ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS
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Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
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Kinsale, VA 22488

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VOL XVIII, NO.1 (WINTER – 2007/2008)                                                                                                                                                                                                     11 January, 2008

It’s 2008!!

Our Thanks To All Who Sent “Seasons Greetings”!
May Everyone Have A Prosperous, Peaceful And Safe New Year, And A Great Sailing Season!

 

 

THE ALBERG 37 DISCUSSION FORUM IS BACK!
By Tom Assenmacher

Our sincere thanks to Charles and Helen Bahn, the owners of the 1985 MK-II Yawl RAVEN, who graciously volunteered to set up (and manage) this (new) discussion forum, which has been in operation since 1 November 2007. We hope that you will participate with your knowledge of sailing, boat maintenance, cruising information, electronics, communications, safety or whatever (as long as the topic is related to the Alberg 37 or to sailing and sailboats in general).

With the built in 'security' of a user name and password (you will be required to 'REGISTER' before posting to the Forum), hopefully this forum will not become 'trashed' by irrelevant and obscene postings!!

The forum will be/is 'moderated' in that Charles and other persons within the Alberg 37 IOA will periodically check for 'trash in the bilges'. 

This forum is not hosted on the Alberg 37 IOA server, and is a ‘stand alone’ service, and is similar in format to other Sailing Forums that are available on the internet. Access to the Discussion Forum is through the Alberg 37 IOA homepage (www.alberg37.org) and clicking on the “Discussion Forum” link on the homepage sidebar, OR by going more directly to the Discussion Forum (www.alberg37.com).

Again, Please Participate In The Forum, And Make It  A Valuable Asset To Our Association!

 

Alberg 37 Pennants Are Again Available

We recently received an order of (12)  Alberg 37 Pennants , so we will be accepting orders for them.  The cost of the pennant is $33.00 which includes postage for U.S and Canadian addresses (for some reason, postage rates to Canada are about the same as U.S. Postage Rates……..could be the strength of the Canadian Dollar….???)!

News From Members

Mark and Debbie Crowe, who have been cruising their 1973 MK-II Yawl SEA CYCLE in the Caribbean for the past couple of years, sent the following update on 1/7/2008:  

“Hi Guys, Happy New Year! We are in Carriacou just north of Grenada and back on line for a least a week if not longer. I have scored 6 new ports from New Found Metals and didn't have time or material to do it in Trinidad so I am hoping to do it here if I can find aluminum for the plates. These ports are going to replace the plastic ones that had been installed in the old fixed glass area.  Deb is working on a cruising BLOG .  Not sure what or where we are going this season but we intend to stay out for the present future. I have been struggling with two-foot-itis lately but Deb refuses to even think of letting go of her boat.   Cheers Mark and Deb.”  {Ed. Note:  Mark and Debbie will be posting all (or most) of their cruising logs,  which will make for interesting reading.  Mark and Debbie stopped by Kinsale for several days in October 2005 on their initial trip ‘south’.}

 

Dick and Jo Murphie, owners of the 1973 MK-II Yawl MAJA recently wrote: “We have left  MAJA on the hard at Glades boat storage near La Belle, FL last April and moved to Toronto for my mitral valve repair. This has been done successfully and we are in the process of doing other repairs to this tired old frame. We have no hard plans for MAJA and will look again in the spring. One thing is certain, there will be extensive repairs required before she is seaworthy again. I am glad to see the forum operating again!

 

Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer, who are cruising the Caribbean aboard their 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN, recently sent Christmas Greetings: “We are sitting at anchor in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, one of the many islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Our current position is N 13.00.66 latitude and W 061.14.49 longitude – if you want to use Google Earth to see where we are at.  This is our second Christmas season away from “home” and you, our loved ones. Living on the boat in this climate it is difficult to remember that it really is December and the holidays are upon us. There really is no change of season down here other than you move from the summer months which is the rainy season to the winter months which are drier. This time of year the trade winds usually pipe up a bit, known as the “Christmas winds” and tend to have a more northerly slant to them. There is usually no shortage of “sailboat fuel” and passages between islands can be very fast, but at the same time boisterous as the seas can build to impressive heights.

Last year at this time we were sitting in Miami, Florida waiting for the appropriate weather window to cross the Gulf Stream. We always felt a bit rushed on our way down to the Caribbean, never knowing whether we were moving too fast, usually thinking we were going too slow. Now that we’ve arrived, we have the luxury of slowing way down, moving north at a much slower pace, without having large areas of open ocean to contend with. All of the distances traveled now can be done in a day sail (40-80nm) or at the most, an over night if we decide to leapfrog an island.

We are healthy and enjoying ourselves by doing some boat projects along with exploring this tiny island.  We have attended a primary school Christmas concert/play, taken some great hikes, snorkeled and interacting with many boaters from around the world and locals. We have come to appreciate the things taken for granted back home, for instance this time of year this island tends to have an egg and butter shortage as everyone prepares cookie’s , pies and goodies for the holidays. The people are friendly and small villages are competing with each other in their holiday lighting display & celebrations.  In addition, the visiting cruise ships have been lighting up the harbor with their myriad of lights. Some boaters, including us have added exterior holiday lighting to our boats.

We enjoyed ..our visit… in MN this summer while taking a sojourn from SOJOURN.  We do especially miss our families and friends during this time of year and wish you could somehow share this setting with us.  Absent that we do very much enjoy hearing from all those who keep in touch. Our wish for you is a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with hope, peace, prosperity and love.  Just updated our website - http://sojourn-a37.spaces.live.com/

God Bless the entire world, no exceptions!

Our Love Always, Rose & Tom, S/V Sojourn  (Ed. Note: Just received an update – Tom and Rose are now in Martinique!)

 

John Hughes of  Barrington, RI, who sails the 1970 MK-I Sloop SARAH recently wrote:

Christmas greetings and best wishes! By the way, this Spring (when I finish work on the computer graphics book I'm writing) I'll be:

(1) installing a replacement engine (Westerbeke 40 for my old 4-107, with an HBW-150 instead of the old Paragon SA1D). 

(2) Installing new back-end stuff, like the stern tube, cutlass bearing, etc., and enlarging the aperture to fit a 14 x 14 3-blade prop. 

I'll try to take lots of photos and keep notes, and perhaps we can put it on a project page for the A37 website (or the discussion board). I also actually paid a professional (Chuck Paine's office in Maine) to spec the new prop; I'm happy to let people know what they came up with in terms of specs and discussion. I recall your (Tom Assenmacher) mentioning the re-power, and seeing your subsequent woes with the down-angle Hurth/ZF 150A. Two transmission failures in a couple of years seems REALLY bad (or really unlucky). As for my own re-power, I'll probably "blog" it day by day, if I have any strength at the end of each day :-) . I'll see what happens with the 14x14 when I get things built; it won't surprise me if I find I need to pitch it down to 14 x 12 or something to make it work decently, but I'm gonna give the Chuck Paine fellow's design a fair trial before I start messing with it.

My main constraints are:

1. I want to keep the engine in *about* the same place, and want clearance for the bottom of the galley sink (which is right above the expansion tank on the 4-107 and W40, alas...can be a really tight squeeze.

2. I want the engine a bit more level -- I think that the severe pitch contributes to the rear oil-seal leakage that so many folks suffer with these engines.

3. I *really* want the engine a bit quieter when it's in gear; the 3-blade prop should help there, as should the bullflex coupling, but we'll have to see. 

4. I'm going to have to re-drill the stern tube anyhow to install the new fiberglass tube; because of this, I'm willing to move it up or down a little bit if I need to, esp. with respect to the prop clearance at the bottom of the hull.  

Anyhow, I'll try to keep a record of things as I go.

-John”

Ian Dunn, of Rye, NY who sails the 1967 MK-I (#18) Sloop VECTIS, recently visited us in Kinsale, VA.  During Ian’s short (overnight) visit, we spent quite a bit of time aboard our 1975 MK-II (#157)Yawl SHEARWATER, and Lou and Jean Wayne’s 1967 MK-I (#20) Sloop PIKA which are wintering at our dock in back of our home in Kinsale.  We also visited Kip and Linda Newbould’s 1970 MK-I (# 63) Yawl TEVAKE, which is currently under refurbishment at their home in nearby Coles Point, VA.  Additionally, we made a cursory visit to nearby Port Kinsale Marina, where Ron and Cindy Strahm’s 1970 MK-I (#64) Sloop ENVY and Rob and Julie Lee’s 1981 MK-II (# 226) Yawl HERON are dry stored for the winter.  Time did not permit us to visit nearby Krentz’ Marina to look at Wil Hewitt’s 1984 MK-II (# 243) Yawl FLORENCE GRAY.  Ian was amazed at the physical differences between the MK-I’s in our area and his MK-I. (Ed. Note: The 6 above listed Alberg 37s are all located within a 5 mile radius – probably one of the highest concentrations of Alberg 37’s anywhere…….Can anyone beat this record!!???)

 

Ken and Anita Tillotson of London, ON, who are ‘world cruising’ their 1975 MK-II Yawl JOINT VENTURE recently sent the following:  JOINT VENTURE is in La Gomera  (Canary Islands) getting ready to head for the Cape Verdes probably on Sunday (early December). We've had a good stay in the Canaries but look forward to our passage to the Cape Verdes.  There is also another Alberg 37 in our vicinity (INIA) that will be headed our way.  We will try to provide a more substantial message of our major crossings as they occur, including last years passage to the Azores.  Ken & Anita”

Leon and Kim March of Pottstown, PA, were last heard from on 19 November 2007 on their way ‘south’ aboard their MK-I Sloop GYPSY. They had planned to stop in Kinsale for the Rendezvous, but were delayed, and now report:   Yes, We finally got underway!  We didn't leave the boatyard on the Sassafras until October 24th, and we still had many projects to get the boat up to snuff.  But, today in fact, we start on the ICW from Norfolk.  We anchored in Hampton Roads last night and are just having our morning coffee before starting the long motor down.  We may try some different routes in the Outer Banks to visit friends and get some sailing in, but that's all weather dependent.  Although we've had good weather the past couple days, and the forecast is for warm temps (mid-70s!) through Thanksgiving, we still seem to be racing the cold air from the north.  Leon and Kim”

 

New Members

Welcome aboard to new member Capt Peter Mac: Hi all, I have just bought "KUMA" a 1971 Alberg 37 Yawl (# 78). She is at present lying in the South River in Maryland, and I will have her towed to Shipwright Harbour Marina in Deale Maryland soon. I have yet to receive any paperwork on her, I have only had a couple of hours aboard just before I had to return to work, and I would be very interested to find out about her history. I have been an Ocean going Yacht Captain for many years taking people sailing world wide, and I have bought "KUMA" to go where I want to go ! She needs some work, but this is not my first boat, and with the help of this forum I hope to ready her for some serious cruising when I return from this current trip in May. I am at present working on a 120m private yacht as skipper of the chase boat ( a 68ft Sunseeker), we also have a 76 ft Ed Dubois design sloop on deck. We are in Rio for the New Year fireworks, and will be heading South soon for Argentina, Patagonia, Antarctica, and Chile.

I will keep "KUMA" in Deale, I kept my previous boat there, and I have a good arrangement with Shipwrights, I have use of their facilities which saves me a lot of money, and I have done some work both for, and with them in the past. I stayed in Pirates Cove when I was preparing my last boat for living aboard, I liked Galesville, and am not surprised you like it there. I have a question about the deck core used in the construction. I read on the site that some of the 37 yawls have a balsa core. I have a small soft spot that I will have repaired while I am away, its about 2ft square, and is situated on the cabin top abeam the mast on the starboard side. At some stage a surveyor has cut some small, neat, inspection holes in the deck-head below to expose the core, and test the moisture level, the core I would bet is marine ply as opposed to balsa. I don’t have a copy of the survey, and I was wondering if any of the 37’s were built with a marine ply deck core. I would be very interested to find out.

We are off early in the morning to explore the coast around Parati its approximately 23 deg 15mins south, and 44deg 40 mins west. Supposed to be some beautiful waterfalls in the area. it would be a wonderful place to bring "KUMA" for a winter cruise.
With luck you may know of "KUMA", and I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy New Year.”  (Ed. Note: Some of the early MK-Is were cored with tempered Masonite.  We believe most Alberg 37s were cored with balsa – does anyone know of boats cored with plywood??  For additional postings regarding KUMA, check out the new A-37 Discussion Forum at www.alberg37.com (there also is a link to the discussion forum on the Alberg 37 Home Page at www.alberg37.org)

 

Welcome aboard to new members Ian and Glenda Rodd of Provincetown, PEI, who recently purchased the 1971 MK-II Yawl ADVENTURE whose home port will probably be Summerside, PEI (the boat is currently in ME).  Ian recently wrote: “The first A-37 we saw was in Baddeck, Cape Breton two summers ago - SUNNY was on the hard but the owner came along a day or so later and invited us up for a peek.  The next day  we were in MasKells Harbour and an A-37 yawl came in for the night. We were awestruck!. Our present boat is a Contessa 26 so this is a big step for us.  There is work to be done to ADVENTURE so I will be seeking advice from the membership.  Bye for now. Ian “

(Ed. Note: SUNNY, a 1975 MK-II Yawl with yellow hull, belongs to Bill and Norma Marchant of Baddeck, NS; and the boat that Ian and Glenda saw in MasKells Harbour was probably the 1980 MK-II Yawl TALISKER which belongs to John and Judy Langley, also of Baddeck, NS – 2 great boats – we’ve been aboard both!)

 


TALISKER On Bras d'Or Lake

Custom Cockpit Table For SPIRIT

By Jon and Helen Kuhl
(1968 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop Hull #33)

With the Alberg 37 wheel & binnacle set forward as it is, installing a typical marine ‘store bought’ cockpit table is out of the question.  So, we designed and built a large cockpit table that is easily set up and stowed, and most importantly, is stable and fairly easy to get four people around without upsetting the apple cart so to speak.

 

The attached four photos show the table set up, the table to wheel straps which connect to the wheel (locked of course), the leg mounting and the folded table in its stowed position.

                       

The table is 3/4" plywood with Formica contact cemented to it and trimmed in Teak.  The whole affair is given multiple coats of clear polyurethane. The two straps are made from stock SS strapping (3/16"X 1 1/4") bent and polished to fit.  Look closely and you will see that they have to be long enough to clear the center wheel hub. The maple wood leg is mounted with two screws.  It is easily removed and stowed between the folded table. The table is hinged, yet the weight of the table plus the installed leg keeps it perfectly flat.

As long as the wheel is locked firmly the single leg serves well against tipping and is fairly easy to avoid with feet.

The dimensions are:  width 23" (folded 11 1/2"each leaf), length 33", leg 25", table height approx 26".


Custom Main Salon Table For SPIRIT

By Jon and Helen Kuhl
(1968 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop Hull #33)

 

Our 1968 MK-I had a makeshift main salon table that folded up against the bulkhead and we were never happy with the arrangement.  So we decided to build a drop leaf table that was permanently mounted to the salon sole.  This was a good winter project, one that I could build in my basement using an oak shipping pallet as a temporary main salon sole.

The trick is to make careful measurements to make sure the drop leafs clear the settees, the table height is appropriate with the settee cushion height, and the clearance to the port side galley is sufficient.

 The three center posts are 5/8" threaded rods with 1x3/4" pressure treated pine on all four sides of each rod.  These I ripped from 2x4s, glued them to loosely encase the threaded rods and then added decorative ribs of teak. 

The center top is 8"x40" teak mounted on 3/4" plywood with countersunk holes for the rod washers and nuts.  Each leg rod runs through a drilled hole in the sole, and under the sole are reinforced athawart running ribs to give additional strength to the sole itself.  Washers and nuts under the above ribs are used to tighten the entire center legs to the sole.

This is crucial as no one wants a weak piece of furniture flopping about the salon.  I am pleased with the overall sturdiness of this arrangement.

 The  leafs are 3/4" plywood with Formica tops and teak trim with SS hinges to the center section.  The Formica from Home Depot almost perfectly matches the original Alberg countertop. 

I wanted the leafs to be firm, there's nothing more annoying than a table top that tilts when you so much as look cross eyed at it.  So I built swing out legs on hinges that tuck into the center section when not in use and a latched there to prevent swinging under sail.  We typically leave the port leaf up and the starboard leaf down and latched.  This allows more galley space as this leaf is within easy reach of the cook stove.   The entire arrangement is very solid with the leafs up or down.

One major drawback is that I cannot bring the formerly double berth completely out, so it is currently somewhat smaller.  However, we are content to sleep in forward V berth. 

I added a 12V cigarette type outlet on the underside of the center section opposite the bulkhead to allow me to use my laptop for nav planning (Fugawi Mapping software, + Softcharts).  The seat against the bulkhead was not available with the old fold up table.

I apologize for not presenting a set of building plans.  The overall dimensions are:  Table height 29", length 40", center section 8" wide by 40" long, each leaf 17" wide by 40" long, center three posts 3" square.

 

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

L'AMARRE (1972 MK-II Sloop) Participates In The 2007 Vineyard Cup Race
Owned by M. J. and Judy Mintz

 

Unfortunately Despite Good Starts On Both Saturday & Sunday We Had Equipment Failure On Sunday That Affected Our Finishing.

SHARED WATCH (1987 MK-II Yawl) Participates In Bay Cup
Owned By Jay Zittrer

 

A Few Pics Of SHARED WATCH'S Classic Race Finish - Helm-Less, Balanced And All On The Rail Singing And Playing Guitar.

 

Alberg 37 Caps And Other Items
Now Available

Caps and other A-37 Logo items may be individually ordered from:

What A Stitch (http://www.whatastitch-online.com/)

467 Ridge Road West, Rochester NY

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

Email Bobbie at: whatastitch@frontiernet.net

Please DO NOT CONTACT THE A-37 IOA NEWSLETTER EDITORS (Tom and Kaye Assenmacher) with your cap order.

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

 

 

GALLEY TALK

Cindy's Almost Pumpkin Pie
Contributed By
Cindy Strahm (1970 MK-I Sloop ENVY)

Served At The 2007 Fall Rendezvous

 


Filling

29 oz can pumpkin

1 T. pumpkin pie spice

3 eggs

1 c. sugar

1/2 t. salt

1 t. vanilla

1 c. evaporated milk


Topping

1 pkg yellow cake mix

1 c. chopped pecans

1 c. butter


 

Mix all filling ingredients.  Pour into greased 12 inch Dutch oven.  Cut butter into cake mix & mix in nuts.  Sprinkle over top.  Bake 1 hour.  Serves 12-16   UMMMM GOOD!!!!

 

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, mizzentime@yahoo.ca  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 baum@rotman.utoronto.ca  (or call: 416.406.6810).  CDN$70,000

 

Alberg 37s Wanted

Wanted - Alberg 37 project boat.  Contact Art Svaldenis (sv_arion@yahoo.com)

Wanted -  Alberg 37 Sloop.  Contact Larry Ciccola larry.chiccola@yahoo.com)

 
Information Wanted

I’m looking for any info you may have about “Hard Dodger” refits done to the earlier A37.  DESTINY is a 1968 MK-I Yawl in superb condition that I am giving serious consideration to adding a hard dodger. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Gregory C. Schurch

Office: 413-247-5690

Fax:  413-247-3008

(Ed. Note: We referred Greg to Wayne Bower (TEELOK) who built a hard dodger for his 1977 MK-II Sloop PIKA)
 
 
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: iandunn@optonline.net

 

Gasket material for Atkins-Hoyle Overhead Hatches

We need to replace the rubber gaskets in the Atkins-Hoyle aluminum overhead hatches on our 1975 MK-II yawl SHEARWATER, and found the correct gasket material for them from Clean Seal, Inc. Unfortunately, Clean Seal has a 100' minimum order on the material (.5" round neoprene 'cord'), but we ordered 100' anyway-check it out at http://www.cleanseal.com/cordstock.htm - it's the solid 'cord' #6500. It takes about 80" of the 'cord' to do one hatch. The 'cord' does not have adhesive, but a good clear silicone would work as an adhesive. As far as I know, a lot of the MK-IIs have these hatches. When I do our hatches, I'll post some photos of the project on the A-37 website. If anyone needs to re-do their A-H aluminum hatch seals, Contact me (a37ioanospam@sylvaninfo.net - remove 'nospam'), and I'll send you enough to do your hatches (as long as it lasts), at my cost (about $.60US per foot plus postage).


Tom Assenmacher

Kinsale, VA

 

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

For Boat US Members: Check out the “NEW” Boat US Magazine, which is now ‘on-line’ at the following web address:

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/boatus/200801/  Once at this website, read the enclosed letter for sign up instructions, and to opt-out of the printed/mailed version.

This new feature will allow you to have your copy early, save it to your computer and use it whenever you need it! Plus, choosing an electronic version will help BoatU.S. continue to be an advocate for the environment by reducing our paper usage.

Cruisers Forum (http://www.cruisersforum.com/); and the Seven Seas Cruising Association (http://ssca.org/DiscBoard/). Valuable sources of cruising information, boat maintenance, electronics, etc. etc.  We used them extensively during our preparations for “Going South”.

SHEARWATER Fuel Tank Problems (Again)
By Tom Assenmacher (1975 MK-II Yawl)

Attached are a few photos of the fuel probe (tube) in our fuel tank.  We use a small electric ‘boost’ pump at the tank to supplement a rather ‘anemic’ mechanical lift pump on the engine to ensure a sufficient fuel supply to the engine. Lately, we have been having relatively frequent failures of the electric boost pump, which has a small filter in the suction line just before the electric boost pump.  It appeared that the small filter was filling with ‘garbage’ after not too many hours of operation (like 50 hours), resulting in boost pump overheating and failure.

 

Pumping Fuel From Tank

 I decided to pull the fuel probe just to make sure it wasn't partially plugged, and it's a good thing I did!  The probe is copper tubing about 11/32" diameter, but I could barely get it out of the 1/2" hole, it was so encrusted with black 'crusty' crud.  I was really surprised, as the tank had been cleaned about 4 years ago (2003).  At that time, after having not been cleaned for probably 20 years or more, the probe had come out relatively clean, and there was very little sediment or buildup in the bottom of the tank.

 

 

 

Dirty Fuel Probe

  
 Dirty Fuel Probe

 At this time I decided to clean the tank, and since there were about 32 gallons of diesel in the tank, I pumped out the fuel into 5 gal. Jerry cans using the ‘boost pump”.    I then opened the access plate of the tank (on MK-II’s, the aluminum fuel tank is located just forward of the bilge sump), and found a small amount of ‘crud’ on the bottom of the tank, but not enough to cause the problems which were occurring.

 


Pumping Fuel From Tank


I've been religious in doping (biocide) up the fuel as it goes in, and have filtered it all as it goes in.  The inside of the  probe was also slightly constricted with ‘crud’. Additionally, the copper tubing was a bit pitted, but not too bad. 

Fuel Tank Prior To Cleaning

 

 

Fuel Tank Following Cleaning
(Very small amount of ‘Crud’ was removed – Note very slight pitting on tank bottom and staining on tank sides.)

 

One of the causes of the uptake of ‘bottom crud’ through the fuel probe was the fact that the bottom of the fuel probe was only about ½” from the bottom of the tank.  When I had replaced the probe (copper tube) in 2003, I thought I had made the length of the probe such that the bottom of the probe was at least 1” above the bottom of the tank – it appears I was WRONG!!  Anyway, I shortened the probe length and have reassembled the access plate etc., but only time will tell if this solves the problem!

 

Uses For Clothespins
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

 

We’ve owned and sailed our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER since 1982, and are always coming up with ‘things’ that WORK! During our cruise last winter to the Abacos, we also learned of a few new things that ‘work’ – one of which is clothespins!  Here are a few uses of clothespins which we’ve found handy - bet you can think of additional other uses!

 



   The Obvious

 

 


Holding Up Temporary Wires (WIFI Antenna)

Holding Open The Cockpit Aft Enclosure Flap

 

Restraining A Backstay Tensioning Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keeping Those Chips From Getting Soggy!

 

A Lot Easier Than Using Those Bag Ties!

 


Keeping ‘Sticky Notes’ From Flopping In The Wind

 


Keeping Chartkit Pages Stable - Can You Think Of Other Uses For Clothespins???!!

You Can’t Have Too Many Clothespins Aboard

 


 

 

Spindrift

By the Editor

Since we are not taking SHEARWATER south this winter, Kaye and I will be flying to the Bahamas to spend the entire month of February in a beach cottage on Man O’ War Cay in the Abacos.  We spent some time on Man O’ War last winter and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so we decided nothing goes to windward like an airplane …….  The only ‘white stuff’ we’ll see there will be that which is on the sandy beaches (and it’s NOT SNOW!!!).  We’ll have some limited Internet connectivity, so we should be able to respond to Emails.  Upon return to the States in early March, we plan to spend a few days with Lou and Jean Wayne (PIKA) who are escaping the Rochester, NY winter in a beach cottage in the Florida Keys.  We plan to be back in Kinsale by mid-March in order to get all the dirt dweller work done, and begin getting SHEARWATER in shape for another (probable) ‘southbound’ cruise next Fall.

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

We appreciate the positive response regarding receiving Email notification of the posting of the Newsletter on the Internet, vice receiving actual hardcopy via regular mail.  We now ‘snail-mail’ Newsletters to only a small fraction of the A-37 IOA membership.  The advantages of viewing the Newsletter on-line (or printing the MS WORD on-line version of the Newsletter) include the ability of viewing color photos of boats, projects, etc., and the ability to follow ‘hot links’ embedded in the Newsletter to other sections of the A-37 web-site and to other web sites of interest.  Thanks!

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

Start breaking out the Marine Catalogs, and work on those ‘To Do’ Lists – it will be SPRING before long!!!!!! 

 

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

 

 

P.S.  Please Participate In The Discussion Forum!!!

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