Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32
Kinsale, VA 22488

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VOL. 17 NO. 3

19 JULY 2007
(To keep continuity, there
is no Vol. 17 No.1 or No. 2)

Back Home in Kinsale
(We Are Now ‘Dirt Dwellers’ Again)
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

After spending a very interesting and spectacular winter cruise to, in, and from the Abacos, we are finally back home in Kinsale.  We left Kinsale aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER on 26 October 2006 in company with Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester , NY who made the cruise aboard their 1967 MK-I Sloop PIKA. Both boats (and crew) returned to Kinsale on 23 May, 2007 . 

Our special thanks to Lou and Jean for their forbearance, guidance, good humor, patience, knowledge etc., as Kaye and I, aboard SHEARWATER,  trailed about 200 yards behind PIKA for most of the trip (there were a very few times when we ‘went first’!!

We logged about 2515 Nautical Miles since we left Kinsale (the majority of the miles were logged on the ICW going to and from Florida ).  We ran our diesel engine approximately 550 hours (mostly motor sailing, but includes battery charging time), and consumed approximately 300 gallons of diesel fuel. Our speed (no current) speed averages about 5.5 kts.

The only notable equipment failures occurred on the way back from the Bahamas, in South Carolina, within about a week of each other:: The Hurth/ZF M150A transmission (installed by the Skipper); Transmission shift cable (again installed by the Skipper); and an electric fuel pump (spare carried on board).  Both transmission problems required towing by TowBoatUS.  Thankfully, we had "Unlimited" Towing Insurance from Boat U.S.   This was the first time in over 28 years of sailboat ownership that we've needed to be towed...... Guess there's a time for everything..... but since we were in restricted waters, with lots of current, and several opening bridges to pass through, we decided that we would put the Towing Insurance to good use.

We both thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, learned a lot about the culture of the Bahamas (life goes on at “Golf Cart” pace!), enjoyed meeting many fellow cruisers etc.  Both Kaye and I have somewhat 'matured' in our cruising abilities and capabilities (and we are still speaking to each other - after 7 months of never being separated by more than 37 feet).

Places in the Abacos that we visited included Great Sale Cay; Green Turtle Cay (one of our favorites); the infamous “Whale Passage”; Marsh Harbour; Lynard Cay; Hopetown (another favorite); Great Guana Cay; Treasure Cay; Man O’ War Cay (still another favorite); and numerous other great anchorages.  Actually, all the places are fantastic with crystal clear turquoise water.

We still have quite a few photos of our cruise (including PIKA and crew) posted on the A-37 Web site – we’ll leave them there for some time – so take a look. You’ll want to go to the Bahamas !!

We may also publish some cruising “Lessons Learned” articles in subsequent Newsletters.

We won’t be cruising the Bahamas by boat this winter, as we have some other travel plans to visit family and friends in the Midwest US.  We however, are looking into a rental cottage in Man O’ War Cay for the really cold months here (January and February).  Perhaps next year we’ll be heading South again on SHEARWATER……

Thanks for all your patience etc., etc., during our ‘sabbatical’ – we especially appreciated all the emails!  We would recommend this cruise to anyone - but don't wait till you are over 65 – DO IT NOW!!!!!!!


Annual Alberg 37 Rendezvous Planned

The 15th Alberg 37 IOA Annual Rendezvous is set for October 13-14, 2007  (The Weekend Following the Annapolis Sailboat Show) at the Assenmacher dock near Kinsale , VA , so make your fall cruising plans now around these 2 events. See the last page of this Newsletter and/or Check the Website for details. 


Featured Alberg 37
1967 MK-I Alberg 37 sloop,
Hull # 17
Owned by Todd and Natalie Stebleton of
Ormond Beach , FL.

Copperhead is a Mark I sloop built as hull seventeen in 1967. My wife, Natalie, and I bought the boat in 1998 as a complete restoration neared completion. We were fortunate enough to benefit from countless hours spent on a project that could only be called a labor of love by the previous owners. I am sure they understood as they built their "boat of a lifetime" that they would never recover the dollars spent. An urgent business deal forced the boat to be listed for sale. A very speedy transaction made Copperhead ours in four days.

The interior restoration was nearly completed before we bought the boat. I believe the basic configuration of the interior is unchanged from when the boat was new. Materials and some surface changes are evident in the pictures. The counter top surfaces in the galley are now stainless steel; surfaces around the portlights are now teak and mahogany; and the cushions have been recovered. The most notable change from original is the quality of the finish. All interior surfaces are seven coats of hand rubbed varnish. The deep semi-gloss effect is not achievable without spending hundreds of hours. I have duplicated the results on trim pieces I have replaced and it requires enormous effort. As you review the interior pictures, you will no doubt recognize other small changes, but, for the most part the boat is unmolested inside and out.

Mechanical upgrades include a new Universal M-50 diesel ( less than 100 hours when we bought the boat), complete rewire, new plumbing, and new mast and rigging.

When we bought Copperhead, the biggest project that remained was a repaint of the hull and deck. This was completed in July 06. Natalie and I worked from January until June to prep the boat for paint. A friend (professional painter) sprayed the Awlgrip to a mirror finish. After the repaint it took us another month to put everything back where it came from. If you attempt a project like this the best advice I can give is to mark every single piece of hardware as to location and orientation when it is removed. My small mind could not possibly recall how each piece came off the boat after that much time had passed. Digital photos are also helpful.

The last project on our list (before we start all over again) is to replace the sails. Except for our smallest jib, all our sails are original and in the original bags which are dated early 1968. They are somewhat tired but we still manage to win a race every now and then.

I could write much more about the virtues of the design and the execution of the restoration. Those of you who sail A-37's already are familiar with the design. The pictures complete my thoughts of the restoration.

Please contact me if you are near Daytona Beach and wish to see our boat. It is very near what Alberg 37's were when new.   Todd...

(Editor's Note: We visited with Todd and Natalie as we were passing through Daytona Beach, FL on April 19, 2007 aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER on our way home from spending the winter in the Abacos.  They brought their boat to where we were anchored in Daytona and we had a most enjoyable "raft-up".  COPPERHEAD is an exceptional example of an early (1967 - the first year of production) Alberg 37.)


Kinsale Visitors
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

We’ve had quite a few visitors stop by at our dock in Kinsale since we returned from the Abacos in May.  Of course in company with us were Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester , NY aboard PIKA with whom we cruised the Abacos.  Awaiting us at the dock was PARTY OF TWO, a Lagoon 410 Cat owned by ex-Alberg 37 owners (THE EVERDEN), Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe of Mississauga , ON .  Geoff and Bunkey departed Kinsale shortly following the 2006 Fall Rendezvous in Kinsale, and cruised south of the Bahamas , but decided to return to the Chesapeake .  Lou and Jean’s are tentatively planning to return to the Bahamas again this Fall (it will be their 5th trip ‘Down South’).  Geoff and Bunkey’s tentative plans are to cruise the coast of Cuba this winter.  Both PARTY OF TWO and PIKA will remain at the Assenmacher dock for the summer, while their owners return to the North Country ( Ontario and Upstate NY respectively).

Then in mid-June, Lynn Thoresen and Scott Williams stopped by aboard their 1974 MK-II Yawl (currently rigged as a sloop) ISLAND TIME, on their return from the Abacos.  They had previously kept their boat in Florida and had made several trips across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas .  This year however, they decided to return ISLAND TIME to their home in Castine , ME.   Incidentally, Lynn and Scott have recently decided to sell ISLAND TIME .  Specifics regarding the potential sale are listed in both the ‘For Sale’ sections of this newsletter, and also on the Alberg 37 web site (

News From Members

Mitch Grieb, of Chestertown, MD recently wrote: “CATRINE (ex - TIDINGS) is almost ready after a 3 year refit at Sailing Associates Marina on the Sassafras River (upper Chesapeake Bay ). I'm hoping to sail her to a permanent mooring in Comegy's Bight on the Chester River this month.”  CATRINE is a 1982 yawl.

We recently received an email from Geoffrey Barrow, of Munster, IN, who owns the 1968 MK-I Sloop LAURA, which is in service for youth sail training for disadvantaged youth in East Chicago, Indiana (see“we are on a very tight budget, often running in the red but.............. WE SAIL ONWARD”.

Frank and Mary Carr of St. Petersburg , FL announce that they are selling their 1975 MK-II Sloop KARMA.

Joran Gendell and Friend Lin of Williamsburg , VA are currently returning from a cruise from the Chesapeake Bay with an offshore passage from the bay to  Newport , RI .  From there they went to Block Island , then Mystic Seaport, then down Long Island Sound, the NJ coast, the C&D canal, back into the Chesapeake Bay to Chestertown, MD.  They plan to stop in Solomons Island, MD,  and Kinsale , VA prior to returning home to Williamsburg .  Joran and Lin plan to attend the A-37 Rendezvous at Kinsale in October.

Leon and Kim March of Pottstown , PA , currently are aboard their 1968 MK-I Sloop GYPSY.  They recently wrote: “GYPSY is nearing completion with the engine hooked up and ready to go... only a mast to refurbish now!  We should be in the water and cruising the Chesapeake by September, so we will be sure to make to the Rendezvous in October on our way south.  We’ve also heard that GYPSY’s previous owners, Bill and Debbie Horne (ex SERENADE) have purchased a condo in Luperon , Dominican Republic .  We hope to visit them there this winter if we can just get the boat in the water!”

Ron Cole of Windham , ME recently sold his 1981 MK-II Sloop ARTEMIS to Robin Roaf and Bob Dow of Elliot , ME.   Ron sent the following photo of  ARTEMIS off to a great start at  the Pilot Race last summer at the Portland Yacht Club.

ARTEMIS Crosses The Starting Line

Kip and Linda Newbould of Coles Point, VA recently purchased the 1970 MK-I Yawl TEVAKE from  Chris Anderson.  Kip and Linda plan a complete rebuild/refurbish of  TEVAKE including installation of a new engine.  Kip and Linda own the boat transportation company BOAT LOVERS TRANSPORT (  – they haul large (and small) boats throughout the US and Canada .

Wil Hewitt recently launched his 1984 MK-II Yawl FLORENCE GRAY at the Krentz Marina near Callao , VA , following extensive bottom and exterior refurbishing.  Wil is planning on some extended cruising  following the rest of  FLORENCE GRAY’s outfitting.  A possible trip to Bermuda is in Wil’s plans.

Bill and Pat Shrader of Orchard Park , NY report that they struck a submerged object in the Niagara River last fall which destroyed the rudder of their 1979 MK-II Yawl PAT-SEA. Bill said: “I didn't even realize the problem until I got to dock for fall haul out at Smith Boys in Tonawanda , NY where I normally store the boat during the winter. Smith Boys re-constructed the rudder during the winter and they claim it is now stronger and better than new. As you know the boat has to be on a lift several times, the propeller repaired, alignment, etc. and it ended up being a rather pricy job - over $5000. Fortunately I had insurance.”

John Hughes, of Barrington , RI recently wrote of work he has been doing on his 1970 MK-I Sloop SARAH: “I’ve also been doing a bunch of work on Sarah this season; one of these is a kind of re-power with a Westerbeke 40 that’s somewhat newer than the old 4-107 from the 1970s. The 4-107 had begun giving me troubles in two forms: the leak at the rear oil seal got much more serious (a quart every three hours!) at the end of last summer, and the transmission had been acting up a bit (Paragon SA1D). The folks who’d worked on it warned me that it was getting harder and harder to find parts for those, so it made some sense to think about switching.

My eventual decision was to put an HBW-150 behind the W-40. Since that transmission has an offset, some creative re-siteing of the engine is necessary (ugh). I’ll send pictures when I’m all done. (Work’s gone slowly, because I also have to finish a book...but that’s another story).

I’ve also been installing a propane system, now about 90% done. I’ve gone with a fiberglass tank on the afterdeck, avoiding the whole issue of making an airtight locker with a vent that exits at least two feet from any exhaust, etc., etc. I’ll send pictures of that as well (eventually).

Finally, in one of the best moves I’ve made in years, while the engine was out, I decided to paint the area from the engine back to the prop with the same off-white paint I’d used on the few bits of exposed fiberglass on the cabin sole. To prep the area (sanding was out of the question), I sprayed oven cleaner on it, let it wait 20 min, rinsed, and then wiped down with stove alcohol (leftover from the Shipmate Alcohol stove I’m removing!). What used to be black-to-brown-colored suddenly became a light-brown-to-yellow color like the insides of the sail-lockers, and everything back there was far easier to see. Two coats of off-white paint, and it’s positively bright back there!” --John

Ian Dunn  of Milford , CT (VECTIS, 1967 MK-I Sloop) reports that VECTIS has a new rudder but not yet in the water.  Seems that a boatyard dropped VECTIS  and severely damaged her rudder – subsequently Ian borrowed the “A-37 IOA Rudder Mold”, transported it to Whitby , ON and had Alex Magnone of Whitby Boat build a new rudder.

Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer of Minneapolis , MN , reported they finally made it to Trinidad aboard their 1985 Sloop SOJOURN, and were at Coral Cove marina in Chaguaramas, Trinidad in late June.  They left Kinsale shortly after the 2006 Fall Rendezvous and cruised the Bahamas prior to continuing on to Trinidad .  By the time of this newsletter, they will be back in Minneapolis making cruising plans for the upcoming winter.  Tom said: “The clock is ticking to get all projects going before  we depart  on Tuesday ( 7/17/07 ).  We feel like its the same amount of work to put boat away for winter but this time its only 2 months.  So feels like a lot as we are going over all systems and doing a lot of deep cleaning/fixing.  Unfortunately we have to replace the cutlass bearing – so that’s another project we hope to have completed before we leave.”

Tom and Rose have a website whereby you can keep up with their adventures aboard SOJOURN ( or (  Tom’s new favorite saying from sailing friend BRIT – “You can always make money – but you can’t make time!”


Mike Rostron of Bellingham , WA is the owner of  the 1970 MK-I Sloop GALENA .  Mike recently wrote to us with the following request for information:

 “I am still trying to find more information on how to maximize sailing performance on my boat.  Mine has a shortened boom as many others apparently do, but the logic in doing it seems shaky at best.  I also have a "Solent Rig" and have finally figured out what is good for and some of its limitations.  In general I think we need more discussion of this topic.

As I said before; there seems to be plenty of info out there on toilet installations, cabin modifications, and engine replacement.  Why not more on what many of us bought the A-37 for: that is; performance under sail.  I don't necessarily mean discussions on the best way to race the boat (although that too would be very interesting), but comparisons of how the variously rigged A-37s perform might lead to finding the best rigs for various styles of sailing.  Some of us at least could care less about getting maximum engine performance and would willingly down size the "infernal combustion machine"  or deep six it altogether if it helped sailing performance!  Has anyone actually taken two A-37s with similar sized jibs and the original versus shortened boom main and raced them against each other?  In races with more than one A-37 are there large differences in performance and if so, why (other than crew competence)?

So what I hope to see in your latest news letter is not only where you went but how your boat performed under various sail trim etc. How is your rig tuned?  How about actual ft/lbs instead of tight, tighter, and tightest.  Someone must have this information for a design that has been around this long and raced at least some.


Mike Rostron


(Ed. Note:  OK you racers out there!! – Let’s have some non-subjective information regarding rigging setups,  tensions, etc. etc.  Responses will make interesting reading!!  If anyone has such information that they would like to share, please forward it to us in Kinsale, and we’ll forward the info to Mike and also include it in future newsletters.)



Engine Replacement on SHEARWATER in 2002
By Tom Assenmacher, Kinsale , VA

We receive a few questions about our fairly recent  engine replacement  back in 2002.  I've never gotten around on doing a web article on the re-engineing project, although I intend to do so some day.... Anyway, in 2002 we had to replace the old MD-2B which suffered a catastrophic hydraulic lock in the rear cylinder. I looked around for a "proper" engine, and considered the Yanmar 40 (cost too much), the Beta Marine Kubota based 37.5 hp (again a bit pricey), and then settled on the PHASOR - a 37.5 Kubota based engine and trans (at that time about $1500 less than comparable Yanmar).  I did all the installation myself, with the exception of having the old engine lifted from the boat and the new engine lifted into the boat by the yard folks. 

I ordered the PHASOR 37.5 with the optional Hurth/ZF 150A (now called a ZF MA15)  8 degree down-angle transmission, due to the extreme angle (18 deg.) of the prop shaft plane to the horizontal plane.  The new engine lays at a much more reasonable (10 deg) to horizontal, which makes the engine a bit more serviceable and also all the oil in the oil pan is not at such a high level in the rear of the engine.  The 8 deg transmission does however, complicate the location of the new engine beds somewhat, since the engine crankshaft plane is not parallel to the transmission output shaft plane/prop shaft plane.  I probably spent a week or more 'pondering' the re-engineering of the engine mounts/beds before I did any modifications of the existing engine beds.  I had to lower the front mounts approximately 3" in order to accommodate the down angle trans / prop shaft centerline.  I built a wooden mockup of the engine and trans (2x4's, plywood, and some 3/8" long bolts) which helped quite a bit in determining the modifications.  I finally got out the Sawzall and trimmed the front mounts to what I had determined would be a correct height.  I only needed to slightly modify the rear mounts.  One modification required was to extend the engine mounting pads approximately 3" closer to the centerline of the boat, as the new engine mounts were spaced closer than the old engine. I had to do some fiberglass work on the front mounts, and was able to fabricate new front engine mounting beds using some 6" x 1/2" aluminum angle, all through bolted to the modified fiberglass beds. The rear mounts only required extending the existing beds the required amount to accommodate the narrower Phasor mounts, again using some 1/2" aluminum plate.

I determined the prop size by using the prop formulas (  The reduction gear ratio on the new engine is 1.875-1, and with the A-37 displacement, waterline length, etc. as entering arguments, I finally came up with a 14" x 11" RH prop (the Volvo had a 13"x 14" LH prop).  The formula originally came up with a 16" prop, but I didn't want to open up the aperture that much.  The good thing about the prop formula is that you can enter a constraint (i.e., max prop diameter of 14" and it figured out that 11" pitch would work.).

Since this engine/trans is about 4" shorter than the old Volvo, I had to buy a new shaft (1").

This eng and trans made a nice compact installation.  I achieve hull speed at about 2100 engine rpm, but normally cruise at about 1900 - 2000 rpm, which give us about 5.9 - 6.0 kts at a fuel consumption of about .65 gal/hr.  I can just barely get full engine rpm at max throttle with no smoking, which tells me that the prop is just about right for the boat.  Also, I get 6.0 kts or a bit better (with a clean hull and prop) just at the intersection of the torque curve and the fuel consumption curve.  It's a nice and quiet engine. 

The only problem is we had to replace the trans at about 300 hours (under warrantee, they gave me a brand new trans) and again at about 900 hours, on our way back from the Bahamas near Savannah GA  (which was no longer covered by warrantee – we had to ‘eat’ this one to the tune of about 2 major boat units,  i.e., $2K.).   We still haven’t quite figured out why these transmissions are failing as the alignment is good, we do frequent oil changes on the trans, etc. etc.  ZF hasn’t been much help other than supplying us with new transmissions (we now have a spare – if we get around to rebuilding the last one we replaced).  We are in the process of adding a transmission oil cooler which, although not called for in the ZF specs for  a 37 hp engine, certainly won’t hurt. We’ve heard from Phasor that they are now using a Twin Disc Transmission in this application.   Guess time will tell…  I’ve gotten quite good at removing and replacing these transmissions, and can do it in about 6 hours actual work time.  I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to crawl around behind and over the engine.

I had to replace the entire exhaust system since the Kubota uses a 2" exhaust (new muffler, etc. - we used Vetus components.)

This was a fun (sort of) project.  We are quite satisfied with the new installation, performance, fuel consumption, lack of vibration, etc. etc. 


Repacking The Alberg 37 Rudder Stuffing Box
By Tom Assenmacher

Regarding repacking the rudder stuffing box, we repacked ours several years ago with the boat in the water.  The rudder stuffing box is slightly above the water line (at least on our 1975 MK-II yawl SHEARWATER, but you might want to check this out first!).  The stuffing box is somewhat difficult to reach, but can be done through the port cockpit locker (at least on the MK-II - not sure if you have the same setup on the MK-I).

In order to remove the stuffing box gland  and move it up the rudder post , you will need to loosen the rudder quadrant (assuming you have wheel steering), and slack off the steering cables (2 eye bolts on either side of the quadrant), and then loosen up the quadrant clamp which attaches the quadrant to the rudder post.

After you have loosened up everything, you will need to slide the quadrant up the rudder post (may require  some tapping with a hammer, as the quadrant is keyed to the rudder post).  You don't need to remove the quadrant, just move it up enough to completely disengage the packing nut.

Anyway, on our boat, the stuffing box is accessible, although you have to be somewhat of a contortionist to get to it!    Suggest that you back off the stuffing box  jamb nut, and then back off the stuffing box nut itself, to see if you get an influx of water (if you do, you will probably need to haul the boat to repack the rudder stuffing  box).  If you don't get any influx of water, you can do the job in the water.  

If the packing nut has nearly bottomed out, you may not really need to remove the old packing, but it's probably just as well to remove the old packing (may require some innovative use of an ice pick, or small screwdriver).  Recommend that you use PTFE Flax or TefPack packing, which is great stuff.  My  (original) prop stuffing box has been repacked with PTFE, and it simply doesn't leak.  Our rudder stuffing box uses 5/16" PTFE packing material (yours may be slightly different), which is available at West Marine.  We last did this job about 4 years ago, and have had no leakage since that time.



ALBERG 37 Association Rudder Mold

As previously reported, the A-37 IOA  is in possession of (what we think is) the original Rudder Mold for the Alberg 37.  Since we received the mold from Ed Kunkel, it has been used at least once to fabricate a new rudder.  Ian Dunne, of Milford , CT , borrowed the mold last fall (after driving to Kinsale to pick up the mold) to have a new rudder fabricated for his 1967 MK-I Sloop VECTIS.  Alex Magnone of Whitby Boat (Alex was the production foreman at Whitby Boat Works for most of the A-37 production)  fabricated the rudder for VECTIS.  Ian currently has  the mold  in his possession, and plans on returning it to us in Kinsale this fall when he attends the 2007 Fall Rendezvous.  The “Repository” of the mold will be in our barn in Kinsale.  For the “Full” story  of how we received the mold and some photos, check out the A-37 Web Site.


Notes Of An Occasional Sailor: Used Marine Hardware
By Charles F. Bahn
(RAVEN - 1985 MK-II Yawl)

I'm a used boat store junkie. I can't pass one without going inside. And once inside, I have to buy things. Usually expensive things I can't afford. Like another radar unit- never mind that I already have four. This will be perfect when I need spares. Or a diesel engine.

I can sniff them out- no matter how remote. Once, when taking my son to a far away summer camp, I found not one but two. I brought home a prized pair of custom aluminum davits. I didn't even know if they would fit our boat, but for $100 I couldn't pass them up. The Mate couldn't believe it ("measure twice, cut once" she said), but they actually fit perfectly.

Experience teaches that the more run down the store is, the more likely it is to have just the item you can't live without. A case in point is our autopilot. I had been eyeing one at my favorite haunt- Ocean Outfitters, a dilapidated Quonset-hut of a place near  Annapolis . A used B & G unit, but more expensive than I thought I could risk with the Mate looking over my shoulder. When I decided to take the plunge, and went back for it (alone)- it was gone. In it's place was an old cardboard box with hydraulic fluid leaking out and an old autopilot of some sort that I didn't recognize. But it was only $125 and I thought I could at least experiment and learn how one worked. So I bought it, took it home, and cleaned it up. What a treasure! A brass Hydraulics RAM with aluminum reservoir and attached diverting valve, Benmar pump and "Course Saver" control head with aircraft quality hydraulic hoses. The only thing that didn't sparkle after I polished it was the face plate for the control head, and I was able to get a new one from Benmar for $20. That was years ago and it still works flawlessly.

My most worthwhile purchase at the same store was a used diesel engine. During one of my forays, I saw an engine just like mine sitting in the back of the store with a For Sale sign- $800 -on it. I thought about how the Mate would kill me if I actually bought an engine so I walked away. As I was leaving, I walked past the engine from the opposite direction, and noticed that it looked different from the back. A Turbocharger! So it was a done deal. I had to rent a truck to get it home, and of course it didn't run, so I had to rebuild it over the winter. After three years it is still running strong.

Other "finds" have been a refrigeration unit and spare compressor, various anchors, a headsail furler, a single side band radio, Satnav, and GPS units, two or three outboard motors (don't ask)  and about a ton of various shiny marine hardware (cleats, shackles, etc). Of course not everything has worked as advertised. The Satnav and the GPS were DOA, but after I took them apart and changed their batteries they both fired right up. The only thing I got burned on was a small gas generator. It wouldn't run, and despite my best efforts, I just couldn't fix it. "I told you so" I heard from the Mate.

But then tragedy struck. We had a bad winter, and the roof at Ocean Outfitters collapsed. Now they’re gone, and apparently will not reopen. The Mate was neither surprised or disappointed. "What did you expect, you were their only customer!"

But sometimes God closes a window and opens a door. EBAY!


A-37s For Sale

(Please check the Alberg 37 web site (A37's For Sale/Wanted) for the latest postings.)
(Ed. Note: Several Alberg 37s have recently changed hands – so there are people out there looking for these great boats.)

Current offerings include:

For Sale - SEAFORTH – Roy and Maureen Brankley, of Woodstock , ON , are offering their 1971 MK-II Alberg 37, Yawl, Cutter for sale.  She is sail #73, with the following: Westerbeke 4-107 rebuilt 2003; Roller furling on Main and Yankee; self tacking staysail. She is moored in Port Dover on Lake Erie , sailed only on Great Lakes , with many quality extras, a very beautiful A-37 carefully maintained.   For details, and more photos contact, 

CDN $78,000.  Check Website for Inventory and Photos.


For Sale - ISLANDTIME - 1971 Alberg 37 MK-II Yawl, currently sailing as a sloop, but available as a yawl (yawl rig included).  New engine installed in 2007; Radar with Questus Mount; Windvane; Roller Furling; MAC PAC; Auto Pilot; GPS; Spinnaker; Hard dinghy with outboard (New); Refrigeration.  Located in Maine .  $49,000 USD. Contact Scott at: 207.326.9498 - Cell 978.549.0507


For Sale OFFLINE - 1984 MK-II Sloop - # 235. Located in Wilmington , NC . Very lightly used boat in great condition. Was a Lake Ontario boat until two years ago. Volvo 2003 27 hp. engine. Bottom was barrier coated 4 years ago. Sails are 4 years old and in excellent condition. Pacific Blue Sunbrella Bimini and dodger. White hull and deck with original gel coat in excellent condition. $58,000 USD. Phone 910-772-9277, or email


For Sale - WIND MISTRESS -  Mark I Yawl  Hull #62.  Classic 1970 Alberg 37 yawl moored in Toronto , Ontario , Canada .  White (AwlGripped) hull and deck with unique sea foam green accents.  Well maintained and lovingly cared for over the years as she sailed the Great Lakes .  Recent major projects have included refinishing the cabin interior (2004) and deck and cockpit woodwork (2004; 2006); stripping,  Interprotecting and applying VC17 to the bottom (2005); replacing the cutlass bearing and stuffing box (2006) .  Fully equipped.  Email questions etc.  to Joel ( (or call: 416.406.6810).  CDN$70,000


For Sale - GONZO - Hull #110. Immaculate 1973 Alberg 37 sloop lying in Port Colburn , Ontario , Canada ( Lake Erie ).  Spent the last 18 months in the Caribbean Sea and the previous 30 years in the Great Lakes .  Lovingly upgraded for a planned circumnavigation - our plans changed, so we returned to Canada , but you can take advantage of all the improvements for your own sailing dreams.
For a detailed inventory list or answers to any questions. Email Mitch (  or call: 519.859.6129) 
or  Email "Mike" ( phone: 1 905 468 5659;  toll free: 1 877 624 6312 Yours for only CDN$72,000


Alberg 37s Wanted

Wanted: Alberg 37 in ready to-go offshore condition. Please call Wolfgang at 250 923-2315.

Wanted - Alberg 37 project boat.  Contact Art Svaldenis (


Gear For Sale

Tom McMaster has a winter cover made by TopShop for sale.  It was purchased in 2000 (initial cost approximately $1500) for their 1985 Sloop SOJOURN and used during winter months.  It can be used for either a sloop or yawl (This cover allows both sticks to be left up or down.). It would be shipped from zip code 55377 - Duluth , MN .  Tom has no photos, but you can see similar covers at  If you are interested in a winter cover, please contact Tom via Email at:


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.


Web Sites of Interest

Marine and Coast Guard Agency ( United Kingdom ) A wealth of safety and health related information for those going to sea:

Riparia Resources - A collection of useful, (and not so useful), items in medicine and sailing,:

BoatU.S. Hurricane Resource and Tracking Center

PHRF Ratings for Various Boats Including Alberg 37s:  and 


Safety First
Courtesy of John Hughes
1970 MK-I Sloop SARAH

“I've got another "safety first" bit of advice (along the lines of "don't get trapped in the seat locker"). I was reminded of it a month ago when I was helping a friend try to get his Columbia 40 ready to go around the world.”

When you're working on the electrics, and you have to keep connecting/disconnecting things (like a battery being hooked up to the engine so you can turn it over, but NOT being hooked up while you're messing with other things), you really, REALLY, want to keep the battery in a battery box, with an insulated cover over it. Once (many years ago) I had the battery cover off, and was working with a 12 inch crescent wrench nearby. It slipped from my hand and as luck would have it, managed to end up across the battery terminals. There was a loud "pop" and it bounced off. My crescent wrench now has two "weld spots" with brownish-black stuff around them as a reminder of my stupidity. If it had stuck rather than bouncing, I'd have surely had a fire (complete with lots of boiling sulfuric acid) on my hands.

Another expensive lesson from last summer: never trust anyone with your fuel.

Before leaving for Maine , I topped up my 18-gallon tank with about 3 gallons so that we could motor the whole way (about 30 hours) if we had to. As we approached the coast of Maine , the wind started to ease up a bit, and we thought we'd start the engine, which we'd run for a few hours the previous evening. I did my quick morning engine-check (oil, transmission oil, belts, coolant level, Racor filter to check for water/junk in the fuel). Everything looked fine except the Racor: the little conical piece at the top of the see-through bowl looked as if it was made of wax and had melted -- long drips of plastic were hanging down to the bottom of the bowl, sort of like a lava-lamp. I drained a little fuel onto a paper towel and instantly understood the problem: those last 3 gallons were gasoline, not diesel! So...we sailed into Boothbay Harbor rather than motoring up to Tenant's Harbor, and I spent a day and a half emptying the fuel tank, replacing the Racor, and generally being annoyed. Disposing of 18 gallons of fuel, plus buying a new filter unit, cost me about $350 by the time all was said and done. And it was all because the marina where I filled up had some fancy system where the hoses were on the dock, but the metering was all up in a room at the head of the dock, and all three hoses were the same color, and ... well, you get the idea. From now on, I smell the end of the nozzle before it gets near my fuel-fill.


  Racing Corner

See Ron Cole’s starting line photo on page 2 of this newsletter.



By the Editor

Since Kaye and I are back home from our winter cruise to the Abacos, we will gradually get back to ‘normal’, A37IOA wise at least.  We’ve probably missed a few of your emails over the past 8 months or so, so if we’ve missed something really important, just shoot us another email.  Also, if you see that we made a ‘glaring error’ somewhere on the website, or in a Newsletter, please point this out to us (thanks Jay!!) – it’s difficult being ones own proofreader!!!

Also, check your calendar to see if you can attend the Fall Rendezvous at Kinsale, the weekend of 13-14 October 2007.  We already know of at least 3 boats that plan on heading ‘South’ after the Rendezvous, so there will be a lot of Cruising Talk!  Additionally, the weather is normally very nice in the Mid-Chesapeake Bay area in the Fall (barring a hurricane of course).

The A-37 IOA participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT U.S. membership for half price ($12.50 vice $25.00). 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.


Have a great sailing SUMMER!!!!!!  See you at the Rendezvous in October…….


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

Upcoming Rendezvous Events



Saturday, October 13, 2007

(Boats may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
Sunday, October 14, 2007  
(This is the weekend after the
Annapolis Sailboat Show)

at the


Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico River  
Kinsale , VA.

(On Virginia 's Beautiful and Historic Northern Neck)

GPS Coordinates:

38-01.262 N

076-34.417 W  



 Click Here for Previous Rendezvous Write-ups and Photos 

NOTE: Rendezvous which were held prior to 1998, are not recorded on the Alberg 37 Web site except in the archived newsletters. The first Alberg 37 Rendezvous was held over the Labor day weekend in September, 1993 in
Kinsale , VA , and have been held annually since the first event.

 It's ALBERG-37 FALL RENDEZVOUS time again! Plan to include this event in your fall cruising plans (especially you Chesapeake Bay owners). This is a "come as you are" event, no planned activities except relaxing and visiting with other A-37 folks. Plan on pot luck get-togethers as this is a most INFORMAL rendezvous (steamed crabs and oysters on Saturday PM). We have slips for 4 A-37s, with room for more rafted alongside. Hampton Hall Creek is quite protected and has plenty of room for anchoring if desired. You will miss out on a good time if you don't attend. Attached are directions both by water or by land. Kinsale is about 35 NM (by water) south of Solomons, Maryland ,  just off the Potomac River about 10 NM from the Chesapeake Bay ,  and about 65 miles (by road) south of Fredericksburg , VA .

DIRECTIONS BY WATER: From Point Lookout MD (Chart #12233 Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay) proceed west  about 10 miles to the Yeocomico River Entrance light Fl R4s 18 ft 4M “2”  (38-02.44N  076-30.04W). From the Yeocomico River Entrance light proceed (Chart #12285 Potomac River Yeocomico River Inset 4) westward to Fl G 6sec "3" (line up on the large white house with red roof on Horn Point), then to "2". Note the shoal area to the Southeast of "2". Give "2" a slightly wide berth to the Southeast, and you will have no problem.  Continue in the West Yeocomico past 2 red daymarkers (#4 and #6) and past the Port Kinsale Marina to starboard. Continue to where the West Yeocomico stops (at Kinsale) and you must either turn to the port or starboard. Turn to port (starboard takes you to the grain elevator and a marina) and follow the channel into the Hampton Hall Branch. You will see it open up into a small bay, just continue around the bay until you see a point (WITH FLAGPOLE) on your starboard. Give this point a wide berth, and continue to the second boat dock after passing the point where you will see SHEARWATER tied up there anxiously awaiting all her sisters (we'll have the A-37 sign and large pennant displayed)! (Check chartlet on Website for an overall view of the area.)

DIRECTIONS IF YOU COME BY CAR: From Fredericksburg, VA, proceed on Rt. 3 to Montross, VA.  Proceed south on Rt. 3 out of Montross , VA. About 2 miles south of Montross, VA you will see Rt. 202, make a left on Rt. 202 and proceed on Rt. 202 through Hague, VA.  About 4 miles from Hague, you will see Rt. 203 (at BP gas station and a sign to Kinsale), make a left on Rt.203 for about 1.2 miles and you will be coming into Kinsale. As you approach Kinsale, you will be coming down a small hill, just at the bottom of the hill you will see a sign saying 'Hampton Hall Estates' and also a street sign “ Brook Ave. ”. Make a right turn on Brook Ave. and continue for about 1.2 miles until 1006 Brook Ave , where you will also see a red "12" "daymarker" marking our driveway. Just drive on in and come on down to the water. That's where we will be. If anyone wishes to stay overnight (those who come by boat, we assume you will anchor out or raft alongside overnight), there is an Inn and a motel in Montross, and several Bed and Breakfasts in the area, (or pitch a tent in our back yard).


Lodging Information in the Kinsale Area is Available on the Alberg 37 Website

The Port Kinsale Marina, that you passed on you way in by water, is a full service facility, and has a fuel dock. Groceries and other supplies are available nearby, and we have plenty of available transportation.

If you have any questions about the rendezvous, send us an Email ( - remove "NoSpam")  or give us a call at 804.472.3853  (leave a message if we are not at home).  

If you plan to attend, please contact us at the above email/phone number no later than 1 October, 2007 .