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Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
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VOL 23, NO. 2 (SPRING 2013)                                                                            25 MAY, 2013


Wife of A-37 Member Passes


It is with sadness that we report that Pat Jobb of Garden Bay, BC, the beloved wife of  Wayne Jobb, passed away peacefully at St. Mary’s Hospital in Sechelt, BC, on October 10th, 2012.    Pat and Wayne have owned the 1970 Alberg 37 Sloop BRANDELARA since 2003, and had sailed the West Coast for years. 

Pat’s Obituary contained the following: “As an artist, I have been profoundly influenced by sailing trips made over the years exploring a variety of coastlines, particularly the rugged BC coast. Each voyage has been a voyage of discovery.”

(Ed. Note: Our sincere condolences (somewhat belated) go out to Wayne and his family with regard to their loss!  May we all learn from Pat’s beautiful statement above……)



We’re Back Home In Kinsale!
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher


We successfully completed our 4th sail cruise aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER when we returned from the Abacos to Titusville, FL on 9 April (2013). Instead of making the long trek back up and back the ICW to Kinsale, and because we are planning to return to the Abacos this winter, we decided to leave the boat on the hard at Westland Marina, in Titusville, FL  For an account of our short trip from the Abacos to Titusville in early April, check out the following on the A-37 website: SHEARWATER HEADS BACK NORTH .

We have posted over the years, quite a bit of information regarding our cruising experiences in the Bahamas.  If interested, you will find some of the information listed under the 'Cruising/Racing Stories' on the sidebar of the A-37 website.  Once on the 'Cruising/Racing Stories' page, scroll down to the SHEARWATER CRUISES THE ABACOS section.  Although we are not necessarily Bahamas 'cruising experts', we've 'been there - done that' 4 times, and can offer 'suggestions' to those thinking of taking a cruise there.  Our advice to cruisers contemplating cruising the Bahamas (particularly the ABACOS), is to 'JUST DO IT' (before you get 'too old' - which is only a state of mind) !!


Upcoming Rendezvous Events

The 21st Annual


Saturday/Sunday, September 21-22, 2013




(Boats may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
 at the


Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico River  
Kinsale, VA.


Virginia’s Beautiful and Historic Northern Neck)


(804) 472-3853
OR – (replace AT with @)


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, 2013.



New Members

Welcome aboard to Greg and Cath Sneddon of Barrie, Ontario, who recently purchased the 1969 MK-I Sloop CATHERINE (# 55).  The boat was previously named ATTICUS, DRY BEAN and ONTARIO GIRL by previous owners. Greg and Cath sent the following:CATHERINE is currently going through quite a major rebuild, and will hopefully be ready for some serious sailing come summer. The list of work whilst initially quite extensive, seems to grow exponentially in complete disproportion to the bank balance. Its true what they say about boat ownership.”


Welcome aboard to Brad Reed of Muncie, IN, the owner of a 1978 MK-II Sloop (previously named 7 SEAS)  His boat is located in Traverse City, MI.  Brad is doing considerable work on his boat’s rudder.


Welcome aboard to Alain Veillette of Berthier sur mer Québec,  the owner of the 1976 MK-II Yawl GANG AWA (previously owned by Dave Mann – we think!)  His boat is located in Traverse City, MI. (Ed. Note: We had not heard of anything about GANG AWA  since 1999!)


Welcome aboard to Hank and Carly Martin of Caledonia, Ontario, the owners (along with their son Hal Martin) of the 1975 MK-II Sloop COUNTESS.  Their boat is located at the Etobicoke Yacht Club, Ontario, Canada. 

They wrote in an email in January: ‘The first owner was Kurt ?? (not the owner of Whitby Boats, but somehow associated with it) Second Owner was Grant L. Burton ( fraternity brother from McGill University). He purchased Countess from 'Kurt' ? in 1981/2 (winter time). She has been registered with Transport Canada as 'Countess' since launching. The name supposedly in honour of his wife, known among friends as 'The C'. Grant has owned her until we got her in August.

Carly & I have sailed with Grant on Countess numbers of times on Lake Ontario (back & forth from Gananoque & around Toronto area).

SO THAT'S ABOUT IT for Countess!

How would I pose a question on the website asking about bulkhead replacement experience? We are in the middle of it right now. Best regards & fair winds,

Hank & Carly

(Ed. Note:  It’s amazing that we are still turning up ‘unknown’ A-37s! There are more A-37s out there, they just need to ‘surface’! – Is there anyone out there who has replaced bulkheads??  If so, let us know about your experience – Thanks! ).


Welcome aboard to Rick and Tracy Sidoni of Snyder, NY, the owners of the 1967 MK-1 Sloop SILK PURSE.  They recently purchased the boat (previously named PIKA) from former owners and long time A-37 IOA members Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester, NY.  SILK PURSE is berthed in Wilson Harbor, NY.


News From Members

We recently heard from John Fowke of Chester, Nova Scotia, who owns the 1985 MK-II Yawl RESOLUTE (#242).  RESOLUTE is berthed in Chester, Nova Scotia.  John mentioned in October that “The boat is now out of the water and yesterday I hauled out the old Volvo engine in preparation of putting in a Beta in the spring.”  John also sent a photo of his boat under sail.


John also had some questions regarding repowering – Specifically “…. I noticed on the website you installed a 37 hp engine in your boat (SHEARWATER) and I believe a 14x11 prop. I'm considering either a 35 or 38 hp and am wondering if you have been satisfied with your horsepower regarding both pushing the boat along and healthy loading of the engine?”


Our reply basically was as follows: “Yes, we repowered about 10 years ago, replacing the original Volvo MD-2B with a Phasor 37 HP (Kubota/Hurth transmission) - Beta Marine also uses the same base engine.  The 14" x 11" prop worked very well, giving us about 6kts (in calm water and clean prop/bottom) at about 2000 RPM.  For this engine, 2000 RPM is very close to the max torque on the torque curve, and also just about at the optimal fuel consumption (approx .6 gallon (US)/hr).  That was with the Hurth/ZF 15-MA (8 Deg down angle) transmission which had a 1.875-1 reduction gear ratio.  Unfortunately, as you may have read of our many problems with the Hurth transmission (5 failures).  So, after our last transmission failure coming back from the Bahamas, we decided to change to a "Twin-Disc" transmission (also a 'down angle' transmission).  The new Twin Disc now has about 650 hrs and has never skipped a beat!  The Kubota engine is great, and is very smooth and reliable.  The new trans has a higher reduction ration, requiring a larger pitched prop. 

As far as I know, Beta now uses Twin Disc transmissions, but you can check that out.  I suggest that you go with the38 HP, as it gives a bit of power reserve, and probably doesn't cost nor weigh much more. 

We used the ( prop formula to determine the correct prop size.  We found it quite accurate, and well worth the $25 fee for its use.

(Ed. Note: We now have about 1000 hours on the Twin Disc transmission, and (knock on wood) have had ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS with either the transmission or the engine.)


Again, while in the Bahamas, we received the following from Jason Sattler, the owner of the 1967 MK-II Sloop ELPHABA: “I hope all is well in the Bahamas.  I wanted to find out if Bob Grant ever passed on his letter from Carl Alberg about the cutter conversion.  Since the phone number is 15 years old, I'm hesitant to call…

Thanks, Jason”

(Ed. Note: Unfortunately, we have lost contact with Bob Grant years ago who owned WINDDANCER.  If anyone knows of any communication from Carl Alberg regarding ‘Cutter Conversion’, or has specific information regarding converting the Alberg 37 to a cutter rig, please let us know.  There are several A-37s out there that have been converted – Thanks!)


We received the following in an email from Greg Schurch (1968 MK-I Yawl DESTINY) of  Hatfield, MA back in January:

“I have attached a few miscellaneous pictures of my 1968 A-37 yawl DESTINY.





I've had the privilege of owning this fine vessel for the last 22 years and have gone through the boat several times updating to the best  of my ability.  In the recent five years I recored the entire deck as well as replaced the toe rail.

Best regards – Greg Schurch.”


Late last fall we received the following note from Mike Rostron,  of Bellingham, WA and the owner of the 1970 Sloop GALENA:

Hi Tom & Kaye and greetings from the Left Coast:

Some of your readers might enjoy my article in the October issue of 48 Degrees North, the sailing magazine that covers Oregon, Washington, B.C., and Alaska.


The article, on page 34, describes an eventful day on the Inside Passage on my previous boat, a Buehler Emily, which I constructed of wood in the 90s (seems a long while ago now...) in Alaska.

I was not able to attend the west coast Alberg reunion this year so I have nothing to report there.  I do note another Alberg 37 Mark I has recently gone up for sale here: (Ed. Note - This boat has been sold, but as of this writing, there are still some photos of the boat on the above website.)

I have been aboard that boat and can report it has been very well restored.  The previous owner was meticulous and skilled. Of course it is very rare to find an A-37 for sale on the west coast.  It seems there are only 5 or 6 between Alaska and Tierra Del Fuego, according to your register.

We have been enjoying an exceptionally dry and pleasant Indian Summer, which has definitely extended the cruising season here.  Still not even much in the way of fall colors and day time temperatures in the mid and even high 60s.  I am sure we will pay for it soon!”


Ryan and Adrian Mann of Martsons Mills, MA, the owners of the 1976 MK-II Sloop AVALON sent the following email requesting some answers to their maintenance questions: (Ed. Note: The following are some suggestions/answers to their questions from our experiences over the years with SHEARWATER  – Note: We only make SUGGESTIONS!!):


- Have you replaced the Cutless  Bearing? I need to do so as there is some play and the noise at anything above 2500 rpms is like nails on a chalkboard (plus not to good for anything). Yes, we have replaced the cutless bearing several times during the 30 years we've owned SHEARWATER. It's not too difficult, but does require removal of the prop and prop shaft from the boat. The way we remove the old bearing is to use a hacksaw blade, and after the shaft is removed, we saw a 'kerf' in the inside of the bearing, being careful to not cut into the cutless bearing housing. Once that is done, we use a 'slide hammer' with a hook on the end and pull the old bearing out (after loosening the set screws on the side). Normally, a few 'raps' on the slide hammer brings the old bearing out. We always put a bit of 'anti-seize' compound on the outside (the bronze part) of the bearing to facilitate the next removal. Also, if you have enough room between the prop and the cutless bearing housing, you can cut the new bearing a bit longer (say 1/4"), so that you could grab the end of the bearing with a pipe wrench, and simply 'twist' the bearing out when it needs replacing. One other thing you might want to check is how worn is the prop shaft in the bearing area. Normally, the shaft won't wear very much, but will be 'shiny'. Check the diameter with a micrometer, and compare with the other non-bearing diameter. You probably won't see more than one or two thousands of an inch. Also, check for any scoring in the bearing area.  Of course, if you need to remove the 'stern tube' or the cutless bearing housing (to which the stern tube is attached) for other repairs, that would be a great time to check/replace the cutless bearing.


- Have you ever had gel coat spider cracks on the topsides above the waterline? Any best ways or advice to repair without Awlgripping the whole darn boat? Limited funds and I need to prioritize these major projects over a few seasons.

We had gel coat cracks below the water line, and some on the topsides. Did a barrier coat (epoxy) on the hull after sandblasting all the gel coat off. Wasn't structural, and surveyor opinion was that there was some bad gelcoat distributed in the Toronto area in the mid-70's, as he had seen other makes of boats have the same problem. About 8 years ago, we had the topsides and deck repainted with Awlgrip type paint (we shipped the boat back to Whitby - as it was much cheaper to have the topside and deck work done there). No problem with the cracks, but then it's an old boat.


- What type of dinghy do you have and how do you store it on deck? I see lots of photos of A37's with the dink on the coach roof, but I really want to have as much visibility as possible as well as a halfway decent dink in a sea. Suggestions? I am willing to build one to match the lines of the A37, but dimensions and optimal fit on the coach roof are important characteristics.

We have an Achilles inflatable (inflatable bottom dinghy - about 10' long). We mostly tow it on the ICW, and stow it on the foredeck for any offshore work. It's TOO big (can a dinghy be too big?), and we wish we had bought the next size smaller inflatable, because it somewhat limits the accessibility to the foredeck. Your idea of building a dink to fit on the coach roof is a good idea. Or install davits on the stern.


- What do you have for a boarding ladder? AVALON Came with a decent one, but it is old, worn and lost one of the supports this summer.

We have a folding SS ladder attached to the starboard jib track near one of the lifeline gates. We don't use it too much, as the freeboard on the A-37 is so low, we normally simply step from the dinghy to the toerail, while grabbing on to one of the mizzen shrouds.


- Do you or anyone you know have a macerator pump installed?

We installed a macerator for our holding tank (we installed a smaller holding tank in the port V-berth locker- and use the original holding tank area - in the bilge - for a water tank). That way we can pump out the holding tank ourselves, or have it pumped out through a deck fitting.


- I am looking for a used cabin heater for AVALON- let me know if you get any leads.

Years ago we installed a Dickinson 'Chesapeake' heater. It is vented and uses either K-1 kerosene or diesel fuel, and does a great job of heating the cabin on those chilly mornings. It requires no electric power, and burns very little fuel. Don't know of any cabin heaters for sale at this time, but try E-Bay!


- I am going to re-bed all the deck hardware this winter- any suggestions for how to locate the stanchion backings? Avalon is an MKII and I am hoping the headliner does not cover the nuts. Do you know?

Years ago, we made up aluminum backing plates for most of the deck hardware (stanchion bases, etc.). The liner on the MK-II (as far as I know) does not cover up any of the nuts. Some areas are a bit difficult to access, but it can be done. If you have lots of $$ to spend, SS backing plates would perhaps be better, but the aluminum work just fine. Also, you might consider using 'Starboard' – a rigid plastic material in various thicknesses and sizes – available at most chandleries ' as a backing material.


SHEARWATER Heading ‘South” Again This Fall (November, 2013)!

Since we plan to again do a sail cruise to the Abacos this Winter (November, 2013) through early Spring (May, 2014).  SHEARWATER is spending the late Spring, Summer and Early Fall on the hard at Westland Marina, in Titusville, FL.  This saves us about a month or more transit time up the ICW from Florida to Virginia, and this fall will save us about the same amount of time to transit down the ICW from VA to Florida.  We will launch SHEARWATER in early November, proceed to Vero Beach, FL for Thanksgiving (American), provision the boat, and head down to West Palm Beach where we will depart the US in order to cross the Gulf Stream to the Abacos.  We hope to be in the Abacos (Green Turtle Cay) for Christmas.  Anyway, that’s the plan!


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.


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 : GENESIS - 1967 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop ( Hull # 23)

 Offered at $49,000 USD (Recently purchased Zodiac Cadet Series dinghy with recent 6 HP Tohatsu outboard can be negotiated). Genesis has been completely modernized, while retaining her classic lineage. She has been professionally painted, rigged, wired, and fitted with new electronics in 2007. I have owned Genesis since 1995. Over time, we completed a fairly extensive refit which is now 5-10 years old.

Main features: Awlgrip deck, mast & topsides; complete re-wire & re-plumb; recently replaced electronics, including Raymarine chartplotter, wind/speed/depth, radar, & under-deck Raymarine auto pilot. Inverter and microwave. Integrated Ipod stereo, refrigerator and hot water heater. Engine re-power with Westerbeke 44B in 2003. Rope halyards that lead to cockpit; modern ports; sails & canvas in great shape; rigged for spinnaker. 12� Flat screen installed in v-berth; and many, many other smaller items.

The work was completed over 5-7 years, and was done professionally. Extensive records and documentation kept. Boat is located in Naples, FL. Will consider a 50% share under the right circumstances.

Contact Reid Tomlin

Phone - Cell (973) 332-5701

Email: (replace AT with @)

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FOR SALE - TAMATA (ex STORNOWAY) - 1977 Alberg 37 MKII Sloop, Hull # 182. Fitted out for extended offshore cruising and ready to take you on your sailing adventures. New Awlgrip, electronics, rigging, autopilot and sails make this vessel an exceptional buy.  Located in Daytona Beach, FL. 

Price $65,000.00, reduced from $79,000.00. Make any reasonable offer. Owner wants boat sold now!
Call Jim Reilly for further information. 386-871-3493 or
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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).
(Posted 6/17/2011)


 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 $39,000 Cdn.

FOR SALE: 1972 Alberg 37 MK-II sloop; recent Westerbeke/roller furling/radar etc., etc. / ready to sail! To many toys and no time. $44,000.00 - On the hard at West Newbury, MA.
Contact Dan Lord at: 978 462 1112     

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 - 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 - 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




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.

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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

NOAA offers free nautical chart mobile app


Barometer Bob – source of Bahamas (Abacos) weather and general information.


AKA ‘Boilerplate’
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!!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA

1006 Brook Ave.

Kinsale, VA 22488 (replace AT with @)