C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
VOL XV, NO.3 (SUMMER - 2005)
13th Annual Alberg 37 International Owners Association Rendezvous
annual Alberg 37 International Owners Association Rendezvous was held at
the Port Whitby Marina in
Special Thanks and Appreciation to the hosts, Wayne and Cindy Milroy whose planning, resourcefulness, and friendship made the rendezvous a resounding success.
Also grateful thanks are extended to the Staff and Personnel of the Port Whitby Marina, who went out of their way to provide for our every need; to Becky Knop for expertly handling the registration process; to all the members (and friends) who attended and contributed immeasurably to a most successful rendezvous; and to Alex Magnone of co-located Whitby Boat and Specialty Woodwork, LTD, who provided a tour of his facility on Sunday morning.
Also acknowledged is GOOD OLD BOATS MAGAZINE which provided several complementary subscriptions which were raffled off; also “THE STORE’ MASON’S CHANDLERY Ltd of Mississauga, Ontario, which provided a bag of “Goodies” to each attendee, and to the CITY OF WHITBY ONTARIO, which provided additional “goodies” for the attendees.
The following members and Alberg 37s were represented at the Rendezvous:
SHEARWATER (1975 MK-II Yawl, #157) - Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
CAPRICORN (1969 MK-I Sloop, #36) - Roy and Doreen Carter
CARELLEN* (1975 MK-II Sloop, #139) - Rick, Graham, Gladys and Paula Humphrey
FINALE* (1988 MK-III Sloop, #248) - Terri and Alan Pateman
JOINT VENTURE* (1975 MK-II Yawl, #147) – Ken and Anita Tillotson
LEEWAY II* (1984 MI-II Yawl, #233) - Wayne and Cindy Milroy (Rendezvous Hosts)
MAGGY FIELDS IV* (1975 MK-II Sloop, #142) - Gordon Martin
MARIGOT (1968 MK-I Sloop, # 26) – Dan Oswald and Susan Payette
MAROONED* (1981 MK-II Sloop, #217) – Frank LaValley
OFFLINE (1984 MK-II Sloop, #235) - Ted Richman
PAT-SEA (1979 MK-II Yawl, # 201) - Pat and Bill Shrader
PAWBEE (1973 MK-II Yawl, # 118) - Henk and Wendy DeVries
PIKA (1967 MK-I Sloop w/midship galley, #20) - Lou and Jean Wayne
POSSESSION* (1973 MK-II Yawl w/cutter rig and teak decks, #110) - Mike and Karen Johnston
SEA CYCLE* (1973 MK-II Yawl, #102) – Mark and Debbie Crowe
SHEARWATER (1975 MK-II Yawl, #157) - Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
SOUTHERN CROSS (1977 MK-II Sloop w/cutter rig, #180) - Marcel and Karen Steinz
THE EVERDEN (1979 MK-I Sloop, #200) – Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe
(1969 MK-I Sloop, #49) – Ron and Eileen Holmes (Currently cruising in
TUNDRA (1977 MK-II Sloop, #181) – Brian and Kathy Marsh
(1967 MK-I Sloop, #18) – Ian Dunn (Boat in process of being restored by
(* A-37s which were physically present at the Rendezvous)
Also attending by boat were Taff and Dillis (friends of Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe) who live aboard their steel yacht TAFF A DILL.
Others attending the event were Wanita Gray, and Becky and Jerry Knop.
Much "boat talk" and boat tours took place during the day long activities. Saturday’s events culminated in a social hour at 1600 and a BBQ (with Chef Wayne Milroy at the controls) at 1800.
members attended a Brunch at the
There are no new members this quarter.
JOINT VENTURE PLANS
By Anita & Ken Tillotson
We cruised in our Tanzer
In November 2003, on
In May 2004, we began our work, living aboard
her on the hard. The old alcohol stove
gave off wretched fumes when we tried to use it and was discarded immediately. A new Origo alcohol stove with oven was
purchased and installed. (We had had
good experience with the one on our previous boat '
A complete set of new sails, a new dodger and bimini, Profurl for the genoa, cockpit cushions, a teak cockpit grate, some doors for the galley cupboards and a new cabinet behind the fold down table were purchased and installed.
Teak covers for the shrouds came with the boat. After sanding and coats of Cetol, they were attached using whipping line. We were to find that the wear and tear on sails was reduced as the teak rotated with the sails instead of rubbing and chafing.
Finally, in June we set off on our very first sail in 'Joint Venture'. She sailed like a dream!
We sailed through the
It took about 36 hours and was uneventful. It was misty and we motor sailed most of the way. We stood 3 hour watches at night. Our little schnauzer, Chelsey, learned that "walkeys" was up the deck and after some unbelieving looks at us, finally was persuaded to use the deck to do her business.
After a wonderful visit
with friends and relatives at Grand Bend, we sailed south to the
The next day we were
As I write this, the dampness in the deck has been removed, deck replaced and painted. The stanchions are being reset with metal backing plates. A repair to the bow done in the past was examined and a professional job is being done. The topsides and bottom will be faired and painted.
More equipment and upgrades, too extensive to mention, must be completed in time for us to leave early in June. Regretfully, In order to complete our passage across the Atlantic at the most favorable time, we must leave the Whitby Marina before the Alberg rendezvous.
We will try to share our adventures as opportunity presents.
Anita & Ken Tillotson
(Ed. Note – Ken and Anita attended the Summer
Casey Kerkstra recently reported that he has sold his 1969 sloop deZWAAN (The Swan).
Charles and Helen Bahn recently visited
with Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in
Pat and Wayne Jobb Alberta, Canada had
their 1970 MK-I Sloop, BRANDELARA II in the San Juan Islands for 10 days in early
June and plan to go north to the Desolation Sound area in August. BRNADELARA II
is berthed in
Bill and Heather Beaver visited with the Assenmachers in Kinsale in late May aboard their 1972 MK-II Yawl, HALCYONE. They have made numerous upgrades on HALCYONE including refurbishing and repairing the topsides, deck and cabin top. She now sports dark blue topsides and is indeed a beautiful boat. Bill recently designed and built a cockpit LP gas which houses 4-6# aluminum gas cylinders (the tall ones). A very nice installation.
HALCYONE at Anchor near Kinsale, VA
Joran Gendell and friend Lin visited the Assenmachers at Kinsale in June aboard the 1984 MK-II Yawl ELIXIR in June.
“ELIXIR was recently relaunched after a month "on the hard". Much, much sanding. Several coats of Micron ablative paint, new tank vents on the transom, hailing port on the transom, three new ball valves, and a general polishing for the top sides. Boy, am I glad to see her back in the water!
ELIXIR at Anchor in
Also these past two months, I installed a 1000 watt Xantrex charger/inverter, and a Link 2000. I think I am going to be very pleased with it this summer. I'm thinking of putting a small microwave on the counter aft of the ice-box.”
Rob and Julie Lee of
Alain Redder recently sold his 1968 MK-I Sloop SPIRIT. The new buyer is from
recently sent a photo of his 1972 MK-II Sloop L'MARRE (#91), which is posted on
the “Members List” page
on the A-37 web site. The photos shows a
regular MK-II (3 opening ports each side, the long “
Ron and Eileen Holms
attended the recent Summer Rendezvous in
(Ed. Note: Kaye and I spent several days after the Rendezvous with Ron and Eileen as guests of Brian and Kathy Marsh (TUNDRA) with whom they were staying. Ron and Eileen are an amazing couple, who lead the life most of us only dream about, and are certainly “World Cruisers”.)
Steve and Lisa Grimshaw recently completed a major restoration of their 1974 MK-II Sloop TENACITY. Steve plans to send photos and some commentary of the project.
Geoff and Bunkey
Cunliffe stopped by in May for a few days visit at the Assenmachers’ dock
in Kinsale aboard their 1979 MK-II Sloop THE EVERDEN. They were on their way back to the
FAR NIENTE Dwarfs the 2 Alberg 37s at the Dock
plans to cruise of
Al Peckenpaugh and Renee Brescia recently
sent a few photos of his ongoing project of refurbishing his 1967 MK-I Sloop
GYPSY LADY. “Large starboard icebox was
removed for fridge/freezer - Nav station.
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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! Asking $79,900.00 Canadian. Boat lying in
Contact Geoff and Bunkey on board at VA3GNC@winlink.org, or (905) 822-4321
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
1974 Alberg yawl.
Contact: Ralph Turner at email@example.com or (604) 815-8219
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Stanton and Cheryl
Jay Zittrer of
“We have a handful of
We recently won fleet honors (second time) in the Heald Bank offshore Race. I think it is around 80 NM or so. We finished with most of the fast boats and corrected over everyone. We had a variety of wind conditions and I knew it would get light. We sailed pretty deep on the way back and when it went light we were able to reach up and sail faster than most of the fleet.
This past weekend we sailed Sat/Sun in the Leukemia
Cup taking three bullets 2 on Sat one on Sun. We competed in the
newly formed "Galveston Bay Classics class" we have recently put
together. We won our class but they didn't give out fleet awards. I did a
calculation based on corrected times of all 15 boats in the fleet for race 1, 2
and 3. IF they had awarded fleet honors we would have taken 2nd place behind
a modified 23 footer skippered by one of our local heroes here in the
People keep asking me how this old full keeled yawl can go upwind so well ...and sail so good at such an extreme angle of heel. ...Thanks Carl! ...the new 139 % that I had made by David Lindsay from the Neil Pryde loft helps a bit too.
Incidentally when we won the Heald Bank I was using
my old rags one of which was an old 155 that my friend in his
Bilge Pump Blues
By Gord Martin
When I bought my 1975 Alberg 37 Sloop (MAGGY FIELDS IV, # 142), three years ago, I knew there would be lots of things to check and repair. One of the first jobs was to check the bilge pumps. The manual pump was not working so I immediately rebuilt it. The electric pump seemed to be working reasonably well, so it was repeatedly pushed down the ever longer "things to do" list.
Well, I have ignored it for 3 years, always feeling a bit uneasy, but decided this spring it must be looked at. We all know how inviting it is to try to work at the bottom of that deep dark bilge, so I worried about it for a few more weeks. How was I going to get at it?
I can't see screw heads; blame this partly on the bi-focals, and partly on the idiot who epoxied over the screws. Also I did not like the idea of it being mounted on a board which looked quite thick, leaving too much water in the bilge. The board was firmly attached to the bottom of the bilge, so I made up a tool consisting of a 2 ft. handle attached perpendicular to the mid point of a crowbar, then lay on my stomach, and flailed away with a sledge hammer. The board finally popped loose, and I could get the greasy monster up to eye level. Well almost to eye level, first I had to shift the battery, and chip the epoxy that held the wires in place, and then undo the Marrettes. Marrettes in a bilge! Wow!
At this point I checked the polarity, and thought it was a bit unusual to have yellow as plus in a red/yellow pair (more about that later). The pump was a Zurn brand and appeared to have a capacity of about 1500GPH.
Now to the hose - the 1 1/8" pump outlet was reduced to a 3/4" automotive heater hose, all limp and grungy, and then further reduced into a 1/2" check valve at the thru-hull. Is there any other way that the pump capacity could have been reduced? Based on the area of the check valve this pump was operating at barely 25% of its theoretical capacity.
I took the pump back to my shop, cleaned it thoroughly and found that it was working fine (that is when hooked up to the right polarity). Yup - that pump had been running backwards for who knows how many years. The red was supposed to be the plus side. I was surprised to find that it moved quite a bit of water in my test bucket even when running backwards. I wonder how many surveyors would think to check the rotation of a bilge pump.
I didn't want to completely trust a 30 year old pump, but also couldn't just throw it away when it appeared to be working perfectly, so I bought a new Rule 2000 GPH pump and hooked them both up with new 1 1/8" hose, oversized check valves, and new ball valves. The new pump went to a redundant thru-hull left from moving the exhaust to the transom. And yes, the polarity was checked at least three times.
I mounted both pumps to welded stainless steel "L" brackets, which I can raise and clamp in place for service.
That is it for bilge pumps; now on to the next item on the list, and on and on and on................Gord Martin
SHEARWATER BACK HOME IN KINSALE
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
We had shipped our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER up to Whitby Boat (Alex Magnone) back in November 2004 for major refurbishing of the topsides, deck and cabin top, all of which had extensive gelcoat crazing (not stress cracks). The work by Whitby Boat has been completed, and we shipped SHEARWATER back to Kinsale in mid May. After standing on the hard at Krentz’ Marina, doing some bottom work, replacing the cutless bearing, installing grounding plates for a Single Sideband Radio, and installing a depth sounder transducer, we launched her and brought he home to our dock. Then the real work began (and continues).
several short trips to
We (Alex and us) mutually agreed to have the topsides, cabin top and decks surveyed before work began (a second opinion prior to surgery) - Alex was concerned that the gelcoat crazing on the topsides had perhaps compromised the hull laminate. It was determined that the crazing had not affected the hull (topsides) laminate, so work proceeded. Alex heavily sanded the entire topsides, gave then an epoxy coating, then after much sanding and fairing, applied the polyurethane paint.
Survey of the deck and cabin top revealed areas of water intrusion in the decks and cabin top which were not readily apparent, but we weren't really surprised either. We think most were due because of poor bedding of some pieces of hardware (some probably due to the owner - us). These areas were cut out, the affected core removed, the area cleaned, new core installed, etc. etc. Alex didn't think the gelcoat crazing was a major culprit, but who knows for sure.
All exterior hardware was removed except for the opening ports and the steering pedestal. All stanchion/pulpit bases were rebedded and fitted with backing plates (I had fabricated all the backing plates years ago, but had never installed most of them). The windlass was moved aft several inches and reinstalled with a SS angle beam which ties the windlass to the forward V-berth bulkhead. I had installed the windlass about 10 years ago with only a backing plate (Alex really gritted his teeth on that!). All the previous windlass holes were filled with fiberglass, so there is no visible indication that the windlass had been moved. Also numerous deck and cabin top holes for no longer used equipment were filled prior to refinishing. We even had the sailing instrument holes filled so we could reinstall the instruments in more logical places.
The cockpit locker lids were very crazed and cracked (especially in the vertical parts) which were totally repaired. We had Alex remove the teak veneer plywood inserts from both cockpit locker lids, the area completely glassed in, with non-skid applied. The teak winch combings were removed and all holes filled with glass and non-skid applied (the winches had been replaced, and then moved once or twice during the boat's lifetime). We didn't do anything to the lazarette hatch or the companionway hatch, as we recently had Alex build new wooden hatches.
We also had Alex install a fiberglass hatch base molding for the V-berth overhead hatch, doing away with the teak base which was prone to leaking (several years ago, Alex built a mold for this hatch base and Marcel Steinz installed the base when he had SOUTHERN CROSS at our dock in Kinsale - photos are on the A-37 website - look under Project Database).
Regarding the hull (below the waterline), we first noticed cracks about 15 years ago, and they became quite extensive. In 2001/2002, as part of a re-engining project, we decided that since we had the boat out of the water for an extended period of time, we would work on the bottom. We had the bottom sandblasted, let it dry over winter, and during the spring of 2002, we did a barrier coat of the bottom (Interlux Watertite epoxy skim coat, then a heavy coat of Interlux clear epoxy, then 3 coats of Interlux Interprotect barrier coat. Looks like that problem has been solved. During this period, we also refurbished the interior (complete rewire, replumb-new hoses, waterlines etc., - we still retained the original Wilcox Crittenden head which was rebuilt, and repainted and re-varnished the entire interior, etc.).
another note, the surveyor seems to think that there may have been a bad lot of
gelcoat distributed in the
a long story short - we hope to have a "nearly as new" A-37 when we
get her back together. We have done all the work on her since we bought
her in 1982 with the exception of the recent work by Alex. We are not
naive enough to think that perhaps some of the crazing may reappear, but
undoubtedly, this will be a huge improvement. We think that Alex's
workmanship is quite good, and is comparable to some of the best yards on the
The refurbishment continues as we prepare SHEARWATER for a planned “Down South” cruise beginning in October. In addition to re-installing lifelines, all rigging, dodge, bimini, etc., and doing some minor refurbishing of the interior (we completely stripped the boat inside and out prior to shipping her to Whitby), we are in the process of installing an ICOM SSB, upgrading some electronics, renewing battery banks, etc. etc…….
If we get the time, we may do a web page or two regarding the evolution of the “New” SHEARWATER.
ALBERG 37 SAIL PLANS AVAILABLE SOON
Thanks to the COMBINED efforts of Roy Carter, Bruce McFarland and Wayne Bower, we will soon have available on CD both the Alberg 37 Sloop and Yawl Sailplans (no kidding). Check the Home Page of the Alberg 37 Website for details and ordering information. We anticipate a very nominal cost of the CD to cover postage and the cost of the CD. The CD will have both sailplans (yawl and sloop).
A-37 WEB SITE / DISCUSSION FORUM PARTICIPATION
We highly encourage you to periodically check the DISCUSSION FORUM on the website and actively participate in the discussions. Unfortunately, participation has lagged during recent months. Active participation is vital to members who require information or have information to share with others. Remember, you are all “experts” in the Alberg 37, and collectively we’ve all “been there and done that”! Also, if you receive the newsletter by mail, you should check the ON-LINE version of the newsletter (provided you have Internet Access) since the on-line version may have links to photographs, etc., which by necessity (postage limitations), may not be in the hardcopy newsletter.
By the Editor
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If you are
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.
(Ed. Note: This spring we’ve had a lot of visitors: HALCYONE, ELIXIR, RAVEN, THE EVERDEN (along with FAR NIENTE), and several other non-A-37s who know A-37 members. Guess the word is getting out! Part of the fun of the A-37 IOA is the people who traverse the waterways!)
If we inadvertently missed any of your correspondence, just hit us again – we like to receive correspondence, especially email, as it’s the grist that makes the Newsletter interesting. REMEMBER, THIS IS YOUR NEWSLETTER!
Have a great Alberg Summer and keep the letters and emails coming!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.S. Kaye and I are planning to “Go South” this fall, so 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.