Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

March / April 2015 FleetSheet

The clocks have been set back, the days are getting longer, our Fleet snow birds are winging their way back north, boats are shedding their winter coats, and Fleet 21 activities are on the calendar. It’s spring!

One of the first boating events of the season is Yachtapalooza at Crowley’s Yacht Yard Lakeside located at 3434 East 95th Street in Chicago on Saturday, March 28 from 8am – 4 pm.

Besides great bargains in the store (the best price on bottom paint is usually here!), there are exhibits, entertainment by the Chicago Blues All Stars, and programs. The seminars run all day long beginning at 9am. Topics this year include varnishing, gel coat maintenance, anchoring, cruising the Great Lakes and the always popular Weather with Amy. The day’s events also include demonstrations of fire extinguishers (10am), flares (1pm) and even drones (11:30 am). For a complete schedule of events go to

After a day at Crowley’s get together with fellow Fleet 21 members for dinner at Up For Grabs, 1923 Calumet Avenue in Whiting, Indiana (this is near Crowley’s). Up for Grabs opens at 3 pm. Pat Reynolds is coordinating the restaurant details. Contact Pat at 773-779-4949 if you have questions or if you plan to attend.

Our annual Dinner & Brown Bag Auction event is April 17 at Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor so pack your bags and get ready for a fun evening! We’ll start off with appetizers at 6:30 pm followed by a buffet dinner prepared by the Club caterer at 7pm. The price for the dinner is $15 per person. After dinner we’ll have a brief business meeting and then the fun begins. Never been to the Brown Bag Auction? It works like this: we ask that you put something in a bag of some sort. The item can be nautical or not. You can re-gift a present 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 (it can also be a box) and indicate on the outside an estimated value and a clue as to what’s inside. (Don’t tell us what it actually is!). Then let the bidding begin. Our high-powered salesmen will auction off each bag to the highest bidder. The bidding can get fierce—even though no one knows what they’re bidding on– so bring lots of cash. You might go home with a lamp, wine, glasses –or next year’s brown bag item! This is a Fleet fundraiser and all proceeds go to the Fleet.

In addition to your brown bag, please bring an appetizer or dessert to share and a log for the fire (will we need a fire in April??). If you have not renewed your Fleet 21 membership, please bring your renewal form and check. RSVP to this event by calling Nancy Bartlett at 815-730-9334 by April 12. Also let Nancy know if you can arrive early and help with the setup.



March certainly came in like a ‘lion.’ After a windy month of very cold temperatures, it was a relief when February ended. I am personally looking forward to the return to Daylight Savings time. Warmer weather is on the horizon. Plan on a cool spring though. According to the weather media, the Great Lakes are nearly frozen and it will take a long time to melt all the ice.

On Friday, February 20, 19 fleet members attended a program at the Chicago Maritime Museum presented by Norm Moline, retired Geography professor, on the history of the Great Lakes. The program was informative and entertaining. The new location of the Maritime Museum is in the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 West 35th in Chicago. The venue also includes the Eastland Disaster Museum. The museum is full of artifacts, photos and artwork depicting the maritime history of Chicago. Also on display are definitive photos and a replica of the Eastland steamship that capsized on the Chicago River near the mouth of Lake Michigan with a devastating loss of life in 1915.

The February program was part of a series of programs on maritime topics relative to the Chicago/Lake Michigan area to be held at the museum on the third Friday of the month through November 2015. The next program is scheduled on Friday, March 20. The discussion topic is ‘Building the Canal That Saved Chicago’ a history of the engineering required to reverse the flow of the Chicago River. For more information on this and all future programs check the website:

Crowley’s annual Yachtapalooza is scheduled to be held from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, March 28, at Crowley’s Yacht Yard, 3434 East 95th Street in Chicago. For a list of the seminars and other events, check the website: The final event is a Flare Demonstration at 1 pm in the North Basin. Fleet 21 members are invited to get together for lunch at a restaurant in Whiting, IN. More information will be provided.

Save the date, the Brown Bag Auction is scheduled on Friday, April 17, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Montrose Harbor. More information will be included in this issue of the Fleet Sheet.

If you haven’t done so already, please get your membership renewal forms to the Membership committee by April 15, so we can be sure to include you in the Fleet Directory. The directories are usually distributed at the Margarita Party on Memorial Day weekend. Forms are located in this Fleet Sheet. Since there will not be another issue of the Fleet Sheet before April 17, the membership committee will have forms on hand at the Brown Bag Auction on April 17 for late renewals.

Commodore, Ron Shereyk

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FOR SALE: 2012 Mercury 270 Airdeck inflatable (8’4”). Gray PVC. Only lightly used, excellent condition. Paddles, seat, pump, storage bag included. Sells for $1,600 new; asking $1000. Contact: Harold Hansen 773-973-2049 or email

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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.


BY Brian Ruxton
For those of you ready (or not) to start your spring commissioning I have a few cost saving tips.

The Chicago Maritime Museum is having a nautical auction on March 21st at the Corinthian Yacht Club. It is probably similar to our brown bag auction except that you know in advance what you are getting. The items are donated and the proceeds benefit the new Maritime Museum.

West Marine has closed their Chicago North & Clybourn store and will be opening a brand new store on Halsted and Division. The grand opening will be on March 27, 2015. There should be a lot of good deals. I bought my paint there last year. The have re-branded the Petit equivalent of VC-17 as their store brand. It is 21% copper as opposed to 17%. Last year you got a full quart as opposed to ¾’s of a quart. It looks like this year you only get the .75 quart. If you go the same day as Crowley’s Yachtapalooza you usually get a manager’s discount. I know I have the past few years.

There is always Costco. I got my Group 27 Dual Purpose Marine batteries there five years ago. I’ve had no problem whatsoever and am thinking about new ones this year. Not because there is anything wrong with them, just routine maintenance. The cost was about a 40% savings over West Marine.

That’s all I can think of right now. I haven’t even seen my boat since last October. I was skiing a week ago. I’m hoping that I don’t find anything major when we finally get up there. Probably start the weekend of March 21st. For some reason we always find a new leak. Probably because the boat doesn’t move on the cradle and water pools

By Lori Lauraitis
Meeting held February 26
Sonny Lisowski, Commodore of CYA. Opened the meeting by introducing Jim Johnson, who presented a short presentation on “Weather To Sail” – Topic Thunderstorms –

3/28 – Yachtapalooza will take place at Crowley’s Yacht Yard w/a 4 day festival plus seminars including Electric Shock Demonstration.

West Marine is relocating from North Ave. to Diversey & Halsted & will offer an area for members of CYA to set up tables to represent their fleet or club. Dates will be forthcoming…

4/24 Sea Scouts – will launch their annual fundraiser. It is a gala event held at Columbia Yacht Club for $125.00, DJ, open bar, premium wine bar, dining, dancing, plus great auction gifts. For a worthy cause for today’s youth.

6/27 – CYA Commodore Cruise will be held, visiting the north side yacht clubs. More info to follow: powerboat volunteers are needed

Swim Across – will be held this summer to support the children’s hospital, volunteer boats are needed as well.

JULY – the Wisconsin ducks will make their debut on the river between River City to Marina City. Dates will be forthcoming.

At the January meeting Keith Ogulnick, chairman of NMMA capsulized the Strictly Sail Show/RV Camping Show/Boat Show held at Navy Pier. Combined show, the first time ever at McCormick Place & will continue to be held there, not at Navy Pier as they renovating the building for the future. .He heard good & bad reports on the show, GOOD: easier to get to, parking a plus, all on one floor except for seminars on the lower level, “boutiquey” kind of show, 1 giant party, hotel was closer. BAD: not too many sail boats for sail enthusiasts, vendors complained too long, Wednesday thru Sunday, along with the hours, attendance was up over last year, but seminars were hard to find, both paid. & free.

Your membership renewal is due! If you have not done so, please return it today to membership chairman Pat Shereyk or bring it to the Brown Bag Dinner on April 17. That is the final deadline for inclusion in the Fleet Directory.


Long-time Fleet 21 member James Wright passed away recently. There will be a gathering of friends on March 22nd from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Columbia Yacht Club. Jim was a past Commodore of CYA. Sharing of thoughts and memories will begin at 2:30 the Upper Salon.

It is the wish of Jim’s family that any donations in his name be made to COLYC Sailing School, which was very dear to Jim, as more than anything he loved sharing and teaching the art of sailing and the joy it brought to people of all ages.

Get well wishes to John Lauraitis recovering from knee replacement surgery and to Kathy Cusimano recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.





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