ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION


Posted 5/25/2012

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Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488

a37ioa@sylvaninfonospam.com
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www.alberg37.org


 


VOL 22, NO. 2 (SPRING-2012)                                                                            22 May, 2012

 

 

FELLOW ALBERG 37 OWNER

Ron Strahm

 PASSES

We received word while in the Bahamas that Ron Strahm of Independence, Missouri, the owner of the 1970 MK-I Yawl ENVY passed away in a tragic airplane crash  in Clinton County, Missouri on 14 February, 2012.  The aircraft was owned and piloted by Ron.

 

“Ron was deeply loved by his wife, and a devoted father and grandfather to his blended family of six children, 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren,” Strahm’s family said in a statement. “Ron will always be remembered as a dedicated Christian man and peace maker to all.

 

In correspondence with Cindy following the tragedy, she wrote: “What I tell people most often regarding Ron is that even though people noticed most that he was a true adventurer and had about done it all (over and over again!), and that he knew no stranger and always had time to listen, the most important aspect of Ron was his deep and abiding faith in God.  He lived what he believed.  That is what gives me the comfort, knowledge and peace to move on”.

Ron is survived by his wife Cindy.  Ron and Cindy had attended the 2007 and the 2011 A-37 Rendezvous in Kinsale, VA.

Also killed in the crash was lifelong friend and fellow sailor, J. C. Waters, also originally from Independence, MO.  J.C. personally built a 60-plus foot, two-masted schooner that he dubbed THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE during a 12-year labor of love. A few years ago he and a small crew (which included Ron and Cindy Strahm) sailed THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and up the coast to the Chesapeake Bay, eventually settling in Portsmouth, VA where they placed THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE in the charter trade.  J. C. had worked at the local Port Kinsale Marina after they first arrived in the Chesapeake Bay in 2006. 

During the 2007 Alberg 37 Rendezvous which was held in October of that year, rendezvous attendees were treated to an afternoon cruise aboard J.C. Water’s 65’ steel schooner, THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE.   THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE staged a wonderful performance in about 10 kts of breeze.  J.C. spent over 9 years building the boat at his boatyard in Independence, Missouri where she was launched in September, 2005, sailing down the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, etc., then across the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys, then eventually finding her way to the Yeocomico River in early 2006.

Ron and J. C. were good sailors, and very good and nice persons – They will be missed!  Our thoughts and prayers go out to both of their families…..

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/02/15/3432211/clinton-county-plane-crash-was.html#storylink=cpy

 

FELLOW ALBERG 37 OWNER

Daniel Daciuk

 PASSES

The following was received from David and Kelly Daciuk of Traverse City, MI:

“I am sorry to announce that my Dad, Dr. Daniel Daciuk, died on Nov. 21st (2011) after a 16 year fight with various types of cancer. He never once let it slow him down. He and my Mom, Donna, took our 1978 Alberg 37, FOOTLOOSE II, as well as a Morgan OI 41 to the Bahamas for many years spending most of the winters in their second home. FOOTLOOSE II will remain in our family. We look forward to carrying on Dad's tradition of adventure, sailing and exploring the Great Lakes and beyond.”.

 

SHEARWATER RETURNS FROM THE BAHAMAS!

We finally returned home to Kinsale on Sunday, 13 May, 2012, after completing a cruise to the Abacos (Bahamas).  We left Kinsale on 8 October, 2011, and were gone a bit over 7 months.  We logged a total of 2399 nautical miles on the cruise.  Having been on 'sabbatical' for 7 months, we've been a 'bit remiss' in our duties as hosts of the Alberg 37 IOA….. So bear with us, as we become ‘dirt dwellers’ again! 

This completes our third and most recent cruise to the Abacos (2006-2007; 2009-2010; and 2011-2012) - and we fully intend to 'do it again'.  This recent cruise went very well, with NO major problems (mechanical or otherwise - sort of remarkable for a 37 year old boat, and the crew that is nearly twice as old as the boat!!).


SHEARWATER Crew Immediately Upon Arrival Home At Kinsale
 following a LONG run up the Chesapeake Bay/Potomac River from
Hampton (Norfolk area), VA.

Tired, but happy to be home!

Our advice to anyone contemplating a cruise 'south' is:

JUST DO IT!!

New Members

Welcome aboard to Wayne and Donna Steeves of Lothian, MD, the owners of the 1975 MK-II Yawl JOYOUS, previously owned by Dan and Betty Stuermer.

 

Welcome aboard to Lloyd and Debbie Speyer of Thornhill, Ontario, the owners of the 1972 MK-II Sloop TRISON.  TRISON’s home port is the Island Yacht Club of Toronto.  Lloyd’s parents, Mark and Ruth Speyer  (who were the original owners of TRISON) recently gave the boat to Lloyd and Debbie – thus the boat remains in the family!

 

Welcome aboard to Steve Self of Bainbridge Island, WA, the owner of the 1980 MK-II Sloop MAYA.  MAYA’s home port is Seattle, WA.  Steve recently wrote:

“Yes, my boat was formerly owned by Robert Benoit.  Sadly, Robert passed away nearly two years ago and I purchased Maya from his widow at the end of last summer.  Maya now is in Seattle while I finish her overhaul and refitting. She sports new spars and standing rigging and a new head sail.  I will probably re-power her over the next couple of months. Deep cleaning and misc. niceties will then ready her for the next few years of cruising in the Pacific Northwest.”

 

Welcome aboard to Paul Skene of Gatineau, Quebec, the owner of the 1986 MK-II yawl PEREGRINA.  PEREGRINA’s home port is the Trident Yacht Club, Gananoque, Ontario.

Paul wrote the following:

“HI Tom and Kaye. My name is Paul Skene, and I am finally gettiing around to signing in to your great owners association, which I have been following with interest for a few years. I became co-owner of Alberg 37 hull no.244, with original owner Brice Wightman a few years ago. Brice is now in his eighties but still sailing. I originally sailed with him in the Bahamas aboard Peregrina, including a rough crossing of the Gulf Stream which proved to me the Alberg's excellent seakeeping abilities. We now sail the boat in the Thousand Islands-Lake Ontario area, but my long term plan is to get her south again, hopefully with a stop at the A-37 Rrendezvous…..”

 

Welcome aboard to Christopher and Eneida Likes of Orange City, FL, the owners of the 1977 MK-II sloopTAMATA. TAMATA’s  home port is Ponce Inlet, FL.


News From Members

 While on Cruise to the Abacos, we received an email from Ron Fisher, of Cambridge, Ontario is the owner of the 1973 MK-II Yawl WONIYA – excerpts of the email follow:

“Hi Tom, It has been a long time since I have written. I hope this finds you well and having a great cruise in The Bahamas……

I am back living on land in Southern Ontario, WONIYA is on the hard in Florida with plans on getting her trucked back to Canada for a re-fit and some Georgian Bay sailing  ASAP…….

Being of little money and lots of time on my hands, I have started a Facebook page in honor of Alberg 37's………After a Facebook "search" I could find nothing about Albergs so I snapped up the Facebook "domain name"


Alberg 37 Sailboats

(http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alberg-37-Sailboats/177855612314175)

 

It seems just about everything and anything is on Facebook these days ,and it some ways it is sort of surpassing the regular internet as a means of keeping in touch and up to-date.(ie. even and old guy like me checks his Facebook before email now)

Sail safe and Regards   

Ron Fisher”

(Ed. Note:  Looks good – take a look!!)

 

Again, while on cruise, we received the following news from Eric Illsley, the owner of LADY JO’:

“Just thought I'd let you know that I've moved to Oromocto, New Brunswick. My new email is illsley@bellaliant.net & the boat (Lady Jo') is at Saint John Marina in Grand Bay-Westfield, just a few miles above the Reversing Falls from the Bay of Fundy.

   The boat chore list isn't getting any shorter- seems I can't get charts for the old Garmin plotter, so I'm looking for something that uses C-Map this time!”

 

Mike Rostron, of Bellingham, WA and the owner of the 1970 Sloop GALENA, recently sent us the following:

“Here is a nostalgic montage of sailing in the San Juan and Gulf Islands set to my song, Bluegreen Sea on Youtube. Just a few shots of the area as the song plays along. Enjoy!”

Here is the link: http://youtu.be/NWdNZci2TDE

 

The following was received in January from Tom McMaster/Rose Hansmeyer  who are cruising the 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN in the Caribbean:

“We left Rio Dulce, Guatemala and arrived to Placencia, Belize Dec. 7th. We had my sis and niece come down so was fun to share the Caribbean sand/water with them. We made Placencia our base and went out several times to explore the east and north cays. We left Placencia for the last time on Jan 17th and were able to sail the entire way from Placencia, Belize to Blue Ground Range and then next day onto Glovers Atol.  Glovers is a marine reserve so pay $15 for a week/person.  The snorkeling is GREAT and cays beautiful!  Hope to do some diving today at $50 /person – a bit more expensive than us diving ourselves at West End ($5 to fill our tank) - but that's the going rate. Glovers is supposed to be about the best in West Caribbean so we will see. Very beautiful cays here and internet most of the time from Marisol resort.  They are the only small resort other than a Caribbean Adventures kayak/tent outfit.  We believe we will wait here for weather to sail to Utila, Honduras. Cordelia (A-35 from Michigan) got here yesterday so served them enchiladas/etc.  Otherwise we had the place to ourselves.

 

Also, the following was received:

“Just arrived Utila, Honduras.  After an aggressive 77nm close reach sail and choppy confused seas, we anchored at 6:30am - exhausted! Good thing we had been in this harbor prior so could follow our past track. Otherwise we would of had to wait till good light. The movement of the boat at times took both of us to calm Sojourn's down. Hey -- its not all fun/games out here!!! It helped after reefing both main and jib. Usually we do this before leaving as the weather is predicted and usually accurate. Good thing no breakdowns or repairs as it was a workout for Sojourn and us. Sojourn faired abit better. None of this was forecasted -- even by weather router Chris Parker whom Tom decided he wanted to pay for his service this year (sorta as an early 60 yr old B-Day present). So it wasn't that it was dangerous but this is the first time and Tom nor I was able to sleep during this overnight passage.

Going to check out diving and explore this island as we only did an overnight here last spring in route to Rio Dulce, Guatemala.

 

Be Well

Rose & Tom

S/V Sojourn”

 

Back in March, we received the following from John and Fleur Rilett of Hilton Beach, Ontario:

“Hi Tom,

I hope this finds you enjoying Man O' War Cay.  I hope I'm not intruding to much with a question I think you have addressed in the past, how protect the pintles and gudgeons with zincs.  MOLLIKETT is on the hard right now so it's a good time to figure this out.  As preparation to go south I bonded all below waterline parts except the pintles and gudgeons.  The rudder post is bonded.  I have a zinc prop nut and so far this is all the zinc on the boat.  I would appreciate your thoughts. 

In other news, we may be moving MOLLIKETT to BC.  My son lives in Calgary and would like the boat on Vancouver Island so he and family could use it.  Much easier access for him.  Fleur and I would also be able to cruise there a bit as well.  I'm having Alberg 37 empty nest syndrome and I haven't even sent her to BC yet.

John”

(Ed. Note: We think it's a good idea to bond the under water bronze parts of the boat (Cutless bearing housing; rudder shoe; and the mid-rudder gudgeons), as the bolts tend to 'dissolve' if not bonded/protected with a zinc anode.  We did this by installing 4" teardrop zincs directly to these parts.  We simply drilled and tapped holes (1/4" as I remember) into each part, and have seen no electrolysis since.  You may need to chip away the thin fiberglass fairing around the rudder shoe and center gudgeon.)

 

 

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 (a37ioa-at-sylvaninfo.net - 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 - WINDFLOWER -1985 Alberg 37 MkII yawl Hull #240. Bristol condition brightwork, canoe green hull. One-owner, freshwater boat. ProFurl genoa furling/reef system. Autohelm 5000 below-decks auto pilot. Maxwell 1200 windless w/foot switches and cockpit remote, 110 feet of chain. Data Marine speed, log, depth sounder. Various electronics. Hot and cold pressurized water; 2 galley sinks; 2-burner propane stove and oven. Mercury 9.9 w/10-foot inflatable. Asking $69,000 U.S. Location: near Traverse City, Michigan. For more specifics contact John at jdaverman@me.com.

(Click here for link to photo)

 

FOR SALE - ESTORIL - 1987 Alberg 37 MkII Sloop #245. Cruise ready with Furlex roller main & jib, wind & solar power, Amplepower 100amp alternator + battery monitor, fridge, propane stove, GPS, VHF & SSB radios, 9' Caribe dinghy + 8hp Johnson o/b & much more. Presently in Trinidad W.I. to cruise the Island chain. Asking $60,000Cdn. For details contact Ian @ 011441424733155 or 011447815870369 (UK #'s) -  My Trinidad tel# is 1 868 768 8479

Or email svestoril@hotmail.com  

 (Click here for link to photos)

 

FOR SALE - SOLSKIN - 1970 MK-I Yawl, Hull # 58 (Click here for further details and link to photo). Call John Long (410) 871-9660

 

FOR SALE - MARYNYA - 1973 MK-II Yawl, Hull # 123 - $35,000 USD.  Contact Michael Hughes at maryna7ATgmail.com (replace AT with @ before sending email).  Click here for further details and link to photos.

 

FOR SALE  - PIKA - 1967 MK I Hull #20. Cruise equipped!!

See Photos and Description this web site for extensive description and photos. $49,000 USD.

Contact Lou Wayne - email:  l.wayne@frontiernet.net.

 

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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Owner Anxious - Make Offer.

Contact: Charles Deakyne. 410-647-6674,Email charles.deakyne@gte.net
  
 

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.

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1972/Alberg-37-Sloop-2252090/Toronto/Canada

  

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

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 Curtis Vance(at)bellsouth.net

 

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: glasiadATyahoo.co.uk (replace AT with @before sending email) Tel: (Charlottetown) 902 566 1842

 

 

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 @).

 

Foredeck Dri-Dek Covering
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
SHEARWATER
Several years ago, we decided to protect SHEARWATER’s  foredeck from dings, scrapes, etc. by the application of Dri-Dek  (http://www.dri-dek.
com/index.html )   interlocking tiles to the foredeck.  


Dri-Dek Installed On SHEARWATER’s Foredeck
This application of Dri-Dek has worked out well, leaving a very ‘non-skid’ surface in the anchor/anchor windlass area, while protecting the foredeck in this 
area from wear, and allowing mud from the anchoring process to be easily flushed away by the washdown pump.
 
SHEARWATER’s Refueling Syphon Rig
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Not normally liking to go to the fuel dock at marinas, and being in a lot of ‘out of the way’ places, we tend to carry extra fuel in ‘jerry cans’ (specifically 
Spector plastic fuel jugs).  We normally carry 4 jugs of diesel fuel (6 gal. each – if one is careful putting the last gallon in the jug due to foaming), for a total
of 24 gallons.  These fuel jugs are carried on the starboard side of the boat, secured during transit with nylon strapping to a ‘strapping board’ attached to 
stanchions (we carry 3 jugs of fresh water and one jug of outboard motor fuel on the port side).This externally carried fuel is in addition of approximately 
36 gallons carried in the internal fuel tank under the cabin sole.
In order to get the externally carried fuel into the internal tank easily, we’ve devised the following ‘fueling rig’  The rig is stowed when not is use in the area
 immediately above  the internal fuel tank, and takes up very little room..


Fuel Rig folded for Storage
The fueling rig shown in the above photo consists of a section (approximately 2’) of  ½” OD rigid plastic tubing connected to an outboard motor
 ‘squeeze bulb’ fueling line  (purchased at West Marine, or any marine store having parts for outboard motors).  The fueling line is attached to the
 plastic tube with a hose clamp.
Downstream of the ‘squeeze bulb’, we’ve inserted an automotive (‘Fram type) fuel filter to strain out the ‘big lumps’ of dirt in the diesel fuel. 
 In the photo above, the end of the fueling hose is slipped over the end of the plastic tubing for proper stowage of the ‘Fuel Rig’ (keeps those
 last drops of fuel remaining  in the line from dripping on the deck).
 


Fuel Rig ready for inserting into the jug of fuel,
 


The rigid plastic tube ready for insertion into the fueling spout of the fuel jug,
 
The plastic tube is then inserted  into the fueling spout of the fuel jug, and the fuel line downstream of the fuel filter, is inserted into the internal fuel tank  
filler port during the actual fueling operation.
  


The fuel line downstream of the fuel filter is inserted into the fuel tank filler port.
(Note the Dri-Dek  interlocking tiles on the side deck – keeps both the deck and jugs clean.)
 
To begin fueling, a few squeezes of the ‘squeeze bulb’ starts the fuel to begin flowing into the tank, creating a self-sustaining syphon.  It takes
 approximately  13 minutes to ‘decant’ 6 gallons of diesel fuel into the internal fuel tank


Observing the fueling operation.
One doesn’t really need to stand by during the ‘decant’ operation, provided that you have ‘dipped the tank’ to ensure you can have sufficient room 
in the internal tank  to accept the fuel.
This rig has worked well for us over the past few years – AND requires no electricity!
 
Dinghy Sling
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
SHEARWATER
We’ve learned a few things during our 3 Bahamas Cruises in the past few years.  One of which is ‘what to do with the dinghy’ when at anchor (SHEARWATER
 being a yawl, with no davits).  We have rigged up a ‘dinghy sling’ using 3/8” double braid line, with a stainless steel 3” lifting ring attached.  We then hoist 
the dinghy using the spinnaker halyard to lift the dinghy out of the water, just forward of the mast.  The sling is adjusted so that in the event of rain, the dinghy
 will drain.
Dinghy deployed using ‘dinghy sling’.  
(Photo taken in Eastern Harbour, Man O’ War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas)
This arrangement keeps the boat out of the water (less bottom growth), secure, and is easy to use.  Once can attach small fenders to keep the dinghy off the
 topsides.  We’ve fabricated small ‘strap on’ fenders using 1’ sections of ‘swim noodles’.  If high winds are anticipated, one might consider leaving the dinghy in 
the water.  Once  launched, the ‘dinghy sling’ lines remain attached to the lifting points on the dinghy, and are simply dropped to the floor of the dinghy.

 

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.

alpeckenpaughAThotmail.com  (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.
Thanks!

Peter D McIntosh
RYA/DOT Yachtmaster (Ocean)
captpetermacATfastmail.fm  (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 (http://www.polarnavy.com) is dedicated to building efficient, user friendly cross-platform marine navigation software (POLAR VIEW). Their applications provide consistent user experience with native look and feel on Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux systems, Apple iPhone and iPad mobile devices.  Additionally, POLAR VIEW has the ability to superimpose ACTIVE CAPTAIN   (http://www.activecaptain.com), an interactive cruising guide,  on the POLAR VIEW display.  The best part is that ACTIVE CAPTAIN is FREE!!

‘Poor Man’s’ Chartplotter
(Displaying Steve Dodge’s Abaco Raster Chart – During Return To FL From The Abacos)

POLAR VIEW has embedded tide and current tables, which are extremely helpful (especially on the Intra Coastal Waterway – ICW), and since NOAA vector and raster charts may be downloaded free (POLAR VIEW can use either type of charts), there’s no excuse for using outdated charts. 

Raster Charts ( http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/Raster/index.htm )

Vector Charts (http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/enc/index.htm )

Please be reminded to use your ‘visual – eyeballs outside the cockpit’ cues (daymarkers; buoys; etc.) along with charts (both hardcopy and digital).  We see many boaters who blindly follow the ‘magenta line’ on their in-cockpit chartplotters……..)

(Ed. Note:  We’ve used this navigation software during our recent Bahamas cruise, and it’s GREAT!  It’s nearly ‘free’, as one pays a nominal license fee which allows one to install Polar View on up to 5 computers. We use a small Acer Netbook as a ‘poor man’s chartplotter’ in the cockpit tied to our on-board GPS system (along with hardcopy charts of course!). 

 

Spindrift
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 SPRING!!!

AND KEEP IN TOUCH!   

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA