ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
Visits since 1/2/2010
NO. 1 (WINTER-2011)
Well, it's been a COLD AND SNOWY Christmas Season here on
Northern Neck! We had a White
Christmas in Kinsale, the first in several years with about 5" of the
white/fluffy stuff. Kaye and I won't be
heading to the
Entrance Sign to Our Home in
The Day after Christmas
SHEARWATER, HERON (A-37s), And MOUNTAIN TOP (Wooden Schooner)
At Dock In Our Back Yard
(Hampton Hall Branch of the
Welcome aboard to Charlie
TRONDELAG Participates in the
Galley 'Tool' Holder
By Tom Assenmacher
One of the many small modifications made to our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER over the years (at the 'request' of the 'executive chef' Kaye), is a 'Galley Tool Holder'. It's very easy to build and install, consisting of 2 strips of teak (1-1/4" x 3/8" x 14"), a few large brass cup hooks, about 1' of 1/8" bungee cord, 4 small (#6 x 1" SS oval head) wood screws and 4 #6 SS finishing washers. The tool holder is located just above the galley chopping block (on the MK-II), and just aft of the galley non-opening port (on the MK-II). The installation for the MK-I would be similar. The below photos should be self explanatory.
disregard the dates annotated on the photos - the photos are actually from
November, 2009 when we were in
Assembling The 'Stuff' For The Job
Installing The Upper Rail
Upper Rail Installed
Lower Rail Installed With Cup Hooks Installed On Upper Rail
Lower Rail With Bungee Cord Attached
Galley Tool Holder Holding Galley Tools
(Note: bungee cord has been changed to different color - from black to white/black striped.)
The above photo was taken shortly after the start on Friday evening of this year's race. We were doing about 7.5 kts and continued that way for many hours - then ran out of wind for nearly an hour.
This photo is from Saturday morning on the St. Mary's River shortly before the race finish.
SCRIMSHAW placed 4th out of 19 in their class (PHRF C/D). A Hinckley Bermuda 40 won.....
News From Members
We recently received
Seasons Greetings from Tibor & Eva
The following was received back in October from Maarten van Hasselt, the owner of the 1975 MK-II Yawl JOAN III (formerly the GOOD NEWS, owned by Ashley Walker). In Maarten's email, he discusses the renewal of the main and mizzen chainplates:
"Chain plates will be a special chapter. The problem with stainless steel is that it needs oxygen. That is exactly what it doesn’t get buried in the deck and often encapsulated in glass. That is where the problems occur: in the places you cannot inspect. We found two that were clearly cracked and that of course is a great push to check them all. It boils down to age and I am afraid that it is recommendable to pull the plates especially when you sail off shore. If something goes wrong close to home it is easier to correct and use a halyard, however it will always happen with a strong blow at lee shore! Once you decide to pull the plates (most are relatively easy to get out but the blessings of a yawl are to have many to pull) it must be policy to renew them all. The testing of the plates will cost more than having new ones and at least you can forget about the whole thing for at least 10 years. Make sure you mark all the plates as the holes are not evenly spaced in all the plates.
Lou and Jean Wayne,
of Rochester, NY, who are cruising aboard PIKA in the Abacos, recently
reported from Green Turtle
Cay: "We just got back from the newest hot spot
on Green Turtle - Lizards Bar and Grill. It's at the Leeward
Yacht Club which is doing a land office business this winter. The
Green Turtle Club is all but shut down and is for sale, as are the Other Shore
Club and Pineapples. Times are tough in paradise! New batteries are
installed, cold is over, life is good. Talk soon. Lou and Jean".
(Ed. Note: PIKA cruised with
us to the Abacos last year (Fall 2009-Spring 2010). Instead of bringing PIKA
back to the States, they left her on the hard at Abaco
Yacht Services (AYS) on Green Turtle Cay for the summer and fall,
and flew down to the Abacos and arrived on Green Turtle last week just in time
for the Junkanoo at GT on New Years Day. They plan to launch PIKA
on 4 January (2011) to continue their Bahamas Cruise. AYS caters to
cruisers who wish to leave their boats in the Abacos, and offers excellent
services, and is a very well run boat yard.)
recently heard from Dan and Betty
wrote: "Yes, JOYOUS was previously owned by Martin Violette according to our
records, and the original name was “SLYBOOTS”.
I had a chance to meet Nick Roper in
(Ed. Note: It's sort of fun to explore the 'genealogy' of these boats!)
Charlie and Jane Deakyne, of
received the following from Rose
Hansmeyer and Tom McMaster in mid-December, who are on an extended cruise
(since 2006 -
hope to leave here and head to
(Ed. Note: Check out 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 and beyond.)
Greg Vandenberg, of
(Ed. Note: The last known owners of DA KINE were Kelly and Rachel Carver, of
John and Cynthia Hughes of Barrington, RI, the owners of the 1970 MK-I Sloop SARAH, recently wrote in their Holiday Greetings: "We had our own transmission excitement this summer – sailed to Casco Bay, Maine, then headed for Boothbay in light airs and some current, so we had the engine going…and at some point my father-in-law said “we’re not moving as fast as we should be for this engine speed.” Sure ‘nuff, it was the transmission. I gave it a half hour to cool down, then dove into the engine compartment and found I could turn the prop shaft by hand, even with the transmission in gear. So we changed plans, and simply sailed the whole way to Boothbay…or almost the whole way. We got about 2.5 miles from the harbor as the late afternoon/early evening SW breeze was dying..and dying…and finally we put our kids in the dinghy and towed in for the last bit – Jack for about ľ mile, Meg for the rest. Picked up a mooring at about the time twilight completely ended. I spent the next day calling around for a replacement transmission, pulled the engine, yanked off the transmission, and waited…
a lovely place to be stuck for a few days, but it was pretty annoying, esp.
when the transmission folks shipped it UPS ground rather than overnight as I’d
asked. (Grrr…) Once it arrived (about 1 PM), it took just an hour or so to get
it back in place, refill the coolant, torque the bolts on the flexible shaft
coupler, etc., etc….and then another two hours loosening a stuck sheave on the
steering gear that my son noticed. Anyhow, not my dream vacation, but the
(short) remainder of our cruise was pretty nice, and we had only about 45 minutes
of fog for the entire time in
Now I’ve got a winter project, which is fixing the old transmission to carry as a spare (following your approach!).
All the best, John"
Subsequent to the above, and in response to our enquiry about his transmission failure, John sent the following regarding the type/model of transmission which failed aboard SARAH: "The engine is a Westerbeke 40 (later version of the 4-107/4-108 series), onto which I’d put a Hurth/ZF HBW150. (The former owner of the engine had and HWB100 (!), but I wasn’t crazy enough to follow suit. The 150 was used, and I’d had it checked out (at some expense), but didn’t really know what to expect from these. When I put it in gear that first year, it 'sorta' went “clunk” after a second or two when engaging. If I’d have been more on top of things, I’d have said “THAT’s not right” and would have dealt with it. But I didn’t, and look where I ended up.
I’m considering rigging a little rocker switch on the shifter connected to an alarm that tells me when both (a) - the transmission is in FWD and (b) - the engine is off, since that appears to be a recipe for destroying the plates/thrust washer.
If I had known about an alternative (the twin-disc that you got), I might have gone with that for my installation. But now I’m pretty much committed, so I’ll live with it. The new transmission seems to work like a charm, I’m pleased to say.
Best wishes for the Holidays."
(Editors' Comments - We had similar symptoms on one of our five transmission failures on SHEARWATER)
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Current offerings include:
Cruiser/racer well equipped for both missions. One owner. Excellent racing record. Superbly maintained. Many extras including cookware, dishes, silverware, cockpit cushions, dingy, Winslow 4 man liferaft, tools, 3 size genoas, 2 spinnakers, 2 mainsails, Raytheon depth/speed/wind instruments, loran, GPS, Tiller master, 3 anchors, 150' chain/nylon anchor rode plus additional 100' nylon anchor rode, cockpit canopy. Boat located in Annapolis, MD.
(Click On Thumbnails For Larger Photo)
Asking $65,000 US.
Contact: Charles Deakyne.
Contact James at (360) 765-3222
FOR SALE - SOLA GRATIA, Alberg 37 Mk II Sloop #107
Clean and well kept A37. Ready for cruising! Solar panel, manual windlass, Aries windvane self-steering, 250' chain anchor rode, furling genoa, main with 3 reef points, lazy jacks, upgraded self-tailing winches, 1000 watt inverter, propane stove and BBQ, new anti-fouling, and more. Deck recently professionally repaired and refinished.
On the hard in
FOR SALE: 1972 Alberg 37 MK-II sloop; recent Westerbeke/roller furling/radar etc., etc. / ready to sail! Too many toys and no time. $44,000.00 - On the hard at West Newbury, MA
Contact Dan Lord at: 978 462 1112
ALBERG 37's WANTED
a totally refitted Mirage 24 Midget Ocean racer is offered as trade for a
Cruise Equipped Alberg 37!
(Check out the Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)
FREE MK-II Upholstery "I have decided to renew the inside
upholstery of the JOAN III, our 1975 MK-II Yawl. Anyone that would be
interested in the (in reasonable shape but old) cushions and upholstery can
collect these for free in the
Maarten van Hasselt
+1 713 213 0505 (GMT-6) (Usually)
+31 634 120 542 (GMT+1) (When
Alberg 37 Custom Cover for sale . The cover was made by Fairclough Sailmakers, and is listed at $1,500USD. It has been used 4 seasons and recently has been serviced for extra reinforcement and stitching (cover is currently at Fairclough's facility in New Haven, CT) .Cover retails new for $4-5,000. I have recently moved to FL and have no further need for a winter cover. Contact Reid Tomlin at: (239) 263-6877 . Check the Gear For Sale page on the A-37 Website for a photo of the cover.
Lou and Jean Wayne of
For sale - Zodiac, 4 man offshore valise liferaft. Never deployed, purchased new in 2000. Always stored inside and is in great condition. Buyer responsible for shipping and repackaging, however if it cannot be repackaged for any reason send back and we will refund the purchase price (shipping not included). Asking $800 USD. Contact Bill and Debbie Horne: serenade2ATsbcglobal.net (replace AT with @).
Frame For Sale, Geoff Cunliffe of
NOTE: This dodger frame is NOT for an Alberg 37
Wanted as spare - Datamarine S-200 DL LCD Digital Depth Sounder Instrument.
Web Sites of Interest
and Board Protection http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/home.xml Lots
of information/forms/procedures for those planning on cruising outside the
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Hopefully, we've included most or all of the pertinent correspondence that we've received over the past few months. Our apologies to those items which we may have missed.
We need a good candidate for "Featured A-37" It's been several years since we had a new addition to the Featured A-37 list. If you would like to do a write-up and submit photos of your boat, we'd like to hear from you! Take a look at the articles on the website (click on the link above) as examples.
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Have a great Alberg 37 WINTER and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Tom and Kaye