Catalina Fleet 21 All Catalina Owners Association, Chicago Region

September 2019 FleetSheet

No – that’s not a misspelled weather forecast, but a reminder that our September (and last of the year) outing is the Chili Bowl on September 21 at Branson and Danita’s home in Munster, Indiana. You’ll definitely need to come by land yacht, but it promises to be a fun evening filled with friendship.  Danita is making the chili and you’ll need to bring an appetizer, side, or dessert to share. A flyer with all the details is included in this newsletter.  Don’t forget to RSVP.

The Chili Bowl will also serve as our September General Meeting where we will vote on the slate of officers for 2020. All of our 2019 officers have signed on for another year:
Commodore Branson Stone
Vice Commodore Harold Hansen
Treasurer Pete Pohl
Secretary Laura Pohl

We will also accept nominations from the floor.

And mark your calendars now for a special meeting and movie night planned for October 16 at Burnham Park Yacht Club. We’ll be screening the movie Manry at Sea: In the Wake of a Dream an award winning documentary film about Robert Manry and his single-handed voyage across the Atlantic in Tinkerbelle a 13’6” handmade boat. Yes, 13 feet! The film is sure to inspire your own sailing dreams!



“There is no dream so large, that it can’t fit into a tiny boat . ”





The 2019 sailing season is coming to an end. Many have already received their contracts for winter storage, if not they will be arriving very soon. We had several very good events this year. Some were educational and some were entertaining, and most were well attended. We still have the Chili Outing on September 21st, Election of Officers, General Meeting in October, and of course the 46th annual Year End Banquet on November 16th at Palos County Club.

I want to thank Larry & Pat Meekma and Pat Reynolds for the Shrimp Boil in Hammond. All that attended had a great time. I am sorry that Danita and I missed the Waukegan Harbor event run by Jerry & Irene Gagerman, but July 13th was our daughter’s wedding and we still had out of town, and out of the country, family here . I am sure you can understand our choice of events for that day. Wedding plans kept us off the water for the beginning of the summer, but we did manage a week trip in August up the Michigan shore line to St Joe, South Haven, Saugatuck and back. High Life with Leo & Deb Beer sailed along with us. High water has affected all of those harbors too, especially those with notices that in case of a high water surge all power to the docks would be turned off.

The Nominating Committee has been working on a slate of officers for next year and will be presenting their
recommendations. Remember this is your club, all volunteer. What you get out of the club depends on what
you put into the club.

Watch the Fleet Sheet and the insert Flyers for details on the remaining events. We have a few new members and hope you will make a point of attending the upcoming events to welcome them to the Fleet.
Branson Stone
Commodore and Lobster King








Let’s face it. Our club members like to eat! And especially seafood! Our last two outings had great attendance. We had more than 40 in attendance at the Hammond Shrimp Boil and 64 at the Lobster Fest in Michigan City. A huge thank you to Larry and Pat Meekma and Pat Reynolds for the Shrimp Boil and to Branson and Danita Stone and their 800 Dock helpers for the Lobster Fest. Both of these events require a lot of food, a lot of shopping, a lot of planning, a lot of hauling, and a lot of cleanup. Below are a few photos (thanks to Ed Kita) of these events.


















Meeting of August 22
reported by Lori Lauraitis
– There will be a new boat show at 31st Street Harbor on 9/15. Event will include a Bears viewing party on the giant screen located on the Pool Deck. Salerno’ s will be open. Boat dealers will be there ala Harborfest (which had a bad weather day, earlier this season).

– Security – Boat boarding incidents, vandalism up this season., WesTrec had only 4 boats reported out of 5,000 slips. Jackson Park – reported non-observed during the day. WARNING – Do Not Leave Personal Items Outside On Boats!:

– WI FI Difficult for most Chicago harbor boaters, but with everyone on phones, laptops, computers & security cameras filming 24/7 causes difficulties in WiFi functioning properly, but are trying to continually work on it. Future may be “wired internet”!

– Jackson Park – “A” Dock floating wave attenuator is still causing problems within the harbor.

– CYA – proudly presents “Diamond Anniversary” Gala on Saturday, November 30, 2019 on the SPIRIT OF CHICAGO. Boarding begins at 6:00pm, at Navy Pier. $115.00 per person
Deadline for ticket purchase-Wednesday October 20,2019 5:00pm Black Tie Optional


FOR SALE: 1995 Catalina 36 Mark II TR, wing keel. Newer ZF 10M transmission, SS prop shaft and 3 blade feathering, adjustable pitch Variprop. Newer sails.. MarineAir AC/reverse heat. Raymarine ST60 wind, boat speed, depth, and multifunction/graphic gauges at helm. New Raymarine Axiom7 MFD(GPS) at helm. Updated engine panel. Newer lifelines. PYI dripless shaft seal. Custom teak & holly cockpit table. Lewmar folding wheel. Custom teak cabin doors (original hatchboards also available). Dodger/bimini with removable center section. Flat screen TV w/DVD player.. Cruising spinnaker set up on Selden furler and removable Selden bowsprit. Newer Sony bluetooth radio with 4 speakers. Handheld ICOM BC162 VHF included. Full set of cockpit cushions. Loos tension gauge. ATN top climber. Sunbrella covered Lifesling. Winter Cover. Cradle. Burnham dock H, slip 36. Some winter storage paid already . Much more. See the Fleet website for complete listing. $72,500 obo. Pat Tagney 708-574-1227,


Welcome aboard to the following new members:
Skipper: Patrick and Cathy Bredlau
Boat Info: Name: Advocate Size: 34
Sail #1704
Harbor: 31st Street

Brett and Kelly Boas
Crew on Sail La Vie

Skipper: Erik Hillenmeyer
1st Mate: Catherine Hillenmeyer
Boat Info: Name: Sea Bird – Size: 36 – Sail
#2106 Harbor: Belmont – Slip #G43

Welcome back to:
John and Marilyn Lucy
Boat Info: Name: S’More Therapy
Size: Catalina 320 Sail #1095

Long time Fleet 21 members will remember Jack and Dolly Schneidwind and their boat Cap’n Dolly. I am sorry to report that Jack passed away on August 29, 2019 in Fontana-On-Lake Geneva. Further information is available at

Condolences to Larry and Pat Meekma on the
death of Larry’s mother.


Contributed by Jeff Danhauer

Applying a coat of wax a couple times a year will prevent your boat from oxidation. Winter storage is a very important time for a final waxing. A light coat of wax with PTEF (teflon) will help keep dirt off and help prevent oxidation. Come spring simply wipe off with terry cloth, buff and done!

 Waxing your boat will make it easier to clean
 Waxing will make your boat shine
 Wax will prevent oxidation
 A regular wax is less expensive than a compound job
 It will keep the value of your boat higher
 It will give you something to show off and be proud of!

To keep a boat in show-room condition your boat needs 2 coats of wax throughout the year to keep the shine you can brag about.
 Darker colored hulls tend to need much more attention then a white fiberglass hull. Dark hulls could need anywhere from 2-4 coats of wax a year in order to keep them in good condition.
 The amount of wax you should apply depends on the usage and how much sunlight reflects off the boat.

 When washing your boat, check to see if the water is “running” or “beading” off the fiberglass. No beads = wax ASAP!
 On a sunny day if the sun is not clear in the fiberglass your boat needs a wax.
 If your wife can’t do her make-up while looking into the fiberglass your boat needs a wax.



Annual Awards Banquet
Saturday, November 16, 2019
6:30 p.m. – Midnight

The sailing season is coming to a close and what better way to end the season than by joining your fellow sailors for an evening of great food, drink, dancing and camaraderie. We again have the Club Room and Private Bar Lounge reserved at Palos Country Club for this wonderful event. The country club is conveniently located at 131st and Southwest Highway in Orland Park.

The cost is $65 per person and includes a bevy of delights . . . . full open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, elegant three-course dinner with wine and choice of entrée, awards presentation, terrific door prizes and delightful music by Afterglow.

Watch for your formal invitation and reservation form in the October FleetSheet.
Your Awards Banquet Chairman,
Madalyn Duerr
Questions? Contact Madalyn at 708-429-0005 or


Our programs Chair, April Hansen, is always looking for new ideas. What are you interested in hearing about? Do you know of a program or speaker that would be of interest to our Fleet? Would you like to present a slide show or program to our group? Please send your ideas to April:

The Mariner’s Fund of Fleet 21 was established to contribute monies once annually to a sailing or boat cause or program that will benefit from such a donation. This year our donation went to two worthy programs. $400 went to the Chicago Maritime Arts and their youth boat building project. $300 was donated for a scholarship to the South Shore Nautical Education program in Michigan City. Money for the Mariner’s Fund can be donated at any time of the year to honor an individual, in memory of someone, or just because you think it’s a great program.

If you know of an organization or program that we should consider, please contact our Mariner’s Fund
Chairman Ted Kuenzli.