ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
C/O Tom and Kaye
DEAR FELLOW ALBERG 37 OWNERS,
Well, I guess that this is the "BLAST OFF" of another boating group. As they say, 'from small beginnings grow'. In response to the add in the Chesapeake Bay Magazine, so far I've received information from 6 A-37 owners. I've sent letters to CRUISING WORLD, and SOUNDINGS, however they have not seen fit to publish my letter yet. Well, perhaps.......
What I have in mind is to assemble a very informal newsletter to A-37 owners, with short articles concerning our vessels and experiences, both good and not so good, maintenance tips, favorite cruising spots. etc. Inputs from any and all owners would of course be welcome. So here goes.........
Have you all purchased your Federal "NO NEW TAXES" TAX STICKER from the Coast Guard yet? I understand that the law has passed, and that the law will begin to be enforced on 31 July, 1991. I received my information from the Coast Guard Safety Hotline, (800) 368-5647. One may purchase the sticker by calling (800) 848-2100, credit cards freely accepted. I also heard that we will have to buy the sticker again this winter, as the stickers expire 31 December, 1991. The fee (read tax) for the A-37 is $50.00.
Has anyone had any trouble with any deck delamination? I have a spot on the side deck, aft of the aftermost shroud, that gives off a slight squeak when one walks on that spot. I sounded it out with a plastic hammer and probably imagined that I heard a void. I attempted to inject some epoxy (after drilling a small central hole and several vents), but I could not get any epoxy injected, apparently there is not a void. Our boat is a 1975 YAWL, HULLNO 157.
One of the best improvements that we've made to our boat is the addition of a "PALOMA" propane instant water heater. It's located in the head above the sink, and works like a charm. They are sold through several mail order outlets including Defenders. It was easy to install, and not terribly expensive. There are several others on the market that are considerably more expensive. Practical Sailor had a review of the PALOMA about a year or so ago. Sure is nice to take a hot shower in the fall. Only problem I had was with Boat U.S. I had an in the water insurance survey last winter (required for older boats) and they balked at having a propane device in the head. After several letters, phone calls, and Xeroxed articles which quoted Boat U.S. policy on propane devices, I finally won. Needless to say, I'm not very impressed with Boat U.S.'s expertise in some matters, and I think a lot of their products that they list in their catalog have no place on a sailboat (especially A-37's).
Has anyone remodeled the quarter berth /nav table area? We use the quarter berth as sail/odds and ends storage and have never been satisfied. We don't need the berthing space, and the area is awkward to use for storage. I saw an A37 several years ago who had converted part of the area for chart storage, small item/tool storage, and had moved the port side cockpit locker bulkhead forward thereby increasing the cockpit locker space. I believe he moved the bulkhead forward so that it was in line with the starboard cockpit forward bulkhead.
Since we live in the Solomons, Md. area, one of our favorite overnight cruising spots in the fall (after Labor Day until mid December) is MACKALL COVE on ST. LEONARDS CREEK off the PATUXENT RIVER, about 4 NM. north of Point Patience. It's extremely well protected from the West, North and East, has depths to 10' nearly to the far end, and is great to spend those crisp fall days and evenings. Favor the starboard side going into Mackall Cove since there is a shoal on the west side that extends quite a way into the entrance.
Enclosed is a list of A-37 owners who have responded so far.
I hope to have a bit more to relate to you in the next (edition?). Hope to hear from you.
2070 KINGSTON CREEK RD.
CALIFORNIA, MD. 20619
THOMAS J. ASSENMACHER 7-19-91
2070 KINGSTON CREEK ROAD
CALIFORNIA, MD. 20619
207 SPARTAN DRIVE
MONROEVILLE, PA. 15146
16 SEVERN RIVER ROAD
ANNAPOLIS, MD. 21401
JAMES R NETHERCOTT M.D.
101 GOODALE ROAD
BALTIMORE, MD. 21212
GERARD T. WARWICK
24700 DEEPWATER POINT DR., UNIT 29
ST. MICHAELS, MD. 21663