ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
VOL XVI, NO. 3 (SUMMER – 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
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,
was initially owned by Roger Gordon Conant and his wife Frances Leonora. He was a Judge and they were from
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
While on dry
resides quite happily at the South Shore Marine in
Mike and Lisa
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: email@example.com (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
“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.”
Ron and Cindy Strahm
Jon and Helen Kuhl of
Joran Gendell of
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
Mark and Debbie
Crowe are currently in
Ralph Turner has recently sold his 1974
MK-II Yawl MYA to a couple from
Rose Hansmeyer and
Tom McMaster left
We recently received the following log of their trip:
“Greetings - Rose and I left
“We left Grand Marais,
Rose and Tom will attempt to update their website as their trip progresses – check it out at: http://spaces.msn.com/sojourn-a37/
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
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
We plan on
Pat and Wayne Jobb of
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
Removal And Reinstallation Of PIKA’s Perkins
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.
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
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 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 (www.tadiesels.com) 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.)
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).
(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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (remove _nospam_)
Yours for only CDN $72,000
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
Alberg MK-I Yawl,
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.
she doesn't sell we will sail her back to the
You can contact me ( Chris Anderson) at email@example.com
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
Phone (207) 293-3479
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
http://www.pearson35.com/projects/projects_by_roscoe1.htm Some interesting projects courtesy of the Pearson 35 Association.
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
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:
C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
PIKA Southbound III
(Third Trip South to the
By Lou and Jean Wayne
Lou and Jean have completed their third trip to the
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.
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, and cruising/racing information and to maintain a roster of Alberg 37 owners.
We suggest a donation of $10.00 U.S. a year to cover costs of publishing the quarterly newsletter, postage, Xerox services, and of course, maintaining the web site.
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
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 SUMMER!!!!!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.S. We are tentatively planning on “Going South” this fall following the Fall Rendezvous – Want to join us??
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