C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
VOL V, NO.2 (SPRING – 2005)
We are saddened to tell that member Bob
2005 WINTER RENDEZVOUS
The Annual Alberg 37 Winter Rendezvous, held at Harrison’s Chesapeake House on
Tilghman Island, MD on
Members attending were: Wayne and Sherrill Bower (TEELOK); Charles and Jane Deakyne (SCRIMSHAW); Tom and Kaye Assenmacher (SHEARWATER); Bruce McFarland (AERIE); Bill and Heather Beaver (HALCYONE) and Jerry and Becky Knop (ex-SOLSKIN II). Lots of good "boat talk" and exchanges of photos took place. Photos of the event have been posted on the Alberg 37 web site.
2005 ALBERG 37 SUMMER RENDEZVOUS
The 2005 Summer Rendezvous will be held at the Port
Whitby Marina in Whitby, Ontario on
RECENT TSUNAMI WEBSITE
Photos and narrative from a sailboat in the recent (December 2004) tsunami – check out this amazing website –
There are no new members this quarter.
EVERDEN'S TURNED NORTH
By Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe
So finally we left GT on Wednesday
and are now at Highbourne Cay on our way up to the Abacos via Ship Channel Cay
Bunkey is still determined to sell the Everden
when we get back, and buy a Catamaran. We're hoping to charter a Cat from
either Moorings or Sail Abaco, in
We'll keep you posted on our journey north and the latest from the roller coaster decision process. Hope the rest of the Winter's not too bad for you, and look forward to seeing most of you in the Spring. Best wishes.
Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe aboard The EVERDEN
Jerry and Dorothy Senecal of Edwards, NY, have recently changed the name of their 1969 sloop to DRY BEAN from her previous name ONTARIO GIRL.
Joran Gendell of Williamsburg, VA recently wrote of several projects he has done on his 1984 yawl ELIXIR (A cockpit cover; a mast collar; and improved access for a water heater installation). More extensive write-ups on these projects are available on the Alberg 37 web site at http://www.alberg37.org/Projectdb.htm.
Gord Martin recently sent the following: “This is from the Great Lakes Alberg Association newsletter. Don Campbell was replacing gate valves on A30 #528. When he turned the engine intake valve the thru hull fell apart. The thru hull fitting is not a proper marine fitting, consisting of a washer and tube, assembled by swaging. His fitting had corroded, and could have sunk the boat. My 1975 A37 sloop, MAGGY FIELDS IV, has these fittings on engine intake and head intake. While mine had not corroded, I'm not taking chances. It is 25 days til launch, and I still have lots to do.”
and Kaye Assenmacher’s A-37 MK-II yawl , SHEARWATER has spent the winter at Whitby
Boat & Specialty Wood Work Ltd.
She was trucked up there in late November, and the work is now finished,
awaiting transport back to Kinsale, VA.
Alex Magnone refurbished the topsides, cabin top and deck (lots of gel
coat cracks along with some water intrusion in the cabin top and decks). “Kaye
and I made several trips to
Ian Dunn’s 1967 MK-I sloop, VECTIS also spent the winter at Whitby Boat receiving an extensive interior and exterior rework. Her exterior work, while not nearly as involved as that done on SHEARWATER included repainting the topsides, decks and cabin top. Ian indicated the following interior work is being performed:
· New floor
· New countertop
· Replace refrigerator
· Replace stove
· Convert the port bunk to a pull out double. This also creates an 'L' shaped seating area.
· Remove wood stove/heater.
· Remove table and replace with a hinge down table, storage rack.
· Install "Candy Store" including bar, chart drawers, SSB shelf and book racks. (in starboard pilot berth)
· Replace various drawer fronts, etc so they match the new fixtures.
· Add a "v" insert in the forward cabin to make it a double. (This includes splitting the door down the middle so it becomes a bifold.
“I also had the forward cabin hatch replaced and one added in the main cabin and a small one in the head. Alex put a skin on the bulkhead to cover various holes. The large gas tanks I had on deck were removed (as was most everything else from the deck) and are being replaced with smaller tanks in a seat being added behind the helm. I also moved the main sheet from behind the helm (where it was dangerous) to the cabin top and eliminated the traveller.”
Paul and Carol
Dunne sent the following Email in February: "SOLAR WIND I is on the dry in Green Turtle Cay in the
Lois Jacobs and Merle Galbraith sent the following email (and
Photo) in early January, but too late to get into the last newsletter – They
have been cruising their 1981 yawl INTERLUDE in the
“New Year's Day 2004 was busy, as
were the three weeks prior. Lois organized and emceed the Trinidad
SSCA New Year's Day GAM as an international potluck. It was held at Power
Boats Marina and attended by over 100 people from about 50 boats and 10 countries.
Many volunteers helped, but special commendation went to the 11 year old
On January 2, began the
first of several frustrating experiences with insurance this year. As
Merle completed a turn, a speeding maxi taxi (12 person van) smashed into
the rear door and wheel of our little car and did about $1500.00 (
In March, we helped a neighbor
move his sailboat across the Gulf to
In April, a major change in the way premiums are calculated on a twenty year old American Chemical Society group life insurance policy resulted in unaffordable premium increases of 1200%! Four state insurance commissioners reported that they regulate outrageous practices of insurance companies, but not group organizers. Group insurance customers beware: you may be betrayed when you least expect it.
In June, Michael, the most meticulous, conscientious, and reliable Trinidadian worker we've ever employed, broke his neck in a car accident. It gave us insight into the local health care system. He was in the public hospital for five months and continues his recovery at home. He is irreplaceable and we miss him desperately!
In July, we discovered
that Merle's new health insurance policy does not cover expenses
incurred overseas. So, when he developed a growth on one eye, we
weighed the cost of Plan A (doing the surgery
here) vs. Plan B (flying to the States). Eventually, we opted for Plan B which, in retrospect, was a
blessing in disguise as Plan A would have put us in
Lois and Merle
Lois's eyes are now back in her head and we are very happy with the simple, classic elegance of our humble little Interlude. She's easy to sail and has no need (or room) for crew. Merle & Lois wish you fair winds, calm seas, safe travels and adventures and a...
VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR
Rob Lee, of
Kathy and Joel Baum of
Bill and Heather Beaver, of
· replacing the opening ports with NFM stainless ports
· scraping many (10?) layers of bottom paint
· applied 6 coats Interprotect 2000 to the hull (no blisters)
· applied 2 coats Micron CSC bottom paint
· paid for a topside paint job
· rebored and bushed the rudder pivots
· added zincs to the rudder fittings and shaft
· replaced all the through hull from the mast aft (I got lazy and left the ones in the head as they at least had working ball valves, as opposed to frozen gates)
· installed new B&G speed, depth, and wind instruments
· installed new pulpits, stanchions and lifelines
· stripped and painted all the spars with Awl-Grip
· replaced the SS mast track with Antal sail track
· replaced the main halyard drum winch with a two speed conventional winch
· installed an new Harken furler
· rerigged the mainsheet with a Fredricksen 4:1/8:1 system
· replaced all the standing rigging on the main mast with new wire and HyMod fittings
· replaced all the electrical wiring in the mast
· restepped the mizzen (Yea! we are a yawl again)
· finished off the propane locker, and installed new regulator, solenoid, tubing, sniffer, etc. and reinstalled the oven
I'm currently working on electrical stuff: installing 4 AGM golf cart batteries, Link10 monitor, new alternator, and smart regulator. Once that's the done I can finally finish the LectraSan hookup (probably just in time for the Coast Guard to declare them illegal) The to-do list still looks quite long, but I hopefully we are over the hump. Take care, and hope for spring!
Bill & Heather
SOLAR WIND I - Journey to the Bahamas 2004
By Paul and Carol Dunne
May 27th SOLAR
WIND I arrived in Summerfield Boat Works,
June 3rd Left Summerfield Boat Works at and after passing through four bridges,
we were on our way to
June 4th At 8 am, we entered
Old Bahama Bay Marina and since we had reserved a slip prior to leaving
SOLAR WIND at Spanish Cay, Abacos
June 7th Left Marina at 10 am
to pass through Indian Cay Channel and waited in the outside bay until one hour
to high tide. The route to Mangrove Cay is about 26 miles with the first 5 through
very shallow waters (7-10 feet). The
Magellan GPS provides comfort as we navigate from way point to way point at a
very steady slow speed. We have the Explorer charts as well as the NOAA Charts,
Electronic Charts and Yachtsman’s Guide to the
June 8th If the anchored moved last night it was minimal. The Lewmar Concept 1 windlass is working very well. In fact, everything is working well. Pulled anchor at and headed for Great Sale Cay. Winds are light from the ESE with scattered rain showers. During the 22 mile passage, we sailed through two rain showers which kicked up the seas. Arrived at and dropped anchor behind several other boats. The anchorage is a popular overnight stop for boats headed to Abaco. It was a nice evening until the rain started and winds increased to 20 knots. The boat was hit by lightning three times. Very scary. We set our anchor alarm on the Magellan which worked well.
June 9th Headed for Allans-Pensacola about 15 miles away. Winds are light from the SSE with scattered showers in the forecast. This deserted Cay was actually two separate islands before a hurricane joined them. Several boats were already anchored when we arrived at . After a nice dinner, we showered in the cockpit using the pressure water from the galley faucet. A 12 volt outlet was installed in the V-berth today and this will be used for the fan and the GPS (night watch). The boat is becoming very organized now. The winds came up again during the night with heavy rains. The holding is not the best so the anchor alarm is set again.
June 10th We pulled anchor early to
make our way to Spanish Cay which is about 12 miles away. It’s always comforting
knowing that a marina has a slip waiting for us. Calling in advance really
makes a difference. Arriving at ,
the slip was easy to get into. All the
Weather is good again with winds light from the ESE. Left dock at to start our 15 mile cruise to Green Turtle
Cay. Very anxious to make storage arrangements so we can relax for the
remaining two weeks of our holiday. Arrived at
June 15th We head for Great Guana Cay today in calm SE
winds. The route requires passage through an open channel named Whale Cay
Channel. The winds increase to 12 knots and with the seas choppy, our speed is
hindered. This area is the most difficult and treacherous in the Abacos
(according to the cruising guide). The channel is shallow (12 feet) and is
susceptible to a rage sea condition when ocean swells
come from the NE. Luckily today, the seas are passable and the trip uneventful.
On the last leg of the route, there are several channel markers which were used
by Cruise Liners several years ago. They would anchor off
June 16th We
pull anchor at and cruise to
June 19th We left the slip 2 hours before high tide to start our cruise to Man-O-War Cay. There are only a limited number of moorings available (first come first serve basis) and we manage to get one. The entrance to Man-O-War is very tricky and requires good light as the depth at low water is 6 feet. The islanders welcome visitors and make the stay a pleasant one. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on MOW cay. The famous Albery Boat Builders reside on this island. Paul had stopped here 31 years ago (in a Tanser 22) and remembers the father (now deceased). The protected bay provides a very clam anchorage and a pleasant sleep.
June 21st We left MOW on a rising tide so we can make easy entry into Elbow Cay about
2 hours away. With only moorings available, we had reserved in advance. Hope Town is a very pretty place and the harbour is a natural hurricane hole. Once the mooring was secured, we placed a tarp over the boom to provide shelter from the sun and rain. There are many nice shops, groceries stores and entertaining restaurants here. The candy stripped light house was built in 1863 and still uses a kerosene fueled mantle and rotating glass fresnel lens to send light up to 20 miles. The view from the top is spectacular. A fourth Hella fan was installed in the main cabin which really makes for a comfortable stay when the weather is hot. They only draw 300 ma or .3 amps on high.
June 24th Since we only have a few days left, we start our trip back to Green Turtle Cay where we will leave Solar Wind for the year. Winds are still light from the SE so passages are non eventful. Arrived in Black Sound on June 26th and prepared for the haul out. Over the next few days we give the teak a coat of Cetol, flush and fog the diesel and o/b engines and pack the boat for storage ensuring all loose canvas and running rigging is secured. We place canvas covers on our wheel pedestal, handrails, lazerette, windlass and companionway. The manager of the yard is very competent and has earned our trust in his facility.
Solar Wind I will stay on the dry
for the next year. Our plans are to return to the Abacos and explore the
By Karen and Marcel Steinz
After cruising for the past 7 years in the
We spent most of our time after launch in
Since both of us have commitments at the end of March in
We where glad that Tom Assenmacher put
us in touch with a local transport company in the
After the boat left
We both highly recommend Cracker Boy Marina in
Cross Ready For Trip North
(Karen got to ride with Marcel)
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.
Contact: Tom McMaster & Rose Hansmeyer S/V Sojourn 612-825-4022 SOLD
Spintek Model Triumph 2000 Roller Furler for sale
Scandinavian design, California built. Previously on a A37. Can fit boat up to 50'. Excellent condition, works very well. $900 US - located in California, can ship it. (Click here for link to SPIN-TEK)
Call (510) 388- 2113
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Crawfords Nautical Books of
Boat Lovers Transport – A thoroughly competent boat transport company located in the Mid-Chesapeake Bay Area.
(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.
Looking for an A37 'project boat' in the
Peter Hay firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanted: Alberg 37 Yawl rigged model MKII,
JABogetto@msn.com or call at 513.673.8001.
Wanted: Alberg 37 in superb condition with all upgrades. We are looking for a cared for and superbly presented boat for liveaboard use and world cruising. Will pay up to $75000 for the right boat. If you have lavished love and attention onto your pride and joy and now want it to go to a great home, and, the boat is turn-key, with very recent standing rigging /sails / re-bedding, great engine / show quality interior etc., etc., then give us a call.
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(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 (
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
Contact Captain Papo at (939)645-0282, (939)940-9756 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See photos at www.sanjuansailing.tk
1979 MK-I Sloop, hull #200. Fully equipped for Blue Water Live-Aboard Cruising,
including removable inner forestay with staysail and storm jib, trisail on
separate track, 6 man liferaft, solar panels, wind generator, wind vane self
steering, watermaker, 4 anchors, mast steps, 40HP Yanmar, and 9ft Caribe RIB dinghy
and outboard, plus all the usual stuff you'd expect on an Alberg, and lots of
spares! Returning via
Contact Geoff and Bunkey on board at VA3GNC@winlink.org, or from May onwards at (905) 822-4321
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
Phone: (203) 431-1230
deZWAAN (the SWANN)
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
Contact Brandon Kerkstra at 616-447-0892
1981 Alberg 37 Sloop.
Contact Frank @ 647-223-3536
1970 Alberg 37 Yawl, equipped for cruising. On the hard at the Indiantown Marina,
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."
Ron and Cindy Strahm
Contact: Ralph Turner at email@example.com or (604) 815-8219
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Several members have exhibited interest in including racing
participation. The following photo was
provided by Jay Zittrer of a recent Harvest Moon Regatta (150 Nm race from
Note Alberg 37 Yawl with Spinnaker in Right Foreground
By the Editor
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Have a great Alberg Spring and keep the letters and emails coming!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.S. Kaye and I are seriously considering “Going South” this fall, provided once we get SHEARWATER back from Whitby, we get some new gear installed and outfitted, etc. etc. After spending 5 weeks in the Florida Keys in January and February, (we drove down to Little Torch Key and rented a “canal” house), Kaye has “vowed never to be cold again” during the winter! If we go, there is a good chance that the Winter and Spring Newsletters may be a bit sparse UNLESS some wonderful person wants to take over the jobs of Newsletter Editor and Alberg 37 Webmaster…… We would be very happy to relinquish these jobs should someone be interested.