ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
Visits since 6 October, 2013
Visits since 6 October, 2013
The 21st Annual
2013 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
The 21st 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 28-29, 2013.
MISCHIEF, Kip and Linda Newbould's 1970 MK-I Yawl, and HERON, Rob and Julie Lee’s 1981 MK-II Yawl, were the only Alberg 37s in attendance for the Rendezvous. Our (Tom and Kaye Assenmacher’s) boat, SHEARWATER, is on the hard at Westland Marina in Titusville, FL awaiting our return in early November for launch are return to the Abacos for the winter.
Also arriving (drive-ins)
were A-37 owners Henk and Wendy DeVries of Cobourg,
Others attending the Rendezvous were friends/neighbors:
Becky and Jerry Knop of Reisterstown, MD; Lou and
The early Fall weather was GREAT! 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 (we -Tom and Kaye- are 'oyster gardeners') were roasted over an open fire-pit, followed by an outdoor hot dog and hamburger BBQ on the back deck. Fortunately, friend of all (and previous A-37 owner) Becky Knop - was able to attend this year's event, so we DID have Becky's famous and ‘fabulous’ 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. Those who were still here enjoyed another pot luck dinner in the early afternoon. A great time was had by all!!
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Rendezvous Photo Slideshow
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Welcome aboard to Doug Savage of
(ED Note: SOLA GRATIA has a ‘somewhat interesting past history’.)
Welcome aboard to Duncan Curry of
News From Members
Following the Rendezvous, Rob and Julie Lee of
Julie, Rob and Kaye
HERON Prepares To Get Underway!
‘Bon Voyage’ To HERON And Her Crew!
and Julie plan to return to the Kinsale area in about a week or so – Julie will
fly back to
Back in early September, we
received the following from John Hughes,
I've got a bit of trivia for you and the A37 list about my Westerbeke 4-107.
Last summer I had cooling problems a couple of times -- basically it seemed as if the raw water pump was losing its prime. I'd pour a little water into the raw-water filter, it'd "catch", and I'd be on my way. This summer, motoring against a strong flood out of the river where Sarah's moored, the engine started to overheat even though I knew we'd been pumping cooling water 5 minutes earlier (I check every time I start up). We picked up a mooring, let her cool, and headed slowly back to our own mooring a little later.
Several hours of disassembly and tests later, I'd figured out that the problem was between the raw water pump and the heat exchanger, i.e., somewhere near the oil cooler. I extracted the oil cooler, brought it home, and started removing hoses when I found that the 45-degree elbow where the raw water enters the cooler was amazingly clogged (photos below). When I broke up the blockage, I found several bits of impeller blade (from the former owner, I believe!) (see last photo). Clearly the thing had been getting more and more sclerotic over the 20-some years I've owned it. Live and learn.
The surprising thing is that even through the tiny hole in the blockage, I was getting enough water to hear/see a health "sploosh" of water in the exhaust every second or two at idle. This gives me new faith in the strength of that old Sherwood pump. :) It also makes me realize that I should not only check the cooling water flow at idle, but once again when underway.
(ED. Note:. These old Perkins-based engines are great, but they do sometimes give some problems. On our Kubota based engine (which we installed in 2002 to replace the old Volvo 2 Cyl MD-2B), we've not had any cooling problems, but we periodically check all the cooling system hoses, and we dis-assemble the heat exchanger every several years to check for clogged passages, and general condition - so far no problems.)
Also, Brad later wrote: “I built my rudder, replaced my drive shaft, did the stuffing boxes, etc. I ended up building my own forms rather than try to split the shell in half. I could share all this, but I need to put some words to the pictures. I will check out the blogs. I tried the greatloop.org site. It seems to cater to power boats. http://captainjohn.org is the site that made me a bit nervous, stating that you should have a maximum of 5 foot draft and 4 feet is better. My A37 is ready to sail, but I'm waiting until spring. I may have to do engine work.
(ED. Note: We have several friends who have recently done the Great Loop both by sail (not an Alberg 37) and by Grand Banks Trawler. They indicated that with all the flooding the past several years, shoaling, and the lack of funding to maintain facilities, they would not make the ‘Great Loop’ Cruise again.)
Back in late August, we
received a note from Wayne Bower, of
Have we had anyone doing a repair of the Antiskid on an Alberg? I have an area of the Port side antiskid that I'd like to sand down and redo. Since the pattern of the antiskid is so simple, I think the best way to handle it would be to remove the old via sanding and then reapply the new gel. Then after letting it get a little tacky, roll it with something like a small rough paint roller. The one question I have is how to keep the gel from sticking to the roller. I've used mold release wax before, but I don't see how this would work on a paint roller. If you have any ideas, pass them along.”
(ED Note: We've heard a lot of good comments about "KIWI GRIP" (http://www.pachena.com/KiwiGrip_Great.asp), although we have yet to actually see it used.
Back in 2005 when we sent
SHEARWATER back up to
Rowan Murdoch, the owner of the 1980 MK-II Sloop HENRY, is heading ‘south’ from
SHEARWATER Heading ‘South” Again This Fall (November, 2013)!
We have been busy preparing
all the ‘boat stuff’ we need to transport back down to
Kaye has been doing some ‘home canning’ of food items (meat-loaf; chicken; ground beef; spaghetti sauce; etc.) for the cruise. (See ‘Canning For Cruising’ article in the ‘Project Database’ section of the A-37 website.)
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:
(Click Here To View A Few Photos Of MISS NETTIE)
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 @)
Manufacturer -Alberg (
Year - 1977
Length Overall - 37 ft 2 in
Waterline Length - Beam - 10 ft 2 in
Draft - 5 ft 6 in
Dry Weight: 16800 lbs
Completely refurbished and upgraded. “A perfect 10”. If you are a
fan of Swedish racing yacht designer Carl Alberg, this is a rare find. Nearly
$50,000 in refurbishment and upgrades in last two years including over
$20k in new sails, mast upgrades (Awlgrip coated aluminum with folding steps,
Windex vane, LED navigation lights, and new Seledon boom), and rigging (converted from yawl to sloop).
Original sails and hardware for yawl rigging also included. New state of the art electronics and
navigation equipment including Garmin
Or email email@example.com
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Owner Anxious - Make Offer.
Contact: Charles Deakyne.
410-647-6674, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Dan Lord at: 978 462 1112
(Check out the Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)
Sandy Romer, who sold TUMBLEWEED (her "Alberg 37 Cousin", a Cape Dory 36), has some cruising gear for sale.
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
Aries or Monitor windvane
for my A37 ‘HENRY’. Currently in
The Crew of
SHEARWATER Cruises (By Land)
(In order to
avoid the HHH – Hazy/Hot/Humid –
We had a great trip to the
Canadian Maritime Provinces (
For the most part, the weather was near perfect - we had rain the first couple of days of our trip, but then the weather cleared for the rest of the trip. The nights were in the mid-50's, with the days in the mid-70's to low 80's. A couple of mornings we ran the propane heater in the camper to take the chill off.
Our first visit was with
Bahama Cruising Friends Bob and Lana Corkum who live near
The 'White Marshmallow' is our Casita - the Pop-Up belongs to Lou and Jean
While in the
Harlie and Betty's Home
Some Of The 'Abaco Group' At Harlie and Betty's
(There were 7 'Casita Type' campers at the Lunenburg Campground! Possibly a 'world's record)!
One Of The Outdoor Venues At Lunenburg
From Lunenburg, we then
visited (and stayed with) our friends (who used to own an Alberg 37) Sonny and
Petra Power who live in
View Of The
From Mulgrave, we then
'Meat Cove' Campground At Northern Tip Of
(The last 6 miles are on a gravel road, and VERY HILLY!)
We also spent one afternoon at the 'Gaelic College' (http://gaeliccollege.edu/) in St. Ann's, NS, just north of Baddeck where we attended a 'Cape Breton Fiddlers' Festival (outdoor) (http://www.capebretonpost.com/News/Local/2013-08-18/article-3355656/Fiddlers-shine-on-Gaelic-College-outdoor-stage-in-St.-Anns/1).
The 'Campus' At The
We finally left Baddeck on
Monday 19 August, and began the long trek back to Kinsale. We arrived back in
Kinsale on Friday, 23 August. We could have spent another week in
(Taken from the
Forty Nine (49) years ago, we
made basically the same trip through
We had a great trip, no breakdowns, and drove 3979 miles on the trip. Fortunately, the grass had not grown much over the 3+ weeks we were gone, and so didn't have that much work to do (but there's always work to do) when we arrived back home.
Who says we don't have fun back home in Kinsale!!
(TJ chipping the accumulated 'brush pile')
Man, was it
(BUT, Every Day Is The BEST
British Quote During WW-II
TJ and Kaye
P.S. The Canadian
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Have a great Alberg 37 FALL!!!
Tom and Kaye
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