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C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488
EMAIL: a37ioa@sylvaninfo.net

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24 January 1993


ROLAND POOTMANS writes that 1992 was quite a year for them as they spent 9 weeks aboard LANIKAI cruising from Gananoque, in the 1000 Islands, to Nantucket and return-a super trip. Yes, we would be interested in a narrative account.

In the fall they removed the VOLVO for a needed overhaul, estimated costs of $1500. I plan to do a "Quickie" overhaul this spring (new rings, valve job) myself, since our VOLVO MD-2B is beginning to use a little oil (only about 1800 hours).

LANIKAI has book shelves and bar in lieu of the pilot berth. Roland says he could supply pictures of details for John Bax (IMMUNITY).

New member, ERIK DULLERUD, of West Hill, Ont. reports that he is the proud owner of La Jolla, #216, which was previously owned by fellow member John Oliver. As previously reported, La Jolla should have all the bugs worked out of her during John's trip south and back. Welcome aboard, Eric, and don't worry, spring will soon be upon us.

BRIAN & KATHY MARCH, report from Sarnia, Ont. that they have made numerous changes on TUNDRA:

- Installed a S.S. bow roller to accommodate a 45# CQR, as well as a Simpson Lawrence windlass that feeds into a custom fiberglas chain locker.

- A S.S boom gallows and stern "roll bar" to accommodate a flag, loran, GPS, etc.

- A S.S support for a cockpit table (Tundra has a tiller).

- A teak rubrail w/S.S straps.

- Permanent boarding ladder off the stern.

- Built in the quarterberth area to accommodate ham radio, loran, speed log etc.

- Built in custom cupboards in pilot berth.

- Reconfigured cupboard over sink.

- Reconfigured engine cover and replaced sink with 10" depth.

- Replaced aluminum holding tank with a fiberglas tank.

- Installed drain cocks on engine and transmission sumps, together with new S.S shaft, flex coupling, audible oil and temp. alarm, and a twin fuel filter arrangement for quick changeover.

- Installed 12 v. refrigeration system with a 100 amp alternator, additional battery in port cockpit locker, and an Automat charging system.

- Cut off about 6" from the bottom of the rudder (a triangular shape from the rudder shoe to the trailing edge). The modification seems to have relieved some of the weather helm, and makes the rudder less vulnerable during a grounding.

- Changed all through hulls, and grounded them to a common zinc.

- Added a removable double headstay to provide an easy solution to raising a storm jib.

- Cut 8" from the boom and recut the main (has no battens) to reduce weather helm, and to prevent an encounter with the backstay (should have cut off 10").

- Redid the propane box using fiberglas and teak to accommodate 10# tanks instead of the 5# tanks.

- Beefed up the aft lifeline stanchions with a brace and replaced the lifeline from there to the sternrail with a S.S bar.

- Numerous other minor carpentry and other projects.

Brian and Kathy say that most of their S.S work is done by White Water Marine, in Port Huron (MI?) (313) 987-4837. Thanks for sharing your improvements with us. I have made some of these improvements to Shearwater, but haven't been this ambitious yet.


STEVE NOVAK also reports that he has made numerous improvements to his A-37 (sorry Steve, I don't have your boat's name). The boat had been out of the water for several years and was a mess. The previous owner had made several interior modifications which had to be corrected. The engine was coated with rust because of a leaking anti-siphon valve which sprayed the engine with salt water. At one time the hull had been painted with a brush. Most of the improvements were made during 1988 and 1989 and include:

 - Removed and refurbished engine (Volvo MD11), including new injector sleeves, fuel lines, water pump, high output alternator, starter, and a fresh coat of paint.

- All interior woodwork stripped, and varnished with a satin finish polyurethane.

- New cushion covers, sails, and Hood roller furling.

- Hull painted a deep green IMRON with gold cove stripe.

- Teak rubrails installed just below the toerail.

- Electric system replaced with Newmar A/C and D/C panel. Also rewired the mast with a tricolor mast light, anchor light and steaming light.

- Modified the three burner alcohol stove for propane use (done with a kit from the stove manufacturer).

- New traveler system.

- New bow roller assembly to accommodate a 35# CQR (ordered casting from company that made the original optional bow roller for Whitby). (Ed. note: Is this company still in business? If so could you let us know the details? Also, Marcel Steinz is looking for plans or sketches of a workable bow roller.)

- New knot meter and depth sounder installed.

Steve notes that except for the IMRON work and the rub rail, all of the work was done by he an his wife. He also is asking if any member might have pictures, drawings etc. for the fold down table located on the port bulkhead.

RICHARD & JUNE MILLER of Saunderstown, RI. report that they had a successful first season with SPIRIT, enjoying several weekend cruises: Old Lyme, CT. to Newport, RI, Newport to Cuttyhunk Island, Newport to Block Island. On their first night at Block Island, while monitoring their VHF awaiting a call from friends, they heard the following call on Ch. 16 "Point Judith Coast Guard--this is the Queen Elizabeth the Second". Every CG station from Boston to Atlantic City answered the call. Their initial reaction was that someone was joking--the weather was absolutely perfect! However, it was true that QEII had run aground not 35 miles from their position. The Point Judith CG station then asked if all the passengers were safe, and "Could you describe your vessel". Richard and June also report that they took part in the Newport to Block Island Columbus Day Regatta, sponsored by the Newport Yacht Club, SPIRIT taking first place in the cruising class race to Block Island.

SPIRIT will be stored at the Jamestown Boat Yard for the winter, and they plan to do the following projects:

- Replace the stuffing box with a PSS seal. Do any readers have any experience with this seal?

- Install a holding tank in the head. They presently have a 'Lectra San' which they plan to keep in the system, but it will not meet the requirements of a "No Discharge Zone". Also planned is replacement of gate valves.

- Electrical wiring upgrades are needed (whose doesn't), but will have to wait until next year.

If anyone has any info on the shaft seal, please contact Richard and June.

MALCOLM BLACKBURN of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. writes that a rainy '92 season ended with the boats being hauled covered in snow in mid October.

Malcolm is asking for some help from the readers on a small problem he has: 'I would like to drill drain holes through to the bilge, at a point below the battery box, and at the most forward part of the bilge, so that any water the pump cannot reach can be drained during the winter. Since I cannot get a drill down from the inside of the boat, does anyone have reference points outside the hull to find these places'. (Ed. note: You might try tapping on the outside of the hull, above the rudder shoe, to determine where to drill, or get a right angle electric drill, attach it to a mop handle, and drill a very small exploratory hole from the inside bottom side of the bilge sump, then attach and thoroughly bed a garboard drain to the outside).

NEIL BAYLIE writes from Monroeville, PA. that he is still trying to sell RAPCU. Neil stopped by in November on his way home from winterizing. Good luck Neil.

HANK BOORSBOOM called the other evening from Toronto. Hank plans to make a trip to Bermuda aboard RABASKA in June. He has been making extensive preparations for the voyage. We certainly hope to hear from you concerning your preparations, planning and trip. It will be good to add another Blue Water sailor to our group.

MARCEL STEINZ of Oakville, Ont. sent a couple of color photos of SOUTHERN CROSS. She really looks in pristine condition. Of interest, was the teak covering of the cockpit area. Was this added by you, or was this a Whitby option? Also, do you varnish the teak? Thanks for sharing a beautiful boat with us. Marcel also wishes to correspond with any member who has built/installed a workable bow roller, and also wishes to hear from those who have re-engined their A-37. He plans to replace the original VOLVO MD-11.

BOB LARSEN of Minnetonka, Mn. (ALDEBARAN) writes that he has been experimenting with different props to improve the performance under power with a 4-107 engine.

He wishes to hear from anyone who has come up with a successful solution this condition without compromising the sailing qualities. Bob also wants to hear from anyone who has added water tankage in other areas other than in the bow and the bilge areas. Finally, since Lake Superior is very susceptible to summer squalls, with gusty winds in the 50-80 MPH range, Bob would like to hear from any other owners concerning any structural or rigging weaknesses they may have experienced in these types of conditions.

LEA AND GERRY WARWICK (AVALON) of St. Michaels, Md. wrote in a Christmas card that they are anticipating a busy sailing season with their cruising and racing groups. Sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved dog "MAC", our golden retriever "CIDER" also died unexpectedly this spring.

We received a Christmas card from JOHN OLIVER (ex owner of LA JOLLA), saying that he may be off to Belize sometime in the new year. He sold LA JOLLA to fellow new member ERIC DULLERUD. Keep in touch, John, we enjoyed the accounts of your adventures in LA JOLLA.

Welcome aboard to AMY and CHARLIE FRASHER of Ashland, Va. They have recently purchased DOLPHIN, #100. They normally keep DOLPHIN at the Chesapeake Boatbasin, in Kilmarnock, Va., but has spent the winter in Beaufort, NC.. They plan to bring DOLPHIN back to Virginia in mid-March. They plan on major reworks of some of her 'internals', and other upgrades as time permits. It never ends does it! They hope to be able to attend the 1st Annual Rendezvous over Labor Day Weekend in the Yeocomico.

DICK and JOAN WILKE, IOLANTHE, of East Lansing, Mi. write that they have solved several problems that they've encountered, including several water intrusion problems, (sink drain, engine cooling water), installed a marine battery charger, replaced the original engine cut-too cable (NAPA Part No. 7311105 @ $8.15). They also built a steel cradle for the A-37 (total cost $189) using scrap 3" pipe. Anyone interested in building one should contact Dick and Joan for a sketch. They also replaced the original self tending jib with a PROFURL MODEL C-32 (after much research, Practical Sailor reviews etc). I'm sure that they would be happy to provide details to anyone planning to install or replace roller furling.

Welcome aboard to GORD and WENDY MURPHY, (INTERLUDE), of Clearwater, Ont. Gord left Sarnia, Ont. in September, 1990, sailed to Chicago, down the Mississippi, up the Ohio, down the Tennessee-Tom Bigbee to the Gulf, Key West, the Dry Tortugas. Cuba, the Bahamas, then returned up the East Coast. A fitting member for our organization. (How about a series of articles recounting your adventure?).


Self tending jib boom, traveler, and blue Acrilan sail cover for A-37, excellent condition. Contact Dick Wilke, 6305 Skyline Dr., East Lansing, Mi. 48823 (517) 332-6652.

A-37 Yawl, RAPCU, offered by Neil Baylie, 207 Spartan Dr. Monroeville, Pa 15146 (412) 372-6303

Bob Larsen has the following items for sale:

- T-4000 Danforth Hi-Tensile anchor, lightly used.

- Aqua Signal Series 40 Tricolor Masthead/Anchor/Strobe light, new in box.

For information, call Bob at (612) 933-2231.


ROLAND POOTMANS reports that a persistent humming in the rigging can possibly be caused by the topping lift vibrating due to harmonics. Easing or tightening the mainsheet or changing the traveller position will alleviate the hum.

Late last summer, prior to our fall cruise, we installed TREADMASTER over the teak veneer inserts in the cockpit locker lids on SHEARWATER. Since we varnish the brightwork, repeated sandings of the inserts had worn through the very thin teak veneer. Also, the varnished inserts were dangerously slick. We ordered the TREADMASTER from Defenders, and installed it using WEST epoxy mixed with cabosil (to thicken the epoxy) and some WEST white pigment. We cut cardboard patterns to match the inserts, then transferred the patterns to the TREADMASTER (back side), cutting to shape with a SHARP utility knife. We placed a piece of weighted plywood over the TREADMASTER until the epoxy 'kicked'. The result is an attractive and thoroughly non-skid surface.

Speaking of varnish, I read an article in COASTAL CRUISING this summer regarding varnish application and removal. The article recommended the use of a Heat Gun for varnish removal. Since SHEARWATER's brightwork is varnished, we sometimes have to wood portions, which is a real job. Paint remover is terrible to use, scraping is very difficult, and sanding the varnish is not the way to go either. I bought an inexpensive 1500 watt heat gun at the local builders' outlet, and I tell you, using the heat gun is the way to go. I stripped the companionway hatch and the lazarette cover (each had at least 15 coats of varnish) in about 20 minutes. Using the heat gun and a sharp triangular wood scraper, one only has to soften the varnish and immediately scrape the varnish. If the varnish is sufficiently softened (don't get it too hot), the varnish comes off in a manner that looks like a wood shaving.

With very little mess, we used a vacuum cleaner to clean up the "shavings". Once stripped, very little sanding was required, and the surface is ready to refinish.

by the Editor

 As stated before, the purpose of the newsletter is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas relating to our Alberg 37 experiences (good and bad), maintenance tips, cruising information and to maintain a roster of Alberg 37 owners.

Thanks to those members who have contributed dues to keep the newsletter going. I might suggest to our Canadian members that they send their dues either in U.S. currency or via a Canadian Postal Money Order payable in U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, in order to cash a check drawn on a Canadian bank (even if in U.S. funds), a $5.00 fee is charged. I've tried several banks, but the story is the same.

I would like to assemble an album of A-37 photos, so anyone having pictures of your boats that you can spare would be welcome.

We are still planning to host the Labor Day weekend rendezvous, September 4,5,6, 1993 in Kinsale, Va. We hope that some of our Canadian friends might be able to join us as part of their journey south for the winter. It's a beautiful, relatively secluded area, and a nice place for a raft-up. Think about it. More about this in the next newsletter.

Also, you should be aware of our group's agreement with BOAT U.S. whereby we get membership for half price as members of a cooperating group. Please mention that you are a member of the Alberg 37 Owners Group and include the Cooperating Group number GA 8325 S when you send in your membership dues. Also mention these items when renewing your membership, as we are required to have a certain percentage as BOAT U.S. members to qualify as a Cooperating Group. If anyone wants some Boat U.S. literature, I can send you some.




During the summer, down here on the Chesapeake, blue crabs are normally plentiful and not too expensive. Most local grocery store will carry fresh crabmeat in the produce section. The crabmeat will keep for several days if it is kept cold (this means placing the container ON THE ICE). The following crabmeat cocktail recipe is a nice repast for a warm summer evening.

1 small head romaine or iceberg lettuce, cut into very small pieces.

1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells.

Cocktail Sauce (recipe follows)

Lemon wedges for garnish.

In 4 glasses (from the bar), alternate layers of lettuce, crabmeat, and cocktail sauce, forming several layers. Crown each cocktail with a big lump of meat resting on a dollop of sauce. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Cocktail Sauce - Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

2 cups ketchup

1/2 cup prepared horseradish

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce

Juice of 1 lemon

In a bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well.

Goes well in the cockpit with a cold beer, watching the sun set in Oxford Harbor.


LADIES NIGHT OUT: Schedules don't always match, so TJ often gets away with a singlehanded sailing weekend. It so happened that I, Kaye, had the four day weekend that enabled me to take Shearwater out for my first singlehand trip. After making a date with TJ for a reverse of our usual drill - I'd meet him in Solomons harbor - Shearwater and I departed the marina on a Thursday afternoon. With enough breeze to sail with jib & mizzen the sail up to St. Leonards Creek was a fast one. One of the best parts of the sail was seeing other friends sailing and having them to testify later that Shearwater looked well trimmed and was making good time. One of our favorite places, Mackall Cove was a good choice to anchor as a thunderstorm blew thru just after dark with a wind shift. The night showed me what the appeal of singlehanding is all about. Unfortunately, I proved I could get the anchor up as well as set one - now no hope of not having to go forward when leaving an anchorage. Going down the river to Solomons was another great sail - spotted from the bridge by son Matt (another witness). The anchorage in Solomons was beginning to fill up and after watching a much larger boat trying and trying again to set anchor, I chose the farthest way spot. I know that TJ wasn't really surprised to find me there when he got off work, but the praise was welcome. I know there will other overnights or weekends on Shearwater - just us girls!

Till next time, let's get those boats ready for a great sailing season.