Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32
Kinsale, VA 22488

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VOL XVII, NO.4 (FALL – 2007)                                                                                                                                                                                                     26 October, 2007



Annual Alberg 37 Rendezvous

The 2007 Annual Fall Rendezvous was held at the Assenmacher dock on the Yeocomico River, near Kinsale, VA on the weekend of October 13-14, 2007.  Festivities actually began on Friday evening with an “All Hands” Happy Hour  at TJ and Kaye’s home AND dock in Kinsale.

The weather was cool and clear, so outdoor activities were possible. “Boat Talk” and photo ops of the attending boats was the order of the day.  Pot luck breakfasts, lunches and dinners were enjoyed by all. The following Alberg 37s were present: SHEARWATER – 1975 MK-II Yawl ( Tom and Kaye Assenmacher, Kinsale , VA ); PIKA – 1967 MK-I Sloop (Lou and Jean Wayne, Rochester, NY);  ELIXIR – 1984 MK-II Yawl (Joran Gendell and friend Lin Hayes, Williamsburg , VA); FLORENCE GRAY – 1982 MK-II Yawl (Wil Hewitt, Callao, VA) .

Not All Attendees Are In The Photo

Other members attending (without their boats) included: Rob Lee, of Denver. Co (HERON); Wayne and Sherrill Bower, Bowie, MD, (TEELOK); Henk and Wendy DeVries, Cobourg, ON (PAWBEE); Ron and Cindy Strahm, Independence, MO (ENVY); Kip and Linda Newbould, Coles Point, VA (TEVAKE) – Kip and Linda did arrive by boat, but aboard their 26’ Morris Frances RASCAL, as TEVAKE is about to undergo a major refit.

Other attendees included: Ex-A-37 owners Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe, of Mississauga, Ontario, who are heading south aboard their Lagoon 410 catamaran PARTY OF TWO; Becky and Jerry Knop, Reisterstown, MD;  Sandy and David Romer (who are also heading south aboard their Cape Dory 35 TUMBLEWEED; friends Rod and Polly Mercker, Lottsburg, VA; Carol and Richard Hackett (aboard their Shannon 38 Sloop KILISSA); and  J.C. and Joy Waters, Kinsale, VA.

Saturday afternoon featured a Chesapeake Bay Crab Feast where a bushel of steamed Blue Crabs were consumed on the dock by attendees (a few folks wouldn’t touch those things – which left more for us “Crab Lovers”)!!  Following the Crab Feast, TJ steamed a bushel of fresh oysters over an open pit fire (Chesapeake Bay Style).  Again, a few folks wouldn’t touch the oysters, which left more for the “Oyster Lovers”!!  Later that evening, Becky Knop served her famous “Need New Lips” Crab Soup (highly seasoned, of course – hence the name coined by Marcel Steinz years ago “Need New Lips”)! 

Sunday dawned bright and cool, with folks recovering from all the food consumed the previous day.  Several boats departed mid- morning for home.

The highlight of Sunday’s events was an afternoon cruise aboard J.C. Water’s 65’ steel schooner, THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE.  Several  A-37 folks went along as crew, and THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE staged a wonderful performance in about 10 kts of breeze.  J.C. spent over 9 years building the boat at his boatyard in Independence, Missouri where she was launched in September, 2005, sailing down the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, etc., then across the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys, then eventually finding her way to the Yeocomico River in early 2006

On Monday morning, TUMBLEWEED,  along with PARTY OF TWO departed on their long trek south for the winter.  Several other boats left on Tuesday.

A great time was had by all!!!! 

Check the A-37 Website for Rendezvous Photos

Featured Alberg 37
(For a full write-up and photos, please visit the A-37 website.)
1979 MK-II Sloop (
Hull #203)
Owned by Mario Gosselin and Danièle Courchesne
, New Brunswick

ANEMOS is an Alberg 37, sloop MK II, hull #203, built in 1979 and on the water in 1980.  The previous owners sailed mainly on Lake Ontario, St-Laurent River and Lake Champlain.

The boat had a major refit between 1996 – 2000 and completely equipped for a circumnavigation.  At that time, the boat was known as Murphy’s Law.  In 2005 I purchased my dream boat, the boat I was looking for since few years.  All my research to find the perfect boat for offshore sailing and maybe an Atlantic crossing brought me to the Alberg 37.

 I changed the name for ANEMOS meaning “The Wind” in ancient Greek.  Since 2005, I finished all the renovations and now ANEMOS is like a new Alberg 37 with the legendary offshore sailing quality that we know but the finish of a Hinckley.

All the interior is in teak with a lot of storage and the coverings are like new.  A new toilet, a new holding tank with monitor and a new diesel tank (150 liters) were installed in 2006.  Cabin heating is with either a wood stove or the ESPAR system with a thermostat.  The galley is fully equip with a 4 burner propane stove, propane safety system and monitoring alarm, hot and cold water, 12V/110V refrigerator and again plenty of storage space.

The navigation area includes a pilot berth, a map table (open or close), the electronic system control, a VHF, radar, GPS, interior automatic pilot control (Autohelm 6000), stereo/CD.

The engine is a Yanmar 1999, 3 cylinder turbo diesel, 57 HP.  The electrical power is provided with 3 sets of batteries and a generator if needed.

The exterior is all new Awlgrip paint (2005) for the hull; Interlux Perfection for the deck (2006); and Cetol for the wood (2005). Brass opening ports, chrome vents, Cape Horn self-steering, new speakers, oversize rigging, etc. have been added.

ANEMOS now sails on the Gulf of St-Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait in the area of Québec, New-Brunswick and Nova-Scotia in Canada.

ANEMOS is ready for a circumnavigation and we've included a few photos because a picture worth 1000 words…


How To Avoid The Six Most Common Winterizing Mistakes

Free BoatU.S. Winterizing Guide Available

With winter approaching, BoatU.S. Marine Insurance has reviewed its claim files and reports the following six most common mistakes made when winterizing a boat:

1. Failure to winterize the engine: Freezing temperatures occur in all 50 states and while they are taken seriously up north, it’s the balmy states of California, Florida, Texas, Alabama and Georgia where boaters are most likely to have freeze-related damage to engine blocks. It routinely occurs to boats stored ashore here. Boats left in a slip are less susceptible to sudden freezing as the surrounding water retains heat longer than air.

2. Failure to drain water from sea strainer: If your winterizing plan calls for draining the engine, the seawater strainer must be winterized or residual water could freeze and rupture the watertight seal. Sometimes you won’t know it’s damaged until spring launching and water begins to trickle in.

3. Failure to close seacocks: For boats left in the water, leaving seacocks open over the winter is like going on extended vacation without locking the house. If a thru-hull cannot be closed the vessel must be stored ashore – the sole exception are cockpit drains. Heavy snow loads can also force your boat under, allowing water to enter thru-hulls normally well above the water line.

4. Clogged petcocks: Engine cooling system petcocks clogged by rust or other debris can prevent water from fully draining. If one is plugged, try using a coat hanger to clear the blockage or use the engine’s intake hose to flush anti-freeze through the system

5. Leaving open boats in the water over winter: Boats with large open cockpits or low freeboard can easily be pushed underwater by the weight of accumulated ice and snow. Always store them ashore.

6. Using bimini covers as winter storage covers: A cover that protects the crew from the sun does a lousy job protecting the boat from freezing rain and snow. Unlike a bonafide winter cover, biminis tend to rip apart and age prematurely by the effects of winter weather.
To get a free copy of the BoatU.S. Winterizing Guide full of tips to help you prepare your vessel for the winter, go to and click on “Winterizing Your Boat,” or call 800-283-2883.


Made on the Stove Top Using a 4 Quart Pressure Cooker



1-1/2 Cup Water (@ 120F)

2 Tablespoons Sugar

2 Teaspoons Salt

Small bit of Shortening (Crisco)

2 Cups Flour (any type – Whole Wheat, etc. Robin Hood is the BEST!)

1 Tablespoon Dry Yeast

Small amount of cornmeal (to sprinkle into greased pressure cooker – makes bread easy to remove from pressure cooker).



Mix 1st 4 ingredients, let cool until 120F.  Mix yeast in flour and add to liquid.  Add more flour until you can knead it for 5 minutes.  Let raise in warm area till about double in size. Punch down and then shape into buns and put in greased (with cornmeal sprinkled over the greased interior) 4 quart pressure cooker.  Let raise in covered pressure cooker until buns about double in size or about 30 minutes (whole wheat bread won’t rise very much). Place pressure cooker (without pressure regulator) over low flame (preferably on a ‘flame spreader’) and let cook for about 30 minutes or less.  Remove from flame, and invert pressure cooker and remove bread.  Turn bread over and replace in the pressure cooker.  Cook again over low flame (with cover on) for about another 30 minutes.  Remove from flame, remove bread and let cool.  Enjoy!!

Recipe courtesy of Carol Anne Organ (SEADUCTION VI – Gulfstar 41)

(Ed. Note: Kaye made this bread several times aboard SHEARWATER on our trip to the Abacos – it works great – for photos and write-up, check the website – www.alberg37,org)


Canadian Thanksgiving Day Observance in Kinsale on October 8, 2007

Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe (previous owners of the 1979 Alberg 37 MK-II Sloop THE EVERDEN) of Mississauga, Ontario  and current owners of the Lagoon 410 Catamaran PARTY OF TWO, have kept their boat at our dock in Kinsale during the summers and early falls for the past couple of years while they returned home to Canada.  This year, they returned in early October to prepare their boat for another trip ‘South’.  Geoff  and Bunkey, along with their friend Della, together with friends Sandy and David Romer of Thunder Bay, Ontario, who ‘summered’ their Cape Dory 36 Cutter TUMBLEWEED at a local marina, decided to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving Day at our home in Kinsale. Wil Hewitt, who owns the 1984 MK-II Yawl FLORENCE GRAY also attended.  Sandy baked the turkey, and a joint effort by all concerned produced all the trimmings.  A joyous day was had by all.  

News From Members

Gord Martin of Mississauga, ON recently wrote that he is preparing his 1975 MK-II Sloop, MAGGY FIELDS, for heading “South” in 2008.  Additions this year to his boat include a new Garhauer mainsheet traveler (Gord says it ‘works great’);  a Dutchman Boom Brake; new masthead crane; and an improvement to the mounting of the external main furling gear.  (Ed. Note:  In response to Gord’s  plans to head south next year, our advice is: DO IT!!!

Ivor Corbett of Collingwood, Ontario, the owner of the 1978 MK-II Yawl MOON CHILD II recently wrote: “We are looking for information on wind generators. Moon Child is yawl rigged, so we want to install the generator on the mizzen. Anyone have any suggestions? For those Great Lakes cruisers, MOON CHILD is featured on the cover of the latest edition of the Ports Guide for the North Channel. The picture was taken in 1981 for a feature for the Ontario Tourism magazine. Chris and I look a little older now, but MOON CHILD looks as good as new, she underwent a major refit last year at Whitby Boat works. Hope you have some info on wind generators.”


The following was received from Merle Galbraith and Lois Jacob (1981 MK-II Yawl INTERLUDE): Ahoy!  I carry a little note book to jot down tidbits from many sources.  Only problem is, you have to CLEAN OUT those little books and file the notes in appropriate places! I'm cleaning two years of little books.  Found a note from former cruisers I met in 2005.  It may be helpful to A-37 owners who ever need to replace their Shipmate Stoves.  Ours is still going strong after 25 years and we LOVE it, but, most good things eventually come to an end and Shipmates are no longer made (or supported)  :-(. 

The cruisers told me that the AMANA propane stove made for RV's drops right into the space occupied by a Shipmate AND has three burners, one really hot one, and a broiler built in to the oven.  Just Googled it and it's available at Camping World.

 Hope this helps.

 Cheers,  Lois Jacob & Merle Galbraith



Paul and Carol Dunne of St. George, Ontario,  who own SOLAR WIND I, recently wrote: “We sailed our boat from George Town, Great Exuma to the Turks and Caicos in Man and June 2007, where we rented a car for two weeks and stayed at Turtle Cove Inn.  During that time, we painted the brightwork and prepared the boat for storage.  We will return in December and January to celebrate Christmas and New Years as well as install a new autopilot and paint the brightwork so the boat will be ready to sail to the Virgin Islands in May 2008.  We plan to leave the boat there for several years.  SOLAR WIND I has had no significant problems and we hope it continues!”.

Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer, who are currently aboard their 1985 sloop SOJOURN recently wrote: “We had intended on sending this earlier to meet the Kinsale, Alberg Rendezvous date but projects got in the way -- AS ALWAYS!  

SEA CYCLE Crew (Mark and Debbie Crowe) and  SOJOURN Crew (Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer)
At  Coral Cove
Marina in Trinidad

So here are a couple pictures of the ALBERG design boats in Chaguaramas, Trinidad - Coral Cove marina.  We know you had a great time and sort of wish we were their as I recall it’s a lot cooler there -- BUT then we would have to do this "Thorny Path" again and that's TOO much work!  So say HI to all and keep us tuned in to what's happening out there.  There are at least 2-3 more Alberg's on the hard elsewhere SO will have to go search out owners and see if any movement. 

Russell Easby-Smith (VA) - 1984 Cape Dory 36' - LADY PAULINE

Tom McMaster/Rose Hansmeyer (MN) - 1985 Alberg 37' Sloop, #239 - SOJOURN

Mark & Deb Crowe (Toronto) - 1972 Alberg 37' Yawl, #102 - SEA CYCLE

Live Slow, Sail Fast

Rose & Tom


Also, from Tom and Rose, an email from early October, 2007: “Greetings to everyone, Rose and I are back at our boat in Trinidad, arrived here on October 2nd late in the evening. We haven't written until now because we have literally been busy getting "Sojourn" ready to go back into the water, working from early morning until supper time, with a few breaks in between to eat and get inside somewhere cool to get out of the heat. It is HOT, can you understand steam bath?  We were under a self imposed timeline to get the boat ready to "splash" by Monday the 8th or we would be forced to live on it while out of the water for another week or longer as the marina needed to do maintenance on the travel lift. That would mean climbing ladders and tracking dirt etc. from the yard into the boat, plus we're not entirely comfortable with the boat out of the water as Trinidad does have earthquakes from time to time. So this is our first real opportunity to write. I'm doing the writing because Rose hurt her right shoulder, we think it's just a bad strain to a tendon or something like that by over use caused by all the work she has done. Nonetheless, it is extremely painful for her and has caused her (and I ) some restless nights trying to sleep. I, along with other people here have tried to convince her to take it easy, but ................  

The good news is we were able to launch the boat, it actually floated and we are happy to be tucked into a slip, plugged in and running our air conditioner which we bought while in Puerto Rico earlier this year. That's looking like one of our better investments as this heat is something else!

 Our plan is to stay in Trinidad probably until the end of Oct. and then start meandering north but that could change if we decide to visit the Orinoco river in Venezuela.  What we do know is we can take our time wherever we go for the next 6-7 months, which we intend to do.

More later, love to you all.

Tom and Rose

Ted Richman recently sold his 1984 MK-II Sloop OFFLINE to John Miner of British Columbia.

Garth Jones who owns the 1969 MK-I Sloop INCLINATION  recently wrote: “INCLINATION remains in the sea of Cortez.  I continue to live aboard her full time except for and August and September trek to the San Juan Islands in Washington where I live aboard my Catalina 22.  She makes a wonderful home for myself and my female tri-corgi, Vela (Vela means sail in Spanish). 

I use the Alberg mostly as a home base moving around the sea, often towing my 20’ Panga (Mexican skiff) from which I fish and dive daily.  The Panga only slows me down about half a knot.

Recent projects include pulling the mast and doing all new sheaves, halyards, lights and conduit, and adding a Furuno radar  I recently painted the boat ‘Pink’ and all the wood ‘ice blue’ .  I just got tired of White, White, White, and dark colors don’t work here because of heat absorption.  I also got very tired of Cetol-ing the wood every 8 months so I stripped it down, coating with penetrating epoxy, resanding, priming and coating with two coats of EasyPoxy Ice Blue.  I like the EasyPoxy because it is $60/gal wholesale, easy to apply (roll and tip), and is easy to touch up when it gets marred.  The only problem is that it is pretty soft, so it wears through quickly with fender chafe.  I changed the wooden rails on cabintop to stainless. I soon plan to also do a new teak and holly sole.  I’ve been using a Mexican catalyzed varnish for interior finish - $12/gal and hard as a rock (but  it must be sprayed)!  I’m probably going to do Treadmaster on the high wear walking areas.

For the first time, the bilge is taking on water and I’m pretty sure it is through the rudder packing (how do I access and service this??)”.   (Ed. Note: See the Rudder Stuffing Box article in the previous Newsletter – Vol. 17, No. 3 – Summer 2007).

Bio Diesel And Campbell Sailor Prop
By Jon Kuhl A37 SPIRIT  1968 sloop  hull #33

BIO DIESEL - I have been using B20 bio diesel fuel in my Perkins 4-108 for the past three years and I believe the positives far outweigh the few negatives.   I do check my fuel filter more frequently as the B20 is likely to clean sludge more aggressively according to many sources.  I did notice more sludge for the first year, however the last two years the primary filter and bowl show very little build up.   Starting ease is the same and although supposedly you have about 5% less power, I have not noticed a difference.   The benefits are, less pollution, less petroleum dependence much reduced diesel odor, and the biggie is less engine wear.  There is lots of info available on the web, so one should read up before switching.  The most common problem I've read about occurs with older fuel systems that may develop leaks as the bio diesel will degrade some older type seals.


CAMPBELL SAILOR PROP -  I've had forever a nasty growling sound at any RPM over 2000, I had the prop (16X11)balanced, replaced the cutless bearing and I even replaced the drive shaft all to no avail.  The coupling alignment looked perfect.  So in an effort to nail this annoying sound I changed props this year and installed a Campbell Sailor prop (14X11 3 blade), and at the same time I slightly enlarged the aperture. Now with the Campbell I get hull speed (6.75kts) at 2500RPM, and I typically cruise at 6.0kts at 2000RPM.  The growling is gone!  Now since I made two changes at the same time, I cannot state unequivocally which change brought about the improvement.  However if you are changing props or if you have a similar growling noise, give the Campbell Sailor prop (look it up on the web) a look see.  And regarding the aperture enlargement, based on what I read from a number of sources the tip to hull clearance on the A37 even with a 14" prop is potentially insufficient.  And finally the blades on the Campbell are smaller so I believe they produce much less drag while sailing.  The aperture enlargement was inspired by the article and photo  submitted by Tom Assenmacher some years ago, thanks Tom.


New Members

Peter and Mary Hay of Thorndale, Ontario recently purchased the 1976 MK-II Sloop (#174) BOBCAT (ex-INTERLUDE).  Long term A-37 IOA members will remember this boat as INTERLUDE which belonged to Gord Murphy, who kept the boat in Sarnia, ON and sailed her extensively both in the Great Lakes and ‘down south’.  The boat, which will be re-named INTERLUDE, will undergo a major refit by Peter.  Peter had inquired about the previous history of INTERLUDE, and after conducting a search of archived A-37 IOA newsletters dating back to 1991, we were able to provide 4 full pages of ‘history’ regarding INTERLUDE.  Peter has provided us with an update of INTERLUDE’s history from  about 2002 on.

David and Alberta Flemming of Tantallon, Halifax, Nova Scotia are the new owners of the 1970 MK-I Yawl  WIND MISTRESS.  She is berthed at St. Margaret s Bay, Nova Scotia.

Len and Aliceann Ceruzzi  of San Jose, CA purchased the 1974 MK-II Yawl MYA from Ralph Turner  about 2 years ago.  They have renamed the boat ISLAND TIME.  The boat is berthed in Blaine, Washington.

Roger and Rosemarie Ryan  of Whitby, Ontario recently purchased the 1973 MK-II Sloop GONZO.  The boat is berthed at the Whitby Yacht Club, Whitby, Ontario.

Kurt Osterhof of Arlington, Texas recently purchased the 1969 MK-I Sloop TANIA AEBI.  The boat is berthed in Deltaville, Virginia.  Kurt is performing an extensive rework of the boat including rebuilding the rudder. (Ed. Note:  There will be an upcoming article regarding the rebuilding of the rudder which will probably be posted on the A-37 website.)

Racing Corner
(Check Out The Cruising/Racing Stories Section Of The Web Site For Additional Racing Information)

ELIXIR Participates in the Turkey Shoot Regatta: Congratulations are in order for Joran Gendell and friend Lin Hayes who participated in the Annual Hospice Turkey Shoot Regatta for Classic Sailboats, October 5-7, 2007,  on the Rappahannock River in Virginia.  ELIXIR took overall 4th place (out of 15 participants) in the “Green Fleet”.  Lin and Joran were on an early Fall Chesapeake Bay cruise which included the Turkey Shoot Regatta, and also the Alberg 37 Rendezvous in Kinsale.  Check out the Racing/Cruising Stories section of the Web Site for details.  Also, check out the Turkey Shoot Regatta web site for additional details.


TEMPUS FUGIT Participates in Chester Race Week: David McVay participated in the Chester Race Week (The Chester Yacht Club, Mahone Bay, NS) aboard his 1967 (#7) MK-I Sloop TEMPUS FUGIT.  “We finished 14th of 25 - OK for our first time out. Our best finish was 8th so we are looking to improve for next year.”  For those interested, you can check out the results at:

Below Deck Auto-Pilot
By Joran Gendell

ELIXIR – 1984 MK-II Yawl #234

ELIXIR had an Autohelm 3000 wheel pilot that served for a long time.  It worked well enough but had shortcomings.  It was always a nuisance to bring it on deck and rig it.  Then there were cables in the way and the drive belt just waiting to grab anything dangling nearby.  In extreme weather, the unit was sometimes overwhelmed.  So I decided to fix all these problems by installing a Raymarine, below deck, auto-pilot with an electric linear actuator.. 

I opted to spend the extra money for the model with enhanced software and gyroscopic sensing.  This summer ELIXIR did a 1200 mile cruise and the auto-pilot performed flawlessly on all points of sail.  It’s terrific!

(For a full account of this installation along with photos, please visit the website –


Discussion Forum
By Tom Assenmacher

Regarding the "Discussion Forum" - we would like to start a new one, however.....  time and $$ constraints have precluded this.  The 'old' forum was 'free' inasmuch as the web authoring software that we use for the web site included a discussion forum feature which was fairly easy to set up, but unfortunately, was a bit difficult to manage, and was easily 'spammed' (by porno/Viagra adds, etc., etc.) which is why we had to discontinue it.  There are several 'commercial' forums that are available, but are only "free" if one elects to allow pop-up adds appear, which are quite annoying (in our view).  Most of these forum sites can be managed without the pop-up add feature, but at the price of additional $$ per month.   There is a forum service offered by “Yahoo Groups” ( in which groups can set up their own Forum  - we may look into it.  Anyway, we would most welcome someone who would  want to take on a discussion forum as a project for the A-37 IOA, set it up, and manage it!  There are some excellent examples out there such as Cruisers Forum (; and the Seven Seas Cruising Association (


Thoughts on Cruising with  an Inflatable Dinghy
By Tom Assenmacher, Kinsale, VA

During our recent 7 month cruise aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER, we have some experience in the use of an inflatable dinghy – mostly good….. We bought an Achilles 10' dinghy with inflatable floor from Defenders at the Annapolis Boat Show several years ago, but really didn't use it much till we went south last year (we like a rowing  dinghy here on the Chesapeake, as the dinghy-ing distances aren't great, and it's fun to row around the anchorages in the evening  (we currently have an 8' BOATEX fiberglass dinghy which is made in Canada, along with a 2.5 hp Tohatsu engine which works great if one wants to go via power (the only problem with the 2.5 Tohatsu is that it has no gear shift – i.e., no neutral or reverse – the 3.5 hp does). 

The reason we bought the Achilles was: 1) - it was less expensive than Avon, etc.; and 2) - it's made of Hypalon instead of PVC, which is supposed to be 'better' (Lou and Jean on PIKA have a 10 year old West Marine PVC dinghy which is still going,).  We bought a 9.8 hp Nissan (2 cycle) at the same time from Defender.  At the time, the 9.8 Nissan was the lightest weight 9.8 engine on the market (about 67#).  It has plenty of power, and will plane with 2 people plus groceries, fuel, water etc.  Won’t quite plane with 4 adults on board however.  Since 2 cycles have been mostly supplanted by 4 cycle engines, that's a slightly different ball game.  Saw lots of 4 cycle outboards on the trip south.  Heard a few bad things about Honda 4 cycles, but don't know if the complaints were really credible.  There seem to be more Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBS) in service now than the straight inflatable, so you might consider a RIB.  They are a bit faster, take groundings well, etc. etc., but are quite a bit heavier, and unless it's a "lightweight" RIB, they won't fold up into a relatively small package.  Lots of RIBS (and ordinary inflatables) are carried on davits - including several A-37s that we've seen.  We aren't quite sold on davits on the A-37 due to the low freeboard, and davits (especially with a RIB) place a lot of weight aft.  We carried our 10' inflated on the foredeck for the Gulf Stream crossing, and in some of the more open water areas (Sea of Abaco for example) but towed it (really close on the stern) most of the time in the Bahamas, and on the ICW.  Personally, if we were to do it over again, we think we might have opted for an 8' inflatable vice the 10' for ease of stowage, less bottom surface to clean (they do get barnacles on the bottom even when underway).

Alberg 37 Caps And Other Items
Now Available

 Arrangements have been made with What A Stitch Embroidery in Rochester, NY to make very nice Alberg 37 IOA caps with the A-37 Pennant and your boat name embroidered on the front of the hat, and with "Alberg 37" embroidered across the rear of the cap.  Several cap colors are available.  Prices are approximately $12.00 plus shipping.  Please contact "Bonnie" at What A Stitch for exact color/boat name, etc.   Other items (Fleeces, Tee Shirts, and Sweat Shirts) are also available with the A-37 Pennant, “Alberg 37” and boat name embroidered on the item.  Contact “Bobbie for pricing and other details regarding individual items.  Please DO NOT CONTACT THE A-37 IOA NEWSLETTER EDITORS (Tom and Kaye Assenmacher) with your cap order.  


Caps and other items may be individually ordered from:

What A Stitch (

467 Ridge Road West, Rochester NY

BOBBIE (585) 581.1494 :: FAX (585)581-0387

Email Bobbie at:

Photos of several items including Caps may be viewed by going to the Alberg 37 Web site.


A-37s For Sale

(Please check the Alberg 37 web site (A37's For Sale/Wanted) for the latest postings.)
(Ed. Note: Several Alberg 37s have recently changed hands – so there are people out there looking for these great boats.)

Current offerings include:

For Sale - SEAFORTH – Roy and Maureen Brankley, of Woodstock, ON, are offering their 1971 MK-II Alberg 37, Yawl, Cutter for sale.  She is sail #73, with the following: Westerbeke 4-107 rebuilt 2003; Roller furling on Main and Yankee; self tacking staysail. She is moored in Port Dover on Lake Erie, sailed only on Great Lakes, with many quality extras, a very beautiful A-37 carefully maintained.   For details, and more photos contact,  CDN $78,000.  Check Website for Inventory and Photos.


For Sale - ISLANDTIME - 1971 Alberg 37 MK-II Yawl, currently sailing as a sloop, but available as a yawl (yawl rig included).  New engine installed in 2007; Radar with Questus Mount; Windvane; Roller Furling; MAC PAC; Auto Pilot; GPS; Spinnaker; Hard dinghy with outboard (New); Refrigeration.  Located in Maine.  $49,000 USD. Contact Scott at: 207.326.9498 - Cell 978.549.0507


For Sale - WIND MISTRESS -  Mark I Yawl  Hull #62.  Classic 1970 Alberg 37 yawl moored in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  White (AwlGripped) hull and deck with unique sea foam green accents.  Well maintained and lovingly cared for over the years as she sailed the Great Lakes.  Recent major projects have included refinishing the cabin interior (2004) and deck and cockpit woodwork (2004; 2006); stripping,  Interprotecting and applying VC17 to the bottom (2005); replacing the cutlass bearing and stuffing box (2006).  Fully equipped.  Email questions etc.  to Joel ( (or call: 416.406.6810).  CDN$70,000


Alberg 37s Wanted

Wanted - Alberg 37 project boat.  Contact Art Svaldenis (

Wanted -  Alberg 37 Sloop.  Contact Larry Ciccola (

Gear For Sale

.MK-I Interior Cushions - "As a result of re-jigging the interior of my 1967 MK-I (# 18) VECTIS, I had to have a whole new set of interior cushions made. Bad planning as I had only replaced the covers on the existing cushions, 2 years prior. So I have a complete set of cushions for sale which are like new, 2 years old in Sunbrella, a blue and white stripe. The new cushions cost me $3500! so I figure the older ones have got to be worth $1000. Any offers? VECTIS is a Mark I and the cushions are for the original MK-I configuration (although I believe configurations varied slightly). Buyer will need to pick them up in CT.

Contact Ian Dunn Email:


Shipmate Alcohol Galley Stove with 3 Bronze Burners and Oven – Stove was working well when removed from PIKA several years ago.  $75 USD for all or will part out.  Stove located in Rochester, NY.  Contact Lou Wayne at (585) 621-5115 or Email at


Web Site

We are always looking for articles (cruising, racing, maintenance, etc.) and photos of your boat for inclusion on the website and newsletter.  Send the articles via email attachment in MS WORD and the photos in .JPG format if possible.  We are still on a ‘Dial Up Modem” here on Virginia’s Northern Neck – if at all possible, please don’t send large files, especially high resolution photos.  Photos should be 100 kilobytes or smaller if at all possible.  We’ve has some emails with attachments which take HOURS to download.  We may soon be getting high speed Internet Service in our area – we’ll let you know if/when this happens.


Web Sites of Interest

Travels of Tom and Rose Aboard SOJOURN

Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer's Blog (with photos) Of Their Continuing Travels Aboard Their 1985 MK-II Alberg 37 Sloop (#239) From The Great Lakes to Trinidad (their current location). (

Cruisers Forum (; and the Seven Seas Cruising Association ( Valuable sources of cruising information, boat maintenance, electronics, etc. etc.  We used them extensively during our preparations for “Going South”



By the Editor

We’ve probably missed a few of your emails over the past 8 months or so, so if we’ve missed something really important, just shoot us another email.  Also, if you see that we made a ‘glaring error’ somewhere on the website, or in a Newsletter, please point this out to us   it’s difficult being ones own proofreader!!!

The A-37 IOA participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT U.S. membership for half price ($12.50 vice $25.00). Just mention you are a member of the Alberg 37 Owners Group and include the Cooperating Group number GA 83253 S when you join Boat U.S. or send in your annual renewal of membership.


Hardcopy Newsletter versus Electronic Newsletter

Regarding the Quarterly Newsletter, we would like to have more members agree to receive notification of the posting of the Newsletter via Email, vice receiving an actual hardcopy.  Although a majority of members already receive their Newsletter electronically (either by viewing the Newsletter via the Internet, or by downloading a copy of the Newsletter from the Internet), the printing and mailing of hardcopy versions of the Newsletter  result in the expenditure of considerable amount of $$ and of time.  With all the ‘news’ that we receive, it is becoming increasingly difficult to limit the hardcopy Newsletter to 8 full 8.5” x 11” pages (4 pages printed front to back) in order to keep postage costs down (4 front to back pages, printed on lightweight paper, just barely ‘squeaks by’ the 1 ounce weight limit for minimum postage. 

If you presently receive a hardcopy Newsletter, we would appreciate your considering receiving the Newsletter electronically.  Let us know…. and thanks!

We invite you to periodically visit the web site for much more information, postings, photos, etc., than are possible to include in the quarterly newsletter. 


Have a great sailing FALL!!!!!! 

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher