ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS
ASSOCIATION

C/O Tom and Kaye Assenmacher 

Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488 

(804) 472-3853

  a37ioa@sylvaninfo.net

http://www.alberg37.org

 

VOL XII, NO. 3 (SUMMER)                                                                                                                             4 July, 2002

ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS

Friday, September 27
through
Sunday, September 29, 2002

at the

ASSENMACHER DOCK

Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico River, Kinsale, VA.

It's ALBERG-37 FALL RENDEZVOUS time again! Plan to include this event in your fall cruising plans (especially you Chesapeake Bay owners). This is a "come as you are" event, no planned activities except relaxing and visiting with other A-37 folks. Plan on pot luck get-togethers as this is a most INFORMAL rendezvous. We have slips for 4 A-37s, with room for more rafted alongside. The creek is quite protected and has plenty of room for anchoring if desired. You will miss out on a good time if you don't attend. Attached are directions both by water or by land. Kinsale is about 35 NM south of Solomons, Maryland, just off the Potomac River about 10 NM from the Chesapeake Bay.

Directions by water: On chart #12233, proceed west from Point Lookout (Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay) about 10 miles to the Yeocomico River Light. It used to be on a circular base sometimes referred as the 'birthday cake', but the base is mostly gone now, sort of tilted, and somewhat hard to discern from the shoreline background, however you will see it in plenty of time. From the Yeocomico light proceed westward to Fl G 6sec "3" (line up on the large white house with red roof on Horn Point), then to "2". Note the shoal area to the Southeast of "2". Give "2" a wide berth to the Southeast, and you will have no problem (we've never run aground, but the depthsounder shows a pronounced shoal there. Continue in the West Yeocomico past 2 red daymarkers (#4 and #6) and past the Port Kinsale Marina to starboard. Continue to where the West Yeocomico stops (at Kinsale) and you must either turn to the port or starboard. Turn to port (starboard takes you to the grain elevator and a marina) and follow the channel into the Hampton Hall Branch. You will see it open up into a small bay, just continue around the bay until you see a point (WITH FLAGPOLE) on your starboard. Give this point a wide berth, (we won't mention who ran aground there last year) and continue to the second boat dock after passing the point where you will see SHEARWATER tied up there anxiously awaiting all her sisters (we'll have the A-37 sign and large pennant displayed)!

Directions if you come by car: Proceed south on Rt. 3 out of Montross, VA. About 2 miles south of Montross, you will see Rt. 202, make a left on Rt. 202 and proceed on Rt. 202 through Hague, Va. (about 12 miles, don't blink your eyes, you might miss it). About 4 miles from Hague, you will see Rt. 203 (at BP gas station and a sign to Kinsale), make a left on 203 for about 1.2 miles and you will be coming into Kinsale. As you approach Kinsale, (again, don't blink) you will be coming down a hill, just at the bottom of the hill you will see a sign saying 'Hampton Hall Estates' and also a street sign "Brook Ave.". Make a right turn on Brook Ave. and continue for about 1 mile until 1006 Brook Ave, where you will see a red "12" "daymarker" marking our driveway. Just drive on in and come on down to the water. That's where we will be. If anyone wishes to stay overnight (those who come by boat, we assume you will anchor out or raft alongside overnight), there is an Inn and a motel in Montross, and several Bed and Breakfasts in the area, (or pitch a tent in our back yard).

The Port Kinsale Marina, that you passed on you way in by water, is a full service facility, and has a fuel dock. Groceries and other supplies are available nearby, and we have plenty of available transportation.

If you have any questions about the rendezvous, give us a call at 804.472.3853 (leave a message if we are not at home).

NEWS FROM MEMBERS

Wedding bells rang for Bill Beaver and Heather Bernhards who were married in June. Heather owns the 1973 sloop HALCYONE (ex DOLPHIN). HALCYONE is berthed in Annapolis, MD. Bill reports "The AC system is looking more complete, and we've done a bit more reassembly and varnishing on the port side, but its hard to point to major accomplishments. Currently I'm procrastinating pulling the icebox out and re-insulating (perhaps rebuilding) it."

Wanita Gray wants to know if anyone has a good set of line drawings/specifications for the Alberg 37.

Bill and Jean Kellett reported in April: "WANESA, our 1969 sloop, is presently on the hard in Eddyville, KY, and waiting for the next leg of our journey south. We took two weeks in September, 2001 to travel down the Mississippi to the Ohio then up to the Tennessee and then a short side trip though the Barkley Canal to the Cumberland and up to Rottgering Marine where she now sits. Approximately 860 miles from Lake Pepin on the Mississippi in Minnesota. We’re looking at another 700 miles to Mobile and the Gulf. We’re planning a couple of week long sojourns on the Tennessee, leaving the boat for a couple of months in between trips. After that it’s probably Sarasota, FL or Isla Mahara, Mexico. I’ve got about eighteen months before partially retiring and the boat is going on ahead, scouting the way."

Steve and Gail Smith have decided not to sell their 1976 yawl THISTLE.

Bill and Karen Hartman have sold their 1982 sloop SAUCY to Gabriel Latremouille and Darquise Pellerin of Ottawa, Ontario.

Sonny and Petra Power spent a few days with us (the Assenmachers) in Kinsale, VA aboard their sloop/cutter KANDACE ROSE enroute from ‘down south’ to their home port of Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, after spending last fall and winter cruising the Bahamas

Marcel Steinz recently stopped by the Assenmachers’ dock in Kinsale, VA on his way back North with the sloop/cutter SOUTHERN CROSS which has spent the past 5 years in The Bahamas/Florida. Marcel plans to return for the Fall Rendezvous in late September and possibly do some fall cruising in the Chesapeake Bay. He plans to leave SOUTHERN CROSS with us until next spring.

John and Diana Eby recently sold their 1985 sloop JABBERWOCKY.  "We (or, rather our bank) have purchased a new Beneteau 393. I hope to semi-retire in 5-6 years, and buying a charterable boat is the only way we can afford it. Having traveled to Hawaii and back this spring with my son, I came to understand the huge difference between high latitude sailing and the tropical trades. ……the west coast storms can really beat up a crew even on a sea-kindly vessel. The boat (A-37) can take anything, but it is the crew that takes the abuse. Over the past 11 years I have fixed just about everything on the Alberg and have tremendous respect for the thoughtfulness of her architect and craftsmen. I would now feel safe offshore in anything short of a hurricane in an A 37. I have met several men who have sold their A37s and regretted it. This is not going to be easy!"

Bill Horne/Debbie are currently cruising their 1967 sloop SERENADE (and enjoying it) in the US Virgins. I know you thought we'd never make it but we're here & enjoying it.

Mike Phelps recently sold his 1969 sloop CHRYSALIS, to Miles Pilch, of Tortola, BVI.

Jay Zittrer recently reported: "The gooseneck slide for my mizzen broke and I've tracked down the original supplier. If anyone is in need of parts for the mizzen mast or boom they can be had from Kenyon spars now a division of Rigrite. (www.rigrite.com)

Lou and Jean Wayne report that they haven't left the dock yet but plan a week or 2 cruise to the thousand Islands (East end of Lake Ontario) in early July.

Recently received the following from Dan Stuart: "Well, it's been a bittersweet experience. We have sold Falcon to a couple on Lake Michigan. As Alberg 30 sailors, they should appreciate the 37's seakindly comfort. In a short time, they'll learn to love its strength, security and "sneaky" speed.  We were contacted by 7 individuals within a week of posting our ad on the A37 website, ranging geographically from Lake Michigan (3), Lake Erie (2), the Chesapeake (1) and the Atlantic coast(1). Four were serious buyers.  Although we think we asked too little for the boat, we are fairly certain the new owners are the right people for Falcon. Rita and I are and shifting gears. After about 25 years of owning in-the-water sailboats, we're going to spend our summers traveling. Our Flying Scot, purchased about 2 years ago, will have to suffice when the sailing bug bites. Of course, it's not the same, but neither would any other boat be the equal of our Alberg 37."

John Wilke recently repainted the mast of his yawl, IOLANTHE. "My mast was originally painted with something resembling Awlgrip, but had started to flake off because the gray primer didn't adhere well to the aluminum. About 8 years ago I scraped and sanded the loose paint and primed it with a galvanized and aluminum primer and painted it with the same brand of exterior enamel, which I bought at Canadian Tire in Sarnia. Can't remember the brand offhand. However, it stood up quite well, and only showed moderate chalking, but in putting up and taking down the masts each year, and having the rigging scraping on the masts at times, it had gotten rather scraped up, so I used the same materials again, and just brushed them on outdoors on our mast racks".

MAINTENANCE ALERTS
(A New Feature)

EDSON STEERING SHEAVE PIN WEAR

Submitted by Bob Prescott
(1980 Sloop THULE, #211)

"I had a very load thump in the steering at random intervals that I traced to the bronze pin on the starboard after steering sheave. It is worn just as shown in volume 10 number 4 newsletter.  I have made my own stainless pins for about 75 cents each. (6 feet of the stainless rod is $25). I used two washers and two cotter pins."

 

Bob received the following  Email from Edson regarding the sheave pins: 

"Edson has been providing stainless sheave pins since 1989. Boats prior to 1989 were installed with bronze pins. These bronze pins are a wear item and need to be replaced. They are approaching 23 years old. There is no recall to speak of, but we are on a crusade to educate owners of older vessels to check and replace these pins. There is no trick to pulling the pins, perhaps loosening the steering cables may help take some pressure off them. The most common size was a 3/8" X 1-11/16" pin with a working length of 1-3/8" (part # 960-A-1315A). These replacement stainless pins are in stock and sell for $12.00 each. Please give us a call and we'll process an order for you."

Best regards,

Jim Thomas

Edson Sales Dept.

Phone: 508-995-9711

Fax: 508-995-5021

Visit our website www.edsonintl.com

(Editors' Note: We recently replaced all sheave pins (bronze originals which showed some but not severe wear) on our 1975 Yawl, SHEARWATER, with 3/8" stainless bolts with Nyloc nuts, purchased at the local Ace Hardware for about $1.00 each. We suggest all Alberg 37 owners having Edson wheel steering check these sheave pins and replace as required.)

CUTLESS BEARING HOUSING BOLTS

Submitted by Marcel Steinz

(1977 Sloop/Cutter SOUTHERN CROSS, #180)

Marcel Steinz recently reported (6/18/02) that while bringing SOUTHERN CROSS back north from several years in Florida and the Bahamas, and while about 40 miles offshore of South Carolina, the boat began taking on water. Upon investigation, the source of the leak appeared to be in the area of the stern tube/stuffing box. Water was being taken on rapidly, with the bilge pump running almost continuously. Heading immediately for shore, they eventually had the boat hauled at Beaufort, where they found that both of the bronze bolts holding the cutless bearing housing/stern tube/stuffing box, had sheared. Subsequent investigation revealed a severe case of electrolysis in the bolts. All A-37 owners are advised to periodically check the condition of these bolts for electrolysis and replace as required.

(Editor's Note: Several years ago, we noticed deterioration of the heads of the bronze bolts. After replacing the bolts, we attached a small teardrop zinc to the side of the hull immediately adjacent to the cutless bearing housing, and attached the zinc running a small piece of #10 electric cable to one of the bolts. In the subsequent years, no electrolysis has occurred. Additionally, we also found severe electrolysis in ALL the attaching screws of the rudder center gudgeon and the rudder shoe. We subsequently attached small zincs to all of these items, with no electrolysis since that time.)

ALUMINUM WATER TANK PITTING

Submitted by Tom Assenmacher/Wayne Bower

(1975 Yawl SHEARWATER/1977 Sloop TEELOK)

Both of us have recently inspected and cleaned our aluminum water tanks which are becoming quite pitted, although the tanks on SHEARWATER are not as badly pitted as those on TEELOK. It appears that chlorine is the major cause of the pitting (we both dose the water with small amounts of chlorine household bleach to prevent the growth of algae and to sanitize the water system). Wayne recently spoke with another cruiser who recommended the installation of magnesium anodes (rods) to prevent the pitting. These rods apparently can be purchased at ones local plumbing supply. Has anyone had experience with this fix to the pitting problem. If so, we’d like to hear from you.

IOLANTHE PROJECTS
By Dick Wilke

Here are a few short projects I've done on IOLANTHE that may be of interest to members:

Galley:

1. I mounted one more dome light over the ice box to make it easier to see the contents.

2. I installed two 1 inch by 1-1/2 inch pieces of teak on edge on the counter top, in an L shape, about 4 inches aft of the ice box lids. This keeps plastic containers in place when the boat is heeling.

Companion Way:

I cut out a single 3/8 inch piece of waterproof plywood to fit in place of the three weather boards. I then marked two openings, leaving a 2 inch frame around the perimeter, and a 2 inch divider across the middle. I used a 1 inch hole saw to make a radius at each corner of the openings, and cut the rest away with a saber saw. I covered the openings with a sheet of plastic screening, held in place with 1/8 inch by 3/4 inch screen molding and round head brass tacks. Over the divider I used a 1/4 inch by 2 inch piece of molding with rounded edges. I cut another piece of this lengthwise and tacked it on the sides of the plywood to increase the thickness and make it slide in and out easily. All of the moldings are on the cockpit side. I then varnished the wood. This makes a light and easily installed and removed screen, which provides more ventilation for hot weather, and stores nicely in the wet locker next to the steps.

I've often wanted a solid top weather board to replace the vented one when cold north winds were blowing, or rain was blowing in. I bought a piece of teak plywood from Abbott Boats, our local boat builder, and cut it to the size of the top weather board, leaving it slightly high, and planeing it down to just clear to main hatch. I then sanded and varnished it. This really helps to keep the boat comfortable in miserable weather. Of course, it's important to maintain proper ventilation when using the stove or a portable heater.

Forward and Main Cabin Hatches:

I installed 3/4 inch wide strips of Velcro self-adhesive hook material on the ceiling around the latch openings. I cut plastic screening to fit, and installed self-adhesive Velcro loop material around the edges. The Velcro is available at fabric shops, and the screening at hardware stores. This makes easily-installed screens which can be rolled up and put in a locker when not in use.

 

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING NEW MEMBERS

 

Miles Pilch, of Tortola, BVI recently purchased the 1969 sloop CHRYSALIS from Mike Phelps.

Frank and Mary Carr of St. Petersburg Florida own the 1975 sloop KARMA.

Linda Main and David Arbuckle of Mississauga, Ontario own the 1980 sloop TIME PASSAGE.

Doug Taylor and Melody Ebers, of Hamilton Ontario recently purchased the 1972 sloop CALLIOPE from Tom Amrein of Baltimore, MD.

FEATURED ALBERG 37

The current Featured Alberg 37 is TIME PASSAGE, a 1980 Alberg 37 sloop, Hull # 210, owned by Linda Main and David Arbuckle of Mississauga, Ontario: (http://www.alberg37.org/Photos/Main-Arbuckle_TIME-PASSAGE/TP_HTML_Photos/TIME%20PASSAGE.htm).

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.

PROPANE BOTTLE REQUIREMENTS

(OPD Requirement)

 

Boaters, especially Canadians heading south, should be aware that portable propane bottles not fitted with the new Overfilling Protection Device (OPD - a float valve attached internally to the bottle valve) will no longer be filled in the US. Only bottles with the OPD will be serviced. More Information regarding OPDs can be found at:

http://www.npga.org/public/articles/index.html?cat=67

TEELOK’s DOWN EAST CRUISE
By Wayne Bower

The Maine trip of 2002: I usually do the Maine trip single handed; however, a fellow A37 owner, TJ, wanted to know if I could use a hand for at least part of the trip. The offshore leg to Block Island is always a long one so I jumped at the proposal. TJ showed up at the house on afternoon of 5/24. We had previously loaded most all the supplies so it really meant loading the two of us and the boat was ready to set sail. The plan was for TJ to do the leg from the Magothy to Scituate, MA. Anyway, after a bit, we said our good byes to Sherrill, dropped the lines and headed for the anchorage for the night behind Dobbins Island.

The following morning the winds were predicted to be under 10k out of the NE; however, what we found was 15+. After a fashion, things quieted down and we motored to the anchorage behind the C&D canal located at the western end of the canal. We ran the bulkhead going in and found 6 feet of depth which for us means plowing a little mud to get into the anchorage area.

The following morning, timing our departure to be about three hours ahead of high at Reedy Island, we started out. Delaware Bay can be ugly on a strong SE wind and there was some question as to what we were going find. As it turned out, the time on the Delaware was most pleasant although it was under motor to Cape May (NJ). We managed to get anchored beside the CG station about 1800.

On the following day we again headed out. This time we were bound for Atlantic City. It's only about six hours from Cape May, but by stopping here it cuts the six hours off the following leg to Block Island. We needed to top off fuel, water and ice. For those who know that I sometimes travel without ice, I thought it best (having crew aboard) to cool the beer. I should mention that we were eating extremely well on this first part of the trip. Sherrill had done some research into what was available in ready to serve meats and we benefited. We were really eating well. After topping tanks etc., we set the hook in the river in front of Harrah's Casino. I guess I should add that the entrance into the AC basin has gotten a little thin at low. I almost forgot, there were two military (don't know the service) go-fast Boats tied up to the CG station here. They definitely looked lean and mean.

On Tuesday morning at O-dark-thirty, we headed out the AC inlet and put the pointy end on Block Island. The winds were predicted to be light and that's what we found. The trip across was uneventful. We managed to set the sails and do a little sailing, but for the most part it was a motor job. If nothing else, I did get a chance to play with Monitor Windvane and found the larger vane worked quite well at wind speed of say 12k and under. It was quite an improvement over the standard vane. I frequently come across clam dredges off the NJ coast; however, this trip found very little activity. As a diversion we made a couple sun sights with the sextants. The total time across amounted to about 28 hours - a fairly quick trip. Once inside at Great Salt Pond, we found lots of moorings and few boats. After a little mooring analysis, we latched onto one that had heavy line and well maintained. We both were pretty well rested and it was fairly early in the day; however, we decided to lay over till the following day before shoving off for Hadley's Harbor -located opposite Wood's Hole.

TJ was looking for some New England experience, and this was his first contact with fog on the trip. The inner harbor at Hadley's has got be one of the prettier spots around. The Forbes family, who own the island, provide moorings as a freeby - first come, first serve. Being the middle of the week and early in the season, there was no problem picking one up.

On Friday morning, we again found plenty of fog. We hadn't topped tanks since AC, so prior to going through the Cape Cod Canal, we inched our way into Onset and topped them. We managed to have a flood tide (eastward flow), at the time, so we didn't have to wait around. I should note, the Cape Cod Canal can have a current of 5k so one wants to plan the time of passage. Just past the first bridge, the fog cleared and we were free of fog to Scituate.

The leg from the canal to Scituate was especially good. The wind was coming over the land so we had basically flat water and great winds. We were hitting 8k plus coming up the coast. The TEELOK was moving smartly. We arrived at Scituate in mid afternoon and gave Don & Bette, super friends of Sherrill and I, a call. They came down to the yacht club and picked us up shortly thereafter. I should note that this was the end of the line for TJ, so after a super steak dinner at Don & Bette's, Don and I drove TJ up to Dedham and got him on Amtrak. The time at Don & Bette's was fun as usual. Don and I played with the boats (Don has a lobster boat from which he chases the giant tunas). Oh yes, the three of us went out for a feast of fried clams on one of the nights. Somehow it just wouldn't be a complete trip if there wasn't fried clams being eaten at Scituate.

Because of the strong north winds that had set in, I delayed departure for Gloucester by one day; however, on 6/4 I again put the pointy end heading north. This day the winds started out light, but built as the day wore on. By the time we got to Gloucester, we were a bit over canvassed. There are a few different anchorage areas in Gloucester, and I opted for the one off the CG station. While at Scituate, I managed to come down with an infected tooth. I didn't think that much of it until I awoke the following day with the left side of my face swollen up like a basketball. After a call to the Harbor Master, who I had made contact with on arrival, I got a ride in plus transport arranged to the local hospital. Doesn't get much better than that! The experience at the local medical facility was a good one and I was back at the waterfront within a couple hours.

The summer hadn't gotten to this neck of the woods. I was looking for a two day window to make it to Bar Harbor before another wind shift. As it turned out, there were two days; however, the first one I lost with the tooth. As a result I hunkered down for a total of five days in Gloucester, before picking up a wind on 6/8. I headed for Cape Porpoise, ME. The trip was uneventful.

The run between Cape Ann and Cape Porpoise puts you in close proximity to Isle of Shoals as well as Boone Island. The latter has an interesting shipwreck history. This is where the NOTTINGHAM broke in 1710. At Cape Porpoise there isn't a lot of protection, but there is enough as long as the conditions aren't too bad. As it turned out, the winds were up at the 0500 departure time which made getting the anchor up with a crew of one a little dicey - the anchorage s a little crowded.

The leg from Cape Porpoise to Townsend Gut, located just west of Booth Bay, was a shirt, sweat shirt plus a heavy coat type of day. As I say, summer had yet to arrive. It was cold, wet, windy and the seas were up. Somehow pleasure like in "pleasure boating" didn't apply. However, when I finally set the hook in the Townsend Gut, the sun came out, it got instantly warm and all was well in the world. This is very pretty section of the Maine Coast. I wasn't into the Townsend Gut very long before I was offered two separate moorings. The natives are friendly. After cleaning up the boat, I headed through the Gut to Boothbay to top tanks, take showers, wash clothes etc. The predict was for rain for the following day so I headed across while things were dry and stable. As it turned out, it started to rain as predicted and rained for two days solid. Being so nice and protected I spent these couple days back in the Gut. I should note the presence in the cove of a beautiful 41' Concordia Yawl. This is wooden sailing vessel that dates to the early 50's.

On 6/13 the rain had stopped so I dropped the mooring and headed back through the Gut destined for East Boothbay. Off the tip of Linekin Neck, I spotted three cruising kayaks - interesting! The village of East Boothbay is located up the Damariscotta River by a few miles. I'd never stopped here before, but my main interest was to try and see the latest creation of Hodgdon Yachts. This is the yard that produced the 124' wooden sloop ANTONISA - some three years ago as I remember. The latest creation is a 154' wooden ketch named SCHERAZADE. She is scheduled to be launched in May of 2003. I never got to see the SCHERAZADE, as all the doors were closed and tours aren't given; however, I did see pictures and got to talk to someone from the yard. These boats are impressive to say the least. I should add, when a boat is launched, the owner throws a party. For the ANTONISA this amounted to some 5000 people. Apparently, everyone is welcomed. I would imagine with one-upsmanship, the next party has to be even bigger.

It was still early afternoon when I departed East Boothbay so instead of heading for Christmas cove as originally planned, I headed for Round Pond. Round Pond is a nice little protected anchorage on the western side of Muscongus Bay. Oh yes, had to take the short cut through the "Thread of Life" - love that name! Got into Round Pond late in the afternoon and after a little "mooring analysis", hooked onto one that wasn't being used. While in Gloucester, I had helped a trawler skipper put a windlass back together. He was out of Round Pond and offered his mooring if I stopped. Well, here I was so after a little local inquiry, I found the right mooring and settled in to wait out a passing low pressure system. The winds were predicted to be over 30k, and the protection is generally good in Round Pond. Well, the predict came true this time. Winds were up, but since we were close the mouth, things got a little lumpy; however, by the next morning the low, that was causing all the trouble, had moved on through and things were quiet once again.

After a morning radio schedule with Sherrill, we were again underway. After leaving Round Pond, we took the scenic route through Muscongus Bay, passing north of Hog Island, past Friendship - birth place of the Friendship sloop, past Port Clyde, and onto Tenants Harbor our destination. Tenants can be crowded although not today. I found things quiet with little to no activity which was nice. There isn't a lot here, but it's a good place to get something to eat. What can I say, I travel on my stomach and the eatn's definitely good down he'a! During the evening, the fog had set in. It became evident that it wasn't going to lift right away so on went the RADAR and up came the anchor. I'd done the Mussel Ridge Channel (i.e., the passage from Tenants Harbor to Rockland) before in fog, but it sure is a lot easier when you can see all the rock. The destination was to be Cradle Cove on Seven Hundred Acre Island. This Island lies just east of Isleboro in the middle of Penobscot Bay. I'd never been to either Island so that was the draw. Cradle Cove turned out to have easy access with plenty of room to anchor which is not what I expected. Once ashore, I happened to comment to the yard manager on all the Herrshoff 12's that were present and I was promptly given a guided tour of all the boats stored here. Because of the age of a lot of these boats, it was an interesting afternoon.

From Seven Hundred Acre Island (what a mouthful), had a short two hour run to Belfast. Belfast is larger than most towns on the Maine coast and has among other things a super market and a hardware store. I should add the market is at the very top of a rather steep hill. While there I learned of a cruisers rendezvous on the first weekend in July at Islesboro. I'll have to see if I can make it back for this one. Based on those that attend (i.e. Dodge Morgan, Nigel Calder etc.), it sounds like it could be an interesting get together.

After leaving Belfast I headed for Castine. This is the home of the Maine Maritime Academy and a nice place to stop. Castine is actually at the mouth of the Bagaduce River which has quite a bit of current and some relatively deep water. There is; however, a town dock with a two hour limit which you can tie to or you can anchor on the other side of the river and take the dink across. Among other vessels, the Academy has the two masted schooner BOWDOIN. I don't know when it was built, but I did learn it had gone to the Arctic in 1923-24 on an expedition. Oh yes, found another Concordia at Castine. They're everywhere, they're everywhere! It's just a short run from Castine around Cape Rosier to Bucks Harbor our next destination. I think I've stopped here just about every trip to Maine. It's located at the top end of Eggemoggin Reach and it's just one of those places that draws you back. It's quiet, protected and very laid back. There's also a little country store here where they make their own bread. What can I say, I travel on my stomach.

After a couple days at Bucks Harbor, we headed down the Reach to the Wooden Boat School. The school is located at the Blue Hill Bay end of the Reach and on the grounds of what appears to have been the home of one of the rich and famous. There is a fantastic view from the top of the hill. The classes are held in what was probably the carriage house with the offices and library located in the main house. While I was there, they had three different classes going on, building three different types of boats. This was a Saturday and most of the activity centered around the canoe building class - these were really nice looking wooden canoes. If you went out to buy one of these things, I would think you'd be spending some serious money. I've stopped at the school several times over the years and found each stop just as interesting as the last.

Leaving the School, we headed up Blue Hill Bay destined for the village of Blue Hill. The mooring field/anchorage area is a distance from the town. In the past I've anchored just inside and off the local yacht club. However, being low tide and able to see some of the rock that disappears at high, I continued into the inner basin. This was a Saturday, but absolutely nothing was moving and it was very quiet. It was almost too quiet. Off to my starboard were several seals sunning themselves. There is a town dock; however, it dries at low water so I had to wait till the following day to dink in. The town of Blue isn't very big, but it does have a grocery store, gas station, hardware etc.

Leaving Blue Hill, we headed north of Long Island and under Newbury Neck destined for Bartlett Narrows. There is a cove in the Narrows called Great Cove that I've used before. It's open to the south-east and yet with the winds out of the west, it was a perfect spot for the night. I also wanted to flip the inflatable to clean the bottom and Great Cove was a good spot for that also.

The following morning I pulled anchor and continued through the Narrows heading for Southwest Harbor. Southwest is located on the south side of Mt. Dessert Island and is the home of Hinckley Yachts. The harbor is loaded with moored boats; however, there always seems to be room for one more of us transients. The harbor holds a high percentage of Hinckleys, which is not surprising, but it also has a fair number of work boats which tends to give the place a little character. Ashore you can find most of what you'd need for the boat and crew. Hinckleys is always worth a visit and I've always found the personal here friendly and eager to please. A stop at Beal's Lobsters is a must. Beal's also has the cheapest diesel in town although there is no indication that they even sell fuel to the general public. There is a town dock where you can land the dink which gives you easy access to down town Southwest. I used to like to stop into Morris Yachts, but this trip found they had moved to Bass Harbor. Oh yes, there is also a West Marine in Southwest. While at Southwest, I had a call (on the Waterway Net freq.) from a fellow ham Alan/AD4HE. He and his wife Trish/KD4LGZ were on their sloop MAGIC MOMENT at Northeast Harbor - about two miles away. After the fog lifted, I jumped in the dink and took off for Northeast. Their home is Tennessee and they're currently cruising the Maine coast. It was fun getting together with them.

The following day, I pulled anchor and headed south to one of the nicest of the offshore Islands - Long Island. There is a picturesque village on the Island called Frenchboro and there is a snack bar at the village and at this snack bar one can get the greatest fish chowder anywhere. All that is the good part. The bad part is it wasn't open - disappointment! Apparently it won't be open till at least the 4th of July - another five days. It's only a couple miles to Swan Island so on we went to Burnt Coat Harbor via the back door. This rear entrance is an especially interesting passage in a dense fog, but today was, for the most part, fog free. There isn't a lot to do here, but it is a nice spot to spend a couple days. While here, I managed to meet up with another ham/sailor, Ralph/AB1V, who lives on the Island.

I guess I should mention the weather. It has been basically fog free with day time temperatures in the 70's and night time temperatures in the 50/60's(i.e. quite pleasant). The day before we left Burnt Coat we were socked in with fog most of the day; however, for this trip, fog has been the exception rather than the rule.

On 7/2 the TEELOK was underway again and heading for Vinyl Haven. I hadn't checked the forecast that morning, but things looked good for an easy passage although in limited visibility. About an hour later the sky darkened, the winds blew, the temperature dropped, the rain fell (in buckets), lightning strikes everywhere and visibility went almost to zero. This wouldn't be that bad if it wasn't for all the rock around. It took what seemed like forever, but eventually I managed to locate a reference point and held position. When things finally quieted down, a heavy fog set in.

(To Be Continued….This cruising account may be also viewed on Wayne and Sherrill’s web site:

http://hometown.aol.com/WandSBower/TEELOK.html).

A-37 COFFEE MUGS AVAILABLE

A-37 Coffee Mugs available for $15 U.S. which includes postage. (Those ordering mugs outside the U.S. please add $5.00 for additional postage.) Unfortunately, postage/shipping/insurance costs have become nearly prohibitive – that’s the reason for the increased cost. The mugs 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 line drawing 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.

A-37 PENNANTS

We have few 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:

 

SWEETHEART    SOLD

1973 Mark II yawl, hull # 107. Westerbeke 4-107, recently refurbished, many extras, including Aries steering gear. Lying in Cape Marina, Port Canaveral, FL.

Asking $55,000 U.S.

Contact:

Jon Stegenga

800 Scallop Dr.

Port Canaveral, FL 32920

Cell: (321) 501-3950

 

ENVY

1968 Alberg 37 Yawl, equipped for cruising. On the hard at the Indiantown Marina, Indiantown, FL.

Contact:

Ron and Cindy Strahm

2820 S. Crenshaw Road

Independence, MO 64057

Email: rstrahm228@aol.com

TEL: 816.228.6325

FAX: 816.229.6100

GEAR FOR SALE

Mark II Dodger

Used dodger and frame for mark II, Pacific blue , in usable condition.
Frame is good, stainless steel.
Fabric will make good pattern for new one.
Asking $100.00 + shipping.
Alain Redder
ared@earthlinl.net
203-431-1230

WANTED

Wanted: Mizzen rig for Mark II yawl. Any information, design details, photos and parts welcomed. Has anyone got an old rig removed in a conversion to sloop? Please contact Bob Prescott, North Marshfield, MA (617) 921-0235

WEB SITES OF INTEREST

Need parts or info for your Wilcox Crittenden Head?? 

http://www.wilcoxcrittenden.com

 

Good Chesapeake Bay sailing site:

http://www.spinsheet.com/

 

SHEARWATER’S  PROGRESS

By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

Our major refurbishment of our 1975 yawl, SHEARWATER is currently ongoing. 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. The engine replacement has been completed, along with the hull barrier coat. We launched SHEARWATER in early June and have been working on her at our dock since that time preparing the interior for refurbishing. We have removed most "unscrewable" panels, locker doors, furniture etc. in anticipation of interior painting and varnishing, after having cleaned and painted all locker interiors, water tank inspection and cleaning. We’ve completed installation of new AC and DC electrical distribution panels, and have rewired most essential equipment (VHF, bilge pumps, battery charger etc.). While we have the major areas accessible, we plan to complete the rewiring prior to re-assembly of the interior. This refurbishing task has evolved into a HUGE project, but one which we think will be well worth the effort. We hope to work up a documentary account of the project for inclusion on the web site, as we’ve taken quite a few photos along the way. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get some sailing done this fall.

 

WEB SITE

Due to the proliferation of SPAM on the Internet, we have decided to no longer publish Email addresses on the A-37 web site (or in the quarterly newsletter) unless you request otherwise). Please visit and participate in the USERS 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 18000 hit mark for the website.

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.

We still need your Email address updates for the A-37 Roster, which is not publicly posted.

2003 Alberg 37 Summer Rendezvous

Tentative plans are to hold the 2003 Summer Rendezvous at the Oakville Yacht Squadron (OYS), Oakville, Ontario in the early summer of 2003 (possibly late June, 2003). Like the 2001 Alberg Rendezvous which was held at the OYS, fellow member, Marcel Steinz, ( sloop/cutter SOUTHERN CROSS), has again graciously offered to host the event. We will publish the exact dates as soon as the OYS 2003 calendar becomes firm. Start making plans now to attend this fun event!

SPINDRIFT

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 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 notice via Email, we ask that you honor your commitment to the Association. The Association needs your help!

Also, note our group's agreement with BOAT U.S. whereby we get membership for half price ($9.50 vice $19.00) 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.

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. Each fall/spring we have several ‘snowbirds’ stop on their way south/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 Winter and upcoming Summer and Fall. – Keep the letters and emails coming  and plan to attend the Rendezvous in September.

Tom and Kaye Assenmacher

P.S. Retired life is GREAT!!