Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
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VOL 25, NO. 3 (Summer 2015) 30 JUNE 2015




                            2015 Fall Rendezvous Has Been Cancelled!


Upcoming Rendezvous Event

(The 23rd Annual)





(Labor Day Weekend)

(Boats may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
 at the


Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico River  
1006 Brook Ave.

Kinsale , VA.


Virginia’s Beautiful and Historic Northern Neck)


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

 Click Here for Previous Rendezvous Write-ups and Photos

If you plan to attend, please contact us at the above email/phone number no later than 1 August, 2015.



Message From The A-37 Editors, etc…..


SHEARWATER is still on the hard at Bock Marine , near Beaufort, NC.  We’ve finished the prop-shaft repairs, but discovered a 4” crack on the leading edge of her rudder which needs attention. 


There is no discernable movement when one tries to move the rudder sideways by grabbing the bottom of the rudder and pulling.... (and the rudder pin has no 'slop' in the shoe, as several years ago we replaced the worn pin). Since, from seeing photos of A-37 rudders dis-assembled, and from doing some exploratory drillings (with a 1/8" drill) years ago, the bottom rudder stock appears to only be about 12" or less in length, we feel quite 'uncomfortable' about this crack. Had planned on placing a fiberglass 'patch' over the crack using some 5" glass tape and epoxy, but think this is only a 'band aid' approach.



Sorry, but unfortunately, we neglected to take any photos of the crack…..


After consulting with ‘Kenny’ (Bock) the owner of the boatyard, we’ve had the rudder removed and it’s currently ‘in work’ by Kenny and his crew.  He felt that the rudder is quite repairable, so we decided to let them do the work.  We will be driving down to Beaufort sometime in July to check on the ‘In-Work Progress’.  


We hope to ‘resume’ our ‘southbound mission’ from Beaufort this fall (early October, 2015).  If all ‘works out’, we plan to spend several months in the Abacos (Bahamas) this winter….   That’s the reason we are scheduling the Fall Rendezvous in early September (Labor Day Weekend)……


Tom and Kaye back home in Kinsale, VA


Original Owner of PAT-SEA Passes

It is with deep regret and sadness that we report the passing of Bill Shrader on May 8th, 2015 at 2 A.M. in the morning.  Bill is survived by his wife Pat.  Bill and Pat were the owners of PAT-SEA, a 1979 ALBERG 37 MK-II YAWL, HULL ID #201, and sailed her for years in Lakes Erie and Ontario.


New Members

Welcome aboard to Martin van Houten, of Roadtown, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, the new owner of the 1968 MK-I Sloop CHRYSALIS, which is also berthed in Tortola.

(ED. Note: It's been years since we've heard from the previous owner(s) of CHRYSALIS (Mike Phelps and Miles Pilch) both of which listed the boat's location as Tortola, BVI. So we are 'assuming' that Martin obtained ownership of CHRYSALIS from Miles. We had once heard that CHRYSALIS had previously made a circumnavigation, (Mike Phelps) according to a Canadian Yachting article..... Interesting! We'd love to hear some more recent 'history' regarding CHRYSALIS.)


Welcome aboard to Harvey Robillard III of Fairport, NY, the owner of the 1984 MK-II Yawl LEEWAY II, (formerly owned by Wayne and Cindy Milroy of Oshawa, Ontario).  LEEWAY II will be berthed in Silver Marina, Forked River, NJ. 

(ED. Note: We recently heard the following from Harvey: “My Alberg 37 MKII Yawl lost her rudder off of the Jersey shore ……..  Had to be towed in to Barnegat Light by US Coast Guard. She is sitting on the hard at Silver Marina, Forked River, NJ.”)


Welcome aboard to Tim and Liz Brown, of Mattapoisett, MA, the new owners of LINDISFARNE II, a 1974 MK-II Yawl.  The boat is berthed in Mattapoisett, MA


Welcome aboard to Jorg Mattern of Dade City, FL, the new owner of the 1973 MK-II Yawl MAJA.  Jorg purchased the boat from Dick and Jo Murphie.  Jorg mentioned that MAJA is his ‘Project Boat’.  MAJA is located in Moore Haven, FL.


Welcome aboard to Gerry Dickson of Palm Coast, FL, the new owner of the 1977 MK-II Sloop ASATO MARU.  The boat is berthed at Ponce Inlet, FL.


Welcome aboard to James and Laurie Schwark, of Alpine, CA, the new owner of the 1969 Sloop KIKAO.  The boat was previously named WANESA.


Welcome aboard to Ryan Easter of Charlotte, NC.  Although an owner of an Alberg 37 (at least not yet!), he is actively looking for an Alberg 37, and has become quite familiar with the boat through all the contributions on the A-37 website made by A-37 IOA members.


(Ed. Note: As you can see we’ve recently had quite a few ‘turnovers’ of ownership of these ‘Good Old Boats’.  If for some reason we missed someone please let us know!)



Voyaging Tips

(Ed. Note: The following article recently appeared in the “Ocean Navigator’ Newsletter – to view the article, simply ‘click’ on the links below.)

Turning a boat in its own length
One of the useful things while voyaging is a technique called torque turns. These allow you to turn a boat 360 degrees in an area no longer than a boat length. We have employed torque turns on dozens of occasions to turn around our 45-foot
Liberty cutter Nine of Cups in a tight marina, or to line the boat up with a slip when there was no maneuvering room.

Continue reading...



News From Members

Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer, the owners of the 1985 MK-II Sloop  SOJOURN, recently announced that they are placing SOJOURN on the market (see the ‘For Sale’ section of the newsletter). 

(Ed. Note: Kaye and I spent a week in MN attending our oldest grandson’s high school graduation back in early June.  While in MN, we ‘got together for lunch’ with Tom and Rose near Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.  We’ve known Tom and Rose for years, and stopped by in Kinsale on their first ‘southbound’ cruise.  They spent the past year or so cruising the Bahamas, on their way back from the Caribbean, where they cruised for many years.)




Sieg and Holly Lehmann, of British Columbia recently sold CALIDRIS their 1979 MK-ll sloop. “After 18 years of ownership it was sad to see her go, but the new owners have great sailing plans for her.”




Wayne Steeves, of Lothian, MD, and the owner of JOYOUS, a 1974 MK-II Yawl recently sent the following ‘Testimonial’ via email of his use of COPPER COAT (High Performance 10+ Year Anti-Fouling System):


“I've had Coppercoat on my tartan 30 for 6 or 7 years now. Chose not to coat the lead keel to maintain a good lightning ground. Only short haul about every 3 years now but zero hard growth on bottom having done nothing to it while keel is loaded with hard growth. You do get some soft growth and the prop which isn't painted will still need cleaning but no more bottom painting. It's certainly paid for itself many times over at this point.


Coppercoat for the A37 is 9 kits and about 1200 bucks. You do have to remove all bottom paint down to barrier coat. I have seen Coppercoat bottoms at the 15+ year mark. Figure over 20 years you'll need to touch up the bottom (at 10 to 15 year mark) with 1 or 2 more kits so material cost ends up about 75 bucks per year annualized but reduced haul outs and almost no labor going forward gets your money back out in just a few years.


Reviews are very good but filter out the ‘armchair elitists’ with no product experience and those who mistake the now failed product Copperpoxy.  Market is saturated in the UK with a lot of boats approaching 20 years but growing here now.


Product is approved in strict California laws. Basically a formulated epoxy with pure copper powder suspended matrix. Once your old bottom paint is removed application is simple. Only trick is to scuff up the surface with a light sanding to expose the copper matrix after initial application cures fully. You only need do this once. Some folks early on failed to do so (read instructions) and claimed it didn't work which was easily corrected.


Hope that was helpful.  


I don't have any commercial involvement with the product - just a customer.


(ED. Note: We also have NO commercial involvement with this product – just passing the information along….!!!)




Bob Prescott, of Marshfield, MA, the owner of the 1980 MK-II Yawl THULE, recently reported on his ‘rudder problem’ which resulted in having a new rudder built by Foss Foam:

Billings Marine in Stonington, MD did all the contact with Foss after introductions were made. A few weeks ago we were in Maine. The fiberglass work was finished and all primed ready for AwlGrip but the boat was third in line to get in the paint shop after lobster boats. Lobster boats always win. The rudder arrived on a pallet and was not unpacked yet. They were waiting until she was in the travel lift to move to the paint shop. She must be picked up to remove or to install the rudder. So I don’t know if it fits. I will be there end of next week.

Billings Marine shipped the rudder to Foss to eliminate uncertainty. The rudder has a bronze internal structure but it was bent and not reusable. Walker said that currently available bronzes cannot be bent like the original so they use Stainless Steel……..

Regards, Bob”




Bob and Cheryl Seaver of Winsted, CT, the owners of the WIND SONG, their 1973 MK-II Yawl are in the process of a major refit!  They recently wrote: “Thanks so much for getting back to us about the water tankage. At this point, we're probably going with a bladder tank/tanks forward, but we have considered building an integral tank in the future, just no time for it now. We will be replacing the smaller tank mid ships with a plastic tank (we still have that tank in one piece, so we can measure it's capacity) We have really jumped into refitting Wind Song with both feet; it's going to look a lot worse before it gets better, but she is well worth the time and effort.


Thanks again. All the best to you !


Cheryl and Bob”



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 Visit The A-37 Website For The Latest Listings

(Ed. Note: Several Alberg 37s have recently changed hands – so there are people out there looking for these great boats.)


FOR SALE:  NANCY ANN,  1978 MK-II 2 hull # 189.

Contact Nick Valci at (954) 330-7711 



Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer have owned SOJOURN since the late 1999. 

Fresh water boat until 2006. The first owner used it as a cabin. We are the second owner. Blue water CRUISE ready as we completed ours in 2013. New barrier coat and bottom paint. See EXTENSIVE inventory of items that ALL work. Own an affordable classic comfortable cruiser for a fraction of the cost of any comparable sailboat.  Boat located in Green Cove Springs, Florida.  

Contact Tom and Rose or  612-402-0817



The original owners of PAT- SEA , are offering their 1979 MK-II Yawl for sale.  The boat has never been in salt water (only sailed in Lakes Erie and Ontario ).  The boat has always been kept at Smith Boys Marina in Tonawanda, NY, where the engine and much of the maintenance work has been professionally performed. The hull has the original gel-coat which is in good condition.


(Click Here For A 'Slide Show' of PAT SEA - this is a somewhat large file, and may take a few minutes to load)


Some of the highlights of PAT-SEA include:

- Deluxe Teak Interior

- Bimini with Front And Side Covers

- Extra Dodger

- Spinnaker Pole

- Mizzen Staysail

- Mizzen Sail

- Single Luff Spinnaker Sail

- Mainsail

- 110 % Jib

- 150% Jib

- Hood Roller Furling

- MD-11C Volvo Engine

- New Stainless Steel Exhaust System

- Adler Barber Refrigerator

- Custom Made Cradle

- Custom Made Tarp/Cover – New 2014

- CQR and other Anchors

- New Thru-Hulls and Seacocks

- Macerator


For additional information, please contact:

 Mr. Michael Lonco at (561) 685-3500


FOR SALE: 1974 Alberg 37 MK-II Yawl, TRUANT III - Hull #129: Truant III is returning from a two year cruise. She has had extensive upgrades in preparation for this cruise. All systems onboard are in good working order and she is cruise-ready. Currently in the Bahamas, heading north on the US east coast in May to arrive in her home port Halifax, Nova Scotia by mid-June. This boat has spent most of her cruising life on the Great Lakes.

Truant III Under Sail



  All sails in good condition. 100% jib by Hood. Mainsail fully battened, two reef points by North Sails. Mizzen fully batten, one reef point by North Sails. Genoaker new condition by North Sails. Storm jib, new condition.



Furling Headstay, Removable Baby stay for storm jib, running backstays on mizzen. Whisker pole, primary winches:2 Lewmar 44 self-tailing.




Volvo Penta model 2003 27 hp. 3 cylinder, fresh water cooled. Low hours, installed new in 1982, 3 blade fixed propeller. All new Groco seacocks (2013). Jabasco electric water pump (2013).Jabasco accumulator tank (2013).Potable water lines replaced with Pex piping and filtration system installed in 2013.



Custom made heavy duty anchor roller,555 Simpson Lawrence manual windlass,55lb Rocna primary anchor with 220 ft. 5/16 G4 high tensile chain, secondary anchor-Fortress FX16 30 ft. 3/8 chain and 200 ft 3/4 inch nylon rode.



Plastimo binnacle mounted compass, Raymarine C-90 wide screen multi function display including Canada, US, Caribbean and Bermuda charts, Raymarine 35 mile digital radar,ST4000 wheel autopilot,ST60 speed instrument,St60 depth instrument,St60 Wind instrument. Monitor self steering windvane. Standard Horizon VHF radio with Digital Selective calling and ram mike in cockpit. ICOM SSB radio and tuner model 718 (2013).JVC stereo AM FM receiver and CD player. Bluesea distribution panel,285 watts mono-crystalline solar panels and Morningstar solar charge controller with remote display(2013).Batteries-Trojan T105 (2013), 2 banks for a total of 440 amp hrs.Inverter-1750 watt Eliminator.



Airtop 2000 forced hot air diesel heater (0.2 liters per hr).



Force10 3 burner propane stove with oven and broiler.17lb. composite propane tank with galley controlled solenoid shut off (2014).Fridge-WAECO cold machine with small freezer (2013).



Custom made heavy duty cradle, custom made canvas winter cover with aluminum framing.



8 ft Bombard RIB (Zodiac) fiberglass bottom, no patches, no leaks. 2.5 hp 4 stroke Yamaha outboard.



Viking valise style 4 man-needs inspection.

Price $51,000 US dollars. 

 Click here for more information and photos,

Contact Seller at: (Replace "AT " with "@ " to avoid 'Spam')



FOR SALE: Alberg 37 Sloop, 1975, Hull #142, MAGGY FIELDS IV.


Offshore cruising features:

-         CAPE HORN wind vane steering.

-         ICOM M802 Ham/ marine SSB transceiver.

-         Removable inner forestay.

-         Storm jib and storm trysail.

-         Macerator pump.

-         Furling main and genoa.


Lying at Etobicoke Yacht Club, Toronto, ON.

Asking $45000 (Cdn), and worth every penny.

(Click Here For Photo)

For a detailed inventory contact:

Gord Martin, PH/TXT 416 399 2349 (Replace AT with @)




FOR SALE : KUMA - 1971 Alberg 37 MK-II Yawl (Hull # 78 - Owned By Peter McIntosh)

"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

(Click Here To View a Few Photos Of KUMA)




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

(Click here for link to photos)



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.

(Posted 5/21/2011)




FOR SALE1975 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

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Gear For Sale
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Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)


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. 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 SUMMER!!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale , VA

1006 Brook Ave.

Kinsale , VA 22488 (replace AT with @)