Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
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VOL 24, NO. 4 (FALL 2014)                                                                                                                                               14 October 2014  

22nd Annual Fall Rendezvous
(Click On The Above Link For Photos And Write-Up Of The Event)
Held October 4-5, 2014

Henk and Wendy DeVries (PAWBEE), and Frank Miller (MOUSKA) were the winners of the 'Good Old Boat' free subscriptions, provided by the publishers of GOOD OLD BOAT MAGAZINE. For several years, Good Old Boat has provided 2 free subscriptions to their great magazine to be awarded at the A-37 Rendezvous. Our special thanks to Mark Busta, Director of Circulation and Merchandise at Good Old Boat for always sending the subscription certificates.


New Members 


Welcome aboard to Frank Miller and Fiona Coxon of Gerrardstown, WV, the new owners of the 1970 MK-I Yawl MOUSKA (ex-ENVY).  Frank and Fiona recently purchased the boat from Cindy Strahm.  MOUSKA is currently lying in Coles Point, VA.


Welcome aboard to Christian Gratzer of Eisenstadt, Austria (EU), the new owner of 1967 Alberg 37 MK I Sloop RODEO (Hull #3).  “I purchased RODEO from Gabriel Bonventi and she is now flying the Austrian flag.  RODEO is lying now in Grenada, Windward Islands and waiting for me until November (2014), when I return to Grenada.




Welcome aboard to Mark Blichert of Montreal, Quebec, the new owner of the 1969 MK-I Yawl GENEVIÈVE (Hull # 44).  Mark writes: “On June 5th, I bought GENEVIEVE (called SILHOUETTE until about 1991, I think) from Stephen and Hilary Loring in Mount Desert Island, Maine. GENEVIÈVE (I kept the name, but added the accent because the name is much prettier when pronounced the French way) is a 1969 Mark I yawl, basically very sound but in need of a little help. I've replaced the mizzen mast, the winches, the main and backup anchors, and the stove. Next year, I hope to replace the chainplates and upgrade various bits of deck hardware. The year after that... well, you get the idea. The boat is really quite lovely to look at, but not really ready for her close-up yet. I'm attaching a shot taken just after the new mizzen went in (the other spars were all replaced in 2001, after a yard fire destroyed the originals during winter storage).



I'm at home in Montréal for Canadian Thanksgiving, but GENEVIÈVE is berthed at the Collins Bay Marina in Kingston, Ontario. Two of my nearest neighbors on B dock are Mark II sloops: MAROONED (Frank is a member) and EVA LUNA (Gabriel is not on the list). In the photo, MAROONED is the red bow just in front of mine.”

(Ed. Note:  GENEVIÈVE is a ‘newly discovered’ Alberg 37.  Every year, we seem to discover several ‘new’ A-37s.  We ‘track’ approximately 180 of the 246 A-37s built.)




ALBERG 37 ‘Half-Model’

An acquaintance of ours,  Peter R. Worch of Port St. Lucie, FL, recently asked us for some photos of SHEARWATER, our 1975 MK-II yawl, as he was in the process of building a ‘half-model’ of a MK-II yawl (SEA CYCLE). 


The following photos show Peter’s final result:



The model is approximately 11” long.






News From Members

Wayne Steeves and Donna Pike had earlier planned to attend the Fall Rendezvous aboard their 1975 MK-II Yawl JOYOUS.  However, a week before the Rendezvous we received the following in an email: ‘Regretfully, we are not going to make it this year. Joyous has a few engine problems we are attending to that will not be completed until Friday at the earliest but more likely into the weekend. Sorry for the late notice but looks like the list of attendees is pretty good this year. We will have to plan on next year. Will be taking JOYOUS up to Maine next May stopping in Newport for the VOR stopover event. Should be back in the fall however at least thru October.


Wayne Steeves/Donna Pike’



Back in late August, we received the following email from Ryan and Adrian Mann, the owners of the 1976 MK-II Sloop AVALON:
‘Unfortunately, regardless of the date, Adrian and I once again will not be able to make the rendezvous this year. As an update, Adrian and I welcomed our newest crew member to the world on June 22nd. Rowan John Mann seems most at ease when he is moving and therefore has sailed a handful of times already! It is impressive how a newborn will curb sailing time, but nonetheless, AVALON did participate in the Figawi Race over Memorial Day weekend along with close to 250 other boats including Robert Mintz's L'ammare. Robert and I crawled over each other's boats to get ideas for improvements- it was a great visit! A member of Robert's crew snapped the attached photo of AVALON on her way to a fourth place in class M finish. Hardware is hardware and Avalon took it home in her inaugural race beating back a myriad of 14 different boats.


I have been in touch with Doug Savage who owns Sola Gratia out of Marion, Mass. I see other 37's from time to time, but don't know any other that are active in this area. If there are others interested in a rendezvous in the Cape Cod area, please have them get in touch!


Avalon will be participating in the Hurricane Cup from Hyannis to Nantucket coming up the weekend of the 6th of September. This will probably mark the beginning of the end for our season up here. It must be nice to have a good long season like you do down there!


My best to you both and I look forward to the next newsletter!’




Again, back in late August, we heard from Jeff and Janet Dickie of Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia who own the 1974 MK-II Yawl TRUANT III: 

‘Hi guys!

Good to hear from you and that you had some great camping back in our home area :)))

We will not be able to attend the rendezvous as we are " stuck" here in Grenada. ;))

We are pretty sure you understand what that is all about!!

Great news to hear Bahamas is on the agenda for you guys this season!!

We may see you as we head back up ... Not sure our route yet...possibly via Bermuda or back up the way we came. Weather will dictate that ..

Your sailing buddies

Jeff and  Janet

Sent from Truant III

(Ed. Note:  We spent some time with Jeff and Janet aboard TRUANT III in Vero Beach, FL last December.)




We recently received the following in an email from Randy Olli the owner of the 1978 MK-II Sloop ALLELUIA:

 “Hi Folks, ……..My question is, how far below the waterline is the vertical center of gravity of an Alberg 37? Thank you for your time. I hope to see you at a rendezvous one year. Have a great day, Randy.”

Does anyone out there know the answer to Randy’s question?  We think it would be quite low as the ballast is located quite low in the keel.  If anyone has any ideas, please contact Randy at:  (Please replace ‘AT’ with the symbol @ - this prevents ‘spam’).




Although not ‘Alberg 37 Related’, during August, Kaye and I took a long and interesting camping trip (cruising on wheels) to the Canadian Province of Newfoundland in our 13’ Casita travel trailer. 


The purpose of the trip was to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary……

We were married on 14 August, 1964 in Corpus Christi, TX (I had just finished Navy Flight Training there), and my first duty station as a ‘newly hatched’ Navy Pilot was the U.S. Naval Air Station at Argentia, Newfoundland.  The day after we were married, we departed Corpus Christi in our 1962 F-85 Oldsmobile  and drove all the way to Argentia, arriving in Argentia in about 3 weeks.  This was before ‘Interstate Highways’, and the Trans Canada Highway in Newfoundland was about half completed, the rest was gravel road (but a good gravel road).  For those who have not been to Newfoundland, it is about 600 miles from Port Aux Basques (on the SW Newfoundland coast) to Argentia which is on the SE Newfoundland – not too far from St. John, the capitol of Newfoundland.  It was an amazing trip, and the following year, we reversed course and did basically the same trip in reverse to my next duty station at Brunswick, GA.  We stayed 2 nights on this year’s trip with cruising friends Vic and Marilyn from Newfoundland whom we’ve met several times in Vero Beach, FL.  Their son-in-law is a reporter for the St. John’s Telegram newspaper, and did an interview with us while we were visiting Vic and Marilyn.

The next day, we were featured in a front page article about our ‘adventures’ to Newfoundland 50 years ago.

We had last been in Newfoundland in 2003.  It is a remarkable and scenic province, with miles and miles of beautiful wilderness, and the friendliest people you will ever meet!


One of the places we ‘re-visited’ on this trip was the Inverary Inn in beautiful Baddeck, Nova Scotia (on Cape Breton Island). 


August 2014


We had stayed at the Inn back in 1964 on our way to Argentia, and stopped by on our trip in August.  The Inn is still as delightful as it was 50 years ago, and the same family still owns and operates the Inn.  Kaye took her ‘Scrapbook’ from 1964, and the staff marveled at the postcards, menu, and the bill for accommodations (It was $10.00 Canadian/night).  Kaye remarked to the manager that the Inn had the best ‘oat cakes’ she had ever had – he immediately went to the kitchen and brought out a bag of freshly baked oat cakes, along with the recipe!  Kaye has made several batches of the ‘Inverary Inn’ oatcakes and they are GOOOOOOD!


The recipe is as follows (with a few of Kaye’s tips on making them):



(A specialty at the Inverary Inn in Baddeck, Nova Scotia since the 1950's)


1-1/2 Cups of White Sugar

2 Tsp of Brown Sugar

4 Cups of Flour

2 Tsp of Sale

2 Tsp of Soda

6 Cups of Rolled Oats (Oatmeal)

1 Lb of Shortening

1/2 Cup of Butter

1/2 Cup of Cold Water


Sift together flour, sugars, salt and soda.

Add soft butter and shortening, mixing until absorbed. Add water and mix until dough sticks together.


Roll out one quarter to one half inch thick.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until lightly browned.


I used a hand mixer to whip butter and Crisco. Added sugar and mixed then the rest and used my hands to mix in the dry stuff.

I divide the dough in half and place on parchment lined cookie sheets and roll it out or pat it out.

Score & cut the dough with a knife the size you want before baking then break apart when cool.






Future Summer Rendezvous Proposal

Lloyd & Debbie Speyer of Thornhill, Ontario, the owners of the 1972 MK-I Sloop TRISON recently sent the following proposal: 
“Is it possible that we can have an Alberg 37 Rendezvous at the Island Yacht Club in
Toronto next year sometime in June, July or August? Can you please let me know as we are not able to attend the one this year and I don’t believe we have had one in Toronto in a long time.”

We think this would be a great idea as the Rendezvous which were held in Ontario had great participation by both A-37 IOA members and Alberg 37 sailboats.  The 2001 Summer Rendezvous and the 2003 Summer Rendezvous were held in late June at the Oakville Yacht Squadron in Oakville, ON, and the 2005 Summer Rendezvous was held on 25-26 June 2005 at the Port Whitby Marina in Whitby, ON.


We have been in more recent contact with Lloyd and Debbie, and they are checking with the Island Yacht Club as to available dates next summer.

Neither Date Nor Details Have Been Set
 (Probably Would Be Over A Weekend In Late June, 2015)

We would love to hear from A-37 IOA members regarding this proposal!  We’ll try to ‘keep on top’ of this while we are cruising ‘Down South’!

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The 'AT' is used to discourage 'Spammers'!!


SHEARWATER ‘Lessons Learned’

Since we have owned SHEARWATER since 1982, we’ve ‘been there – done that’ quite a few times.  One thing which we’ve learned to not ‘mess around with’ is Hose Clamps!  For years we’ve been using the ‘hardware store’ variety of the ‘slotted type’ stainless steel hose clamps throughout the boat.  Since we began cruising in ‘Real Salt Water’ instead of the relatively fresh water of the Chesapeake Bay, we’ve had some of the ‘slotted type’ clamps fail – fortunately without any ‘dire’ consequences.  One of the failures we had was on the ‘stuffing box hose’, where 2 of the 4 clamps had failed!!!!

We’ve recently replaced all the ‘below the waterline’ hose clamps with Scandvik ABA 316 Hose Clamps from Defender.  They are NOT inexpensive, but are ABA rated and are of the ‘non-slotted’ type.  We bought the ‘kit’ which comes with a plastic storage box.  High Quality ABA hose clamps have a band, housing and screw made of 316 Stainless Steel.  Hopefully, our ‘hose clamp problems’ are solved. 

One note however, we periodically check all the ‘below the waterline’ clamps for condition and integrity, even though some of these areas don’t have the most comfortable accessibility (such as behind the engine compartment) – where the cockpit drain thru-hulls are located, and also the ‘stuffing box’ area!


·         The six degree thread pitch provides greater griping power with less tightening torque

·         Rolled up band edges minimize hose wear, housing, no band perforations, virtually vibration proof and Acid Resistant

·         Kit includes all sizes from 7/16" to 2-1/2"

·         Includes a Flexible Nut Driver

·         Material: 316 Stainless Steel

·         Hex Head: 7 mm (9/32")

·         Band Width: The two smallest sizes are 3/8", the rest are 1/2"

     Kit Includes:

·         (10) Size #4 Clamps (7/16" to 11/16")

·         (10) Size #6 Clamps (1/2" to 13/16")

·         (10) Size #10 Clamps (3/4" to 1-1/8")

·         (10) Size #16 Clamps (1-1/16" to 1-1/2")

·         (8) Size #24 Clamps (1-1/2" to 2")

·         (8) Size #32 Clamps (1-1/2" to 2-1/2")

·         (1) Nut Driver Tool

There are several other Boat Equipment Companies who supply similar items.



A-37 Rosters Available

If any member wants an 'UP TO DATE" roster of A-37 IOA boats/owners, just let us know via email ( - replace the "-at-" with "@”) and we'll send you a copy via email attachment. The roster will be in "HTML" format, and you will be able to display the roster via your web browser. The reason we don't publish the complete roster on the A-37 website is to maintain member's privacy as the roster contains phone #s and email addresses.

A-37s For Sale
Please Visit The A-37 Website For The Latest Listings

 (Ed. Note: Several Alberg 37s have recently changed hands – so there are people out there looking for these great boats.)

The 1969 Alberg 37 MK I "MATARIKI" Hull #54 has been professionally restored from 2007 to 2014. The interior is beautifully upgraded as are many of the systems. New Beta/Kubota 28hp engine 72 hours, new transmission 2 hours, engine gauges, alternator, 4-6 volt AGM Batteries, new wiring, plumbing, fuel tanks, SS opening ports, genoa, windlass, Furlex headsail furler, genoa tracks, epoxy bottom, Variprop DF-107 feathering prop, cushions, new Force 10 stove, new Dickinson heater, gorgeous IVERSON dodger, wheel, windlass and handrail covers, and MUCH MUCH MORE. Too much to list here. Located in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Asking $51,500
For GREAT photos:

Please email : for COMPLETE LIST OF UPGRADES  


"MATARIKI" Hull #54 has been sold!


A rare opportunity to own a well maintained Classic Alberg 37 on the West Coast. CALIDRIS is a 1979 MKll, Hull #207 launched in Vancouver BC in May 1980. Second owner with over $30,000 spent in the last 3 years on improvements and upgrading, including all new Yanmar diesel (260 hrs), full cockpit enclosure, compass, wheel cover, Icom AIS, starting and house batteries, Raymarine C95 multi-function display, Nova Kool 12 volt refrigeration system, and a new genoa UV cover. Fully equipped for cruising and in sail away condition. Full inventory list is available. Located on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada. Asking $59,000 CDN.

(Click Here For Photos)


Sieg Lehmann (Replace AT with @)


Parting out 37 ft. Alberg, The hull has been beautifully restored and painted, including the bottom paint ! The interior teak is sanded, sealed and stained. The rudder has been rebuilt, not installed. Selling the complete boat for $4500 (NOW $2500 - see below) as is, as I do not have to time or money to complete. I will sell the teak/interior separately. The boat is in dry dock in Saint Augustine Florida, 32084.

Email me with any questions or for more information. A rare chance for an Alberg Bargain !! The mast and engine have been sold. Hull number 376946

I am lowering the price on the Alberg to $2500 or best offer. I will also consider trading it for a car or truck, due to recent bike accident forces quick sale. If no sale with a week or two, I am going to have to cut her up for salvage. (Revised 7/30/2014)

Email: (Replace AT with @)
Phone : 904-351-2659


LEEWAY is a 1984 MkII, Hull #233 that has been pampered in the freshwater of the Great Lakes until 4 years ago. To say she is cruise ready is an understatement. She sports a newer Yanmar diesel engine with just over 1000 hours, a 120 amp alternator with smart charging, 790 amp hour battery bank, solar, wind, radar, chartplotter, full canvas, and lots of creature comforts. For a full description and pictures click here. Here's a chance to own one of the last Albergs ever made and a true turn-key cruiser. Now offered at the REDUCED PRICE of $61,500, she is currently lying in Indiantown/Stuart, Florida for a quick get-away to the islands. Don't miss this great opportunity. Call Dennis at (772) 284-2628.


TRADE WANTED: I am interested in trading my upgraded A 30 for an A37. Boat is located in the Seattle area and is fully equipped for an ocean crossing and extended short handed cruising.

Contact Glenn Brooks

Mobile 206.790.8711

Posted 1/6/2014


FOR SALE : KUMA - 1971 Alberg 37 MK-II Yawl (Hull # 78 - Owned By Peter McIntosh)

"I am moving up to a larger boat, and would like to sell KUMA. She is lying ashore in Antigua BWI. I have recently painted the topsides, overhauled the engine, and rebuilt the stern gland. She has had the cockpit rebuilt with oak frames (the core was damp) and I have removed the wheel and water heater. She is ready to sail.

She is sold as seen $25k - please e- mail me at
(Click Here To View a Few Photos Of KUMA)


FOR SALE : GENESIS - 1967 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop ( Hull # 23) offered at $49,000 USD (Recently purchased Zodiac Cadet Series dinghy with recent 6 HP Tohatsu outboard can be negotiated). Genesis has been completely modernized, while retaining her classic lineage. She has been professionally painted, rigged, wired, and fitted with new electronics in 2007. I have owned Genesis since 1995. Over time, we completed a fairly extensive refit which is now 5-10 years old.

Main features: Awlgrip deck, mast & topsides; complete re-wire & re-plumb; recently replaced electronics, including Raymarine chartplotter, wind/speed/depth, radar, & under-deck Raymarine auto pilot. Inverter and microwave. Integrated Ipod stereo, refrigerator and hot water heater. Engine re-power with Westerbeke 44B in 2003. Rope halyards that lead to cockpit; modern ports; sails & canvas in great shape; rigged for spinnaker. 12 Flat screen installed in v-berth; and many, many other smaller items.

The work was completed over 5-7 years, and was done professionally. Extensive records and documentation kept. Boat is located in Naples, FL. Will consider a 50% share under the right circumstances.

Contact Reid Tomlin

Phone - Cell (973) 332-5701

Email: (replace AT with @)


Click Here for Photos

Posted 12/10/12


FOR SALE - ESTORIL - 1987 Alberg 37 MkII Sloop #245. Cruise ready with Furlex roller main & jib, wind & solar power, Amplepower 100amp alternator + battery monitor, fridge, propane stove, GPS, VHF & SSB radios, 9' Caribe dinghy + 8hp Johnson o/b & much more. Presently in Trinidad W.I. to cruise the Island chain. Asking $60,000Cdn. For details contact Ian @ 011441424733155 or 011447815870369 (UK #'s) - My Trinidad tel# is 1 868 768 8479
Or email

(Click here for link to photos)
(Posted 10/30/2011 - Revised1/21/2012)


FOR SALE - MARYNYA - 1973 MK-II Yawl, Hull # 123 - $35,000 USD. Contact Michael Hughes at (replace AT with @ before sending email). Click here for further details and link to photos.

(Posted 5/21/2011)


FOR SALE - 1975 Alberg 37 Mark II Sloop SCRIMSHAW, Hull #152.

Cruiser/racer well equipped for both missions. One owner. Excellent racing record. Superbly maintained. Many extras including cookware, dishes, silverware, cockpit cushions, dingy, Winslow 4 man liferaft, tools, 3 size genoas, 2 spinnakers, 2 mainsails, Raytheon depth/speed/wind instruments, loran, GPS, Tiller master, 3 anchors, 150 chain/nylon anchor rode plus additional 100 nylon anchor rode, cockpit canopy. Boat located in Annapolis, MD.

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Owner Anxious - Make Offer.

Contact: Charles Deakyne. 410-647-6674,Email

 (Posted 12/22/2010 Revised 2-28-2014)




Gear For Sale
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Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)


AKA ‘Boilerplate’
By the Editor


We will be sending periodic updates as we progress on our cruise, and will attempt to answer emails when possible.

Unfortunately, on Tuesday, 28 October, 2014, and after leaving Kinsale  on Thursday, 16 October, 2014, we determined we had an 'unusual vibration' while motoring down the ICW.  We made it as far as Swansboro, NC where we took a slip for the night at 'Caspar's Marina'.  We found the prop shaft had broken (inside the prop shaft coupling), but was still functioning, but was in imminent danger of 'not working'.  Since pulling the prop shaft required a haulout, and since there are no haulout facilities (at least for a 6' draft sailboat), we were towed from Swansboro to Bock's Marine, north of Beaufort, NC.  SHEARWATER is on the hard at Bock's Marine until Spring.  Kaye and I are back home in Kinsale.  More about our 'adventures' will be forthcoming in the Winter Newsletter, and on the A-37 Website.




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. Please don’t send large files, especially high resolution photos. Photos should be 100 kilobytes or smaller if at all possible. Hopefully, we've included most or all of the pertinent correspondence that we've received over the past few months. Our apologies to those items which we may have missed.

We need a good candidate for "Featured A-37" It's been several years since we had a new addition to the Featured A-37 list. If you would like to do a write-up and submit photos of your boat, we'd like to hear from you! Take a look at the articles on the website (click on the link above) as examples.

The A-37 IOA participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT U.S. membership for half price. 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 FALL!!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale , VA

1006 Brook Ave.

Kinsale , VA 22488 (replace AT with @)