C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

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Kinsale , VA 22488

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VOL XV, NO. 1 (WINTER – 2005)                                                                                                       1 January  2005



Our sincere wishes to all Albergers for a Happy, Prosperous, Safe and PEACEFUL 2005.  Hopefully, 2005 will bring about a mild hurricane season, fair winds and following seas to all!



The annual Alberg 37 Winter Rendezvous will be held on Saturday evening, 19 March, 2005 (Rescheduled to 12 March, 2005 due to recent scheduling conflict) at Harrison’s Chesapeake House in Tilghman, MD.  A cocktail and informal social hour will begin at 1800, with dinner at 1930.  Please check the A-37 Web Site for additional details, or contact Tom and Kaye Assenmacher at (804) 472-3853 / Email at (remove “nospamr”).



Tentative plans are to have the 2005 Summer Rendezvous at the Port Whitby Marina in Whitby, Ontario on June 25-26, 2005  The Rendezvous will be hosted by  A37IOA members Wayne and Cindy Milroy (LEEWAY II) of nearby Oshawa, Ontario.  The Port Whitby Marina is adjacent to the original Whitby Boat Works facility where most of the Alberg 37s were built.  There will be additional info in the April 2005 newsletter and soon on the A-37 Web Site.   Begin making plans to attend!



Is the builder's plate on your Alberg 37 faded by time and sunlight until it's no longer readable? Is it missing? (It should be mounted just below the companionway, above the bridge deck). You're in luck. You can order a new one, courtesy of the Alberg 30 Association. The cost per builder's plate is $12 U.S.  For details, check the website at:



Ed Dougherty, of Cataumet, MA, recently purchased the 1967 MK-I sloop, KUSHKA TOO, which is berthed in Cataumet, MA.


Cauvier Raymond of Québec City owns the 1967 MK-I sloop KALAÏS, which is berthed in Bertier-sur-mer, Québec.


Mitch Grieb, of Chestertown, MD, recently purchased the 1982 MK-II yawl CATRINE (ex TYDINGS) from Bryce Inman.  CATRINE is one of only a few Alberg 37s that has never been fitted with wheel steering.  CATRINE will be berthed at Comegys Bight on the Chester River, MD.


We now have A-37 IOA pennants available for $33.00 U.S. (yes, the price went up) which includes postage (within the U.S.). This is a very tastefully rendered and durable pennant. Coffee mugs are also available on individual order, but unfortunately, the price has also gone up (from $15 U.S. to $18 U.S.). Check the website for ordering details.



By Lou and Jean Wayne, aboard PIKA

Ok.  It has been a couple of months since we have written of our travels. That's because after 9 months of cruising, we needed a bit of a change.  Our good friends and next door neighbors, Dahni & Susan came to spend a few days sailing on the Bay with us at the end of June.  We made plans to ride home to Rochester with them at the beginning of July, leaving PIKA in Kinsale Va. with our Alberg 37 friends, TJ & Kaye, to keep SHEARWATER, their Alberg 37 yawl company.  After a visit with family & friends, some work on the house, and some appointments of various sorts, we were ready to head back to the boat to get ready for the ‘party’ (Alberg 37 fall rendezvous).  Pack up Old Blue (our Olds Wagon) and get on the road 0800, 9/21/04.  We had a haulout date of 9/23 at Krentz Marine, Kinsale Va.  Must get PIKA spiffed up before the Alberg 37 rendezvous this weekend.  Sail into the haulout slip at high tide with owners Doug & Marion waiting for us with the travel lift.  Marion pressure washes the bottom of PIKA as we get the first good look at it since the clear water of the Bahamas.  Not too bad, considering.  Replace the zincs, wet sand and paint the bottom, paint the waterline stripe, scrub and wax the hull.  Within 49 hours, PIKA is back in the water and the crew is ready for a rest and a rum punch.  We spent the next few days cleaning and waxing before people began arriving for the party.  


There were 4 Alberg 37's at TJ & Kaye's dock and many owners who had driven in.  After 2 days of wonderful food, great friends, pretty boats, and many a boat story, the party was concluded.  Monday was cleanup day and Tuesday was the day for SHEARWATER & PIKA to go cruising.

PIKA and SHEARWATER Crew Ponder the Cruising Guide

 However, the day dawned quite cool and a strong north east wind so we decided to postpone until Wednesday.  At 0800 we cast off our dock lines, shook the mud daubers out of the mainsail, and sailed out of the Yeocomico River and down the Potomac heading for Solomons MD.  All was well until we reached Pt. Lookout at the mouth of the Potomac, the wind was brisk from the north.  After a consultation with SHEARWATER crew, it was agreed that A) this won't be fun and B) we are gentlemen and everyone knows gentlemen do not sail to weather, so we slacked the sheets, bore off the wind and made for Reedville, VA.  


PIKA on the Chesapeake inbound to Reedville

Reedville is a very quiet little fishing town with a very nice, protected anchorage, as long as the wind is not from the south.  Reedville is the home of the menhaden fishing boats and processing plant.   Now for those of you who are not familiar with them, menhaden are small fish like herring which are harvested by the ton and processed for their oil. The processing as you might guess is not a pleasant olfactory experience if you happen to be down wind from the plant.  Fortunately for us the wind was northwest and we had a delightful stay.  Next morning SHEARWATER developed a transmission problem and PIKA's anchor chain jammed hard in the windlass. We freed the chain and got the anchor aboard while TJ finally got SHEARWATER into gear.  As we motor sailed north, SHEARWATER bore off to port up the Potomac and back to Kinsale where he would further investigate his transmission problem. We pressed on to Solomons. Light winds today.  We motor sailed most of the way to Solomons MD (approximately a 40 mile trip from Reedville VA).  This is a major sailing town for cruisers and recreational boaters.  Protected anchorages and fine marinas abound.  It is a good place to provision and fuel up the boat before heading south.  We anchored in Back Creek off of Zahniser's Marina for the evening. Worked on repairing the windlass in the morning before a walk into town.  Upon our return to the anchorage, we noticed that our friends from SHEARWATER had sailed into the harbor to join us.  Their transmission seemed to operate better in the warmer weather we were experiencing.  Enjoyed happy hour together and a very pleasant evening before sailing across and up the bay to La Trappe Creek off the Choptank River the next morning.  Another beautiful protected little bay with a small beach but not much else around. 


PIKA and SHEARWATER at anchor in La Trappe Creek

  We dinghied upstream to explore the old Dickerson Boat Factory and took a long walk on the country roads.  Jean and Kaye did a little beach combing and a dinghy drift to read our books.  

Jean and Kaye on Harbor Patrol

Then after our power naps, it was happy hour again.  A fellow in a Catalina who was single-handing anchored next to us and when we saw him having happy hour by himself, we decided that we should invite him to join us. TJ dinghied over and they both appeared 5 minutes later.  A very pleasant fellow.  He was alone because his mother-in-law had hip replacement surgery that day and his wife was staying with her.  After dinner, TJ treated us to a slideshow on his computer of pictures of PIKA as we sailed next to Shearwater.  We also have pictures of their boat but are not yet up to state of the art technology with our cameras.  We are still in the age of silver halide.   


Sunset on LaTrappe Creek

Next morning, more transmission trouble for Shearwater, so they decide to head home to pull the transmission while it is still under warranty and drop it off to be repaired.  PIKA makes plans for a short sail to Oxford MD, 10 miles or so away.  After listening to the weather for the next couple of days, we change plans and sail the 40 miles to St. Michaels.

St. Michaels, MD, another beautiful bayside town with a maritime museum, many swanky marinas, a family of swans, and a couple of small anchorages, each of which can hold approx. 6 boats (that be where we live).  St Michael's also is known for its beautiful church bells which chime in the evening.  We came up Eastern Bay to St. Michaels on Wednesday and stayed for several days. Friday night, the trawler CASITA DEL MAR who followed us to Reedville then Solomons invited us over for happy hour and a game of Mexican dominos.  Kent & Gloria from San Diego are very nice folks.  We had a pleasant visit and after 4 games of dominos and several drinks we were ready to head home.  We have had a couple of terrific storms just before sundown the past two nights with very high winds.  Last night the sky was the most unusual color of gold, it was scary.  Luckily, we are tucked inside the harbor in   deep water (10') with not too many other boats and had no problem with our Bruce anchor holding.  The windless is working very well after Lou's extensive epoxy repairs back in La Trappe.  Have had a little problem with the oven - the pilot light lights but the burner does not ignite.  Ran out of propane last night and after changing tanks, it seemed to work better. We are very fortunate to have acquired a force 10 kerosene heater from our friends Richard & Carole, which Lou has installed.  We have been putting it to good use every day as there has been a chill in the air.  On Sunday, we had hoped to get fuel & water this morning, and then head out but the wind is still howling, so maybe tomorrow.  Monday was a calm day to motor off to the Wye River and Dividing Creek.  We are not the first sailboat to be anchored in this beautiful, woodsy little creek with the geese but there is plenty of room.  This is a very quiet anchorage, popular with cruisers, except most have already left to sail south other than a few hearty souls.  In spite of the cold and drizzle the next morning we motor further up the Wye River and anchor off of the beautiful rolling green lawn at Wye Heights with its colonial white-pillared mansion and flock of dozens of coal black sheep, busily mowing the grass.  The next morning we need to move again because we are in danger of turning into mushrooms from hibernating below in the damp and cold.  Also there has not been a spot of sun in a week for our solar panel to charge the batteries.  So, we motor to the other leg of the Wye River called the Back Wye.  We anchored just before Drum Pt. with hundreds of geese and watched the oystermen pull in their catch. 

On Friday, we sailed most of the way to Oxford with just the jib and on Saturday, the sun came out for the 1st time in over a week, and Lou's Brother & his wife joined us for the day.  It was a beautiful, sunny day as we enjoyed lunch at Schooner's Landing, then a cocktail watching the sunset from the Pier St. Marina. Sunday, the clouds have moved back in and it is raining again so a good day for projects.  Lou decides to put the new injectors in as Mr. Perkins has taken to smoking again.  After several hours of skinned knuckles and bad words, the job is done however the engine seems to have not noticed as it is as smoky and hard starting as ever! Must be time get out the Perkins manual and head back to Kinsale where PIKA will spend the winter.  We made another stop to see a cruising friend in Solomons on the way back then sailed on to Kinsale on Wednesday.  We spent the next few days hauling stuff from the boat and fussing with the engine.  The latter was to no avail so we will have to return with more time to work on the problem.  Right now the biggest problem we all face is the mess in Washington and we simply must get home to cast our votes on November 2 for change.

 Lou & Jean.  

(Ed. Note: Lou subsequently discovered the problem with his Perkins 4-107 engine – it was slightly out of time – a simple tightening of the timing plate behind the water pump solved the hard starting and smoking problem.  He claims the engine runs better now than it did since they had the engine overhauled several years ago.)


By Ron Cole (ARTEMIS, 1981 MK-II sloop #216)

Just thought I would check in and add a few words to the obvious success of MOLLIKETT as seen on the front page of the website. I would love to hear from other A37 owners who at least occasionally race their boats. I’m sure we could pick up a few pointers from each other.

In addition to the cruising we do along the Maine coast, over the past 2 seasons we have entered 4 races in cruising class (no spinnaker) and have found that the boat, if sailed reasonably, is very competitive. We carry an official PHRF rating of 183 cruising class, with our fixed 3-blade prop. In 2003 we won our division (12) boats in the annual MS Regatta in Portland Harbor. We actually finished faster than all 47 boats that sailed the same course in our class and 3 others. In the same race this year, with flukey winds and a couple of misjudgements by the skipper, we still finished only 19 seconds out of 2nd place. In the 2004 annual overnight Monhegan Island Race we finished 2nd in class. An extra highlight of that race was watching 2 whales cross in front of us just at dusk, well offshore. In the 2004 Handy Boat Midsummer Regatta we finished 3rd in class. Needless to say, I have been very impressed with the sailing ability of ARTEMIS and its speed both upwind and down. I attribute part of the success to two great new sails (Main and 150) from ‘Maine Sailing Partners”. The only boat modifications of significance which directly relate to racing include a new Harken traveler and mainsheet system with vang, and a 40” Edson wheel. Even this wheel, the largest it is possible to fit, barely allows the helmsman to get outboard enough to consistently monitor the jib telltales.

(Ed. Note: We have already contacted several other racers within the A37IOA regarding submission of “Racing Stories” for publication in the Newsletter/Web Site. All you “racers” out there are invited to contribute narratives of your racing participation along with good action photos of your boat and crew.  If there is enough interest, we could begin having a regular “Racing Column” in the Newsletter and on the Web Site.)


Ralph Turner, of Squamish, BC reports that he is making a few modifications and additions to his 1979 yawl, MYA.


Alain Redder, of Ridgefield, CT is selling his 1968 MK-I sloop SPIRIT.


Wayne and Pat Jobb of Sherwood Park, Alberta, recently sent a photo of  BRANDELARA II, their 1970 MK-I sloop at anchor in Desolation Sound, BC. “We have enjoyed a couple of trips on Brandelara II in June and July. She is now in Sidney, B.C. and we are conveniently able to travel to Victoria Airport and be on board in 15 minutes after arrival. Sidney is a great port for short travels in Canada's Gulf Islands or the San Juans. We are enjoying our Alberg!”


Chris and Ivor Corbett of Collingwood, Ontario continue to enjoy cruising the North Channel on MOON CHILD, their 1978 MK-II yawl.  They recently replaced the original Hood  Roller Furler – “It did well for twenty-six years…as did most of the equipment on board.”  “We finally had to replace our ‘NATTY’ bimini, but we can’t complain as it was twenty-two years old.  We are slowly getting MOON CHILD ready to cruise the eastern seaboard at some future date.”


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher’s A-37 MK-II yawl , SHEARWATER is spending the winter at Whitby Boat & Specialty Wood Work Ltd.  She was trucked up there in late November, and we hope to have her back home in the spring.  Alex Magnone is refurbishing the topsides, cabin top and deck (lots of gel coat cracks).  “Kaye and I made quick trip to Whitby about in mid January to "negotiate" with Alex.  He currently has 2 other A-37s in work (POSSESSION and VECTIS).  They will look great when they are finished”.  "We spent the Thanksgiving holidays on Padre Island., TX back in November, and on the drive down to Texas, we took a short side trip to get our Alberg 37 "Fix" with Ashley Walker  (GOOD NEWS) and Jay Zittrer (SHARED WATCH) aboard their boats which are located in the same marina near Kemah, TX.  Both are very nice yawls - GOOD NEWS is a 1975 MK-II and SHARED WATCH is one of a few MK-III models (rear facing nav station) and one of the last Alberg 37s built (Hull # 246)."


Papo and Gina Negron of San Juan, PR, are selling ELUSIVE, their 1968 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop.


Lois Jacob and Merle Galbraith report that their 1982 yawl INTERLUDE is in Trinidad, and survived the hurricanes well.  “We’ve noticed that the insurance companies have moved the hurricane zone down to 9 degrees North – guess there are no hiding places anymore”.  Lois and Merle spent 9 days this fall at the Annapolis Boat Show, helping their friend, Ann Wallis White with her boat show tent.


Karen Kinnear and Marcel Steinz stopped by Kinsale just before Christmas on their way to their home in Oakville, Ontario.  They report that their 1977 MK-II cutter/sloop SOUTHERN CROSS survived all the hurricanes that passed through Titusville, FL.  The only damage was extensive mildew throughout the boat while on the hard caused by the 2 overhead latches which leaked during the torrential rains.  Numerous boats in Titusville were either damaged or destroyed this fall.  Marcel and Karen will be cruising SOUTHERN CROSS in south Florida this winter until mid-March.


Bill Kellett provided the following account of WANESA / Hurricane Ivan at the Pirates Cove Marina on the inner side from Gulf Shores, AL (Western end of Perdido Bay) where Ivan made landfall on 16 September, 2004:  “I was in Minneapolis when they decided the marina had to be evacuated so they moved WANESA for me and anchored her with two anchors and tied her off some trees in Stone Quarry Creek. The anchors were still tight when I got down there after Ivan’s passing, but the boat had obviously traveled some distance ashore with the surge. I spoke with another boater who rode out the storm on his boat in a nearby bayou. Not something I would be willing to try. WANESA sustained very slight damage including slight gel coat damage, the genoa on the roller furler was shredded , and one spreader was broken. They put her back in the water with a crane on a barge. The engine started without even bleeding and there was no water intrusion. Tough boats!! Unfortunately the marina will not be rebuilt.”  (Photos of WANESA and the marina have been posted on the Alberg 37 Web Site.)



By Brian and Kathy Marsh

In mid November we flew back to Puerta La Cruz, Venezuela. Tundra is back in the water again and gleaming with a new gel coat finish. Eight of we yachties participated in a dugout canoe expedition to Angel Falls from Canaima in the Orinoco delta. The falls are the highest in the world and truly awesome. Before moving aboard in December we refurbished the interior varnish of Tundra. After literally varnishing ourselves offboard, a couple of young friends, Josephina and Luis, drove us around the Golfo de Cariaco and into Araya. Meeting their fishing friends and staying in a posada close to the beach was a fabulous way to let the varnish dry. We will be here in Bahia Redonda Marina with the “yachties” community for Christmas. We wish you all a peaceful Christmas season, good health and much happiness.

Feliz Navidad,

Brian and Kathy

(Ed. Note: Brian and Kathy have been on an extended cruise for several years to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.  They spend their summers at their home in Sarnia, Ontario. For more detailed information visit their website “Tundra Travels” at



By Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe

24 December, 2004, Georgetown, Exumas

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all. We're still in Georgetown. Had hoped to get out to Long Island and some of the other out-islands by now, but there's been a series of cold fronts that have kept us here. We'll try again after Christmas.

Last night joined several other dinghies in a floating raft-up, drifting through the anchorage singing Christmas Carols. Christmas Day we're splurging on a full Christmas Dinner with turkey and all the trimmings over at Peace and Plenty Beach Inn. But we don't have any snow yet, and doubt if we'll have a white Christmas.

Not much else to tell. Just another day in paradise.

Geoff and Bunkey



It has been a little over seven years since I bought VECTIS, an Alberg 37, built at the Whitby Boatworks in Whitby, Ontario (25 miles east of Toronto) in 1967. 


  During that seven years I have either repaired, replaced or added equipment or systems, with the exception of the 1988 Isuzu diesel engine, which continues to give good service after 3000+ hours.  One does not just own a boat like VECTIS, one falls in love with her; so I decided the time had arrived to turn my efforts to cosmetics.  (Many of you who saw her dirty hull in the harbor this summer will say “Not before time”!).

I discovered through the International Alberg 37 Owners Association that although the Whitby Boatworks went out of business in the ‘80’s, one of its employees: Alex Magnone, had taken over some of the space and established a successful business undertaking both interior and exterior refurbishments, specializing in Alberg 37’s, although doing work on other classes too.  Alex emigrated to Canada from Italy in 1967 and as a cabinet maker, had spent his whole professional life, prior to founding his current business, in installing interiors in Alberg 37’s.  It sounded like something to check out.

On a business trip to Toronto, I visited Whitby and spent a couple of hours with Alex talking about some of the things I had in mind.  He also showed me some of the work he had recently completed and I must say I was impressed not only with the quality of his work, but that we shared an appreciation for Alberg 37’s.  The decision was made.  I would take VECTIS to Canada, have some work done over the Winter and bring her back in the Spring.  What I would save in NYC area yard bills would pay for a not-insignificant part of the work I was to have completed.

There seemed to be several choices for getting VECTIS from Rye to Whitby: on a truck (boring); sail east and then down the St Lawrence (to far and too much up-stream); up the Hudson River, through the Erie and Oswego Canals and then across Lake Ontario; or have someone deliver it.  The more I thought about it the only solution was up the Hudson.  How could I let such an adventure slip by?  Now it is quite difficult to line up a crew for some weekend racing (not to mention a Race Committee!) so the chances of finding someone willing to spend a week chugging along at 5 knots in a canal are really slim.  So I departed Milton Harbor at 1400hrs on September 29th, a beautiful fall day single-handed.  I discovered that if you leave at just before high tide, you arrive at the Battery in NYC just in time to pick up a favorable flood tide up the Hudson.   For those of you going from Rye to New York harbor beware that the western passage of the East River is closed to leisure craft.  I was turned around by the Coast Guard who sent me around the east side of Roosevelt Island.  There is a lift bridge linking the island to Queens and a call on Channel 13 used to result in only a 5 min. delay.  Well for some reason they now require a fire engine present whenever they lift the bridge.  Luckily the Roosevelt Island F.D. is only 5 minutes from the bridge, so my delay was only 45 minutes!

The flood tide carried me to a mile south of the Tappan Zee Bridge where I dropped anchor under the Palisades at approximately 2100 hrs.   I decided I was too new to river navigation to challenge the tortuous bends through the city at night.  I picked up the following flood tide at first light on Thursday and spent a beautiful sunny day (interspersed with some rain showers) admiring the mighty Hudson.  For those of you who have never seen the Hudson River Valley from the water, you have missed a jewel sitting right on your doorstep!  I now understand why the Hudson inspired the many schools of landscape painters over the last century.  My goal was to reach Catskill, NY where I had arranged to have my mast pulled.  In the event I ran out of daylight and on the recommendation of the Cruising Guide to the New England Coast, pulled into Saugerties, an original Dutch Settlement in the 17th Century.  A perfect but small harbor, I was invited to raft with Bill & Vivian Wood from Charleston, SC who were completing a “Great Loop” (more on that in a subsequent article?) and who also invited me for dinner.  They are cruising Long Island Sound next summer and have been invited to AYC so I can repay their hospitality.  On Friday morning I made the short hop to Catskill where I spent most of the morning preparing to turn VECTIS into a motorboat.  This was completed by 2pm and I managed a further 3hrs. upstream before darkness again took over.  After anchoring near Stuyvesant, NY (approx. 14 miles south of Albany) I realized I had no way of displaying an anchor light!  I spent an unsettled night waiting to be demolished by an errant barge and kept awake by the nearby railroad whose trains seemed to choose Stuyvesant to sound off their whistles every 30 minutes or so.

Saturday saw me at the Albany Y.C. at 10 a.m. to pick up a canal permit.  The NY canal system is now run by the New York Canal Corporation, a subsidiary of the NY Thruway System and they extract a reasonable fee for a 10 day pass.  By noon I had met up with AYC Members, Mike and Josephine Shea at the Troy Marina, just south of the Federal Lock at Troy.  We had an excellent lunch of burgers washed down with pumpkin beer, brewed on the premises.  There was also a Saturday Farmers’ Market there and I stocked up on fresh vegetables and milk.  Josephine also presented me with a Dutch Apple Pie, which did not fit my no-carb diet but made three wonderful breakfasts.  A man has to eat.

The first five locks at the eastern end of the Erie Canal rise the highest in the shortest distance of any in the world: 150 feet in three miles.  Having never used a lock before, I found entering one of these 35 ft. high caverns single-handed somewhat daunting.  Mike and Josephine had kindly agreed to help out until I learnt the ropes (sorry about that pun) but we then found out that getting a taxi at Lock 6 back to their car at Troy Marina was impossible, so Mike and I did it double- handed.  Josephine and baby William met us in a heavy downpour at the top of lock 6.  Mike jumped ship and bid me a soggy Bon Voyage!  I can not express enough gratitude to both Mike and Josephine.  Thanks to you both.  You are wonderful friends.  Actually once you get the hang of it, locking in and out is not that difficult but you do need to be properly prepared.  I suggest extremely large fenders tied one near the bow and one near the stern, and the use of a fender board amidships with three or more large fenders.  There are several different ways of attaching yourself to the lock wall and over the next several days I developed techniques for dealing with different types of locks.  Disposable vinyl or latex gloves are also sine qua non.

The Erie Canal wends its way through the Mohawk Valley, sometimes it is the Mohawk River and sometimes it’s just the canal.  Although this does not match the majesty of the Hudson, it has its own beauty and all kinds of wildlife.  Unexpected sightings included a bald eagle, several kingfishers and ospreys and an otter.  I won’t go into all the details but during the next two days I negotiated 24 more locks, went 15 miles across Lake Oneida and passed through Amsterdam, Utica, Rome and the outskirts of Syracuse.  Don’t ever stop at Canajoharie, NY.  The NYCC Terminal there is 50 yds. from the NY Thruway, 50 yds. from the railroad and adjacent to a bridge joining this charming (not!) village to the equally exciting village of Palatine Bridge.  Despite advertising two interesting restaurants, they were both closed by 6pm and I dined at Mickey D’s.  I had a second disturbed night in which the constant train whistles were augmented by the sounds of trucks using their engine brakes.  I woke to thick fog and ice on my dodger.  Thank goodness for thick sleeping bags and radar!

Tuesday afternoon brought me to Three Rivers where the Oneida River meets the Oswego River.  There is a sign there showing Buffalo 192 miles to the left and Oswego 24 miles to the right.  I had by now started downhill (the first 22 locks take you up) and arrived in Fulton, NY at 4:30 pm.  The locks only operate between 7am.and 5pm so there seemed little point in proceeding further that day.  Fulton offered both a brew pub (out of business!) and the Lock III restaurant, where I had a surprisingly good meal.

An early start on Wednesday (October 6th) got me to my destination, Oswego Marina, on the shores of Lake Ontario.  By 11 am, VECTIS was a sailboat again.  I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the boat (and myself: Do you know how good a shower is, after a week?) and was on a bus to Syracuse where I hooked up with Amtrak back to the Big Apple.

I will start the Lake Ontario crossing in a week or so.


VECTIS spent two weeks in the Oswego marina waiting for my return whilst I waited for a weather window.  The prevailing winds are from the west, which can make for a slow and uncomfortable slog up the lake.  On Thursday, October 21st I drove back to Oswego on a dull and chilly day wondering if the forecast for a bright and sunny Friday, with wind out of the southeast, would come to pass.  Well for once the weatherman got it right.  The low that had created the drizzle was pushed offshore leaving clear skies and a 10-15 knot easterly breeze. 

I spent most of Friday getting the boat ready for the crossing.  I drove down to Syracuse and picked up Chris Punter from the train.  Chris is one of the regular “Allegra” Bermuda Race crew and lives in Toronto.  He seemed like a perfect choice to join me to sail across the lake.  Not only does he know Lake Ontario well, he is an experienced sailor and good company.  After a good meal in a local restaurant, we departed Oswego at 2100 hrs on Friday.  It was a perfectly clear night with a ¾ moon.  Our course was approximately 300 degrees magnetic and the GPS showed our destination to be 104 nautical miles.  With the wind almost due east we were able to broad reach almost the whole way.  We tacked down wind to keep the wind a little further forward and were thus able to keep boat speed above 6 knots most of the time. (VECTIS is only 26 feet on the waterline).  Interestingly, we often showed speed over the ground above 7 knots, indicating that we had a favorable current.  As there is no tide in Lake Ontario, the currents must be purely wind driven.  We agreed to stand 2hr. watches and I promptly hit my bunk at 10pm.  I relieved Chris at midnight and then left him to sleep until 4am.  I had managed to get 12hrs the night before (there isn’t much to do in Oswego!) and the sailing was so perfect, I did not want to disturb the somber tones of deep-sleep emanating from below.   Once we lost the shoreline lights (8-10 miles out) we had the most spectacular view of the heavens and watched with awe as the moon set in the west and Venus and (we think) Mars rose behind Sirius and Orion’s Belt in the east.

We arrived at our destination, Whitby, Ontario at 14:30 on Saturday afternoon, 17 hours later giving us an average speed of 6.1 knots.  By that time the wind had risen to 20-25 knots and seas had slowly built to 5-6 feet as we moved west down the lake. Although it was late October, it was surprisingly warm over night.  It did not go below 50 F and I attribute this to the fact that the lake temperature was still in the mid 50’s.

We managed to run aground on entering Whitby harbor.  The Canadian Coast Guard managed to put the buoys in the wrong place!  We were helped afloat by a passing power boat and after docking at the marina, invited ourselves to a party that was beginning in the clubhouse.  Clearing customs would have been simple (a mere telephone call) had I not been leaving the boat in Canada for the winter.  I had to go to the customs office in person and of course it was not open on the weekend!  When I did visit, they were very courteous and helpful and gave me information about how to claim back GST and PST on the work I was about to have done on the boat.

Tuesday morning saw me on the train from Toronto to Syracuse, and then bus to Oswego to pick up my car.  I arrived home at around 1am:  exhausted.  Nevertheless I am looking forward to the return trip in the Spring.  I am deliberating whether to go east down the St Lawrence and return via the Richelieu River/canal and Lake Champlain into the Hudson River at Troy.  I do know I will take some very large fenders and will not be single-handing again through the locks (with a new paint job).  Anybody want to join me?



(Excerpts from an article in the January ’05 Cruising World)

Two common performance ratios that are commonly used by Naval Architects are sail area-to-displacement ratio (SA/D) and the displacement-to-length ratio (D/L).  The SA/D ratio quantifies how much sail area the boat has for the quantity of water the boat displaces.  A high SA/D ratio means the boat will perform well especially in low to moderate winds whereas a low SA/D means that the boat is probably sluggish and under canvassed.  The formula for SA/D is:

SA/D = SA ÷ (D/64)2/3 where D= displacement in pounds and SA= working sail area (main + mizzen + area of the fore-triangle).  The range of SA/D runs from about 12 (small sail area) to about 25 (large sail area). 

For the Alberg 37 Yawl, the SA/D works out to approximately 16.8 which is sort of in the mid range, indicating that the A-37 is a moderate performer.

The D/L ratio measures wave making drag by quantifying how many (long) tons of water are displaced by the boat for each foot of waterline length.  A high value indicates that the boat must move a lot of water out of its way for its length, and its speed will be constrained by that length.  A low value indicates low wave making drag.  A high D/L corresponds to comfort and load carrying ability and a low D/L corresponds to speed.  The formula for D/L is:

D/L = (D/2240) ÷ (.01 x LWL)3 where D=displacement in pounds and LWL = length of waterline in feet. The range of D/L runs from about 150 (very light) to 450 (very heavy) for the boat’s length.

For the A-37 Yawl, the D/L works out to approximately 403, indicating that the A-37 is quite comfortable, and has a high load carrying ability.



MK-II cockpit cushions for sale. They are open cell foam inside of vinyl covers with zippers to get at the foam. They are in good, serviceable condition with no rips or tears in the vinyl. Five pieces in all for $100.00US plus shipping costs.


Tom McMaster & Rose Hansmeyer

S/V Sojourn



For Sale – Spintek Model Triumph 2000 Roller Furler

Scandinavian design, California built. Previously on an A-37. Can fit boat up to 50’. Excellent condition, works very well. $900 US – located in California, can ship it.


Call (510) 388- 2113 

E-mail :


Canvas Winter Cover and Frame for sale. Three years old. Made for Alberg 37. Excellent condition. Comes with zippered door and is split in center with zipper for easy handling.  Made by Top-Shop ( $1250.00 CDN  Located in Ontario.

Call 519-448-1194



Wanted: A-37 Stanchion Bases. I have a Morgan 34 which has the same stanchion base as a Alberg 37 and I need a base for a boarding gate. Would one of your members have a spare to sell? Thanks, Bob Fouts (906) 789-1905



We finally found time to work on the Alberg 37 Discussion Forum, and now have it up and operating.  Hopefully, it won’t CRASH as it did previously.  You are invited to browse the postings, and to contribute your knowledge (and also your questions) to the Forum.  There are several “TEST” postings which will by necessity, remain on the forum (thanks to an idiosyncrasy embedded in Microsoft Front Page web editing software).  We were able to ‘salvage’ some of the old postings from the previous forum, and they are available for viewing (only) on the web site. 



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


How to maintain and repair a boat engine.  Several web pages of good maintenance, diagnosis and repair ideas.


Skipper Bob All ICW cruisers probably already know about the Skipper Bob ICW publications.  Contains a lot of ICW knowledge.



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

Please check the Alberg 37 web site (A37's For Sale/Wanted) for the latest postings.


Please check the Alberg 37 web site (A37's For Sale/Wanted) for the latest postings.

Recent offerings include:

ELUSIVE 1968 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop (Hull #40)

Sleeps 6+, 3 jibs, mainsail, pole, new rigging 2002, new bottom paint 2002, Ampair wind generator, Raymarine Autohelm, VHF radio, digital depth sounder, refrigeration, marine 12000 BTU air conditioning, CD/am/fm Aiwa stereo with Bose speakers, 2 anchors w/chain, pressurized electrical freshwater system w/60gals water, electrical marine head, inboard Westerbeke 4-107 37hp, new dinghy may 2004, 2.5 w/outboard, bimini, dodger, BBQ. ELUSIVE is a documented vessel 527394, located in Puerto Rico

Asking $33K U.S.

Contact Captain Papo at (939)645-0282, (939)940-9756 or

See photos at


1968 Alberg 37 MK-I sloop, hull # 33

All new electrical and plumbing.

Hull AwlGripped in spring 2004.

Roller furling, windlass, self tailing winches, new Lewmar big boat traveler, dodger, boom Gallows, autopilot, new windspeed/direction, depth and speed instruments, head, pressure water, water heater, etc.

Perkins 4-108 diesel, 1000 hours-great strong engine.

Bottom barrier coated - never a blister. Located in Western Connecticut.

$45,000 US

Alain Redder

Phone: (203) 431-1230



After 21 years we have decided to put the de Zwaan up for sale. She is in very good condition with a new Phasor 37.5 engine (less than 200 hours). Boat located on Lake Michigan. Asking $52,000 US. 

Contact Brandon Kerkstra at 616-447-0892



1981 Alberg 37 Sloop. Hull # 217

Lightly used Great Lakes only, single owner. Lying at  Whitby. US$52,500.00.  (Click here for photo)

Contact Frank @ 647-223-3536




1970 Alberg 37 Yawl, equipped for cruising.  On the hard at the Indiantown Marina, Indiantown, FL.

Owner Narrative: "This is a good yawl, w/ roller furling new headsail and good main & mizzen and 2 extra sails, cabin air conditioning, 3 burner gimbaled propane stove/oven, 12V refrig/ice box, twin stainless steel sink, Autohelm 4000, Volvo Penta diesel, updated helm wheel, pedestal w/ nice chrome 6" Ritchie compass, new fuel tank, 2 anchors, chain rodes, and lots of rope rodes., mast steps, 8' hardshell dinghy, etc., etc."

 US $34K


Ron and Cindy Strahm

2820 S. Crenshaw Road

Independence, MO 64057


TEL: 816.228.6325

FAX: 816.229.6100



1974 Alberg yawl. Hull #129. Lying in Squamish, British Columbia. USA documented vessel. Well equipped for cruising w/wind generator, solar panels, watermaker, windvane (Cape Horn), wheel pilot (Simrad), radar, anchor windlass. Engine and standing rigging replaced ca. 1998. Additional upgrades and many spares. Includes inflatable dingy (West Marine) and outboard (2000 Mercury 5 hp 4-stroke).

[See photos]

US $48,000

Contact:  Ralph Turner at or (604) 815-8219



We have been developing an on-line "Alberg 37 Equipment and Configuration Survey" which we hope to have up and operating in the fairly near future.  The Survey will solicit technical data about your boat, and will be divided into several parts (such as “General Information”; “Engine/Electrical System Data”; “Prop and Shaft Data”; “Sail Inventory”; “Deck Equipment-Ground Tackle”; etc. etc.  The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete, and the results will be automatically forwarded to us here in Kinsale.  We plan to assemble the data into some sort of spreadsheet format for eventual posting on the web site.


We are always looking for articles (cruising, racing, maintenance, etc.) and photos of your boat for inclusion on the website and newsletter.  Send the articles via email attachment in MS WORD and the photos in .JPG format if possible.


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. Kaye and I, along with Lou and Jean Wayne (PIKA - 1967 MK-I sloop) are planning to spend part of January and all of February in the Florida Keys (Little Torch Key) and will return to Kinsale, VA in early March in time for the Winter Rendezvous on 19 March.  We are renting a house there, and will drive down in mid January.  PIKA is at our dock in Kinsale for the winter, so we all decided to go "South" for about 6 weeks or so.” We plan to periodically check our Email and VoiceMail while we are away, however, there may be a delay in responding to your communications.





A-37 IOA 2005 Winter Rendezvous


Harrison's Chesapeake House, Rte. 33, Tilghman, MD

(Tilghman, MD is approx. 63 miles East of Annapolis, MD on Maryland's Eastern Shore)

Saturday, 19 March, 2005


~1800 Cocktails; Dinner ~1930

(Harrison’s has an excellent seafood menu!!)

Directions: Travel west of St. Michaels town center on Rt.33 to Tilghman Island (about 13 miles). Continue across the drawbridge for about 1 mile until you see Harrison’s Chesapeake House on the left.


RSVP: Tom & Kaye Assenmacher before March 12, 2005

P.O. Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488
(804) 472-3853


(Please remove "nospam" from above email address before sending)

Spend a fun evening with other A-37 Owners!

Swap sea stories!

Chase Winter Blues Away!
 Wish for summer!

Bring Photos!

For those who wish to spend the weekend

Harrison’s Chesapeake House has limited lodging accommodations.

(Make your own lodging reservations - call Harrison’s Chesapeake House for details.)
 Make your lodging reservations early!

(410) 886-2121 OR check out their Website:

(Check out previous Winter Rendezvous on the Web Site)

Casual Dress