Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
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NO. 2 (SPRING – 2006)
8 APRIL, 2006
Alberg 37 Annual Fall Rendezvous Plans
Make plans now to attend the 14th Annual Alberg 37 IOA Rendezvous at the
Assenmacher Dock in
Welcome Aboard the New Members
Doug and Nina Zylinski, of
Mario Gosselin of
Jose de Leon of
Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer recently sent the following: " We will be leaving Lake Superior mid June, 2006 aboard our 1985 Alberg 37 Sloop SOJOURN to the east coast (NYC and south) this fall and are wondering if you would mention this in the upcoming newsletter as we would love to meet other Alberg37 owners as we proceed south. We thought that maybe we could hear from them via email@example.com if they are close to the coast."
John Daverman reports they moved to
Ron and Cindy Strahm of
Ron and Cindy have recently been crewing on a
newly launched 61.5’ (80’ LOA)
steel schooner SPIRIT
Joran Gendell of
Ian Dunn of Milford, CT writes that he
plans to bring his 1967 MK-I sloop (#18) VECTIS
south this fall and possibly join
the Fall Rendezvous in Kinsale, VA over the weekend of 14-15 October, 2006. Ian
recently had VECTIS undergo a major rework by Alex Magnone of Whitby Boat in
Henk deVries recently underwent knee surgery (Henk calls it his “bionic” knee), and is rapidly recovering. Henk says he will be ready to begin sailing his 1973 MK-II yawl PAWBEE whenever the weather permits.
Mark and Debbie
Crowe are currently in
Ron Fisher recently
wrote: “I actually have spent the last year up in
received the following several weeks ago: “I have what I believe to be an Alberg 8 sailing dinghy. Sail No. A8 61 by Wilson & Silsby (
Here is the dinghy stripped out and being painted. Thanks for any leads.”
Mattapoisett MA 02739
Phone: 508 758 6944
Spring Commissioning Checklist
Courtesy of Boat
BEFORE YOU LAUNCH:
ENGINES AND FUEL SYSTEMS:
AMAZING GRACE Projects
1967 MK-I Sloop
By Jose de Leon
getting started up here (
Last year, I added new sails, a fully battened main and a 150% genoa, a new mast track, a Dutchman system, a new stereo system, a second bank of house batteries, and all new electronics and navigational instruments.
Next winter I hope to have her deck and topsides AwlGripped. I will be doing the topsides in a dark blue (Flag Blue), the decks in white with light gray non-slip and the mast in white. I will also be repairing a soft spot on my deck, replacing the halyards, topping lift and jib sheets. The lifelines and some of the stanchions will also be replaced. I plan on getting a new Lavac-Taylor or a Luke Traditional kerosene stove (because of my gas engine) for the galley to replace the alcohol stove, and replacing the through hulls with modern ones.
Future projects which are planned include converting the aft port quarter berth (next to the navigation table) to storage and putting in a gen set with access from the port lazarette and cleaning out the second gas tank (which I never use) to service the gen set and adding an inverter. I plan on adding a mid-ships hatch which I have seen on many other Alberg 37 MK-Is, adding radar and SSB/HF or other offshore communications, aft dinghy davits, auto steering, a wind generator, windlass and a dedicated battery, and making the main halyard winch electric. I plan to replace all the navigation and house light with LEDs, replace the side stays and forestay, replace the heat exchanger and hot water heater, and replace all the side hatches (ports) with stainless steel opening hatches (ports).
I will forward photos of the boat sometime.” Jose.
1975 MK-II Yawl
By Tom Assenmacher
Since we were unable, for unforeseen reasons, to make the trip “South” with PIKA, SEA CYCLE, and PARTY of TWO last fall, that has given us the opportunity to think of new “projects” for our MK-II Yawl. Ongoing projects this winter and spring are/were:
We’ve added another 85 watt solar panel to the one already located atop our Genco dodger.
Solar Panels Mounted on Dodger
So far, in the winter sun, and with the solar installation not completely oriented to the sun, we’ve been getting about 10 amps. We hope to generate about 12 amps under optimum conditions which will go a LONG way in meeting our electrical needs (primarily refrigeration).
We’ve replaced some of our incandescent and halogen interior lights with LEDs purchased from Super Bright LEDs, Inc (http://www.superbrightleds.com/). This company sells many different configurations of LEDs and are much lower priced than LEDs purchased from “marine” stores. We aren’t completely “sold” on replacing all LEDs for cabin lighting, as the “white” LEDs are a very “cold” white, however a few of them certainly would be OK and the amperage draw is VERY LOW (in milliamps - don’t even register on the LINK 10 amp-meter). LEDs certainly are appropriate for running and anchor lights provided they meet required visibility specifications.
We have extended the existing (i.e., stock) propane locker to accommodate 11# propane tanks (steel – 10# aluminum bottles won’t fit).
Propane Storage Locker Extension
We constructed the extension using “STARBOARD” high density polyethylene sheet material. We have also added an additional stanchion between the forward shroud and the upper shroud on each side, which provides much needed support to the lifelines. At some time in the future, we may do a write-up of the numerous completed SHEARWATER projects.
(Please check the Alberg 37 web site (A37's For Sale/Wanted) for the latest postings.)
Recent offerings include:
DRY BEAN 1969 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop (hull #55)
Bottom just stripped and barrier coated, no blisters.
Topside filled, faired and new Imron applied professionally. Decks and cabin
are bone dry, no port or hatch leaks, no hardware leaks. Sloop rigged with 1993
sails. New dodger, bimini, cockpit cushions, interior cushions. Located on
TIME PASSAGE 1980
Alberg 37 Sloop (hull #210)
Fully equipped fresh water cruising boat located in
Includes #1 and #2 furling head sails, #2 and #3 with hanks, spinnaker pole,
and mainsail. Very clean boat with many extras.
Upgrades/updates: 1999/2000 - Awlgrip hull and deck, electric windlass, SS 3 blade prop
2002 - engine rebuild, new head, new cradle
2004 - screens added to full enclosure, new starting and house batteries, all lines, exterior teak painted
2005 - new sheaves and halyards, rebuilt alternator, new exhaust
Current owner regrets leaving sailing and plans to switch to power.
Asking $79,000 CDN
Contact Dave Ord by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Boat in water until
Yours for only CDN$72,000
Contact: Jack St. John - Tel: (207) 633-5529
KANDACE ROSE 1976 MK-II Custom Cutter, Hull No. 168, Volvo Penta
28hp, Very well maintained. Recently
Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop (
Sleeps 6+, 3 jibs, mainsail, pole, new rigging 2002,
new bottom paint 2002, Ampair wind generator, Raymarine Autohelm, VHF radio,
digital depth sounder, refrigeration, marine 12000 BTU air conditioning,
CD/am/fm Aiwa stereo with Bose speakers, 2 anchors w/chain, pressurized
electrical freshwater system w/60gals water, electrical marine head, inboard
Westerbeke 4-107 37hp, new dinghy may 2004, 2.5 w/outboard, bimini, dodger,
BBQ. ELUSIVE is a documented vessel
527394, located in
1981 Alberg 37 Sloop.
Contact Frank @ 647-223-3536
1974 Alberg yawl.
Contact: Ralph Turner at email@example.com or (604) 815-8219
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.
Ron Cole, of
ELIXIR’s Anchor Locker Modification
By Joran Gendell
The Alberg 37 forepeak is huge. There is space to be utilized! Also, my anchor rode had a tendency to slide under the forward end of the V-berth and hang-up. I installed a new bulkhead 5" forward of the existing bulkhead. Because I now have two rodes, I also installed a fore-aft divider to create bins on the port and starboard sides. The bulkhead and divider are 1/2" marine plywood with aluminum channel (Home Depot) to protect the top edges from the chain(s). (Time will tell how this holds-up.) The bulkhead is spaced forward by two blocks cut from 2" x 6" pine and fastened to the original bulkhead with big screws and finishing washers.
In Photo 1, you can see 400' of 5/8" mega-braid in the port side. It only fit by careful flaking. In the starboard side is 225' of three-strand nylon and 30' of 3/8" chain. This was a better fit. Omit the fore-aft divider and the room is plenty for one rode of any length. Under the v-berth, at the forward end of the water tank, I screwed in another tiny bulkhead to keep stored items from sliding under the tank. The new space now created between the bulkheads and under the forward end of the V-berth is very large. I estimate it might hold at least 30 soup/vegetable cans, which at 4.5" will stack not only under the V-berth but also between the bulkheads. See Photo 2.
Alberg 37 Sail Plans Available On CD
Thanks to the COMBINED efforts of Roy Carter, Bruce McFarland and Wayne Bower, both the Alberg 37 Sloop and Yawl Sailplans are now available on CD-ROM for the nominal cost of $5 USD (Canadian Postal Money Order works best for Canadian requests) to cover postage the cost of the CD. The sailplans graphics are very high quality, and if printed on high quality photo paper, are suitable for framing. The CD contains both the sloop and yawl configurations. Check the Home Page of the Alberg 37 Website for details and ordering information, or send your request to:
C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
PIKA Southbound III
(Third Trip South to the
By Lou and Jean Wayne
Lou and Jean continue their trip in the
At the time of this printing, Lou and Jean are in
Mini Alberg 37
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Kaye and I took “reciprocal rights”, and took the invitation from the crews of PIKA (1967 MK-I Sloop, Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester, NY) and PARTY of TWO (Lagoon 410 Cat. – Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe of Mississauga, ON, previous owners of the 1979 MK-II Sloop -THE EVERDEN) to spend some time with them in late January and early February in George Town, Exumas. Both boats had spent some time at our dock in Kinsale, departing in late October for points South.
Debbie, Lou, Jean, Mark and Tom aboard PIKA in
So on 23
January, we flew from Dulles (VA) to
after we had been in
highlight was the arrival of SEA CYCLE (1973 MK-II Yawl - Mark and Debbie Crowe of
Finally, it was time to go back “North”, so we
A-37 Web Site / Discussion Forum
Due to unforeseen software problems, the Alberg 37 Discussion Forum has been temporarily taken off-line. We hope to get the Discussion Forum back in operation, perhaps in a different configuration.
By the Editor
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The A-37 IOA
participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT
If you are transiting the
Each fall/spring we have several ‘snowbirds’ stop on their way south/north. Please note our Kinsale VA phone number: (804) 472-3853 - leave a message if we aren’t at home.
(Ed. Note: Every year we’ve had a lot of sailing visitors, and several other non-A-37s who know A-37 members. Guess the word is getting out! Part of the fun of the A-37 IOA is meeting the people who traverse the waterways!)
If we inadvertently missed any of your correspondence, just hit us again – we like to receive correspondence, especially email, as it’s the grist that makes the Newsletter interesting. REMEMBER, THIS IS YOUR NEWSLETTER!
Have a great sailing spring!!!!!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.S. We are tentatively planning on “Going South” this fall following the Fall Rendezvous – Want to join us on the trip??
FALL RENDEZVOUS ANNOUNCEMENT
ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
– ALL POSITIONAL INFORMATION IS APPROXIMATE – DO NOT USE FOR NAVIGATION)
ALBERG-37 FALL RENDEZVOUS time again! Plan to include this event in your fall
cruising plans (especially you
BY WATER: From Point Lookout MD (Chart #12233 Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay)
proceed west about 10 miles to the Yeocomico River Entrance light Fl R4s
18 ft 4M “2” (38-02.44N 076-30.04W). From the Yeocomico River
Entrance light proceed (Chart #12285 Potomac River Yeocomico River Inset 4)
westward to Fl G 6sec "3" (line up on the large white house with red
roof on Horn Point), then to "2". Note the shoal area to the Southeast
of "2". Give "2" a slightly wide berth to the Southeast, and
you will have no problem. Continue in the
IF YOU COME BY CAR: From Fredericksburg, VA, proceed on Rt. 3 to Montross, VA.
Proceed south on Rt. 3 out of
LODGING INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE ALBERG 37 WEBSITE.
Port Kinsale Marina, that you passed on you way in by water, is a full service
facility, and has a fuel dock. Groceries and other supplies are available
nearby, and we have plenty of available transportation.
If you plan to
attend, or have any questions about the rendezvous, send us an Email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or give us a call at 804.472.3853 (leave
a message if we are not at home).