C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher Box 32 , Kinsale , VA 22488 (804) 472-3853
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VOL XVI, NO. 3 (SUMMER – 2006)                                                                                                                                   

7 JULY, 2006


Alberg 37 Annual Fall Rendezvous Plans

Make plans now to attend  the 14th  Annual Alberg 37 IOA Rendezvous at the Assenmacher Dock in Kinsale, Virginia over the weekend of 14-15 October, 2006.  This weekend immediately follows the Annapolis Sailboat Show (Oct. 5 - 9, 2006), and allows those planning to attend the Boat Show a chance to also attend the Annual Fall Rendezvous.  This is (normally) a very nice time on the Chesapeake Bay, and we have room for several boats.  Our branch of the Yeocomico river is also an excellent anchorage.  For any Southbound Snowbirds, it’s a great staging point also (we may be going with you this fall). For the latest info on the Rendezvous,  lodging and area information, and a view of previous rendezvous, please check the Website.  Mark your calendars!!

Welcome Aboard the New Members

Karen and John Duggan, of Beaverbank, Halifax, NS, are the owners of the 1978 MK-2 Yawl MARA 1 (“Mara 1 means ‘of the sea’ a Gaelic word, which sits great with John who was born and raised in Ireland, and I with my Scot/Irish/English descent”).  Their boat is berthed at the South Shore Marina, Chester, NS.  They sent the following synopsis of their boat:

“The boat was initially owned by Roger Gordon Conant and his wife Frances Leonora.  He was a Judge and they were from Greenwood, Ontario.  They called our boat "Leonora IV".  They purchased the boat July 25,1978.  It was then sold to Scott Swanton and Deborah Lang on July 10th, 1989, who at the time resided in Oakville, Ontario.  I believe Roger sailed the boat to England, and Scott and Deborah took her to the Caribbean. 

Somewhere in the history, she was hit by Hurricane Bob, and her original mast was destroyed and a new one was made...not sure if it was because of a hurricane, but it was because of a fire.  She also got a new Volvo engine put in I believe in 1990...could have been in 1994...John will have to check.  It was Scott and Deborah, who in 1990 renamed the boat to it's name today: Mara 1. 

The boat was then sold to Raymond Davey of Mississauga, Ontario.  He was a British fellow, and he did not register the boat.  Scott and Deborah had redone the countertops inside the boat and repainted the interior.  I believe they took great care of her. Ray, I believe did not put much work on her, other than make her a lovely dodger and bimini cover, and Mara 1 spent a few years on dry dock. John and I rescued Mara 1 from Ontario and we've put a lot of loving care into her.  We purchased her from Ray in April 2000, and she arrived in Ottawa Oct 2, 2000. We then did a huge hull clean up, fixed the steering, bought endless supplies and John and crew sailed her from the Thousand Islands, in Ontario and up the St. Lawrence, around Gaspe, down to PEI, under the Confederation Bridge, thru the Canso canal, and then to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2 weeks June 2002. 

While on dry dock in Bedford, Nova Scotia for 1 year, she was hit by Hurricane Juan.  She took a hole to the hull as she was thrown across the boat yard while still on her cradle.  We found her laying on her side after the hurricane, luckily dry as a bone inside.  The teak toe rail was ripped off the bow, and lots of hull scratches.  We had her repaired in Metaghan, N.S. at Therriaults boat yard (they repair all the Canada Coast Guard vessels), and she's back to looking just fabulous with a lovely new hull and paint job, and she's got her port of registry, Halifax, on her stern. 

She now resides quite happily at the South Shore Marine in Chester, N.S., an hours drive from our home in Beaverbank.  We plan to give her a new deck overhaul in a  couple of years, and sail her down the Atlantic Coast and around to Manzanillo, Mexico in 10 years.  She needs electrical work, but other than that she's had a fantastic survey.  We just replaced 2 frosted windows on either side of the cabin, redid the wood work on the seats of the cock pit, she's received a new hatch over the v-berth, new teak toe rail, new electrical bilge pump and other numerous upgrades.”  (Ed. Note:  We had no prior knowledge of MARA 1 in our 15 years of “tracking” Alberg 37s.  It never ceases to amaze us that we are still “finding” A-37s out there!)

Mike and Lisa Rostron of Bellingham, WA, are the owners of SABRE II, a 1970 MK-I Sloop (Hull # 59) recently purchased from Tom & Mary Ellison. The boat is berthed in Bellingham.  Mike recently wrote to us the following: “I recently bought SABRE II, that has had its rig “improved” by the addition of 2 furling headsails.  I wish to go back to the original configuration.  I am thinking of getting rid of weather helm by adding a small bowsprit.  I don’t like my small mainsail much.  I am also interested in any information you or other members may have regarding the possibility of changing her from a sloop to a cutter.

We sent Mike a few photos of SOUTHERN CROSS which has added an inner forestay.  Mike followed up with the following comments:  “I think in general it is usually a better idea to move the sail area forward rather than reducing the main area to get rid of weather helm - or at least reducing the main sail area as radically as it has been done on my boat and other A-37s.  At least one A-35 has had its rig improved with the addition of a short bow sprit.  Most experienced riggers will tell you that the performance under sail of many if not all boats can be improved by the addition of a bowsprit.  A short bowsprit also makes the handling of ground tackle easier and if done correctly will not detract from the lines of the boat. 

This is the direction I am heading at the moment.  If you do the math it is easy to see that even radical reductions in the area of the main do not result in reduction of weather helm nearly as quickly as small movements of the jib forward, and one needs the power of a large main in critical spots for controlled maneuvering in the event of engine failure in light air (or for engineless sailing if that is your thing).  As you can tell I am interested in the potential of the A-37 as a sailing machine, not to race, but to extract her maximum sailing potential in all conditions.

With all the focus on interior improvements and redesigns, nice dodgers, refrigeration, and so forth on this site there is surprisingly little information on how to get the best sailing performance out of the boat.  It seems most people just rely on the engine and settle for a compromised sailing performance.  This is sad because the A-37 has incredible potential.  I do not mean to be critical of this web site.  It is truly a great resource, but I wish there was more information on sailing performance.  There are plenty of sites out there with information on electronics, engines and boat maintenance which apply to any boat, but where is the specific information on good rigging modifications for this or any Alberg design?  I suspect Alberg's original sail plan with its large main and hanked on jibs is probably better than the modifications people are making on the boat these days, as all the furling headsails and diminutive mains are detracting from light air performance.  That's fine if you like to motor, but some of us prefer to use the noisy "iron wind" as little as possible.  Sorry to go on such a rant, but it is frustrating not to be able to find such basic information on a boat that has been around so long.  I guess if I was on the east coast it would be easier... Mike”

 Any A-37 owners who have made the conversion to cutter are invited to contact Mike at: (please remove _nospam_ before sending the email).

Bill Kellett recently wrote us that his 1969 MK-I Sloop WANESA was severely damaged by  Hurricane Dennis in 2005 and was declared a total loss by the insurance company.  You may remember that WANESA survived  Hurricane Ivan with only minor damage in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 1994.  Our sympathies go to Bill on his loss.

John Hughes of Barrington, RI recently wrote of work being performed on his 1970  MK-I Sloop (#60) SARAH:

“I'm working on replacing the Westerbeke 4-107 with a 4-108 that got removed from another boat at my marina a year or two ago. It has the advantage of being recently rebuilt, and I got a decent deal on a HBW-150 transmission to replace the paragon on the 4-107.

The bad news is that there's a 2.5 inch drop between the crankshaft and output shaft of the HBW-150, which means altering the engine mount, the stern tube, etc. I was planning on some of that anyhow, but ... Anyhow, I'll take pictures for anyone who's interested.

Also considering converting the old alcohol stove burners with propane. But the tank storage continues to worry me. It seems as if the conventional tanks for home barbecues might be ideal, if only because they're so readily available. But where to put such a thing???

Finally, I'm rewiring the mast this year; some sort of animal got in and chewed up bits of insulation two winters ago, and it's definitely time to do something about it now.”

News From Members

Ron and Cindy Strahm of Independence, MO recently launched their 1970 MK-I Sloop ENVY at Indiantown, FL, and sailed (mostly offshore) to the Chesapeake Bay, and are currently “on the hard” at the Port Kinsale (VA) Marina.  They will leave ENVY on the hard until early fall when they plan to return from Independence to begin working on ENVY.  It’s amazing, but there are now 4 Alberg 37’s in the Kinsale, VA area (PIKA, ENVY, SHEARWATER, and FLORENCE GRAY)!  We’ve had several ‘get togethers’ at the Assenmacher Dock in Kinsale within the past few weeks.

Jon and Helen Kuhl  of Camden Maine report several projects for their 1968 MK-I Sloop SPIRIT: “A new 1" shaft, balanced prop and new packing gland. Other projects almost finished are: a Dutchman Mainsail system and fully battened main, a bimini, and I am almost finished with a drop-leaf salon table to replace the folding table.  For the latter I may submit the project for info to the newsletter along with appropriate photos of course”.

Joran Gendell of Williamsburg, VA wrote recently that he was planning on departing the Chesapeake Bay on June 19 bound for Bermuda aboard his 1984 MK-II Yawl, ELIXIR.  Joran plans to return to the Chesapeake Bay in late July.

Jack  and Gerna St. John  recently sold their 1973 MK-II Yawl, FIGMENT to Simon Foster of Wales UK.  They have recently purchased a 25’ Friendship Sloop.

Jerry Senecal recently sold his 1969 MK-I Sloop DRY BEAN.

Sonny and Petra Power recently sold their 1976 MK-II Custom Cutter KANDACE ROSE. The boat will move to Sorel, Quebec near Montreal.

Mark and Debbie Crowe are currently in Grenada aboard their 1973 MK-II Yawl SEA CYCLE .  They plan to leave their boat there, return to Toronto, and resume their cruising later this summer.  We hope to soon publish  a log of their travels on the Web Site.

Ralph Turner has recently sold his 1974 MK-II Yawl MYA to a couple from California who previously owned an Alberg 30.  Ralph said he received about 50 inquiries from the For Sale posting of MYA on the Alberg 37 Web Site.  He did not advertise elsewhere.

Rose Hansmeyer and Tom McMaster left Lake Superior aboard their 1985 Sloop SOJOURN in mid June, 2006 to the east coast (NYC and south) this fall.  They wrote:  “We 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 sailsojourn  (remove _nospam_ prior to emailing them please) if they are close to the coast”.

We recently received the following log of their trip:

“Greetings - Rose and I left Superior WI. on Monday, June 12th to start our trip. We motor sailed to the Apostle Islands, approx. 50 nautical miles, taking about 9-10 hours to get there. We spent 3 nights (almost) at anchor waiting for the wind to blow from a direction other than east, as that is the general direction we are heading. The wind was forecast to switch to the south on Friday so we got up at 0-dark thirty, (Friday 0230) and left for the Upper Entrance to the Keweenaw waterway and the Houghton-Hancock area. The boat was inundated with black flies, 1000's of them. I've never seen anything like it. You'd think we were a garbage scow or something.”

June 20, 2006

“We left Grand Marais, Michigan @0530 headed for Whitefish Point approx. 55 nautical miles, about 10-12 hours. Weather permitting we will probably lock down out of Lake Superior onto the St. Marys river on Friday. Will spend a day or two in Sault Ste. Marie MI. & ONT, Canada to slow down a bit and obtain some immigration forms that will make it easier to clear back into the USA. We plan to spend some time in the North Channel and Georgian Bay of Lake Huron (Canada), probably a week or 10 days anyway, before heading south to exit Huron.”

Rose and Tom will attempt to update their website as their trip progresses – check it out at:

Bill and Debbie Horne, the former owners of SERENADE, recently wrote that they “really miss ole SERENADE” , and state that they may get back into boating before too long as they “really miss the boat life”.  Could there be another Alberg 37 in their future???...

Dan and Betty Stuermer  of Falmouth, MA, plan on enjoying the local waters around Cape Cod and the Islands this summer aboard their 1975 MK-II Yawl JOYOUS.

Jay Zittrer recently sent the following: “I've been busy making improvements lately to SHARED WATCH, our 1987 Yawl.  I've got a new main ordered from Neil Pryde.  The original main is still usable but ...well it's almost 20 yrs old now so it's time.  I've been using the current sail loose footed and it really makes adjusting the out-haul so much easier.  The new one is being built as a loose footed main with the top two battens full and the lower being 1/2 battens.  I also added a 155 Pentax Genoa to my inventory.  It was built for my friend's Hinckley 38 (that he recently sold)   It fits perfectly, spreader patches in the right place etc.  It's a big sail and only works with the swivel and furling drum removed on my Harken RF.  I had the boat out  yesterday with this new #1 genny in about 13 or so true we showed 17-18 apparent on the anemometer.  With a single reef in the main we were running about 5.7 to 6 knots going to weather and were perfectly balanced.  We reached in at 7+ with the reef still in the main.  I have also ordered the Strong Track system for the mast and hope this makes raising/lowering and reefing the main easier.  Having just added 4 new bronze slides to the original sail and seeing how much they bind up as the sail goes up and down I couldn't fathom having a new sail with all new slides to bind so opted for this set up.  I'll report back when its installed.  I am also on the hunt for a newer more modern boom. I seldom keep more than one reef  line led on the sail due to the clutter.  I did change the outhaul on the current boom to something like 8:1 purchase all internal and it has helped.  However, I'd like something with internal reefing lines so I can keep two reefs led and also have the reef lines led to the mast rather than mid boom.  I find it difficult to reef the boat on a port tack.  For cruising it 's not that big of a deal as you can just put her on a  starboard  tack and go forward and reef but with the racing we've been doing on SHARED WATCH  it doesn't make sense to tack when you don't need to.  I'm considering single line reefing led back to the cockpit but probably won't do it.  At any rate, we continue to enjoy our little yawl. 

We plan on moving from Houston to Clear Lake in the next few months so my drive will be only 5 minutes to the boat as opposed to the 45 minute drive I have now.  ...should make for the neglected things like varnish work etc. to be almost enjoyable….  Jay & Leigh Zittrer.”

Pat and Wayne Jobb of Sherwood Park, Alberta recently wrote: “Pat and I were out to the coast for the annual haulout for BRANDELARA II (1970 MK-I Sloop, Hull # 66 – possibly the last MK-I built), and are happy to report that ‘all is well’.  We are looking forward to cruising the San Juan Islands the end of May and early June, and then ‘Up Island” (Vancouver) in August.”

Robert ‘Andy’ Larsen, writes  that the newsletter and website have been very helpful on concerns with his 1973 MK-II Yawl ALDEBARAN.  “I am currently underway to having a new steel cradle built to replace my ageing wood cradle. However, the builder I have been discussing the project with is not familiar with the Alberg family as far as having any sort of builder's plans available. I can easily take the lines and measurements off my existing cradle for a pattern for the new one, but I thought if there was a way to obtain a copy of recommended plans, that would be the best bet. I'm wondering if in your discussions with other owners/members you have ever come across a source for these plans (or even if they exist) or if you have any recommendations that you know where I might be able to look for them. The current cradle is an eight pad support, which I would like to drop down to six for the steel one (also, the pads will be adjustable so I can back off the pads for painting the bottom, waxing the hull, etc). I'm also having it considerably overbuilt, having it constructed for a boat of double the weight (an insurance policy I figured was money well spent). Any information you have on this topic would be greatly appreciated”.  (Ed. Note: We don’t know of any existing A-37 cradle plans, and since down here on the Chesapeake Bay, we don’t use cradles, we couldn’t be of much help other than stating that a cradle should have at least 3 pads per side, and one pad for the bow, as that’s the way we block boats here. However, after we had responded to Andy’s question, we received our copy of the July/August Good Old Boat in which there is a good article by Jim Hawkins titled “Build Your Own Cradle” – check it out if you need cradle information!)

Chris Nichols of Mashpee, MA, the owner of the 1970 MK-I Sloop ARION,  invites members to check out his website at: .  He invites any Alberg 37 owners  sailing to the Bahamas to stop in if sailing to Cat Island (Bahamas) – “there’s deep water out front!”


Removal And Reinstallation Of PIKA’s Perkins 4-107 Engine
1967 MK-I Sloop (Side Galley Model)

By Lou and Jean Wayne

Because the port rear vibration mount had come askew it was necessary to lift PIKA’s engine in order to replace this mount.  Since all four mounts seemed too firm from the time they were installed six years ago I decided to replace all four.  And if the engine was to be lifted that far it made sense to remove it completely in order to address the numerous oil leaks which had developed over the years. Our host, TJ (Tom Assenmacher) not only gave permission to use his dock he also contributed help, tools and having been a shade tree mechanic for many years before having set foot on a sailboat, he added tons of knowledge and insight.

Disconnecting all hoses, wires and cables took the better part of a day.  The vibration mounts were then unfastened from the engine bed, this being easier than trying to turn the big nuts atop the mounts.  The boom was supported by the main and spare jib halyards at a point directly over the companion way.  A two ton chainfall was attached to the boom near this point.

Mr. Perkins Coming Out!        



Safely Over the Dock!

After some adjustment of the pick point on the chain attached to the lift eyes on the engine it was deemed to be balanced so lifting began.  An old piece of carpet was used to prevent the lift chain from rubbing on the bottom of the companionway.  As the engine was lifted it was pulled forward so that the transmission could exit the engine box.  This pulling and or pushing were the only serious physical effort required and it helped to have three able bodies on hand.  Once clear, it was spun 180 degrees and the rear mounting brackets removed to allow more easily passing out the companionway door.  It was further lifted until the under side cleared the bottom of the companionway.  A pair of short 6X6’s was placed on the bridge deck and the engine set down on these.  The chainfall was then repositioned a little farther out on the boom to facilitate clearing the cabin top as we were going the long way across in order to get to the dock.  On retrospect we should have turned the boat around so that engine once outside companionway would have been closer to the dock and less interference with the pedestal would have resulted. A line was attached to the end of the boom and snubbed off to prevent excessive rapid swinging of the boom/engine for as it was swung out board the boat heeled progressively to about 15 degrees.  This meant the engine and boom were heading down hill and none of us relished the task of trying to stop a 600 pound lump of out of control steel.   The snubbed line was eased and the boom swung effortlessly over to the dock. 

Fortunately we timed this adventure for high tide as this gave us just enough height to clear the blocking and set the engine gently into place.  Several weeks were spent removing parts to access all the leaking gaskets, cleaning things up and reassembling with new gaskets and sealant.  At the same time some long overdue bilge maintenance was accomplished including cleaning, painting and installing an automatic bilge pump and a drip pan under the engine.  Apparently at hull number 20 this last feature had not been incorporated into the production at Whitby.  I then spent a long time doing my best to determine and mark the “projection” of the shaft to the front of the engine compartment. 

When the engine was ready for re-installation, Tom suggested we run it on the dock just to be sure there were no leaks.  Rigging fuel, water and starting battery were easily done but a belt was needed to run the circulation pump and that requires an alternator.  Just installing the alternator with no electrical hook ups could fry the diodes so this became a challenge.  I solved this by disassembling my spare alternator and just using the face section.  This worked well and we ran nicely for nearly an hour with no leaks.  

Tom and Lou Doing the Trial Run

The Refurbished Mr. Perkins Being Re-Installed

As they say in the manuals “to reassemble simply reverse the procedure”   This was pretty much the case as on the appointed day we rounded up neighbors and friends for the noon high tide.  This time the main sheet was used to pull the boom back uphill and the engine was lowered onto its bed.  Once this was accomplished it was into the shade for burgers and beer as the temperature had risen into the low 90’s.  Thank heaven high tide wasn’t later in the day!   Alignment of the engine was made much easier using the centerline marks I created while the engine was out.  When all was said and done there was but .0025” gap at the bottom of the coupling/transmission flange interface.  I’m very sure this is closer than it has ever been.  The new mounts allow for much smoother running and the engine is virtually vibration free. 

Supplying the gaskets, seals and vibration mounts was Trans Atlantic Diesel ( of White Marsh, VA who were very knowledgeable, helpful and fairly priced.  Many thanks to Tom and Kaye for their patience in putting up with the mess on their dock for several weeks.  Try as I did the operation was not spotless so if ever you pass thru Kinsale you will see the Pika/Perkins memorial oil spot on their dock.     

1975 MK-II Yawl
By Tom Assenmacher

We recently upgraded our house battery bank from 2 - 225 AH, 6 Volt Golf Cart Batteries to 4 – 225 AH, 6 Volt Golf Cart Batteries, for a total of about 550 AH capacity.  We fitted the batteries (and battery boxes) in the L of the Port Settee.  4 Golf Cart batteries and their boxes will JUST fit in the area.  We installed epoxy coated oak stringers across the battery tops as retainers.  Additionally, we added a large capacity (150 Amp.) Blue Seas fuse block adjacent to the batteries as an additional safety measure.   The following photos show various stages of the installation.  We will also post this project along with additional photos on the Web Site in the near future.

Battery Location Prior to Installation


Battery Installation Complete

Perkins 4-108 Parts Book Now Available

For those A-37 owners who have the Perkins 4-108 engine, we recently acquired a digital (scanned) copy of  the Parts Book for the Perkins 4-108 engine, dated April 1975.  It appears that there is much commonality between the Perkins 4-107 and the Perkins 4-108.  The book consists of approximately 54 pages, and includes part numbers and illustrated parts breakdown (IPB)diagrams.  This document would be of great value to those needing to do work on these model engines. The document does not include transmission IPBs or part numbers.  The document is in .TIF format and is quite large (nearly 7 MB.  If anyone wants a copy, I can burn a CD and mail it to you (please send $5.00US to cover the cost of the CD and postage). 

A-37s For Sale

(Please check the Alberg 37 web site (A37's For Sale/Wanted) for the latest postings.)
(Ed. Note: 4 Alberg 37s have recently changed hands – so there are people out there looking for these great boats.)

Current offerings include:

TIME PASSAGE 1980 Alberg 37 Sloop (hull #210)
Fully equipped fresh water cruising boat located in Toronto, ON
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.
Price $74,000 CDN

Contact Dave Ord by email at   (remove _nospam_)


GONZO - Hull #110. Immaculate 1973 Alberg 37 sloop lying in Port Colburn, Ontario, Canada (Lake Erie).  Spent the last 18 months in the Caribbean Sea and the previous 30 years in the Great Lakes.  Lovingly upgraded for a planned circumnavigation - our plans changed, so we returned to Canada, but you can take advantage of all the improvements for your own sailing dreams.   Email Mitch at  (or call: 519.859.6129) for a detailed inventory list or answers to any questions. 

(Click here for Inventory)

Yours for only CDN $72,000


ELUSIVE 1968 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop (Hull #40)

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 Puerto Rico

Asking $33K U.S.

Contact Captain Papo at (939)645-0282, (939)940-9756 or  See photos at



1981 Alberg 37 Sloop, Hull # 217

Lightly used Great Lakes only, single owner. Lying at Whitby. US$52,500.00.  (Click here for photo)

Contact Frank @ 647-223-3536




1970 Alberg MK-I Yawl, Hull # 63

She has just been recommishioned, and sailed up from St. Thomas to Newport RI. Much standing rigging has been replaced and fresh bottom paint. Would like $40,000 US. 

If she doesn't sell we will sail her back to the Caribbean this winter.

You can contact me ( Chris Anderson) at

Thanks, Team Chris s/v TEVAKE

Alberg 37s Wanted

Looking for Alberg 37 Project Boat.  Possible swap for acreage located near Sugarloaf Ski resort in Maine.

Phone  (207) 293-3479


Web Site

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.

Web Sites of Interest Some interesting projects courtesy of the Pearson 35 Association.

  Racing Corner

GOOD NEWS Competes in “Shoe Race”

GOOD NEWS, a 1975 Alberg 37 Yawl, Hull 144, skippered by Ashley Walker and crew, competed in the 24th annual “Shoe Race” on Galveston Bay in May, 2006.  Entered in the “Classic Class”, GOOD NEWS was in first place after the first two races on Saturday, but surrendered the lead and dropped to third place after the wind died on Sunday.  The “Shoe Race” is an annual race sponsored by Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas where GOOD NEWS and Jay Zittrer’s SHARED WATCH are berthed.  The race is called the “Shoe Race” because the first place crews in each class are awarded boat shoes from Sperry.  Second place crews received sandals, and third place crews received a pair of socks labeled “port” and “starboard”.  Though disappointed with the final results of the race, GOOD NEWS received many compliments on and off the water as being the prettiest boat on the bay and is shown below crossing the finish line in style and also charging to the start line of the next race along with an Ensign, another Alberg design.

GOOD NEWS Charging the Starting Line


  GOOD News Crosses Finish Line  



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:

A-37 IOA

C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

P.O. Box 32

Kinsale, VA 22488 

PIKA Southbound III
(Third Trip South to the
Bahamas – Continued from Last Newsletter)
By Lou and Jean Wayne

Lou and Jean have completed their third trip to the Bahamas and were at the Assenmacher dock in Kinsale, VA until 5 July when they hauled  PIKA at the nearby Krentz’ Marina, where she will remain on the hard until September.  She will be back in the water shortly thereafter and will be present at the Rendezvous in October.  Planned work while out of the water will be a new prop shaft (replacing the old bronze 7/8” shaft with a 1” SS shaft), stuffing box, stern tube and cutless bearing; along with bottom painting.  Lou and Jean are planning on a long (land cruise) trip this summer to Alaska via friend's motor home.  Hopefully, they won't become too attached to "Land Cruising"! Due to the length of the account of their travels aboard PIKA, their adventures are posted on the Alberg 37 Web Site, vice in the printed version.  To view the web-based account, please visit the web site at:  

They  have provided for your information, a  spreadsheet cost analysis of their  cruise to the Bahamas (October, 2005 through May, 2006).  You will see that it doesn't need to cost a fortune to "Cruise in Style" on an Alberg 37!! (To view the cost analysis, just click on the above link.)


                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. 


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We suggest to our Non-U.S. members that they send an International Money Order payable in U.S. dollars.  A Canadian Postal Money Order works best for Canadian members.

You will notice a date on the label of the newsletter mailing, reminding you to help maintain the newsletter / association. For those receiving the newsletter notice via Email, we ask that you honor your commitment to the Association. The Association appreciates your help!

The A-37 IOA participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT U.S. membership for half price ($12.50 vice $25.00- Note Price Increase!). 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

If you are transiting the Chesapeake Bay, please plan to stop by Kinsale for a few days (or longer). It's only about 12 miles off the Bay (up the Potomac to the Yeocomico River), and our area is very secluded, protected (good hurricane hole) and quiet, and a very good cruising area, especially in the fall. We “normally” have a couple of open slips.

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 SUMMER!!!!!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher


P.S. We are tentatively planning on “Going South” this fall following the Fall Rendezvous – Want to join us??

(Ed. Note:  We plan to publish the Fall 2006 Newsletter shortly after the Fall Rendezvous.  We will attempt to publish abbreviated Newsletters on the Web Site while we are on our “Down South” cruise (down the ICW to FL, then across to the Bahamas – returning in May – June 2007 time frame).  In the Fall Newsletter, we will (hopefully) be more specific in our plans.  We will probably hold all emails and “dues” in abeyance till after we get back next Spring – UNLESS someone wants to become a Newsletter editor and Webmaster……..)