ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Rendezvous Time Again!
The 16th Annual Alberg
37 Fall Rendezvous is set for the weekend of 27-28 September, 2008. We
have moved up the date this year from the weekend following the
Joe Miller, the owner of the 1973 MK-II Ketch (yes, a ketch) PELAGUS,
recently wrote: “I am curious to learn of any other Ketches still on the water.
The Ketch PELAGUS
(Ed. Note: We know of only 3 A-37 Ketches:
SAFARI, a 1973 A-37 Ketch, Hull # 120, last known owners Lynn and Robert Gambrell, of St Thomas, USVI (haven't heard from them in about 5 years).
MY GIRL, a 1979 A-37 Ketch, (no hull #), belonging
to Ron and Kaye Surley of
PELAGUS, Joe Miller,
Don't know much about the A-37s which were built as ketches, and don't
know if there were any more built and/or modified. We had a talk
several years ago with Alex Magnone,
who recently retired from WhitbyBoat (he had a boat refurbishing business in
of Stoney Creek, Ontario - the owner of
the 1975 MK-II Sloop BODILLA,
recently reported that his boat is now located at the Shining Waters Marina,
Tantallon, Nova Scotia. Dave reports:
“Now keeping the boat in
Joran Gendell, of Williamsburg, VA and the owner of ELIXIR, a 1984 MK-II Yawl earlier this spring was a crewmember on a friend's boat from the Norfolk, VA area to the Abacos, Bahamas. Joran wrote of their passage: "First leg was offshore from the Chesapeake Bay. It started fine but by the second night, we were getting pounded. Then a front roared through and we had it rough from the other direction. The wind and sea was formidable. We put in at Beaufort, drenched and tired. With south winds, we did the next leg to Charleston via the ICW. Only SUDDEN stop was on a sand bar just inside one of the ocean inlets. With winds from the North again, we went offshore from Charleston. The next day we were tired of hand-steering downwind and put in again at the Saint Johns River near Jacksonville. ICW again down to Ft. Pierce where the skipper had friends to visit. Next day we were back offshore. We followed the coast south as best we could. At 11 pm, we tacked east. Arrived at West End at sunrise after an easy passage across the Gulf Stream (motor-sailed close-hauled most of the way). Spent a glorious day pool-side at West End. Next day we had a letter-perfect sail from West End to Great Sale Cay. Next day we motor sailed to Great Guana, arriving Sat afternoon. Naturally we went to Nippers for 'adult beverages', then back to the bunk!. Sunday we had planned to snorkel but lightning and rain cancelled that. We motored over to Marsh Harbour for our final night of the trip. Not quite the trip we had planned, but quite an adventure!"
We recently heard from Heather and Bill Beaver of
Boat progress has been slow. I seemed to take much of the winter to accomplish two simple tasks: 1)paint the bottom and 2) replace the packing in the stuffing box. Painting was easy, the stuffing box turned into your typical boat disaster. When I finally managed to break the thing free I thought I was there. No silly boy - The packing nut went hard up on the shaft coupling just as it disengaged the threads of the stuffing box so there was no way to get anything in there. Eventually I ended up pulling the engine, removing the shaft from the inside of the boat, shortening the tube that the stuffing box attaches to, and reworking the stuffing box. While the engine was out I pulled the transmission and replaced the front and rear seals and the sump pan gaskets on the Westerbeke in a vain attempt to try to keep some of the fluids I pour into it, actually inside it. Did I mention that our engine alignment was apparently crap and that the shaft had worn about half way through the tube that the stuffing box attaches to ... When I finally got it all together and back in the water I discover that the engine overheats. One thermostat and radiator cap later and I'm good to go (I'd already done the muriatic acid stunt on everything).
Then there's the head, which I need to re-gasket, and the main water tank that leaks, and the autopilot which I seem to be too cheap to address, the leaks along the rail that will probably only be fixed by replacing and reseating the wood gunwale cap. The list goes on and on, but hey, its more fun then work.
On a positive note, I just signed a big note to buy the slip where we've been renting for years, so I guess we are committed.
Its nice to hear from you. Keep in touch.
Bill, Heather, David & Alie”
Greg Schurch of Hatfield, MA, and the owner of the 1968 MK-I Yawl DESTINY, wrote in mid Spring that he is replacing the starboard side decking (a BIG job). We wish him well in his repairs
We recently heard from Jose De Leon via the A-37 Discussion Forum: “Hi, I have a 1967,
Number 8 Mk I sloop (AMAZING GRACE)
I have one soft spot on the side decks that I plan to take care of this next year as well as painting and fixing up the decks. I plan on replacing the non-skid with gray Treadmaster. I have seen some other classic boats with the Treadmaster and it looks quite nice and works really well. I am also planning on a midship hatch for light and air to the main cabin and I am seriously considering a small butterfly hatch (I know they can leak but they are pretty). I also hope to add hot water as I live on my boat in the spring, summer and early Fall. Would like to change the electrical over so that I can run my refrigerator off the motor. Right now it only runs from shore power. And so much more... It never ends!!!!
Tom McMaster and
Rose Hansmeyer continue their adventures in the
We recently had a phone call from Nick Valci, who along with his wife Nancy, own the 1978 MK-II Sloop NANCY ANN. They had recently
Steve Smith, of
(Ed. Note: Perhaps this may have
A-37 IOA Hosts
The A-37 IOA
played host to members of the Chesapeake
Bay Alberg 30 One Design Association participating in the Association’s
Southern Bay Cruise. The cruise began in
A-37 IOA Hosts Alberg 30 Association Cruise
Frank Smart’s Half Model Project
Frank Smart, previous owner of the 1970 MK-I Sloop BRANDELARA II, has been building a half-model of the boat. He recently shared some photos of this project with us, one of which is displayed below. We hope that Frank will soon be finished with this project, and will share the results with us. Frank’s attention to detail and accuracy are extremely noteworthy!
Frank recently wrote: “Thought I'd give you an update on the progress of the Brandelara II half hull project. I'd put it aside for quite a while as other projects got priority. I still have some finishing to do on the hull .... clean up the cove stripe for one, attach the rudder, make up decals for the name etc ... then get it off my working back-board and onto a better one. Anyway, here are a few shots of where it's at. I'm really pleased with it as it really reminds me of our old boat. When I get it finalized, I'll send you some better pictures and maybe the members will be interested in seeing them. Cheers, Frank Smart”.
Frank Smart’s BRANDELARA II Half Model
Another Alberg 37 ‘Discovered’
Ed. Note: We recently received a request to place the 1979 MK-II Yawl
(#197)TAWANI in the ‘For
“We purchased TAWANI in 1989 in
“WALMART” PLASTIC BAG FOLDING
Courtesy of Bunkey Cunliffe & Kaye Assenmacher
PARTY OF TWO and SHEARWATER
Seems that the ubiquitous
‘Walmart’ bag is everywhere! While
cruising, we often stock up on items from ‘Walmart’ type stores (like in
The following sequence of photos show how!
Now you can tell your non-cruiser friends what you do on a boat all day!!
(Check Out The Cruising/Racing Stories Section Of The Web Site
The Discussion Forum For Additional Racing Information)
GALLEY TALK (Cleaning ‘Solutions’)
By Kaye Assenmacher
While cruising aboard SHEARWATER, and not wanting to carry a lot of cleaning supplies, we’ve narrowed down the number of ‘Cleaning Solutions’ to basically 3 items. Using old spray bottles, we use water and household ammonia in one spray bottle; water and white vinegar in another; and water and laundry bleach in another bottle. The proportions are approximately 25% ammonia/vinegar/bleach and 75% water. Be sure to clearly label each bottle with an indelible marker (Magic Marker type), and do NOT mix ingredients. We use the ammonia/water mixture to clean countertops, cooktops, etc.; vinegar/water mixture for mildew control, and general cleaning (also recommended by STRATAGLAS as a cleaner for dodger vinyl); and bleach/water mixture for sanitizing the head/shower/etc. We like the above ‘solutions’ so well that we use them almost exclusively at home too!!
Current offerings include:
Sale - TAWANI is a well maintained
1979 Alberg 37 Yawl (Hull #197) and features NC 42 Profurl roller
furling, Monitor Windvane and a Dickson propane cabin heater. She
has undergone numerous upgrades since 2000 including: new Awlgrip paint
on the deck and topsides, new Lewmar hatches, new Lewmar windlass,
new ground tackle, a newer genoa, updated electrical including new batteries
(installed in 2008), and new thru-hulls.
Built in 1979, her classic looks and yawl rig are
noticed where ever she goes. She's offshore ready and a
delight to sail in the bay on a Sunday afternoon. TAWANI is
For more information and pictures please email Faye Wolse at: 250 995 2959
Alberg 37s Wanted
Wanted - Alberg 37 Sloop. Contact Larry Ciccola (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MK-I Interior Cushions - "As a result of re-jigging the interior of my 1967 MK-I (# 18) VECTIS, I had to have a whole new set of interior cushions made. Bad planning as I had only replaced the covers on the existing cushions, 2 years prior. So I have a complete set of cushions for sale which are like new, 2 years old in Sunbrella, a blue and white stripe. The new cushions cost me $3500! so I figure the older ones have got to be worth $1000. Any offers? VECTIS is a Mark I and the cushions are for the original MK-I configuration (although I believe configurations varied slightly). Buyer will need to pick them up in CT.
Contact Ian Dunn Email: email@example.com
We’ve recently performed a few needed maintenance projects on our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER. Namely replacing the gaskets on both of the overhead Atkins and Hoyle hatches, and replacing the gaskets on the 6 Atkins and Hoyle opening ports. A full write-up of these projects will be posted on the A-37 website under the “Project Database” pages. The proper gasket material (.5" round neoprene 'cord'), for the overhead hatches is available from Clean Seal at http://www.cleanseal.com/cordstock.htm - it's the solid 'cord' #6500. It takes about 80" of the 'cord' to do one hatch (we still have some of the material available if you want to reseal your hatches). The material for the Atkins and Hoyle opening ports is available from McMaster-Carr (www.mcmaster.com) and is Item # 90125K51 (Commercial-Strength Neoprene Extra-Long Strip 3/8" X 1/4", Black) and is available by the foot.
Overhead Hatch Gasket Replacement
We also ‘re-engineered’ SHEARWATER’s holding tank installation to a more ‘modern’ version along with rebuilding the original W/C Imperial 51 head (for about the 3rd time).
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. We are still on a ‘Dial Up Modem” here on
Web Sites of Interest
Upcoming Rendezvous Events
The 16th Annual
2008 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
(Boats may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
NOTE: ALL POSITIONAL INFORMATION IS APPROXIMATE – DO NOT USE FOR NAVIGATION
NOTE: Rendezvous which were held prior to 1998, are not recorded on the Alberg 37 Web site except in the archived newsletters. The first Alberg 37 Rendezvous was held over the Labor day weekend in September, 1993 in
It's ALBERG-37 FALL RENDEZVOUS time again! Plan to
include this event in your fall cruising plans (especially you
DIRECTIONS 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
DIRECTIONS IF YOU COME BY CAR: From Fredericksburg,
VA, proceed on Rt. 3 to Montross, VA.
Proceed south on Rt. 3 out of Montross , VA. About 2 miles south of Montross, VA you will see Rt. 202, make a left on Rt. 202
and proceed on Rt. 202 through Hague, VA.
About 4 miles from Hague, you will see Rt. 203 (at BP gas station and a
sign to Kinsale), make a left on Rt.203 for about 1.2 miles and you will be
coming into Kinsale. As you approach Kinsale, you will be coming down a small
hill, just at the bottom of the hill you will see a sign saying 'Hampton Hall
Estates' and also a street sign “
The 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,
please contact us at the above email/phone number no later than
By the Editor
If anyone is
planning on a “Southbound Snowbird Cruise” this fall, we would like to know
about your plans. We are planning on a
Southbound cruise to the
The A-37 IOA
participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S.,
and members receive BOAT
We Appreciate Your Support Of The A-37 IOA!!!
Hardcopy Newsletter versus Electronic Newsletter
We appreciate the positive response regarding receiving Email notification of the posting of the Newsletter on the Internet, vice receiving actual hardcopy via regular mail (which is becoming very expensive). We now ‘snail-mail’ Newsletters to only a small fraction of the A-37 IOA membership. The advantages of viewing the Newsletter on-line (or printing the MS WORD on-line version of the Newsletter) include the ability of viewing color photos of boats, projects, etc., and the ability to follow ‘hot links’ embedded in the Newsletter to other sections of the A-37 web-site and to other web sites of interest. Thanks!
We invite you to periodically visit the web site for much more information, postings, photos, Discussion Forum, etc., than are possible to include in the quarterly newsletter.
Here’s To A Great Sailing Summer!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
visits since 7/7/08
visits since 7/7/08