ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION


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

a37ioa@sylvaninfonospam.com
 (Please Remove 'nospam' Before Sending)  www.alberg37.org


VOL 19, NO. 3 (SUMMER-2009)                                                                                         12 July, 2009

It's Nearly Rendezvous Time Again!!

19-20 September 2009

At The Assenmacher Dock

In
Kinsale, VA

Details Included In This Newsletter, And On-Line At
http://www.alberg37.org

 

New Members

Welcome aboard to Tatjana and Martin Lehr of Bella Coola, British Columbia who are the owners of the 1983 MK-II Yawl SLOW LANE (#232).

(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 Coquitlam, BC) since way back in the mid 1990s.)

 

Welcome aboard to Ken and Holly Vaughn of Savannah, GA, who are the owners of the 1973 MK-II Yawl IMAGINE (#122).  We recently received the following Email from Ken and Holly:

Hi Tom, and thanks for your message.  "Holly and I have not owned IMAGINE 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 Savannah. We have faith though, that she can be beautiful...if we live long enough and if she doesn't put us in the soup line first. Your website helps, in that we can see that there are those who have gone before us and have made it happen. I am just praying that we are not the only ones in the organization who are not professional boatwrights or millionaires.

 I am an Army Colonel, stationed here at FT Stewart, near Savannah, with 29 years in, and a final assignment to complete before hanging up my cleats in 2012. I took up sailing after returning from Desert Storm because I needed to "decompress." I was one of those people who soon began to eat, breathe, and dream sailing. Every magazine, book, video, you name it, I had (have) it. I got a USCG six pack and was in the very first International Yachtmaster Class in the US. I even did deliveries when I was able to take leave and my most favorite of all of them was when I helped Don Street sail his engineless wooden yawl, IOLAIRE from London to Denmark via the Channel, North Sea, and Kiel Canal.

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 Baghdad in 2005, I made a deal with myself that if I got home alive, I was going to have one. The rest, as they say is history.

 I found Imagine under another name out in Kemah, Texas, where she had been allowed to fall into disrepair. She passed her survey, and we were planning to sail her back via the Keys to Savannah, when it became apparent to me that she was far from ready for that kind of thing. I ended up trucking her here and on our initial sail in the Atlantic, her transmission blew, forcing a haul out and pulling of the engine. Think of that kind of thing happening on the initial delivery by sea from Texas. Someone was looking out for me.
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.

Best,
Ken  and Holly Vaughn

S/V Imagine

Savannah, GA"

(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 Dominica, a lovely small island that we had missed on our way down 6 1/2 years ago. It is not as visited as the other islands and still retains the old time hospitality and simplicity that we love. We didn't stay long in the French islands as there was a general strike and all was topsy-turvy. Guadeloupe didn't even have its customs and immigration offices open.

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 St Thomas, USVI, at the end of February, to meet our youngest son and his wife who were with us for 2 weeks. That was great except Ruedi got sick and had to go to the hospital where they diagnosed cellulitis on his knee. He was on anti-biotics for nearly 3 weeks but was lucky as some people can loose a limb with that virus.

When he felt better, he decided to fly to Canada and see if he could find us a house, so off he went and I stayed here in Charlotte Amalie, looking after the boat and relaxing. He was lucky and bought a nice little bungalow in eastern Ontario so we have a place to stay when we arrive back home.

As we were getting ready to sail north, we got a bit nervous about the fog banks near Nova Scotia, so looked around for a radar and were extremely lucky to find a second hand one in excellent working order ( only 3 years old) so now we have a radar also and feel a bit safer to navigate those waters.

We hope to leave for Bermuda sometimes this week if the weather looks OK.

 Hope you had a nice time in the Bahamas and are enjoying Spring.

All the best to you both,

Ruedi and Jocelyne von Allman

S/Y GLOBITOU"

Then, in mid-June, we received the following update: "Hello Tom and Kay, Well, Globitou is finally back in Canada. We arrived last week to our marina in Iroquois, Ontario after a great passage from St. Thomas to New York City and a marvelous trip up the Hudson and the NY canals to Lake Ontario. It was a super way to end our 7 years circumnavigation even if we found it very cold. I guess summer is late in coming this year!! ".  (Ed. Note: GLOBITOU is currently "For Sale" - Check out the For Sale section of this Newsletter for details.)

Rick and Paula Humphrey of Scarsborough, ON, recently sent photos of their 1975 MK-II Sloop CARELLEN which have recently been posted on the Photo Gallery page on the Web site.

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.)

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:

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

Lying in Seabrook, Texas. Contact Ashley Walker at dawalker14@gmail.com or 281-772-5249.  

Click Here For A Complete Specifications List

 

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 susanpayette@hotmail.com or Dan Oswald at dcroswald@hotmail.com for additional information about this wonderful classic.

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 – STORNOWAY- After 20 years of owning her, John Volk is offering  "STORNOWAY"  for sale. She is a MK-II, Hull #182, built in 1979.  Originally built as a sloop, she was professionally converted to a yawl.  Details can be found at http://www3.ns.sympatico.ca/volc/S1/Stornoway.html .  Boat located in Halifax, NS.  Price is $65,000 CDN.

FOR SALE: GLOBITOU, Alberg 37, MK-II, cutter-rig, built in 1975 ( Hull # 151).  Her current owners have lovingly cared for her and she has undergone numerous upgrades. "GLOBITOU is finally back in Canada. We arrived in mid-June (2009) to our marina in Iroquois, Ontario after a great passage from St. Thomas to New York City and a marvelous trip up the Hudson and the NY canals to Lake Ontario. It was a super way to end our 7 years circumnavigation, having left her homeport in the 1000 Islands in 2002,  even if we found it very cold. I guess summer is late in coming this year!!"

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.

A-37 Wanted

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.  Johnston 9.9 out board in very good shape.  I am interested in dealing her on an A37 in good to excellent shape for Caribbean sailing/ live-aboard. ADLIB is currently at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Hamilton, Ontario  Thank you for you attention. Stephen Suggett Contact 1-905-973-0017.

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:

"Hey Tom,  
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??

 

Gear For Sale

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: iandunn@optonline.net
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 Rochester, NY, have some gear from their 1967 MK-I Sloop, PIKA, which they no longer use.  The gear includes a Halyard Winch, and an Edson 24" aluminum wheel (with leather covering), All items are in excellent condition and are fairly priced.  All items are located in Kinsale, VA (at the Assenmacher's 'Marina'). 

Contact: Lou Wayne via Email: l.waynenospam@frontiernet.net (remove "nospam") OR  Phone: (585) 621-5115

 

Dodger Frame For Sale,

Geoff Cunliffe of Mississauga, Ontario, the former owner of the 1979 MK-II Sloop, THE EVERDEN, now cruises aboard a Lagoon 410 Catamaran, PARTY OF TWO.  As part of his re-outfitting PARTY OF TWO, Geoff had a new hard dodger built for his boat.  He has a very heavy duty dodger frame for sale, which could be adapted to a large catamaran, or a wide beam monohull.  The frame is built of 1-1/4” heavy wall Stainless Steel.  The Frame is approximately 12’ wide. Good for use 'as is' OR could be parted out for davits, or other uses. Geoff is asking $200 (USD) for the unit.  Check the Gear For Sale/Gear Wanted page on the Website for photos.  The frame is located in Kinsale, VA Contact Tom Assenmacher  at: a37ioa@sylvaninfoNoSpam.com (remove 'NoSpam').

NOTE: This dodger frame is NOT for an Alberg 37

Gear Wanted

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:

"Sad 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 Gloucester, Massachusetts, he linked himself to the sea as an author, publishing umpteen books on boats and oodles of magazine articles. We grieve his passing and remember fondly the good old boats he left behind.

Links for more information:

http://www.gloucestertimes.com/archivesearch/local_story_145224017.html
http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/auto/newsdesk/20090428105309ymnews.html
Karen, Jerry, and the Good Old Boat crew
"

(Ed. 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 Chesapeake Bay for many years..  We subsequently moved up (??) to an  inflatable dinghy with an outboard for more extended cruising in the Bahamas.  We still have the book of Herb "Dynamite" Payson's "Instant Boats" which featured Phil Bolger designs.)

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):

Westerbeke 4-107 Water Heater Plumbing Diagram

Westerbeke 4-107 Water Heater Domestic Water Heater Service Bulletin

These items are in PDF format and may be accessed via the "Project Database" section of the A-37 Website.

Web Sites of Interest

Cruising Resources and Information for Sailors   (http://cruisingresources.com/)

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 Assenmacher
Kinsale
, VA

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:

http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/Lifering_Refurbishing/Refurbishing_Horseshoe_Life_Rings.htm

 

Solar Panel Installation Aboard
SHEARWATER

By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Kinsale
, VA

About 4 years ago, prior to our cruise to the Bahamas in 2006-2007, we decided to become more 'energy independent' by installing 2 (85 Watt) solar panels above the dodger.  These panels have really reduced our dependence on running the engine (with 80 amp Balmar alternator).    This spring, we decided to install another solar panel (this one is 130  Watts) on top of our Bimini.  This installation increases our electrical independence by a large amount.  So far, in relatively sunny conditions, the combined panels appear to be handling our electrical needs (radio/computer usage; lighting; refrigeration (a very old Adler-Barbour Cold Machine); water pumping, etc.  We are currently using a Morningstar ProStar 15 Solar Controller (sort of a smart voltage regulator in the alternator sense), but have purchased (but not yet installed) a newer type of Solar Controller called a Maximum Point Power Tracking (MPPT) solar controller.  The MPPT controller takes advantage of the higher voltage produced by solar panels (in the 17 Volt DC range).

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 Visits Kinsale

Joran Gendell and Lin Hayes recently spent a few days at our dock in Kinsale aboard their 1984 Yawl ELIXIR.  They were returning to their home on the lower Chesapeake after having spent nearly a month cruising the Chesapeake, the Delaware Bay, and Philadelphia.


Elixir Arrives In Kinsale

 

Spindrift
By the Editor

Kaye and I are planning on "Heading South" again this fall, leaving Kinsale in early-mid October.  We plan on returning to the Bahamas provided we:

1) Get away from the dock in Kinsale!

2) Get to the Potomac River, and into the Chesapeake Bay!

3) Get to the Dismal Swamp Canal and Points South!

In other words, we plan this trip "Day By Day", but we would like to be in the Bahamas by Christmas Time!

 

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 Virginia’s Northern Neck (we occasionally have WIFI available) – if at all possible, please don’t send large files, especially high resolution photos.  Photos should be 100 kilobytes or smaller if at all possible.  We’ve had some emails with attachments which take HOURS to download.  We hope to be getting high speed Internet Service in our area (we aren’t holding our breath!) – we’ll let you know if/when this happens.

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 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 

 

 

Saturday/Sunday, September 19-20, 2009

(Boats may arrive on Thursday or Friday)
 at the

ASSENMACHER DOCK

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  

NOTE:  ALL POSITIONAL INFORMATION IS APPROXIMATE – DO NOT USE FOR NAVIGATION

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 room for several A-37s, with room for more rafted alongside. Hampton Hall Creek is quite protected and has plenty of room for anchoring adjacent to our dock 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 (a37ioa@nospamsylvaninfo.net - 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 10 September, 2009.

 

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