Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
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VOL 20, NO. 3 (SUMMER-2010)                                                                        1 July, 2010

Happy Canada Day To Our Canadian Friends

Happy Independence Day To Our American Friends



It’s Nearly Rendezvous Time Again!!

The 18th Annual


Saturday/Sunday, October 9-10, 2010

(Boats may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
 at the


Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico River  
Kinsale , VA.

(On Virginia ‘s Beautiful and Historic Northern Neck)

GPS Coordinates:

38-01.262 N

076-34.417 W  


Click Here for Previous Rendezvous Write-ups and Photos


And Crew Are Back
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Kinsale, VA

After nearly a 7 month 'sabbatical', Kaye and I have finally returned home to Kinsale in early May. 

We left Kinsale on 10 October 2009 aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER in company with Lou and Jean Wayne, aboard their 1967 MK-I Sloop PIKA, for points 'South'!  We had a (more or less) uneventful trek down the ICW to West Palm Beach, FL, where we crossed over to the Abacos, Bahamas in mid-December. 

We spent a few days 'weathered in' at Elizabeth City, NC awaiting passage of some nasty weather and seas on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Highlights of the ICW portion was spending a few days in St. Augustine, FL in mid-November,  and watching the shuttle launch  on 16 November while at anchor in Titusville, FL (about 5 miles from the Shuttle Launch Pad) - a SPECTACULAR EVENT!!

Shuttle Launch

Shortly after our arrival in Vero Beach on 18 November, we did a short haulout at the “Cracker Boy” boatyard in nearby Ft. Pierce, FL to fix a leaking shaftlog/cutless bearing housing – which we promptly fixed, and were back in Vero the following afternoon.

We spent Thanksgiving (American) at the Vero Beach Marina which was a grand event.  About 100 'Southbound Cruisers' attended an amazing 'Pot Luck' dinner on Thanksgiving afternoon hosted at a nearby  city park by the Vero Beach Marina. 

On 9 December, we left Vero and then proceeded in company with PIKA and MISCHIEF (Kip and Linda Newbould’s 1970 MK-I Yawl) to West Palm Beach, FL, where we made the Gulf Stream crossing (uneventful and easy) on 13 December to Great Sale Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.  From Great Sale Cay, we proceeded to Green Turtle Cay (by way of Hawksbill Cay) arriving there on 15 December where we checked into Bahamian Customs at New Plymouth (settlement), paid our $300 cruising fee, and lowered the yellow ‘Quarantine’ flag and raised the Bahamian courtesy flag.   We had anchored just off the settlement of New Plymouth and dinghy’d in to go through Bahamian Customs – when we returned to the boat to go into the anchorage at nearby White Sound, we found that our transmission had failed AGAIN (our 4th)!  We managed to get into the anchorage, and the next day took the boat into the Green Turtle Club Marina, where TJ swapped out the BAD transmission with our spare transmission (yes, we carry a spare). 

We stayed in Green Turtle through New Year’s Day, having celebrated Christmas with a lot of cruising acquaintances, and where we took part in Green Turtle’s JUNKANOO (which was great!) on New Years Day.

Leaving Great Sale Cay in early January (2010), we then proceeded through the “Whale Passage” to Man O’ War Cay, where we’ve spent a lot of time over the past 4 years. 

Although the weather in the Abacos wasn't the greatest, we thoroughly enjoyed our time here!  In December, January, February through mid March, we had 'rip roaring' cold fronts pass through the area every 2-3 days with occasional squalls of 40+ kts. Thankfully, we were able to spend most of the time on very secure moorings the well protected Eastern Harbour on Man O Way Cay.

While on Man O’ War Cay, we did make a few short side-trips, although one needed a ‘weather window’ to go anywhere last winter.  Included in our side trips were several short runs to Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco; Hopetown on Elbow Cay; Guana Cay for the ‘Barefoot Man’ Concert; an several days on Manjack Cay.  We knew most of the cruisers who were ‘hunkered down’ on Man O’ War, and met new cruisers the entire winter who were passing through the area.  Probably due to the poor economy (world wide), there were not the usual number of boats/cruisers in the Abacos, or for that matter, the entire Bahamas.

In early April (2010) we left Man O’ War and began the long trek back home to Kinsale. We spent several weeks back in Green Turtle Cay with our friends Lou and Jean Wayne who decided to leave PIKA (1967 A-37 Sloop) on the hard at the Abaco Yacht Services (AYS) Boatyard in Green Turtle (they plan to return to Green Turtle in December (2010) or January (2011) to continue cruising the Bahamas without making the long trek down the ICW and the Gulf Stream Crossing from Florida). From Green Turtle, we (along with crewmembers Lou and Jean) left Green Turtle for Powell Cay and then to Great Sale Cay from which we successfully crossed over to Ft. Pierce, FL.

We spent a few days in Vero Beach, FL, and then proceeded up to Ponce Inlet (near New Smyrna Beach, FL) for a 2 day offshore run up to Georgetown, SC. When just south of the Charleston, SC inlet, we experienced our 5th transmission failure while motor-sailing offshore (there wasn’t much wind). Like all of the previous failures, we had little or now warning of the impending failure – we simply began to slow down!!!! Checked a few things (like checking if we had lost the prop – but reverse worked fine)!!! Oh, by the way, we only got about 120 hours out of this last transmission!!!!!

Anyway, the failure occurred at about 2230 in the evening (we were planning on reaching the Georgetown inlet at slack tide the next morning at about 0700 to catch the flood current into Georgetown), about 25 miles south of the Charlestone inlet. Not wanting to enter Charleston Harbor at night, and as the weather was great, but only a very light wind, we decided to sail (at about 2.5 kts) toward Charleston, and have Tow Boat US (we had just upgraded to the ‘Gold’ towing service vice the regular ‘Unlimited’ Towing package) meet us at the inlet at dawn. Consequently we had a tow into Charleston to the City Marina. We had originally planned to replace the recently failed trans with the rebuilt spare which we carried, but after considering our luck(??) with this transmission, decided to call our friends, Kip and Linda (who run ‘Boat Lovers Transport’ of Coles Point, VA – only a few miles from our home in Kinsale, VA) and have them transport SHEARWATER back home to Kinsale, VA. We got towed again by Towboat US to a nearby boatyard, where a few days later we were loaded and heading north on I-95 to VA (amazing how the old boat beats to windward at 65-70 MPH – and with no masts or sails up!).Anyway, we are back home from the Bahamas (great trip except for the transmission breakdowns).

Tom and Kaye back home in Kinsale, VA

(Ed. Note:  We plan to post photos of our 2009-2010 Bahama cruise on the website in the near future – SHEARWATER is currently on the hard at Port Kinsale Marina awaiting installation of a new TWIN DISC marine transmission.)


New Members

Shawn Sprinkel, of Charlestong, SC is the owner of the 1971 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop (#70) EMMA ROSE.  Shawn writes: “I believe she was the first Alberg 37 built that year(since 1970 ended at Hull 69). Documented vessel. Great solid cruiser. For Sale to good home, if anyone on the list is interested. Very reasonable. :-).

Dan and Johanna Lord of West Newbury, MA are the owners of the 1972 MK-II Sloop NUAGE.  The boat is currently for sale – see the For Sale page on the website for details.

Gabriel Bonventi  of Toronto, ON is the owner of the 1967 MK-I Sloop (#3) RODEO. “This boat belonged to Ed Kunkel, who donated the rudder mold to the association. This boat also has the stay sail modification and a letter from Carl Alberg explaining how to do the modification, which I would be glad to share with anyone.”

Lucie and Benoit Fauteux of Gaspe’, Quebec are the owners of the 1974 MK-II Yawl FOLICHON 1.

Eric Illsley of Angus, Ontario is the owner of the 1976 MK-II Yawl LADY JO’.

Tibor and Eva Halasz, of Northwoods, IL are the owners of the 1967 MK-I Sloop FINNAIRE.

Ed. Note:  We may have heard from other ‘Albergers’ while we were cruising in the Bahamas.  Our apologies if we missed listing your correspondence in this Newsletter

News From Members

We recently heard from Robin Phillips  who is on cruise from British Columbia to Mexico aboard his 1967 MK-1 Sloop-Hull # 1 KATYDID:

"Just wanted to drop a line and thank you for assisting me with acquiring a mainsail from the Newbould's.  Let them know that I left the west coast of British Columbia this spring (May 26th) and am now in La Paz Mexico after spending 23 of the last 30 days at sea.  One stop in Ensenada for a week to clear customs etc.   I left the west coast of British Columbia this spring (May 26th) and am now in La Paz Mexico after spending 23 of the last 30 days at sea.  One stop in Ensenada for a week to clear customs etc. The sail they sent me is awesome.  I took it in to the sailmaker's for some small repairs and they told me it was impossible to buy sail material with that percale (thread count) in such a heavy material nowadays. It actually made my old main look so poor in comparison that I took it down and use theirs instead.

I have renamed the boat back to the original name given when it was launched "Katydid".

I will someday do up a complete list of the work I performed on her during the last two years of ownership and submit it to you as an article.  Lots of mistakes and things I learned and would like to pass on.  I may have more time now that I am in Mexico, the days are so hot that you don't do much in the middle of the day so it will be on my list.

The boat of course is awesome, I weathered everything from no wind to plus 40 knots off the California coast for three days.  Never once did I worry about the boat, what a pleasure to sail!

I am glad you're winter went well.  Wish I could come to the rendezvous and meet everyone. Wrong coast and to far away though.

Thanks,  again

Robin Phillips


Alberg 37 Hull #1"


We recently received an email from Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer who are cruising aboard their 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama:

“We are heading back to West San Blas after going 120nm to Colombian border town to renew visa for another 3 months.  We have had a great trip to Sapzuro, Colombia with Audrey Paige from MI.  We have taken our time sailing with minimal seas so has been nice. We are now heading back to Western San Blas. Wouldn't want to do this in trade wind conditions as this bay is wide open and see that it could be VERY rolly - but cruisers do what they have to do....  The islands this coast are different with volcanic mounds along with beach and coconut trees.  Took a ponga ($6/person round trip) to Capurgana - another small clean resort village with NO road access so they use horses pulling carts for commerce. Pretty cool place. Power was out so DAS/immigration was only open from 12-1pm. Was going to go hike the falls to Cielo park in Capurgana but delays changed that plus Dennis doesn't want to pay ponga again and abit far to take dinghy with open seas and chance of squalls at any time coming down from the hills.  Plus the Colombian locals are picking up on the Kuna (in the Eastern San Blas they charge $5-10/month) and starting to charge a $25Mil pesos (around $13) anchor fee per week.  We have heard that possibly next year you maybe able to have 6 month renewal instead of 3. We left Sapzuro a couple days ago and anchored near Isla Pinos. Its so quiet but the birds (white igrit, green parrot, etc.). We have seen great biolumonus light in water along with light from MANY jellyfish at night.  Before leaving west San Blas I finally saw a black with yellow stripe sea horse and huge pod of dolphins at W. Hollandes anchorage.  There are also  a couple crocodiles in some of the islands but didn't think it was true till I saw photos -- it was HUGE so guess will watch more next time go snorkeling!

When you have time can you please put a query on the Alberg site to ask others if they have heard of issues with the Volvo 2000's series diesel engine?  We understand the transmission/gearbox has a spline issue without any warning. The spline between transmission and engine gradually wears out and doesn't work.  We haven't had this issue yet but we have heard from other cruisers that have had this replaced.”


Jack Vanderloo  who owns the 1977 MK-II Sloop SOUTHERN CROSS  recently reported: “This email is coming to you from still-on-the-hard in Sydney, Nova Scotia, having sailed (no that's an exaggeration - motored) down the St. Lawrence and around the Gaspe last year (mid-June) in weather that was acknowledged by locals all along the way as the coldest and wettest and generally lousiest in 25 years!!!  My first "all up" sail was between Buctouche, New Brunswick, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, 31 days after setting out from Iroquois, Ontario.  Strong to gale force winds out of the NE the whole way down the St. Lawrence, out of the S past Bay de Chaleur, through the Northumbeland Strait and down to the Strait of Canso, and out of the SW, and in pea soup, all the way to Halifax and Lunenburg.

Sailed back to the Bras d'Or Lakes where Christine joined me for a wonderful month exploring every nook and cranny of these delightful cruising grounds.  Hope to spend 2010 slowly gunkholing the Eastern and Southern shores of Nova Scotia between Cape Breton and Yarmouth (meeting up with Ellen and Peter whom you met), wintering again in Sydney and crossing over to Maine, and doing New England, Long Island Sound, NYC, Hudson River, etc. the year thereafter.


Back in January, we heard from Mark and Debbie Crowe, who are cruising in the Caribbean aboard their 1972 MK-II Yawl SEA CYCLE: “Belated Happy New Years, hope everybody is well, we are just leaving Colombia and headed for Panama. The blog is finally up to date some what Sorry for the delay. Most of the pictures are now on Mark's Facebook site. We will be out of touch with no internet or phone for the next few weeks.

Cheers Mark and Deb”


A-37 IOA Hosts Visiting Alberg 30 Association Cruising Group At Kinsale

The Alberg 37 International Owners Association hosted a cruising group of the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 One-Design Association at Tom and Kaye Assenmacher’s home and dock on the Yeocomico River in Kinsale, VA on 1 June, 2010.  The group was on a cruise from Annapolis, MD to Washington, DC and scheduled an overnight stop in Kinsale.  Happy Hour and a Crab Feast were held and enjoyed by all attending.


Alberg 30 Association Crab Feast


A-37s For Sale

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

Current offerings include:


Blue awlgripped hull with white decks;  Repowered with 4cyl 42hp Vetus/Mitsubishi diesel and transmission with less than 200 hours;  Replaced standing rigging and lifelines;  Complete sail inventory with new 155 Mylar Genoa, 125 Furling Dacron Genoa, Fully Battened Mainsail with Dutchman Reefing mounted to a Strong Track on mast for effortless raising/lowering main,  Dacron Mizzen, Red/White/Blue Asymetrical Spinnaker with dousing sock;  Optional wood trim added by manufacturer in cabin; 12V Adler Barbour Cold Machine.  Many more accessories.  Great Condition for proven regatta class winner and beautiful cruiser. Owner downsizing.   Pictures available at -

Lying in Seabrook, Texas. Contact Don Marullo of HSH Yachts in Clear Lake Shores, Texas.  Don may be reached at 281-723-5006. Click Here For More Photos, Specifications And Contact Info.

After 20 years of owning her, John Volk is offering  "STORNOWAY"  for sale. She is a MK-II, Hull #182, built in 1979.  Originally built as a sloop, she was professionally converted to a yawl.  Details can be found at: . Price is $65,000 CDN.


FOR SALE: 1972 Alberg 37 MK-II sloop; recent Westerbeke/roller furling/radar etc., etc. / ready to sail! Too many toys and no time. $29,900.00 - On the hard at West Newbury, MA 

PHONE Dan Lord: 978 462 1112


Gear For Sale

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:
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:  (replace AT with @).  For photos of the liferaft, go to

Dodger Frame For Sale, Geoff Cunliffe of Mississauga, Ontario, the former owner of the 1979 MK-II Sloop, THE EVERDEN, now cruises aboard a Lagoon 410 Catamaran, PARTY OF TWO.  As part of his re-outfitting PARTY OF TWO, Geoff had a new hard dodger built for his boat.  He has a very heavy duty dodger frame for sale, which could be adapted to a large catamaran, or a wide beam monohull.  The frame is built of 1-1/4” heavy wall Stainless Steel.  The Frame is approximately 12’ wide. Good for use 'as is' OR could be parted out for davits, or other uses. Geoff is asking $200 (USD) for the unit.  Check the Gear For Sale/Gear Wanted page on the Website for photos.  The frame is located in Kinsale, VA Contact Tom Assenmacher  at: (remove 'NoSpam').

NOTE: This dodger frame is NOT for an Alberg 37

Web Sites of Interest

Good Old Boat - The Sailing Magazine for the Rest Of Us  (

Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net (


Solar Panel Installation Aboard

By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
, VA

About 4 years ago, prior to our 1st cruise to the Bahamas in 2006-2007, we decided to become more 'energy independent' by installing 2 (85 Watt) solar panels above the dodger.  These panels have really reduced our dependence on running the engine (with 80 amp Balmar alternator).    Last year, we decided to install another solar panel (this one is 130  Watts) on top of our Bimini for a total of 300 Watts.  This installation increases our electrical  independence by a large amount.. 


For further discussion and more photos, please visit the online version at:


We are happy to report that the solar installation 'worked like a charm'!!  We rarely had to run our engine in order to charge our 450 Ampere Hour (A/H) house battery bank during our recent cruise to the Bahamas (October, 2009 - May, 2010).  Although we did a lot of motoring/motor sailing going to and from the Abacos, we spent considerable time either at anchor or on a mooring (in Man O' War Cay).  Even on cloudy days, the solar installation provided some power.  We figured that our daily power consumption was approximately 90 A/H, of which about 50 A/H was  used by the refrigerator (1976 vintage Adler-Barbour Cold Machine).  We have had NO problems with the solar installation!  Our next highest consumer of DC power is our HP laptop, which draws approximately 4 amps when in use.  Another high impact DC power consumer is our ICOM 710 SSB transceiver which is used, primarily for Sailmail  (Email via Pactor Modem/SSB) in the transmit mode.  The SSB receive mode (for monitoring weather reports, cruising nets, etc.) uses very little DC power.  Over the past few years we have converted all the cabin lights to low energy consuming LED lights, along with an LED anchor light.  The DC power consumption of the LED lights is minimal, and a great saver of DC power - the new generation of LED light bulbs are excellent in that they give off bright and warm light, not the cold/blue light of the first generation LCDs

Additionally, we recently applied additional insulation to our refrigerator box (see Refrigerator Insulation - for further discussion and more photos of this project).  We also installed an 'Hour Meter' to the refrigerator circuitry to monitor the number of hours per day that the refrig compressor ran.  We also installed a Radio Shack wireless thermometer inside the refrigerator (which transmits to an exterior temperature monitor) in order to monitor the refrigerator box temperature.  We found that the efficiency of the box was improved approximately 10-15%  (based on refrigerator 'running' time) with the improved insulation.  With the addition of the wireless thermometer, we discovered that we were wasting energy by keeping the refrigerator too cold. Also, the  addition of a small 'muffin fan' (very low power consumption) inside the refrigerator to circulate cold air inside the box kept the box at a more uniform temperature (the jury is still out whether or not the addition of a circulation fan decreases power consumption).


By the Editor

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 Virginia’s Northern Neck (we occasionally have WIFI available) – if at all possible, please don’t send large files, especially high resolution photos.  Photos should be 100 kilobytes or smaller if at all possible.  We’ve had some emails with attachments which take HOURS to download.  We hope to be getting high speed Internet Service in our area (we aren’t holding our breath!) – we’ll let you know if/when this happens.

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). 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.

 Having recently returned from our 2nd Bahamas Cruise, we urge anyone who is thinking about going cruising to DO IT!!! You won't regret it!  
ou Aren't Getting Any Younger!!

Have a great Alberg 37  SUMMER!  See you at the Rendezvous in October!

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher At Home In Kinsale, VA


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