ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
NO. 3 (SUMMER-2012)
Upcoming Rendezvous Events
The 20th Annual
2012 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
arrive on Thursday or Friday)
Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico
(A37ioaATsylvaninfo.net – replace AT with @)
If you plan to attend, please contact us at
the above email/phone number no later than
Welcome aboard to Jason and Nickie Sattler of
Welcome aboard to John Fowke of
Welcome aboard to Ryan and Adrian Mann of
News From Members
Dan Lord, the owner of the 1972 MK-II Sloop NUAGE, reports that he enjoys the newsletter and is slowly completing work on his Alberg 37 as expects it to go in the next year.
Reid Tomlin, the owner of the 1967 MK-I Sloop GENESIS, wrote the following back in late May:
Tom and Kaye: welcome back! Writing to let you know that I’m officially
taking Genesis off the market. I decided that I couldn’t let her go, and
last Fall shipped her from SC to
Back to housecleaning, I was able to sell my Fairclough Cover, but the buyer didn’t need the frame, so I have a nice frame in case I ever move north again, but I won’t keep forever -- it would be a shame to throw away. One other issue is that during the move I seemed to have lost my table extension for my galley table (the extension nicely converts the table into 5-6 seating, and extends to the settee on the opposite side). I have the traditional table with the big pole/pedestal mount arrangement attached to the floor (i.e. doesn’t fold onto the wall). Building a replacement would be tough and I know some folks have converted to the wall mount table. Any help on this would be great – I wonder if there were any spare leafs since a few folks have converted from old to new - Would pay for it..... Enjoy the summer and appreciate your work on the Newsletter! Regards, Reid.”
and Eneida Likes, of
Anyone with specific information regarding their questions may reply directly to Christopher and Eneida at: clikesATclikes.com (replace AT with @ before sending email).
(Ed. Note: Don't know of any diagrams of the internals of the A-37 mast, but since you have a MK-II, I can tell you about my mast, as I've rewired it several times over the past 30 years, and I think all MK-II masts in your time frame are all about the same. The conduit, which is cast into the mast extrusion (as far as I know) is in the forward section of the mast, and (as far as I know) runs all the way to the top. .Also, not aware of anyone who has installed an internal topping lift, but have seen several A-37s with dual sheaves at the top. Not sure if these dual sheaves were originally built into the mast, or whether they were added later (Whitby BoatWorks would make slight variations to order according to customer desires.)
James Lynch recently sent the following query regarding sizing of props: “I have an Alberg 37 with a Westerbeke 27 and need advise on proper propeller size if anyone has experience... has what I assume is a standard Hurth reduction gear.” Anyone with such info can email James at: windowsandscreensATgmail.com (replace AT with @ before sending an email to James). Also review 'Sizing of Propellers' .
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 - replace 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.
SHEARWATER’S Fuel Problem
By Tom Assenmacher
too hot and we've been too busy with other 'stuff' to take SHEARWATER out sailing. Went down to run the engine mid last
week (late June), and fortunately did a sight check in the engine
compartment. The primary fuel filter which has a glass bowl on the
bottom (but not a Racor), showed that there was 'emulsified' water in the
fuel. Further investigation showed that there was 'yellowish' crud in the
bottom of the tank (I was able to suck a small amount of fuel off the bottom of
the tank). I had gotten some water in the fuel tank! When at Dowry
Creek Marina near
Anyway, the tank was nearly full (about 35 gal.), so I pumped it all out, and fortunately, the tank has a large access plate.
This Represents About 35 Gallons Of Diesel Fuel!
I then was able to pump out the remaining fuel/water mixture. It looked like a milk shake! Most of the fuel was pretty clear, but since I had the 'emulsifier' in it, there was still some water dispersed in the fuel. Fortunately, one of our neighbors took the fuel (he has some old tractors, etc. which run on diesel). He has a large tank which has water separator filters on the bottom. He figured what water is in the fuel will eventually settle out. The tank itself was quite clean, and only required rinsing. I had cleaned the tank about 5 years ago, and amazingly, there was very little 'stuff' on the bottom (and that was the first time the tank had ever been cleaned I'm sure. The tank is aluminum, with only some very minor pitting (actually only a bit of etching).
The tank itself was quite clean, and only required rinsing. I had cleaned the tank about 5 years ago, and amazingly, there was very little 'stuff' on the bottom (and that was the first time the tank had ever been cleaned I'm sure. The tank is aluminum, with only some very minor pitting (actually only a bit of etching).
The Fuel Tank Immediately After Removing
The Access Plate
(About 2 Gallons of “Dirty Fuel’ Remaining.)
After Removing The Remaining Fuel (Tank
So, after about 3 days of hot work, the fuel system is now back in operation. I really checked the deck fill (sprayed water on it for a couple of hours - with a dam built around the filler), and saw no trace of a leak.
I made a small modification to the access plate - I drilled , tapped, and installed 2 ea. 1/2" pipe plugs so that periodically, I can pump the lower part of the fuel in the tank to check for fuel contamination by inserting a small tube to the tank bottom (the tank is located right above the keel, as there's no accessibility for a tank drain).
Two ½” Pipe Plugs Installed In Access Plate
(The two plugs located horizontally in the middle section of the access plate.)
Fuel Tank All “Buttoned Up” And Ready For More Years Of Service
(An aviation note – in a previous life as a former Navy P-3 Orion pilot – before each flight in the P-3, the flight engineer (FE) took a small fuel sample (of about 1 pint in a glass jar) from each tank which had a 'low point' drain. After a few minutes, the FE would check to see if there was any water in the bottom of each sample jar. Now I'll be able to periodically 'pre-flight' the fuel system by taking a small fuel sample from the bottom of the fuel tank!!)
Makes one wonder about some of these old boats that have never had a fuel tank cleaning!
Sure glad we didn't have this problem at some critical time during our cruise!
(Ed. Note: This is sort of a continuation/amplification of the article Fuel Tank Cleaning Procedure which we posted in 2003 during one of many ‘refurbishings’ of our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER)
How To Make A Wine Box Bag
Courtesy of Talley and Jim Powell of the Trawler DAWN TO DUSK
(Trawler Cruisers We Met At The Dowry Creek Marina Near Belhaven, NC On Our Way Back From The Bahamas May 2012)
Current offerings include:
37hp auxilary. New inboard autopilot (Raymarine), anchor windlass, knotmeter,
charger and primary winches. 4 batteries, Garmin GPS. Repainted White hull
(Imron), deck/cockpit (Perfection). Teak interior, alcohol stove, fresh water
sailed. Profurl,3 Genoas, drifter, spi, and main. $37 500, located in
Call Alain 514-933-5197
Email: ranger.alain(at)sympatico.ca for pictures, details.
FOR Price $6,500.00 or o.b.o. Phone inquiries, call Mike
at 231.360.1nine20. (Substitute
'9' for 'nine')
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com.
(Click On Thumbnails For Larger Photo)
Owner Anxious - Make Offer.
Contact: Charles Deakyne. 410-647-6674,Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Contact Dan Lord at: 978 462 1112
(Check out the Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)
for sale. Made Of Water-repellent Treated Canvas, it is
(very) heavy weight, yellow in colour, and in good condition. Used 4 winters in
$50 C and take it away.
email@example.com (remove nospam)
Alberg 37 Main Mast, Sails and Rigging For
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.
Shipping to be arranged. Grab yourself a bargain! :-)
Contact: Simon Foster
glasiadATyahoo.co.uk (replace AT with @before sending email) Tel: (
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 @).
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)
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)
captpetermacATfastmail.fm (remove AT and substitute @ before emailing)
Wanted as spare - Datamarine S-200 DL LCD Digital Depth Sounder Instrument.
Web Sites of Interest
NOAA Chart Downloader and Information The place to go to update your U.S. NOAA Raster and Vector Charts!
Welcome to Explorer Chartbooks “Must Have”
White Sound Press Specializing in Charts and Publications About The Bahamas, including The
Cruising Guide to Abaco, Bahamas, another “Must Have” publication
if you plan to cruise the Abacos (
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
Have a great Alberg 37 SUMMER!!!
AND KEEP IN TOUCH!
Tom and Kaye