ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS
C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488
VOL XII, NO. 2 (SPRING) 4 APRIL, 2002
2002 WINTER RENDEZVOUS
The Annual Alberg 37 Winter Rendezvous, held at Harrison’s on Tilghman Island, MD on March 3, 2002 was a great success. The evening began with cocktails in the "Living Room" at Harrison’s followed by a great dinner in the dining room.
Members attending were: Becky Long (SOLSKIN II); friends Jackie and Teddy Tepper; Wayne and Sherrill Bower (TEELOK); Charles and Jane Deakyne (SCRIMSHAW);and friend Pat; Bryce and Suzanne Inman (TIDINGS); Lou and Jean Wayne (PIKA); Michael and Joan Doucette (KINDRED SPIRIT); Tom and Kaye Assenmacher (SHEARWATER); Bill Beaver and Heather Bernhards I (HALCYONE). Gerry Warwick (ex AVALON) joined the group for breakfast on Sunday morning. Lots of good "boat talk" and exchanges of photos took place. (Click here for additional photos.)
NEWS FROM MEMBERS
Mike Phelps reports from Amsterdam that Chrysalis remains for sale in St. Croix. Mike recently reduced the asking price of Chrysalis to $25K U.S.
Received the following from Jack De Jong (SONAMARA) regarding rudder construction (Ed. Note - this description of the rudder construction is from a MK-I Alberg 37 - I believe that MK-IIs and later have slightly different construction - namely in rudder shaft diameter):
"I saw your query regarding rudder reconstruction reconstruction. The rudder on the Alberg 37 is a foam core with 3 or 4 layers of glass The rudder shaft is 1" bronze which is bent around the prop. and ends just below this aperture. The mid support is a 7/8 shaft about 1ft. long bedded in the foam and glass and finally the bottom or shoe fits over the rudder and is held with machine screws.
I built a new rudder for my 69 Alberg 37 after I found that much of the foam (polyester resin ) had delaminated from the glass. I was sort of picking away at it for repair until it became apparent there would be little left. That is also how I know how this thing is put together!.
Anyway, I don't want to alarm you; I think the best repair method would be to inject epoxy with a fibre filler (West System or the like) and make sure that no water gets inside the core.
Incidentally also check the top of the bronze shaft just where it enters the boat for corrosion."
Jack then sent a follow-up email:
"Yes there are 3/8" longitudinal rods on each of the three major pieces :
1) On the main shaft there are 4 - they extend 4 to 12 " into the main rudder depending on location.
2) on the mid piece 2 about 6" long straight back.
(Oh!! just a note on the mid piece: it is a 7/8 diameter rod so be careful on centering when you repair or replace)
3) on the bottom piece, 2 bent up to match rudder contour
also about 6" long.
Suggest if you drill and tap bottom rod for repair , to at the same time drill a small hole through bottom of receiving fixture so that any dirt that gets trapped there can get out rather than wear out the pintle.
Yes I still have the A 37 Sonamara."
Jack St. John recently sent the following in an email…."It's getting to be that time of year when our thoughts start turning to getting under way this summer, although we are still very much locked in winter here in Maine. I have concluded that I ran FIGMENT for about 14 hours in reverse; i.e., the engine in reverse-- the boat was going forward-- because of my left hand prop!! So, first off the prop situation has to be corrected."
We recently received the following from Tom Lee, previous owner of THE SHOE which was recently sold to a couple on the West Coast (Jon Hoberg):
"Yes, The Shoe has sold. To a couple in Seattle. Yes, we are in St. John. We bought The Canvas Factory which can be seen on the websitehttp://www.mongoosejunctionstjohn.com
Telephone is: 340.776.6196 (w)
We'd love for any A37 sailors to stop by, see what we're doing and just chat. We do plan to get another boat, but first, we must get a good grip on the new business here. Thanks for your help & continued interest."
St. John, USVI
Scotty Lamont recently wrote: "…..I have a confession to make, Fran and I went to Florida over Xmas and we looked at some boats, bigger boats and thought of our plans when we retire and do some serious cruising. One thing led to another and I, (not Fran) was on the prowl for something in the 44 ft range. No matter where we went to look, people asked WHY would you want change if you already have an Alberg 37. It took a lot of thinking to answer this question and I am relived to say, I have the "two footitis" behind me, Fran is happy, we are still together and have dollars in the bank….. To this end, we now have to get down to taking care of "ROB ROY". We have vowed never to mention, what we had in mind, while on board. We purchased a new winter cover for ROB ROY last year from Quinte Canvas in Kingston Ontario it fitted like a glove and has kept the boat dry and clean all winter."
Frank Smart recently sent the following: "I am looking forward to finally launching BRANDELARA II after 2 years on the hard. I have just finished reassembling our Yanmar after a complete teardown. Started off addressing a major oil leak which turned out to be the rear seal then removed the cylinder head and did a much needed valve job and port cleaning. The heavy carbon buildup in the exhaust ports made me decide to have the injection pump and injectors tested and resulted in 2 injector tips being replaced. Had the engine re-spec'd and found that pistons, rings, crankshaft all in good condition and within limits. Since the engine was stripped this far I replaced the big-end connecting rod bushings which were showing wear and had the cylinders honed .... all told not a very expensive overhaul but unexpected after about 2000 hours." Frank also sent along a rudder gudgeon repair description that is featured in this newsletter.
Steve Smith is offering his 1976 Alberg 37 Yawl. THISTLE for sale. See the For Sale section of the newsletter for details (also check out the web site for photos).
Dan Stuart has decided to place his 1967 MK-I sloop, FALCON on the market. Check the web site and the For Sale section of the newsletter for details.
Lois Jacob recently wrote the following regarding her dealings with Alex Magnone back in 1981 when they purchased INTERLUDE: "….While Interlude was being built, I spent many hours sitting on other A-37's under construction, thinking about the interior changes we would negotiate with Alex. He executed them all beautifully (he was the chief carpenter at the time - 1981). It was especially nice when I called the new facility back in 1997 to ask a question. When I described our hull # and a description of ourselves, Alex knew us and our boat immediately since he said he had taken many photos of our interior as it was built. That was so heartwarming!" (Editor’s note: Alex continues boat work at the old Whitby facility in Whitby Ontario, specializing in refurbishing Alberg 37s.)
Karen and Marcel Steinz are back in Florida after sailing SOUTHERN CROSS back from the Bahamas. They will begin the long ICW trek north back to Oakville, Ontario later this spring.
Dick Wilke wrote that he has had a great winter and is progressing toward his aircraft pilot’s license. Dick owns a 1977 Cessna 150M and states he is learning a lot about the care and feeding of aircraft. We wonder if IOLANTHE is taking a back seat in Dick’s new love!!!
WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS
Jon Hoberg, of Everett Washington, recently purchased the 1972 sloop, THE SHOE, from Tom and Rae Ellen Lee. THE SHOE is berthed in Poulsbo, WA.
Blair Aston, of Guelph, Ontario, is the owner of YARY, a 1976 sloop. YARY is berthed at St. Catherine’s Ontario.
Kaye and Ron Surley of Dallas, TX, are the new owners of the 1979 Ketch rigged A-37 (one of a very few) MY GIRL.
Gerard Seguin, of Sherrington, Quebec owns the 1977 yawl CAD-LIB.
Dick and Jo Murphie, of Raleigh, NC, sail their 1973 yawl, MAJA, temporarily berthed in Beaufort, NC.
Bruce McFarland, of Wilmington DE, is the new owner of TARDIS. "Have lots of work to do in and on the boat, but for me, a computer jockey, boat work is a great change of pace and good therapy too. The sailing is just an extra bonus thrown in. I've enjoyed the web site very much, and credit my purchase of TARDIS to seeing her on the for sale page."
Frankie and Jerry Senecal, of Albion, NY sail the 1969 sloop, ONTARIO GIRL, oft of Point Breeze, NY.
Kaye and Ron Surley, of Dallas, TX, are the owners of the 1979 ketch (?), MY GIRL.
Marc Kip Culver, of San Francisco, CA, purchased the MK-I Alberg 37 FOLIE DOUCE in 1998. Marc currently has the boat in Ft. Pierce, FL, where he intends to do extended cruising.
BOW ROLLER PROJECT
Paul and Carol Dunne recently sent photos and diagrams of a bow roller they fabricated for SOLAR WIND I. Photos and diagrams are available on the A-37 web site at:
RUDDER GUDGEON REPAIR
By Frank Smart
I've used this method to rebuild bushings in a steering wind-vane and also on our wind-generator with great success.
Here's my procedure:
Build a wooden jig to hold the hinge steady and also hold a 1" shaft in perfect alignment with it. (I had an old prop shaft but any 1" shaft will do). See attached drawing.
Remove the hinge again and grind out the cavity in each half using a coarse stone in an electric drill removing roughly 1/16" (not measured and not important).
Coat the shaft with Vaseline as a barrier coat and any parts of the hinge which need protection (not the ground surface).
Mix a small amount of West epoxy with lots of graphite powder (as a lubricant) to toothpaste thickness.
Coat both halves of the bushing liberally with epoxy then screw them back into the jig and bolt them together over the shaft.
Clean off as much excess epoxy as possible.
Once set remove shaft and hinge from the jig, chisel off all excess epoxy then tap the hinge with a hammer to break any attachment and drive it down the shaft.
Separate the hinge halves ..... mine didn't break clean the first time using vaselineVaseline as a barrier between the halves but I redid it with a single strip of duct tape applied to one half only and it came apart perfectly.
Cleaned everything and refitted around the shaft again. Required only minor sanding with fine wet sandpaper and have a perfect smooth connection around the shaft.
The West people endorse using graphite in their epoxy as a good bearing surface in low-speed low-load applications like this.
By Marc Culver
I bought FOLIE DOUCE from Bingham Higgins III of Bath Maine in 98, and sailed her from Booth Bay Maine (solo) in late October 98 with ice on the decks and northeasters nipping at my transom. After a week in Plymouth MA and two weeks in Onset, MA trying to cure an engine overheating problem, I headed through the Woods Hole channel. Half way through I encountered an oncoming tug towing a barge where I had no room to pass and could not turn around. I tried to maintain my position but the six knots current and wind took me out of the channel and towards a reef. I tried to get back in but slammed in to a four foot rock ledge. I was hard aground for thirty minutes bouncing on rock until the tide floated me off. I dove in at the nearby anchorage and was pleased to see that the damage was no more than a few gouges 112" deep and three feet long and some minor damage on the bottom of the rudder.
I sailed to Westport, MA and hauled out at the local boat yard to repair the damage. When I launched again the date was December 15. After three attempts to sail down Buzzard Bay in gale conditions I gave up and left my boat at Westport boat yard for the winter.
By the way I renamed her FOLIE DOUCE (sweet folly in French). Next summer I began a refit to prepare for a sail back to my homeport of San Francisco. I was joined by my new first mate Isabelle. We worked all summer to get her ready to sail at the end of Oct 99. The day FOLIE DOUCE was to be launched the boat yard knocked her over with their lifting truck!
We returned to California and arranged to have her trucked to Little Harbor, RI for a damage estimate as recommended by our surveyor. We got an estimate four months later in. the amount of $70000 to $75000. The boat yard insurance company IMU refused to pay this or any thing near this unless details were included in the estimate. Bob Hood of Little Harbour kept stalling and began charging us storage. We paid him $1500 and in October, 2000 trucked the boat to Duck Creek, NC while we fought the insurance and pleaded with Bob Hood to follow through and provide repair details to the insurance company as he promised several times he would do.
While in Duck Creek I began to repair the damage myself. We spent three months in Duck Creek and when the boat yard launched us there was not enough water to leave the travel lift pit. The yard tried to use their tow boat to pull us out and in the failed attempt managed to ram our new Cape Horn windvane. They damaged it badly enough that it needed replacing. (Cape Horn in Quebec replaced it for almost nothing even though I told them to charge the boat yard as much as the law allowed).
When we got that fixed we were ready to sail to Florida but a cold spell hit us and the creek froze for a month.
It is hard to sleep with the sound of ice cracking on tile hull !
As soon as the ice melted we told the yard to have us out and we would have the boat trucked to Florida. I begged them to treat her kindly for when the Westport yard loaded her on the truck to Little Harbour they managed to destroy my radar and rip the toe rail up on both sides!
I met the boat in Fort Pierce, FL at the end of January 2000 and began to work on her and keep fighting the insurance company and now Bob Hood who refused to keep his promises. When I got upset at his broken agreement he stuck the knife in my back and wrote a letter to IMU saying that "…..he did not believe any damage occurred from the boat falling over..." We asked for an other estimate from a local yard but were rejected because they were afraid of legal problems with the insurance company
Finally after two years we settled for about 10 % of the estimate which did not cover all the expenses we incurred. We are now hauled out in another yard doing the final repairs and a complete refit. I have decided to sail to Europe and never look back.
FEATURED ALBERG 37
We’ve begun a new item for the web site – namely a "Featured Alberg 37" page (currently
http://www.alberg37.org/Photos/SOJOURN_MCMASTER/index.htm) which includes photos and a small bit of information about the boat along with the owner(s) names and location. Anyone wanting their A-37 "Featured" on the web site, simply send us a half dozen or so color photographs (action/sailing views preferred). If you have a digital camera, so much the better (saves us having to scan the photo)….75 dpi seems to work quite well for viewing photos on a computer monitor while keeping the file size within reason.
A-37 COFFEE MUGS AVAILABLE
We have A-37 Coffee 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.
We have few A-37 IOA 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
(Check the Website for further details and photos)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 reduced to $25,000 USD"
Mike can be contacted at: email@example.com
SWEETHEART, 1973 Mark II yawl, hull # 107. Westerbeke 4-107, recently refurbished, many extras, including Aries steering gear.(Click Here for More Details). Lying in Cape Marina, Port Canaveral, FL.
Asking $55,000 U.S.
800 Scallop Dr.
Port Canaveral, FL 32920
Cell: (321) 501-3950
FALCON Call Dan Stuart @ 248.486.1921 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org . Photo 1 Photo 2 Copy of Recent Survey (PDF format - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
FALCON HAS BEEN SOLD (5/14/02).
1976 Alberg 37 Yawl in good condition, is offered by Steve Smith . Lots of updated and new items in past 6 years. Includes newer Gennaker, Genoa, shaft, marine radio, quadraphonic stereo/CD, new elec. flush toilet, fresh finish on wood, new hatches, dry below in heavy rain or seas. Also has hot and cold water, freezer/fridge, autohelm,Autohelm, and everything you need to sail now. Engine works well. Fresh water boat always on Great Lakes. Now on Lake Michigan. $50,000. Contact Whitehall Landing: 231 894 5622.
THISTLE HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN FROM THE MARKET (4/19/02)
Looking for a Simpson Lawrence, Sea Tiger 555 manual windless.
BODILLA, A37 #143
WEB SITES OF INTEREST
Stainless Steel Fabrications Marine Products for Power & Sail – a source for Alberg 37 type stanchions and rails.
Source for sailing workshops, seminars, and cruising rallies.
A good sailing/marine resource web site.
Quinte Canvas/Topshop Inc. manufactures canvas tops and covers for recreational, power and sailboats including the Alberg 37. (Made a cover for Scotty Lamont's sloop ROB ROY - Scotty says the cover "fits like a glove."
Roller furling gear at reasonable prices
A very informative on-line newsletter by the folks who publish GOOD OLD BOAT magazine.
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Our major refurbishment of our 1975 yawl, SHEARWATER is (hopefully) nearing completion. As reported in previous newsletters, we "blew" the old Volvo MD-2B engine the day after we launched in May, 2001. A major mechanical and electrical refit has been ongoing since that time. We have the new engine (Kubota based engine, ZF/Hurth transmission) installed, and have all the bottom paint removed in preparation for a barrier coat hopefully later this month. All electrical wiring and control panels are being replaced (discovered a few "jury rigged" systems too). We plan to do some topside paint work next year as the 27 year old gelcoat is getting a bit tired with some gelcoat crazing. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get some sailing done this summer and fall to make up for the nearly 19 months since we’ve been sailing on SHEARWATER.
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 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 14000 hit mark for the website. 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.
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 should be aware of our group's agreement with BOAT U.S. whereby we get membership for half price ($9.50 vice $19.00 - We recently received notice the Cooperating Group Accord membership has increased from $8.50 to $9.50 per year.) 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 and will have a few stop by later this spring on their way back north.
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 Spring and Summer. – Keep the letters and emails coming and get those boats ready for sailing!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.S. I (Tom) finally retired on 1 March, 2002, after working for the U.S. Navy for nearly 40 years (22 as a Navy Pilot on active duty, and nearly 18 years as a civilian contractor for the Navy). Plan to devote a lot of time getting my sailing "sea legs" back after we get SHEARWATER put back together again this spring, and enjoy life on Virginia’s Northern Neck!