ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Currently Aboard SHEARWATER In
Hi from SUNNY
After NUMEROUS COLD
fronts, we finally have had some relatively nice weather, with temps finally in
the mid 70's (F). We've recently had low temperatures a couple of nights with
temps in the mid to upper 30's (F). Our Dickerson '
Crossing the Gulf Stream has not been in the works (for us at least) due to the short 'Crossing Windows' this winter (at least the crossing windows have not met our criteria - as we are 'Old Sailors, but not Bold Sailors'). Actually, there have been quite a few boats here that have not made the crossing either. We normally make the crossing in late December.
We (Tom and Kaye) decided to "scrub this
mission" - the mission being a crossing to the
We are both well,
and thoroughly enjoying our stay in FL. Vero has GREAT beaches, great
Kaye ‘On Da Beach’ In Vero
We'd love to hear from you!
British Quote During WW-II
Tom and Kaye aboard the S/V SHEARWATER in Vero (Velcro) Beach, FL
Welcome aboard to Randy and Cindy Olli of Manistique,
Michigan, the owners of the 1978 MK-II Sloop ALLELUIA (Hull # 186), which is home ported in Manistique.
(Ed. Note: ALLELUIA is a ‘newly discovered’ Alberg 37, as we have no prior listing of this Hull Number!)
Welcome aboard to Bob
and Cheryl Seaver of
In early January, we received the following from Bob and Cheryl:
“We have just returned from a 4 day trip to Mathews,
I have been able to reach David and Mary Roost (prior
owners)! They now live in
I also was able to contact Stuart Gillespie Jr., whose father and mother reportedly owned # 112. There must have been some kind of mix up in reporting the hull # , because Stuart sent me pictures of their boat and she was yellow with teak decks. She was a custom build. He thought she could have been re-gelcoated, but our boat is original gel coat. I did not have the heart to tell him that there was a mistake. His father is 101 years old and was so excited to hear from us. He relayed some wonderful stories from his Dad.
So I have accounted for 31 years of ownership. Duncan Curry, 1 year, the Arecchi's , 12 years and the Roost's 18 years ! The first and second owners only had her for a total of 9 years.
I have also spoken to the Arecchi's several times via email.
Doug Stephenson from
I hope that you are having a wonderful time on your cruise and I will keep you posted if I have any new information .
The Seavers also sent a
recent photo of
News From Members
We recently heard
from Mike and Lisa Rostron of
Back in October, we
received the following from Robin
Phillips, the owner of KATYDID,
his MK-I Sloop (
“Katydid and I
are taking a year off cruising to work here in
Janet and Jeff Dickie, the owners of TRUANT
Ian Dunn, the owner of VECTIS
(1968 MK-I Sloop) reports: ‘VECTIS
is out of the water in
Kathy Marsh, the owners of TUNDRA (1977 MK-II Sloop) of
SOJOURN, a 1985 MK-II Sloop, owned by Tom McMaster and Rose
Hansmeyer of Minneapolis, MN recently arrived in Vero Beach, FL from a
nearly 8 year cruise to the Caribbean, Venezuela, and other points south. They
had stopped by the Assenmacher Dock in
Tom, Kaye, TJ and Rose
‘On Da Beach’ In Vero In March, 2014
As of 3 March, they
plan to do a bit of cruising here in
1975 MK-II Sloop, owned by Dave Jenkins
SHEARWATER ‘Lessons Learned’
By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
(Currently aboard SHEARWATER in
Over the nearly 32 years of cruising aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER, we’ve ‘learned a few things’ that we thought might be of interest to A-37 owners – the following few items and ‘suggestions’ come to mind:
‘Summerization’ (Preparing a boat for Summer Storage)
. Back in April, 2013 we
left SHEARWATER on the hard at Westland Marina in
Fuel and Fresh Water Considerations.
We carry approximately 80 gallons of water in SHEARWATER’s internal tanks, and an additional 18 gallons in ‘jerry cans’ on the port side deck. Two of the tanks (V-Berth tank, and the small tank aft of the mast) are aluminum, and as such, are subject to ‘pitting’ and corrosion if one adds a small amount of chlorine bleach to the water. To avoid this pitting, we have installed magnesium anodes in each of these tank, which has eliminated the pitting and corrosion. The anodes last for approximately 2-3 years and we have replaced the anodes several times. Unfortunately, we didn’t take photos of the ‘spent’ anodes, but after several years of use, there is not much of the anode remaining. We drilled and tapped a ½’ NPT hole in the aluminum access panels of both aluminum tanks (may not apply to MK-I A-37s). The anodes are ordered from McMaster-Carr. The V-berth takes a 14” long anode, and the small tank aft of the mast takes a 12” anode.
The McMaster part numbers and descriptions are:
Magnesium Corrosion-Inhibiting Rod 1/2" NPT, 12" Rod Length, 5/8" Rod Diameter Part # 3642K15
Magnesium Corrosion-Inhibiting Rod 1/2" NPT, 14" Rod Length, 5/8" Rod Diameter Part # 3642K16
12” Magnesium Anode Before Installation
Water Tank Access Panel Showing Magnesium Anode Installed
Dinghy Storage Considerations
Since SHEARWATER is a yawl,
we don’t have dinghy davits. On offshore sailing sessions, or where we expect
rough seas, we stow our inflatable (Achilles
Dinghy In Sling On Port Side of SHEARWATER
Use of Flame Spreaders
We still use the original Shipmate 3 burner propane stove (SHEARWATER was built in 1975, which makes the Shipmate stove nearly 40 years old. Even the oven still works! It's not quite as 'modern' as later propane stoves, as it requires a 'match' or a 'lighter' to to light the top burners and the oven. The following are a couple of 'suggestions' on how to 'get along' with an older propane stove:
We use a 'flame spreader' to heat up muffins, leftover pancakes, or to heat up small items that would normally require the use of the oven. This saves time, propane, and since the oven is also a storage area for baking pans, etc., it saves having to 'unload' the oven for small heating tasks.
Flame Spreader Ready To Use
Muffins Needing 'Heat'
Flame Spreader In Use
Since our oven of our Shipmate Stove has a 'hot spot' (where you insert the lighter to 'light' the oven), we often use a flame spreader to more evenly distribute the oven burner heat.
Kaye does most of the cooking on board SHEARWATER (TJ can boil water and can make coffee!) and TJ does the dishes! One thing which she makes occasionally are 'Pretzel Things'. They are easy to make, are enjoyed by SHEARWATER's crew, and make nice 'baggy gifts' to other cruisers. The following photos show how to make 'Pretzel Things'.
You start out with a bag of 'small' Pretzels, a cookie sheet, a couple of 'bricks' of 'Almond Bark', both plain and chocolate.
Bag of Small Pretzels
Almond Bark, both Vanilla and Chocolate (for variety)
Bag of 'Multi-colored' M & Ms
The next step involves heating up the 'Almond Bark' until it is quite soft (but not boiling). As shown below, the semi-liquid almond bark is being spooned (a small 'dollop' on each pretzel). Apply to a small number of pretzels and while the almond bark on the pretzel is still soft, place an M & M in the center of the 'dollop' of almond bark. Let the pretzels cool, and then bag them (provided you can resist eating them all!).
Applying the Almond Bark to the Pretzels
Just about finished!
Completed 'Pretzel Things'
Sea-cock, Y-Valve, and Through-Hull Considerations
Exercise these critical pieces of equipment every 2 weeks or so. If you don’t they become very difficult to close and may be impossible to close during an emergency (such as a leaking hose).
Use Of Clothes-Pins
(Yes, the things one uses to hang clothes on the washline)
. We find multiple uses of wooden clothes-pins (the 2 piece kind with a spring in the middle) - among the uses we find useful are:
We use them to close up breakfast cereal (Cheerios, etc.) bags. The bags in which cereal comes in is very strong, but lacks a closure. Two clothespins do the trick.
Clothespins Holding Cereal Bags Closed
We bet that you can think of many more uses of clothespins!
Weather Forecast Sources
(To name a few of our favorites).
- Weather Underground Great source for weather in most cities around the world.
- Chris Parker Great source for
Also conducts a PODCAST on the web early every morning (except Sunday) for the same areas at the same time as the SSB Radio broadcasts.
- Passage Weather Great source for ‘offshore’ forecasts, ‘Grib’ (wind forecasts), surface analysis and more.
- Barometer Bob Good source for local
- Windfinder Offshore and Onshore wind, wave & weather forecasts.
- Of course, NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – a great source of weather information for the United States and coastal waters.
- National Data Buoy Center The NDBC provides hourly
observations from a network of about 90 buoys and 60 Coastal Marine Automated Network
- National Hurricane Center You all know what this website is for!!
- NOAA Tides and Currents Great source of Tide and Current Information – a ‘MUST’ for transiting the ICW, especially in Georgia where the tidal range can be as much as 7’! Also required for all inlets, etc.
- National Weather Service Marine Forecasts Marine Forecast Offices & Centers provide links to their products as well as additional regionally focused information – Check out this site!
- Saildocs Internet Services For The Bandwidth-Impaired Saildocs is an email-based document-retrieval system for the delivery of text-based Internet documents either on request or by subscription. Saildocs can deliver web pages (including text weather forecasts, and provides subscriptions for automatic delivery. Additionally Saildocs provides custom grib weather-data files, spot forecasts, and other important (to the cruiser) information per request from data downloaded from NOAA/NCEP and other sources, see "gribinfo". These services are available to anyone who has an Internet Connection. We use this system primarily when using ‘SAILMAIL’ via SSB Radio/Pactor Modem.
Whale-Gusher 10 Refurbish
Aboard SHEARWATER, we have the original Whale-Gusher 10 manual bilge pump. As we’ve owned SHEARWATER since 1982, we’ve ‘re-furbished’ the pump several times over the years. In early March, while on a mooring in Vero Beach, we needed to take a good look at the pump, as it would not ‘prime’ ifself. (Note – one should exercise these pumps every week or two to ensure that the valves and diaphram are still working – which we neglected to do!!!!).
The following photos show the dis-assembly and re-assembly of the pump.
Yuch! The inside of the pump after removing the rubber flapper valves, and diaphragm.
Cleaning and reassembling the pump.
Since the valves and diaphram (after cleaning) were in fine shape, we simply reassembled the pump after thoroughly cleaning the pump body. Since the body is aluminum, and the ‘flapper valves’ are attached with stainless steel machine screws, we coated the screws with ‘anti-sieze’ compound to facilitate future dis-assembly of the pump. Having ‘refurbished/rebuilt’ this pump several times, and having purchased several rebuild kits over the years, we have an ample supply of ‘used’ parts (diaphrams, and ‘flapper valves’). Most parts do not really ‘go bad’, but become coated with ‘gunky stuff’, which is easily removed. Rebuild kits for this pump are readily available at most local boating supply stores. For in-depth instructions on servicing your Whale Pump, please check out the Servicing your Whale Pump (a 3 page PDF Document). Click Here For Additional Whale-Gusher 10 Information.
Interior Drawer and Locker Toggles
On our early cruises in the
Toggle for use on Drawers, and Trimmed Lockers - note offset for Trimmed Lockers.
We glue 2 small pieces of 1/4" x 3/4" teak wood together. Fasten with 'oval head' screws with finishing washers (2 washers for each toggle). The washer shown on the right of the photo provides enough offset to not scratch the attaching surface of the locker or cabinet.
Toggle installed on a 'trimmed' locker door (this is in the head).
Simply rotate the toggle 90 degrees to 'lock' the door in place.
Toggle for use on a 'non-trimmed locker door.
Use a flat washer instead of a finish washer on the inside of the Toggle.
Toggle installed on a 'non-trimmed door'.
The door in the photos is the Starboard Hanging Locker.
Toggle in the 'locked' position
Toggle installed on the 'Candy Store'.
Refrigerator/Icebox Drain Solution
Because we use our refrigerator (the original 1975 Adler-Barber Cold Machine still works great!) as a 'refrigerator', and not as a 'freezer' (the Adler-Barber has a small freezer compartment), we normally keep a bag of ice cubes in the refrig. Since the ice melts (albeit at a slow rate), we use the original drain in the refrigerator compartment, which drains into the sump in the keel. In order to keep the bilge somewhat clean, we've devised a 'holding tank' which holds the drainage from the refridge.
The Refrige 'Holding Tank'
The 'Holding Tank' if fabricated from a piece of 3" PVC pipe, with 2 each 3" PVC Pipe caps at each end. The PVC pipe is (approximately) 3' long.
Drill a 3/4" (approximate) hole in the top PVC Cap.
The hole accommodates the refrigerator drain hose.
The 'Holding Tank' Installed in the bilge sump (directly in front of the companionway ladder)
The holding tank simply rests on the bilge sump 'floor. We manually empty the tank about every 4 days by pulling the refrigerator drain hose from the holding tank, and lift the tank and empty its content into the galley sink.
(Ed. Note: I know, I know, we could have installed a small box with a small electric bilge pump, but we elected to 'keep it simple'.....)
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Current offerings include:
I am interested in trading my upgraded A 30 for an A37. Boat is located in the
Contact Glenn Brooks
FOR SALE : GALENA, 1970 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop, Hull #
59 (Owned by Mike and Lisa Rostron
of Bellingham, WA) This is a rare chance for someone on the West Coast to
own an Alberg 37, as there are only a hand-full of these boats in this area.
For more information and photos, check out
Call George Mueller 414-299-1674.
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Main features: Awlgrip deck, mast & topsides; complete re-wire & re-plumb; recently replaced electronics, including Raymarine chartplotter, wind/speed/depth, radar, & under-deck Raymarine auto pilot. Inverter and microwave. Integrated Ipod stereo, refrigerator and hot water heater. Engine re-power with Westerbeke 44B in 2003. Rope halyards that lead to cockpit; modern ports; sails & canvas in great shape; rigged for spinnaker. 12” Flat screen installed in v-berth; and many, many other smaller items.
The work was completed over
5-7 years, and was done professionally. Extensive records and documentation
kept. Boat is located in
Phone - Cell (973) 332-5701
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Owner Anxious - Make Offer.
Clean and well kept A37. Ready for cruising! Solar panel, manual windlass, aries windvane self-steering, 250' chain anchor rode, furling genoa, main with 3 reef points, lazy jacks, upgraded self-tailing winches, 1000 watt inverter, propane stove and BBQ, new anti-fouling, and more. Deck recently professionally repaired and refinished.
On the hard in
Contact Dan Lord at: 978 462 1112
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