ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
(Updated 01/17/17 )
Upcoming Rendezvous Events
The 21st Annual
2013 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
Saturday/Sunday, September 21-22, 2013
- REVISED -
DUE TO PRESSING COMMITMENTS!
arrive on Thursday or Friday)
Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico
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If you plan to attend, please contact us at
the above email/phone number no later than
Welcome aboard to Mario
Blondin of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, the owner of the
1976 MK-II Sloop KANDACE ROSE (Hull # 168), which was formerly owned by Sonny and Petra Power of
Mulgrave, Nova Scotia. . KANDACE ROSE is normally berthed in
Welcome aboard to Rowan
Rowen recently bought the boat in
News From Members
Rick and Tracy
The boat has recently undergone major ‘refurbishing’ including exterior painting, new bronze opening ports, and other improvements. The boat (then named PIKA) was the Featured A-37 in 2004.
We recently received the following from ‘Michael’ (no name of boat or owner’s name):
“We have an Alberg 37 ketch! We saw on one of your old news letter that S/V SAFARI was the only one. We were wondering if you know the sail dimensions as we are in a restoration project with ours S/V PROMISE. Thanks Michael”.
In response, we sent ‘Michael’ the following:
“Michael, We know of 3 A-37 ketches. Unfortunately, we have no real info about sail plans, etc., only 'hearsay'. We have no record of an A-37 (Sloop/Yawl or Ketch) by the name of PROMISE. Without knowing the hull ID number on PROMISE, we don't know if she had been renamed somewhere in the past. If you could fill out the "Join Us" form on the Web site (http://www.alberg37.org/join_the_association.htm), we could perhaps find your boat with the info provided by the form.
The following is an excerpt from the Summer 2008 Newsletter (http://www.alberg37.org/Newsletters/Vol-18_NO3_SUMMER-2008-web/Vol-18-No3-SUMMER-2008.htm):
"Joe Miller, the owner of the 1973 MK-II Ketch (yes, a ketch) PELAGUS,
recently wrote: “I am curious to learn of any other Ketches still on the water.
Ed. Note: We know of only 3 A-37 Ketches:
SAFARI, a 1973 A-37 Ketch, Hull # 120, last known
owners Lynn and Robert Gambrell, of St Thomas,
MY GIRL, a 1979 A-37 Ketch, (no hull #),
belonging to Ron and Kaye Surley of
PELAGUS, Joe Miller,
Don't know much about the A-37s which were built
as ketches, and don't know if there were any more built and/or modified. We had
a talk several years ago with Alex Magnone, who
recently retired from WhitbyBoat (he had a boat
refurbishing business in the original
(Ed. Note: If anyone knows ANYTHING factual about Alberg 37 Ketches, please let us know.)
Jeff and Janet Dickie of
Janet & Jeff
P.S. keep us posted on your travels”
(Ed Note: Kaye and I are
planning on taking a ‘land cruise’ to
recently received the following from Bob
and Pam Prescott, of
“Hi Tom and Kaye,
trip was great in many regards. We visited Joshua Slocum’s boyhood home on
THULE At Anchor Off Brimstone Island, ME
hopeful that I am not too old to sail around
Bob and Pam”
Note: We have ‘land cruised’ up in the
Maarten van Hasselt, of
“This one is last Saturday’s
Lakewood Yacht Club Shoe Regatta on
Kind regards, Maarten”
Ryan and Adrian Mann of
enjoying your (cruising) updates immensely, living vicariously through your
adventures. I missed them as they ended, but am so glad you had a good trip.
Avalon came out of the water in early November and immediately I started
picking away at the list of things to fix. From little projects like new LEd nav lights, to big projects
like sanding the bottom down to glass and barrier coating her, Avalon had a
great deal of work completed this winter. At close to 40 (
with 10 of those years on the hard) she is still in need of some
upgrades and repairs, but she is back in the water and quite a bit quicker with
her new bottom. I followed your instructions and removed and cleaned the fuel
tank, ran new fuel line and the engine sounds amazing! I changed out the cutlas bearing, but did not have to drop the rudder. She
has about 60 miles thus far on her this year and I fall in love with her every
time we take her out. She will be racing the annual Figawi
Race to Nantucket over Memorial Day weekend along with L'ammare #91 owned by Robert Mintz. I have not met the boat nor
Mintz, but am looking forward to seeing another
If you get a
chance, can you send me the key you have that goes along with your provisioning
diagram? Always looking for tricks for storage! Also, I was looking this winter
at many of the pictures online and noticed that some of the rudders rake back
flat with the keel line. Others seem to have the traditional half moon shape.
Do you have any insight on this? Our Rudder is good for now, but it does have a
little sag in it indicating that it will need to be replaced in the distant
future. Best wishes to the both of you from
Ryan and Adrian Mann
S/V Avalon-Alberg 37 # 162
(Ed. Note: We replied to Ryan and Adrian with the following: We made the 'Provisioning Diagram' by scanning the interior layout from an old Whitby brochure into Photoshop Elements, then assigning 'numbers' to each nook and cranny (or just about all of them), and printing out the diagram. We never did actually 'describe' the locations, but used the diagram as a guide. We actually built a database (MicroSoft Access) using only the 'location numbers' from the Provisioning Diagram, not the actual description of the locations. After building the database, we then went through each physical location ID and actually listed the contents of each location. It would be fairly easy to add another 'field' in addition to the 'location ID' in the Database such as 'Location Description' . The database is 'searchable' by either 'Item Description' or by 'item location'
Unfortunately, we haven't been very diligent in maintaining the database (inertia set in), but it's still quite accurate, as most of our 'boat stuff' is in the same location as it was when the database was last updated. Some rainy day, we'll update the database. It was (and still is) quite valuable to have on-hand, and we keep a printed copy of the database (sorted by location and sorted by item description) on board.
Regarding the rudders, don't recall any A-37s with a 'rounded bottom', but we've not seen very many out of the water. Seems that a rounded bottom would be advantageous in a grounding.)
If anyone out there would like to have a copy of the ‘Provisioning Diagram’, and/or the ‘Provisioning Database’ described above, we’d be glad to send you a copy via email attachment. The database requires “Microsoft Access” to run it.
Additionally, AVALON was the first Alberg 37 to join the A-37 IOA way back in 1992 – She was owned then by Gerry and Lea Warwick, of St. Michaels, MD who were the original owners – both of whom are now deceased.
Bill Richards of
‘I installed a new Beta engine when I bought her, and find that I now have more power than prop, with a LH 13 x 14 prop now. I would like to invest in a larger prop to reduce rpm and better match the power curve to efficiency. I see from the last newsletter that you are sporting a 14-11 prop. Did you have to make any alterations to the aperture to fit the 14 inch prop? It looks pretty tight on my boat; the clearance would be rather small. Can you provide any comments on your setup? EUPHORIA has the angle-down transmission with the Beta engine. Do you have the normal min clearance on between the prop and the hull, roughly 10 percent as I recall? I would prefer not to have less than the recommended one-half inch between the prop tip and the hull.’
(Ed. Comments - Which we provided to Bill):
We did indeed open up the prop aperture so that we could swing a 14' prop. I barely was able to maintian the proper prop tip clearance. However, in hindsight, instead of opening up the aperture I probably should have left the aperture as-is, and gone with a larger pitch on a 13' prop. Of course, prop size really depends on the power curves on your particular engine, and the reduction gear ratio of the transmission. We had the 37.5 hp/4 cyl Kubota engine mated with a Hurth/ZF 15MA transmission which has a 1.88-1 reduction ratio. The 14"x11" prop gave us about 6 kts at 1900 rpm which is fairly close to hull speed in calm water with a clean bottom, and at the peak of the torque available curve for that particular engine. Also, it was just about where the torque curve intersected the fuel consumption curve which meant that at that rpm, we were getting the best 'fuel mileage'. I'm not sure which transmission Beta uses, but I do believe I heard that they went to the Twin Disc brand.
Since we had multiple failures of the Hurth transmission (which is
documented to some extent on the web site), we decided to go with a model TMC
60A Twin Disc brand transmission which had a reduction gear ratio of
2.45-1, which required a 14" prop with much larger pitch (because the prop
was turning quite a bit slower). We settled on a 14" x 16" prop, which works quite well (although we've recently
had it repitched to 17" to decrease engine
ANYWAY, we might 'suggest' that you may want to simply have your existing prop 're-pitched'. A competent prop shop should be able to repitch it for you at considerable less cost than that of a new prop. Fortunately, we have a great prop shop fairly close to our home in Kinsale, who will 'adjust' a prop for a nominal fee.
We have had good success in using the 'prop calculator' available on-line at BOATDIESEL.COM. The use of the prop formula is not free (there is a user fee), but it's a valuable tool for determining prop size for a particular vessel. Has many different entering arguments (hull shape, waterline length, displacement, etc.), and is quite accurate (in our opinion) in determining prop diameter and pitch. If one is constrained by prop diameter (as in our cases), one can enter the limitations and arrive at a proper sized prop. You may want to check it out.
Back in May, we received the
following from Tom McMaster
and Rose Hansmeyer of
“Well we made it to
There is something about making
passage with seeing no other humans around in such a populated world, watching
the sun/moon/stars dance, the illumination in the water created by our wake,
the changes created by wind/sea, the time to contemplate life, etc. What
happens next is unknown other than we plan on putting Sojourn on the hard at Green
Cove Springs Marina in
May you live your dreams! THANKS
for all your support over the last 7 years while we were on our AMAZING journey
with Sojourn! Life is full of changes you learn to accept. Please keep us
posted as to your lives/dreams as we really want to stay in touch with
Rose & Tom
SHEARWATER Heading ‘South” Again This Fall (November, 2013)!
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.
Current offerings include:
"I am moving up to a larger boat, and would like to sell KUMA. She is lying ashore in Antigua BWI. I have recently painted the topsides, overhauled the engine, rebuilt the stern gland. She has had the cockpit rebuilt with oak frames (the core was damp) and I have removed the wheel and water heater. She is ready to sail.
She is sold as seen $25k.”
Please e- mail me at email@example.com
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
Phone - Cell (973) 332-5701
Email: rtATwasmerschroeder.com (replace AT with @)
Eneida Likes at (386) 956-0595
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Owner Anxious - Make Offer.
Contact: Charles Deakyne. 410-647-6674, Email email@example.com
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)
Sandy Romer, who recently sold TUMBLEWEED (her "Alberg 37 Cousin", a Cape Dory 36), has some cruising gear for sale.
Looks like no-one needs anything!!!
Web Sites of Interest
We recently ran across an add in ‘Professional BoatBuilder’ magazine, describing an ‘ultrasonic device’ to avoid algae and barnacles on boat hulls, which sounds quite interesting:
The device is listed as the “HARSONIC ULTRASOUND DEVICE, a very powerful device to keep the hull of your boat clean WITHOUT taking it out of the water and WITHOUT cleaning it every year. This means you don’t have to put new antifouling every year !! The interior system has a fixed transducer inside the hull which is connected to the electronic box. The system works completely automatically.” The following links apply:
HARSONIC UltraSound (Manufacturer located in Belguim)
American Ultrasonics (Harsonics dealer in the
Does anyone have any experience with this device??
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. 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.
A-37 IOA participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT
Have a great Alberg 37 SUMMER!!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in
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