Archives for March 2008

2008 Crowley’s Yacht Yard Annual Yacht-A-Palooza

Crowley’s Yacht Yard

This weekend marks another tradition as the Chicago sailing season approaches. Crowley’s Yacht-A-Palooza arrives this Saturday, March 29, 2008.

Crowley’s Yacht Yard - 2008 Yacht-A-Palooza

“This year we have decided to Lu’au for Yacht-a-palooza. The event, as usual, will feature big discounts on selected store items, the Nautical Donations Flea Market tent, guest speakers, workshops, featured vendors, food, a pig roast, entertainment and prizes…and admission is FREE!”


26 March 2008 | Boat Shows, Hospitality, Racing Technology, Safety, Sailing Promotion, Sailmakers and Sail Lofts, Seminars/Education, Social Events | No Comments

Breaking News:
SECOND Boatyard Fire at Skipper Bud’s,
Less Than One Month Since $12M Fire

Click on the video above to play Feb 15, 2008 newscast

CBS reports, as of Mar 13, 2008 12:48 US/Central:

North Suburban Marina Catches Fire For Second Time
Skipper Buds In Winthrop Harbor Sustained $12 Million Damage Last Month; Caught Fire Again Thursday

WINTHROP HARBOR, Ill. A fire broke out Thursday at a boat marina in the far north suburbs that sustained about $12 million in damages in another fire just last month.

The fire swept through Skipper Buds boat sales warehouse, at 215 Nortpointe Dr. in Winthrop Harbor just off Sheridan Road, near the Wisconsin border.

Skipper Buds bills itself as “the largest marine dealer in the Midwest.”

The marina also caught fire on Feb. 15, striking one of several large steel-clad buildings where boats are stored for winter on trailers.

The 4-11 alarm fire took six hours to extinguish. Twenty different fire departments were sent to the scene.

According to Scott DeSoto, commodore of the club, only four boats suffered severe damage in the Feb. 15 fire. “By 9:00 AM Saturday, many Skipper Buds customers had already received personal phone calls and emails from Dennis Ellerbrock and or Skipper Buds staff,” he wrote on the club’s web site.

But damage was estimated at $12 million.

Officials said that fire appeared to be accidental. Further information about the latest fire on Thursday was not immediately available.

The Lake County News-Sun’s Frank Aberholden contributed to this report.

Source: CBS 2 Chicago

13 March 2008 | Boating Disasters | No Comments

Chicago Sailing Winter 2008:
Frozen Lake Michigan

Tall Ship Windy moored at Navy Pier in Chicago in winter

Frozen Lake Michigan as seen from Navy Pier Chicago in winter

Chicago Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in winter

More photos here

9 March 2008 | Lake Michigan, Photos, Weather | No Comments

2008 Chicago Sailing Pre-Season:
Mooring Cans covered with snow, destined for Monroe Harbor soon

2008 Mooring Cans covered with snow

Mooring cans in secret location are covered with snow, destined for Monroe Harbor as the weather warms.

Photo gallery here

9 March 2008 | Photos, Weather | No Comments

Quantum Opens New Sail Loft in Chicago

Quantum Sail Design Group - logo

Quantum Sails has opened a new sail loft in Chicago, located at 524 West 26th Street. Map

Quantum press release here.

We can’t help but notice that the loft is down the street from Crowley’s previous location at 2500 S. Corbett.

Crowley’s Yacht Yard moved a couple of years ago, so a good opportunity was just missed. According to Quantum, a Chicago loft has been a “long term goal”.

In any event, the new loft promises to be a welcome convenience for Chicago sailors, supplementing Quantum’s nearby Wisconsin loft and other sailmakers such as Doyle, North and UK.

3 March 2008 | Sailmakers and Sail Lofts | 1 Comment

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