Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
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VOL 22, NO. 3 (SUMMER-2012)                                                                            8 JULY, 2012


Upcoming Rendezvous Events

The 20th Annual


Saturday/Sunday, September 15-16, 2012

(Boats may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
 at the


Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico River  
Kinsale, VA.
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(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 7 September, 2012.


New Members

Welcome aboard to Jason and Nickie Sattler of Beaver Creek, OH..  They recently purchased the 1967 MK-II Sloop ELPHABA (ex-BLUE SIX) from Clare and Lorna Wegert.  ELPHABA is one of the earliest Alberg 37s (Hull # 2), and was featured at the 1968 New York City Boat Show.  ELPHABA ‘s home port is La Salle, MI.  Jason wrote: “The boat has always been on the Great Lakes.  Clare & Lorna raced her for the past 25 years, but since they are about 90 now, they decided to call it quits.  I was told that it was manufactured in 1967 for the 1968 New York Boat Show.  Thus the wood.  It looks like the original varnish, and with so few scratches, I can't believe it's 44 years old.!”.... Additionally, Jason wanted to know if feathering props can be used with an A37.  “I really need to get rid of the 2 blade prop on ELPHABA, it just has so little power…she has a (Yanmar 3YM20 with a 2.62:1 transmission.”….Anyone out there using a feathering prop on their A-37????

Welcome aboard to John Fowke of Chester, Nova Scotia.  John recently purchased the 1985 MK-II Yawl RESOLUTE from Peter and Nancy Steketee.

 Welcome aboard to Ryan and Adrian Mann of Martsons Mills, MA.  They recently purchased the 1976 MK-II Sloop AVALON which has been on the hard for the past 9 years.  AVALON is home-ported in Harwichport, MA.  Ryan and Adrian are looking forward to racing and cruising with kids from Cape Challenge and friends.   



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:

“Hey 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 Naples FL.  It took me 2.5 years but I finally got her down from NY .  While shallow, the Gulf in and around Naples is a fabulous place to sail with dolphin sightings each time we go out.  I’ve have not yet made it south to Everglade City (I’ve heard it’s a throwback), or north to Sanibel/Captiva.  However, our big trip so far (with 3 old high school friends) was to Key West to Dry Tortugas and back over 6 days.  Despite the commercial aspects, I found KW to be very unique with very old architecture and a vibrant (hint: party happy) community. Dry Tortugas was the end of the spectrum very quiet, no conveniences of modern life, but very beautiful and equally historic (e.g., Fort Jefferson).  We got caught in a wicked squall on the way back with steady 40 knot winds with a gust up to 50 knots! She held up well, except when surfing on waves, it was nearly impossible to steer her for short periods of time (our speed topped 10 knots on a  few wave surfs).  The only primary worry under that scenario is that something  breaks; otherwise, she endured it like a champ!

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.”



 Christopher and Eneida Likes, of Orange City, FL, and the owners of the 1978 MK-II Yawl TAMATA, recently sent the following: “We are nearing completion of a major refit of TAMATA (f/k/a Stornoway).  I'll provide all the refit details and a future wish list when she's back in the water.  But in the meantime I am looking for information on the mast.  I am installing a topping lift for a spinnaker pole and wanted to make it an internal installation.  But it appears that something like the electrical conduit might be in the way and we're not sure how far up the mast (over the steaming light) the conduit reaches.  Does anyone have a schematic of the mast for an A37?  Or are you aware of anyone who has installed an internal topping lift?”

Anyone with specific information regarding their questions may reply directly to Christopher and Eneida at: (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.)


Prop Query Received

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: (replace AT with @ before sending an email to James).  Also review 'Sizing of Propellers'  .

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 ( - 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.


By Tom Assenmacher
Kinsale, VA

Been 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 Belhaven, NC, I had fueled up (using Jerry cans) , and had started to wash down the deck, when I realized that I hadn't put the deck filler cap back on (senior moment!).  Don't think there was much water introduced into the fuel at that time......  Anyway, I put some 'water absorber' (basically alcohol I guess), and I thought that had taken care of the problem.  No problem all the rest of the way home back to Kinsale (about 30 hours of motoring on the ICW) in mid-May, and the fuel in the glass bowl was always bright and clear.  I think what really happened, is that after we got home, I put the remaining fuel we carried in Jerry cans into the fuel tank.  I don't think the cap was torqued down enough and since we had some good rains in late May and early June, I think there was some water introduced.  Must have been about 2 gallons, as the level of the pick up tube is at about that level.


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 Baffle In Center Of Photo)


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)



The Wine Box Bag construction details are posted in the “Project Database” section of the A-37 IOA website.. 



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 - ATTICUS 1969 Alberg 37, Mark I, sloop #55.

Westerbeke 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 Dorval ( Montreal ).

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Call Alain 514-933-5197 or
Email: ranger.alain(at) for pictures, details.


FOR SALE – SEVEN SEAS - 1978 Alberg 37 MK II, Hull #185     Location:  Brunswick, Georgia. Full keel, 5’6” draft, high aspect rig, clearance 51’, ballast 6500 lbs.  Wheel and tiller steering.  Volvo 25 hp diesel, 9 sails, extra mainsail.  All teak interior, 6’4” headroom, propane oven, pressure water, 50 gallon water tankage (2 different tanks), 45 drawers and cabinets. New batteries, propeller, Balmar alternator, single laid solid glass hull, lots of other equipment and gear.  Very seaworthy and fast.

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Price $6,500.00 or o.b.o.

Phone inquiries, call Mike at 231.360.1nine20. (Substitute '9' for 'nine')    SOLD


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

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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  

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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 (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:


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


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  



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


Tarp for sale. Made Of Water-repellent Treated Canvas, it is (very) heavy weight, yellow in colour, and in good condition. Used 4 winters in Toronto area for Alberg 37 and is now sitting in a Pickering, ON garage loft for several years.

$50 C and take it away.

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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


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 @).



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

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” Bahamas Charts if you plan to cruise the Bahamas!

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 (Bahamas).

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!!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA