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PIKA, a 1967 Alberg 37 MK-I sloop, Hull # 20, is owned by Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester, NY.

PIKA recently returned from the Bahamas (2003/2004).  She has made several successful cruises to the Bahamas in previous years.  


PIKA cruised the Bahamas more recently: 2006-2007; 2009-2010, and recently completed a cruise 2010-2011.  She currently is lying (on the hard) at the Abaco Yacht Services, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco.

Pika was built in 1967 and is distinguished by having the rare starboard side galley, port side dinette layout.

MK-I Interior (Side Galley) Layout

Click here to view a comparison of the MK-I (Side Galley Layout) with the MK-II Layout.

We purchased Pika (ex Bellatrix) from Frank McHugh in Westbrook Connecticut in the spring of 1988.  The boat had not been in the water for several years and suffered a bit from benign neglect.   A good cleaning and waxing went a long way toward bringing her back to life.  Unfortunately the cleaning did not extend to the fuel and fuel tank so we suffered numerous losses of power at inopportune times.  After a few weeks cruising on Long Island Sound we motored up the Hudson , through the Erie and Oswego canals and home to Rochester NY.  During the ensuing years Pika spent her time cruising the fresh water of Lake Ontario .  During these years the following projects were completed.




All halyards especially the all wire main and it’s dangerous reel winch

Primary winches to Lewmar 46’s

Lazy jacks

Hot water heater

Painted and refinished the interior

Bow rollers and Simpson Lawrence windlass


Ice box insulation (vacuum panels)

Washdown pump

All wiring

Breaker panel

Isotherm refrigeration

Dodger and bimini Sunbrella


Interprotect barrier coat

Fuel tank


Main salon hatch

Retirement in the spring of 2000 brought forth a fever pitch of activity/projects/upgrades. 




Sails (Lee of Hong Kong )

33# Bruce to a 44 pounder

Profurl roller furling on forestay

Bow and stern rails from Tops-In-Quality

Shipmate Alcohol stove with Hillerange Princess (propane)

90 ft of 5/16” G4 chain

Lifelines and stanchions

Grill, charcoal to Magma propane

Dinghy davits ( St. Croix )

Upper shrouds, fore and back stays

Complete rebuild of Perkins 4-107

Propane system, locker from Trident

Old soft foam with 5” high density foam

Old gate valves with proper sea cocks

Second fuel tank installed in port cockpit locker

24” wheel with 32”

Navico WP30 auto pilot

Icom 700 pro SSB



55 watt solar panel atop davits


PIKA headed south on 10/01/2000 .  The cruise took us down the ICW, to Florida and the Bahamas, returning to Rochester on 8/08/2001.  

PIKA Heading South from Reedville, VA on 1 November, 2003

In 10 months, 9 hours and 3 minutes we covered 4053 nautical miles.  

PIKA is now lying at the Assenmacher dock in Kinsale, VA., having returned from her second foray into Bahamian waters.  

PIKA at Kinsale, VA July 2004

Our planned Maine cruise has seemingly been overtaken by time and inertia.  We are now considering all the potential options for the coming fall and winter.