C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher 

Box 32 , Kinsale , VA 22488  

(804) 472-3853


VOL XIII, NO. 3 (SUMMER 2003)                                                                     

 12 July, 2003


Gerard T. Warwick

June 10, 1924July 2, 2003


We regret to report the passing of Gerry Warwick, of St. Michaels, Maryland on 2 July, 2003 following surgery.  Gerry was the previous owner of the 1976  sloop, AVALON, and was the “Charter Member” of the Alberg 37 IOA, being the first A-37 owner to respond to a letter that we placed in Cruising World  and several other sailing magazines back in 1991.  He was an avid Alberg 37 sailor, who extensively cruised the Chesapeake Bay, and participated in numerous Alberg 37 Fall and Winter Rendezvous. Gerry is survived by his son Gary, and daughter Wendy.  Gerry’s wife Lea, passed away in 1998.   Several A-37 members attended a memorial service for Gerry held on 11 July in Denton, MD.



2003 Alberg 37 Summer Rendezvous

The 11th annual Alberg 37 International Owners Association Rendezvous was held at the Oakville Yacht Squadron, Oakville, Ontario on 28 June, 2003. Thanks to the Oakville Yacht Squadron and the efforts of the Rendezvous Hosts, Marcel Steinz and Karen Kinnear, for making the rendezvous a resounding success.

 22 Alberg 37s were represented at the Rendezvous:

BRANDELERA II (1970 MK-I Sloop, #66) - Frank and Linda Smart

CAPRICORN (1969 MK-I Sloop, #36) - Roy and Doreen Carter

CARELLEN* (1975 MK-II Sloop, #139) - Rick, Graham , Gladys and Paula Humphrey

ESTORIL  (1986 MK-III? Sloop, #245) – Ian Cheeseman

FINALE* (1988 MK-III Sloop, #248) - Terri and Alan Pateman

HALCYONE (1973 MK-II Yawl, #100) – Heather and Bill Beaver

INIA* (1983 MK-II Yawl, # 231) - Peter and Susan Boyadjian

LEEWAY II* (1984 MI-II Yawl, #233) - Wayne and Cindy Milroy

MAGGIE FIELDS IV* (1975 MK-II Sloop, #142) - Gordon and Kathy Martin

MARIGOT (1968 MK-I Sloop, # 26) – Dan Oswald

PAWBEE* (1973 MK-II Yawl, # 118) - Henk and Wendy DeVries

PIKA* (1967 MK-I Sloop w/midship galley, #20) - Lou and Jean Wayne

POSSESSION* (1973 Yawl w/cutter rig and teak decks, #110) - Mike and Karen Johnston

RAGNAR II* (1981 MK-II Sloop, #215) - Tom Liban and Arlene Poizner

SEAFORTH (1971 MK-II Yawl, #73) - Roy and Maureen Brankley

SHEARWATER (1975 MK-II Yawl, #157) - Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

SOUTHERN CROSS (1977 MK-II Sloop w/cutter rig, #180) - Marcel and Karen Steinz

SUNSTONE* (1970 MK-I Sloop, #65) - John Birch and June Hodgins

THE EVERDEN (1979 MK-I Sloop, #200) – Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe

TIME PASSAGE* (1980 MK-II Sloop, # 210) – David Arbuckle and Linda Main

TUNDRA (1977 MK-II Sloop, #181) – Brian and Kathy Marsh

TUULI * (1971 MK-II Yawl, #82) - Greg Blair

* A-37s which sailed to the Rendezvous

Also attending by boat were Ralph and Sally (friends of  Lou and Jean Wayne) who sailed over from Rochester, NY in company with PIKA aboard their Pearson 35,  SANDPIPER.

Others attending the event were Wanita Gray and Larry Meade, Phil Hawkins and Brenda Clark, Dave and Patti Kent, along with Becky Long and Jerry Knop.

Much "boat talk" and many boat tours took place during the day long activities. The day’s events culminated in a social hour at 1600 and a BBQ (with Marcel Steinz and Dave Kent presiding) at 1800.

Again, the Alberg 37 International Owners Association thanks our hosts, Marcel and Karen, for their tireless efforts, and the Oakville Yacht Squadron for the use of their facilities for our Rendezvous.



(Note: Rendezvous information is also posted on the A-37 web site.)



Wendy and Steve Johnson, of Wake Forest, NC, recently purchased the 1974 Yawl, #125, TANGLED AGAIN (formerly STELLA) from Susan and David Opland.  Wendy and Steve previously sailed another Alberg design, a 1969 Bristol 27 which is now for sale.  TANGLED AGAIN is berthed in Oriental, NC.


Roy and Doreen Carter, of Pointe Claire, Quebec, are the owners of the 1969 Sloop CAPRICORN which is berthed in Montreal.


Geoffrey Barrow of Munster, IN sails the 1968 MK-I Sloop LAURA, out of  East Chicago, IN.   Geoffrey writes:

“Our Alberg 37 is privately owned, non commercial, recreational, although we do offer sail training aboard to local groups of youngsters, largely Hispanic and African American from surrounding school districts.  We also cruise Lake Michigan in summer and continue to sail until just before Thanksgiving and time to winterize, haulout, and begin working on all those projects we postponed through the year (or the previous year!).

Our Alberg is original 1968 with a rebuilt Atomic 4, new sails, GPS, whisker pole. The A-37 website and newsletter is an invaluable source of help and moral support!

We have been inspired by website accounts of transoceanic voyages to dream of taking her to Europe for a year if my skipper/buddy Mori and I can wangle a sabbatical leave for a year to do so - Northern Atlantic route, Scotland, Norway, France, Portugal, Med, Azores to Caribbean in winter, then back up the East Coast to Great Lakes in spring.”


Steve and Lisa Grimshaw of Falmouth, ME own the 1974 sloop TENACITY which is berthed in Falmouth.


Papo and Gina Negron of El Senorial, Puerto Rico are the owners of  ELUSIVE (Hull # 40), a 1968 MK-I Sloop which is berthed in Salinas, Puerto Rico


David and Sheila McVay of Markham, Ontario are the owners of the 1967 MK-I sloop, TEMPUS FUGIT (Hull # 7), which is berthed in Marvins Island, Nova Scotia.  TEMPUS FUGIT was adopted from David Payne May 2003.





Pierre Mignot and Genevieve Langlois send the following along with photos of their boat, FOLICHON I: “Just a few words to tell you how much I am pleased when I receive the newsletter. It is great to read about everybody’s experiences. We have been in Montreal for 5 years now, and we keep “FOLICHON I” in Gaspe, which is about 600 miles from home. We live on the boat from June till September, then “FOLICHON I” goes back on her bed for another 9 months. Last year we went to Mingan Islands which are on the north shore of the St-Lawrence river, north of Anticosti Island. It is a wild and fabulous part of the province of Quebec. We don’t know yet, but this coming summer we might go to the east cost of Nova-Scotia. We’ll let you know.”


Lou and Jean Wayne  of Rochester, NY,  (who attended the Oakville Rendezvous aboard their MK-I sloop, PIKA), plan to head south again this fall bound for the Bahamas, retracing their voyage of several years ago.   


Donna and Dan Daciuk of Traverse City, MI, divide their attention between their 1977 MK-II sloop FOOTLOOSE (their ‘Northern’ boat) and their Morgan OI 41 WHITE PELICAN (their ‘Southern’ boat).  They cruise WHITE PELICAN in the Bahamas during the first four months of the year, and then in the summers they enjoy northern Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and the North Channel area aboard FOOTLOOSE (two very different boats and two different cruising areas). 

They report that there is an Alberg 37 in the Traverse City area which was purchased some years ago and trucked to that area from the Annapolis, MD area.  “It was in pretty rough shape and we’re sorry to say that the planned renovations never happened.  Personal problems for the owner got in the way.  Someone is giving some consideration to purchasing it for around $5000.  We hope that someone falls in love with her soon – she needs a lot of TLC, time, talent and money.”


George Chapman has recently sold his A-37 yawl of 18 years, LITTLE BIT IV.


Gerry and Lynne Purvis wrote the following: “Yes we still own TRONDELAG - she is in a marina just north of Brisbane in Australia. We visit her regularly but have been unable to continue cruising as the few months of the year that Gerry works seem to lately coincide with sailing season. We still intend to continue on in the near future.”


Dick and Joan Wilke have placed their 1984 yawl, IOLANTHE, on the market.  Dick is in the process of building a home-built aircraft – all the sailing experience will come in handy!


Ashley Walker recently completed the engine replacement of the MD2B with a Vetus M17 (42hp) aboard their 1975 yawl GOOD NEWS.   “During the sea trial, I got max performance of about 6.8 knots at about 2900 rpm while cruising easily at 6.0 - 6.5 knots at 2100 rpm.  We ended up with a 14x13 3 bladed prop and it seems to be OK.   Big difference from the MD2B - Smooth and really  quiet.”


Bill and Norma Marchant now own a summer business which is all consuming from May through October which has seriously cut into their sailing time.  They hope to sell the business within the next year and then have the time to do some cruising aboard  their  1976 Yawl, SUNNY once again.


Greg Blair stopped by Kinsale for several days back in early Spring aboard his yawl, TUULI.  TUULI had been in Australia for several years, and Greg finally returned her to the Western Hemisphere!  He shipped TUULI aboard a “heavy lift” ship from Auckland, NZ to Florida earlier this year, and brought her back to her home berth in Toronto in early June via the ICW.  Greg has numerous fascinating “sea stories” concerning his voyages in the Atlantic and Pacific.  TUULI survived under severe sea conditions – a testimony to her construction!  (Greg also attended the Oakville Rendezvous aboard TUULI).




 By  Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe


Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe sent the following updates of their travels aboard THE EVERDEN:


01 May 03. Portsmouth, Dominica

“Actually well past time for an update. I think the last update was back in the Virgin Islands. From there we sailed straight to St Barth's (French) skipping by St Martin, the usual stop, because (we thought) we had mail waiting at St Barth's. Anyway after a week, no mail, but enjoyed the island. Very French, quite expensive, but very pretty, went on several hikes, snorkeled quite a bit, and arranged for mail to be forwarded to Martinique (we'll see in another week or so!!). Met up with an American couple on Kandu, an Irwin 38, who we've cruised on and off with since then.

From there, went overnight to English Harbour, Antigua and stayed there for a few days. The old "Nelson's Dockyard" in English Harbour has been well restored and a thriving tourist attraction. Hiked to top of Shirley Heights for magnificent view of English and Falmouth Harbours  and out across the other side of the island. Met an old friend, Derek  Osmond on Dream Weaver (another Alberg 37) there. He was staying to crew on another boat for Antigua Race Week. We stuck around for the opening night Mount Gay Rum beach party, then left for Guadeloupe.

Stayed in several anchorages in Guadeloupe, went to customs on 3 occasions in the two main ports of entry and never found them open. I had my French tricolor courtesy flag ready to fly (a huge concession for an English man living in Upper Canada!!) but never got to take down the yellow "Q" flag (Quarantine - identifies vessel as not having cleared into the country - although we cleared into St Barth's -  I couldn't find a French flag until we got to Antigua). Pleasant scenery, some nice little bays, OK snorkeling, lots of little French bars/restaurants along every beach front.

Leaving Guadeloupe, stopped off at Les Saintes, a beautiful little cluster of islands, with only one town, Bourg des Saintes. Again very French with lots of lovely restaurants, mostly outside of our miserly budget. Would have liked to stay longer, and visit some of the other anchorages, walk up to the fort on top of the hill, etc, but also wanted to push on south.

So that's how come we ended up in Dominica today. Were met by Albert in his little fishing boat about a mile out, who pointed out he was a fully accredited guide and not just a boat boy. We've arranged to go on the trip up the Indian River with him at 0700 tomorrow, along with Frank and Wendy of Cool Change (big Cat) who we first met in Georgetown and hadn't seen for weeks until Les Saintes. Went to customs (yes these guys were open!) and walked round town. Was propositioned by at least 4 or 5 other boat boys - thank God we could say "we're using Albert, thanks". Had lunch in town (this place is in our budget, lunch for 2, including beer for about $7US). Lots of people in restaurant sitting round watching cricket on TV (Aussies vs. West Indies in Barbados), sponsored, believe it or not, by ScotiaBank. Doubt if there's anybody working for ScotiaBank in Canada can even spell cricket!! Nobody bought anything except us - they just watched TV!! Looking forward to some other bus/hiking trips into interior of Dominica. Its the highest of the islands down here, covered in rain forest, with several volcanic craters, lakes and waterfalls.

And after that, there may just be mail in Martinique!!

Geoff and Bunkey,



17 May 03, Union Island, Grenadines

“Long time since we did an update. We've been moving along quite quickly down the islands. Bunkey's anxious to get back. Our son & daughter in law are expecting a baby any day, and my daughter is getting married this summer too, so she's dying to get the boat hauled and fly back. We're booked into "Powerboats" in Trinidad for the summer, and are hoping to get there by 01 June. We're only a few miles from "actuarial safety" from hurricanes (below 12.5 deg N by 01 June) but are driven by family pressures rather than insurance at the moment. We've only managed to do a sampler of the Leewards and Windwards, and have got a list of places we want to go back to, or islands we missed that we want to see on our way north again.

The French islands were all pretty, but were fairly expensive (the euro is fairly strong vs. US $ at the moment. Don't want to think about what it was costing us in $Cdn). The Saintes in particular are a very picturesque little group of islands. We hoped to pick up mail in Martinique (forwarded from St Barth's – it’s a long story) but it never arrived and we later found it hadn't even reached St Barth's. I heard from my daughter that it finally went back to Mississauga yesterday!!

We definitely want to spend a lot more time in Dominica, where we took guided trips up the Indian River and round the northern half of the island, but didn't manage to organize taxis/hikes to the falls and "boiling lake" in the volcano crater in the south. ( time!!).

We had a great few days in Bequia, a very cruiser friendly island, where we met up with Mike and Dierdrie (of Ontario Boat Builders Coop fame) on "Cheshire Cat". They'd been there for several weeks and had quite an entourage of other boats they'd befriended which made for quite a beach party on our last night there. We've had one night at each of the Grenadine islands as we've come south over the past week. Tobago Cays were very picturesque with huge reef protecting the small islands, but found the snorkeling there surprisingly mediocre (maybe diving on the outside of the reef, 50-100ft, would have been better, but fairly heavy seas, and the Admiral didn't fancy sitting bubble watching in the dingy).

Plan to check out this morning then hang out at Petit St Vincent or Petite Martinique overnight, go to Carriacou Sunday and check in Monday morning. Bunkey has found a Prout Cat there she wants to check out. After that it’s Grenada for 2 or 3 days and on to Trinidad as weather permits (this passage is too long for a day sail and has to be done as an overnighter). Developing quite a list of (so far only minor) boat maintenance jobs that we're saving up for when we're hauled out. The one major one I have is to take the rudder off. The bottom bearing has a lot of slop in it now and last time we were hauled I noticed quite a lot of water draining out of the bottom of the rudder itself, so there may be quite a lot of work to do there. To all you Alberg owners on our mailing list, have you ever taken off your rudder, and if so, how did you do it, and what should I watch out for!!

That's all for now. Will update again once we're in Trinidad Geoff and Bunkey s/v THE EVERDEN”


25 May 03, Chaguaramas Bay, Trinidad

“Well we're in Trinidad, getting ready to be hauled out at "Powerboats" 02 June, and then fly back to Canada 11 June. Had unbelievably flat crossing from Grenada with less than 5 kts SE real wind; motored all the way. For now, we're sitting at anchor, mostly relaxing, reading and trying to stay cool (that's the hardest job!!), doing just a few boat jobs so we don't feel too lazy. Once we're hauled, we'll rent an air-conditioner, or at least a de-humidifier, from the boatyard to make life aboard more bearable. Took bus into Port of Spain yesterday for a quick look around, and goat roti lunch in town (Bunkey drooled over fabric stores!). May try one of local tours (e.g., turtle watching) next week if we can get together with friends of ours on two other boats here.”  (Geoff and Bunkey are currently spending the summer in Canada, having attended the Summer Rendezvous in Oakville.)




Pierre Mignot recently sent a letter to us that had an unusual Canadian Postage Stamp attached – it had a photo of his 1974 yawl FOLICHON 1!!  We asked Pierre about this and he responded:

Canada gives us the opportunity to paste photos on stamps.  It is still possible to have these stamps made that include your own photo. Canadians should go to their local Post Office and ask for the  Stamp the Occasion with Picture Postage form.”  (What a neat idea – now if we could only have the same item from the U.S. Post Office!)


HELPFUL TIP (Cutting Lucite)

By Wayne Bower

If you need to cut Lucite, or for that matter any plastic, (Lexan etc.,) try using Liquid Joy Dish Detergent (Joy does everything) or any liquid soap as a lubricant.  It works like a champ. (Note: Wayne is replacing the Lucite inserts in TEELOK’s overhead hatches.)



By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher


We plan to take an extensive “Land Cruise” in our Subaru Forester (that’s a mini-SUV, not a boat!!) in August (to get away from the typical brutal Chesapeake Bay summer heat and humidity).  Planned itinerary is to “cruise” Down East Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and very possibly Newfoundland.  We are marking our road maps with Alberg 37 locations in these areas, and you just may receive a phone call when we “cruise” through your area (our goal is to see as many A-37s as possible).  This trip is open-ended, as we are not setting any firm dates/places (sort of like sail cruising).



By Rafael  Negrón


My wife Gina and I usually cruise ELUSIVE by ourselves.  We feel that our hardest task is that of bringing her into the dock safely, without banging her against the pilings or the pier itself.  We were used to handling a smaller Hunter 25 footer, and then we acquired Elusive. When coming into her slip, we used to have our hands full.  Necessity is the mother of invention (sounds like a band from the 60’s, ZAPPA?).  We recently moved from Salinas, on the south coast of Puerto Rico, to Isleta Marina in Fajardo, on the east coast.  A great place.  It’s a small island off the coast, where you can see the Spanish virgins from the cockpit at the dock.  As I was fiddling with some dock lines, I was installing free running lines from the pilings to the dock, just to keep her on her slip should anything work loose.  When I was going to fasten the first line to the dock, I found that there was no place to fasten it with the exception of the regular cleats that are used to fasten the bow dock lines.  I hesitated for a moment, but then I tied each one of them to the cleat corresponding to each side.  I realized that there was a lot of line left on both sides, and I did not feel I should cut any.  Next day we were going out on a day sail to Icacos island.  As I was going to ready the lines, I went to the bow, looked at the free running lines from the pilings to the cleats.  I crossed them and refastened.  The result was an X formed by the two lines in front of the bow.  These lines prevented the bow from making contact with the pier.  They also did not allow me to go back aboard Elusive until I eased them a bit.  As I watched, I let go the bow lines to the dock and the cross lines held the boat in the middle of the slip, and away from the pier.  We backed out with Gina at the wheel as usual.  I was able to handle the aft lines from the cockpit without any inconveniences.  At the end of another day in PARADISE (love to send that line to my friends up north), we brought her back to her slip and, like being held by a magical cradle, she came slowly to a halt right in front of the pier without ever touching anything.  We fastened the aft lines, spring lines, etc. and at the end I jumped to the dock to fetch the bowlines.  Proud of our new cross lines, we put them back to their original cleats, uncrossed, and toasted with RUM. 


The following “drawing” reflects the slip with the free lines uncrossed.  Use your imagination and see a boat in a slip.













The following “drawing” reflects the slip with the free lines crossed.  Use your imagination and see a boat in a





A-37 Coffee Mugs are available for $15 U.S. which includes postage (within the U.S.). The mugs have a line drawing of the A-37 (sloop or yawl - please specify your choice) imprinted with "ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION" and a color drawing of the A-37 Pennant printed on the outside of the mug. (We can place your BOAT NAME under the line drawing for no additional cost if you so desire - please specify). 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.)



Courtesy of Marcel Steinz / Frank Smart

Marcel Steinz provided the following checklist for storing  your Alberg 37 (or any other boat) in warm/humid climates (i.e., leaving you’re boat on the hard in Florida during the summer months).



1. Wash down all interior surfaces with a bleach Solution to inhibit mold and mildew (especially. if teak is oiled)

2. Launder all removable upholstery fabric, curtains, pillow covers, etc. and store in plastic bags.

3. Put all books to be left on board in sealed plastic bags with bay leaves - will mildew if left out.

4. Seal any wicker ware in plastic - will mildew if left out.

5. All clothes should also be bagged.

6. Put Bounce Dryer Sheets in everything - in all sealed bags, between any clothing left on board, in all cupboards, etc. - they absorb moisture.

7. It is a good idea to sprinkle bay leaves in lockers to help prevent bugs.

8. Use a lot of "Roach Hotels" throughout the boat.

9. Put silver foil in all windows and hatches (shiny side out) to reflect heat.

10. Remove anything with elastic or rubber content e.g. rain wear, bathing suits, “gotchies????”, elastic/ rubber deteriorates in the heat. We have already had to replace the drive belt in our stereo.

11. Open all lockers, floor panels for air circulation.

12. Put large containers of dehumidifier crystals in the sinks - suggest using a plastic basin as these crystals eat into stainless steel.

13. Drain water tanks and plumbing systems (especially  sea water systems as sea water really stinks when stagnant). Blow water out with dinghy inflating pump.

14. Shut off propane at the tank.

15. Remove batteries from flashlights, remote controllers, GPSs, etc.



1. Clean all canvas work before storing.

2. Plug all thru-hulls, hawse pipe with furnace filter material to prevent birds and bugs.

3. Invert dingy on foredeck - tarp securely - lash down - leave foredeck hatch open slightly for air flow - insert screen.

4. Flush fresh water thru outboard motor, change lower-unit oil and store.

5. Wash hull down with Sno-Bol Toilet Cleaner - rinse well with fresh water (removes ICW brown stain easily).

6. Remove and store all sails, covers, dodger and bimini.

7. Soak all ropes in fresh water with bounce fabric softener and dry before storing.

8. Remove wind generator or tie blades securely.

9. Remove all loose materials from deck in case of high winds.

10. Apply rust preventative to all stainless.

11. Service the diesel - change oil, filter, fuel filters - spray block with runt preventative

12. Top up diesel tank and add extra shot of Biobor.

13. Transfer any gasoline to car tank.

14. Top up, charge and disconnect batteries.

15. Pump out bilge.

16. Remove compass and store inside.



(Check the Website for further details and photos)

Recent offerings include:


Brandelara II

1970 Alberg 37 Sloop, Hull #66, Recently refitted after 4 year Bahamas adventure.    Loaded with gear and ready to go cruising again.    See the "Featured Boat" section on this website for lots of pictures.  

Drop an email to for more pictures or information.   Boat currently on the hard near Barrie Ontario.

Asking $75,000 Canadian

Frank Smart

TEL: (705) 436-2821



1968 Alberg 37 Yawl, equipped for cruising.  On the hard at the Indiantown  Marina, Indiantown, FL.


Ron and Cindy Strahm

2820 S. Crenshaw Road

Independence, MO 64057


TEL: 816.228.6325

FAX: 816.229.6100



1984 Alberg 37 Yawl, Hull # 236 of 248 (one of the last Alberg 37s built).  Excellent condition and cruise ready! Asking $65,000 U.S.  (Click Here for More Details and Photos).  For additional information please contact:

Richard and Joan Wilke

6305 Skyline Drive

East Lansing, MI 48823-1606

Phone: (517) 332-6652




1967 Alberg 37 Sloop, many updates, slipped in Manitowoc, WIAsking $37,000 U.S.  Call for information.

David and Joyce Lahmann

TEL: 319.882.3023



1973 Alberg 37 Yawl, Hull # 107.  Complete recent refit, more than $90K spent in the last 2 years.  Excellent buy at $48,500 US.  Recent change in plans necessitates sale.  Boat lying in Cape Canaveral at Cape Marina.

Contact Rick Jeffs




Alberg 37 Yawl, Hull # 84.

"We have been liveaboards for 7 yrs, on a custom designed interior Alberg 37. When completed, we cruised the Caribbean, and are now back, refitting her again to put her on the market." 

Jimmy & Jeanne Sadler





1980 Alberg 37 Sloop (Hull # 214) 

Just completed a 3 year refit in preparation for a Pacific Cruise. Over $25000 worth of new equipment and upgrades.  Unforeseen circumstances require that I let her go.  Currently cruising in Northern British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. 

$58000 US.

EMAIL Shad for a complete equipment list, photos, and information.  Can be seen on Sailnet




Marcel Steinz has been working on his MK-2 (SOUTHERN CROSS) here at our dock in Kinsale, VA (wintered over and going back south this fall). The MK-II's have a teak frame attached to the cabin top (V-Berth only - the center overhead hatch mounting is fiberglass). Both hatches have a 23" x 23" Atkins and Hoyle aluminum opening hatch installed, but the V-berth hatch (with the teak base) often leaks. Marcel has converted to a fiberglass molded base which is available from Whitby Boat & Specialty Wood Work Ltd., Whitby, Ontario (Contact Alex Magnone (905) 430-6766 for details).


This molded product should work for a MK-I too - but you should check with Alex. The base will accommodate the 23" x 23" hatch which is also a standard size.  This is quite a project, but should end any leaks.  Hope to have a project article for the newsletter/web soon.  Take a look at the photos on:



By Tom Assenmacher

Last year we removed the rudder from our 1975 MK-II sloop SHEARWATER  for repairs (procedure is similar to rudder removal on the MK-I. It’s not too difficult a job, just takes time and a couple of helpers:

1. Have the travel-lift raise the boat as high as possible (keel must be 3-4' above the ground - you have to lower the long rudder stock clear of the boat - you may want to measure the distance where it enters the boat just above the prop to the top of the rudder post in the cockpit to determine the height the boat must be raised.

2. Remove the tiller head in the cockpit (loosen set screw and tap gently to remove).  Be sure to not lose the bronze key which fits in the rudder stock keyway.

3. Mark the position of the rudder quadrant on the rudder shaft with an indelible marker to reference its position upon re-installation.  Loosen the steering cables and remove the rudder quadrant.  Also loosen the rudder stuffing box.  Access is fairly good from the port cockpit, and also from the starboard cockpit if you have a cut-out in the starboard cockpit locker.  Now is a good time to replace the rudder stuffing with new packing.  It takes 1/4" packing.

4. Remove the rudder shoe which is attached with 1/4" bronze flat head machine screws.  Replace with new ones as electrolysis probably has taken its toll. 

5. Remove the center gudgeons - ditto on the bronze screws.

6. Remove the prop and prop shaft - this will probably be the most difficult part of the project.  Also, you will probably need to remove the cutless bearing casting just in front of the prop, as the rudder probably will not clear the casting (it wouldn’t on SHEARWATER).  When we pulled the rudder on SHEARWATER, we already had the prop, shaft and cutless bearing housing removed from the boat - when we finally reinstalled the rudder (we had re-installed the cutless bearing casting, along with a new stern tube) we discovered that the rudder would not clear the cutless bearing casting, and had to remove the rudder again.  It only lacked a very small amount of clearance , probably less than 1/2" inch, but we had to remove the stern tube along with the cutless bearing casting (held in by 2 5/16" bronze bolts).  While you have the stern tube out of the boat, be sure and check it for electrolysis - along with the cutless bearing casting bolts.  Now you can remove the rudder - it's pretty heavy, and you need 2 people to remove it.

7.  Check the end pin and hole in the rudder shoe for wear - it's supposed to be 5/8" diameter.  On Shearwater, the hole in the shoe was not worn appreciable, but the pin was worn somewhat.  I cut the pin off flush with the rudder stock.  Drilled and tapped the stock for a 5/8" bronze bolt (to the depth of the threads on a 5/8" bronze bolt - (about 2 1/2"), then installed the bronze bolt.  I then cut the bolt off at about 5/8" (check the shoe check the hole depth).  If you are redoing the rudder stuffing box packing, fit the new packing on the rudder stock and form it into the stuffing while the rudder is out of the boat and is easily accessible - it's a lot easier than trying to repack it in the confined area under the cockpit.

8.  Do any other required repairs.

9.  Re-install the rudder, gudgeon, shoe, attach the quadrant,  re-adjust the steering cables, and reinstall the tiller head stock fitting (don’t forget to install the bronze key in the rudder stock keyway).  If you are repacking the stuffing box, you will probably need someone inside the port cockpit locker to place the stuffing box end on the rudder stock as it emerges from the rudder tube.  Snug up the rudder stuffing box and tighten the stuffing box lock nut. This is also a good time to check the steering cable sheaves and sheave pins for wear.

10. Good luck and be safe!!!

(When we pulled the rudder on SHEARWATER, we could find no water at all - did several exploratory drillings - all came up dry).




Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (Crab)

CRAB is a  non-profit sailing program, dedicated to providing sailing opportunities to persons with disabilities.


GelPlane ProScraper

Need a good scraper to get bottom paint off the hull, or to strip varnish from wood? Use the ProScraper (a scraper with a carbide blade used with a shop vacuum cleaner - we bought one and it works great!).


Alberg Links and Associations

Links to other Alberg boat designs and associations (includes a link to this site).





Due to the proliferation of SPAM on the Internet, we no longer publish Email addresses on the A-37 web site (or in the quarterly newsletter) unless you request otherwise). Please visit and participate in the USERS FORUM periodically as there may be a topic for which you are an “expert”! We also invite you to send maintenance, project, cruising, etc. articles to us for inclusion in the newsletter (and for posting on the web site). We prefer you send the text material in WORD format via email attachment (text in the body of an Email is OK, but takes a bit of “massaging” to get it into the proper format).

We also welcome photos of your boats for inclusion in the “Photo Gallery” – we like the photos to be in JPG format if at all possible but can handle most other formats (we can also scan your photos if you want to send a hardcopy). Keep the file size fairly small (50-60 Kb works well). We still need your Email address updates for the A-37 Roster, which is not publicly posted.  If you want a copy of the roster let us know and we'll either Email a copy to you or send a hardcopy if desired.



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!

Members of the A-37 IOA, which participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., receive membership for half price ($9.50 vice $19.00). Please mention that 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. Boat U.S. membership is no longer required to make purchases from their stores or catalog, however, membership is still required for the purchase of boaters insurance.

If you are transiting the Chesapeake Bay, please plan to stop by Kinsale for a few days (or longer). It's only about 10 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!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher


P.S.  Anyone interested in taking over the web site/newsletter???!!!  We plan to do some cruising next year.