ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS
ASSOCIATION

C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher 

Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488 

(804) 472-3853

  a37ioa@sylvaninfo.net

http://www.alberg37.org

VOL XII, NO. 1 (WINTER) 4 January, 2002

2002 WINTER RENDEZVOUS

Plan on attending the 2002 Winter Rendezvous at Harrison’s on Tilghman Island, MD on Saturday evening, 9 March 2002. Cocktails at 18:30 with dinner at 19:30. See the attached flyer for more information.

NEWS FROM MEMBERS

We received Christmas Greetings from Wendy Murphy, previous owner of INTERLUDE, whose husband, Gord, recently passed away. She passes along the following:

"….a special thanks to Tip Corey (TYPHOON III) who has been a most amazing friend and helper. He and Gord were the best of friends, and I can’t thank Tip enough for fielding requests for information about INTERLUDE. I also want to say a special "thank you" to our other Alberg 37 Sarnia Yacht Club friends – Brian and Cathy Marsh (TUNDRA) and Dick and Joan Wilke (IOLANTHE). They all have incredible memories of time spent with Gord and me on INTERLUDE.

Gord lived his dream. He sailed our boat to Venezuela, with family, with friends, and sometimes single-handed. I will always remember the happy times we shared……."

All the best,

Wendy

 

Kathy and Brian Marsh recently sent Christmas Greetings to all A-37ers:

"Our little 'home on the hard' is under a lovely tulip tree at Peakes Marine in Chaguaramas, Trinidad. This is a true melding pot for all nations. The cruising population is in the thousands here with representatives from US, Canada, Britain, South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany and you name it.

Boating supplies, facilities, and conveniences abound. We hope to launch on Wednesday and head for Grenada for Xmas. Along with our regular maintenance we have just awl-gripped our rubrail and may consider doing the whole hull in the spring. Snowbirds we are now. Ian Cheeseman, on ESTORIL, and INTERLUDE minus Merle and Lois are on the hard at Powerboats, the next yard east of us. Our best wishes to our fellow sailors."

Jack and Gerna St. John, of West Boothbay Harbor, ME, have recently repowered their 1973 yawl, FIGMENT. Jack recently sent the following information:

"Having been thinking of a new engine for Figment (#111), I was highly motivated by the summer newsletter to look into Phasor to replace the 1973 Westerbeke 4-107. You were right on. We bought and had the Phasor installed for about $500-$1000 less than the cost of a comparable Yanmar. We had the work done the end of August and were back in the water for a last yacht club cruise in mid September. Quiet and smooth is correct. Our only real problem was a tendency to stall. We found that the secondary fuel filter had been hooked up backwards and the fuel return line had been turned off or nearly off. After those fixes, the situation greatly improved, but I sense that the engine has at times a bit of fuel starvation. You can hear an occasional change in sound like a slowing of RPM. I'm thinking that we need an electric fuel pump. It asks a lot of a mechanical pump to suck fuel up from the bilge tank location and through two 2 micron filters. Also, I expect that the tank vent is not fully clear. We ran the boat with the old prop which is a 13 " 9 pitch 3 blade. It was OK, but we just couldn't get the boat speed that we should. We would get 5.5 knots at best at 2500 RPM and believe we should get at least 6. Our prop guru says the optimal prop is a 16" 11. But, that is way too big for the aperture. So, we settled for a 14" 12 (3 blade). That is going to be pretty tight in the aperture and I expect we will need to open that up a bit. Won't know now until next spring. We put the instrument panel (gauged) on the aft cabin bulkhead on the starboard side.

We cruised a lot this summer as I am the Fleet Captain of the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. Four cruises of about three weeks total took us from Portland ME to Winter Harbor on the Schoodic Peninsula. One day in August, we encountered the Lees on Heron at the BHYC."

Tom Amrein recently sold his 1972 sloop CALLIOPE to Melody Ebers who trucked her back to Canada. They saw her listed on the web page.

Jay Zittrer of Houston, TX, recounts his racing exploits aboard his 1987 yawl, SHARED WATCH:

"Just got back from racing SHARED WATCH in the Harvest Moon Regatta. 150nm race from Galveston to Corpus. We had everything from storm conditions to very light wind. Shared Watch performed remarkably in all conditions. We moved on the fleet in the light airs and with a double reefed main in the squalls. We took 3rd in class and 5th in fleet narrowly beating GOOD NEWS (Ashley Walker's A37) by just minutes on corrected time. Second place went to another Alberg, a CD 30 that beat us on corrected time by 3 minutes (exactly how late we were over the start). First in class went to a beautiful Pacific Seacraft 40 that was sailed very well.

After it all I noticed that the chainplates for the backstays (I have 2 instead of the split type) pulled about 1/4 inch. The fresh water pump for the MD2003 went out on the trip up the Intracoastal waterway. This part of the Intracoastal was very narrow and of course we had the wind on our nose and we were 40mi from any port. We had to turn around and sail downwind to Rockport navigating the channel and watching for shoals in the dark...luckily all without event. When we arrived back in Rockport we dropped the hook heated some Dinty Moore opened a nice Shiraz and had a great time. This was our first time taking her offshore and despite the mechanical failures I think both she and us did pretty well.

In a follow-up email Jay described his fix to the backstay problem:

"The plywood that the chainplates for the main backstays were bolted to had started to delaminate due to water intrusion. Perhaps the freezing temperatures in New England helped. At any rate, the plywood was separating on the edges toward the middle of the boat. The ply's that were close to the hull were still sound and glued together. The end result was that the chainplates pulled about a 1/4 maybe 1/2 inch and perhaps their orientation changed just a bit since the bolts pulled at an angle due to the nature of the delaminated wood.

I considered many different ways to fix the problem and due to recommendations of the repair yard and cost we went back with a similar construction to Whitby's original design. We changed the plywood to a solid piece of mahogany and left the bottom of the knee open so that water could drain through. Their are several ways to rebuild these chainplates and knees when this problem occurs. It could conceivably be constructed better than Whitby’s original design. I've only heard of a few problems like this occurring and considering the age of most Alberg 37s I feel confidant this will be strong enough to last 20 years or more with preventative maintenance."

 

Karen and Marcel Steinz were recently aboard SOUTHERN CROSS in Lake Worth waiting for a weather window to cross to the Bahamas from Florida. They plan to bring SOUTHERN CROSS back home to Oakville, Ontario this spring after having spent the past several years in Florida and the Bahamas.

 

Bob and Linda Grindahl normally sail the 1976 yawl NARCISA out of the Saginaw (MI) Yacht Club, however, they report:

"We have lost a little over three feet of water depth in Lake Huron/Lake Michigan in the past three years, and now are very close to "Chart Datum". Less water means of course that there are places you went before that are no longer possible. An interesting benefit though is that when you look at what is before you, it looks like the chart. We are trying something new this year. Since we now sail almost exclusively in the North Channel and Georgian Bay, we have decided to winter the boat there also. We are "On the hard" at HarborVue Marina in Little Current on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. We will take a trip there in a couple of weeks to check on how the boat was put away, and also to do a color tour of Northern Michigan and Ontario."

Wayne and Cindy Milroy recently send photos of their yawl, LEEWAY II, for posting on the web site.

Tom and Rae Ellen Lee of Bellingham, WA have sold their 1972 sloop, THE SHOE, and have moved to St. John, USVI. They wrote back in October:

"Things are quite busy now, cleaning out the storage and getting ready for the move to St. John, USVI. You can see our biz, The Canvas Factory, by going to: http://www.mongoosejunctionstjohn.com/, click on stores and select The Canvas Factory (nothing to do with boat canvas - purses, bags, totes, luggage, backpacks, etc. And of course, our journey on The Shoe is available in her book, "If The Shoe Fits", Sheridan House." They invite any A37 sailors to stop by, see what we're doing and just chat. They plan to get another boat, but first, they want to get a good grip on their new business.

Merle Galbraith and Lois Jacob recently sent greetings from Chicago. They will resume cruising aboard their yawl, INTERLUDE in Trinidad:

"Dear friends,

January to April found us and Interlude on land in Trinidad supervising the dirty, dusty, noisy work to remove all bottom paint and outer gel coat. Folly led us to believe we could launch and sail before May. Herman Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival is as relevant today as when it was written in 1963. Some people do anything to escape boatyards. In March, Merle had a TIA and checked into a Trinidad hospital for a week while doctors began anticoagulant therapy. At $65.00 per day, Trinidad’s best private hospital cost less than a local hotel, was freezing cold, and included three tasty meals a day and compassionate nurses who later greeted Merle by name in downtown Port-of-Spain! Later, doctors in Chicago were impressed with the tests performed in Trinidad.

Last year we exchanged "use or lose" airline miles for round trip tickets from Chicago to Europe this summer. We took a charter flight to Toronto and the train to Chicago. In Toronto, we visited our wonderful sailmaker, Joe Fernandes, and his family. Joe looked at our maps and suggested places to visit in his country of birth, Portugal.

On May 30 we flew to Lisbon and discovered the best maritime museum we've ever seen. By a slight margin, bakeries outnumbered churches whose interiors were often lined with gold and beautiful painted tiles. The mountainous area north of Lisbon produces many types of port wine. Lisbon's Port Wine Institute which sells at least one hundred varieties by the glass. (We lost track of the number of varieties we tasted.) Our most memorable adventure took us far off the tourist path. We took an hour ferry, a half-hour bus, and walked three miles to discover the village and boatyard where our sailmaker's grandfather started his sail loft. There, at low tide on the river's edge, we met local people painting charmingly decorated wooden Portuguese sailing boats. Weeks later, we sailed in a similar boat on the south coast. Throughout our stay we enjoyed fresh seafood and bacalau (salted cod fish) prepared many different ways, but our favorite treats were port wine and "Pasteis de Belem" - miniature custard pies Joe introduced to us in Toronto. We also liked caldeirada (fish & vegetable stew) in the south and wild boar in the mountain town of Villa Real, accessible by a one-car, one-track commuter rail line with breathtaking views. Overall, we fell in love with Portugal, and found it cleaner, greener, and friendlier than neighboring Spain.

In Spain we explored mainly the southern areas. From Tarifa we went to the top of Gibraltar via cable car and ate British fish and chips. We also took a one-day organized tour to the Moroccan cities of Tetuan and Tangier. Moroccan hustlers make those in the West Indies look like amateurs! How nice it was to relax and let others guide the tour! We loved Ronda, a town built atop a 330 foot gorge and, in Granada, spent a day at the Alhambra Palace. Madrid had 90 temperatures in August, but had lovely air conditioned art museums, flamenco and jazz shows. Our favorite Spanish foods were paella, tapas (hearty appetizers), and sangria. The Spanish TALGO trains (with reclining seats, videos, and individual audio channels) were more luxurious than France's TGV's.

We crossed into France by bus at Canfrac in the Pyrenees where there were still patches of snow in the mountain crevices. At the border, both the architecture and climate changed drastically. In Spain and Portugal we had 80 days of hot, sunny weather with only one day of rain: France was to be in the 50's and 60's with frequent showers.

Ahh....France! We arrived in Toulouse three weeks prior to our departure date from Paris. Our snail's pace quickened dramatically. From Toulouse, we visited Albi, home of the Toulouse Lautrec Museum, and Castlenaudry, a canal boat basin and birthplace of cassoulet, the famous white bean and duck or sausage casserole. In Bordeaux, we found one meal worthy of a return flight. It was at La Tupina where everything was divine, especially the fries. They were so delicious that it will be easy to pass on all future fries because none will be hand cut, fried in duck fat in an iron kettle over an open fire and seasoned with rock salt and pepper. We ate every one! Near Tours we visited the Loire valley chateaux. Another day we took a 5:30 am train to Mont St. Michel, toured it, and hopped onto another train and arrived in Quimper (Brittany) at 11:00 PM. THAT was a LONG DAY! Brittany reminded us of Canada with moss covered boulders, evergreens, rivers, small boat harbors and fresh clean air in which to walk off calories from the region's buttery crepes.

We boarded one last train (we thought) to Paris and returned to the neighborhood where we stayed ten years ago. The same families managed the hotels where prices had risen from $21.00 to $25.00 per night! We enjoyed old favorites: the patisserie and market with its dazzling array of fruits, cheeses, and pates and discovered new things like the textile district. Sailing friend Walt on NEFERTARI arrived by train from LeHavre to visit us for a couple days. Together, we saw the LIDO nightclub spectacle (WOW!). Walt led us on a walking tour of his favorite places in Paris. Imagine our surprise when Walt took us to his favorite restaurant which turned out to be our favorite back in 1991 and it had the same owner - small world!

One afternoon, minutes after photographing Paris's modern skyscrapers, on impulse, we stopped to buy chocolate crepes from a street vendor. Hearing my accent, the vendor asked in English, "Where are you from?" "Do you know what is happening in your country?" - "No." "Do you know the two tall buildings in New York?" - "Yes, the World Trade Center." "A plane just flew into one of them!" As we ate our crepes, he directed us to a nearby electronics store where a growing crowd watched the second collision in stunned silence and booed when the manager turned off all televisions to disperse the crowd. Our $25.00 hotel had neither CNN, nor local television, so that night we visited one of a chain of cybercafes, with 300 terminals, open 24 hours a day, and logged onto all the US news sites. Thereafter, we read the International Herald Tribune daily.

Before leaving the USA, I secretly hoped that bankrupt TWA would leave us "stranded" in France for a year. My wish almost came true. On 9-11, our return flight on TWA from Paris was permanently cancelled. New owner, American Airlines, offered to fly us non-stop to Chicago at the end of September ... from Brussels. In my book, extra time in Paris is never a hardship, so we went to the opera, more museums, and took the "Sewer Tour" (you KNOW you've completed "Paris 101" when you do the latter.) Odors aside, it was fascinating and showed the interplay of water supply, disposal, political events, and public health problems in Paris from the Roman age to the present. The principles apply to any civilization.

Our LAST train ride was to Brussels, a beautiful, small and easy-to-navigate city. Its airport is also a rail hub for local and international trains and is 20 minutes from the city center. We sampled Belgian waffles, beer, waterzooi stew, mussels, eel, and, of course....chocolate!

Many people ask us how we travel so long without breaking the budget. We travel by train (95%) (without rail passes) and bus (5%). In cities, we walk and take public transport. We stay in small family-run hotels listed in Let's Go and Lonely Planet guides. Doubles averaged $18 - $25 per night, ($30-$45 with a private bath). We ate cereal and fruit for breakfast, one main meal out and, for the other meal, a picnic with fresh French bread and ingredients from a local market. Often, good inexpensive dining leads came from local merchants whom we asked where they would go for a nice lunch with a friend.

Back in the States, air fare sales enabled Merle to visit children in Colorado, California, and Kentucky. Lois flew to Florida for the annual GAM and Board meeting of the Seven Seas Cruising Association. Merle had numerous medical appointments to attend to and had two small hernias repaired. The Doc said "no lifting anchors or heavy baggage for 8 weeks". So, we're Stateside for the holidays and hope to return to Trinidad by mid January.

WE HOPE YOU HAD A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND WISH YOU A HAPPY HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

Merle and Lois"

John & Judy Langley send Seasons Greetings and report that winter is settling in Cape Breton where they'll spend the next few months making plans for an early Spring launch of TALISKER.

 

Mark and Prentiss Lay report the birth of their daughter, Caroline Kellogg Lay, on 11-13-01. She weighed in at a 6 lb. 6 oz. and is 19 1/4 inches long. Mark and Prentiss sail the yawl ELIXIR out of Hartge’s yard in Galesville, MD.

 

Bill Horne and Debbie Kinney wrote in mid November of their cruising aboard their 1967 sloop, SERENADE:

"We made it to Puerto Rico. Had a wonderful crossing on the Mona Passage and are currently in Boceron. We spent 4 months in the Bahamas, 1 month in Turks and 6 months in the Dominican Republic. We're having a great time and meeting wonderful people. Take Care.

Bill & Debbie,

Crew of the Wayward SERENADE"

 

Jeremy Selwyn reports the sale of his 1972 yawl, SEA CYCLE to Mark and Debbie Crowe of Toronto.

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS

Mark and Debbie Crowe of Toronto, Ontario, recently purchased the 1972 yawl, SEA CYCLE from Jeremy Selwyn.

 

Mickey and Heidi Cribb, of Columbia, SC, recently purchased the 1981 sloop, NORTHSTAR from previous owner Glenn Arthur. NORTHSTAR is berthed in Ashley Marina, in Charleston, SC. Mickey and Heidi wrote:

"We're looking forward to learning to sail the Alberg. We are lake sailors here in Columbia, sailing an Elite 29 for the past seven years on Lake Murray. Prior to that sailed Lightnings, Lasers etc. with friends.

Charleston harbor produces some pretty strong currents, the days of hopping on the boat and single handing are gone, thank goodness for slack tide though.

Glenn Arthur is one fine fellow and has kept the Alberg in great shape. He and Suzanne had just returned from nearly two years in the Caribbean, South America, Panama, Belize and related environs. I have looked over a lot of used sailboats over the past years and never saw one where the owner took such care and detail of his boat The boat looked as if she had been lightly sailed here, not away from port for so long.

She came through survey requiring replacement of a steaming bulb! The surveyor from Charleston well known as a demanding type too. This fellow was able to climb the split backstay barefoot. Trust me, you had to see it.

Best Wishes,

Mickey and Heidi Cribb"

 

Ralph Turner of Squamish, BC recently purchased the 1974 yawl MYA. Ralph reports:

"I did have a remarkable first passage on MYA. We were literally escorted across the Canadian-US border by a lone false killer whale that seemed to be in love with MYA’s hull. Other boater's the same area (Tsawassen, BC to Pt Roberts, WA) apparently have had the same experience as there was a notice posted at Pt Roberts about this whale. Whatever, I took it as a good omen."

 

Pete and Carol Kregloh, of Olney, MD have purchased the sloop AJAX. They write:

"Our boat, which is to be rechristened "Spray," is the Ajax, built in 1968 and formerly owned by the late Crawford Cole, Sr. It is in Solomon's Island, Maryland.

The Ajax was dubbed a "project boat" by the marine surveyor. Its hull is in excellent condition, but it needs a lot of cosmetic work to the interior because it had taken on a lot of rainwater during the year that it was neglected in its slip. (One worries when one finds barnacles above the water line.) A lot of the electrical work needs to be redone as well, and some of the equipment mysteriously vanished while the boat was in the yard. Pete worked on it all last spring and summer, and figures to get it in the water by mid-summer. It will be a party. This is the boat of his dreams."

 

Denis Major of Montreal, Quebec recently purchased the 1979 sloop, MURPHY’s LAW I, from Charles and Louise Murphy.

 

Frankie and Jerry Senecal of Albion, NY recently purchased the 1969 sloop ONTARIO GIRL. They sail her out of Point Breeze, NY Lake Ontario.

 

Heather Bernhards of Annapolis, MD recently purchased the sloop DOLPHIN (subsequently renamed HALCYONE) from Amy Frasher. HALCYONE is currently undergoing an extensive refit in Annapolis.

 

A-37  MUGS AVAILABLE

We have A-37  Mugs available for $12 U.S. (our cost) which includes postage. (Those ordering mugs outside the U.S. please add $2.00 for additional postage.) They have a line drawing of the A-37 (sloop or yawl - please specify your choice) imprinted with "ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION" and a color drawing of the A-37 Pennant printed on the outside of the mug. (We can place your BOAT NAME under the Pennant for no additional cost if you so desire - please specify). Please allow at least 3-4 weeks for delivery, as we have them made up individually.

      

     

A-37 PENNANTS

We have few A-37 Pennants available for $30.00 U.S. which includes postage. We realize this sounds high to our Canadian friends (approx. $45C) but that is our cost plus postage. This is a very tastefully rendered and durable pennant.

 

 

A-37s FOR SALE

Recent offerings include:

RED FOX, hull #14, 1967 sloop located at Berthier-sur-Mer (near Quebec City). Well maintained, recently refurbished, in good condition. Complete description and photos available by contacting Guy Leroux at gleroux@ivic.qc.ca
Tel: 819.389.5351.

Mike Phelps is continuing to offer for sale: "CHRYSALIS hull #42 1968 Sloop Located St. Croix US Virgin Islands is still for sale. Completed 7 year circumnavigation. Complete cruising package: Aries windvane, Westerbeke 4-107, 7 sails, 4 man liferaft, awnings, windscoop, cockpit cushions, sleeps 4, kero stove, VHF radio, stereo, knotmeter, 2 deep cycle batteries, 3 CQR anchors w/ rode, fenders w/ docklines, 11ft Avon w/ 10 hp Johnson. Sandscrew mooring available in front of St. Croix Yacht Club. Price: $34,000 USD"

Mike can be contacted at: chrysalis77@usa.net

SWEETHEART

1973 Mark II yawl, hull # 107.  Westerbeke 4-107, recently refurbished, many extras, including Ares steering gear.  (Click Here for More Details). Lying in Cape Marina, Port Canaveral, FL.

Asking $55,000 U.S.

 

Contact:

Jon Stegenga

800 Scallop Dr.

Port Canaveral, FL 32920

Cell: (321) 501-3950

ITEMS FOR SALE

Brand new (2001) A37 Mainsail for Sloop. Never used - owner's plans changed. Lee Sails of Hong Kong.3 reef sets & standard battens. 8.6 oz. dacron - super well made. Available in Toronto.

Reduced to $1500 U.S., June 2001.

Tom Liban 416-506-8888 x303; 416-441-6131

tliban@iapa.on.ca or th_liban@hotmail.com

 

WEB SITES OF INTEREST

U.S. Paint Corporation (AWLGRIP) - a comprehensive guide for application of U.S. Paint products:

http://www.uspaint.com/appguide.html

Guide to cruising information, voyage logs, seamanship and sailing skills and much more:

http://cruisenews.net/CruisingLinks.htm

Good Old Boat Magazine (Jan/Feb 2002 issue) has a great article about Carl Alberg, and also a good article about Topside Refinishing by Don Casey. Unfortunately, the articles are not "On-Line", but check out their website anyway:

http://www.goodoldboat.com

 

The following sites relate to Worldwide Weather Sites (from the January 2002 issue of Cruising World):

Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). http://www.goes.noaa.gov/

 

Oceanography Resources on the Internet. http://www.esdim.noaa.gov/ocean_page.html

 

British site links to weather services from Hong Kong to South Africa and to scores of other sources of weather data and forecasts.

http://www.metoffice.com/corporate/links/nms.html

 

University of Michigan provides access to over 380 North American weather sites.

http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/servers.html

 

Wx Advantage presents a handpicked selection of handpicked selection of useful sites on a single URL. http://www.wxadvantage.com/

 

National Weather Service weatherfaxes and other comprehensive weather data.

http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/marine.shtml

 

Marine Prediction Center marine forecast products. http://www.mpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

 

National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) provides near real-time observations of weather conditions for all U.S. Waters. http://seaboard.ndbc.noaa.gov

 

National Hurricane Center provides detailed information about tropical storms and hurricanes.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

 

Navcenter.com provides accurate weather forecasting data overlaid onto nautical charts and maps.

http://www.navcenter.com/

 

Commanders' Weather provides forecasts and routing for all types of sailboats and powerboats traveling anywhere in the world. http://www.commandersweather.com/

 

The Global Hydrology and Climate Center (GHRC) collects data from many different satellites, surface ground validation stations, as well as high altitude aircraft outfitted with science instruments, and also offers an extensive set of geostationary weather satellite images.

http://weather.msfc.nasa.gov

 

The Johns Hopkins Ocean Remote Sensing site provides Gulf Stream and other area information. http://fermi.jhuapl.edu

The SSM/I (Sea Surface Microwave Imagery) Derived Ocean Surface Winds site provides near real-time windspeed and wind direction for virtually any point on the world’s oceans. http://manati.wwb.noaa.gov/doc/ssmiwinds.html

 

WEB SITE

Due to the proliferation of SPAM on the Internet, we have decided to no longer publish Email addresses on the A-37 web site.

We have removed the Email addresses from the Member List page on the website, and have modified the Member Input Form to reflect the changes (Note: we only post the information of members who have so indicated on the Membership Input Form).

We still need your Email address updates for the A-37 Roster, which is not publicly posted.

Additionally, we will not post Email addresses in forthcoming issues of the posted quarterly newsletters except for items in the For Sale Section or Wanted Sections.

PLEASE PARTICIPATE!!

Please visit the FORUM periodically as there may be a topic for which you are an "expert"! We also invite you to send maintenance, project, cruising, etc. articles to us for inclusion in the newsletter (and for posting on the web site). We prefer you send the text material in WORD format via email attachment (text in the body of an Email is OK, but takes a bit of "massaging" to get it into the proper format).

We also welcome photos of your boats for inclusion in the "Photo Gallery" – we like the photos to be in JPG format if at all possible but can handle most other formats (we can also scan your photos if you want to send a hardcopy). We recently passed the 10000 hit mark for the website in just a bit over a year,

Additionally, we’d like you to periodically check your "vital statistics" on the Member List and let us know what changes need to be made by use of "Member Input Form" on the "Join Us" page on the web site. We attempt to keep the Member List up to date.

SPINDRIFT

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 a donation of $10.00 U.S. a year to cover costs of publishing the quarterly newsletter, postage, Xerox services, and of course, maintaining the web site. We also suggest to our Non-U.S. members that they send an International Money Order payable in U.S. dollars (a Canadian Postal Money Order works for Canadian members).

You will notice a date on the label of the newsletter mailing. This is a reminder of your responsibility to help maintain the newsletter / association. For those receiving the newsletter notice via Email, we ask that you honor your commitment to the Association. The Association needs your help!

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. Boat U.S. membership is no longer required to make purchases from their stores or catalog, however, membership is still required for the purchase of boaters insurance.

For those members transiting the Chesapeake Bay, please plan to stop by Kinsale for a few days (or longer). It's only about 10 miles off the Bay (up the Potomac to the Yeocomico River), and our area is very secluded, protected (good hurricane hole) and quiet, and a very good cruising area, especially in the fall. We'd love to have you stop for a few days. Each fall we have several ‘snowbirds’ stop on their way south.

Please note our Kinsale VA phone number: (804) 472-3853 - leave a message if we aren’t at home.

If we inadvertently missed any of your correspondence, just hit us again – we’ve been getting a lot of mail, especially email. REMEMBER, THIS IS YOUR NEWSLETTER!

Have a great Alberg Winter and upcoming Spring. – Keep the letters and emails coming and get those boats ready for sailing, and a Happy, Prosperous and Safe New Year to all.

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher