ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
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VOL , NO. 1 (WINTER – 2004)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Now is the time to dust off all those resolutions that fell into the trash can of life this time last year. We are all going to resolve to keep our Albergs in top condition, ready to become seaborne at a moments notice to capture the great sailing weather that we just KNOW will not be too distant in the future, even if we are knee deep in the white fluffy stuff (no, this doesn’t apply to those Albergers who are enjoying the southern latitudes). We wish all a happy, prosperous, safe and PEACEFUL 2004.
2004 WINTER RENDEZVOUS
The annual Alberg
37 Winter Rendezvous will be held on Saturday evening,
Cheryl Smith of
Ted Richman wishes to know if anyone has installed a “Mast Collar” (also called a deck collar - the metal piece bolted to the cabin top at the base of the mast and used to anchor a vang, halyard blocks, etc.) on a MKII, and if so where did the collar come from; also, how does the cabin top have to be reinforced? Anyone having information helpful to Ted should contact him at:
David and Joyce Lahmann
recently sent the following: “We have been hard at work with SHE 'N I in winter
storage, and several more repairs slated for this haulout. We also were looking into charter daysailing
at an invitation by a community in
Our plan is to sell the Alberg and purchase a
Boyajadian wrote back in late November that he was looking for a
replacement transmission for the MD-11D VOLVO engine aboard his 1983 yawl
INIA. Any help out there for Peter
should contact him at:
Nick Valci, aboard the 1978 sloop NANCY ANN recently called from the Caribbean reporting that he needs the timing gear case (part # 1833067) for his MD11C Volvo engine. If anyone knows of someone parting out/or has the part please contact Nick as soon as possible at: WDB2014@sailmail.com
TRAVELS OF THE EVERDEN
By Bunkey and Geoff Cunliffe
(Ed. Note: Geoff and Bunkey are cruising aboard THE
EVERDEN in the
Well we finally left
Decibelle and Carioca left from Englishman’s Bay headed for
We’re still in
Arrived about 1500 after loooong trip from
The other amazing thing is the number of catamarans down here, which in
some anchorages outnumber monuhulls now – many of them huge 45 -47 ft vessels,
mostly all charter. We stayed one night in
Well I finally did the hike up to the
Tomorrow, plan to go down to
We’re hoping to clear out of
In case I don’t get another update out before Christmas, all the very best wishes for the Christmas season, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all our readers. Now go out there and shop – you’ve only got 10 days left!!
Geoff and Bunkey
s/v The Everden
We’re now in
Geoff and Bunkey
s/v “The Everden”
(To be Continued.)
By Tom Assenmacher
(1975 yawl SHEARWATER)
We had not cleaned the fuel tank on our A-37 yawl since we bought her in 1982 (and it hadn’t been cleaned before we bought her). After completing the 2002 re-engining and general refurbishment of SHEARWATER, we didn’t get around to giving the fuel tank a much needed cleaning until late this summer (probably because we dreaded the job). Finally, in anticipation of perhaps some extended cruising in the near future, we decided to “bite the bullet” and do the job. The following is roughly what we did:
- Preparation for tank removal: (Although the tank COULD be cleaned in-place, we decided it would be much easier to clean the tank if we removed the tank from the bilge.) In order to gain access to the fuel tank, we removed the outboard part of the “L” section of the port settee. This is easily done by removing about a dozen screws and the assembly simply lifts out. We then removed the house batteries that we have installed in this areas and set all items aside outside the boat. As we had installed an electric fuel “boost” pump (with a “T”, shutoff valve, and length of fuel line hose in the line) as part of the new engine installation, we simply turned on the pump, opened the valve and pumped all but about 2 gallons of “old” diesel fuel from the tank. Once we had most of the fuel removed, we then removed the access panel screws and removed the access panel and set it aside. We were then able to see the inside of the tank for the first time in 28 years! We also removed the sheet metal screws which secure (sort of) the fuel tank to the floor pan. To remove the remainder of the fuel, we used a wet/dry shopvac with a length of ½” PVC pipe attached to the end of the vacuum hose (we used a long piece of vacuum hose, with the shopvac on the dock. There was about ½” of black ‘sludgy’ stuff in the bottom of the tank.
- Tank removal: The tank (with the access panel and tank attachment screws removed) simply lifts out of the bilge area. We did not actually remove the tank from the boat (not sure if it would pass through the companionway – it would be a close fit), but sat it on the cabin floor for further work and cleaning. Make sure you have a lot of padding and rags available if you plan to work on the tank onboard the boat.
- Tank cleaning: Since the tank appeared to be in relatively good condition, we used an industrial (water soluble-used in pressure washers) degreaser full strength to remove the “crud” in the tank. We sloshed this around inside the tank with an old mop and scrub brush, and vacuumed out the dirty cleaner and “crud”. There were some areas on the bottom that were hard and crusty, which were easily removed with a putty knife (the bottom of the tank is just within arm reach). We flushed the tank several times with clean water (again using the shopvac to remove the water) and allowed the tank to dry overnight.
- Tank inspection: We had envisioned some pitting of the aluminum tank, but a thorough inspection revealed no pitting on the inside of the tank, and were pleasantly surprised to find only very superficial pitting on the outside (it appeared that at one time there may have been some water in the bilge at the lower level of the tank). One of the reasons to remove the tank is to inspect tank exterior and to clean the bilge area. We found several small tools and debris lying in the bilge area (wood chisel, screws, etc.). We inspected the tank access plate for excessive corrosion (there is some around the bronze pipe fittings, but not serious), and checked the engine fuel intake pipe (piece of copper tubing soldered to a bronze “street ell” which extends to within about 1.5” of the bottom) for integrity and corrosion. We also inspected the fuel return line, fuel vent, etc. for condition.
- Reassembly and installation:
Reassembly was basically the reversal of the tank removal. We fabricated a new gasket for the tank
access plate using rubberized cork gasket material available from your local
We then reconnected all fuel lines, and connected the tank bonding wires, refilled the tank and checked the engine operation (self bleeding system). We are now confident that we have a CLEAN fuel system. (Ed. Note: We intend to post a more thorough version of this article complete with photos on the web site in the near future.)
PROP ZINCS - ONE SOLUTION
By Tom Assenmacher
(1975 yawl SHEARWATER)
We receive quite a few calls
about “how do we fit a zinc to the prop
when there isn’t enough space to fit one”. When we bought our boat in 1982, it
had no zinc as it had always been in
Probably cuts down a bit on the prop efficiency, but not enough to notice. We’ve used this system since 1982.
TRAVELS OF PIKA (Continued)
(Ed. Note: Following Lou and Jean’s arrival
Lou and Jean aboard Pika,
Apologies for this is a composite of many days travel. We are on a schedule and a budget so we
aren't stopping at marinas or going ashore very often. After transiting the
thick, in fact if it wasn't
within about a boat length we didn't see it no matter how big or
impressive. Awhile later while motoring
down the Alligator River we got a real treat as pairs of fighter jets broke
into dog fights complete with chaff and flares. I don't know my planes very
well but they were either Marine Corps F-18's from Cherry Point or F-15's from
Pope AFB. Really neat and very, very
fast. I couldn't sneeze as fast as those
guys have to think and react. We
anchored for the night off Bear Point on the Alligator river. Wed (11/5)was spent in an uneventful motor
through the Pungo/alligator canal and a quick stop for fuel and water at Dowery
Creek marina. Next morning (Thurs. 11/6) we awoke to some fog which by the time
the coffee had perked was very thick.
Instead of hauling anchor I cooked up bacon/egg/cheese on toasted
English muffins. (the least a good
captain could do for his hard working mate).
The fog lifted a bit by
and we were off. Motored d! own the
We left Camp Le Jeune early Saturday morning intending to make
We stopped in
Lou and Jean aboard Pika, New
Ok it’s been awhile, we stopped at
Lou & Jean aboard Pika,
We came into Harbortown Marina to escape a cold front with it’s
accompanying wind, rain and cold. We
also needed the West Marine just up the street as well as the Kash & Karry
supermarket. We are also waiting for
some “general delivery” mail which will no doubt find its way here through the
holiday crunch eventually. While
waiting I busied myself by tightening the shaft stuffing box, changing out the
raw water pump, and installing the spare heat exchanger. This as far as I can tell at the moment has
stemmed the tide of incoming water into Pika’s hull. Not that we were on the verge of sinking but
it will be nice not to have to pump the bilge a couple times a day. After all
that plumbing I treated myself to a bike ride (bikes courtesy of the marina)to
the Marine Connection, yet another surplus/used marine supply place. Not as much sailboat stuff as the Sailors
Exchange back in
I can use to support the radar
mast which will make the job easier. On the bike ride back from the Marine
Connection we picked up a huge bag of fresh oranges at a bargain price. No scurvy aboard Pika the next few
weeks! I spent a good part of today
filtering and refiltering fuel from our 5 gallon jugs. It has become a source
of amazement to me how fast algae and crap develop in diesel fuel in a few
short weeks even with biocide added. In any case our supply is about max near
50 gallons which is enough to motor us to
Lou and Jean aboard Pika.
We arrived in
Update Friday 12/26 we did cross Tuesday evening/Wed. morning. Didn’t take the same route as Southern Cross, they went to the south side of grand Bahama Island to Lucaya while we took the easier route north onto the little Bahama banks. I learned from another boat that took our route but spoke to Marcel (A-37 sloop SOUTHERN CROSS) via the SSB that their trip was much less pleasant than ours.
We have not talked to Marcel directly but have been kept up to date by
Richard from Kelissa who talks to him almost every day. Apparently they did not have a I crossing and
got caught in several squalls with 50+kt gusts.
We got some rain from those but no wind. When we left
That is scary but it also reinforces the notion of “do it while you can”. We’ll be heading south into the Exumas in the next week or so but it will be when the weather dictates. After all this is supposed to be fun. We (Pika and crew) are having fun taking one day at a time and doing what the weather gods allow. So glad the holidays are being so enjoyable for you. This is different for Jean and me but being warm and sunny makes up for a lot of other things. Lou and Jean aboard Pika Green Turtle Cay. Still working on installing the radar and looking forward to next summer’s cruise. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a great new year.
Jean & Lou aboard Pika,
Green Turtle Cay.
(To be continued.)
By Brian and Kathy Marsh
(Ed. Note: Brian and Kathy have
for several years alternated between
sailing TUNDRA in the
It’s getting chilly and we’re ready to migrate south. This year we’ll board Tundra in Trinidad and if the political climate is friendly we’re hoping to sail to Venezuela and perhaps on to Bonaire in the Dutch Antilles. We will update our web page accordingly at www.galiander.ca/tundra.
2003 has been action packed for us. Grenada provided lots of wonderful hiking. We toured the island enjoying the flora and fauna and rain forest very much. One highlight was a guided tour of a nutmeg factory. Grenada is known as the spice island. Spices and fragrances are literally in the air. Another interesting experience was hiking through the Italian Villa that consumes the northern half of Canouan. What a surprise!
Martinique was our northernmost destination. We love the Francaise exposure and lovely people.
Brian reached a hallmark year and was feted royally at 60 by all the family on Galiano Island.
Our northern stints keep us abreast of local and international politics. With this in mind, we wish you all a peaceful Christmas and New Year.
Holas Nos Familia Y Amigos,
As we departed Scotland Bay, Trinidad about 600 pm last eve, the howler monkeys were in full swing. They sound much like lions roaring. What a send off. Our full moon downwind run has brought us to a tiny group of islands 92 miles NW of Trinidad. They are the Testigoes which means disciples. Fifteen hours of rock and roll under jib alone was plenty and we were glad to check into Venezuelan customs at Isla Iguana. Only 160 inhabitants live here and survive on fishing. We are loaded with sugar and flour of which they are in short supply. Amazingly enough there are seven boats in the anchorage tonight. We have had our first snorkel and swim. The water is very nutrient rich owing to discharge from the Orinoco River some 40 plus miles away. Tomorrow the Coastaguardia said they would pay us a visit. The nice young man who checked us in gave us a warm welcome –bienvenudo- complete with lots of loud Spanish music. He spoke English quite well and we tried out some of our amateurish Spanish on him. It was great fun.
Tonight we’re anchored behind a small island and reef with the wind filtering through to provide enough air for the wind generator.
All is well.
Brian and Kathy
Exploration was on the agenda for yesterday. Testigo Grande is almost 2 miles long and a half mile wide with an 800 ft elevation. Sand dunes on the windward side are spectacular and covered in shells. Sand fleas drove us back to the boats promptly on the lee side. Bird life here is exceptional. One sociable pelican rode around on our dinghy with us. This is a nesting ground for frigate, booby, and pelican. One male frigate was showing his brilliant red mating colour. How neat to see.
Today we rallied before the sun in Los Testigos and hauled anchors at first light. In company with 2 other Canadian sailboats, we sailed the 50 nautical miles in tandem to Isla Margarita. We could hear the fishermen commenting re our little armada. Quatro veleros, etc. So far we’ve had very pleasant reception and lots of friendly waves.
Tomorrow we’ll venture ashore to do an international check in. Meanwhile we’ll enjoy the music and merriment ashore, from afar. Porlamar is a resort city with many high rise hotels and great numbers of people.
Brian and Kathy
Tundra is resting quite nicely in the anchorage here in Porlamar. When the wind gets up we all have a tendency to roll a little. Brian has rigged a bridal so we don’t rock and roll as much as before.
Our check in was smooth as could be with Juan doing the paper work for us. He is a charming Venezuelan who oversees his business and provides a guarded dinghy dock service for we yachties. We really appreciate his assistance. He organizes grocery shopping by bus and is ready to assist in most matters. Our money is exchanged at 2400 bolivars for one US dollar at his establishment. His orientation included tips such as: use taxis- don’t walk. They are extremely inexpensive and safe. Stay out of the mangrove areas. Banditos abound. Keep your diesel tanks topped up and be ready to sail. The political climate is volatile to say the least.
History dates back to Spanish 1500s. Several forts made of mud have survived well. Churches, mostly Catholic, are magnificent with lavish Virgin costumes displayed. Beaches are plentiful and pristine.
An Xmas light tour with dinner was amazing. One high light was a crèche constructed totally of banana leaves. Party goers from the mainland of Venezuela are here for the weekend so we are having a quiet day aboard. The mainland is quite visible with the mountains stretching into clear blue skies. It’s only a matter of 70 miles away. The eight of us have become a close knit group and are planning Xmas together. Xmas eve is the big celebration here. We plan to eat at a seafood restaurant only minutes from the dock and Xmas day we’ll cook our own potluck fare. Via con dios y prospero ano.
Kathy and Brian
Christmas was noisy and busy in Porlamar. The Venezuelans love fireworks and music and both abounded on shore. Margarita is holiday land for the mainlanders.
After Xmas we all provisioned for a lengthy stay in the out island of Blanquilla, 60 miles northwest of Margarita. From Porlamar we moved around to Juangriego on the west coast for a day, one more go at their delightful cuisine, then off to Blanquilla. It was an 11 hour trip for us on the 29th of December with frequent squalls en route. Arrival at Trece Playa Bay around 1600 gave us just enough light to anchor amongst the coral patches before the sunset.
Our weather window closed quickly and we have all done a little ‘rock and roll’ with heavy northeasters and swells nipping at us. Spirits are not to be dampened. Blanquilla is a desert isle with miles of cactus, caracara birds (eagle like), green parrots, and a species of burro which exists only here, was brought over in 1492 by guess who, and number 300 today. Shoreside gatherings and cookouts have been great fun. New Years Day was another great adventure. A short walk to the coastguard station was a delight. The commandant, Jose, welcomed us and invited us for delicious sopa for lunch. He and his coastguard contingent of 16 to 28 year olds, man the post for Venezuela.
On the 5th of January we hauled anchor and moved over to the fishing village. It’s still rolling, but we are collecting water with each passing squall. Dinghied down to Guardacosta and Jose invited us to anchor in their lagoon. Manana.
Today, January 6, 2004, we anchored at the station and snorkeled the surrounding reefs. What a peaceful place. My pizza was a great hit with the young men and we exchanged espanol for anglais for four straight hours. Tomorrow we will play bocce ball and watch the full moon rise. Life is wonderful and we feel so fortunate to have met such kind and generous folk. Brian and I will certainly drag our feet when we decide to move on.
Brian and Kathy
(To be continued).
OLD WHITBY ADDS POSTED
Two full-page advertising pages from 1967 and 1971 have recently been posted on the A-37 web site. They make interesting reading and the posted prices are amazing!
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/WANTED
For Sale - MK-I Portlights
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
(Disclaimer – A-37IOA has no financial interest in any products listed.)
U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center - Whether you navigate using GPS, DGPS, LORAN-C, or good-old-fashioned paper charts and a sextant, this site provides you with information that will help you fix your position!
U.S. Naval Observatory - U.S. Naval Observatory is the preeminent authority in the areas of Precise Time and Astrometry, and distributes Earth Orientation parameters and other Astronomical Data required for accurate navigation and fundamental astronomy.
NWS Marine and Coastal Weather Services – Marine Forecast Offices and Centers provide links to their products as well as additional regionally focused information.
National Geospatial Agency - NGA-related product information specific to Nautical Publications and Publications Available to the General Public and the Earth-Info Site. Includes lots of good information regarding Digital Nautical Charts and Vector Product Format databases.
Garhauer Marine Hardware – Source for lower priced stainless steel marine hardware.
Blue Peter Marine Systems - Hullform is the name given to a family of hull design programs. They all allow both lines fairing (to generate a fast and easy-to-build hull) and hydrostatics (to make sure it floats - and more).Included on this site is some freeware. www.hullform.com
(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.
John and Lee Cunningham
122 Dennison Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(Check the Website for further details and photos
we often get inquiries regarding A-37s for sale)
Recent offerings include:
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
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
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
OWNERS FORUM DOWN FOR MAINTENANCE
Unfortunately, the Owners Forum is still down for maintenance. It became subject to multiple “Spams”, pornographic links, etc., and was becoming very slow to access. We are STILL 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. We thank those who have expressed their thoughts on this matter. Your patience is appreciated.
We are working on a new “Featured Alberg 37” article for the
website. The new “Featured Alberg 37”
will be SOUTHERN CROSS, a 1977 MK-II sloop owned by Marcel Steinz and
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 (Note – email address lists are not provided to any third parties- only members). 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.
2004 FALL RENDEZVOUS PLANS (Tentative)
Tentative plans are to hold the 2004 Alberg 37 Rendezvous at the Assenmacher dock in Kinsale, Virginia over the last weekend of September (September 25-26, 2004) or the first weekend in October (October 2-3, 2004). Snowbirds planning their transit of the Chesapeake Bay should keep this period in mind. (Note: The Annapolis Sailboat Show is scheduled for October 7 - 11, 2004)
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 Winter 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 extended cruising this summer.