C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488 (804) 472-3853


 VOL XI, NO. 3 (SUMMER) 1 July, 2001


The 9th annual Alberg 37 International Owners Association Rendezvous was held at the Oakville Yacht Squadron, Oakville, Ontario on 23 June, 2001. Thanks to the efforts of the Rendezvous Hosts, Marcel and Karen Steinz, who are members of the Oakville Yacht Squadron, the rendezvous was a resounding success.

19 Alberg 37s were represented at the Rendezvous:

BODILLA* - Dave and Sylvia Jenkins

BRANDELERA II - Frank and Linda Smart

CAPRICORN - Roy and Doreen Carter

CARELLEN - Rick, Graham and Paula Humphrey


INIA* - Peter and Susan Boyadjian

KAILA II - Malcolm and Cathy Blackburn

MOON CHILD II - Ivor and Chris Corbett

PAT-SEA - Bill and Pat Shrader

PAWBEE* - Henk and Wendy DeVries

RAGNAR II - Tom Liban and Arlene Poizner

ROB ROY* - John (Scotty), John Jr. and Fran Lamont

SEAFORTH - Roy and Maureen Brankley

SHEARWATER - Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

SOLAR WIND I - Paul Dunne

SOLSKIN II - Becky Long

SOUTHERN CROSS - Marcel and Karen Steinz

TEELOK - Wayne and Sherrill Bower

TUULI - Greg Blair and Penny Morris

* A-37s which sailed to the Rendezvous

Also attending by boat were David and Sandy (friends of Scotty and Fran Lamont) who sailed over from St. Catherine’s, Ontario in company with ROB ROY aboard their Alberg designed Cape Dory 38 cutter (and Alberg 37 cousin), TUMBLEWEED.

Much "boat talk" and boat tours took place during the day long activities. A highlight of the Rendezvous was a short visit by Mr. and Mrs. Alex Magnone. Alex was the shop foreman overseeing the construction of the majority of the Alberg 37s by Whitby Boat Works, and currently owns Whitby Boat and Specialty Woodwork, Ltd., located in the former Whitby Boat Works shop spaces. Alex specializes in boat building, and general boat restoration, (especially Alberg 37s). Additionally, Joe Fernandez of Taylor Sails stopped by for a short visit. Joe built most of the original sails for the Alberg 37 and can still accommodate needs for Alberg 37 sails. Needless to say, both Alex and Joe were inundated with questions regarding A-37 construction, sails, and general A-37 history.

The day’s events culminated in a social hour at 1600 and a BBQ (Chef Marcel Steinz presiding) at 1800. A drawing for several prizes was also held. Prizes included and Alberg 37 pennant; several Alberg 37 coffee cups, a ship’s logbook, and 2 subscriptions to GOOD OLD BOAT MAGAZINE.

Again, the Alberg 37 International Owners Association thanks our hosts, Marcel and Karen, for their tireless efforts, and the Oakville Yacht Squadron for the use of their facilities for our Rendezvous.

Check out the Rendezvous Page for more rendezvous photos.


Dick and Dianne Munt recently sent photos of shelving/cabinets they had made in the quarterberth area of their yawl, D2.

Sonny (Melvin) Power is planning a trip from Mulgrave, NS south to Florida and the Bahamas aboard their cutter conversion KANDACE ROSE. They plan to stop in Kinsale, VA for a short visit in September.

Karen and Marcel Steinz stopped by for a visit with us in Kinsale back in April on their way back to Oakville, Ontario from Florida. SOUTHERN CROSS will spend the summer in Titusville until Karen and Marcel return this fall. They plan to bring SOUTHERN CROSS back north next spring.

Jay Zittrer recently send some "out-of-the-water" photos of SHARED WATCH for posting on the A-37 web site. Jay said: "Thought I would send a picture in proudly showing the underbody of my Alberg 37 SHARED WATCH. It has great lines and received as many if not more compliments out of the water as it does in. I usually get at least one "pretty boat" each time I take her out. SHARED WATCH calls Seabrook, TX her home port.

Nick and Nancy Valci of Arlington TX have been working on NANCY ANN in Stuart, FL, about 7 miles inland from the ocean on the St. Lucie River.

Lou and Jean Wayne are on their way back north to Rochester, NY after having spend the fall and winter "Down South". They spent the winter in the Bahamas and met up with CARELLEN (Rick and Paula Humphrey) in Jacksonville before Christmas. They plan to stop in Kinsale, VA for a short visit sometime in July.

Clayton and Gudie Cole recently sold their yawl RESOLUTE. Clayton said they were fortunate to find a buyer as determined to give her lots of TLC like they did over the last 8 years.

Jeremy Selwyn has decided to withdraw SEA CYCLE from the market for the present, but may re-list her next spring.

Bill and Karen Hartman of Charlottesville, VA, recently moved their sloop SAUCY from the Rappahannock River to Olversons Marina, on Lodge Creek on the Yeocomico River, near Kinsale, VA. We finally have another A-37 in the neighborhood. Bill further noted: "One change I highly recommend is a Racor fuel filter/water separator with a plunger built-in for re-priming the fuel system after a filter change. Dwight Kraii (former owner) had a manifold system on SAUCY that looked impressive, but which utilized 10 micron filters. It caused endless headaches on our Bahamas trip several years ago, and I finally removed it completely and installed this new system. It works like a charm, and I don't fear I'll damage the fuel pump as I did last time by using the manual primer excessively (not to mention the blisters on my fingers and burns on my arms from operating it).

Lois Jacobs and Merle Galbraith (INTERLUDE) visited with the Marshes (TUNDRA) and with Ian Cheeseman and Kath Bridgen (ESTORIL) while in Trinidad. They had fun giving each other grand tours of their  respective Alberg 37s.

Chris Nichols reports that ARION is sometime moored in North Bay, Cotuit, MA or at our dock on the Pocasset river in Pocasset. Pocasset is on Buzzards Bay and the river is a nice little hurricane hole not far from the southern end of the Cape Cod canal. They have power and water and room for visitors if any members would like to visit.(

Mike and Dawn Johnson recently send some photos of their 1971 yawl, SALLY ANNE for posting on the A-37 web site. They still keep in contact with SALLY ANNE’s previous owner, Gene Farrell.

Bill Horne and Debbie Kinney recently sent the following:

"Hi Guys, We finally made it to the DR ( Domincan Republic.) What a beautiful countryside. Lush green hills and TREES. The people are wonderful and the beer is cheap (although Bill would like cheaper) We haven't decided what we'll do for hurricane season, but it will be here or Puerto Rico. We'll keep you posted.

Take Care,

Bill & Debbie

Crew of the Wayward SERENADE


Tom McMaster asks the following question: "Can you or other members assist with a couple of questions about our Alberg 37 sloop SOJOURN?"

1. Our fuel vent is on the counter and fuel spits out during refueling. We're not sure why because as you know the external vent is much higher than the tank. We did notice that the fuel return is on the same fitting as the vent and not sure if this adds to the problem. Any suggestions?

2. There isn't much room between the end of the prop shaft and the rudder to add a tear drop zinc. We've seen zinc's on the end of shaft (behind castle nut) on other boats. Do you know of a source of a zinc that would work on our Alberg's? We did purchase one from West Marine but was too long and the threads were the wrong size. (Ed. Note: response on the "Users Forum" on the A-37 website).

We did reduce the thickness of a donut zinc and placed between prop and cutlass but seemed to create extra vibration/noise.

Any help is always appreciated!

We're completing boat projects and we should be floating by mid-May. A bit later than normal do to minor hull repairs.

Live Slow, Sail Fast

Tom McMaster



The original MD-2B in our 1975 yawl, SHEARWATER developed a water leak in the exhaust manifold (looked perfect on the outside) over the winter which allowed water to drain past the exhaust valve and into the aft cylinder resulting in a hydraulic lock. The engine only had about 2200 hours on it. Upon start up (worked fine for 2 previous starts when we launched the boat the day before) the piston tried to compress the water in the cylinder, which resulted in blowing a 1" hole in the upper cylinder wall. Since the engine has always been saltwater cooled, we knew it's life expectancy was short anyway. The water passages and wall thickness are all becoming thin, and it was only a matter of time till something happened (we’ve had the engine apart several times before). So it's time for a new engine. The old one is repairable, but the parts for these old Volvos (and all Volvos for that matter) are extremely expensive, so it's not worth fixing this one up. We are parting out the old engine if anyone needs some parts (injectors, transmission, starter, etc.). We’ve bought a 37.5 hp Phasor engine (Kubota based) with a Hurth 8deg. down angle transmission. (Phasor is a Marine Generator company who started about 4 years ago building up propulsion units). Their price is the best we’ve seen doing comparisons with Westerbeke, Yanmar, etc., and the unit has some nice features (simple and rugged, and easy accessibility). Casey Kerkstra re-engined his 1967 MK-1 with the same engine/transmission and is very happy with the new installation (he replaced the original Atomic 4).  Plan to do the work ourselves probably at the nearby Krenz's marina. May take all summer! We plan to document this project (time/photos/$$, etc.) and perhaps write an article once we finish.


Adam Wanczura and Edie Dittman of Saanichton, British Columbia, sail the 1973 sloop PENNY WHEEP out of Sidney, BC.

Dave and Sylvia Jenkins of Stoney Creek, Ontario, sail the 1975 sloop BODILLA out of Hamilton, Ontario. Dave, Sylvia, and BODILLA attended the recent rendezvous in Oakville, Ontario.



Rick, Paula, Trevor and Graham Humphrey

February 25, 2001

Part Six left off at our entry into South Carolina. We never gave up the chance to moor beside a free dock. This was the case at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Barefoot Landing is a shopping complex filled with specialty stores, lagoons and palm trees. It was a relatively warm day there too. Up until this point, we had had many cool days and although we didn't have snow like many of you had, there were many days where we needed ski jackets, mitts and toques. This day was sunny and maybe 65 degrees and it felt good. A welcome relief! There were about six or seven boats moored there as well. One couple was from England. They sailed across the Atlantic a couple of years ago and had no plans as to their return. Another couple had a 48 foot sailboat, including a long bowsprit with six children under 15 years old. Yikes! They came from Maine, but they lived on their boat. Most of their children knew the boat as home as they had not lived in any other.

We were off to explore the area south of Myrtle Beach which was a seemingly endless growth of naked trees and winding rivers and within a day we were surrounded by endless salt marshes. This area was even starting to smell of southern climes. The ICW at this point continues to wind through marshes on a grand scale. Every once in a while, there would be an outcropping of rock, trees and the occasional house. We really felt that we were very secluded and yet we probably weren't too far from I95 in reality. It was all ours though.

We turned off the ICW at McClellanville, South Carolina thinking that this marina would be par for the course for these parts. Well as we turned around the corner we saw a fleet of fishing boats and a very small dock for transients like us. It was also low tide and the dock was not a floating one but it was up above our deck by some five feet. Paula was looking right at the planks of the dock while standing on our boat deck. How does one hoist oneself up there? Along the dock about 10 feet there was a ladder that went under the dock when weight was put on it. It was our only way up. We also had a nice conversation with an elderly lady with a very heavy southern drawl. Paula and I were very intrigued by the large trees that had a huge trunk with a gigantic spread of its branches and we asked the lady what kind of tree they were. They were absolutely beautiful and awesome "Well, Thea Laaav Oak an they were much mo beautiful befo Hugo" she said. McClellanville was considered to be ground zero for Hurricane Hugo and it was interesting to talk to her about that too. She owned a two-storey brick house up a couple of blocks from the harbour and it was inundated by tidal surge up to the second floor! Many of the wooden house were just swept away. She was a real southern bell type and it was difficult to think that she would have had to depend on a soup line to get food. They have recovered nicely however. That is except for the "Laaav Oaks".

It was quite exciting to sail into Charleston Harbor. This is a BIG boat harbour with a very busy container ship centre. It is also famous as the first engagement in the Civil War when the Northerners who held Fort Sumter were attacked by those Southerners. We started our visit to Charleston with a tour of the USS Yorktown, the aircraft carrier from the end of WW II. This was the replacement for the original sunk at the Battle of Midway. At 800? feet long, this boat was big but possibly 250 feet shorter than the modern versions. It was interesting with a display of planes on her deck right up to the F14 Tomcat and many displays throughout. The passageways were small and connected into an endless maze of rooms. Paula wanted to paint some of the rooms as battleship gray is not her style. Another time maybe! There was also a WW II submarine to tour. The doors were small and the rooms claustrophobic. The three guys went through it, but no thanks to going down in one.

Charleston is of course a very historic place. The houses of the Battery, the countless churches, the market and the southern architecture attest to that. The four of us walked for miles that day and were quite overwhelmed by the distinct history. We felt like we had been in "Gone With The Wind". Then we were off on a ferry boat to tour Fort Sumter. What a day.

December 2 was a long day. We left Charleston at 6:30 am and traveled 70 miles to Beaufort (pronounced Bew-fort) South Carolina. During the day we had good tides for most of the trip and when the tides were against us we had favourable winds to push us through. There was something telling us that we should keep going this day. The weather forecast was not good so getting to Beaufort and not staying in an anchorage was attractive. We arrived after dark. At this time of the year marina operators have an additional aid to guide you into marinas after dark. Many boats have extensive Christmas light displays in December and the marina operators can guide you in by referring to the lighted Santa and reindeer or the Christmas tree.

Sunday, December 3 was a day that made us think that we were at home in Toronto while staying on our boat. We woke up to ice covering the boat! We can do this at home! It was not what we expected. Our little heater was going full time and we were quite depressed. That afternoon we bundled up in every speck of clothes that we had and our sleeping bags and watched the Santa Claus parade in downtown Beaufort. Again, we can do this at home! We hear that Beaufort is great, but we can only equate Beaufort, South Carolina with COLD!!!! Too bad.

Salt marsh and more salt marsh! Southern South Carolina and Georgia are almost exclusively salt marsh with a very winding ICW. It was very strange to see other boats quite close to us but then realizing that they were possibly three miles ahead because of the bends in the river. Are we going south or not? We are but slowly. We visited such notable spots as Hilton Head (very interesting), Thunderbolt (easily forgettable) and Kilkenny. Where is Kilkenny? It is in Georgia and not on the road to anything or anywhere. We asked the small marina operator whether there was a grocery store. He laughed. We did meet some people on a 60 foot boat named "Pilgrim" and found out that he was from Oak Orchard Yacht Club on Lake Ontario close to Rochester, New York. We had a nice chat with them and wondered how this large boat ever got into Oak Orchard. "No problem", he said. I wonder why I was always so concerned about entering that harbour with my 37 foot boat?

Our entry into Florida was greatly anticipated. We were finally within striking range of our flight from Orlando on December 15. Upon crossing the border, the first thing you notice is the beautiful palm trees and the dreamed upon Florida fauna and weather. Wrong, what you experience are two large industrial plants that smell a lot and more salt marsh. Welcome to Florida was the joke! To be fair, towns like Ferandina and St. Augustine, although close to many industries and large population centres take you back to former times. They are both beautiful towns that value their historic heritage and cater to the transient crowd. We spent two days in St. Augustine because of fog and toured the beautiful downtown which was decorated with lights for Christmas. We toured the Castillo de San Marcos, an original Spanish fort that is quite well preserved for its age. St. Augustine was first settled as a city in 1650.

St. Augustine is quite striking for its architecture. A lot of the most famous buildings were funded by Henry Flagler, the famous Florida East Railway tycoon who set up his railroad by building hotels all along the eastern coast of Florida. Most of his buildings were built of poured concrete, a relatively new idea at the end of the nineteenth century. A very interesting place that we would come to really enjoy as you continue reading!?

We had arranged to leave the boat in Daytona Beach for our Christmas break. On December 12, we left St. Augustine and had travelled a few miles south when the motor all of a sudden went to half pitch and then Trevor and Graham came running out of the cabin saying that there was smoke in the cabin! Motor off. The next thought is to identify the smoke and whether it was getting worse or whether the smoke was starting to dissipate and the event was over. Luckily the smoke was caused by a chewed up fly wheel belt. We called up our friends SEA-TOW who gave us a tow back to a marina where there was a mechanic. The bracket that held our starter motor to the side of the engine had fallen off as the bolts had sheared right off! Of course the belts that started the motor fell off too (hence the smoke). Needless to say that we were not going to make it to Daytona Beach.

We were towed back to Oyster Creek Marina on the west side of St. Augustine. We found out that the motor was going to have to be rebuilt or replaced. It was an answer that we expected at one time or another since it is 26 years old and had just brought us 2000 nautical miles to Florida. I likened it to Scarlett Ohara's horse when upon arriving at Tara takes one look at home and dies. We got to Florida! Now the next question is, "Can we afford to replace the motor and still have a good time in Florida?" Our budget had had quite a blow in the three sessions with the motor in the Chesapeake. It was not an option to go home at this point. We always felt that we were underpowered with the Volvo MD2B and a new engine made sense.

Our decision upon our return to St. Augustine after Christmas was that we would stay in St. Augustine at Oyster Creek Marina (close to everything) until April, not replace the motor until we got home as funds for a new one would dry up our funds to tour and live in Florida, truck the boat home at the end of April and drive home. It is of course very expensive for us Canadian types to have major repairs such as this done here.

This may seem like a major disappointment for our sailing year to end this way, but we had always had a Plan B available in case of motor trouble or if we liked it here so much that we wanted to stay until the summer. We could truck the boat home. Of course we would have liked to see the Bahamas as originally planned but since both Plan A and B were definite possibilities we have made the most of it.

At this point we are living on the boat and have made many friends and contacts. St. Augustine is a wonderful place to be marooned and we are quite content with the things available to us and the sights around town.

Part Eight will include our adventures on a Greyhound bus and our tours and everyday life in Florida. We will make recommendations of marinas and neat things to do for our boating friends.

(For your further interest, Trevor has been maintaining a website for our trip. There are many interesting journal entries, pictures and special interest topics there. Enjoy! I think that he has done a great job!)


We have a new item, the Alberg 37 coffee mug! It has a line drawing of the A-37 on one side and a color drawing of the pennant on the other. The mugs are available for $13 U.S.  (our cost) which includes postage.


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
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:


Amy Frasher may be interested in selling her 1973 yawl, DOLPHIN. If anyone knows of someone interested, they should contact Amy at 804.798.2648 or DOLPHIN lies in Ashley’s Cove, just off Dymer Creek near Windmill Point, VA.



1972 Mark 2, hull # 97, Westerbeke 4-107, dual refrigeration, propane 3 burner stove with oven, wheel steering, cockpit cushions, hot and cold pressure water with stainless hot water heater. Asking $34,500 US.

Contact Tom Amrein at 410-676-7375


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 or


MD-2B Volvo for parts only. (had hydraulic lock in #2 Cylinder causing blown cylinder wall). All parts in excellent condition except cylinders and exhaust manifold. Good MS transmission with 1.91-1 reduction gear. Prices negotiable. Please contact:


Tom Assenmacher

P.O. Box 32

Kinsale, VA 22488

(804) 472-3853


If you have ever dreamed of sailing in Ireland, check out the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland website at:

Need to find a repair kit for your Wilcox Crittenden head, or want to know more about their other products? Go to the Wilcox Crittenden website at:

Check out this website for engines/transmissions/propellers etc. (some features require "membership":

You'll find hundreds of articles and resources, an enthusiastic community of sailors, and a huge marine store with expert advice at SAILNET:

If any members find interesting/applicable websites, please pass them on to us.


We’ve recently re-instated the "USERS FORUM" on the website, which is a vehicle for you to interact with other A-37 owners who need information or have information to pass along. Please visit the FORUM periodically as there may be a topic for which you are an "expert"!  PLEASE PARTICIPATE!!   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, but we miss some new data.


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 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 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.

We have a new shipment of A-37 IOC pennants which are still available for $30.00 U.S. postage included . The price will increase slightly with the next order. 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.

If you have email, please use it to communicate with us, as it will make assembling the newsletter much easier.

We continually need maintenance articles, cruising tales, etc. for inclusion in the newsletter. Send us what you have and if you can send it to us in digital format (via email or on a diskette) so much the better.

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.  If you need directions, let us know and we'll send a map to you.

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!

At the rendezvous, several of us tossed around the idea of doing an Alberg 37 survey. The survey would attempt to gather information regarding A-37s such as: sails carried/most used; engine make/model/hp/reduction gear ratio; prop/shaft size; improvements added; electronics installed and used; most irksome maintenance problem, etc. etc. If anyone has any ideas of what they would like to have included in the survey please let us know. (This may be a wintertime project.)

Keep the letters and emails coming and have a great Alberg Summer!!!

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

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