ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION

C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

P.O. Box 32

Kinsale, VA 22488

804.472.3853

www.alberg37.org

a37ioanospamr@sylvaninfo.net
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VOL XIV, NO. 3 (SUMMER – 2004)                                                                                                                         7 July 2004

 

 

 

Text Box: FORMER ALBERG 37 OWNER PASSES
 
Suddenly, but peacefully on Monday March 22, 2004, John ('Scotty') Lamont, Sr., aged 57, of St. Catherine's, Ontario, left on his journey to a new and greater place. Beloved husband of Fran for 34 years, Scotty also leaves behind many family and friends in Canada, the U.S., and Scotland. Having attended several Alberg 37 Rendezvous, Scotty was known for his   enthusiastic pursuit of his new-found love of sailing, for his great story telling ability, and for his clever sense of humor. He will be greatly missed! (Scotty and Fran previously owned the 1975 Alberg 37 sloop ROB ROY.)

NEWSLETTER EDITORS
 “GONE (Were Going) CRUISING”

Well, in spite of the best laid plans, Kaye and I didn’t make the long anticipated trip to Maine this summer aboard SHEARWATER.  I (Tom), am scheduled for surgery (non-elective) on 20 July at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, and will be on “limited duty” up for about 6 weeks.  Should be back to normal for the Fall Rendezvous and fall cruising.

 

2004 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS

The 2004 Annual Fall Rendezvous will be held at the Assenmacher dock on the Yeocomico River, near Kinsale, VA on the weekend of October 2-3, 2004.    Directions and additional information is on the Alberg 37 Web Site .

 

ALBERG 37 BUILDER’S PLATE

Is the builder's plate on your Alberg 37 faded by time and sunlight until it's no longer readable? Is it missing? (It should be mounted just below the companionway, above the bridge deck). You're in luck. You can order a new one, courtesy of the Alberg 30 Association

 The cost per builder's plate is $12 U.S. 

 To order a plate, contact Mike Lehman (ALBERG 30 Association) by EMAIL (sail_505@hotmail.com).

 He'll need your serial number (it is something like 3775157 – length + year + hull number) and mailing address.   He will stamp the plate with your hull number and mail it to you along with an invoice and payment instructions. Payment must be in U.S. dollars only.  Non-U.S. payments should be by check drawn on a U.S. bank or an international money order. Check out the plate and ordering instructions on the website at:

http://www.alberg37.org/Builder_Plate/A-37WhitbyNameplate.htm 

 

NEW MEMBERS

Although Jeff and Terry Loeffler of Wenonah, NJ do not currently own an Alberg 37, they are definitely A-37 “WannaBees”.  Jeff wrote: ‘Sorry but we don't own a boat (yet).  We discovered the Alberg 37 International Owners Association after "Googling" Rob and Julie Lee to find their whereabouts. Have read a few back issues of the news letter and now hooked.  We have dreamed of owning a sailboat since sailing with family in the Florida Keys.’

Scott Williams and Lynn Thoresen of Castine, ME recently purchased the 1971 yawl ISLAND TIME from Jim and Jeanne Sadler.  ISLAND TIME is currently berthed in Indiantown, FL.

David and Suzanne Williams, of Guelph, Ontario, recently purchased the 1983 yawl INIA from Peter and Susan Boyadjian.  INIA is berthed in Hamilton, Ontario.

Jose de Leon of Chicago, IL recently purchased the 1967 MK-I sloop SHE N’ I from David and Joyce Lahmann.  SHE N’ I  has been renamed AMAZING GRACE and will be berthed in Chicago. Jose wrote back in May: “I am planning on bringing Amazing Grace South from Manitowoc, WI to Chicago in two weeks.  This will be my first time out and it’s about 170 miles.  It’s going to be a blast and a long weekend”.

Doug Cook of Surrey, BC, although currently not an A-37 owner, “is looking for the right bluewater boat and at the moment the Alberg 37 yawl is by far the leading contender”.  Doug joined the A-37 IOA to help research the boat and ask questions of current owners.

M.J. and Judy Mintz, of Alexandria, VA are the current owners of the 1972 sloop L’AMARRE, which is berthed in Edgartown, MA. (Ed. Note: It's remarkable to know of an additional Alberg 37 that we do not have on the A-37 IOA roster - we have no previous record of Hull # 91/L’AMARRE. We seldom "pick up" a "new" boat into this organization.)

Joran Gendell, of Williamsburg, VA recently purchased the 1984 yawl ELIXIR from Mark and Prentiss Lay. ELIXIR is berthed at the York River Yacht Haven.

 

NEWS FROM MEMBERS

Peter and Susan Boyadjian recently sold their 1983 yawl INIA to David and Susan Williams of Guelph, Ontario.

David and Joyce Lahmann recently sold their 1967 sloop SHE N’ I to Jose de Leon of Chicago, IL.

Steve and Lisa Grimshaw of Falmouth ME expected to launch his 1974 sloop TENACITY in late June.  Steve plans to put together a narrative of the upgrades and some before-during-after photos for the website/newsletter.

Garth Jones of Mulege, Mexico recently send a photo showing  a new stern rail/pulpit, one of the many improvements on his 1969 MK-I sloop (hull #50) INCLINATION.  “The stern rail is of 1 inch 316 stainless and is 33 inches high, much higher than most,  so I feel it offers some real security instead of just something to trip over on the way out of the boat. 

The central 1 ¼”  inch tube supports two 75 watt solar panels which make the boat electrically self sufficient.  I have no lifelines at all,   instead a central jackline with a short tether so I can't fall off the boat.  I think most lifelines are too low and are usually crevice corroded and often fail when really needed. 

 

I did all the fitting and a Mexican welder friend buzzed the rail together for me in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. (You can check out this article on the Project Database page on the web site.)

Greg Vandenberg recently wrote requesting information regarding where to purchase or locate a replacement boom furling/outhaul handle for his 1967 MK-I sloop FALCON. It fits over the shaft at the gooseneck and allows you to roll the main around the boom to reef and more importantly it fits on the boom outhaul to tension the foot of the main.

Ron Cole of Windham, ME reports that they launched ARTEMIS in early June, and plan on having a great Maine sailing season (however short!).

Jack St. John of West Boothbay Harbor, ME recently sent a photo of FIGMENT dressed for the Antique Boat Parade in Boothbay Harbor. (This photo can be viewed on the “Photo Gallery” page of the web site.)

Will and Paula Hewitt recently purchased the 1984 yawl IOLANTHE from Dick Wilke.  IOLANTHE is currently on the hard at Krentz’ Marina on the Yeocomico River near Callao, VA awaiting minor maintenance in preparation to launch later this summer.  Her home port will eventually be in the Solomons/Patuxent River Maryland area.

Linda Main and David Arbuckle have recently sold their 1980 sloop TIME PASSAGE to Dave & Tanya Ord of Brampton, ON.

Congratulations to Rafael A. (PAPO) Negron  (ELUSIVE) of San Juan, PR, who recently passed the USCG captains exam with flying colors. On May 15th he took all four parts of the USCG OUPV-6 Captains exam and passed with a score of 97. We can now call him "CAPTAIN RAN"!

Lou and Jean Wayne, who returned from the Bahamas in June after spending the winter, are leaving their MK-I sloop PIKA in Kinsale, VA rather than returning the boat to it’s (and their) home in Rochester, NY.  They are tentatively planning to return to the Bahamas again this fall.

 

 

TRAVELS OF THE EVERDEN

(1979 Sloop, Hull # 200)

By Bunkey and Geoff Cunliffe

(Ed. Note:  Geoff and Bunkey have finished this spring’s cruising aboard THE EVERDEN in the Caribbean – The final  excerpt from their Emails.  They are now back home in Canada for the summer.)

30 Mar, en route, Chub Cay back to the US.

We're finally on our way back folks. We had hoped to be back in the US a couple of weeks ago, but have had horrible weather in the Bahamas this year. After getting from Puerto Rico to Mayaguana (the southernmost island in the Bahamas) in less than a week, we then sat there 10 days with 25 knot winds, got up to Georgetown to catch only the tail end of Regatta, then got to Nassau in 3 days and sat there for another 10 days with the same high wind conditions.

Hopefully now we're going to be able to get across the Bahama Banks and the Gulf Stream at one shot and be in Lake Worth (W Palm Beach for the landlubbers) tomorrow morning. From there, once we've cleared in with Customs/Immigration, re-fuelled and got a few groceries (Oh God. Real supermarkets with good selection and reasonable prices. Bunkey's salivating already) we'll be off up to Titusville as fast as possible. We plan to haul-out and leave the boat there for the summer, and if we're in time, take a "snowbird" car back from Toronto Drive Away (who organize deliveries between Toronto & Florida for the snowbirds). Should be back in Canada before the end of April, in time for Launch Day at Mimico, and to do taxes.

Don't know what happens after that. The boat is up for sale, and Bunkey is still lusting after a Catamaran. Still no idea how I raise the kind of money we'd need for a Cat, so it may be a fixer-upper, or may turn into an older larger monohull that would still keep her happy (and me sailing!!). Watch this space!!

Geoff and Bunkey

s/v “The Everden”

 

 

 

TRAVELS OF PIKA (Continued)

(1967 Sloop, Hull # 20)

 By Lou and Jean Wayne

(Ed. Note: We pick up Lou and Jean’s Bahamas Email cruising account …)

WHAT DO WE DO ALL DAY (Georgetown, Bahamas 31 March 2004)

The question has been asked "how do we spend our days?"  For those of you who have been fortunate enough to join us this will be old hat.  For the rest it should provide an insight into our cruising lifestyle. 

First off, we live aboard a boat that is smaller than any apartment you have ever imagined, but it is our home.  Every morning I get up at 6:30 to listen to the first of several weather broadcasts.  Weather information continues to flow in from various channels until 8:30am.  Then there is a local radio "net" where we find out what is happening around the harbour and ashore in Georgetown.  The net is divided into four parts, Business, Community, Regatta, and Boaters General.  During the first part we hear from local businesses, the second part is announcements of general interest, the third part covers all activities leading up to and through the week long cruising regatta.  Boaters General includes information such as who hired a taxi for the airport for a given time so others might share the cab and fare, who has items to sell or trade, who has a particular problem for which they need assistance.  During the several hours this is going on, the captain is recording the weather information, making coffee and cooking breakfast.

  After a leisurely breakfast the day really begins, about 9:30!  If a trip to town is in order we decide whether to go in the dinghy if it's not too rough or move Pika to the anchorage close to town if it's rough.  On shore we might need to do any or all of the following; grocery shopping, laundry, dinghy fuel, liquor store, telephone/pocketmail, and almost always lunch.  If we don't need to go to town we might need to get water which means loading the dinghy with 5 gallon jugs and going to the beach bar where good RO (reverse osmosis) water can be had for $.60/gal.  This might seem outrageous but we only use about 3 or 4 gal/day so it's not too bad.  Since the water is produced by KB (the owner of Chat & Chills beach bar) we most often stay for a drink or two, maybe even lunch. If none of those things are pressing we might decide to walk on the beach or do boat maintenance projects, and if it is really calm, we may do some snorkeling.  In among all of this is of course our reading. Neither of us is very quick at this but we do manage a book each every couple of days. 

Around 4:30 we go for a swim and scrub ourselves top to bottom with "joy" (that being the only detergent which foams up well in salt water).  This is followed by a warm fresh water rinse from the "Sun Shower" (basically a black plastic bag which holds about 3 gallons, has a hose with shower head fitted to the bottom and a handle on top so it can be hung overhead) which has been warming on the deck all day.  This allows us to get nice and clean while using only a gallon or two of that oh so expensive water. Of course around 5:30 it's time to mix the sundowners, relax, and watch the sun go down.  Then it's on to dinner which might be something cooked on the grill if we have been to the store and if they happen to have some reasonable meat.  (We have only a very tiny freezer so we can only buy a few cuts at a time).  But the store doesn't always have much fresh meat since this is an island once things are sold out they won't be seen again until the next supply ship comes in.  Fortunately that happens several times per week and there usually is something frozen.  After dinner it's back to our reading, (no TV aboard Pika).  By 9 or 10 our eyes are drooping so it is off to bed.  If it's a calm night all's well, if on the other hand the wind pipes up and Pika starts to dance and swing around the anchor it could be a long sleepless night making sure we or a neighbor's boat don't go drifting off into one another.  The next morning the sun comes up, the breeze blows, and we do it all again. Lou and Jean aboard Pika, Georgetown, Bahamas

RETURN TO USA (Vero Beach, FL May 5, 2004)

It is really nice to be back in our own country but there was a major culture shock when we arrived.  We came from a land were people could pretty much do as they pleased so long as it bothers no one else.  Now, we are surrounded by rules, regulations, and ordinances accompanied by the signs and notices to remind us of these rules. 

A case in point, throughout the marina there is posted a letter from some local law enforcement agency reminding us that we are required to have our dinghies registered, carry all coast guard specified equipment and show proper navigation lights at night.  Now in the Bahamas they simply say if your dinghy sinks and you don't have a life jacket you drown, or if you are operating at night without a light you could be run down by a local power boat which is also not showing a light. I don't know about you, but the threat of death has a much larger impact on me than the threat of some mindlessly imposed fine.  And will I die if I stand ahead of the white line, or leave my seat while the bus is in motion?  Probably not but there is a sign to warn me a fine awaits if I so choose!   Oh well it's still the best country to be in so we are content, hell, nobody obeys the damn rules anyway.  We are currently in Vero Beach and like it a lot.  They seem to have things figured out here in a way that makes perfect sense.

There is a free bus service which takes 90% of the people to 90% of the places they need to go.  Few big cities have managed that trick.  The streets and highways, while not deserted, carry a light load.  This is very uncharacteristic for Florida in my limited experience.  I (we) could be happy here. Where to next?  Today 4/5/04 we head north.  Our goal is to reach Maine and we have committed many dollars to charts so now we must go. Then again we just had dinner with friends who did Maine last year and spent 27 days in the same harbor because of relentless fog.  Who knows we shall see.  For now we are just heading up the ditch and will write more later.  Lou and Jean Vero Beach.  

PIKA HEADING NORTH (Charleston, SC May 20, 2004)

It's been awhile but we are wading north.  After crossing from the Bahamas we spent much more time in Vero Beach than expected - first, because we had the opportunity to visit Jean's Mom and nieces, then because we just plain liked it there. We then met up with my sister and brother in-law in Jacksonville Beach. They stayed with us for a few days and together we explored Cumberland Island National Seashore.  This is a real wonderland (as long as you have sufficient insect repellent).

After a couple days we left them in Fernandina Beach FL and headed north. This took us into the meandering path through the South East Georgia swamps.  I should have been suspicious when my sister who lives in Georgia wanted to get off the boat at the last stop in Florida, for now we find ourselves in the home of the GGSF (Gigantic Georgia Swamp Fly)!  At any given time during the day we have had hundreds of these pesky critters swarming around. Flying around and landing everywhere is bad enough but every now and then they decide to bite.  When that happens, it is more than enough to disrupt the normally calm demeanor of the captain and crew.  I should point out that these are not your normal sized house flies but rather something akin to a horse fly.  Other than their presence, the Georgia low country is most interesting and filled with bird and sea life.

Pelicans and shore birds share the waterways with the ever present dolphins.  Oh, did I mention the no-see-ums?  They also seem to have joined us and are not pleasant company.  Last night we saw our first gator of the return trip.  We have had beautiful weather for the past week with highs in the 80's and a nice breeze in the afternoon.  That nice breeze has always been from the east at 25kts on the ocean with 7-8 ft seas so we have stayed inside.  Fortunately we have the time to play the tides for the most part and have avoided some real low tide trouble spots. We didn't avoid them all as just south and then north of the Savannah River we got stuck twice in the same day. Both times the dinghy acting like a tug boat got us off. We have had the waterway pretty much to ourselves as we head for Charleston to meet our friend Kathy, formerly of Rochester. We will spend a few days here then move on toward the Chesapeake. Lou and Jean, Charleston SC.

INERTIA STRIKES AGAIN (Kinsale, VA 28 June, 2004)

Well our old nemesis, inertia, has stricken once again. Pika stopped in Kinsale, VA to visit with Tom and Kaye Assenmacher and the crew seems unable or unwilling to untie and move on. 

This is a beautiful area and TJ and Kaye are the two most hospitable people we have ever known.   So given the lateness of the season and a desire not to be in southern New England during the peak boating season we have decided to stay in the Chesapeake Bay for now. Actually we are having our next door neighbors visit for a few days and will probably ride home with them.  We need to make sure 26 Boulevard Pkwy  in Rochester, NY is still standing and deal with the by now overgrown yard. 

We will return here in the fall and either take the boat south once again or winterize it and leave it here.  The latter would mean another winter spent in the frozen north and we have grave reservations about that! Time will tell.  There is a lot of wonderful cruising around here (in the Chesapeake) and the fall is the time to do that since July and August are just too hot and windless.  Lou & Jean, Kinsale, VA 

 

 

LEAKING ALUMINUM PORTLITE GASKET FIX

By the Newsletter Editor

Regarding leaky portlight gaskets, a partial solution is to wipe a very small amount of silicone sealant around the mating surfaces of both the rubber gasket and also the port frame to fill the little pits (clean both surfaces with a bit of acetone).  Let the silicone set up for a day or so before closing the ports, otherwise they will be 'glued' together.  If new gaskets are required, a couple of sources of gasket material are:

Clean Seal, Inc.

20900 West Ireland Road

P.O Box 2919

South Bend, IN 46680-2919

Web Site: www.cleanseal.com

Email: cleanseal@cleanseal.com
Phone: 800.366.3682

(According to Steve Johnson (TANGLED AGAIN) the following Clean Seal item works:  Item # 4879HATS-C Description: .250 X .500 Rectangle EPDM Taped W/ Hats On .250" Side)

 

Atkins and Hoyle

71 Portland Street
Toronto, ON
CANADA
M5V 2M9

Web Site: www.atkinshoyle.com

Email: atkinshoyle@dapa.com

Phone 1-877-415-5167
Fax 1-800-263-4184

 

TUNDRA’S TRAVELS

(1977 Sloop, Hull # 181)

By Brian and Kathy Marsh

(Ed. Note: For several years Brian and Kathy have alternated between sailing TUNDRA in the Caribbean area during the winter and spending the summers at their home in Sarnia, Ontario.  They are currently back at their home in Sarnia, Ontario. You can follow their adventures by going to their excellent cruising website:

http://www.galiander.ca/tundra/index.html )

 

A-37 COFFEE MUGS AND PENNANTS AVAILABLE

A-37 Coffee Mugs are available for $15 U.S.  $18 U.S. (Price went up as of 7/1/04 and after this was originally posted) which includes postage (within the U.S.). Please allow at least 3-4 weeks for delivery, as we have them made up individually. 

Also, a few A-37 Pennants are still available for $30.00 U.S. which includes postage (within the U.S.). This is a very tastefully rendered and durable pennant.

For those ordering mugs and pennants outside the U.S. please add $5.00 for additional postage. We can only accept payment by check drawn on a U.S. bank, OR an International Money Order (for Canadians, a Canadian Postal Money Order works best.)

 

GEAR FOR SALE/WANTED

For Sale – MK-I Portlights 

Replacing all portlights on my 1969 A-37.  If anyone wants the old original portlights after I remove them, you can have them for $20US per portlight plus shipping and handling.  Call Bruce McFarland.

(302) 999-0100 Days

(302) 994-8850 Nights

Email: mbmcf@verizon.net

 

For Sale - Mizzen sail from a 1973 Alberg 37 yawl. In fair condition $100 plus shipping.  Contact Stanton Smith at sailstan@highstream.net

 

Wanted - Step for the Alberg MKII; the first step as you enter the salon that mounts above the sink.  Contact Stanton Smith at sailstan@highstream.net

 

WEB SITES OF INTEREST

(Disclaimer – A-37IOA has no financial interest in any products listed.)

Electro Guard - Provider of “prop nut zincs” and electrolysis prevention information:

http://www.electro-guard.com

 

Noonsite - The global site for cruising sailors is the culmination of Jimmy Cornell's work on the global cruising scene for the last quarter of a century and a distillation of his best-selling books World Cruising Handbook and World Cruising Routes.

http://www.noonsite.com/

ALBERG 37 WANTED

(We often get inquiries regarding A-37s for sale.)

Chris Jaquette and Shawn White are looking for an A37 for sale on the West Coast, preferably near the San Francisco Bay Area. We both have a passion for sailing and hope to spend a good part of the next few years preparing for the "big cruise." We would like a boat that would make a good liveaboard and be a solid cruiser. Naturally, the A37 tops our list.  Please contact:

Chris Jaquette and Shawn White

(510) 540-8664

A-37s FOR SALE

(Check the Website for further details and photos - we often get inquiries regarding A-37s for sale)

Recent offerings include:

MAROONED

1981 Alberg '37 Sloop. Hull # 217. Lightly used Great Lakes only, single owner. Lying at Whitby, ONT.

US$59,500.00.  (Click here for photo)

Contact Frank LaValley at 647-223-3536

EMAIL: franklavalley@hotmail.com

 

ENVY

1968 Alberg 37 Yawl, equipped for cruising.  On the hard at the Indiantown  Marina, Indiantown, FL.  “This is a good yawl, w/ roller furling new headsail and good main & mizzen and 2 extra sails, cabin air conditioning., 3 burner gimbaled propane stove/oven, 12V refrig/ice box, twin stainless steel sink, Autohelm 4000, Volvo Penta diesel, updated helm wheel, pedestal w/nice chrome 6" Ritchie compass, new fuel tank, 2 anchors, chain rodes, and lots of rope rodes,
mast steps, 8' hard-shell dinghy, etc., etc.”

$34K U.S.

Contact:

Ron and Cindy Strahm

2820 S. Crenshaw Road

Independence, MO 64057

Email: rstrahm228@aol.com

TEL: 816.228.6325

FAX: 816.229.6100

 

MYA

1974 Alberg yawl. Hull #129. Lying in Squamish, British Columbia. USA documented vessel. Well equipped for cruising w/wind generator, solar panels, watermaker, windvane (Cape Horn), wheel pilot (Simrad), radar, anchor windlass. Engine and standing rigging replaced ca. 1998. Additional upgrades and many spares. Includes inflatable dingy (West Marine) and outboard (2000 Mercury 5 hp 4-stroke).

[See photos]

US $48,000

Contact:  Ralph Turner at rrtgeo@direct.ca or (604) 815-8219

 

 

ALBERG 37 SAIL PLANS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE

(Probably sometime this Fall)

Thanks to Roy Carter (CAPRICORN) who has digitized the Alberg 37 Sloop sailplan, and who is currently digitizing the Alberg 37 Yawl sailplan, and to Bruce McFarland (AERIE) who is doing some final clean-up of the digitized drawings,  we plan to make these sailplans available to members on CD-ROM (quite large JPG files) for a nominal charge to cover mailing costs.  Please periodically check the web site for details.

WEB SITE

We are always looking for articles (cruising, 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

 

WEB SITE “MEMBER LIST” CLARIFICATION

The Web Site "Member List" is derived only from inputs via the "Member Input Form" which gets directly emailed to us upon submission from the web site.  We DO NOT publish the email addresses!  Only those that specifically state they want their information (Name, boat name, location/city/state etc.) get their info listed on the "Member List".  We however enter ALL the info (email address, phone #s etc. into our MS ACCESS database which is not published anywhere.  We do however, upon request from MEMBERS ONLY, send out a copy of the current roster containing the data including address, email addresses, phone numbers etc.  We prefer to send the "Roster" via email attachment in HTML format which is easily read by your web browser.  (In order to get the information into a printable format such as WORD, and to fit on 8.5" x 11" paper, the print has to be REALLY small.) In a nutshell, the member list on the website is not the "official" roster, and it may contain names of folks who no longer own the particular boat (we go through the list periodically to clean it up). 

 

ALBERG 37 MK-I
(Midship Galley Layout)

and

ALBERG 37 MK-II

COMPARISON

Recently, Lou and Jean Wayne stopped by the Assenmacher dock in Kinsale, VA aboard their 1967 MK-I sloop PIKA, where we had the opportunity to view/study the layouts of both the MK-I and the MK-II side-by-side.  PIKA has an unusual interior layout in that she is one of a few with a mid-ship galley along the starboard side.

In the past there has been a bit of discussion and/or controversy about whether interior dimensions (mast location, bulkhead placement, cabin top dimensions, etc. are the same between the MK-I and the MK-II.  Most of us know the obvious differences: the interior layout of the MK-I is different; the companionway is offset opposite that of the MK-II; the MK-II has a “liner” whereas the MK-I does not; the MK-I has 5 opening ports/side whereas the MK-II has only 3/side; the non-skid is different; the toe rails are different, etc., etc.

We took extensive interior and exterior measurements of both boats, (we have not had the opportunity to make the same measurements with a standard/aft galley MK-I layout – so there may be differences between the various measurements of the variations of the MK-Is as well.) and have arrived at some interesting conclusions (all measurements were taken from the stemhead of both boats).  A few of the differences are listed:

INTERIOR

-          The mast is located in the same position on both the MK-I and the MK-II (no surprise here).

-          The chain locker on the MK-I is approximately 10” further aft than on the MK-II – with the v-berth on the MK-I being approximately 3.5” longer than in the MK-II – resulting in a longer and much wider V-berth both at the foot (10” wider) and at the head (8” wider) on the MK-I (because the foot of the MK-I v-berth begins where the hull is wider).  A 6’ person can lay cross-wise at the head of the MK-I v-berth.

-          The head of the MK-I is about 6” narrower than the MK-II.

-          Most MK-I interior bulkheads are placed in different locations than on the MK-II.

EXTERIOR

-          The coach-roof on the MK-I begins about 7” further aft (110” vice 103”) of the stemhead than the MK-II, resulting in a longer and somewhat wider foredeck.

-          The side decks of the MK-I are about 3” wider on the MK-I than on the MK-II.

-          The cockpit well is about 3” wider on the MK-I than on the MK-II

This article also appears on the website.

 

SPINDRIFT

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 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 U.S. membership for half price ($9.50 vice $19.00). 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

 

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 always 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.

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 Alberg Summer and keep the letters and emails coming!

 

SEE YOU AT THE FALL RENDEZVOUS!!!!!!!

 

 

 

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher