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Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
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Mark and Debbie Crowe, of Toronto, Ontario, who have been cruising
their 1973 MK-II Yawl SEA CYCLE in the Caribbean for the past couple of
years, have recently started a BLOG of their adventures: “Hi Tom,
we are in Carriacou and now have the blog site in decent shape. We have some
WIFI connection here so we will try and add more pictures and some of the
original logs from the first few months over the next couple of weeks. I forgot
to mention to you while we were in
Check out Mark and Debbie’s Blog at: http://www.seacycle.blogspot.com/
We recently heard from Jon & Helen Kuhl of
McIntosh, who recently purchased the 1971 MK-II Yawl KUMA (his 4th boat), reports that he’s working on a
private yacht, presently in
Ian and Glenda Rodd,
Roy and Maureen
Jack Vanderloo, of
We recently received the
following from Rose Hansmeyer and Tom
McMaster who continue their cruise in the
Also, check out their BLOG - http://sojourn-a37.spaces.live.com/)
We (Tom and Kaye Assenmacher), recently
returned from spending a month (February 2008) on Man O War Cay, Abacos
We rented a small Bahamian
cottage from a person we met during last year’s cruise, which was only a 2
minute walk to both the Atlantic side of MOW, and to the Eastern Harbour (AKA
‘American Harbour’) anchorage/mooring field.
Although we missed being on the boat, we didn’t have to stand any anchor
watches! We were joined on MOW by Joran Gendell and Lin Hayes, from
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….???)!
No new members were acquired during this period!
(Check Out The Cruising/Racing Stories Section Of The Web Site
The Discussion Forum For Additional Racing Information)
Ashley Walker of
I’m looking forward to this
spring and summer when I hope to have more time to spend with GOOD NEWS on
I'm also looking into finding, designing or making a "war banner" to fly from the head stay when in port during regatta's or other events. Something along the lines of using white or navy spinnaker material about 5'x8' with an A37 logo in large white or black, and the boat name under it in a bright red color. Didn't know if you knew if anybody is currently using anything similar. May post an inquiry on the forum. Will definitely post one with pictures when I get one.”
Another later (
“He's (Jay Zittrer – SHARED WATCH) racing today in the Heald Bank Regatta which is an offshore event in Galveston, leaving from between the jetties, going 30 miles out to the Heald Bank rig, and returning. The racing starts at today, so much of the sailing is at night. I'm part of the Race Committee, as timer, and will be stationed onshore on the beach overnight, waiting to record the finishes. We have 21 boats signed up and the forecast is for 15-20 knots of NE to E wind, so it should be good racing. I told him last night to represent the Albergs well.
I should be getting my new genoa in a couple of weeks and will be looking forward to racing in this year's "Shoe Race" in May. Also finishing up a war banner of which I'll take a photo and send to you.”
s/v GOOD NEWS #144
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GALLEY TALK (Pots & Pans)
By Kaye Assenmacher
1 ea. 4 Qt Pressure Cooker – for stews, baking bread, other things that require a large pot.
1 ea. 1 Qt Sauce Pan with lid.
1 ea. Stainless Steel (SS) Tea Kettle (with whistle – we
need to get a new one since TJ lost the whistle overboard in the
2 ea. Quart size SS vacuum bottles (the ones with SS interiors – not glass) – one we make coffee directly into using a ‘Melitta’ type plastic funnel and filters and hot water from the teakettle; one for hot water, or occasionally hot soup. Made in the morning, they will keep coffee and water/soup hot through the late afternoon.
1 ea. 10’ SS ‘splatter shield’ to use over the skillet when frying food such as fish, chicken, etc. Saves a lot of work in cleaning the galley stove!
Current offerings include:
For Sale - After 20 years of owning her, John Volk is offering
"STORNOWAY" for sale. She is a MK-II, Hull #182, built in
1979. Originally built as a sloop, she was professionally converted to a
yawl. Details can be found at ...http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/volc/S1/Stornoway.html
. Price is $65,000 CDN.
Alberg 37s Wanted
Wanted - Alberg 37 project boat. Contact Art Svaldenis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wanted - Alberg 37 Sloop. Contact Larry Ciccola (email@example.com)
Rose Hansmeyer and Tom McMaster are requesting the following information regarding their 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN: “Does anyone know what the dimensions are of the 35 gal holding tank of a 1985 Mark II sloop? We are thinking of cleaning it out and adding a water bladder.”
(Ed. Note: Does anyone have the requested dimensions?? If so, could you let us know and we’ll pass it on to Rose and Tom. Many years ago, we removed the original aluminum holding tank and built a wood/fiberglass/epoxy tank of the same dimensions as the original tank to use as a water tank. Unfortunately, we neglected to take the measurements of the aluminum tank…..)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bilge Pump Blues
By Gord Martin
MAGGY FIELDS IV
(Ed. Note: While looking through our files we came across the following item of interest written by Gord in June, 2005.)
When I bought my 1975 MK-II Alberg 37 Sloop three years ago, I knew there would be lots of things to check and repair. One of the first jobs was to check the bilge pumps. The manual pump was not working so I immediately rebuilt it. The electric pump seemed to be working reasonably well, so it was repeatedly pushed down the ever longer “things to do” list.
Well, I have ignored it for 3 years, always feeling a bit uneasy, but decided this spring it must be looked at. We all know how inviting it is to try to work at the bottom of that deep dark bilge, so I worried about it for a few more weeks. How was I going to get at it?
I can’t see screw heads – blame this partly on the bi-focals, and partly on the idiot who epoxied over the screws. Also I did not like the idea of it being mounted on a board which looked quite thick, leaving too much water in the bilge. The board was firmly attached to the bottom of the bilge, so I made up a tool consisting of a 2’ handle attached perpendicular to the mid point of a crowbar, then lay on my stomach, and flailed away with a sledge hammer. The board finally popped loose, and I could get the greasy monster up to eye level. Well almost to eye level, first I had to shift the battery, and chip the epoxy that held the wires in place, then undo the Marrettes (“Wire Nuts”). Marrettes in a bilge! WOW!
At this point I checked the polarity, and thought it was a bit unusual to have yellow as plus in a red/yellow pair. More about that later. The pump was a Zurn brand and appeared to have a capacity of about 1500 GPH.
Now to the hose – the 1 1/8” pump outlet was reduced to a ¾” automotive heater hose, all limp and grungy, then further reduced into a ½” check valve at the thru-hull. Is there any other way that the pump capacity could have been further reduced??? Based on the area of the check valve, this pump was operating at barely 25% of its theoretical capacity.
The red was supposed to be the plus side. I was surprised to find that it moved quite a bit of water in my test bucket even when running backwards. I wonder how many surveyors would think to check the rotation of a bilge pump!!
I didn’t want to completely trust a 30 year old pump, but also couldn’t just throw it away when it appeared to be working perfectly, so I bought a new Rule 2000 GPH pump and hooked them both up with new 1 1/8” hose, oversized check valves, and new ball valves. The new pump went to a redundant thru-hull left from moving the exhaust to the transom. And yes, the polarity was checked at least three times!
I mounted both pumps to welded stainless steel “L” brackets, which I can raise and clamp in place for service.
That is it for bilge pumps – now on to the next item on the list, and on and on and on….
MAGGY GIELDS IV
Kip and Linda have considerable
experience refurbisbing/repairing boats in general,
having owned numerous sailboats and powerboats, and have worked in the boat
repair industry for years. They also
have considerable cruising experience having cruised for years in the
The boat is in sound condition (hull and deck wise), but is in need of systems upgrade, cosmetic work on hull, topsides and deck, refurbishing the interior, etc. etc. The boat came with new sails, a life raft along with numerous items which will be refurbished and placed back into commission.
Work so far includes removal of unwanted/unneeded deck hardware, filling of hardware mounting holes, and general preparation for refurbishing of the deck and cabintop. The topsides have been repaired, sanded (removal of several coats of paint down to the original gel coat) and generally prepared for eventual repainting later this spring. An inoperable engine (Perkins Perama) has been removed and a substitute engine, a used Yanmar is in the process of being installed.
Below are a few photos of TEVAKE in the early stages of work – we expect to see further accounts of this restoration/refurbishing as work progresses. (To Be Continued)
TEVAKE Begins Restoration
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Web Sites of Interest
The following Web site links pertain to
ocean predictions (weather; wave heights;
http://ssca.org/DiscBoard/viewtopic.php?t=5644&highlight=gulf+stream Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Discussion Board Topic - Gulf Stream Routing Help. Multiple threads on the SSCA Discussion Board – great information contained in this link!!
http://weather.navy.mil/cgi-bin/main.pl?ocean Naval Meteorology And
https://oceanography.navy.mil/legacy/web/cgi-bin/graphic.pl/metoc/223/145/0-0-17/8 Western Atlantic Currents and Speed at Surface Graphical Presentation.
http://www.passageweather.com/ Wind, Wave & Weather Forecasts for Sailors and Adventurers
By the Editor
Kaye and I are tentatively planning on ‘going south’ to the Abacos again this fall aboard SHEARWATER. Two years ago we left Kinsale on 26 October (about 10 days after the 2006 A-37 Fall Rendezvous) and it was COLD.
This fall, we plan to leave a few weeks earlier and consequently we are planning on having the Fall Rendezvous possibly on the weekend of 27-28 September, 2008. We’ll firm up that date by the time of the Summer Newsletter. Mark your calendars!
We don’t know of any other A-37s heading South this fall with the exception of Lou and Jean Wayne (PIKA), who will probably be heading south from Kinsale also (their boat spent the winter at our dock). If anyone is planning on ‘heading south’ this fall, please let us know.
The A-37 IOA
participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT
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.
Here’s To A Great Outfitting And Sailing Spring!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.S. Please Participate In The Discussion Forum!!!
Electronic Chart DVDs Now Include Complete Library of Nautical Publications
2008 Edition Of
Managing The Waterway: Electronic Charts Updates Over 3000 NOAA And
179 Government Publications, Reference Texts, And Nautical Calculators
Managing the Waterway cruising guide authors, Mark and Diana Doyle, have released their third annual update of electronic raster and vector charts for marine navigation. And this year, the couple have added a bonus: just under $3000 and over one gigabyte of nautical reference material in searchable Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
“This is a convenience product,” states Doyle. “Although boaters can find and download many of these digital assets themselves, we think they’d rather be boating.”
The process begins by downloading, updating, and
cataloging NOAA and
In the past, several government publications were also included on the 2-DVD set. “People kept telling us how convenient it was to have Coast Pilots and Light Lists on DVD...but they wanted more,” continues Doyle. “So we added publicly-available PDFs of the resources boaters are most likely to need.”
These Government Publications, Reference Texts, And Nautical Calculators Include:
American Practical Navigator (Bowditch)
NGA List of Lights
Atlas of Pilot Charts
Canadian Coast Guard Radio Aids to Navigation
NOAA Hurricane Basics
Chart No. 1
NWS Observing Handbook No. 1
Distances Between Ports Pub. 151
Radio Navigation Aids Pub. 117
Sailing Directions (Enroute)
Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1
Sailing Directions (Planning Guides)
International Code of Signals Pub. 102
Sight Reduction Tables Pub. 229
Marine Weather Service Charts
State Chart Catalogs
Mariner’s Guide for Hurricane Awareness
USCG Light Lists
MF and HF Channels
Nautical Chart User’s Manual
Worldwide Marine Radiofacsimile Broadcast Schedules
Navigation Rules (International & Inland)
Doyle summarizes, “These are evolving times for laptops aboard, e-charting, and the warehousing of enormous amounts of reference information. At $39.95, we’re trying to make it easy and affordable. Some boaters already own navigation software and only need updated charts and reference materials. Others are newbies who want free or trial software and charts to test the e-charting waters. In either case, they’re good to go.”
receive a 10% discount, Alberg 37 IOA members should include the voucher code
when ordering the DVD set!!
To Order The DVDs, Use The Following Links
The Alberg 37 International Owners Association in no way receives any
compensation from Semi-Local Publications
LLC. We have used this Electronic Chart
DVD set during our recent Bahamas Cruise last year and consider it an excellent
product, which has been improved by the addition of many easily usable Nautical
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher,