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ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION

C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488
EMAIL: a37ioa@sylvaninfo.net

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VOL IX, NO. 1

January 5, 1999


News from Members

Jack Meehan wrote in mid December from New Smyrna Beach, FL, while in transit, after 7 consecutive years of cruising, he and Janet are planning to sell SERENITY and buy a trawler. Jack is interested in taking on crew at various times. Anyone interested in crewing with Jack should contact him at 1-800-8011, ext. 8551.

Wayne Bower is about finished with the construction of a hard dodger for TEELOK. Wayne first constructed a wood and Formica mold for the fiberglass layup process. A three year project, he completed the glass layup this summer, and now has the dodger ready for painting.

Bob Grindahl (NARCISA) wrote that in late season he had some problems with leaking diesel fuel. He traced it to the high pressure fuel line connection at the injector pump (VOLVO MD-2B). He removed the fuel lines and one appeared to be cracked. Bob ordered new lines from the local Volvo-Penta dealer and a few days later was informed that Volvo no longer makes fuel lines for that engine. Bob finally found a company that could fabricate the lines.

During the course of these repairs, Bob needed to fabricate a tubing wrench. He used an old "box end" wrench of the correct size that he had on hand, and using a Dremel tool with a fibre cut-off wheel attached, cut a slot slightly larger that the fuel line pipe diameter. The tool has now been added to his on-board tool kit for those special times when only the correct device will work.

Peter and Susan Boyadjian (INIA) noted that in the list of specifications contained in the previous newsletter, that they were surprised to find that the A-37 draft is spec’d at 5’-6". Peter has determined by measurement that INIA’s draft is 6’-2" (other owners also concurring). (Ed. Note: A lot depends on how she’s loaded, and how much water the hull has absorbed. Several years ago, we hauled SHEARWATER for the winter, and it seemed like she sat higher in the water when we re-launched her. Now, if you were to see Brian and Kathy Marsh’s TUNDRA when she left our dock at the end of October, being FULLY loaded, she probably drew 6’-10" especially in the stern.)

Deirde and Peter Ireland who live aboard WINDPIPER, announce that they have recently moved to the Stone Marina in Nanaimo, BC. They wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Dan and Rita Stuart inform us that their research show that FALCON was Kurt Hanson’s personal boat, built to his specifications. Dan says that she appears to be a bit different from the other A-37s he has seen. Dan has been unable to determine FALCON’s hull number, as it’s not embossed in the hull. (Ed. Note: Does anyone have knowledge of FALCON’s hull number? We would guess that it’s one of the first production boats, as she was supposedly built in 1967. Also, I believe Kurt made one or more trans-Atlantic voyages in an A-37. We’d love to have some photos of FALCON to include in the newsletter.)

Bill and Norma Marchant report that their yawl, SUNNY, spends her days on a mooring in the harbour at Baddeck, NS. She is only used as a daysailer now, but perhaps she will be traveling again. Bill and Norma passed through the Chesapeake Bay area in April 1994 on their way south when we met them in Solomons. (Ed. Note: Our notes indicate you were traveling with 2 children and a cat – guess the kids are grown by now, and do you still have the cat??)

Brian and Kathy Marsh left TUNDRA at our dock in Kinsale for several weeks in October, prior to their departing for points south, while they attended their son’s wedding in British Columbia.

Brian left a few A-37 "goodies" with us including some of TUNDRA’s standing rigging (in good condition). If someone needs some standing rigging for a sloop, contact us at Kinsale. Brian offered it to the membership for the price of a small donation plus shipping.

If anyone is interested in following the travels of Brian and Kathy, you can find their news at the following web site: http://www.interchg.ubc.ca/coulthrd/tundra.html

Ed Goveia recently wrote that he has sold ESTORIL to Ian Cheeseman of Kingston, Ont. We hope that Ian will join all of us in the A-37 IOA. Ed mentioned that the advertising of ESTORIL in the newsletter resulted in several inquiries.

Robert and Linda Grindahl had an interesting event happen to them on their annual cruise to the North Channel of Lake Huron. The wind was light and they were behind schedule so they decided to motor sail. While doing so, they heard a sharp metallic click, but couldn’t determine its source. A short time later, they were alarmed to notice the engine (VOLVO MD2B, S/N 31422) was not running well, saw that the engine temperature was red-lined, and immediately shut the engine down.

After opening the engine compartment, it was apparent there was a problem, since unburned diesel and diesel particulate matter coated the area. It was encouraging that the engine started since that indicated that it wasn’t damaged by the overtemp, but it ran very roughly.

After removing the air intake "horns" and hand cranking the engine while holding a hand over the air intake; first #1 cylinder, then #2, one could feel a "sucking", followed by a slight "poof", while on #2 one could only feel the "sucking". They speculated that the intake valve must not be fully closing. Subsequently, the #1 cylinder head was removed and it was noticed that there was something stuck in the intake valve.

The object was about 2 cm X 6 cm and looked like expanded metal. It turned out that a portion of the expanded metal grid holding the air cleaner element (in the horn) had been ingested into the cylinder head.

The valves were removed and appeared not bent, but the exhaust valve seat was burnt and leaking (which helped explain why the engine had been difficult to start). Following a bit of machine shop work on the head and awaiting the delivery of the necessary gaskets and air intake horn, the engine was placed back into satisfactory service. Bob mentioned that the cost of the parts and labor was approximately $300 US.

Bob also mentioned that later in the sailing season, while in Browning Cove, two other A-37s and an A-30 entered the anchorage – Bill Copeland (ANDREA II), Dick Wilke (IOLANTHE) and Jack and Joyce Bailey (A-30 SWIFT WING). When they were leaving the North Channel, they decided to spend a few days in the Benjamin Islands, where they met Geoff and Nell Dunthorne (WANESA) who were moving their boat to Niagara on the Lake.

The Dunthorne’s are offering WANESA (Hull # 46) for sale. Bob also promises to write more A-37 stories from the North Channel.

(Ed. Note: We have had the same engine model aboard SHEARWATER apart several times (did the work ourselves), once for a blown head gasket and another time for a top end overhaul/rod bearings) and found the parts to be extremely expensive. We found the cylinder wall thickness at the top of the cylinder/cylinder head mating area to be quite thin due to corrosion/erosion (sea water cooled). We’d be interested in the condition of your engine in this area (and if it is sea water cooled).

Todd and Natalie Stebleton report that COPPERHEAD (1967, # 17), is a well preserved example of the early A-37s. Additional improvements that are planned are a holding tank and storage for propane tanks. {Ed. Note: They are looking for recommendations for these two items – We installed a small holding tank in the port side V-berth drawer area (we have a Mk II version). We also have 2 small 5# propane bottles stowed in a cockpit sole locker that is installed aft of the tiller head (which is the standard A-37 propane storage location). We have seen installations where 2 –10# bottles are stowed vertically in the same area with a minor height modification to the standard locker (Brian Marsh’s TUNDRA). Other possibilities are a gas tight vented locker in the lazarette or cockpit lockers – any other help out there, contact Todd at (904) 615-8240}

Todd and Natalie occupy a slip at the Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona Beach, which is state-of-the-art and is directly on the ICW. They highly recommend it to any members who are headed south, as the historic downtown is one block away with numerous shops and restaurants in the area. Contact Todd and Natalie if you wish to know more about the area.

Clare Wegert (BLUE SIX, 1967, #2) had requested information on the source of Albin engine water impellers. He had subsequently found a source (at $77/impeller): AME Ship Equipment, 3464 NW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33142 (305) 635-2401 (not real sure of the phone number). This company also carries other parts for the Albin. (Ed. Note: How many A-37’s had the Albin??? Are any still in service?)

Welcome to the Following New Members

Alain and Judy Redder, together with their 2 daughters, LuLu and Josey are looking forward to this summer to enjoy their new purchase, SPIRIT (1968-#33). Their cruising plans for this season are to stay in the Long Island Sound to Block Island area, as they become acquainted with SPIRIT.

The previous owner, Richard Miller, had made some well needed upgrades, including the standing rigging, a new 50 HP Perkins, holding tank and most of the through hull fittings. This winter and spring they plan to Algrip the topsides, clean the teak below decks, and repaint the interior. Topside maintenance includes rebedding stanchions, replacing lifelines and installing a hatch over the main salon. A genoa roller furling system and a folding cabin table are also planned. (Ed. Note: Alain is looking for ideas regarding a center hatch and the folding table and is looking for suggestions.)

Stewart Clatterbaugh of Hagerstown, MD recently bought John Bax’s IMMUNITY. Stewart had IMMUNITY delivered to Baltimore in October, where Stewart he plans to get her squared away in anticipation of the 1999 sailing season on the Chesapeake Bay.

Bill Kellet, while not yet owning an A-37, has joined the association in anticipation of finding the "right" A-37. Good luck in your search. Check our for sale list, as there are several new additions.

Todd and Candace Clift (HERON, 1981 yawl, #226) had the good fortune to meet Dan Sullivan (previous owner of INISFAIL) when they sailed into Salem harbor over the Halloween weekend. Recognizing that HERON was an A-37, Dan ran down from his office with a fresh copy of the A-37 newsletter. Noticing that HERON was absent from the roster, he suggested that they join the Association.

Todd and Candace have owned and lived aboard HERON for 3-1/2 years. They have re-powered (Yanmar 38 HP), installed a new propane system (including Force 10 cooking and heating stoves), and have also installed many navigation electronics (GPS, autopilot and radar). Much still remains to be done including cabinetry, new water heater, diesel forced-air heater, Awlgrip, bow roller, etc.

Todd and Candace look forward to becoming involved and contributing members. They will gladly share their experiences and look forward to tapping member’s advice for their future projects. They have also indicated interest in establishing an A-37 web site.

Winter Rendezvous

The 1999 A-37 Winter Rendezvous is planned for Saturday evening, 6 March, 1999 at Harrison’s Chesapeake House on Route, 33, Tilghman, MD. on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The evening’s festivities will begin at about 6:30 PM with cocktails, with dinner at about 7:30 PM. Harrison's is a casual, laid back restaurant and hotel near Tilghman Island, on the Chesapeake, featuring some of the best seafood on the bay. We would like to see a good turnout for the event, so please contact us if you can attend. Harrison’s also has overnight accommodations for those who would like to spend a get-away weekend. Please let Kaye and I know by February 15 if you can attend, so we can make arrangements. (See the attached Winter Rendezvous flyer for more details.)

Cutless Maintenance
Excerpts from the
Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 One-Design Association’s Mainsheet

If you cut the bearing a little long so that there is " remaining out of the housing, and pull the bearing immediately after hauling while the bearing is still wet between the bearing and the housing and the salt crystals have not yet wedged the bearing in, it will come right out after you release the lock screws, with a channel lock and just a twist (give the bearing a light coat of Teflon grease before installing).

If you cut the bearing long, ensure that it does not interfere with the prop and there is enough space for the cooling/lubricating water to exit the aft side of the bearing.

If your shaft is old, have it measured, as it will wear down over the years and will then start out loose in a new bearing.

Install a grease (zerk) fitting into the body of the stuffing box packing gland. It involves drilling and tapping a 1/8" NPT thread, then install the grease fitting. The ideas is to squirt some grease when laying boat up for long periods to avoid having to close down the packing gland to stop drips.

Normally, there is more cutless wear in the vertical plane than in the horizontal plane.

BRIGHTLINGSEA II Update
By Tom and Agnes Westran

Tom and Agnes Westran recently provided us an update on BRIGHTLINGSEA II’s progress:

"We spent the winter waiting out Northers in Ft. Pierce and can report that a tornado does sound like a freight train, as one passed about mile from us, which was quite close enough. After two months in Ft. Pierce, and a further six weeks in Lake Worth waiting for weather, we made a great crossing to the Bahamas in Mid-May. We did not think water could be so clear or so blue.

Our short stay in the Bahamas was all we expected it to be, warm and clear and blue, which applied to the water and air equally. Socially it was also a very active time. Regatta Tim in Abaco (RTIA) was great fun. Five races, three lay days and eight parties, followed by a week of rest. This is an annual event run around the July holidays, starting with Canada Day, July 1 and extending to the Bahamas Independence Day, July 10. BRIGHTLINGSEA II did not compete but her skipper did. I hope the Albergers will forgive me for crewing on a Moorings 463 (Beneateau). We had one 1st, a 2nd, a 5th, and two 8th places in our Mother Tub (cruising fleet).

I have to get in a plug for one piece of gear that performed admirably in the Bahamas. Our E-Z Cold refrigeration system maintained below freezing temperatures in the freezer section in 90+F temperatures. The boat also stayed remarkably comfortable in the high temperatures. The combination of the 11(?) opening ports, two hatches and an awning kept things comfortable. I would advise anyone with a MK-I A-37 to install a hatch in the main salon, if this modification has not already been done.

BRIGHTLINGSEA II finally got to show her true colours in mid July on a 76 hr (anchor up to docked) trip from Green Turtle Cay to Charleston. It was a super sail in a wide range of conditions and the boat and crew performed perfectly. The Captain did have a bit of mal de mer, being a bit macho, he did not think it necessary to continue with the GRAVOL as did the crew. The trip started off in light 8-10 knots and 6-8 foot seas and finished off in light air and an ebbing tide as we motor sailed into Charleston. One expected feature was discovered on the trip, there are SOUTH flowing currents near the Gulf Stream. I was surprised to find the Speed Over Ground (SOG) drop to under 3 knots when the boat speed was over 4.5 knots, as I expected to be getting a boost with the current. A check of the Pilot Charts, which I should have consulted earlier, showed a rather strong counter current flowing on the eastern edge of the Gulf Stream, northwest of the islands.

After another pleasant stay in Charleston, it was time for more adventures, hurricanes and tropical storms this time. We rod out Bonnie in Cricket Cove Marina in Little River, SC. The management and staff took great care of us. The boat came through unscathed and I learned some more about the importance of chaffing gear. Three of the 18 lines securing BRIGHTLINGSEA II showed signs of melting where they passed through the chocks. These were the few lines I did not protect from chafe. The friction melted and fused the nylon into a solid mass. A 50+ foot power yacht next to us had the same problem and had a couple of lines snap. He had even more lines securing his boat so everything stayed put. The remnants of Tropical Storm Earl put our Delta anchor to the test. By the time I decided to set a second anchor, it was a bit late to get out in the dingy. In 18+ hours of 30-35 knot winds with regular gusts in the 40’s the single Delta on 3/8 inch chain held her in one place.

Much of the fall was spent on engine repairs. Despite having spent a great deal of money having our Westerbeke 40 rebuilt, including all the gaskets and seals, it had proven to be very incontinent. It finally reached the point that something just had to be done, and be done by someone who cared about the outcome, yours truly. Despite being told by a Westerbeke dealer that my oil cooler was not leaking and the source of my problems were elsewhere, I rechecked the cooler, found a hairline crack where the bracket was fastened, replaced the cooler and now for the first time since the rebuild can go between oil changes without adding over a quart.

We are now back in Charleston where I expect we will stay for the winter. It’s one of our favorite cities and this time we want to stay long enough to do it justice.

We also are considering making another major change in our life style. The cruising/live aboard life has been nothing but a positive experience but there are many other things we want to do. A boat is a very demanding mistress and precludes us from doing some of the other things we want to do while we still can. We would be willing to sell BRIGHTLINGSEA II to someone who would give her a good home and who recognizes the value of the boat. We will be asking significantly less than we have invested in her. If a fair deal cannot be made, we will likely find a place to store her during the summers and sail her during the Southern Winters.

We will be spending most or all of the winter in Charleston at the City Marina, and would be glad to show off our pride and joy. Just give us a few days notice by leaving a message at (613) 769-4034.

HAPPY NEW Year,

Tom and Agnes Westran

News from Lake Huron
Quoted from a letter from Dick Wilke (10/16/98)

"I wanted to drop you a note before we head south, to tell you about an alarming discovery I made after launching IOLANTHE this spring. I was lubricating the seacocks with a grease gun with flexible hose, after temporarily installing 1/8" grease fittings. In doing so, I checked the hoses, and found cracks developing in the port cockpit drain hose. In trying to remove it, I pulled on the copper or red brass fabricated fitting which also serves as the sink and scupper drain. I was amazed to see it crack open!

Our boat was kept on a mooring on Long Island Sound for the first 5 years, and I suspect that the constant presence of salt spray took it’s toll of this fitting. Fortunately, one of our club members has a hardware and plumbing shop nearby, and opened it for me on a Sunday morning so I could rummage through his stock of bronze plumbing fittings and copper pipe, and assemble enough parts to make a replacement fitting. I used two propane torches at once to heat the fittings and sweat them together, starting with the large tee and working outward. I was later able to get some hose at an industrial hose distributor. I also replaced the scupper drain hoses at the same time. I mention this because our members may want to check these fittings for possible deterioration, because their failure at sea could present a serious problem. Incidentally, Cruising World magazine had a good article several months ago on various metals and their suitability for marine applications.

In August I sailed up the Michigan shore of Lake Huron with Fred Geburt, a 77 year old Canadian friend as crew. He and his wife had a sailboat for 30 years, and he was great company. We anchored in Presque Isle Harbor, and hiked around the area until my daughter Linda and friend sue Ross arrived from Grand Rapids. They joined me for a sail through the North Channel the second week. We sailed the Whalesback Channel, which is in the northern part of the North Channel, stopping a many of my favorite anchorages, such as Clara Island, Beardrop Harbor, Oak Bay, and the Benjamins. At Little Current we saw Frances Langford’s huge motor yacht, which had stopped to order 1200 gallons of diesel for their return trip to Florida!

We sailed to Browning Cove, arriving at dusk, and were greeted by Bob Grindahl from the A-37 yawl NARCISA, who invited us aboard for a drink. Bob and Linda were in this very cove when Gord Murphy (INTERLUDE) and I met them a year ago! They invited a Canadian couple from a 1969 A-37 sloop, and a retired doctor and wife from an A-30 anchored near us. Four Albergs in one little cove – it was quite an evening!

After a stop at Rattlesnake Harbor, with it’s fishing shacks in ruins, we had a grand sail to Tobermory, where we were met by my friends Fred Laidig, originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, who spent four years aboard ships as an electrician, and Terry O’Connor, who until recently owned a Catalina 3- next to us at our club. The women departed in Terry’s car, and the men sailed with me down the Canadian shore. We spent two nights in Stokes Bay, a wild place where a local cottager showed us a Mississauga Rattlesnake he had caught, and was about to release. We stayed out of the high grass on shore!

We also stopped Kincardine, where we heard the bagpiper at the top of the lighthouse playing the pipes at sunset.

At Bayfield, a lovely old town, we admired hundreds of sailboats in the river marinas, and hiked around the town. A tough slog to Lexington, Michigan in 20 knot winds and 5 ft seas wore us out, but we managed to dodge two thunderstorms just before arriving. Next morning the lake was like a millpond, and we had to motor down to Sarnia Yacht Club.

In case you hadn’t heard, Gord Murphy made it back to Sarnia in late summer, in spite of many mishaps during the past season. I hope he will send you an account of his adventures in the Bahamas, returning to Florida, and eventually Canada. I couldn’t begin to do them justice, but Gord prevailed in spite of many obstacles. He is truly a survivor!

Best wishes to all,

Dick Wilke

(Ed. Note: We had heard that Gord had made it back to Sarnia after his mis-adventures the past year. We understand that Gord towed his boat at least part way using his dinghy – an amazing feat, especially through the canals etc. Gord and Wendy spent several days with us about 4 years ago in Kinsale, on their trip south. They truly are a remarkable couple! We would love to hear from Gord and Wendy, and receive a firsthand account of losing INTERLUDE’s rudder, rudder improvisation, constructing a new rudder, and his engineless transit of the ICW.)

WANTED

Alberg 37 - Prefer but do not require; sloop, diesel, Mark 1 or 2, freshwater -in good to excellent condition. We want an A37 for the Great Lakes, fairly priced. We wish to buy before Summer '99. Any information to reach our goal will be sincerely appreciated.
 
CONTACT; Todd and Susan Heinrich, 11892 76TH ST South Haven, MI 49090
Ph. 616-637-7840 Fax. 616-637-4989
Email; heinrich@i2k.com

FOR SALE

We occasionally receive requests for A-37 ‘for sale’ lists, and we know of several A-37's that have changed ownership by word-of mouth and by reference to this list through our members. We maintain (or try to) an up-to-date list of A-37's that are being offered for sale. If you know of anyone looking for an A-37, have them contact us for a for sale list.

Recent offerings include:

Geoff and Nel Dunthorne are offering their A-37 WANESA for sale. (No mention whether she is a sloop or yawl, and no asking price.) Interested parties should contact Geoff and Nel at 284 David Street, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1T8, phone (705) 674-6853. (Provided by Bob Grindahl)

Fred and Phyllis Owen are still offering their 1978 sloop (#187), PRINCE MADOC, for $62,500 Canadian. She is located on the hard at Wiarton (Georgian Bay) Ontario. She comes cruise equipped (having made 6 trips south) and also has a steel cradle. If anyone knows of someone looking for a good, cruise equipped A-37 sloop, they should contact:

Fred and Phyllis Owen
1527 Gloucester Rd.
London, Ontario, Canada N6G 2S5
Tel: 519.858.1979

Tom and Agnes Westran are offering BRIGHTLINGSEA II (1967 sloop, #26). BRIGHTLINGSEA II has been extensively rebuilt and includes major recent upgrades in equipment. Tom and Agnes are living aboard her at the City Marina in Charleston, SC (see BRIGHTLINGSEA II article), where she may be seen. For further information, contact Tom and Agnes by leaving a phone message at (613) 769-4034, or contact us at Kinsale, and we will provide a hardcopy inventory that Tom provided to us. Tom and Agnes’ asking price for BRIGHTLINGSEA II is $65,000 US. (Ed. Note: Tom found BRIGHTLINGSEA II through the newsletter back in 1994. We’d love to find another caring owner via the newsletter.)

Wayne Bower (TEELOK) is offering his older model Aries windvane for sale. Wayne says it’s in good shape. He has replaced it with a new stainless model. If anyone is interested, contact Wayne at (301) 262-7257.

Jack Meehan is offering his 1978 Alberg 37 Yawl SERENITY, Hull # 196 for sale. Completely customized and upgraded in 1989 at Ted Brewer boatyard in Maine, SERENITY is a fully equipped offshore cruiser, and liveaboard in its seventh consecutive year of full time cruising. Medical reasons force switch to trawler. She is presently (December, 1998) in-transit and will winter in the Florida Keys. Jack is asking $55,000 US for quick sale. Jack may be contacted anytime at 1-800-674-8011 Extension 8551

WEB SITES

We recently ran across some more interesting cruising/sailing web sites:

An active set of maps and charts for regions of the US. This is a GOOD site. http://mapfinder.nos.noaa.gov/scripts/esrimap.dll?Name=MapServer&cmd=Start

Definitions and Mnemonics for Sailors and Powerboaters.
http://www3.fast.co.za/~alistair/mnemonic.htm
 
This web site is designed as a companion to SpinSheet, a monthly magazine published in Annapolis, MD. Founded in July, 1995, SpinSheet is the only magazine specifically devoted to Chesapeake Bay sailing.
http://www.spinsheet.com/
 
National Data Buoy Center – online weather observations from the weather buoys.
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/Maps/wrldmap.shtml

Speaking of web sites, Stuart Clatterbaugh (IMMUNITY) has offered to help design and host an Alberg 37 International Owners Association web site. Hopefully, we will have something on-line by the time the next newsletter is published. We welcome any links, suggestions, etc. for the web site.

SPINDRIFT
by the Editor

The purpose of the newsletter is to provide a vehicle for the exchange of ideas relating to our Alberg 37 experiences (good and bad), maintenance tips, cruising information and to maintain a roster of Alberg 37 owners.

We suggest a donation of $10.00 a year to cover costs of publishing the quarterly newsletter. We also might suggest to our Canadian members that they send either U.S. currency or a Canadian Postal Money Order payable in U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, in order to cash a check drawn on a Canadian bank (even if in U.S. funds), a $5.00 fee is charged.

You may have noticed a date on the label of the newsletter mailing. This is a reminder of when your donation is due to maintain the newsletter/association. Although we really hate to drop anyone off the roster and mailing list, it simply becomes prohibitive to continue distribution to those who do not share the cost burden. If you know of anyone who would like to become re-instated into the organization, have them contact us, and we will be glad to work with them.

Also, you should be aware of our group's agreement with BOAT U.S. whereby we get membership for half price ($8.50 vice $17.00) as members of a cooperating group. Please mention that 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. Boat U.S. membership is no longer required to make purchases from their stores or catalog, however, membership is still required for the purchase of boaters insurance.

We have A-37 IOC pennants for $29.00 U.S. which includes postage (yes, the cost from the manufacturer, "Sailbag Lady", has gone up). This is a very tastefully rendered and durable pennant.

We now have a dedicated A-37 IOA Email address: a37ioa@sylvaninfo.net

If you have email, please use it to communicate with us, as it will make assembling the newsletter much easier (we won’t need to rekey your letters).

We are soliciting any members having E-mail addresses and are willing to have them published in the newsletter/roster, to please send them to us. Also, if anyone would like to receive the newsletter via email attachment (MS WORD 97), please let us know, as this will save the Association a bundle in postage and Xerox costs.

We continually need maintenance articles, cruising tales, etc. for inclusion in the newsletter. Send us what you have and if you can send it to us in digital format (on a diskette) so much the better.

For those members transiting the Chesapeake Bay, please plan to stop by Kinsale for a few days (or longer). It's only about 10 miles off the Bay (up the Potomac to the Yeocomico River), and our area is very secluded, protected and quiet, and a very good cruising area, especially in the fall. We'd love to have you stop for a few days. We normally have several A-37's stop over on their way South in the fall (or North in the spring).

Please note our Kinsale VA phone number - (804) 472-3853 - leave a message if we aren’t at home.

Keep the letters coming. Have a happy and safe new year!

THINK SPRING

 

TJ and Kaye