Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
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VOL 21, NO. 3 (SUMMER -2011)                                                                            28 JUNE, 2011

Upcoming Rendezvous Events

The 19th Annual


Saturday/Sunday, September 17-18, 2011

(Boats may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
 at the


Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico River  
Kinsale , VA.

(On Virginia 's Beautiful and Historic Northern Neck)

Click Here For Additional Rendezvous Information

If you plan to attend, please contact us at the above email/phone number no later than 1 September, 2011.

New Members

Welcome aboard to Richard Seary of  New York, Ontario.  Richard is the owner of SUNNY (1976 MK-II Yawl - #159) which is berthed in Toronto, Ontario.  Richard purchased SUNNY from Bill and Norma Marchant of Baddeck, Nova Scotia in August 2009.


Welcome aboard to Bob Gage of East Aurora, NY  Bob is the owner of KISMET (1972 MK-II Yawl - #98). 

Bob recently wrote: “….After admiring KISMET for ten years, I was fortunate to be able to purchase her in 2008.  It truly was fate (as in Kismet)!”.  KISMET is berthed in Buffalo, NY.


Bob posed the following hatch problem: “…I do have one question.  Does anyone know who manufactured the main salon hatch shown in the second picture?  Mine leaks because many of the steel screws used to hold the glass to the upper portion have rusted in two, which loosened the gasket seal.  The ones not severed are frozen.  From viewing the pictures of various A37’s on the site, I see that many have replaced this hatch, but I can find no references to repairing this particular model.  The cutout on my boat measures approximately 19 6/16 by 19 6/16, which does not seem to match the dimensions of currently available hatches from Lewmar, etc.  I expect it will need to be routed larger to accommodate a new hatch and would appreciate any advice on how to deal with this issue.

(Ed. Note:  The photo provided by Bob of the hatch in question appears to be the original Atkins-Hoyle overhead hatch installed on A-37s of this era. We had a similar problem years ago on SHEARWATER, which we’ve owned since 1982, and our solution to the problem follows – not necessarily the ONLY solution…)

….Regarding your hatch problem, as far as we know, the MK-II's had Atkins and Hoyle overhead hatches and opening ports.  Years ago (we've owned our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER since 1982), we had a similar problem with both the forward and mid hatches - in that  the plexiglas was bedded in some form of silicone sealant, and each 'light' was held in place by oval headed screws (4 corner screws, and 4 mid side screws).  Both of the 'lights'  leaked, and to stop the leaks, we would slightly tighten the screws which would stop the leak (for a while).  After tightening the screws repeatedly, and being oval head screws, the plexiglas cracked (and broke) at each screw point.  We decided to replace the plexiglas 'lights' with Lexan (more durable and won't craze as badly), but before we installed the Lexan lights, I called Atkins and Hoyle to ask about the screws, and what they recommended for sealant (bedding compound).  


Hoyle Center Hatch
Note - No Screws


….They said 'don't use screws'!  Instead they sent a tube of very good silicone sealant/adhesive  (GE SCS 1200) along with a small bottle of what they called 'primer', a purple liquid, which would ensure a positive seal and bond.  We thoroughly cleaned the old sealing compound from the hatch frame, and installed the new Lexan lights as directed.  We weighted down the Lexan lights with a couple of concrete blocks and let the silicone set up for several days.  We have NEVER had any leaks, and the Lexan lights are firmly sealed and bonded to the aluminum frames.  Suggest that you contact Atkins and Hoyle  (  and see what they recommend now, as it's been probably 10 years since we re-built our hatches.  In any event, your old hatches probably can be rebuilt for a lot less money and effort than adapting new hatches.  You might also check into an auto glass installer and see what they recommend. 


Welcome aboard to David and Kelly Daciuk, of Traverse City, MI who are co-owners with David’s father and mother, Dan and Donna Daciuk, of the 1977 MK-II Sloop, FOOTLOOSE II, which is berthed in Traverse City, MI..  Dan and Donna, also of Traverse City, MI, have been members of the A-37 IOA since the mid-1990s.  

(Ed. Note:  Does this mean that Dan and Donna now do all the maintenance on FOOTLOOSE II??)



Racing News

Back in early April, Joran and Lin Gendell, sent a photo of  ELIXIR (1984 MK-II Yawl), taken during one of the Wednesday night races on the York River, in Virginia. 


ELIXIR, Sailing In The York River, VA


They didn't say whether they won the race, but by the looks of the photo, there was no competition in sight, so we assume (rightfully so, we hope) that ELIXIR won the race....!!!



News From Members

Back in late May, we received the following in an email from Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer, the owners of the 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN who have been on an extended ‘down south’ cruise since 2006:  Hola, How's the summer coming along? Finally took some time to update our blog with text and photos of the amazing Semana Santa (Holy Week) event in Antigua, Guatemala……  Our MN friend Vicki came down during this timeframe so decided to come along with us.  There were A LOT of photos to parse through so getting it down to 62 was difficult.  Please be aware there is a separate photo link on below blog site.  We are in Rio Dulce, Guatemala -- about 25 nm up river at Catamaran's Marina.  The water may rise about 3' each rainy season.  We can see how folks get swallowed up by this river and Lake Izabel as it is beautiful.  Its only 15nm to Belize and an overnight to Bay Islands, Honduras once you get past the mud/sand bar entrance.  We are working in the heat/humidity getting Sojourn ready to be without us for 6 months as we return to MN.  Finally decided to put our small A/C window unit in as was getting too difficult to live with 95'F so paying the $.46/kw for electricity.  Many Canadians are at this marina which is almost the least expensive at $150/month for a side tie vs med moor but the facilities and palapas are very nice.  We have been told that once the rain comes at night it cools things down a bunch.


We finally met Brian and Kathy on S/V TUNDRA (1977 MK-II Sloop) from Sarnia, Ontario.  We have been sort of following in their path for years but finally caught up with them to have a few visits and compare boat stories.  Its always fun to see another skinny Alberg 37. 

Brian and Kathy, Tom and Rose


Would love to hear from you as well. 


Rose & Tom

S/V Sojourn



Ron Fisher, the owner of the 1973 MK-II Yawl WONIYA, recently sent the following: “This (photo) was taken by my friend George as me and WONIYA negotiated some "traffic" on the Delaware in 2000. For some reason he seemed to think I was being "reckless" in my interpretation of the "rules of the road"..

WONIYA And The ‘Bigger Boat Rule’



Greg Vandenberg, the owner of the 1967 MK-I Sloop FALCON, recently posed this question: “Is there any information compiled on the different styles of below deck autopilots that are being used on the Alberg 37.  I have been using a wheel pilot and it undersized for the boat and in researching I see many linear drives and wondered if the are any rotary drives or hydraulic drives being used and where do the preferences lie.”

Joran Gendell, came forward and provided his expertise, suggestions and photos of his ‘below deck autopilot’ installation on  ELIXIR, his 1984 MK-II Yawl.  Greg subsequently completed a successful ‘below deck autopilot’ installation.
(Ed. Note: If anyone is contemplating the installation of a ‘Below Deck Autopilot’, check out the Project Database article written by Joran, and we have photos which Greg forwarded to us describing his installation on FALCON.)


In early April, but not in time for the Spring Newsletter, we received the following from Mike and Lisa Rostron, of Bellingham, WA, the owners of the 1970 MK-I Sloop GALENA (#59):

"My wife, daughters, friends, and I continue to day-sail regularly in Bellingham Bay and to take frequent summer excursions out among the nearby San Juans, a cruiser’s paradise.  Within half a day’s sail are a variety of islands, each with its own character and flavor.  From the rural farms of Lopez to the small towns of San Juan, or the uninhabited marine parks such as Sucia.  Admittedly the weather is not so great here much of the year and the water never gets much above 50 degrees.  I guess if it was warmer and dryer everyone would be here!

We do not have the funds to restore our 1970 Alberg 37 (hull 59) as we would wish, but we do the essential maintenance.  Recently we had two head-sails cleaned and refurbished and a new mainsail cover made.  Our Alberg is somewhat unique in having a “Solent Rig.”  Like any rig there are pros and cons.


GALENA With Schooner (Note Solent Rig On GALENA)


 The main con is that one must roll up the genoa when tacking as the two sails are much closer together than in a cutter.  The main advantage is when the wind pipes up one can quickly roll up the genoa and deploy the smaller inside jib.  This works well in the winter months especially when I often sail solo (hard to get crew below 60 degrees!), and strong winds are common.  Recently a friend and I sailed under this inner jib and a single reefed main in steady 25 to 30 knts with gusts to 40 plus.  It was a magnificent afternoon as we got the rail down and made 7.5 to 8.5 knots, completely outclassing the few other boats that were out that day.  



8 Knots!!!


In fact we often do hull speed and better under this configuration in moderate winds, with much more comfort and way less heel angle than a partially rolled up genoa would allow.  Still, all things considered, I would rather have a proper cutter rig (with removable inner stay), and may change the rig in the future.


GALENA Sailing Downwind


Our first real sailboat  was a Buehler Emily (30’ cutter 5.5 tons) which I built of wood in Alaska in the 90s.  Until I got the Alberg I did not think I would ever want a “tupper ware boat,” but her design charmed me, and the size was perfect.  At first I nearly got rid of her due to mildew, mold, and related issues.  I finally bit the bullet and laboriously insulated her using layers of mat, balsa, mat, and roving; or closed cell foam where the spaces were too small.  This was dirty, smelly, and miserable work, but made her a completely different boat.  Unfortunately the Albergs, like many production boats were not properly insulated (like say a Cape George Cutter or Cherubini).  If the insulation is not permanently and properly attached to the inside of the hull the moisture will just build up behind it.  I can’t imagine how anyone could tolerate the boat without this added insulation, and am surprised more has not been written about the issue.

In any case we have grown very attached to the boat over the years and dream someday of “perfecting” her.  Your site is a great source of ideas!   My vision keeps changing but here are the basics for the “improved A-37” as I see it:

1. Change to Cutter rig with removable inner stay

2. Short bowsprit  with outer stay moved out (18” to 24”)Reasons: to balance boat better (our shortened mainsail boom with added roach to main does not properly address this), aid in anchoring, and give more room in slot for cutter rig

3. Return to original sized main and longer boom with sheeting behind cockpit

4. Cape Horn wind vane and backup Autohelm as per Cape Horn suggestions

5. Small dodger (we don’t have one)

5. Properly mount our tender on permanent chocks on cabin top 

6. New paint job exterior  -- someday!

7.  Some interior improvements (goes without saying)

8. Etc........ 

Fair winds!

Mike & Lisa Rostron

P.S. My rock band, Salvadore Dali Llama recently recorded my original song “Bluegreen Sea,” inspired by sailing Galena.  You can hear it at our myspace here :

or even get it (for $.99) here: or from i-tunes and such.


P.P.S.  Attached photos.  Sailing over 8 kts through the water, which we do surprisingly often!  We think she looks rather nice anchored with a schooner in the San Juans.


Mike also wrote: …..”I note there are 4  Washington owners and 9 B.C. owners on your list.  For all practical purposes our potential rendezvous area ranges from Olympia south of Seattle to Vancouver, B.C.  There is another Alberg 37 in Bellingham you don't have listed. Ironically it is docked very near me in the Bellingham marina, and it is the same year!  The boat is named "TAMAR" and is a 1970, hull number 54.  As you recall we are 1970 #59.  TAMAR is beautifully restored and retains her original rig.  I don't know her previous name, but she was renamed by current owner. The owner recently installed a new engine, prop, and completely remodeled the interior.  It is truly inspiring to see next to our somewhat ragged looking boat.    I will try to get him to contact you.  I can't recall his last name at the moment.  In any case TAMAR would be an obvious candidate for a "featured Alberg" article.


I was told by the agent who sold us our boat that a number of Albergs were shipped by rail to Vancouver B.C. during the manufacturing run.  I will try to contact the area Alberg owners.  With possibly up to 14 boats in my region perhaps we might interest several in the concept and revive the "left coast rendezvous" idea.  Thanks again for your efforts to keep the owners of these fine boats connected!.....

Mike Rostron


(Ed. Note:  Check out the following link to hear the “Official Alberg 37 Theme Song”.)



Ian Dunn of  Milford, CT (VECTIS, 1967 MK-I Sloop) reported the following back in early April:

“I am now 2 weeks into my new knee (replacement) and am already walking around and driving. So I am hoping the recovery continues at the same pace.  I went down to VECTIS today to chase the yard about some cosmetic work on the bow.  It got superficially damaged in the big storm we had in the fall.  My yard manager thinks she will be in the water before the end of April and even offered free dockage if my town mooring is not yet ready. (May 1st is their date). I was going to install the wind steering gear this Spring but have decided I want to do some sailing early and other than the bottom paint, there is not much to do this year.  So I may still bring VECTIS to Va. for the winter and do the steering gear there. Still planning to take off for some extended cruising but really need to get various things sorted out-like selling my house!”


Wayne and Cindy Milroy  of Oshawa, ON (LEEWAY II, 1984 MK-II Yawl) decided not to go to Bimini, having waited in Miami, FL from the 19th of March  for 3 weeks for a weather window to cross to the Bahamas.  “…We have just enjoyed poking our way back northward and are sitting at north Lake Worth (near West Palm Beach, FL) anchored in absolutely flat calm (sure different weather than a few days ago).  We're taking the boat to Indiantown and Wayne will stay there for a month and get the boat ready for haul out for the. Summer. It will seem strange not having a boat at home (Lake Ontario)  this year!”


Teak Decks on A-37

We recently received a “web feedback’ email from the current owner of the 1971 cutter rigged MK-I Yawl SEAFORTH, who had a question regarding teak decks on Alberg 37s – “I own (the Alberg 37) SEAFORTH and she has a teak deck. Would like to find information on how it is installed. Is it direct on fiberglass deck or installed in a different way. Would be very helpful if I could find somebody that knows this. Thanks very much Best regards.”  Unfortunately, the person who filled out the Web Feedback form did not list his email address, so we weren’t able to respond to his question.

To our knowledge, Whitby Boat Works did not build any teak decked boats, although we have seen several A-37s with teak decks.  All that we have seen had the teak applied over the balsa cored original decks.  Does anyone have other information???


Sizing of Propellers
By Tom Assenmacher

We recently received the following correspondence with Jim Larkin of Mt. Kisko, NY(AERIE, 1987 Yawl, #247 – next to the last A-37 built):

“…..I am replacing the prop on my ALBERG 37 hull # 247.  It had a 13x14 machine pitch 3 blade prop which may have been the wrong prop for my 2003 Volvo Diesel engine, possibly leading to the failure of my transmission . I have replaced the transmission and would appreciate any information which would correctly guide me in selecting the correct replacement  prop?...”.


(Ed. Note: Having gone through this process several times during our re-engining/transmission failures/transmission replacements, the following are our comments and discussion regarding Jim’s question. – the following discussion is provided for information only, and should NOT be construed as the ONLY solution for Jim’s question .)

“…..To make a long story short, we've been through a lot of transmission problems over the past years - but hopefully, we have finally found the solution (in a different brand of transmission).. Have you read our write-up of our latest saga of trans. woes on the A-37 website?  If not, go to the 'home page', and check it out - specifically: 


For all our re-engining/re-transmissioning/re-proping, we used the prop calculator on the Boat  - unfortunately, it will cost you $25 to get into the Prop Calculator program (our subscription recently 'ran out', otherwise I would send our user name and pass word).  In any event, it might be worth your time and a few $$ to subscribe to the prop formula.   I feel it's very accurate and has been 'right on' for the 2 different props we've used.  It allows one to enter the displacement, hp, rpm, reduction gear ratio, etc. as entering arguments.  If constrained by prop aperture size, it allows you to  enter the max diameter of the prop to be used, and figures out the pitch.  There are several other prop formulas out there, but BoatDiesel seems to work best for us.  Also, you might be able to find a prop shop in your area who can make size (diameter and pitch) recommendations.


 The criteria that we used to determining whether we had indeed the correctly pitched prop, was to run the boat (with a clean bottom and prop): 

1) To see if we could get max rated engine RPM at full throttle while underway without overheating, and without any 'black smoke' coming from the exhaust.  This test shows that the prop is not too large (Pitch or Diameter) for the engine/trans combination.  On our Kubota based 37.5 HP @ 3000 RPM, we can just achieve 3000 rpm at full throttle with no signs of overheating or engine 'loading'.

 And -

 2) To see if you can get 'hull speed' at the RPM at which the max torque curve intersects with the fuel consumption curve (sort of an indication of max 'miles per gallon').  On our engine/trans combination, we get hull speed (about 6.4 kts in flat water, no heel) at about 2200 rpm, which is about the max MPG for this engine.  Your engine literature should have the performance curves listed somewhere . 

Also, there are a couple of good discussion forums (free) out there:  Cruisers Forum and the Seven Seas Cruising Association .

 There are a number of posts about props/transmissions, etc. on each of these forums. (Including a lot of posts by us - under user name tomj .)


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 - SOLSKIN - 1970 MK-I Yawl, Hull # 58 (Click here for further details and link to photo).



FOR SALE - MARYNYA - 1973 MK-II Yawl, Hull # 123 - $35,000 USD.  Contact Michael Hughes at (replace AT with @ before sending email).  Click here for further details and link to photos.


FOR SALE - TAMAR - 1969 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop, Hull ID Number 376954 (Hull #54)- All replaced electrical with marine wiring throughout, Ample Power smart charging and house/starter battery crossover, Blue Seas Systems panels fuses and breakers, 380 amp gel cell house batteries, all ten stainless opening ports, all replaced bronze thru-hulls and valves, Beta Marine 28hp diesel with only 12 hours running time, bronze shaft log with dripless seal, 4 bladed 14" VariProp, new propane locker and new Force 10 stove, LOTS of custom interior work. Click Here for more photos - may not work with Internet Explorer - Try FireFox browser if Explorer doesn't work.....

 Excellent survey from last summer, Boat is located in Bellingham, WA. $44,500.00 USD

Contact-Email (remove AT before sending) for pictures and info.


FOR SALE  - PIKA - 1967 MK I Hull #20. Currently lying Green Turtle Cay, Abacos. Cruise equipped!! See Featured A37's for extensive description and photos. $49,000 USD.

Contact Lou Wayne - email: (remove AT before sending).


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 $50,000 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  



FOR SALE: GENESIS - 1967 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop (Hull # 23) offered at $49,000 USD (Recently purchased Zodiac Cadet Series dinghy with recent 6 HP Tohatsu outboard can be negotiated). Genesis has been completely modernized, while retaining her classic lineage. She has been professionally painted, rigged, wired, and fitted with new electronics in 2007. I have owned Genesis since 1995. Over time, we completed a fairly extensive refit which is now 5-10 years old.

Main features: Awlgrip deck, mast & topsides; complete re-wire & re-plumb; recently replaced electronics, including Raymarine chartplotter, wind/speed/depth, radar, & under-deck Raymarine auto pilot. Inverter and microwave. Integrated Ipod stereo, refrigerator and hot water heater. Engine re-power with Westerbeke 44B in 2003. Rope halyards that lead to cockpit; modern ports; sails & canvas in great shape; rigged for spinnaker. 12” Flat screen installed in v-berth; custom Fairclough winter cover; and many, many other smaller items.

The work was completed over 5-7 years, and was done professionally. Extensive records and documentation kept. Boat is located in Myrtle Beach, SC. Will consider a 50% share under the right circumstances.


Click Here for Photos


Contact Reid Tomlin

Phone - Cell: 973-332-5701

Email: (replace AT with @)





ADLIB, a totally refitted Mirage 24 Midget Ocean racer is offered as trade for a Cruise Equipped Alberg 37! I am looking for an A37 project boat. The motor and cosmetics are not critical but it must be structurally sound (bulkheads, hull, deck). Located on the east cost near NC is a plus. I can be reached through email at: (replace AT with @)



Gear For Sale
(Check out the Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)


Complete Alberg 37 Main Mast, Sails And Rigging For Sale Or Trade From 1973 MK-II Yawl (hull no. 111). No reasonable offers refused. Will sell whole or in parts including:

  • main sail
  • Harken furling jib
  • trysail
  • spare jib
  • 2 speed halyard winch
  • 1 speed halyard winch
  • 2 rope/wire halyards
  • spit back stay with (3) Sta-Loc terminals
  • fore stay with complete Harken furling gear
  • 2 shrouds with Sta-Loc terminals
  • 4 inner shrouds with swaged terminals

All in good working condition (apart from 1 wonky halyard sheave (fore port) that should be replaced sooner or later).


Reason for sale: converting to experimental rig using free-standing masts.

Currently in Charlottetown, PEI, CANADA

Shipping to be arranged. Grab yourself a bargain! :-)

Contact: Simon Foster

email: (replace AT with @before sending email) Tel: (Charlottetown) 902 566 1842



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

Al Peckenpaugh is looking for a 13" x 14" LH  (Left Hand) prop (7/8" shaft) for his 1967 MK-I Sloop GYPSY LADY. He has the Volvo MD-2 engine in his boat.  If anyone has this prop, please contact Al.  (replace AT with @ before sending)

I am looking for a spray dodger for "KUMA" my 1971 MK-II A37 Yawl, any colour will do, or even just the frame. ALSO, I am looking for an Alberg 37 Tiller with fittings to use as an emergency tiller.

Peter D McIntosh
RYA/DOT Yachtmaster (Ocean)  (remove AT and substitute @ before emailing)

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

Tom McMaster

S/V Sojourn

Web Sites of Interest     Polar Navy is dedicated to building efficient, user friendly cross-platform marine navigation software. Our applications provide consistent user experience with native look and feel on Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux systems.

(Ed. Note:  This inexpensive (approximately $40 USD) nav program looks quite good.  Polar Navy also interfaces with Active Captain, an interactive cruising guide. We have installed it on our ‘poor man’s chartplotter’ (a laptop) tied to our GPS.  It looks promising!.  Check it out.)



Inspection, Cleaning, and Maintenance
SHEARWATER’s Water Tanks

By Tom Assenmacher
SHEARWATER 1975 MK-II Yawl (#157)


SHEARWATER has the typical MK-II aluminum water tanks:  The larger aluminum tank under the V-Berth; and the smaller tank just aft of the mast step.  Years ago we added another large water tank where the original aluminum holding tank was located – but ‘that’s another story’…..

We normally add a small bit of household bleach (chlorine) to the water tanks whenever we fill the tanks, in order to keep the ‘microbes’ at bay.  Unfortunately, chlorine and aluminum don’t ‘get along well’ with each other, cause pitting of the aluminum, with subsequent water leaks and tank failure.  Not wanting to have to eventually replace the water tanks (don’t think the V-Berth tank could be removed from the boat in one piece), about 9 years ago we researched the use of anodes to prevent the pitting.  We found that the use of a magnesium anode will help prevent the corrosion and pitting caused by the use of chlorine in aluminum tanks.  Further research showed that magnesium anodes are available from McMaster-Carr, an industrial supply house. We subsequently installed a magnesium corrosion inhibiting rod (anode) in each of the 2 aluminum water tanks aboard SHEARWATER in 2003.

We had not opened and cleaned the water tanks since we installed the anodes in 2003 – we had however, checked the condition of the ‘screw-in’ anodes every year.  This spring, we decided it was time to replace the anodes, as one anode was nearly completely ‘used up’, and the other (in the V-Berth) wasn’t in great shape (as shown in the following photos).  We also wanted to check the interior of both tanks to check on the pitting of the tanks.  When we initially installed the anodes in 2003, we noted no pitting in the small aluminum tank just aft of the mast step, and several minor pits in the V-Berth tank.

Click here to read the entire project article and to view photos that ‘tell the story’ of opening up the tanks (removing the inspection plates), tank cleaning, and replacement of the anodes.

{Ed. Note: McMaster-Carr has a great web site, offers great service, and is an excellent  source of  ‘marine stuff to make things’, such as 316 SS tubing/plate/fasteners; high density poly-ethylene – HDPE  sheets; etc…. all at ‘non-marine’ prices.  We can order stuff from Mc Master-Carr on Monday and have it delivered by UPS on Wednesday.)

Future Canadian Rendezvous????

Are any Canadian A-37-IOA members interested in sponsoring and hosting a future Alberg 37 Rendezvous??  (We recently had an inquiry from one of the Canadian A-37 IOA members.) We had 3 previous very successful Rendezvous in the Toronto Area:

(Click on the following links for Rendezvous write-ups and photos)

The first Canadian A-37 Rendezvous was held 23 June, 2001 at the Oakville Yacht Squadron (Oakville, ON)

The second Canadian A-37 Rendezvous was held 28 June, 2003, also at the Oakville Yacht Squadron (Oakville, ON)

The third Canadian A-37 Rendezvous was held 25-26 June, 2005 at the Port Whitby Marina (Whitby, ON)

The two Oakville Yacht Squadron Rendezvous (2002 and 2003) were sponsored and hosted by Marcel Steinz (previous owner of SOUTHERN CROSS).  The third Rendezvous (2005) was sponsored and hosted by Wayne and Cindy Milroy (LEEWAY II) at the Port Whitby Marina. All three of these Rendezvous were held in late June (close to the Canada Day Holiday), were very well attended and we had many boats show up, as there are quite a few A-37s in the Toronto area.

So, if anyone (or a group of A-37 folks) is interested in sponsoring and hosting such an event in the 'out years' – 2012 or later, please contact us. (Tom and Kaye Assenmacher - - replace AT with @ before sending the email).

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 SUMMER - AND KEEP IN TOUCH!   

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA