ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION

C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher 

Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488  

(804) 472-3853

http://www.alberg37.org

 

VOL XIII, NO. 3 (FALL 2003)                                                                     

 24 October, 2003

 


FALL NEWSLETTER DELAYED DUE TO

HURRICANE ISABEL

Hurricane Isabel marched up the Mid Atlantic region on 25-26 September, carrying much devastation and damage.  We estimate winds of 85 kts, and a 5’ storm surge at Kinsale, VA.  Fortunately our 1975 yawl SHEARWATER survived without a scratch, along with our adjacent home.  We had several trees uprooted, along with a large amount of tree limbs and wood debris, but luckily all trees missed our house.  We elected to leave SHEARWATER tied up (triple lines, numerous fenders, fender boards, old tires, etc.), along with several anchors set broadside to keep her off the dock.  The storm surge resulted in only the tops of the pilings being above the water surface.  We were without electrical power for a bit over 11 days.  Fortunately, we had filled SHEARWATER’s fuel, water, and propane tanks immediately before the storm,  so we lived quite the life of luxury (refrigerator, hot showers, hot meals, entertainment etc.) during the power outage by running the engine approximately 1 hour per day.  It was just like cruising except we didn’t leave the dock, and worked at clearing the storm mess.  In retrospect, we think we will anchor SHEARWATER in a nearby hurricane hole during the next major hurricane.

 

 

NEW MEMBERS

 

Joe and Sharon Griffin of Monroe, NC recently bought the 1980 sloop TAO from Shad Dusseau and Barbara Cohea.  They will rename the boat MARIAH.  (Ed. Note: Joe contacted us last year inquiring about A-37s for sale, and we are glad that he found the “right boat”.)

 

Wil and Paula Hewitt, of Murrells Inlet, SC recently purchased the 1984 yawl IOLANTHE from Dick and Joan Wilke of East Lansing, MI.  Wil recently wrote: “Trucking IOLANTHE is an option we are considering, but our discussions mainly have centered around sailing out the St. Lawrence seaway, an adventure Paula has longed for a long time, or making the canal voyage to the Hudson and down that way. Of course, money, time available and employment requirements still drive us.  We have thought about name changes, but at this point we're inclined to keep the name Iolanthe. Keeping that name would be a tribute to both Dick and Joan Wilke and to my mom who recently passed away before she could share in this dream.”

 

 

NEWS FROM MEMBERS

 

Steve and Brenda Cooper of San Diego, CA recently sold their 1972 sloop SOJOURN. “The Alberg 37 is a great cruising boat and we will miss our sailing experiences, but are happy that we are no longer 2 boat owners!”  Steve and Brenda said they had many inquiries from the “For Sale” page of the A-37 web site.  SOJOURN's new owner plans to cruise the Mediterranean.

 

Stewart Clatterbaugh reports that he has a few projects going on  his 1971 yawl IMMUNITY.  “Currently doing some glass work on the starboard midship interior.  The support knees have popped off and have  cut new knees from ash  and they should be very strong.  I chiselled the fibreglass bedding and the remains of the knees off and now am scraping print around the area so I can lay another layer of glass as well as install the knew knees.

I am also install in new steering cables and stainless sheave pins.  The pins farthest aft on both sides showed signs of wear.  I have gotten the pins in and the cables cut and am going to swage new eyes onto the cables (truly a painful and miserable job – I couldn’t fit in any of the access panels so had to work blind.  Also learned to tie a piece of string around the wrenches and tape the sockets to the wrench to keep them out of the bilge).

 

Bruce McFarland reports that his 1967 MK-I sloop AERIE is still on the hard in Chesapeake City, MD and will be there quite a while yet as he continues the restoration project.  He recently  received 10 new 5” x 12” ports from New Found Metals, and plans to install them this fall.  He has listed his old opening ports on the “Gear for Sale” page on the web site, and the listing also appears in this newsletter.

 

Wanita Gray reports that Derek Osmond is back on DREAMWEAVER III in Antigua after leaving it on the hard while coming back to visit family and friends for the hurricane season.  While in Ontario, Derek obtained his captain’s license.  Derek plans to head for Venezuela and then around the Western Caribbean.

 

Shad Dusseau and Barbara Cohea recently sold their 1980 sloop TAO to Joe and Sharon Griffin of  Monroe, NC.  Shad plans to send a few articles for the newsletter.  They have just spent the summer in SE Alaska and spent the last month prepping and painting TAO for her new owners, and would be happy to share their experiences.

 

Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe of Mississauga, Ontario are back aboard their 1979 sloop THE EVERDEN in Trinidad.  They wrote: “Spent a few days in Scotland Bay where its wonderfully peaceful and quiet, listening to the myriads of birds and monkeys in the trees on shore; and a couple of days at Chacachacare Island, site of Trinidad's old leper colony, now a large uninhabited island with lots of ruins. We're back in Chaguaramas to catch a tour of the Gasper Grande caves, after which we'll check out with customs and head along the north coast and try to get over to Tobago (weather permitting - its upwind and up-current so can be rough).”

Regards.....Geoff and Bunkey

 

Marcel Steinz of Oakville, Ontario, along with fellow A-37 owner and crewmember Henk Devries, departed Kinsale, VA on October 22 aboard his 1977 sloop SOUTHERN CROSS, bound for southern Florida and the Bahamas.  Also accompanying Marcel for points south were his friends Peter and Nancy Jackson aboard the Beneteau 411 STEP THREE, and John Webb and Kathryn Bamford aboard the Beneteau 36 ARIELLA.  Marcel recently finished an extensive year long refit at the Assenmacher dock in Kinsale including installing a 7.0 Gph SK water maker, a new water heater, and new standing rigging.  A farewell party for Marcel and friends was held prior to their departure.

 

 

TRAVELS OF PIKA

(1967 Sloop, Hull # 20)

 By  Lou and Jean Wayne

10/21/03

“We left our Manasquan NJ anchorage in rather a hurry about 7am due to a falling tide and we were already touching the bottom.  We had set 2 anchors so when the tide and currents changed we would be both out of the channel and off the bottom. That plan nearly worked and it was just a matter of retrieving the two anchors and we were off.  The Atlantic was rolley with a north east swell and westerly chop but no wind. When we detected a bit of west wind we unfurled the genoa which steadied the boat greatly.  Motor sailed like this for a couple of hours until the wind filled in and we set the main and shut down the engine.  After a couple hours the wind went light again, we struck the main and motor sailed on to Atlantic city.  Found our way into a secure protected anchorage.  There we were treated to a lovely sunset and an amazing light show on the side of Harrah’s hotel/casino. Over half of the building is covered in lights which constantly change colors and patterns.  Everything from simple geometric patterns to a US flag, a bursting sunrise, a rainbow and many, many others.  This morning (Sunday 10/19) we intended to head for Cape May but the wind gods had other ideas, instead of the predicted south west wind at 15 we found south at 25 with 6ft. seas! I lost two hats overboard just while getting the anchor up. The replacement boat hook purchased in Manasquan was put to immediate use.  We decide to stay here and take the boat to a marina for fuel.  We found a dock where we could leave the boat for a few hours and walked around the town.  Had a good lunch in an Irish pub then took the boat back to the anchorage. Tomorrow's wind and seas look much better. Monday Calm seas and sun (although it is cool, in the 30's).  We motor out of our very protected Atlantic City anchorage around 8am.  We knew it would be a good day when we spotted 3 dolphins at the mouth of the channel.  The rest of the day was quite uneventful as we motor sailed along the Jersey shore past all of the beach towns with their Ferris wheels and roller coasters (Avalon, Ocean City, and Wildwood).  Arrived in Cape May around 3pm.  We are anchored off of the coast guard station and plan to sail across the Delaware Bay on Tuesday, weather permitting, of course.  Tuesday Awoke to gale force winds and as usual in those conditions, the mate refused to leave the safety of her bed.  Shortly after, a consensus was reached that tomorrow might be a better day to leave.  Hung out at anchor reading our books and having pleasant conversation along with an afternoon Gin & Tonic - life is good. Wednesday up at 6am so we can leave our anchorage at 1st light. Enjoyed coffee and fresh baked blueberry muffins while transiting the Cape May Canal (approx. 5 miles long).  We knew that the tide, current, and wind would all be against us for the better part of the day but the 55+ miles seemed doable.  It was immediately obvious that we would not be able to motor in the 4 foot seas with the 2 knot current and 25 knot wind.  We unfurled the jib and sailed at a 30 degree angle of heel for a while averaging about 1.5 knots to weather.  Another consensus was reached that we head back to Cape May and wait until another day. So, we have been up since 6, had breakfast, sailed 15 miles, and are back where we started.  The winds do not sound promising for this passage until Friday or Saturday. I think today will be the day we explore the town of Cape May by dinghy.”

Lou, Jean, & Bob aboard Pika, Cape May Harbor 

 

 

SOURCE FOR CARL ALBERG BOAT PLANS

(Unfortunately no A-37 plans are available.)

The Peabody Museum has some of Carl Alberg's original plans of his early designs.  Unfortunately no A-37 plans are available.  Copies of available plans may be purchased for a nominal cost per sheet. Contact the Peabody Museum, Salem, MA, Marine History Department at 800-745-4054 for further details.

   

“LAND CRUISE”

By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

 

As reported in the last (Summer 2003) newsletter, we had planned a “Land Cruise” to the Canadian Maritime Provinces.  We did accomplish this feat during the last week of July and the first the first 3 weeks of August.  We “cruised” the Atlantic coast  from Rehoboth Beach, DE all the way to Argentia, Newfoundland (my first duty station as a Naval Aviator way back in 1964).  We looked up fellow Alberg 37 members in Centerport, Long Island, NY (went sailing with David and Delores Cassell aboard their 1971 MK-II yawl INDIGO DUSK out of Huntington Harbor);  John and Judy Langley of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, and saw their A-37 Yawl, TALISKER.  Also while in Baddeck we visited with Bill and Norma Marchant, who own the 1976 A-37 yawl SUNNY, and sighted ALICIA III, a 1975 yawl at anchor in Baddeck Harbor (must have been cruising).  Traveling further east to Mulgrave, NS (at the Canso Causeway – entrance to Cape Breton Island), we visited with fellow A-37ers Sonny and Petra Power, who had previously visited Kinsale a few years ago aboard their sloop /cutter KANDACE ROSE.  On our return trip, we “cruised” the coast of Maine and visited with Jack St John aboard his 1973 yawl FIGMENT followed by a lovely lunch at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. Further down the Maine coast we met with Ron Cole in Falmouth, Maine to see his 1981 Alberg 37 Sloop, ARTEMIS.  Went for a 2 hour sail in the surrounding area – nice boat and a great sail in about 10 kts of wind.  Ron and his son plan to “go south” in the fall with a possible stop in Kinsale.  Traveling south now we proceeded to the Mystic, CT area where we visited the Mystic Seaport, and later to meet Mike and Joan Doucette who have the Alberg 37 sloop KINDRED SPIRIT moored in Noank, CT. Mike and Joan took us on a sail in the afternoon – very nice sail in great conditions.  Mike has recently repainted the decks of the boat and did a very professional looking job.  We had planned to visit the Cape Cod area, and look up several other Alberg 37 owners, but time ran out on us – perhaps another time.  It was a great trip, we drove nearly 5000 miles, and enjoyed every minute/mile of the trip.  Truly a great area, including the Maritime Provinces.  It really whetted our appetites to do a “Down East” (and beyond) cruise.

 

 

A-37 COFFEE MUGS AND PENNANTS AVAILABLE

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.)

 

 

GEAR 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

The Alberg 37: A Dream-Boat Circa 1970 And 1995

BY PAUL HOWARD

(Reprinted with permission of Canadian Yachting)

This article appeared in a 1995 edition of Canadian Yachting.

June 8

"A nice morning, but a brassy glare gets us worried. By 1130 we have rain and the wind picks up. With a third reef in the main and the genoa rolled back to a number three, we are making seven to eight knots. The boat is awash with breaking seas and spray keeps flying over the boat. My gourmet meal suffers as cutting and cooking have become a lethal exercise.

 

A classic shot of a classic Canadian craft - A classic shot of a classic Canadian craft. The Alberg 37 SOUTHERN CROSS  shows off  it's distinctive blue kite near Toronto Island in the late '70s. (Ed. Note:  SOUTHERN CROSS  is currently owned by Marcel Steinz and Karen Kinnear of Oakville, Ontario)

 

June 23

"The wind is still very strong and veer­ing to the north. We are unable to main­tain course and are 15 miles off the rhumb line. At 0930 the wind has picked up to more than 40 knots and the seas are 25 to 30 feet high. We decide to pack it in and take all sails down. With the wheel locked, the boat drifts at about two knots but the motion is very smooth. For the first time we have no waves breaking over our bow. We overhear two freighters on the VHF and find out that we are in the centre of a storm in [with a pres­sure of] 1,000 millibars. Still, after six hours of well-deserved sleep, the next morning looks better. "

These are two log entries from the Alberg 37, Rabaska (an aboriginal name meaning war canoe), from Hank Borsboom's passage to Bermuda in June, 1993. In his seventh season with Rabaska. Borsboom chose the Alberg for its reputation as an ocean passage-maker. "Every year I add some more equipment," said Borsboom in his thick Dutch accent. "To date I have added mast steps, furling gear, a wind­lass with three anchors and lots of rode, plus a new GPS, life raft and EPIRB for our Bermuda trip. Other upgrades include a high-output alternator, 500 amp hours of domestic battery capacity, improved wiring, and new panels, circuit breakers and battery-monitoring equip­ment. My next project is a new refriger­ation unit in an upgraded icebox."

The Alberg 37 was designed by Swedish-born Carl Alberg (1900-1986) for Kurt Hansen's Whitby Boatworks. In total, 248 of these boats were built between 1967 and 1988; the MKI model from 1967 to 1971 and the MKII until the late-'80s.

With long overhangs and a pleasing sheer, the 37 is an unmistakably classic design. Although first built as a racer/cruiser, the Alberg is now known as a traditional cruiser with medium­-heavy displacement performance. During the early '70s the AL37 was actively raced in SORC and other off­shore events, but today is only occasion­ally seen out PHRF club racing.

Below the waterline the forefoot is cut away at the forward end of a relatively short keel. A large, raked rudder is attached directly to the keel. Low top­sides, a long and narrow cockpit and a well-proportioned coach-house are other distinct features of the Alberg.

I recently spoke to Doug Stephenson, a former sales agent for Whitby Boatworks from 1981 until the factory closed in 1988. Now a broker at Bay Harbour Yachts in Midland, Ontario, Stephenson described the differences between the MKI and MKII.

"On the Mark II the toe rail was changed from wood to fibreglass. Hansen also incorporated a dodger splash-guard into the deck mould. The port lights were also elongated and fewer opened. But the largest change, from a construction point of view, was the addi­tion of a moulded floor support and liner to replace the wood that was there in the MKI. This made the boat more durable and also decreased production time." Other modifications to the MKII includ­ed a more efficient use of interior space, allowing for a larger head and galley, as well as longer berths.

During the `70s the Alberg was consid­ered a boat-show "dream-boat" by Canadian sailors in the boat market. At the time, the yawl rig (see line drawing) was especially coveted for its graceful silhouette. A good part of the 37's strong reputation comes from its strengths as an ocean-crossing vessel. I know of one cir­cumnavigation made by Mike Phelps of Florida, but there are bound to be others who have logged the trip as well. Mike completed his seven-year global tour on hull #42, built in 1968.

A March `82 article in a U.S. sailing magazine speaks of how the Fowle fam­ily sailed their Alberg 37, Arion, from Massachusetts to Ireland, weathering the famed Fastnet gale. They described the usual thrills and chills of a first-time ocean crossing with mandatory descrip­tions of towering seas and their fright as they watched the anemometer register gusts of 76 knots.

While in New Zealand aboard Lorcha during a circumnavigation with my wife and two children, we met a Vancouver sailor single-handing his Alberg on a proposed circumnavigation. He told us of how he became stranded on the coral near the entrance of Palmyra Atoll in the North Pacific for several days. A poor spell of navigation meant he entered when the angle of the sun made it hard to read the coral reefs surrounding this

uninhabited atoll. As the boat settled on her bilge, this hard-luck sailor was forced to throw away thousands of dol­lars worth of charts. books and spare parts to lighten the hull. His Alberg 37 pounded for three days before the tide rose high enough to float her off. He then sailed to Tahiti, several thousand miles away, before he made repairs to the port­ side bilge! But as a testament to the structural integrity of the Alberg, his boat never leaked. When we saw her after her repairs a few months earlier, she appeared not to have had suffered any serious damage.

James Hiller of Southfield, Michigan, had a new Alberg 37 built for him in 1982, one of only 42 built in the `80s. During a visit to the factory, Hiller sur­reptitiously pinched two core samples left over after the shop had cut the through-hull fittings in his new boat. He sent these cut-outs to a testing laborato­ry, presumably to check up on the quali­ty of his nearly completed hull. When the report came back it read in part, "both specimens are excellent and represent state-of-the-art glasswork."

Although strong and solid, the Alberg 37 was not intended as a luxurious racer/cruiser. Indeed, her interior is rela­tively modest, almost spartan, in fact, with square corners and no fancy wood­work. The boats were built for a reason­able base price, but individual owners could add options if they wished.

The Alberg is narrow and small by today's standards, with a beam of only 10 ft. 2 in. and a waterline of 26 ft. 6 in. Whitby Boatworks offered the boat with a number of different engines but the 23­hp Volvo MD2B and the 27-hp MD 11C were the standard for most years. A 40­hp Westerbeke 4-107 was also a heavy duty option.

With some of these boats nearing their 30th birthday, most need some work. Anyone considering purchasing a 37 should budget for anywhere between $10,000 and $25,000 for the refit. There are, however, many well-loved boats on the market that have had their sails and equipment upgraded over the years. Others are structurally sound but are rough cosmetically. These sell for under $40,000, while well-cared-for examples are often listed at upwards of $65,000.

I have been aboard several boats where some of the bulkhead and floor tabbing (the fibreglass tape that attaches a wood bulkhead or stringer to the fiberglass hull) has lost its adhesion. As well, I have noticed that the decks sometimes need repair around the stanchion bases. On older models the hardware, hatches and port lights may need to be removed and re-bedded to stop drips and leaks.

Rabaska is the first boat people see when they motor through the gap at the Bluffers Park Yacht Club at the base of the Scarborough Bluffs. "She is on the end of the first dock at the club," says Borsboom. "I love having her dark blue hull out there. Nearly every visitor that comes through the gap comments on `that beautiful traditional boat."'

Alberg 37 Specifications:

 

L.O.A.    .................. 37'2"

L.W.L ..................26'6'

Beam      ................... 10'2"

Draft ................... 66”

Displacement .........16,800lbs.

Ballast    ............. 6,500 lbs.

Sail area ........... 646 sq. ft.

Price guide from $40,000 to $65,000

 

 

Circumnavigating sailor Paul Howard is a boat broker with Angus and Jatis Yacht Sales, as well as a CYA certified instructor.

               

 

ALBERG 37 WANTED

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

 

John and Lee Cunningham previously owned the1968 Alberg 37 sloop, "QUICKSILVER" for 12+ years and had a great time sailing her out of  Gloucester, MA and in Maine.  They sold her 4-5 years ago while working on other projects, during which time they were members of the A-37 IOA.  They are hoping to find an Alberg 37 that has had good care and the occasional upgrade. Their preference is for a sloop and the closer to New England the easier it is for them to see and think about.  They are not planning on any distant voyages or live-aboard status. They had a lot of fun with short trips, daysails and cruising in Maine aboard their first Alberg 37, and look forward to more of the same. They have a slight lean toward the early boats, but will consider any Alberg 37 that is available.

Please contact:

John and Lee Cunningham

122 Dennison Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

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

 

 

 

Brandelara II

1970 Alberg 37 Sloop, Hull #66, Recently refitted after 4 year Bahamas adventure. Loaded with gear and ready to go cruising again. Drop an email to frank.smart@sympatico.ca for more pictures or information.   Boat currently on the hard near Barrie Ontario.

Asking $75,000 Canadian

Frank Smart

TEL: (705) 436-2821

 

ENVY

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

Contact:

Ron and Cindy Strahm

2820 S. Crenshaw Road

Independence, MO 64057

Email: rstrahm228@aol.com

TEL: 816.228.6325

FAX: 816.229.6100

 

SHE 'N I

1967 Alberg 37 Sloop, many updates, slipped in Manitowoc, WI.  Asking $28,000 U.S.  Call for information.

David and Joyce Lahmann

TEL: 319.882.3023

 

OASIS

1973 Alberg 37 Sloop, Hull # 107.  Just completed 2 year refit.  Excellent buy - recently reduced to  $39,000 US.   Boat lying in Cape Canaveral.  Also available for lease.

Contact Rick Jeffs

Email: SURFNLEO@AOL.COM

 

ISLAND TIME

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."  Price $46,000 US

Jimmy & Jeanne Sadler

941-916-0264

Email: isltime@sunline.net

 

OWNERS FORUM DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE

 

Unfortunately, we’ve had to take the “OWNERS FORUM” off line for the time being.  It was becoming subject to multiple “Spams”, pornographic links, etc.,  and was becoming very slow to access.  We are looking into other forum type software, and hope to have a new forum up and operating in the next few months (hope to have time during the winter months).  If any members have knowledge of forum type software (freeware/shareware), we’d  be interested in learning about it.  Your patience is appreciated.

 


WEB SITES OF INTEREST

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

 

Caulking and Sealer Primer

http://members.aol.com/T30SAILOR/m30caulk_ports.html

 

Bright Ideas Lighting

A great source for all lighting needs.

http://www.brightideaslighting.com/index.htm

 

Bosun Supplies Company

Marine stainless steel hardware, rigging, and fittings.

http://www.bosunsupplies.com/

 

The Crosby Group

Great source for anchor swivels, masthead sheaves, marine blocks and much more.

http://www.thecrosbygroup.com/index.html

 

Hamilton Marine

Good source for marine supplies, accessories and tools.

http://store.hamiltonmarine.com/index.htm

 

 

 

WEB 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). 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.

 

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!

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 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 Fall and keep the letters and emails coming!

 

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

 

P.S.  Anyone interested in taking over the web site/newsletter for a 6 month period???!!!  We plan to do some cruising next year.