNHAM PARK HARBOR – Dock replacement work is almost completed on P, Q, R & S & will be a prototype of future remodeling & have personal gate codes with improved WiFi. The extenuator was moved closer to shore because of ice build-up during winter even with the heavy anchoring blocks holding it down.

Cirque du Soleil “Volta” is being held on the west side if Burnham Park Harbor this summer.

31ST STREET HARBOR – Harborfest will be held beginning 6/14-15-16 – 7 bands, check website for more info. Salernos remodeled, installing a pizza room also promising to speed-up their service. Pinnacle Yachts will be represented.

JACKSON PARK HARBOR – Wes Trec working a w/Alderman on dredging permits going on now for about 3years.

**CYA Celebration 🎉 November 30 on the Spirit of Chicago celebrating 60 years & themed “Diamonds & Wine” – $115.00 per person, including just about everything except parking. Private Deck open bar, come & enjoy.


FOR SALE: 2001 Catalina 380 #314. EASY TOO RF Tall Rig, 40 hp. Yanmar Engine (950 hrs.), Wing Keel, Centerline queen-sized aft berth, Nearly new UK 155% Furling Genoa w/ Foam Luff and Roller Furling Main. Cockpit Cushions, Dodger & Bimini, Full instruments including Radar & Chartplotter, Autopilot, DSC radio connected to GPS, Air Conditioning/Heat, Refrigeration, 3 burner stove w/oven, Microwave, Sirius Satellite Radio with Cockpit Speakers, SS Anchor with 100’ Chain+ rope, Steel Storage/Shipping Cradle, Custom storage cover and lots more! Freshwater Boat (Lake Michigan exclusively). Extremely well maintained. Asking $114,000. In the water at Tower Marina (Douglas, MI). Contact Phill Klein at 847-971-7445 or for specs.

FOR SALE: 1992 Catalina 34 sailboat $42,000. Well maintained FRESHWATER cruiser. Fresh bottom paint 2018; Diesel inboard engine- new hoses/water pump 2018; new steering cables 2017; newer mainsail and Jib purchased approximately 10 years ago; Dodger & awning (Navy Blue); Schaefer Furling System; Dutchman Sail Flaking System B/C Topping Lift; interior floors refinished 2015; autohelm; Sleeps 7 with (2) staterooms, plus the dinette sleeps 2, and 1 settee berths. Contact: Vickie/John 847-274-9229

FOR SALE: 1988 Catalina 36 Team Effort. For sale through Sail Place in Kenosha. Go to Preowned listings. $22,000 or best offer. This is a steal!

FOR SALE: Reduced! 1981 Catalina 25 swing keel. She sails beautifully! Roller furled jib. Clean and ready to go. It is at 31st street Harbor. Powered by a Tohatsu 9.8 Four stroke outboard with all in-cockpit controls and power trim. Navigate with a Garmin NMEA 2000 navigation system. Relax in comfort with all new cushions and upholstery below deck. Sails included are one main and three jibs. $8000.00 OBO For more information contact John Jackiw at 708- 828- 4318.

FOR SALE: Reduced! 1980 Catalina 30 Tall Rig Archangel. Belongs to Indiana Sailing Association, Inc. (a sailing training charity group operating in NW Indiana). Little used. Slip available. Surplus to training program of Indiana Sailing. At East Chicago (Pastrick) Marina opposite launch ramp. $9500 OBO. Contact: 219-614-4372.


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