Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
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Posted 1/2/2010
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VOL 21, NO. 1 (WINTER-2011)                                                                                                                      2 January, 2011

Well, it's been a COLD AND SNOWY Christmas Season here on Virginia's 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 Bahamas this winter; however, we plan to get a bit of 'Beach Time' in late January in the Key West (FL) area.  We wish all "ALBERGERS" a  Happy (and Prosperous, Healthful and Peaceful also) New Year!

Entrance Sign to Our Home in Kinsale, VA

The Day after Christmas



SHEARWATER, HERON (A-37s), And MOUNTAIN TOP (Wooden Schooner)
At Dock In Our Back Yard
(Hampton Hall Branch of the
Yeocomico River)

New Members

Welcome aboard to Charlie Carbone of Mt. Nebo, Queensland, Australia, who is the owner of the 1975 MK-II Sloop TRONDELAG (# 153).  TRONDELAG was previously owned by Lynne and Gerry Purvis.  Charlie recently requested dodger frame information, and also sent along recent photos of TRONDELAG participating in the Australian Scarborough Classic Regatta.

TRONDELAG Participates in the Scarborough Classic Regatta


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.

(Please disregard the dates annotated on the photos - the photos are actually from November, 2009 when we were in Vero Beach, FL on our cruise last fall to the Bahamas).

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.)




Racing News

Charlie Deakyne, of Severna Park, MD, recently (August 6th & August 7th, 2010) raced his 1975 Alberg 37 Mark II Sloop SCRIMSHAW, (Hull #152) in the Maryland Governors Cup Race (as he has for many years), an overnight Chesapeake Bay race from Annapolis, MD to St. Marys City on the St. Marys River, off the Potomac River in Southern Maryland. 

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 Halasz, of Northwoods, IL, the owners of the 1967 MK-I Sloop FINNAIRE:  "Eva and I, wish You a very nice and "warm" Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year and all of 2011.  Our boat,  FINNAIRE,  is in its cradle in Waukegan next to the harbor where we have a slip.  Waukegan is approx. 55miles north of Chicago downtown;  we live about 30mi west of downtown Chicago,  requiring about 1 1/2 hours of travel time by car {on a light day} each way to and from the harbor.  Weather permitting, we get to the harbor on Saturday afternoon;  we stay until Sunday evening. The times,  when we visited almost every harbor along the shores of Lake Michigan are gone; for the past  8-10 years our trips were relatively short,  perhaps 40-60 miles away from Waukegan.  Regards, Tibor and 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.

Kind regards,



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.)


We recently heard from Dan and Betty Stuermer of Falmouth, MA, owners of the 1975 MK-II Yawl JOYOUS.  We had heard that JOYOUS was previously named SLYBOOTS, and had been owned by Martin Violette, which was confirmed by Dan and Betty.  JOYOUS (ex-SLYBOOTS) attended the FIRST A-37 Rendezvous in Kinsale in the Fall of 1992.  I think we have some photos of the boat (pre-digital photos).  According to our archive of newsletters, she was sold to Nick and Joyce Roper in the mid 90's.  Some of the early newsletters were a bit 'sketchy' as to details. 

Dan 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 Annapolis; he saw the boat in the yard one day and stopped to talk.  He renamed the boat from “SLYBOOTS” to “JOYOUS” ( a take-off on Joyce).    We are enjoying sailing “JOYOUS” in the waters around the Cape (Cod) and Islands (Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket) as well as an occasional trip to Maine some years."

(Ed. Note: It's sort of fun to explore the 'genealogy' of these boats!)



Charlie and Jane Deakyne, of Severna Park, MD, have decided to sell their 1975 Alberg 37 Mark II Sloop SCRIMSHAW, Hull #152.  Charlie and Jane are the original owners.  The boat recently took part in the Maryland Governors Cup Race (as she has for many years), an overnight Chesapeake Bay race from Annapolis, MD to St. Marys City on the St. Marys River, off the Potomac River in Southern Maryland.  Photos of  SCRIMSHAW are shown in the "For Sale" section of this newsletter and on the A-37 Website.


We received the following from Rose Hansmeyer and Tom McMaster in mid-December, who are on an extended cruise (since 2006 - Bahamas, Caribbean, Panama and Columbia, etc.) aboard their 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN:


We hope to leave here and head to Providencia, Colombia Thursday to arrive there on Saturday.  It will be a motor/sail trip but been sitting in Portobello way too long. We will probably not have internet and will be using our SSB boat email, so please send any short (no attachments) email to this address going forward.  You can send larger emails to our 'regular' email address, as I'm sure we will have internet at some point.  We will reply when we get there.  Have a great holiday! Our Love, Rose & Tom, S/V SOJOURN"

(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 Grand Rapids, MI and the owner of the 1967 MK-I Sloop FALCON recently wrote: "A sailing friend sent some images of a lost Alberg 37.  Name appears to be "DA Kine" out of Toledo, Ohio (Ed. Note - one of the photos is shown below).   I thought you might want the information for your archives. By the way...  Found another poorly kept Alberg 37 at the dock in Tanny Cay, BVI after arriving there with the Caribbean 1500.  I was  helping a family of 4 with their Tayana 52 do the trip and had a chance to look the place over."


(Ed. Note:  The last known owners of DA KINE were Kelly and Rachel Carver, of Baldwin, MI.  We haven't heard from the Carsons since 1999, and have no idea whether they are still the owners.  We have DA KINE listed as a 1971 MK-II Yawl, #71.  From the above photo (or the other photos provided by Greg) one cannot determine whether the boat is a sloop or yawl.  Does anyone have any additional information regarding the above shown boat??  Additionally, does anyone have any information on the other boat Greg mentioned (the one in Tanny Cay, BVI??  We have quite a bit of 'geneological' data on A-37s, since we've been 'tracking' these boats since the early 1990s....)


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…

Boothbay’s 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 Maine, which must be a new record.

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)


A-37 Rosters Available

If any member wants an 'UP TO DATE" roster of A-37 IOA boats/owners, just let us know via email ( - remove the "-at-" with "@" ) and we'll send you a copy via email attachment.  The roster will be in "HTML" format, and you will be able to display the roster via your web browser.  The reason we don't publish the complete roster on the A-37 website is to maintain member's privacy as the roster contains phone #s and email addresses.

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 - 1975 Alberg 37 Mark II Sloop SCRIMSHAW, Hull #152. 

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.

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Asking $65,000 US.

Contact: Charles Deakyne. 410-647-6674,Email

For Sale - 1980 Alberg 37 MK-II Sloop Located in Port Townsend. Washington Great offshore boat. Excellent condition well maintained. Lots of sails, Profurl roller furling, Volvo diesel, Windless, Monitor and Autohelm self steering, GPS, VHF and single sideband radios, Bruce anchor with 200' chain and 150' rode, recent survey. Depth and knot meters. 

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 Toronto. Asking $51,500 Cdn.

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     



ADLIB, a totally refitted Mirage 24 Midget Ocean racer is offered as trade for a Cruise Equipped Alberg 37!
(Posted 5/13/2009; Revised 12/30/2010


Gear For Sale
(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 Houston area. In a couple of weeks we will have to clear out the garage though!"

Kind regards,

Maarten van Hasselt

 +1   713 213 0505 (GMT-6) (Usually)

+31 634 120 542   (GMT+1) (When in Europe)


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 Rochester, NY, have some gear from their 1967 MK-I Sloop, PIKA, which they no longer use.  The gear includes a Halyard Winch, an Edson 24" aluminum wheel (with leather covering).  All items are in excellent condition and are fairly priced.  All items are located in Kinsale, VA (at the Assenmacher's 'Marina'). Click here to view the items, and for contact information.


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:  (replace AT with @).


Dodger Frame For Sale, Geoff Cunliffe of Mississauga, Ontario, the former owner of the 1979 MK-II Sloop, THE EVERDEN, now cruises aboard a Lagoon 410 Catamaran, PARTY OF TWO.  As part of his re-outfitting PARTY OF TWO, Geoff had a new hard dodger built for his boat.  He has a very heavy duty dodger frame for sale, which could be adapted to a large catamaran, or a wide beam monohull.  The frame is built of 1-1/4” heavy wall Stainless Steel.  The Frame is approximately 12’ wide. Good for use 'as is' OR could be parted out for davits, or other uses. Geoff is asking $200 (USD) for the unit.  Check the Gear For Sale/Gear Wanted page on the Website for photos.  The frame is located in Kinsale, VA Contact Tom Assenmacher  at: (remove 'NoSpam').

NOTE: This dodger frame is NOT for an Alberg 37


Gear Wanted

Wanted as spare - Datamarine S-200 DL LCD Digital Depth Sounder Instrument.

Tom McMaster

S/V Sojourn

Web Sites of Interest

U.S. Customs and Board Protection  Lots of information/forms/procedures for those planning on cruising outside the U.S. and returning to the U.S.


By the Editor

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.  Please don’t send large files, especially high resolution photos.  Photos should be 100 kilobytes or smaller if at all possible.  We’ve had some emails with attachments which take HOURS to download. 

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.

The A-37 IOA participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT U.S. membership for half price. 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.

Have a great Alberg 37 WINTER and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA