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Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
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VOL 22, NO. 4 (FALL-2012)                                                                            29 SEPTEMBER, 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 Venezuela aboard their 1975 MK-II Yawl JOINT VENTURE:

“It 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 on the island of Margarita. She died suddenly, after proclaiming for the hundredth time that day I can't breathe, I can't breathe. She ripped the oxygen mask from her face as she sat up and a few seconds later she collapsed dead as I watched. Although the medical team performed CPR for over an hour I knew she was gone at that very instant. I held out hope until I saw that the medics were no longer performing CPR. I am devastated. I'm still spinning as I write these words.

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


Saturday/Sunday, September 15-16, 2012

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 Kinsale, VA on Saturday/Sunday, September 15-16, 2012.  Tom and Kaye Assenmacher's 1975 MK-II Yawl, SHEARWATER, and Kip and Linda Newbould's 1970 MK-I Yawl, MISCHIEF, were the only Alberg 37s in attendance for the Rendezvous.

Also arriving (drive-ins) were A-37 owners Henk and Wendy DeVries of Cobourg, Ontario (PAWBEE); Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester, NY (PIKA);

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

New Members

Welcome aboard to Kevin Milliken of Canmore, Alberta, the owner of the 1968 MK-I Sloop GANNET II (Hull # 31).  GANNET II was formerly owned by Ken Kirkpatrick of Victoria, BC and is now berthed in Sidney, BC.

Kevin Aboard GANNET II – Looks like a ‘Happy Owner’!


Welcome aboard to James Lynch of Norfolk, VA, the owner of the MK-I Sloop JUSFINE.


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 Traverse City, MI, the owners of the 1978 MK-II Sloop FOOTLOOSE II:

“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.

Thank You,

David & Kelly Daciuk

Footloose II, Traverse City, MI.”  (replace AT with @)


(Ed. Note – Please see the related article in this newsletter: SHEARWATER’s Propane Gas Storage Locker Modification)


Andy Larsen of Minnetonka, MN, the owner of the 1973 MK-II Yawl ALDEBARAN, recently wrote that he is renovating the non-skid decks of his boat:

 “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 San Rafael, CA, the owner of 1972 MK-II Yawl FOLIE DOUCE sent the following in July:

“Hi Friends, I plan to renew my membership next month when I return from Mexico. I left last Oct. and have been sailing Folie Douce throughout the Mexican Pacific and Sea of Cortez. I will send pictures ASAP as well  I am headed back to SF CA tomorrow.  cheers  Marc Kip Culver s/v Folie Douce.”


Peter Duncan McIntosh, the owner of the 1971 MK-II Yawl KUMA, sent the following in July:

“I am now based here in Antigua with "Kuma", I am 3/4 of the way through a refit which includes a rebuild of the stern gland, stuffing box, thru hulls, and rudder fittings. I have already replaced the cockpit sole, binnacle, and steering (gone back to a tiller). The soft decks I have replaced where I can including a job using 3 gal of  West epoxy resin, and a huge amount of glass used to rebuild the aft deck, and remount the winches and guardrail stanchions. I will be rolling and "tipping" the topsides in Awlgrip flag blue. I am currently the Captain on "Lochiel" a 104ft sloop based in Antigua for the foreseeable future, and would be happy to help anyone bound for Antigua. Please remove my request for gear in gear wanted, I have found all the "stuff" I needed for now. My long term plan is to take "Kuma" to New Zealand via Panama after racing in Antigua classics next year. Thanks again for all your good work. Best Peter Mac.”

We recently received some photos of  KEMO SABE, the 1968 MK-I Sloop owned by Jon and Helen Kuhl of Camden ME:

KEMO SABE Being Launched With New Paint Job!


KEMO SABE (Dark Hulled Boat w/Flag) In Race.

We 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 Camden.”

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.


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.


SHEARWATER’S Sacrificial Zincs
By Tom Assenmacher
, VA


Back in August, we received the following email from John Rilett, the owner of MOLLIKETT, a 1981 MK-II Sloop:
“Hi Tom,

I thought I would check in with you and give and update.  My son and I have move Mollikett out to Richmond British Columbia where we hope to do some cruising and where my son and family can use the boat.  We used Joule Yacht Transport to truck Mollikett out west.  They did everything they said they would for the price quoted.  We were very happy with their professionalism.  We are now putting Mollikett back together to get her ready for launch.  Her new home will be Saanich British Columbia. If I could ask you about sacrificial zincs.  Since Mollikett will be going into salt water for the first time she will need some zincs. She does have a prop anode but I don't think that would be sufficient.  Is there one "best place" to install a hull anode and what is the best way to do so.  I can find very little on the net about this topic.  What have you done with Shearwater? John Rilett Mollikett.”

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 Whitby 42, and Whitby was brokering a few A-37s at that time. She had been in Toronto since new, and had never seen salt water, and did not have any sacrificial zincs installed.  As soon as we had her delivered to the Chesapeake, we immediately installed a prop zinc. 

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 Hull With Bonding Wire To One Of The Cutless Bearing Mounting Bolts.


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 ( by Gord Martin (MAGGY FIELDS), 


Another View Of 'Teardrop Zinc' On
Rudder Center Gudgeon.  We Drilled And Tapped A 1/4" Hole In The Gudgeon Body For The Zinc Mounting Screws. 




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 Chesapeake Bay, and in the Bahamas.)



SHEARWATER’s Propane Gas Storage Locker Modification
(SHEARWATER is a 1975 MK-II Yawl)
By Tom Assenmacher

Here are a few photos of our installation.  The 'original' propane box (as built by Whitby) was modified (made a bit taller) to accommodate two 11 pound steel propane bottles instead of the original two 5 pound bottles.  We made the box extension out of 'starboard' (the white plastic board material), and attached it on top of the original gas locker.  We sealed it with '5200', and reused the original solid teak locker lid.


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 (

Our friends, Lou and Jean Wayne  of Rochester, NY, the owners of PIKA, a 1967 MK-I sloop,  years ago installed a Trident box aft of the rudder in the aft end of the cockpit.  You might want to take a look at that installation at: PIKA was the "Featured " A-37 in 2004


We 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!)


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 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 Dorval ( Montreal).

Call Alain 514-933-5197 or

Email: ranger.alain(at) for pictures, details.

FOR SALE - WINDFLOWER -1985 Alberg 37 MK-II 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 Mk-II 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. $30,000 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)



Casey Kerkstra has a prop that he tried on his A-37. Used 1 summer. It is a 15x12x1 inch right hand prop made by Michigan wheel.

He would like to sell it for $100 + shipping. 

Call Casey at 616 457-2958, or Email at (remove 'nospam')


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.

Wanita Gray (remove nospam)


Sandy Romer, who recently sold TUMBLEWEED (her "Alberg 37 Cousin", a Cape Dory 36), has some cruising gear for sale.  
Check out the items she has 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:  (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)


Web Sites of Interest

Nothing new this issue……


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 will be on cruise to the Bahamas from mid-October through May, 2013.  As stated earlier in this newsletter, 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. We hope to be able to publish the Winter, and next Spring newsletters while aboard SHEARWATER.

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 FALL!!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA