ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS
Tom and Kaye
16th Annual Alberg 37 Fall Rendezvous Held!
The 16th Annual Alberg 37 Fall Rendezvous was held the weekend of 27-28 September, 2008. Additional information and photos are available on the A-37 web site. Our thanks to Karen Larson of GOOD OLD BOAT magazine for sending 2 complimentary subscriptions for the Rendezvous Raffle.
Members attending were: Tom and Kaye Assenmacher (SHEARWATER); Wil Hewett (FLORENCE GRAY); Rob Lee (HERON) who attended by boat; Ian Dunn (VECTIS); Joran Gendell and Lin Hayes (ELIXIR); Kip and Linda Newbould (MISCHIEF); Lou and Jean Wayne (PIKA). Alberg 37's in attendance were: SHEARWATER; PIKA, and HERON.
Others attending were: Don and Angela Manning (and friends); Jerry and Becky Knop: Ralph and Carol Hutton; Sandy and David Romer; Richard and Carol Hackett; and Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe.
Rainy and stormy weather greeted attendees at the kickoff pot luck supper on Friday evening. The weather broke and cleared somewhat on Saturday in time for the traditional 'crab feast' on the dock where a bushel of the 'Chesapeake Finest' were consumed, followed later Saturday evening with Becky Knop's 'Need New Lips' crab soup, another tradition. Of course, the entire weekend was taken up by lots of 'boat talk', and a continual 'GAM'.
Sunday dawned cloudy and showery, but nonetheless, as true 'ALBERGERS', we struggled on with a pot luck breakfast featuring scrambled egg sandwiches on English muffins by Bunkey Cunliffe. Later on Sunday, we consumed a large amount of roasted oysters, home grown by oyster gardeners Tom and Kaye Assenmacher.
Prizes were awarded to those
members traveling the farthest which included a complimentary subscription to GOOD OLD BOAT. These were awarded to Ian Dunn (VECTIS) who drove down from
Although not the greatest of weather for the Rendezvous, all attendees voted the event a huge SUCCESS. Our thanks to all who attended.
2008 Alberg 37 Rendezvous
Season of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes
(Ed. Note: This summer and early fall has been a terrible
season for hurricanes and tropical storms/disturbances. We survived Tropical Storm HANNA here on the
"Tom and Kaye:
for your message. We spent the day on Monday preparing for the storm that
we didn't even know existed until Sunday afternoon. All reports
coming in were that Eduardo was to
come right up
and I are "Boat Buddies" at Lakewood Yacht Club where contact
information and authorization to board is exchanged and on file at the
Club. The idea is for the Club to be able to contact either of us in the
other's absence, for purposes of tending to the other's boat in time of
need. It's a good idea and paid off in this case. Jay was winding
up a vacation in the
Glad to hear you're doing well with SHEARWATER and look forward to hearing about your trip South. As always, we appreciate your work with the A37 Association and thank you for that.
Ashley & Stephanie Walker
s/v GOOD NEWS #144"
Thankfully Eduardo turned out to be a non-event. Leigh and I were away doing a charter with another couple in the BVI so relied on Ashley to storm prep SHARED WATCH which he did giving us peace of mind. ...nice to have someone close by who knows the boat so well.
We had a great
time in the
Thanks for checking in.
Jay and Leigh Zittrer"
But then- Hurricane IKE in September!!!!
From what we've heard from Jay shortly after the hurricane, both SHARED WATCH and GOOD NEWS survived Hurricane IKE in fine shape, although there was major destruction in their marina. For a few photos of SHARED WATCH and the marina, please visit the A-37 Discussion Forum at:
Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer continue their adventures in the
They wrote in July: "Hi you
guys, We're in
Also, from another email in July:
"We had a nice 86nm night passage from Grenada with calm seas and light
E/NE winds so light motor sailed most of the way -- current 1-2 knots so even
we could push thru that OK. Tom wasn't sure we could make it the first
couple hours as he way starting to push to go to Trinidad but I pushed him out
just enough for the wind to go a bit NE and current around Grenada to release
us. It took us about 3 weeks to find the right weather window which is
why we ended in
We received another email on
As you might imagine, we need to be totally self sufficient, bringing enough fuel, food water etc for the entire trip as there is no where to go for provisions and help is perhaps days away. That is why most people will travel with a "buddy boat" just to be on the safe side.
We will keep you updated on the Rio Macareo and when we get back to an internet connection we will update the website with more narrative and hopefully some lovely photos too.
Our current lat & long is : N 09.48.2 W 061.35.3
Peace and Love, Tom and Rose"
"Just a quick note to say we are still in the Rio
More later when we reach
Back in July, we
received the following email from Ken
and Anita Tillotson, who are extensively cruising their 1975 MK-II Yawl JOINT VENTURE, currently in
reports in an email that he is having his 1967 MK-I Sloop LOTUS re-painted: "As I mentioned I am getting Lotus re-AwlGripped
this winter. It was last done about 14 or 15 years ago. It held up well
and the same guy (a friend who has a marine service) is doing it again. The
clear coat over the jade green top sides is lifting in small spots right
by the rail but generally it held up well. I did get a price down in the
Pat and Wayne Jobb,
"I've been at sea cruising
For a short video of my trip go to my
Take care and have a good rendezvous in September.
Note: Subsequent to this email, Simon
has sailed from
Jon and Megan
Jon recently wrote: "We brought her from
Found - A "Lost" A-37
Once in awhile, we hear of a 'new' A-37, meaning an A-37 of
which we have no previous record. Such a
boat is GLOBITOU, a 1975 MK-II,
(Ed. Note: The boat
is currently listed For
(Check Out The Cruising/Racing Stories Section Of The Web Site
And The Discussion Forum For Additional Racing Information)
Charles Deakyne, of Severna Park, MD (near Annapolis, MD), recently participated in the annual Chesapeake Bay Governor's Cup Race, an overnight race from Annapolis, MD to St. Marys City, MD (a total of about 70 NM). Charlie, who is 81 years young, has participated in every Governors Cup Race since 1981. The following is an email received from Charlie shortly following this year's race:
Glad you saw the nice article in the Post. It would have
been nice to have gotten a 1st place, but we were happy with a 5th under the circumstances.
The winds were fickle, no west wind as they had predicted and they were mostly
southerly and varied from 0 at times to 30 in the thunder storm Sat. morning as
we were coming up the
We came back Sat. night and had a second thunder storm
while we were motoring down
For an account of Charlie's dedication to the sport of
sailboat racing, the following link is provided to an article which appeared in
the Washington Post on
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 contact 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
For sale - Zodiac, 4 man offshore valise liferaft. Never deployed, purchased new in 2000. Always stored inside and is in great condition.. Buyer responsible for shipping and repackaging, however if it cannot be repackaged for any reason send back and we will refund the purchase price (shipping not included). Asking $800 USD. Contact Bill and Debbie Horne: serenade2ATsbcglobal.net (replace AT with @). For photos of the liferaft, go to http://www.alberg37.org/gear4sale.htm
Dodger Frame For
And Wheel Steering System For
I have just removed the Edson binnacle and wheel
steering system from my 37 Yawl "KUMA",
and it is currently on consignment at Bacon and Assoc. in
Peter D. McIntosh captpetermacATfastmail.fm (replace AT with @)
Tiller Pilot and Windvane
I am refitting "KUMA", my 1971 MK-II yawl, and am looking for a Tiller pilot, 12volt, any make, also a windvane self steering system, Monitor preferred, but other makes considered. Contact Peter Mac. captpetermacATfastmail.fm (replace AT with @)
Re-insulating The Ice Box/Refrigerator
This summer we (Tom and Kaye Assenmacher) have undertaken several 'projects' on our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER. One of these projects was to re-insulate the refrigerator (ice box). The original box, as all MK-II owners know, is at best only fairly well insulated. Several years ago, while doing general refurbishing of the boat's interior, we injected several cans of 'builder's' foam insulation into the voids between the icebox liner and the hull, bottom and sides with only limited success. Our box still has the original owner-installed air cooled Adler-Barbour Cold Machine which was installed probably in the 1976-1980 time frame (we've owned the boat since 1982), and believe it or not, still works great (we had it recharged years ago, had to replace the electronic control unit also years ago, and have had to replace the cooling fan several times over the years)! The unit draws about 5.5 amperes when it's running, and before re-insulating, ran about 50% of the time.
We had read several articles about re-insulating the box, some of which required removal of the box's interior - we didn't want to do that! Another article we read suggested applying a foam/fiberglass liner to the interior, so, we elected to re-insulate in this manner.
We had also heard of a commercial fiberglass panel material, called Sequentia Fiberglass Reinforced Wall Panel, available from building supply stores such as Lowes. This material is a fiberglass laminate, about 1/16th (actually 0.072") inch thick, and comes in various colors and textures (we chose white with a slight 'pebble' texture), and comes in a 4' x 8' panel and costs about $30 per sheet. We decided to 'glue' the insulation material to the Sequentia panel material, which would make a rigid foam/fiberglass panel which would be easy to clean, and relatively easy to install.
As the insulating material, we chose 1" blue extruded polystyrene (also known as 'blue board') rigid foam insulation (also available at Lowes or any building supply house), which is light, doesn't absorb moisture, has an a relatively high "R" value of 5. We figured adding this insulation to the existing insulation would provide adequate insulation with minimal effort.
We started the project by making some rough paper patterns of the ice box interior, as it was impossible to install large sections of the foam/fiberglass panel material. We then 'glued' the blue foam insulation board to the rear side of the Sequential glass panel material using thickened epoxy (West Epoxy thickened with #404 structural adhesive powder). The blue foam board is NOT dissolved by the epoxy, and makes for a very strong panel.
We then began the cutting and fitting of the panels, which was quite a time consuming task. We ended up with approximately 15 panel segments which covered the entire box interior, i.e., bottom, sides and top (we left the refrigerator freezer evaporator box in the icebox during this process). We then 'glued' the fitted segments into the box using 3M 5200 adhesive, leaving approximately 3/16" between segments to allow for injection of 5200, forming waterproof and bonded seams (these seams were masked with tape to keep the installation neat and tidy). We also replaced the old Styrofoam insulation in the icebox lids with "blue board". The entire project took approximately 40 hours (could probably do it in less time now that the 'learning' curve has been established. We have begun taking data to determine the effectiveness of the added insulation - preliminary results show a marked improvement of box temperature, decreased refrigerator running time, with commensurate energy savings (our two 85Watt solar panels can now keep up with the refrigerator electrical consumption).
Finished Ice Box
MISCHIEF Receives A New Paint Job
MISCHIEF Receives A New Toe Rail
MISCHIEF Receives A New (Used) Engine
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
Southeast Cruisers Net - A terrific resource for Sail (and Power) Cruisers
By the Editor
Since Kaye and I are again “Heading South
Please hold in abeyance all membership donations, correspondence, etc., until we return from our trip next spring. The Alberg 37 Web Site will remain “ON LINE” during the period of our absence, and we will endeavor to periodically post items of interest as they occur, and subject to our ability to go ON LINE in the Bahamas.
WE WILL BE OCCASIONALLY CHECKING OUR EMAIL
WHENEVER WE ARE WITHIN
The A-37 IOA
participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT
Have a great sailing FALL, WINTER and SPRING – see you when we return!!!!!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
SHEARWATER At Dawn On The
Number of Visits Since 10/12/08