ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
NO. 4 (FALL-2012)
A-37 Owner Passes
In July, we received word from Ken Tillotson, that his wife Anita
had passed away, while they were on cruise in
is with great sadness that I bring the news of Anita’s passing. The last 6 weeks of her life she was
fighting to breathe. She had some kind of lung infection that rapidly
deteriorated exponentially culminating in her death in the hospital in Porlamar
I'll never meet another woman the equal of Anita. From many points of view. She was such a giving person. She gave me love. She gave me confidence while at the same time being confident in me, she gave me honour. Today, she was saying how sorry she was that I had to put up with her situation, while at the same time she said she was going to die. I said, no you aren't and that you don't have to be sorry for being sick. She thanked me for everything I did for her, in her waning health. I can only think back, and remember 10 years ago, almost exactly to the day, when I had a stroke in the Trent-Severn waterway; Anita’s unwavering and abiding love for me in my recovery. She helped me learn to walk again, in the hospital, days after my stroke. She was always there for me. Always! I feel guilty, because I could not help her recover, though I tried. Life is not fair and death is less so. Anita's death has also destroyed JointVenture. There will never again be our JointVenture. It was torn from us today forever more. Only memories remain.....I am truly sorry my dearest loving companion. May you rest in peace. You will be surely missed, by all those that loved you.
Goodbye my love. I know that I have failed you.”
(Ed. Note: Ken - we are most sorry to hear of Anita's passing - she will be missed by all who knew her! Although we only met you folks once, at the Whitby A-37 Rendezvous in 2005, we remember her as a warm, caring and loving person. We viewed the photos of you and Anita at the Rendezvous yesterday after we received your email - thanks for including us in your 'message of life'! You and Anita lived the life that others just dream of doing. Our thoughts and prayers go out for both of you.)
The 20th Annual
2012 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
The 20th Annual Alberg 37
Fall Rendezvous was held at the Assenmacher home and dock on the Hampton Hall Branch
of the Yeocomico River near
arriving (drive-ins) were A-37 owners Henk and Wendy DeVries of Cobourg,
Others attending the Rendezvous were friends/neighbors/A-37 Wannabees: Doug and Marion Daiss of Callao, VA (owners of Krentz Marine Railway); Don and Judy Polifka of Kinsale, VA along with friends Jim and Susan Poole of Charlottesville, VA; Geoff Cunliffe of Mississauga, Ontario; Sandy Romer of North Fort Myers, FL; Richard and Carole Hackett of Lusby, MD (Richard and Carole arrived in their Shannon 38 KILLISSA); Marcel and Karen Steinz of Oakville, Ontario; Junior and Irvanette Hall of Park Hall, MD; Carol Hutton of Kinsale, VA; and Eric and Chris Jacobson of Lottsburg, VA
The early Fall weather was GREAT, as opposed to last year's Rendezvous (shortly after Hurricane Irene). Those arriving on Friday enjoyed a pot luck dinner on Friday evening along with a lot of 'sea stories', renewed acquaintances and a good time was had by all! Saturday dawned clear and cool which persisted the entire weekend, and a lot of time over the weekend was spent on the dock and outdoors! Saturday's events included the usual 'crab pickin' where a bushel of steamed local Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs were consumed in the early afternoon. Later on Saturday afternoon, a bushel of our locally home grown oysters (Tom and Kaye are 'oyster gardeners') were roasted over an open firepit, followed by an outdoor hot dog and hamburger BBQ on the back deck. Unfortunately, friend of all - and previous A-37 owner Becky Knop was unable to attend this year's event, so we didn't have Becky's famous Crab Soup!
Sunday's weather was a repeat of Saturday's, and those folks who had driven longer distances left by mid-day on Sunday. Sunday afternoon, we roasted another bushel of 'home grown' oysters, followed by another pot luck dinner in the evening. A great time was had by all in spite of the weather!!
Click Here For Rendezvous Photo Slideshow
This Is A Fairly Large File - May Take A Minute Or So To Download
Welcome aboard to Kevin
Kevin Aboard GANNET II – Looks like a ‘Happy Owner’!
Welcome aboard to James
News From Members
Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester, NY, recently returned home aboard their 1967 MK-I Sloop PIKA, having brought PIKA from the Abacos (Bahamas) following having kept PIKA on the hard in Green Turtle Cay the past 2 summers. In 2011, Lou and Jean bought an Albin 36 Trawler, BOTH SIDES NOW, which they took to the Abacos last fall. PIKA is currently for sale. They will be returning to Green Turtle Cay this winter, where BOTH SIDES NOW is now in storage on the hard at Abaco Yacht Services, to resume cruising the Abacos.
The following is from a recent email from David and Kelly Daciuk, of
“Subject: propane stove refit.
Please include this topic in question for the next newsletter.
I am replacing my Shipmate alcohol three burner stove/oven with a propane stove/oven. I am also building a new propane locker at the aft end of the cockpit. I've seen pictures on the web site of the locker. My questions are; how best to vent the locker & how to run the gas line from the locker to the stove. My galley layout is 1978 MKII design. Any ideas/pictures would be appreciated. Also, if anyone is interested in purchasing the alcohol stove - good deal to be had. It is in great shape & has all the pieces and parts including tank and valves. The oven however, has always been a little finicky.
David & Kelly Daciuk
daciukdaATgmail.com (replace AT with @)
(Ed. Note – Please see the related article in this newsletter: SHEARWATER’s Propane Gas Storage Locker Modification)
Andy Larsen of
“I used a product called KIWIGRIP which I believe has been around for a number of years. It's a water based almost slurry-like coating that you slather on with a trowel, then roll the tread formations into it with a specialized roller (which is similar to a brillo pad). One of the nicest things about it is you can take it to the hardware store and have it tinted to whatever color you want . It was a simple process and the results were amazingly rejuvenating, taking what seemed like 20 years off the age of the boat and so far has proved to be great nonskid.” We look forward to receiving some photos and a write-up of his preparations, application and use of this product.
Mark Kip Culver of
Friends, I plan to renew my membership next month when I return from
Peter Duncan McIntosh, the owner of the 1971 MK-II Yawl KUMA, sent the following in July:
am now based here in
recently received some photos of KEMO SABE, the 1968 MK-I Sloop owned by
Jon and Helen Kuhl of
KEMO SABE Being Launched With New Paint Job!
KEMO SABE (Dark Hulled Boat w/Flag) In Race.
won 3rd in the first race and 1st in the second race this last Sat.
Here's KEMO SABE going in the water at the beginning of June. Note
the paint job. And a shot of the second race with about 1/2 the competing
boats. We came very close to winning 1st in the first race, the wind died
completely as we approached within .2 miles of the finish. The wind
piped up nicely for the second race back to
SHEARWATER Heading ‘South” Again This Fall!
Kaye and I are again planning on ‘Heading South’ to the Abacos (Bahamas) aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER sometime around 8 October, the same time period that we departed Kinsale last fall. We have spent the past few weeks since the A-37 Rendezvous getting SHEARWATER checked our, the bottom painted, etc. We have nearly all the gear/food/spare parts, etc., etc., loaded aboard as we edit this newsletter, and all ship systems appear to be ‘go’ for launch. If all goes well (and as planned), we hope to be in Vero Beach, FL for American Thanksgiving, and plan to celebrate Christmas in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco. We will plan on leaving the Abacos in mid-late April (2013), returning to Kinsale (VA) in mid-late May.
We request that anyone corresponding with us during our cruise ‘south’, please do so by means of email, as we will have good WIFI during most of our cruise, but please hold any written correspondence until we return home in the spring, as ‘snail-mail’ to the Bahamas takes as long as 1 month to reach us. Additionally, hold any ‘voluntary support’ of the A-37 IOA till we get back home in the spring.
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 Sacrificial Zincs
Back in August, we received the following email from John
Rilett, the owner of MOLLIKETT, a 1981 MK-II Sloop:
I thought I
would check in with you and give and update.
My son and I have move Mollikett out to
In response, we sent John the following information:
You definitely need to install sacrificial anodes (zincs) to the underwater bronze components of your boat. We use a zinc on the prop, along with zincs on the cutless bearing housing; the center gudgeon on the rudder and the rudder shoe.
We bought our 1975 yawl SHEARWATER in 1982
from Whitby Boatworks (the original owner had bought a
The below photo shows the same kind of zinc which we have been using on SHEARWATER for years. On our boat, there is just enough room at the end of the zinc to clear the rudder. Most A-37s don't have room to mount a 'donut' zinc on the shaft between the cutless bearing and the prop. The bronze cone on which the zinc is mounted acts as the second prop (jamb) nut. Most chandleries carry this assembly. The bronze cone is reusable, and the zinc fits over the cone, and is held in place by a 1/4" SS Allen machine bolt. It 's a good idea to put some thread lock compound on the zinc attachment screw so that zinc stays on the cone. The cones/zincs are readily available in 1" or 7/8" prop shaft sizes.
The following are some photos from previous haul outs of SHEARWATER.
SHEARWATER's Prop Quite Fouled With
Barnacles, Showing The Prop Zinc (Which Needs Replacing), Along With Part Of
The Bronze 'Cone'. Also Is The Teardrop Zinc Which Is Attached To The
Note 'New' Zinc On End Of Prop, And 'Teardrop Zinc' With Bonding Wire To Cutless Bearing Housing Bolt. Also Note Circular Zinc On Center Gudgeon (Could Also Use A 'Teardrop Zinc' Here).
Soon after we bought the boat, we noticed deterioration of the bronze bolts holding the cutless bearing housing to the hull, and also the bolts holding the two sections of the center rudder gudgeon, along with the bronze bolts holding the bronze rudder shoe to the hull. These zincs were installed by drilling and tapping a 1/4" hole and using the SS Allen bolt that normally comes with teardrop (or circular) zincs. The cutless bearing housing zinc was installed by drilling and tapping a 1/4" hole into the fiberglass 'deadwood' just in front of the prop aperture (the glass in that area is quite thick) - it's advisable to seal the zinc attaching screw with a good quality 'marine' sealant to prevent water intrusion into the deadwood fiberglass).
After we installed zincs in these areas, we have observed no deterioration of the rudder shoe, gudgeon, cutless bearing housing (or their mounting bolts), nor any prop deterioration . The zincs do require periodic checking and replacement (especially in marinas where there is a lot of 'stray current' or improperly wired dock power)!
Also take a look at the following link on the A-37 web site (http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/ZincSolution2/A37_shaft_zincs.htm) by Gord Martin (MAGGY FIELDS),
Another View Of 'Teardrop Zinc' On
Teardrop Zinc Attached To Rudder Shoe.
(Ed. Note: We
should note however, that this is ONLY OUR OPINION on how to protect against galvanic
corrosion , but it works for us here in the
are a few photos of our installation. The 'original' propane box (as
SHEARWATER Propane Locker (as modified)
Showing the 'internals' of the propane box.
Showing solenoid valve.
Our installation uses copper tubing. In addition to the galley stove, we have a propane instant hot water heater in the head (yes, it’s vented). There must be no T's in the line outside of the vented locker, hence we ran 2 gas lines from the box to the gas appliances. The propane locker vents overboard through a line in the bottom of the locker which exits above the waterline in the counter stern (as did the original propane locker.
Our Circa 1975 Shipmate propane galley stove.
Of course, if there never was a propane locker installed, one would need to fabricate one of similar size. Instead of fabricating a propane locker, we might suggest looking at the Trident line of propane lockers (http://www.tridentmarine.com/stage/lpg_lockers.htm).
Our friends, Lou and Jean
http://www.alberg37.org/Featured_A-37s/PIKA-Wayne_Featured_Boat/PIKAPhotoGallery/images/PIKA_Propane_Storage-2.jpg. PIKA was the "Featured " A-37 in 2004 http://www.alberg37.org/Featured_A-37s/PIKA-Wayne_Featured_Boat/pika.htm.
have seen some boaters who carry the propane bottle on the foredeck (in a
vented box), or mounted on the aft cockpit rail. Would work with aluminum
bottles or the new composite bottles..... but not very neat!
(Ed. Note: This article has been added to the “Project Database” on the A-37 Website , and is offered only as a ‘suggested way’ of modifying the propane locker!)
Current offerings include:
Westerbeke 37hp auxiliary. 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,
spinnaker, and main. $37 500, located in
Call Alain 514-933-5197 or
Email: ranger.alain(at)sympatico.ca for pictures, details.
Or email email@example.com
FOR SALE - PIKA - 1967 MK I Hull #20. Cruise equipped!!
See Photos and Description this web site for extensive description and photos. $30,000 USD.
Contact Lou Wayne - email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Click On Thumbnails For Larger Photo)
Owner Anxious - Make Offer.
Contact: Charles Deakyne. 410-647-6674,Email email@example.com
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)
Kerkstra has a prop that he tried on his A-37. Used 1
summer. It is a 15x12x1 inch right hand prop made by
He would like to sell it for $100 + shipping.
Call Casey at 616 457-2958, or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org (remove 'nospam')
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)
Sandy Romer, who recently sold TUMBLEWEED (her "Alberg 37 Cousin", a Cape Dory 36), has some cruising gear for sale.
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)
Web Sites of Interest
Nothing new this issue……
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 will be
on cruise to the
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 FALL!!!
AND KEEP IN TOUCH!
Tom and Kaye