Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale , VA 22488
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VOL 25, NO. 1 (Winter 2015)                                                                                                                                               15 January 2015  


Former Whitby Boatworks Person Passes
Doug Stephenson
September 13, 1942November 30, 2014

We are sad to report the passing of Doug Stephenson, a former Whitby Boatworks employee who passed away in November. Doug’s health had been failing for the past several years and he was taken to Midland (Ontario) General Hospital on Sunday, 30 November where he passed away of heart failure..  Although Doug primarily dealt with Whitby 42 production, he was also a fan of the Alberg 37.   For years, Doug ran a yacht brokerage that dealt primarily with Whitby-built boats.

(The Following Information Provided Courtesy of the Whitby Brewer Sailboat Association)

“Doug came to know Curt and Doris Hanson as a member of their Whitby 45 racing team. He became a personal friend and business associate of the Hansons, owners of the Whitby Boat Works in Canada. As a result of his long-term association with the Whitby Boat Works, Doug became not only a personal ambassador for Whitby and Brewer sailboats but a living encyclopaedia of every technical detail and the history of these boats. Doug freely shared his knowledge and love of these boats with every one of us and helped us navigate the shoals and hazards of our projects as we learned from him and rebuilt, maintained and upgraded our boats.

Doug was a raconteur of all things Whitby. His hearty laugh and impish sense of humour always lightened any moment when he sensed our discouragement. He was a gentleman of the old school whose word was his bond. He taught us all to live life large and to enjoy the moments we had on earth as he did himself to the very end.

Doug is survived by his son, Alan; one sister, Muriel; and one brother, Don.  He is predeceased by one other brother, Gordon.”



No Longer 'Southbound'!
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

Unfortunately, on Tuesday, 28 October, 2014, and after leaving Kinsale, VA on Thursday, 16 October, 2014, on our 5ths cruise ‘south’ aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl, 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). The prop was still functioning, but was in imminent danger of 'not working'.

Since pulling the prop shaft required a haul out, and since there are no haul out facilities (at least for a 6' draft sailboat), we were towed from Swansboro to Bock's Marine, north of Beaufort, NC. SHEARWATER is now on the hard at Bock's Marine until Spring. We've winterized the boat, removed sails and ALL THE PROVISIONS for the trip, and removed the prop coupling/prop shaft/shaft log/stuffing box/prop/etc.

We plan to return to SHEARWATER in the Spring and make the necessary repairs, which will include a new propeller shaft, a new flex shaft coupling, new cutless bearing, etc.   We are still ‘scratching our heads’ as to why the prop shaft fractured……

Kaye and I are back home in Kinsale - and "enjoying" our first 'WINTER' in many years!.

Click here for more about our 'aborted southbound adventures'



New Members

Welcome aboard to Robert Dalton, the new owner of the 1974 MK-II Sloop DREDA.  In a recent email, Robert wrote: ‘You may have heard of DREDA … Her previous owner died a few years ago. She is a 1974 Alberg 37 MK-II sloop currently in Luperon, Dominican Republic. I purchased her last week and am going through the paper and cash stuff now. I am an American but will be anchoring her in North Haiti. I'm told she needs sails soon and I'd like to find someone with a serviceable used set for now. Looking forward to joining the group! Bob Dalton.’

(Ed. Note: DREDA is a ‘newly found’ A-37, in that we had no previous record of the boat name, nor DREDA’s Hull ID number.  There are still a few ‘unfound’ A-37s out there.  Additionally, later correspondence with Robert revealed that he has found some interesting and useful ‘stuff’ on the A-37 website, namely fuel tank cleaning, and a few additional items.)



Building A Rudder For An Alberg 37

By Brad Reed
The Owner of the 1978 MK-II Sloop ‘7-SEAS’


The following is a photographic record of a project to build a rudder for an Alberg 37. “7 Seas” had run aground with the lower pintle completely corroded away. As a result, the rudder broke free, the shaft tore from its middle gudgeon halves, and bent severely where the shaft enters the boat. Fortunately, I had the original rudder and one middle gudgeon so that I could build a replacement rudder and have my nephew machine a couple new middle gudgeons. I considered splitting the old rudder and replacing the bronze, but I concluded that this approach could be just as much work and possibly not as strong as rebuilding, although both approaches have been done successfully, as depicted on project. I liked the idea of replacing the 3 distinct pieces of shaft of the original rudder with two, which would be easier done building a new rudder. 

(Ed. Note: Brad has kindly documented this project and it is hereby presented with his permission - Please ‘Click’ Here To Read About The Entire Project - A large PDF file - about 13MB) .  We should note that Brad did make not use the ‘Alberg 37 Rudder Mold’ in the construction of his new rudder for 7-SEAS, but developed his own method of construction.




Brad has undertaken several additional ‘projects’– namely:


“I hope to finally launch next May and sail her around the Great Lakes. I did quite a bit of work in addition to the rudder: I replaced the drive shaft, redid both stuffing boxes, replaced the head gaskets, realigned the steering system and did my own epoxy and copper powder (CU) bottom coat recipe.


 I will work something up on the bottom coat mix, but here is a quick summary. I have attached a picture of the finished job. Most of the gelcoat was gone, so I wanted to seal the bottom after removing all the old bottom paint. I read everything I could find on the web. I decided not to use the thin epoxy many have used. I used System 3 lay-up epoxy and Cu powder. I tested powder from 3 distributors until I found one that spread like paint. Spherical tends to roll and run with the epoxy. I used approximately 5 pounds of Cu per gallon of mixed epoxy. I made 24 ounce batches so I could use 8 ounce cups for measuring (2 of resin, one of hardener) and the Cu.


7-SEAS With Copper Bottom Paint


Unfortunately, my recipe is with the boat and I don't plan to get up there (near Traverse City, MI) until April. It took 3 coats and a little less than a gallon per coat. It went much farther than I thought. It looked like latex paint, but was harder to spread. I broke two roller holders. I put the paint tray on ice so the epoxy wouldn't set in the pan. I have attached a picture of the finished job.”

(ED Note: We will publish accounts of  Brad’s projects as we receive them.)



News From Members

Back in November, we received the following from Bob and Pam Prescott, of Marshfield, MA, and the owners of the 1980 MK-II Yawl THULE:

THULE is undergoing repair in Stonington, Maine. She broke free from her mooring at Deer Isle on August 14 in a thunderstorm and ended up on the rocks two miles away. The damage was all on the port side and keel and the rudder was broken. We got her off just as the tide rose and the surf began to pick her up and drop her. Billing’s tow boat just pulled hard and it made a horrible sound dragging off. She floated! There was no water aboard.

With your earlier assistance, the surveyor and Billings Diesel & Marine of Stonington found the rudder mold at Foss Foam in Florida, thereby enabling the insurance company to proceed. About two weeks ago THULE was picked up in the travel lift and the rudder taken out. Then she went into the shed for the fiberglass repair. They have ground down a huge area to remove weakened and delaminated fiberglass.

The area of the hull is shown in the photos attached.

THULE’s Damaged Rudder

THULE’s  Damage Aft

THULE’s Damage Forward

It is about 10 feet by 8’ altogether with two main areas opened up. We were surprised to find a layer of balsa core between the liner and the hull behind the settee. It is not a structural part of the hull. It is sort of padding to hold the liner. It is visible in the photo.

The bulkhead tabbing broke loose so the forward hole in the hull is made to get access to it.

Foss wanted the old rudder to use as a template and perhaps to save the bronze backbone. They use stainless now because the modern bronzes can’t be bent. It would be better to reuse the old one if possible.

Thank you for the help with the rudder. I hope all goes well with your shaft rebuild.


Bob and Pam”


In a subsequent email Bob states that the fiberglass work on the hull is finished, and THULE is  3rd in line for the paint shop at Billings Diesel and Marine.  He has not yet received the new rudder from Foss Foam in Florida.


(Ed. Note:  Arrangements have been made with Foss Foam in Florida to be the ‘custodian’ of the Alberg 37 rudder mold.) 



Reid Tomlin of Naples, FL reports that he has recently sold his 1867 MK-I Sloop GENESIS.



Shortly after we had our ‘prop shaft troubles’ aboard SHEARWATER back in late October, we received the following ‘trouble reports’ from John and Cynthia Hughes, of  Barrington, RI, the owners of the 1970 MK-I Sloop SARAH:


‘I had a similar "new noise" this summer during my trip to Maine...a low rumble sometimes. When I made a rapid turn in flat water it'd sometimes happen. Or when we were lifted on a swell while motorsailing in light airs...or even when charging batteries at anchor in a bit of a swell. Mostly it seemed to happen in gear, mid-speed (1900 RPM?) and when I was single-handed. :(


Just before hauling, I figured it out: the bolts holding the exhaust elbow to the exhaust manifold had managed to loosen themselves. The gasket-goop I'd used managed to maintain an almost complete seal, but in the meantime that 16"-tall piece of 2" pipe was vibrating around and making the rumbling noise. In some positions, it'd end up steady, leaning to one side or the other, I guess. But when I heeled a little, it'd get into this unstable state and vibrate away with a deep ballsy rumble. I thought I had a bad main bearing or something, but the oil pressure was too good for that to be the case........5 minutes with a couple of wrenches fixed it right up.


Back to your problem (and your previous x-mission problems). I'm going to make a wild conjecture here, figuring that having a new person toss around ideas won't do any harm, and might do some good!

First, the shaft problem seems like crevice corrosion, aggravated by vibration, etc. How'd the corrosion start? One thought is that you're getting some salt water "running up the shaft" (or perhaps dripping from above somehow?). Steel on stainless in a slightly greasy environment shouldn't be a big problem in general, so I'm wondering about the cause. But it's not the *start* that has me wondering, but rather the vibration part. Could it be that your motor mounts are not in great shape? Were they replaced during any of those xmission exhanges? If they're really soft, and your engine was wobbling left-to-right, you can imagine that constant flexing of the shaft being a serious problem. If they shifted fore-and-aft, you can also imagine ending up with some axial load on those HBW transmissions which might somehow have been a problem. (I'm having a hard time thinking through just how, but...


It also might not be the mounts, but what the mounts screw into -- the "beds". On Sarah, at least one of these is pretty punky and unsatisfactory. If the "feet" of your mounts are moving, that could be a serious problem too. I feel silly saying all this to you, because you've had plenty of experience, but sometimes it's the silly stuff we don't think of (my exhaust coupler nuts!) that's the problem.


Anyhow, best of luck with it.   –John’


(ED Note: Thanks for the insights – boat maintenance is always a ‘group effort’!!  The engine mounts are still good, having been replaced several years ago because the original mounts were a bit ‘soft’.  But I believe the vibration was in some part due to a loose mount nut which had recently actually backed off one of the front mount studs where it fastens to the engine frame – I found the nut in the ‘drip pan’ under the engine!  Since the nut backing off had been recent, it may have been the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’, as the prop shaft break shows a very small section that had recently broken – and perhaps crevice corrosion had been the major culprit….???   When we ‘re-engined SHEARWATER in 2001 the engine mounts were rebuilt and modified using ½” aluminum angle which was through-bolted through the fiberglass original mountings – the mounts are quite secure.   When we finally changed from the Hurth/ZF transmission (after 5 failures) to the Twin Disc (no problems whatsoever!) about 4 years ago, we were able to use the original shaft (it had to be shortened about 1 inch), the shaft was in perfect condition with no indication of crevice corrosion).  About 3 years ago we replaced the cutless bearing and stuffing box hose (the prop and prop shaft were removed – and replaced) with again no sign of abnormal wear or crevice corrosion….  So we are still ‘scratching our heads’…….)


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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 SHEARWATER ‘Lessons Learned’

After having spent many years in the U.S. Navy as a P-3 Orion (and other Navy Aircraft) Pilot (that was before we owned SHEARWATER), checking for ‘smoke and fumes in the aircraft’ has always been one of the ‘checklist’ items.  The same is applicable to sailboats.  Whenever we are underway (under motor power), we periodically do a ‘smoke and fumes check’ of the engine compartment.  Both Kaye or I (being ‘co-skippers’) do this task about every 2 hours while motoring.  The check involves opening the engine compartment panel (on most A-37s that’s where the steps down the companionway are located), turning on the engine compartment light on, and checking the engine for any ‘strange’ vibrations, checking for any fluid leaks (oil, coolant, etc.), and for any ‘gear adrift’.  We also take a flashlight and shine it around the engine compartment to check for any ‘abnormalities’.  We also check the ‘drip pan’ to ensure that any un-noticed fluid leaks do not go ‘un-noticed’.  On our recent ‘aborted mission’, Kaye found an engine mount nut lying in the  engine ‘drip pan’! 


From The Galley – ‘Dowry Creek Pickles’

By Kaye Assenmacher

One of our favorite ‘stop-overs’ on our ‘southbound cruises’ aboard SHEARWATER, is the DOWRY CREEK MARINA, near Belhaven, NC.  One of the great things about Dowry Creek Marina is the friendliness Mary and her staff, and the sense of ‘togetherness’ of the cruisers who stop here.  Every evening there is a ‘pot luck’ Happy Hour at the ‘Lounge’.  The lounge has a fully equipped ‘galley’, and is complete with tables/chairs, TV, pool table, etc., and a great place for cruisers to meet after a long day on the ICW.

The ‘Lounge’ Is Located On The Left (Port) Side Of The Dock

One fall, several years ago, we were introduced to ‘Dowry Creek Pickles’, which were being served by one of the cruisers.  They were so good, I had to ask where to buy them.  I was told, ‘You can’t buy them, you have to make them!’  Anyway, I learned the ‘secrets’, and hope you enjoy the following, as they are very simple to make, and aboard SHEARWATER, we like to keep things ‘simple’!


Buy a 1 Gallon Jar of Mount Olive Sour Pickles
(Available at most ‘Southern’ Grocery Stores.)

OK, Now You Have The Basic Ingredient…….  You Need To Have A Few Other Ingredients (but not many)!

- 5 Lbs. Sugar
(The Granulated Kind)

- 1 ‘Head’ Of Garlic

- 10 Whole Cloves

Now For The ‘Hard’ Part

-         Drain The Pickles


-         Thinly Slice The Pickles (About ¼’ Or Less)

- Add About 1/3 Of The Sugar Into The Empty Jar
(Along With About 1/3 Of The Cloves And Garlic)

- Pack About 1/2 Of The Sliced Pickles Into The Jar

- Add Anther 1/3 Of The Sugar
(Along With About 1/3 Of The Cloves And Garlic)

- Add The Rest Of The Sliced Pickles


-         Add The Rest Of The Cloves And Garlic


-         Replace The Cap On The Jar And Turn ‘Up-Side Down’


-         Add The Rest Of The Sugar As The Sugar Melts In The Jar


-         - Keep Turning Jar (With Jar On Its Side) Until Sugar Is Dissolved
(The Sugar Will Dissolve, And Make More ‘Liquid’)


-         Keep Turning For Another Day Or So

The Pickles Can Be Stored At Room Temperature – They Are Good Also Served Cold (but not necessary)!

(NOTE: Since we normally carry some ‘home canned’ food aboard SHEARWATER,
we pack the pickles in pint sized ‘Mason’ jars sealed with jar rings and lids.  They keep perfectly – are very good!  Our advice is to ‘Try Them’ – you will most likely ‘Like Them’!)

This Recipe Has Been Added To The ‘Galley’ Section Of The A-37 Project Database.


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.)


FOR SALE: Alberg 37 Sloop, 1975, Hull #142, MAGGY FIELDS IV. Offshore cruising features: * CAPE HORN wind vane steering. *ICOM M802 Ham/marine SSB transceiver. *Removable inner forestay. *Storm jib and storm trysail. *Macerator pump. *Furling main and genoa. Lying at Etobicoke Yacht Club, Toronto, ON.

Asking $45000 (Cdn), and worth every penny.

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For a detailed inventory contact:

Gord Martin, PH/TXT 416 399 2349 (Replace AT with @)

(Posted 1/4/2015)


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.

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Sieg Lehmann (Replace AT with @)


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
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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

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(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)




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AKA ‘Boilerplate’
By the Editor

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 WINTER!!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale , VA

1006 Brook Ave.

Kinsale , VA 22488 (replace AT with @)