ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
NO. 3 (SUMMER-2009)
It's Nearly Rendezvous Time Again!!
19-20 September 2009
At The Assenmacher Dock
Details Included In This Newsletter, And On-Line At
Welcome aboard to Tatjana and Martin Lehr of Bella
(Ed. Note: We had lost track
of SLOW LANE, not having heard from previous owners (Ken Wood and Murielle
Rousseau who cruised the boat extensively in the Pacific; and Bob and Hedey Dunsmuir of
aboard to Ken and Holly Vaughn of
Hi Tom, and thanks for your
message. "Holly and I have not
long, only two years, and we are in the middle of a 'multi-million dollar
re-fit'...we just didn't realize it until recently, at anywhere from $300 to
$5,000 a pop. The old saying that B.O.A.T stands for "Break Out Another
Thousand" really seems to be true here with us and Imagine in
I am an Army Colonel,
stationed here at FT Stewart, near
I had a little Catalina 22, and
then a nice new 270, and they were a lot of fun, but from the minute I laid
eyes on the Alberg yawl rig, I knew that was the boat I wanted. I looked at
several, and sort of dreamed of having one, and while I was in
I found Imagine under
another name out in
Anyway, as you can guess, we are doing a lot of fixing, and the normal pattern that seems to be establishing itself is that we fix one thing and while doing so either break two more or discover two already broken, so our punch list is a sort of two steps up, one step back endeavor. Luckily Holly is the patient type...lots of camping as a child, so she needs little in the way of creature comfort...We just want to sail!
Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your group. I am looking forward to corresponding with you and other members and to all the great stories, ideas, solutions, and pictures from your website. Thanks again for your message.
Ken and Holly Vaughn
(Ed. Note: Sounds like Ken and Holly got the Alberg 'bug'!! We had an A-30 for a few years in the late 70s prior to buying our A-37 in 1982 - we sort of got hooked also, although our boat was in nice shape, only about 7 years old, had never been in salt water (was a Toronto boat), and hadn't been sailed much. In fact, she sort of looked like a new boat. We used to keep track of the $$ spent for 'improvements', but decided long ago that if we knew the amount of $$ spent it would only scare us. There is no way one can 'rationalize' a boat! We actually don't spend that much, and we normally don't spend a lot on cars, entertainment, etc., so it works in the long run.)
News From Members
Back in May, we received an update from Ruedi and Jocelyne von Allman on the Adventures of GLOBITOU:
"Hello Tom and Kaye,
We have had a pretty good winter but busy too. In February, we
slowly sailed north from island to island, spending a lot of time in
When we arrived in Sint Maarten, we anchored in the lagoon and were hoping to rest a bit but GLOBITOU decided otherwise. To start with, our good old windlass quit on us but we couldn't complain too much as it had given us 9 years of good service. So off we went to the chandlery to buy a new one; off came the old and in went the new. Ruedi decided to also change our battery bank as 2 were finished and since we were at a good place to do it ( tax free island! ), we installed a brand new battery bank and also a starting battery. So even if our trip is nearly over, we are still working hard to keep the boat comfy and running well.
We then hurried over to
When he felt better, he decided to fly to
As we were getting ready to sail north, we got a bit nervous about
the fog banks near
We hope to leave for
Hope you had a nice time in the
All the best to you both,
Ruedi and Jocelyne von Allman
in mid-June, we received the following update: "Hello Tom and Kay, Well,
Globitou is finally back in
Paula Humphrey of
We recently received the following Email from Marc Kip Culver of San Rafael, CA who owns the 1972 MK-II Yawl FOLIE DOUCE: "Hi Tom, I am planning to enter the plastic classic regatta race here on San Francisco bay this month.[July 18] I have never raced my A37 and do not know what the rating for A37's is. Can you tell me? I will take some pic's of the race and send them to you after. There is also a Concours d'Elegance which I think I can win, after all what 60s&70s vintage fiberglass sailboat can hold a candle to the A37 cheers Marc Kip Culver s/v Folie Douce"
(Ed. Note: Although we aren't "racers" as such, we've learned that the PHRF ratings of the Alberg 37 vary from 162 - 168 - The website (http://www.phrfne.org/page/567) lists the A-37 Yawl at 162.)
Current offerings include:
GOOD NEWS, ALBERG 37 MKII YAWL #144 $59,500
Blue AwlGripped hull with white decks; Repowered with 4cyl 42hp Vetus/Mitsubishi diesel and transmission with less than 200 hours; Replaced standing rigging and lifelines; Complete sail inventory with new 155 Mylar Genoa, 125 Furling Dacron Genoa, Fully Battened Mainsail with Dutchman Reefing mounted to a Strong Track on mast for effortless raising/lowering main, Dacron Mizzen, Red/White/Blue Asymmetrical Spinnaker with dousing sock; Optional wood trim added by manufacturer in cabin; 12V Adler Barbour Cold Machine. Many more accessories. Great Condition for proven regatta class winner and beautiful cruiser. Owner downsizing. Pictures available at - http://picasaweb.google.com/dawalker14/GoodNews?feat=directlink
FOR SALE - MARIGOT, ALBERG SLOOP $52,900 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Oswald at email@example.com for additional information about this wonderful classic.
To speak with the owners by phone, please call 1- 613-363-3448.
For info and pictures, please go to www.reliance44.com/globitou/ On the bottom of the website, you will find our contact e-mail addresses.
Will trade on
deal for A37 - ADLIB, a totally refitted Mirage 24 Midget Ocean Racer. $5,500.00 spent on new sails and Furlex 100.
New Simrad Auto-Tiller. All new rigging to bring control back
to the cockpit for solo sailing. Rebuilt knot meter. New depth
gauge. New Raymarine ST60 wind system. New compass. New nav.
table. New VHF/Digital Radio with remote speaker on companionway hatch.
New Chemical head with pump-out (Legal). New Weather instruments
(Bar.Temp.Humid.Clock). New Sheet bags. New fenders and Dock Lines.
$8,000.00 spent on Dodger/Bimini/full enclosure/Lee curtains. I
have spent in excess of $35,000.00 on this refit and have worked on it for a
year and a half. Just sanded the bottom to the Gel-coat and had Interlux
2000E (four coats), and two coats of Off-Shore Teflon applied professionally.
All bright-work done. She looks like a new boat! She is Fast! Sails are
Cruising, good for 28 knots, and Spinnaker in very good shape.
A-37 Builder's Plates - No Longer Available
We recently received the following Email from Mike Lehman of the Alberg 30 Association, who had been providing Whitby Boat Works Building Plates for owners of Whitby Built boats:
Just a quick note to let you know that we have sold out of builder's plates. If there is a notice on the A37 website about these, can you please take it off since we will no longer offer these for sale. Note: the last time we ordered them, we had to buy 1,000 of them and it took 20 years to deplete our stock.
Thanks, Mike Lehman" (Ed. Note: We've removed the notice from the A-37 Web Site.)
Fire Aboard A MK-II
We recently came across a photo of the interior of a "Fire Ravaged" Alberg 37 MK-II in an article about distress flares and their handling. Does anyone know anything about an Alberg 37 MK-II that had the interior gutted by fire??
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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"
Lou and Jean Wayne of
Contact: Lou Wayne via Email: email@example.com (remove "nospam") OR Phone: (585) 621-5115
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, he is 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)
"Good Old Boat" Designer Passes
We recently received word from Karen Larsen and the crew at "Good Old Boat" Magazine that Phil Bolger had passed away:
news to pass on to you today, Sunday, May 24, one of our beloved good old boat
designers and sailors, Phil Bolger passed away at age 81. Bolger designed some
680 boats including the Bolger Sharpie; the HMS Rose, from the movie Master and
Commander; the Bolger Brick, an ultra-small, squared-off sailing skiff; the
Bolger Pirogue, a sprite of a sailboat; and the Bolger Sneakeasy, a really cute
powerboat. Born in
Links for more information:
Karen, Jerry, and the Good Old Boat crew"
Note: About 30 years ago we built a Bolger designed "Teal", a 12'
flat bottomed double ender rowing dinghy. It was built out of 2 sheets of
3/8" ply and took about 40 hours to complete. We still have the
dinghy, after having towed it behind our Alberg 37 Yawl SHEARWATER on the
Westerbeke 4-107 Information Posted
Greg Vandenburg, the owner of the 1967 MK-I Sloop FALCON, recently contributed the following items of interest to Westerbeke 4-107 owners (may also be applicable to Perkins 4-108 owners):
These items are in PDF format and may be accessed via the "Project Database" section of the A-37 Website.
Web Sites of Interest
Good Old Boat - The Sailing Magazine for the Rest Of Us (http://www.goodoldboat.com/)
Refurbishing Horseshoe Life Rings And Life Slings
By Tom and Kaye
SHEARWATER, 1975 MK-II Yawl
Our Horseshoe Life Ring and our "Life Sling" flotation devices are old, but still in good condition, other than that the exterior of both devices were faded. Being somewhat 'frugal', in our monetary outlook, we thought that they might possibly be refurbished.
To this end, we looked as several readily available 'paints' to use, and not being located near a "Marine" store, we resorted to our local "Ace Hardware" paint department. We found that "Yellow Krylon Fusion For Plastic" spray paint worked and covered the items well.
Before we painted the items, we thoroughly cleaned the exteriors of the items to be painted. We then gave the items several coats of the Krylon Fusion paint. As it dries to the touch in about 15 minutes, we were able to paint both items with several coats within about an hour. The results were quite good.
One can of the Krylon Fusion Spray Paint was sufficient to provide both flotation items with sufficient coats of paint. Time will tell whether the paint will provide protection against the elements.
For an online version with photos go to:
Solar Panel Installation Aboard
By Tom and Kaye
About 4 years ago, prior to our
cruise to the
The Bimini and Dodger panel mounting "Rails" were fabricated from 1" square aluminum tubing (1/16" wall thickness), and the mating "Rails" on the Solar Panel(s) were fabricated from 1" aluminum 90 Deg. 'L' cross section lengths (1/16" wall thickness). The 'tilting' supports were fabricated from 1" aluminum (1/8" cross section) strap material. The "Tabs" for tilting were fabricated from 1" aluminum strap material (3/16" thickness).
Stainless steel ball pins were used to secure the panels in both the stowed operation position and also in the tilted operation position.
The following photo shows the (complete to date) solar panel installation, with emphasis on the Bimini Installation. The Dodger installation is very similar to the Bimini installation. This installation may not appeal to all cruisers, but it "Works For US"!
For further discussion and more photos, please visit the online version at: http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/SHEARWATER_Assenmacher_Solar_Panel/Solar-Panel-Installation-Aboard-SHEARWATER.htm
Elixir Arrives In Kinsale
Kaye and I are
planning on "Heading South" again this fall, leaving Kinsale in
early-mid October. We plan on returning
1) Get away from the dock in Kinsale!
2) Get to the
3) Get to the
In other words, we
plan this trip "Day By Day", but we would like to be in the
We will try to get the Fall Newsletter published by the time we leave. We will at that time announce whether or not we will publish the Winter and Spring (2010) newsletters. We will most likely have internet connectivity via WIFI, but that still remains to be seen.
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 SUMMER! See you at the Rendezvous in September!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Upcoming Rendezvous Events
The 17th Annual
2009 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
arrive on Thursday or Friday)
Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico
NOTE: ALL POSITIONAL INFORMATION IS APPROXIMATE – DO NOT USE FOR NAVIGATION
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
ALBERG-37 FALL RENDEZVOUS time again! Plan to include this event in your fall cruising plans (especially you
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
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 “
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 plan to attend, please contact us at
the above email/phone number no later than
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