Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
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VOL 25, NO. 2 (Spring 2015) 30 March 2015


Message From The A-37 Editors, etc…..


Hi to all! We're BACK! (home in Kinsale, that is..).  Returned home on Wednesday (18 March)


Most of you know that we 'headed south' in early February to ‘Land Cruise’ the Florida Keys in our 13' Casita travel trailer in tow behind our Toyota Tacoma pickup.  Although the Key’s are not the Bahamas', we had a nice time spending a month in Key West.  We stayed at the Navy base campground which was good (and CHEAP!).  We made several side trips to Big Pine, Marathon, etc. We returned to Kinsale on March 18 (2015)

The weather was great! Although a bit cool the first few days, most of the time was in the mid-80s during the day and low 70s at night.  Of course, the only 'white stuff' was the white sand on the beaches, and not SNOW!

Back home in Kinsale, the weather was really bad while we were gone.  Lots of snow and temps in the single digits (F), which is quite uncommon for Kinsale in the winter.  Our 'creek' froze over, but no damage to our dock.  We were a bit concerned about leaving our house with the extreme low temps, but fortunately all was normal when we returned home on Wednesday afternoon.  We had a local friend who periodically checked to make sure the house was OK.


We'll be quite busy this spring - lots of 'winter cleanup’ stuff to do, and we plan to attend our Grandson Brady's graduation from High School (in Minnesota) in early June.  Additionally, we'll be doing work on SHEARWATER  -  replacing the prop shaft, etc. 


New Prop Shaft/Coupling/Flex Coupling Along With Cutless Bearing
Housing, Stern Tube, Cutless Bearing Hose (with clamps)
And Stuffing Box


SHEARWATER is currently on the hard at Bock Marine near Beaufort, NC.


Hope this finds 'yawl' enjoying spring weather (finally)!  We are both fine, and looking forward to the Spring and Summer.


If any of you are in our vicinity, give us a call and plan to stop by!



British Quote During WW-II


Tom and Kaye back home in Kinsale, VA


New Members

Welcome aboard to Sam Ruben of Ottawa, Ontario, the owner of the 1971 MK-II Yawl PERTINAX. 


The current owners recently wrote the following in a recent email:


“Recently purchased PERTINAX. The boat had at least two previous owners before me, the last one purchased her in 2012. I don't know how long the owner before that had her, but I plan to find out.

She's currently sitting on her cradle at the place of her birth, right in front of the doors to the old factory of what used to be called the Whitby Boat Works.

She will need a lot of work that I hope to have time for this summer, including new decks and rigging. Fortunately the original Westerbeke 4-107 motor was rebuilt less than 20 hours ago.

We plan to motor back to Ottawa as soon as launch day comes, and work on the boat in my evenings and weekends until it's in shape to head south for the winter.”


(Ed. Note:  We have no prior knowledge of PERTINAX, so this may be an ‘Undiscovered A-37’!  The current owners will be forwarding additional information regarding history of the boat, the previous owner(s), hull ID number, etc.)



News From Members

After 18 years of ownership, Wayne and Cindy Milroy of Oshawa, Ontario, recently sold their 1984 MK-II Yawl LEEWAY II.  They plan to ‘Cross Over To The Other Side’ and purchase a trawler!  Our best regards to Wayne and Cindy and their future cruising endeavors!




We received an email from Brian and Kathy Marsh, who are still cruising aboard TUNDRA, their 1977 MK-II Sloop: “Sitting at a dock here on the Rio Dulce is very comfortable and a whole bunch warmer than being in Canada . I have a perfect spot to do yoga and tai chi on an old helicopter pad in the jungle! It’s still raining a fair bit, and we get the effect of the cold fronts moving down from the North! All the best, Kathy.”

(Ed. Note: Kathy and Brian have recently updated their web page.)




In early February, we received word Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer, the owners of the 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN, have moved up to the Bahamas and were anchored at Thompson Bay on Long Island .  “We thought we were coming here with maybe 2 others-ended up with 10 with 15 already in harbor but lots of room.”



Back in Mid-January, we received the following in an email from Chris and Ivor Corbett of Collingwood, Ontario, the owners of the 1978 MK-II Yawl MOON CHILD II.

“…..The improvement for Moon Child, this spring, is to install 2 new primary winches.  From the photos which follow you can see we have had to rake snow off the tarp.  The boat is now kept in Penetang harbor - at Hindson Marina.



Because it is so well protected from the wind the snow doesn't blow off the way it has in years past.
The good news is we don't have take the masts down.

Hope all is well,
Chris and Ivor”



Christian Gratzer, the owner of RODEO, the 1967 MK-I Sloop (Hull #3!!) recently sent a photo of RODEO on the hard in Carriacou, Grenada.


RODEO On The Hard In Carriacou, Grenada


Back in late January, we received an email from Joran and Lin Gendell, the owners of ELIXIR, their 1984 MK-II Yawl:

This is a great story about an Alberg 37 (ARION) crossing the Atlantic and surviving the famous Fastnet storm!”

 (Ed. Note:  We had first published the link to the article that Joran mentioned in the above E-mail back in the May, 2009 VOL 19, NO. 2 (SPRING – 2009) Newsletter. An excerpt from this Newsletter follows.)

“A March '82 article in Cruising World magazine speaks of how the Fowle family sailed their 1970 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop ARION, from Massachusetts to Ireland, weathering the famed Fastnet gale. They described the usual thrills and chills of a first-time ocean crossing with mandatory descriptions of towering seas and their fright as they watched the anemometer register gusts of 76 knots.” 

ARION is now owned by Chris Nichols of Mashpee, MA

The following is direct link to the actual original article – we think it is still a very interesting article!)


Future Summer Rendezvous Proposal

In the Winter 2014 Newsletter, there was a proposal requesting input regarding holding the 2015 A-37 Rendezvous in the Toronto, Ontario area, possibly in June, 2015. 

We have had absolutely no input regarding holding the Rendezvous in the Toronto area, so we will be planning on holding the The 23rd Annual Alberg 37 Rendezvous at our dock in Kinsale, VA probably in September, 2015. 

Kaye and I will be on travel intermittently during June and into this summer, and as we normally hold the Rendezvous here in Kinsale in the early fall, we will be happy to host the event.

Click here additional information regarding A-37 Rendezvous, directions to Kinsale, etc.


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: 1974 Alberg 37 MK-II Yawl, TRUANT III - Hull #129: Truant III is returning from a two year cruise. She has had extensive upgrades in preparation for this cruise. All systems onboard are in good working order and she is cruise-ready. Currently in the Bahamas, heading north on the US east coast in May to arrive in her home port Halifax, Nova Scotia by mid-June. This boat has spent most of her cruising life on the Great Lakes.

Truant III Under Sail



  All sails in good condition. 100% jib by Hood. Mainsail fully battened, two reef points by North Sails. Mizzen fully batten, one reef point by North Sails. Genoaker new condition by North Sails. Storm jib, new condition.



Furling Headstay, Removable Baby stay for storm jib, running backstays on mizzen. Whisker pole, primary winches:2 Lewmar 44 self-tailing.




Volvo Penta model 2003 27 hp. 3 cylinder, fresh water cooled. Low hours, installed new in 1982, 3 blade fixed propeller. All new Groco seacocks (2013). Jabasco electric water pump (2013).Jabasco accumulator tank (2013).Potable water lines replaced with Pex piping and filtration system installed in 2013.



Custom made heavy duty anchor roller,555 Simpson Lawrence manual windlass,55lb Rocna primary anchor with 220 ft. 5/16 G4 high tensile chain, secondary anchor-Fortress FX16 30 ft. 3/8 chain and 200 ft 3/4 inch nylon rode.



Plastimo binnacle mounted compass, Raymarine C-90 wide screen multi function display including Canada, US, Caribbean and Bermuda charts, Raymarine 35 mile digital radar,ST4000 wheel autopilot,ST60 speed instrument,St60 depth instrument,St60 Wind instrument. Monitor self steering windvane. Standard Horizon VHF radio with Digital Selective calling and ram mike in cockpit. ICOM SSB radio and tuner model 718 (2013).JVC stereo AM FM receiver and CD player. Bluesea distribution panel,285 watts mono-crystalline solar panels and Morningstar solar charge controller with remote display(2013).Batteries-Trojan T105 (2013), 2 banks for a total of 440 amp hrs.Inverter-1750 watt Eliminator.



Airtop 2000 forced hot air diesel heater (0.2 liters per hr).



Force10 3 burner propane stove with oven and broiler.17lb. composite propane tank with galley controlled solenoid shut off (2014).Fridge-WAECO cold machine with small freezer (2013).



Custom made heavy duty cradle, custom made canvas winter cover with aluminum framing.



8 ft Bombard RIB (Zodiac) fiberglass bottom, no patches, no leaks. 2.5 hp 4 stroke Yamaha outboard.



Viking valise style 4 man-needs inspection.

Price $51,000 US dollars. 

 Click here for more information and photos,

Contact Seller at: (Replace "AT " with "@ " to avoid 'Spam')
(Posted 3/30/2015)



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.

(Click Here For Photo)

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 sailaway condition. Full inventory list is available. Located on the Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada. Asking $59,000 CDN.

(Click Here For Photos)


Sieg Lehmann (Replace AT with @)
(Posted 9/6/2014))




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, 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

(Click Here To View a Few Photos Of KUMA)




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

(Click here for link to photos)
(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 SALE1975 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

12/22/2010 Revised 2-28-2014)




Gear For Sale
(Check out the
Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)

On 6 January, 2015, several Albergers got together for and dinner in Williamsburg, VA.  Becky Knop (previous co-owner of the 1970 MK-I Yawl SOLSKIN II) and her husband Jerry who live in Reistertown, MD, were spending the weekend in Williamsburg, and invited Kaye and I (Kaye and Tom Assenmacher of Kinsale, VA – the owners the 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER) along with Joran and Lin Gendell also from Williamsburg, VA, and the owners of the 1984 MK-II Yawl ELIXIR for dinner.
Tom, Kaye, Becky, Joran and Lin

And There’s Jerry (Between TJ and Kaye)!!!
A great time was held renewing acquaintances, telling ‘sea-stories’, enjoying Becky and Jerry’s food, etc.
We received the following via email from Brant Gordon back in January.  He had some general questions regarding the differences between the MK-I and the MK-II models, and specifically the aspects of the hull liner:

“I have a question regarding a difference between the mark I A37s and mark II A37s. I don't see a forum on the website to pose this question to A37 owners but hopefully you can help me. The mark IIs have a pan and over head liner which the mark I does not, correct? I have read that the pan/ liner restricts access to backing plates, electrical, plumbing etc. I've read that the mark I is preferable for this reason. I'm curious if some mark II owners would agree that the pan/liner is a significant hindrance to accessing systems and performing maintenance and upgrades.”

We responded with the following email – hopefully the readers of this will not find it ‘TOO OPINIONATED’!!!


We've owned our 1975 MK-II Yawl since 1982. During the past 32 years of ownership, we've 'done about everything' that can be done in and about the boat. It's true that the MK-IIs have a liner (both on the cabintop and elsewhere including the cabin sole) we don't find it to be of much consequence either in installing new gear and equipment, or servicing/repairing already installed equipment. Accessibility to chainplates is no problem, as they are basically in areas in lockers, and behind removable panels - electrical basically the same too. We've replumbed the boat (new waterlines/propane lines, holding tank and lines, etc.) and had no problems - we used the old lines as 'messenger lines' to pull new lines through the spaces. The same with electrical wiring - one can use existing wiring as a messenger if replacing wiring; or one can usually 'snake' new wiring where none existed before by using a thin stiff wire as a messenger. I don't think many MK-II owners consider the hull liner a real disadvantage.

Check out the following as it discusses a few of the differences between the MK-I's and the MK-II's:

Check out the A-37 website ( and you will find quite a few photos of the interior of both MK-I's and II's

We've repainted our cabin interior twice, the last about 10 years ago by removing all the cabinet doors/drawers/removable woodwork, etc. (which one would probably do anyway with the 'unlined' MK-I boats) which saves a lot of time in masking these areas, and one would probably refinish the 'woodwork' anyway. We cleaned the 'stripped' interior with 'trisodium phosphate substitute' to get rid of any grime/dirt/grease, etc. from the hull liner, then painted it with a semi-gloss paint. We have used 'Ace Hardware' single part polyurethane with good success.

Some MK-I owners have 'trimmed' the interior of the unlined boat with teak plywood (varnished). Check out the photos of COPPERHEAD (1967 MK-I Alberg 37 sloop, Hull # 17 - Owned by Todd and Natalie Stebleton of Ormond Beach, FL. (1967 MK-I Alberg 37 sloop, Hull # 17 (

In other words, we don't think the 'hull liner' is a 'big deal' as far as accessiblity is concerned. MK-Is are very well built as are the MK-IIs, and we think you would be happy with either model.

Any other questions, etc., please contact us. If we don't have the answers (we only offer 'suggestions' ) we can probably point to someone who can.


Good luck in finding the 'right' boat!

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher”


Brant responded with the following:


Dear Tom and Kaye,

Thank you for taking the time to compose such a thoughtful response to my query. The A37 appeals to me in many ways. I spent a few weeks crewing for Marc Culver aboard Folie Douce, a 1972 Mark II yawl, several years ago in Mexico to gain offshore experience and first-hand knowledge with the boat. I’ll be shopping for my own boat in the next few years, and the A37 is on my short list. I may take you up on the offer to answer more questions. Thank you again for your time.


Best Regards,

Brant Gordon”




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 SPRING!!!


Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale , VA

1006 Brook Ave.

Kinsale , VA 22488 (replace AT with @)