ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
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John Wilke was born in
of 57 years of Joan Louise Wilke,
Father of Linda Wilke of Grand Rapids, MI; Steven (Claudia) Wilke of Orlando, FL; Sharon Wilke of Portland ME; brother of Lawrence (Sally) Wilke of North River, NY and brother-in-law of Katherine Saether of Juneau, WI.
Wilke was an Engineering Graduate of
He loved flying, sailing, skiing, riflery, hunting and canoeing.
He enjoyed classical music and opera as well as jazz.
Truly a Renaissance man and a friend to all.
celebration of his life was held on
second celebration of his life will be held on
Dick Aboard IOLANTHE Dick and His ‘New Love’!
Dick and Joan previously owned the 1984 Alberg 37 MK-II
yawl IOLANTHE. For several years, Dick and Joan 'wintered' in
He will be greatly missed!
Robin Phillips, of
She is in primer right now. Rain and then going away to work for the winter has slowed things down. I plan to go for it full bore in the spring, but everyone knows how boat projects go. Coyote Angel is just suffering from need of a polish and cleaning. The brightwork is faded and there are a lot of small projects that need doing. Regular maintenance is way behind schedule, even before I purchased her. Here is a picture of her as she sits. She will be in the water by the summer.
(Ed. Note: COYOTE
ANGEL is a 1967MK-I Sloop (
David and Renee Sullins, of
recently wrote: “I live a few houses down from Jay Zittrer and although I knew
about the boat, I had not seen her till returning home from Hurricane Ike. We
had more time than normal since there was no power and basically nothing to do
but fend for food and try to get our houses back in order. I went to the marina
to help Jay get to his boat for the first time after the storm. I was very impressed
with the classic lines of the boat kind of reminded me of the
RA Receives A Bow Thruster
Kurt Osterhoff, who owns the 1969 MK-I Sloop RA, recently sent the following: “After reading an archived article in Sailing Magazine about a guy who installed his own thruster I've decided to give this a try myself -- attached are some photos of my progress thus far.”
Here is a link to a brief photo documentary of a bow
thruster installation: http://oya.com/others/thruster.php
Here is a link to an installation video by Lewmar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsJoL1YNVes
Photos of Kurt’s actual installation will be posted under the “Projects” section of the Alberg 37 Web Site (http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/OsterhofBowThrusterProject/Osterhof_TaniaAebi_BowThruster.htm).
News From Members
We received the following in an email (via WINLINK) in late January (09) from Ruedi and Jocelyne Von Allman who were crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Las Palmas to Martinique aboard their 1975 MK-II (ketch?) GLOBITOU:
“Hi there, here goes with the good, the bad and the ugly...
by the way, today is January 14, in case this email doesn't get out today. We
are having trouble with connections so some days nothing works, sorry, but the
boat is really not comfy today and I’m going to write only one email, OK? The
last 3 days have been quite active, lots of wind from the east, which brings
high following seas which makes Globitou rolly and jerk around a lot. Yesterday
was worse and the waves were huge: some over 25 feet. They carry us up to the
top and then we surf down, reaching speeds of 9 and 10 knots on the way down.
It calmed down a bit overnight and we actually saw stars for the first time in
3 nights. It was always so overcast with a thick covering of clouds. Today it
is sunny but the wind is still at least 20-25 knots and the waves are there
also. Ruedi was listening to Herb last night (he gives weather reports and
advice to sailors on the ham radio: 12,359 every evening at 1930 UTC to 2030)
and he said that this weather system will last until Saturday. Well, I guess we
can live with that, we are tough, yeah??? The days are not warm and the nights
are actually cold so we have to wear lots of clothes and our foul weather gear
as we sometimes get splashed by a bigger wave that breaks into the cockpit.
luckily, not too often. The good is that we have great speed and we are
averaging 122.5 miles a day. That is something to be smiling about. only 1724
NM left... Also yesterday pm, we threw our fishing line in as we were out of
fish since the last little mahi-mahi we had caught. The first bite we got was a
swordfish, about 2 or 3 feet long. Our first swordfish ever and we were really
excited but bummer, as we got him closer to the boat he broke off and he was
gone. Oh, well, in goes the line again and a few moments later, we have another
bite: a small mahi-mahi but we lost this one also: the wire actually broke and
he left with our lure and our hook. OK, time to get serious... we changed our
fishing line to a new one Ruedi bought in
Today, January 16, no good connection and propagation until now. we'll keep on trying. it is very bad out there, wind 30 knots or more, huge waves - hope this is soon over.
January 18: sorry, still couldn't get this email off, but will keep on trying. This weather is still with us but winds should ease off by tomorrow night (says Herb, but he said that before....). we are making good speed: only 1130 miles to go.
January 19: same same but different... no luck yesterday with connection. still very rough out here but we are ok. only 985 miles to go.
January 22: this is really bad the worse we have ever had with Winlink. we are still sailing well even if a bit rough at times. getting closer every day: only 635 miles left. we hope to arrive Monday night or Tuesday morning. all's well aboard, thinking of you and hoping you are not worrying about us. we'll keep on trying.
January 23, still no luck yesterday with connection. caught another mahi-mahi , so eating well is no problem. it is getting warmer also.
January 26: we are flying towards
January 27:::::: We made it!!!!@!! got in this morning after 21 days at sea.... now are safely anchored and having a rum and coke.... Yeah!!! we have circumnavigated the globe!!!!! Ruedi and Jocelyne”
We recently received the following Email from Mark and Debbie Crowe (currently
Cheers Mark and Deb on S/V SeaCycle.”
First Time Jumping The
A March '82 article in
Cruising World magazine speaks of how the Fowle family sailed their 1970 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop ARION, from
Note: ARION is now owned by Chris Nichols of
is very beautiful. When I found her she was in a boat yard in
I had her painted white again and updated all the systems and wiring. The deck is original and in good shape. I recently replaced the rigging, it had been stressed or maybe just over-tightened. I wonder if that was from Fastnet. The roving on the forward water tank had been cracked and I always wondered if that also had been from Fastnet. I grinded that back and re-glassed it.
I have all the documentation on the boat and a copy of the article you are referring to. I can tell by the picture she is my boat. The previous owners cut a small port "ruff cut" on the port side next to the companion way. I replaced it with a nice port. Chris.)
following was received from Greg
“Hi Folks... We have owned FALCON our 1967 hull ( no number) and her Westerbeke 4-107 power plant for 7 years now and have invested much time and money into bring her up to her potential. We have had over heating problems from the point of taking possession and have tried many tried and true remedies to solve the problem. Along the way we have learned much about the boat and the power plant that might be of interest to other owners of this combination of hull and power plant that I want to pass along to the group data base. If this is common knowledge to others then please disregard.
1) External water heater installation:
Ours was plumbed forcing the hot engine water to be restricted from 1' down to1/2" prior to passing through the water heater and then to the motors heat exchanger reducing the effective cooling capacity. This on FALCON looked to be done years ago as the original water heater was under the cockpit floor behind the motor and was thought by me to be the correct fit. Not so. The attachment is from Westerbeke and is the correct procedure.
2) Something I just leaned was that the Paragon SA-1D (alloy casing) was originally designed for a gas motor and when coupled with the diesel 4-107 can tend to wear them out sooner rather than later as did FALCON's last summer. Apparently the rough and tumble Westerbeke with its vibration and torque can be too much for the transmission over time. Also pointed out to me was that because of this propensity, the combination was intended to be used as an auxiliary to get you off the mooring or out of the slip and not in the mode that we use a power plant today to motor or motor sail long distances. The mechanic that did the repairs and gave me the background also pointed out that if he did not have the parts, I would have to seriously consider re-powering. $2000 later and one fabricated drive gear later we are ready to go again.
Current offerings include:
FOR SALE - MARIGOT, ALBERG SLOOP $65,000 Cdn. 1968 Alberg 37 Mark 1 Sloop, Sail Number 26, Canadian Registry # 817942, located in St. Catharines, Ontario. MARIGOT (ex BRIGHTLINGSEA II) has spent the last eight years in freshwater Lake Ontario following a two year cruise south by her previous owners. She has had many updates over the years and could soon be ready to go cruising again. Complete specifications and inventory available. Please contact Susan Payette at email@example.com or Dan Oswald at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about this wonderful classic.
Wayne Milroy of
MK-I Interior Cushions - "As a result of re-jigging the interior of my 1967 MK-I (# 18) VECTIS, I had to have a whole new set of interior cushions made. Bad planning as I had only replaced the covers on the existing cushions, 2 years prior. So I have a complete set of cushions for sale which are like new, 2 years old in Sunbrella, a blue and white stripe. The new cushions cost me $3500! so I figure the older ones have got to be worth $1000. Any offers? VECTIS is a Mark I and the cushions are for the original MK-I configuration (although I believe configurations varied slightly). Buyer will need to pick them up in CT.
Contact Ian Dunn Email: email@example.com
For sale - Zodiac, 4 man offshore valise liferaft. Never deployed, purchased new in 2000. Always stored inside and is in great condition.. Buyer responsible for shipping and repackaging, however if it cannot be repackaged for any reason send back and we will refund the purchase price (shipping not included). Asking $800 USD. Contact Bill and Debbie Horne: serenade2ATsbcglobal.net (replace AT with @). For photos of the liferaft, go to http://www.alberg37.org/gear4sale.htm
Dodger Frame For
Geoff Cunliffe of
NOTE: This dodger frame is NOT for an Alberg 37
Peter McIntosh is looking for a spray dodger for "KUMA" my 1971 MK-II A37 Yawl, any colour will do, or even just the frame. ALSO, I am looking for a used dinghy, preferably a small RIB, but not too fussy, any inflatable will do. The idea is to have it stowed upside down, to fit with the transom at the forward side of my mainmast, and the bow on the foredeck, so, approximately 9.5ft to 11.5ft will fit. Thanks!
Peter D McIntosh
RYA/DOT Yachtmaster (Ocean)
captpetermacATfastmail.fm (remove AT and substitute @ before emailing)
Web Sites of Interest
a free website that specializes in World Wide Sailing Weather Forecasts, and
was developed out of the need for reliable, easy to use weather information... The
site provides 7-day Wind, Wave and Weather Graphic Forecasts to help sailors
with their passage planning and weather routing. We’ve used this site in the
MAD MARINER is a world-class on-line boating magazine, filled with fantastic journeys, dream boats, expert advice and honest reviews. But this journal arrives on your desktop, not your doorstep - and it shows up every single day.
BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water recently tested a range of handheld signaling devices on the water in both day and night conditions and put the entire video series of real-world tests at BoatUS.com/foundation. "Everyone has these great safety devices aboard, but it's a challenge to learn how to use them to improve your chances of a swift rescue," said BoatU.S. Foundation Vice President Chris Edmonston. "The videos will also help boaters make the right purchasing decision by showing them what to expect on the water," he added. The tests included SOLAS approved handheld flares, USCG approved gun-style flare launchers, parachute and meteor flares, smoke canisters, and pocket rockets as well some non-pyrotechnic visual distress signals such as the newest battery-powered laser signaling devices and distress signal flags. Accompanying the videos is an online feature article, Foundation Findings #45, Flare Tests Enlightening , which provides an overview of the tests and results.
Kaye and I recently
returned from a two month stay (as “Dirt Dwellers”) in a rental cottage on Man
O’ War Cay, in the Abacos,
While in the Bahamas, we had great WIFI, and were able to keep tabs on our Email, web site updates etc. However, near the end of March, we experienced problems accessing the Alberg 37 IOA Website. We could still view the website via a web browser (i.e., Microsoft Explorer or FireFox), however, we couldn’t access the Web to make changes, update files, etc. Numerous calls to the web host (where all the files reside out in the ‘Ethernet’) did not cure the problem (the problem resided on their ‘server’. They were basically ‘unresponsive’. To make a long story short, we have changed ‘web hosts’, and have finally got the web site back in operation (more or less). There are still a few ‘bugs’ but we are working on these issues. Your patience is appreciated, and if you notice something that doesn’t work correctly, please send us an email (but be gentle please!).
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. We are still on a ‘Dial Up Modem” here on
The A-37 IOA
participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT
Have a great Alberg 37 SPRING!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA