ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
C/O Tom and Kaye
NEWS FROM MEMBERS
Adrian Nixon and Julie Jackson recently sent a change of address. They are both working as dive instructors in Aruba. Must be nice work if you can get it!! By the way, we need your boat's name and type to complete your entry in the roster.
Neil Baylie wrote to us in October saying that they had sold RAPCU to a buyer from Minneapolis. She has been renamed Magga.
Karen Kinnear and Marcel Steinz recently called about their cruising plans for '97 which includes taking SOUTHERN CROSS south to the Bahamas next fall. They plan to depart Oakville, Ontario (Oakville Yacht Squadron) in August and hope to spend some time in the early fall Cruising the Chesapeake Bay. We hope you include the '97 Rendevous (U.S. Labor Day Weekend) in your cruising plans. Also, the fall (through late October) is great cruising on the Chesapeake.
Marcel is also seeking information from anyone using a three-bladed prop on a VOLVO MD-11C. He currently is swinging a 2-bladed prop and is looking for a bit more prop capacity for their cruise. (Ed. note: We have a VOLVO MD-2B which is basically the same engine, with a 3 bladed prop on a 1" stainless shaft. I'm not sure of the diameter and pitch (I've got it written down somewhere). This combination has given us good power and maneuverability). If anyone can give more specific information to Marcel, please contact him at (416) 884-2588.
Wayne and Sherrill Bower ("the two retired drifters") recently hauled TEELOK, and report that she had managed to "find a rock" on the Maine coast, during Wayne's cruise to the Canadian Maritimes this summer. Wayne and Sherrill sanded TEELOK's bottom down to the gelcoat this fall in preparation for a barrier coat in the spring. Wayne found about a dozen blisters on TEELOK, which he figures isn't too bad for 20 years of service. Wayne plans to research barrier coats this winter. We'll be looking forward to a full report on your findings.
Clare Wegert writes that they are still enjoying BLUE SIX. Although she must be considered an older boat, after lookng at new boats at the various boat shows, the still find their Albert to be just what they want. Must say something about the design.
Clare is looking for a source for water pump impellers for the Albin AD-2 engine. He had a source at Auto-Marine Engineers (305) 635-2401 in Miami, but they have stopped stocking the impeller, although they still stock other engine parts. Does anyone out there have any suggestions? If so, give Clare a call at (708) 279-5917. Seems that PAR or JABSCO makes a lot of impellers for different pumps - perhaps you can match something up. Does anyone know how many A-37's were outfitted with Albin diesels - we haven't heard of many.
Roger and Cathy McKelvey are the owners of the only A-37 in the Fredericton, New Brunswick area. They purchased AERIE new in 1987, and is the second to last one built. They have cruised AERIE in the Saint John river, around the Bay of Fundy and down the coast of Maine. Their cruising was limited because they had their second child in 1987, and then in 1990, Roger went to Montrial to study neurology, having been in general practice before. Their cruising had been limited to brief yearly visits to the boat. They have been back in the Fredericton area for the past year and are enjoying being reacquainted with AERIE. This year, thye hope to do more cruising down the coast of Maine in the Benobscot Bay area. As of yet, they have no exciting tales to tellabout cruising exploits in AERIE, which is being kept in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Welcome aboard to the following new members:
Dr. John and Daina Eby of Victoria, British Columbia, who are the owners of JABBERWOCKY, one of the last A-37's built, homeported in Maple Bay, near Duncan, B.C. John had been looking for the A-37 Association or fellow owners, as he has been doing a lot of modifications that members may find a bit interesting and that he could share with others. John observes, that although members are on two (or more) oceans, the A-37 community seems to be a friendly and helpful one. He has met several other A-37 couples in the Victoria area who hope to become involved. We always welcome any articles that you may wish to have published.
George and Marge Chapman of Northfield, NJ, who are the owner of the 1974 yawl LITTLE BIT, homeported in Longport, NJ.
Tony and Anabella Almeida of Oakville, Ontario are the owners of the 1980 sloop TIME PASSAGE. They were referred by Marcel Steinz.
Patrick Sears, of Fairfield, PA is the owner of the yawl, Never Again III. Patrick recently purchased her, and had planned to go south this winter. Since the old saying, " The best laid plans....", Patrick encountered more maintenance items (engine, fuel tanks and electrical problems) than originally planned, and has resolved to begin the trek south next year. Never Again III is currently lying in Solomons, MD. (Ed. note, Never Again III was shown on the cover of a recent issue of the Chesapeake Bay Magazine.)
Guy Leroux, of Lyster, Quebec, is the owner of Red Fox # 14, a 1967 MK 1 sloop. Guy purchased her last May and has spent most of the summer refurbishing her. He heard of the A-37 Association through the Cruising World Internet home page. Red Fox's home is Berthier-sur-Mer, about 50 miles east of Quebec City on the St. Lawrence river.
Ted and Terry Richman of Webster, NY, recently purchased Offline #235, a 1984 sloop. They sail on Lake Ontario, docking on Irondequoit Bay in Webster.
by the Editor
The purpose of the newsletter is to provide a vehicle 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.
We suggest $10.00 a year to cover costs of publishing the quarterly newsletter. We also might suggest to our Canadian members that they send either U.S. currency or 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.
Also, you should be aware of our group's agreement with BOAT U.S. whereby we get membership for half price ($8.50 vice $17.00) 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 83253 S when you join Boat U.S. or send in your annual renewal of membership dues. If anyone wants some Boat U.S. literature, I can send you some. (In 1995, we had 34 members participate.)
A-37 pennants are still available for $26.00 U.S. (cost plus postage). This is a very tastefully done and durable pennant.
To all A-37ers transiting the Chesapeake, Kaye and I extend the offer to stop by our (future) homesite near Kinsale, VA, about 10 Nm from the mouth of the Potomac River, on the Hampton Hall Branch of the Yeocomico River, and is an easy sail from Solomons Island, MD. We have several slips, water and electricity. Also, we live about 5 minutes away from Solomons, MD, on the Patuxent River, which is a major stopover on the Annapolis - Norfolk run. We will be disappointed if you don't at least give us a call as you pass through the area.
As you have probably noticed from the letterhead, we no longer have our home in California, MD. We sold our home there this spring and now have our mailing address at Kinsale, VA. We do however, still live in the California/Solomons Md. area during the week, but hope to begin building a home at our waterfront property in Kinsale. Believe it or not, but Kaye and I have moved onto a 40' houseboat about 3 miles (by water) from Solomons. Since we still plan to work for a while (Kaye at Bay Books in California, and I at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station) we jumped at the opportunity to "house sit" the houseboat. We spend every weekend on board SHEARWATER in Kinsale, where we have been busy getting house plans in order etc. Unfortunately, the sailing this year has taken a back seat to building preparation etc.
John Volc of North Vancouver, BC, took Stornoway out for two cruises this summer. The first with John's wife Lucy and 2 year old daughter, Anna. The second trip was considerably more challenger. John and his friend sailed up to Desolation Sound for 10 days. They had great wind, unfortunately is was almost always on the nose, tacking upwind for 3 days in small craft warnings, suing an 80% jib and one or two reefs in the main. They had very little water over the bow, and had the rail in the water about 25% of the time. In the short, 2' chop, they were making about 5.5 to 6.0 kts through the water and tackingthrough about 110 degrees. They report that the scenery was awe inspining. The mountains start at the waters edge and push straight up to their peaks. There are no anchorages in many inlets, as the water is just too deep! They tried to find an anchorage in Teakerne Arm and were still in 250' of water 1 boat length away from shore. They eventually anchored in 80' of water with the stern tied to a tree about 60'aft of the stern.
John also recounts that he has discovered that US SAIL as a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP) performance packages for the Alberg 37 sloop and yawl. Although he would normally jump at a chance to acquire this kind of information, however, the cost is a bit too much for hm ($165.00 U.S.). John wonders if anyonein the A-37 group would be interested in splitting the cost of the packages (John would be willing to contribute $50.00). Should anyone be interested, contact John at 1237 Adderley St., North Vancouver, BC V7L 1T6 (604) 983-3036.
Tom Westran recently wrote the following continuing account of the refit of BRIGHTLINGSEA:
"I thought it was about time to bring the Albergers up to date on BRIGHTLINGSEA II's refit renovation. I also want to pass on some information that might save someone some grief in the future.
Progress is still very slow, but at least progress is being made and is noticeable. All I can see is the work to be done, not what has been accomplished to date. Everyone else that comes aboard has been very complimentary about the progress.
The bulk of the interior work has been completed or is well underway. The only area that has not been touched to date is the "V" berth where I have been living for much of the renovation period. I will be starting that work and with the experience gained, it should go much faster than the precious "interior decorating". The new decoration certainly changes the atmosphere down below. The bright white bulkheads with varnished trim makes the boat look much larger than it did with the dark teak paneling.
The new wiring is about 2/3 complete (the balance has to wait until some more things are done, like engine installation), all done with tinned wire and marine or Mil Spec connectors. There are certainly a lot of wires and their bulk is not insignificant when you do things according to the ABYC Standards. I have been using Charlie Wing's book as a guide and going up in sizes and spec when things are borderline.
When I went to reinstall the engine, two conditions were discovered that could cause trouble, one of which should be closely checked by anyone planning n off-shore trip. While I was moving the engine around preparing for the installation , one of the engine mounts pulled apart with very little force. BRIGHTLINGSEA II has the Westerbeke 4-107 engine and is mounted on the Westerbeke 11687 Isolators. There is no indication that the rubber isolation material is bonded to the aluminum housing, it's just a press fit and there is no fail-safe provision. If the mount fails, the engine is adrift! It would not take a super violent knockdown to put a load on the isolators that would pull the rubber from the housing. I have sent a fax to the Canadian Westerbeke distributor requesting their solution to the problem. If they do not have a replacement fail-safe mount I will source a completely different mount system and modify the installation to suit. An alternative would be to fabricate and install brackets that would prevent the engine from coming completely out of the mounts in the case of an isolator failure. I think this is a critical item since it would be near impossible to restore an engine to its mounts at sea. I'll keep you posted and if any other A-37 owner has any suggestions, I would be happy to hear them.
The second problem noted, while not as potentially catastrophic, would be difficult to repair while the engine was in the boat and be a real pain at sea. The drain plug on the oil cooler (sea water cooled cooler, P/N 11518) had not been reinstalled when I received the engine back from the rebuilder. It had been left out for a very good reason. It couldn't be installed because the 1/8 NPT female boss on the cooler was cracked and it just expanded as the pipe plug was installed. This boss is a brass fitting soldered into the cooler. The zinc had leached out of the brass over the years in contact with salt water, and the fitting was nothing morethan spongy copper. Brass fittings are not the best in a corrosive environment, but if you have to use them, they should be checked and replaced regularly.
I should not have had to find this out by accident. Not only should the rebuilder have fixed the problem, I should have known better from past experience. Our first home when we got married was a 37x10 ft. house trailer (just the size of an A-37) that was plumbed with automotive brass fittings and copper tubing. We also lived on the Canadian prairies where the water contained about as many chemicals as the Dead Sea. I found about about the "dezincification" of brass the hard way when the main water shut-off valve located under our bed lost the last of its zinc in the middle of the night. Be warned, brass corrodes from the inside!
Despite the set-backs, problems and additional expenses, the thoughts of getting away keeps me going. I don't know if I would tackle a project like this again, I know I would approach it differently. BRIGHTLINGSEA II will be ready to go next year (1997). I have inside storage for her this winter and have her moved close to home (45 miles away as opposed to twice that far), so waork will continue through the winter.
I hope everyone had a great 1996 sailing season; we will join you next year and we may even make the Rendezvous.
Very best regards"
Book reviews are contributed by the cruising staff and patrons of Bay Books in California, MD (that's next to Hollywood, of course, and just west of Solomons). For information call (800) 862-1424.
Dick and Dianne Munt have the following items for sale:
Chimney exhaust cap (Cole Stove), 3" dia, $20 plus shipping.
Barlow #2 wire halyard winch (reel??)(w/o wire) $30 plus shipping.
All prices negotiable. Call Dick at (313) 662-6131.
We received a call in early October from Carol Albert of Potomac, MD, during which she offered her father's 1978 Alberg 37 sloop. Carol's father is ill, and no longer can care for or use the boat. She also mentioned that although the boat has been used very little since her father brought her down from Whitby in '78, she needs a "lot of work". Carol thinks most of the equipment and sails are still aboard, but isn't sure. She would like to find an owner without going to a broker, and wishes to know if any of our membership may know of someone who might be interested. Carol has indicated that she would make someone a "really good deal" on the boat. This could be a real "sleeper" of a deal for someone looking for a project. The boat is currently located in the water near Annapolis, MD. Carol can be reached at (301) 762-8032.
Stuart Gillespie of Pemaquid, Maine is sadly offering the yawl HIGHLAND FLING for sale. After owning her for 15 years, they are finding it harder and harder to find crew. HIGHLAND FLING has recently been surveyed with no major problems, and carries an extensive cruising inventory including Furuno radar. She comes with a custom steel cradle and an 8' Dyer Dhow sailing dingy (in which their children and 3 grandchildren 'soloed' in). We all wish them luck in finding her an owner that will preserve all of those fond memories. She is being offered for $45,000 US. If anyone knows of someone looking for a good A-37 that is ready to go cruising, they should contact Stuart at (207) 677-2400.
HONDEX Portable Depth Sounder
We recently had the chance to obtain and try out a portable depth sounder, called the HONDEX, distributed by SPEEDTECH Instruments, 10413 Deerfoot Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066 (800) 760-0004, FAX (703) 759-0509. This is quite a nifty device, about the size of a 2 cell flashlight, that one simply places the transmitter end in the water, presses a switch, and the depth is recorded on a lighted LCD readout in feet and decimals of feet (i.e 8.4 feet). Its dimensions are approx 1.7" x 7.8", weighs 10 oz. and comes with a 9 V. battery. It is waterproof, floats and is yellow, so you won't easily lose it. It seems perfect for carrying in the dinghy while exploring those great coves and gunkholes to see if the old A-37 will fit!
Again, it's time to get this newsletter wrapped up and into the mail. This last quarter, it seems like we didn't get as much mail as usual, so we would really like to hear from more of you. Share those cruising experiences and tips, maintenance and upgrade projects, and sailing adventures with the rest of us.
Best wishes for a mild winter, a happy holiday season, and remember, the days get longer after the 21st of December. See you in January 1997. We may try to have a mid-winter/mid Chesapeake shore rendezvous in February--details in the next newsletter!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher