Catalina Fleet 21 - Chicago Region
FleetSheet Newsletter

September 2002


All good things must come to an end…and as summer winds down the topic of conversation turns to haul out dates, winter storage, and fall clean-up.  Our September General Meeting topic is the timely one of decommissioning…what to do and when to do it.  Our speaker will offer his advice and we are hopeful members will chime in—not just with questions—but also with your expert suggestions.

The meeting is Friday, September 20th, at the Burnham Park Yacht Club located at 1500 S. Linn White Drive.  Follow the signs to Meigs Field.  All are welcome to arrive early and enjoy dinner at the club beginning at 6:30 p.m.  If you plan to have dinner, please call the Yacht Club at 312-427-4664 for reservations.  Tell them you are part of the Catalina group.  The program and business meeting will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. 

Parking in the gated lot next to the Yacht Club should be available.  Alternatives to the gated lot are Meigs Field and the pay lot. In order to insure sufficient wait and kitchen staff, it is imperative that you make reservations if you intend to have dinner.  Last month the Yacht Club did a pretty good job with a limited menu.  To guarantee that you will have a good dining experience, please, please, please make a reservation.

In October our General Meetings move to the 3rd Friday of the month.  The topic of the October 18 meeting is still in the planning stages.  Give Mike Walsh a call if you have a speaker or a topic you’d like to recommend.



Another lumpy Labor Day is behind us and talk of the tumultuous trip home almost overshadows the fond memories of great food and fun.  We’ll wait awhile before thinking about the Fleet plan for next September! August brought us the Tour da Boats of Burnham Park, Jazz Fest at Jackson Park, Air and Water Show weekend, (best weather in history, so far), and our meeting with Jerry Metzger.  Speaking for Westrec, Jerry touched on future harbor improvements, the hope for a surtax increase limited to 7%, the not so good parking conditions, and the commercial restroom facilities.

I overheard Warde Pierson speaking in German the other day--bratwurst, beer, German Chocolate Cake, sauerkraut, pickles—as he is stacking his shelves with condiments for our last Outing of the year—Septoberfest at Montrose.  We have had some marvelous times in the past, and if you haven’t made many Outings this year, set some time aside to join us.  We have name badges that are collecting dust in our storage boxes! We’ll also have some German music to accompany our bountiful food though Warde sadly informs me he has lost touch with the German women.  See the flyer in this newsletter and sign-up early.  Check with Warde to see if he needs a helpful hand or supplies like coolers, tables, and chairs.  He will luv you for asking.

The new slate of Officers will be presented at our General Meeting in September and nominations also welcomed from the floor.  The election takes place at the October General Meeting and officers are installed at the November Awards Banquet.  That banquet is scheduled for November 16th at the William Tell Restaurant, located in Countryside, Illinois and again hosted by the dynamic duo of banquets, Bob and Cheryl Kuba.  Please get those calendars out and circle in the date.  We are planning to have a weekend of activity from Friday to Sunday morning.  More information to follow in our next newsletter.  Enjoy the remainder of the sailing season.  See you at the next meeting.

“Start on a journey that will change your whole life, look inward, with eyes closed – to master foresight.  Change lessons to harmony, and deception to truth, you can attain all you search for—that’s the Fountain of Youth”

 Lori Lauraitis


Tour da Boats/August 10
 By Lori Lauritis

The yachts on display were: Audrey Too, Bullet, Cash Flow, En Avance, Irish Mist, Mission Accomplished, Morningstar, Northern Crown, O’Henry, Quiet Island, Railin, Retreat, Rhapsody, Shibumi Maru, Summer Mink, Team Effort, Tranquility, and Weak Moment and for once the weather was great!

Balloons designated each participating boat as about 30 visitors from other harbors came to see just how different everyone’s boat is.  The galleys, salons, and berths were sparkling on all the boats and invited those who visited to ask, “how big is this boat?”…”how do you sleep and store everything?” …”where did you buy that?”

About 50 Fleet Members enjoyed the BBQ on the patio at Burnham Park Yacht Club.  After engaging on catch-up conversations with members we haven’t seen in some time, the tender took many members back to G Dock where the Kuba’s served ever-so-after marble cake.  Our visit ended with fireworks from Navy Pier filling the sky with a rainbow of color.

I thank all of you who attended and especially those who opened their boats.  If luck will have it, the Tour De Boats will be repeated next year at one of our fleet harbors.  Try to join us to see how Catalina boats can all look the same but be so different! 

Tour da Boats was “ the thing to do in 2002!”
 JazzFest/August 17
By Lori Lauraitis

Cariribean Food Fest fed the members from Getaway, Hakuna Matata, My Tyme, Retreat, Sea No Evil, Team Effort, and Weak Moment. What a great evening.  The Night Knights were in rare form with strains of Funny Valentine and a host of eclectic jazz sounds.  A female vocalist from the audience bounced up and joined right in adding her fresh, luscious voice to tunes that set the moon, clouds, and southesterly breezes bouncing off the trees at Jackson Park Yacht Club.

What a tasty feast for all of us to enjoy!  Jerk chicken, grilled pork chops, jambalaya with shrimp and turkey and homemade desserts melted in our mouths.  The popcorn party to start the evening was beneficial as well and allowed us to quench our thirsts after all of the “popcorn” was served. A good time was had by all.  We felt like we were at a resort harbor!

Again, this was “the thing to do in 2002!”  Thanks again, because you made the difference at the 3rd Annual Jazz Fest.

Labor Day Outing
 By Cheryl Kuba

Our unofficial, unplanned, unsponsored Labor Day outing was one of this season’s best as boats and carloads of Catalina members converged on New Buffalo, MI for the Labor Day weekend. Those traveling by boat arrived Saturday afternoon after a sunny sail on calm seas. For dinner at Hannah’s restaurant Saturday night, 24 members enjoyed lots of laughs and great food on the upper floor. Arriving by boat were Team Effort, Wind Dancer, Quiet Island, Lupi and Ultimate Therapy. Catalina boats sailing to Michigan City, and then coming to New Buffalo by Kita (car travel) were Weak Moment, Summer Mink, Sweet Talk, R-Joy and Boogaloo. Ventura and Wind Chill provided shuttle service.

Lots of shopping and beach relaxing were the Saturday sports, followed by dinner at Brewsters. Thanks to Phil Byrd and Pat Shereyk for making dinner reservations so that our whole group could be together.

Monday’s sail back to Chicago under 30 knot winds, rain and dicey seas was an unexpected adventure in itself. Everyone made it back to home ports safe and sound. There is talk about making reservations for next year to do it again!


Fleet members may list items they want to sell, trade, or buy in this column without any charge.
Send listings to Fleet Sheet Editor, 306 Linden Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Fax 630-668-8950 email:
Phone: 630-469-6117
Listings must be received by the 1st of the month and will  run for 3 months.

FOR SALE: 1988 Catalina 36 tall rig.  All standard equipment.  All manuals.  Wing keel.  Wind, speed, depth.  VHF radio-loran.  New 150% genoa & main.  All new lines.  Autohelm 4000 autopilot.  Alpine am/fm cassette with 6 CD changer.  Full dodger w/awning & side curtains.  Fortress anchor, chain and rode.  Back-up anchor (Danforth) & rode.  3 burner stove & oven.  Microwave.  Refrig/freezer.  Battery charger.  Screens for all ports & hatches.  Westerbeke diesel in excellent condition.  Teak cockpit sole.  Custom winter cover.  With the miscellaneous equipment on board, this boat is ready to cruise.  The boat is very bright, cheerful & roomy below.  Looks & sails great.  Has been well cared for.  Asking $68,500 OBO.  Located at Burnham Harbor in Chicago; dock O, slip 11.
Jim Raymond @ 847-498-4792 (h), 847-724-2700 (w), 847-560-6009 (cell) or John Dreyzehner @847-729-1268 (h), 847-998-4646, (w), 847-878-7216 (cell).

FOR SALE: 1974 25’ Dufour.  6 sails.  Almost new motor. $14,000.  773-767-0318

FOR SALE: 13 foot boat dinghy trailer.  Any offer.  Arnie Hollander 847-966-6515

WINTER STORAGE: C-22’s and C-25’s.  Trailered boats, outdoor storage, paved lot, easy access from expressways, about an hour from Chicago harbors.  $7.50/ft.  Call Fred Collins, 219-762-4107


Spacesaving Cookware Set
Team  Effort & Ultimate 19th Hole

 We’re ready to cook with our 15 piece professional line multifunctional spacesaving cookware set by Rapid Chef (  The set includes 4 stainless steel lids with built-in strainers, 5 plastic lids for easy storage, 2 detachable handles, 1 teflon frying pan, 4 qt. Dutch oven.  It fits perfectly in our bottom drawer and looks nice on the stove.  Almost too nice to use!

If you’ve bought a new product for your boat, or heard of a new product of interest to all, send it to newsletter editor Carolyn DeAre and we’ll feature it here.


Join your fellow Catalina Fleet members as we finish out the year with our last party, the annual awards banquet, Saturday, November 16, 2002, at the William Tell in Countryside, Illinois.  Music will be provided by Music by Design. Tickets are $45 per person. Invitations will be mailed in late October.

For anyone wishing to stay overnight, or make a weekend out of it, the William Tell is offering our fleet hotel rooms at a discounted price of $89.00 per night. (The block of rooms reserved are non-smoking. If you wish otherwise, please notify the hotel.) A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is included on either of the days listed below. The William Tell also has a wonderful pool for our enjoyment.

To make reservations for either Friday, 11/15, or Sat., 11/16, phone the hotel at 708/354-4200.

YOU MUST GIVE THE CODE  C –F –G, as in (Catalina Fleet Group) to get our discount.

It should be a wonderful evening and weekend!



Did you know you can get a free vessel safety check right in your harbor?  The U.S. Power Squadron and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will come to your boat and check your boat’s equipment for compliance with federal, state and local safety requirements.  Some of the items checked are:  registration/documentation, fire extinguishers, ventilation, pfd’s, visual distress signals, and navigation lights. 

Contact Bob Ecker at 630-479-1900 to schedule your free Vessel Safety Check.


 By Ron Shereyk

Filtering Raw-water Leaks
Raw-water intake strainers for engines, generators, and air conditioners should be drained dry during winterization so trapped water does not expand and crack the clear plastic cylinder.  Sometimes, in the rush to finish the job, the wing nuts or fasteners that secure the top cover are not tightened enough to seal the O-ring gasket completely.  When the boat is launched in spring, water leaks in around the seal, sometimes rapidly, which can sink the boat, sometimes quickly.  Or, the O-ring gaskets on either side of the plastic cylinder may eventually deteriorate and leak as well.  In either case, the intake strainer shoud be thorougly cleaned and the top cover checked for tightness before the boat is launched, and rechecked after launch to assure there are no leaks.  If needed, replacement gaskets are available at BoatU.S. Marine Centers.
 Seaworthy April 2002


Septoberfest at Montrose

Our last outing of the season is Septoberfest on September 14 at Montrose Harbor.  A flyer is enclosed with this newsletter.  Our traditional and extraordinary host, Warde Pierson, reminds everyone planning to attend to call him by Thursday night so we have enough food.  See you there!

The unofficial word is that the city has reduced the 25% tax on Chicago boat moorings to 7%.  Suburbanites will not be taxed on the additional 25% tax that they already pay, but only on the original price of their slip.  Additionally, the Chicago Park District has committed to keeping the 2003 rates the same as this year.


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