ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
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VOL XIV, NO. 3 (SUMMER – 2004) 7 July 2004
“GONE (Were Going) CRUISING”
Well, in spite of the best laid plans, Kaye and I didn’t
make the long anticipated trip to
2004 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
The 2004 Annual Fall Rendezvous will be held at the
Assenmacher dock on the
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
To order a plate,
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:
Although Jeff and
Terry Loeffler of
and Lynn Thoresen of
David and Suzanne
Jose de Leon of
Doug Cook of
M.J. and Judy
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.
and Susan Boyadjian recently sold their 1983 yawl INIA to David and Susan
and Joyce Lahmann recently sold their 1967 sloop SHE N’ I to Jose de Leon
and Lisa Grimshaw of
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
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.
Jack St. John of
Will and Paula
Hewitt recently purchased the 1984 yawl IOLANTHE from Dick Wilke. IOLANTHE is
currently on the hard at Krentz’
to Rafael A. (PAPO) Negron (ELUSIVE)
Lou and Jean Wayne, who
returned from the
TRAVELS OF THE EVERDEN
By Bunkey and Geoff Cunliffe
(Ed. Note: Geoff and Bunkey have finished this spring’s
cruising aboard THE EVERDEN in the
30 Mar, en route, Chub Cay back to
We're finally on our way back folks. We had hoped to be back in the
Hopefully now we're going to be able to get across the Bahama Banks and
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)
(Ed. Note: We pick up Lou and Jean’s Bahamas Email cruising account …)
WHAT DO WE DO ALL DAY (
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.
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 to listen to the first of several weather
broadcasts. Weather information
continues to flow in from various channels until .
Then there is a local radio "net" where we find out what is
happening around the harbour and ashore in
After a leisurely breakfast the day really begins, about ! 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.
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 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,
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.
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
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
PIKA HEADING NORTH (
been awhile but we are wading north.
After crossing from the
a couple days we left them in
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
INERTIA STRIKES AGAIN (
our old nemesis, inertia, has stricken once again. Pika stopped in
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
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
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.
Web Site: www.cleanseal.com
(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
Web Site: www.atkinshoyle.com
By Brian and Kathy Marsh
(Ed. Note: For several years
Brian and Kathy have alternated between sailing TUNDRA in the
A-37 COFFEE MUGS AND PENNANTS AVAILABLE
A-37 Coffee Mugs are
$18 U.S. (Price went up as of 7/1/04 and after this was originally
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.)
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
(302) 999-0100 Days
(302) 994-8850 Nights
Wanted - Step for the Alberg MKII; the first step as you enter the salon that mounts above the sink. Contact Stanton Smith at email@example.com
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Recent offerings include:
1981 Alberg '37 Sloop. Hull # 217. Lightly used
US$59,500.00. (Click here for photo)
Contact Frank LaValley at 647-223-3536
1968 Alberg 37 Yawl, equipped for
cruising. On the hard at the Indiantown Marina,
mast steps, 8' hard-shell dinghy, etc., etc.”
Ron and Cindy Strahm
2820 S. Crenshaw Road
Independence, MO 64057
Contact: Ralph Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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)
ALBERG 37 MK-II
Recently, Lou and Jean Wayne stopped by the
Assenmacher dock in
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:
- 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.
- 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
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.
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The A-37 IOA,
participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT
If you are
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