ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Tom and Kaye
26, NO. 1 - 2 (Winter/Spring 2016)
Posted 23 May, 2016
Visits Since 23 May, 2016
As of this
We remained in Vero (aka ‘VELCRO’) Beach
As earlier reported Kaye and I (the ‘Crew’ of SHEARWATER) decided that due to the ‘strange and unpredictable (sort of)’ weather, we would simply spend the Winter here in
We did, however, get our Abaco (Bahamas) ‘fix’ by flying over to the Abacos in mid-February, where we spent 2 weeks as guests in our Canadian friend’s cottage ‘FIG TREE’ on Man O’ War (MOW) Cay.
Fig Tree Cottage
While in Man O’ War, we saw and visited
with many cruising friends and local residents and business owners. It had been 3 years since we last visited
MOW, and it seemed like we were there only ‘yesterday’. The weather was basically the same that was
For those interested, several years ago on one of our cruises to the Abacos, we put together a ‘Slide Show’ of a ‘Walking Tour of Man O’ War Cay’. (Click on the link). Not much has changed in the last few years. We love Man O’ War Cay!
Now For The Latest Update!
In February, the weather still had not
improved very much, so we decided to ‘simply enjoy life’ in
In late February we learned that Kaye’s
brother Max, who lives in
As our trip ‘North’ slowly progressed (cold weather, winds, heavy rain, etc. – generally ‘lousy’ weather up and down the East U.S. coast – we decided to not rush ourselves), so we decided to proceed as far North as practical, and leave SHEARWATER somewhere along the way in mid – late April.
To make a ‘long story short’ we decided to
leave SHEARWATER again at Bock Marine,
just north of Beaufort, NC, as we had a year and a half ago due to prop shaft
failure and a rudder problem. We were
hauled out at Bock on 21 April, and we proceeded home to Kinsale (via
The latest ‘NOTE’ (as of 23 May, 2016) is that we’ve returned from the wedding in Texas (very nice event), and will be looking forward to begin the ‘trek’ back from Bock Marine to our dock in Kinsale in the next few weeks. The weather has been ‘COLD and RAINY’, but hopefully more enjoyable weather will be arriving soon!
Welcome aboard to Katja Negru Perrey of
We recently received the following email query:
Hi there, Wonder if you can help me? I'm looking to track down Lee Carey, owner of Alberg 37 hull #155. Her name was (and still might be Mondia IV. This was my Dad's boat, and I'm very interested in finding out how she's fairing. Thanks so much. Arthur Boas
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Late last September (2015) we received the following Email from Ryan and Adrian Mann, of Marston Mills, MA, the owners of the 1976 MK-II Sloop AVALON:
‘Tom and Kaye,
I hope all is well with you. Sorry to be following the problems with your A 37 this past year. I look forward to tracking a successful trip by you two this winter!
Parenthood has definitely truncated our use of Avalon, but we did once
again participate in the Figawi Race to
Unfortunately, en route to the Hurricane Cup, this Fall, we were struck by lightning and will need extensive refit of all electrical systems. A new work area for Avalon is being constructed and she may spend next summer on the hard. It is a disappointment because we have had such a great time over the past few seasons on her, but as she is turning 40 this coming year, we are OK with a little upgrade to keep her going another 40.
In addition to the wiring, we will probably pull the engine for servicing, replace the old water heater, remove the refrigeration system as it only works on shore power (which we rarely use), and address some deck core issues (we have some brown liquid in some spots same as reported by other owners). I've also been toying with the idea of modifying the area that currently houses our nav station to create a port side quarter berth as I have seen on several other A37s.
In the meantime, Robert Mintz,
owner of A37 L'Marre has gotten to
be a great fellow A37 owner and we have not only raced against each other a few
times in Figawi, but sailed L'Marre back to her winter home near
It was fun to see how another A37 has been modified. L'Marre has had an extensive refit over the years and it was fun to see how her wiring is laid out. Both boats have recently upgraded their wheels to between 36 and 40 inches which we both agree is an amazing improvement in handling.
Best to you on your trek south.
Also, last fall, we heard from Gerry Dickson, the owner of the 1977 MK-II Alberg 37 Sloop ASATO MARU:
‘I'm also planning
a trip to
Lots of 'stuff'
has to happen before we get underway on our 1975 MK-II yawl SHEARWATER. You may have read of our 'saga' over the
years on the A-37 website. We hope to be
back in the water within the next 2 weeks, and if the weather, etc. cooperates,
we will begin the trek south from Beaufort (NC) where our boat spent last
winter and summer. We hope to be in
Perhaps we'll see you along the way.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!
British Quote During WW-II
TJ and Kaye’
( ED. Note: As we
all know, ‘THE BEST LAID PLANS DON’T
ALWAYS HAPPEN’!! We haven’t heard
from Gerry since last fall, but assume that he made the trip from FL to the
While we were in
Hello to you two,
Well, the boat as been
hauled and it's on dry now. The shaft as been removed and we are waiting for
Bobby soles Propeller company to pick it up and make a knew one. We were unable
to find the right specs and had no other choice but to haul the boat. We're at
Crackle Boy Boat Works (
Thank's for sending us the links ot look at, but we had already looked up your website and couldn't find the proper size prop. We included a picture of the shaft that broke. We never know, it could be helpfull for other Alberger's, as you say.
We will keep you
updated once we get the knew shaft and we want to mention that we also enjoyed
our get together in
Monique & Gabriel Lussier
2016-03-02 17:56 GMT-05:00 A37-IOA <email@example.com>:
Gabriel and Monique,
Sorry to hear of your prop shaft failure, but happy to hear that you are safe and sound. It could have been worse had conditions been different.
As discussed on the phone, we had our prop shaft faile in the fall of 2014 when we were heading 'south' . Suggest that you read the article which we wrote for the Alberg 37 web site. Simply click on the following article http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/SHEARWATER_PropShaft_Failure_11-2014/SHEARWATER2014PropShaftFailure.htm.
Also, check out this link as it shows the new shaft and coupling. http://www.alberg37.org/Newsletters/Vol_25_NO_2-Spring-2015/Vol_25_NO_2-Spring-2015.htm
Since every boat is slightly different (with different engine/transmission combinations, etc.), unless you have the 'old' shaft to take measurements from, you will need to take measurement yourself (or have a marine mechanic do it).. I've actually used a 1" (for a 1"shaft) wooden dowel as a substitute for the shaft, which can be inserted into the 'cutless' bearing and up into the transmission coupling, from which measurements can be taken.
As you don't know the propellor diameter or pitch, there are ways to determine these factors. One is to go to 'BOAT DIESEL.COM (www.boatdiesel.com) where they have a prop calculator program. You might want to check it out! I also wrote a short article about this at http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/Sizing_of_propellers_by_tom_assenmacher.htm
Another article of interest you might check out is : http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/SW-Twin_Disc-Trans-Install-Web/SHEARWATER-Twin_Disc_Installation_9-2010.htm This shows what all we had to go through about 6 years ago after numerous transmission failures. Shows some detail in getting the proper prop shaft, etc.
If I think of other material, I'll try to send it. In any event, We've Been There - And Done That!
Good luck! And Keep in Touch!
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!
British Quote During WW-II
TJ and Kaye
We have not heard from Gabriel and Monique since the emails in early March, but assume that their ‘prop shaft’ problem has been solved.
Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer have recently sold their 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN to new owners Jeremiah and Brittany Gowl who will In March, be heading to Port St. Lucie.
Tom and Rose recently visited Kaye and I here in
“It's been said that the two happiest days in a boat owners life are the
day they buy it, and the day they sell it. I'm not sure I totally agree with
those sentiments. Today we
sold our sailboat Sojourn, a fine vessel we've owned since Gary Anderson missed
the infamous field goal against
Seven years and 20000 + nautical miles later, circumnavigating the entire Caribbean, visiting numerous islands in the eastern Caribbean, a trip up the Macareo river in Venezuela, 3 months of scuba diving in Bonaire, and spending hurricane season in beautiful Cartegena, Colombia, 6 mo. meeting Kuna in San Blas, remote islands of Vivarios (by Nicaragua), more diving in Bay Islands Honduras and Belize and beautiful Guatemala, Mexico then final land travel to Cuba before sailing SOJOURN to FL in 2013 with final 2015 journey to Bahamas for 6 months.
No other way could we afford to stay that long in any country! These are but some of the many fond memories that our sailboat brought to us, so I would probably describe my feelings today as bittersweet. We believe the boat has found very eager and capable new owners, a young couple with an eleven month infant.
The last piece of advice I gave them was: Take good care of her, and she will take good care of you. The time was right to start a different adventure!
officially got the money wire transferred to our bank on Monday. We slowly
drove down to
been a whirlwind of getting rid of stuff, selling stuff, packing in bags with
the SUV totally full. We will then go rent a house with other MN sailor friends
The ‘Former Owners’ (Tom and Rose) Of SOJOURN.
The ‘New Owners’ With The ‘Youngest Crewmember”.
The Other ‘Crewmembers’!
It was a difficult time getting SOJOURN ready to sell, with more mold than any other time, some unexpected engine projects and COLD weather while living on the hard in a dirty work yard with grinding fiberglass and bottom paint all around. We survived and got launched and within a few days we got a email from our free sailboatlisting site (after we had provisioned, etc.), they came down, loved her, negotiated pricing with us (no broker) and had survey and sea trial. I guess it just takes 1 buyer.
We decided to stay in
FL and found a 1 bedroom Condo in
We recently heard from Jorg Mattern of Dade City, FL, the owner of the 1973 MK-II (# 113) Yawl MAJA: “My Boat is now located at a private Marina in Hudson, FL. I removed the Mizzen Mast because I prefer the Sloop version. I'm going to change the name of the boat as well. Just don't have any ideas yet.”
(Ed. Note; Jorg has his ‘mizzen rig’ for sale - Check out the Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for information and photos of Jorg’s rig.)
Recently received the following email from Nickie and Jason Sattler, the owners of ELPHABA (1967 MK-I Sloop # 2):
‘Tom & Kaye,
is being moved to
Nickie & Jason’
Back in October we heard from Robin Phillips, the owner of KATYDID, 1967 MK-I Sloop (#1)”
‘Hello Tom and Kaye,
When looking at the website I
realized just how out of date the information you have on Katydid is. Since the
last contact I had with you in
I started by making the trip
KATYDID has been awesome, weathering everything she encountered with grace and confidence. She is still sailing with Kips mainsail, though it needs replacing. Together she and I have covered over 20,000 nautical miles. A lifetime lies in front of us.
Thanks for newsletter, your efforts are appreciated.
Currently in the
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We all carry a few ‘spares’ on board, especially those of us who leave our ‘local’ area/sail offshore, etc. The following are excerpts from an email we recently received from the folks who provide boaters with the great resource ‘ACTIVE CAPTAIN’. Be sure to check out Active Captain if you aren’t already a user!
We carry most of the ‘spares’ listed below aboard SHEARWATER.
“This week winter ends and spring begins, and many boaters are getting their boats ready for the next season. We wanted to give our experience with spares and the things we think every boat should have onboard whenever the lines are untied. We're not saying that these are the only spares to have, but this part 1 is a list of some things that boaters often don't think about - until they really need them.
1. Impellers. We change every impeller on every engine, every year. They are maintenance items and overusing them leads to vane failure. In addition, we carry 4 spare impellers total for our 2 engines and 4 spare impellers for our generator. We've also saved about 4 other impellers pulled from previous years as further backups. Leaving without multiple spare impellers is a mistake and one per engine is not enough.
2. Spare raw water pump for propulsion engines. This is more rare but just as important. There are 2 seals on a raw water pump - a seal to keep out the raw water and a seal to keep out the oil. These seals eventually fail. We carry 2 or more spare water seals - they are easy to replace on our engines. However, the oil seal requires a press and needs a shop. So we carry an entire spare water pump. If we're underway and a pump starts spraying, it's not the time to start replacing seals. Instead, 2 hose clams, 2 bolts, and the spare fresh water pump is in place. We keep it well lubed with an impeller installed and ready to go.
3. Belts. Every engine has some type of belt used to turn pumps on the engine from the engine drive. Belts are maintenance items that wear out and fail when they are in use. So while underway, you want to have spare belt for every belt used on every engine. And it's not good enough to have a belt - it has to be the right belt. Too often, a spare belt has never been checked. Check today to make sure the spare belts you have are the right part for each belt on your engines.
4. Macerator pump. Yes, we carry a completely set up, ready-to-go macerator pump. Nothing will end a cruise faster than the inability to empty your holding tank. And if you're in a remote area, pumping out is it. We've had to replace while cruising before - having one all set up is wonderful. It then gives you time to rebuild the problem one, making it the spare.
5. Spare drinking water pump. Same thing - we've replaced it at anchor when our water pump failed. Having a ready-to-go spare makes the emergency disappear.
6. Rescue Tape. This is amazing stuff. We fell in love with it 6 years ago. Rescue Tape is self-sealing silicon tape. But because it's good to 500 degrees, 950 psi, and 8,000 volts, it's the perfect thing for emergencies onboard.”
Our Thanks to: Karen and Jeffrey Siegel
Sharing the experience
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.)
Yes it is true!! After having TUNDRA built in 1977 and cruised in her in
the fresh waters of the
PRICE IS REDUCED TO 49,900
USD as is with
complete inventory. Delivery to a suitable port in the
A37, 7 SEAS, 1978 MK-II Sloop -
for sale located in Traverse City ,
Copper/epoxy hull coat. Deck
and interior could use finishing. She is solid throughout. On the hard at
Contact Brad at (231) 357-4040
Email: Brad(at)whiterabbitsystems.com. (replace '(at)' with @)
Contact Nick Valci at (314) 814-2357
- SAILS-All sails in good condition. 100% jib by Hood. Mainsail fully batten, 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.
- RIGGING and
Furling Headstay, Removeable Baby stay for storm jib, running backstays on mizzen. Whisker pole, primary winches:2 Lewmar 44 self-tailing.
- MECHANICAL-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.
- GROUND TACKLE- 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.
- ELECTRONICS and NAVIGATION-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 mic in cockpit. ICOM SSB radio and tuner model 718 (2013).JVC stereo AM FM receiver and CD player. Bluesea distribution panel,285 watts mono-crystaline 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.
- CABIN HEATER- Airtop 2000 forced hot air diesel heater (0.2 liters per hr).
- GALLEY- 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).
- STORAGE-Custom made heavy duty cradle,custom made canvas winter cover with aluminum framing.
- TENDER- 8 ft Bombard rib (Zodiac) fiberglass bottom, no patches, no leaks.2.5 hp 4 stroke Yamaha outboard.
- LIFERAFT- Viking valise style 4 man-needs inspection.
Price reduced to $38,500 US dollars.
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information and photos,
Contact Seller at: svtruant3ATgmail.com (Replace "AT " with "@ " to avoid 'Spam')
Asking $45000 (Cdn), and worth every penny.
For a detailed inventory contact:
Gord Martin, PH/TXT 416 399 2349
gordmartinATlook.ca (Replace AT with @)
moving up to a larger boat, and would like to sell KUMA. She is lying ashore in
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.
Standing Rigging has been replaced. Presently in Grenada to cruise the Island chain. Asking
details contact Ian @ 011441424733155 or 011447815870369 (UK #'s) - My
Grenada tel# is 1 868 768 8479
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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(Posted 10/30/2011 - Revised 6/1/2016)
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 email@example.com
Hood Mainsail for Alberg 37 sloop. Dacron, used about 10 years. Condition Good, $900.
, Mylar, Fair Condition, @200. Genoa
, Hood, Dacron, Fair Condition $200 Genoa
Contact Charles Deakyne (410) 647-6674
Jorg Mattern the owner of MAJA, has the following items for sale:
MIZZEN MAST COMPLETE WITH BOOM AND ALL NECESSARY
HARDWARE, CABLES, TURNBUCKLES AND SO ON. THE MAST IS ABOUT 23 FEET TALL. IT
CAME OF MY ALBERG 37 SAILBOAT. I DECIDED TO GO WITH JUST THE SLOOP RIGGING. I
SAIL BY MYSELF AND JUST DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH A SECOND MAST AND SAIL. THE MAST
IS DESIGNED FOR A YAWL SETUP. I'M NOT SURE IF IT COULD BE USED FOR A KETCH
CONFIGURATION. WHEN I GOT THE BOAT THERE WAS A LARGE WIND GENERATOR, RADAR
ANTENNA AND MAST STEPS MOUNTED ON THE MAST. I REMOVED ALL THOSE. IN MY OPINION
THAT WAS TOO MUCH WEIGHT ADDED. IF I WERE TO
P.S. THE WIND GENERATOR, RADAR ANTENNA AND MAST STEPS ARE NOT INCLUDED.
WAYNE MILROY, the former owner of LEEWAY II has the following For Sale:
Feathering Propellor manufactured by P.E.
Luke Co. of East
We had this prop on our boat for over 5
years and found we gained about a knot in sailing speed, no lose in motoring ability,
and greater control in reverse. The prop cost over $2500 in 2006 and has been
fully refurbished by the factory. It can be easily mailed to your location. We
are asking $890. and you can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
JON KUHL, the owner of the
1968 MK-I Sloop KEMO SABE, has offered the following item: "For
sale, three bladed bronze prop (16"X11"X1" RH), used but in very
good condition. The engine on our Alberg 37 is a Perkins 4-108 40HP. I changed
to a 14" prop which suits the Perkins at a somewhat higher RPM."
(See attached two photos and contact information)
I have a virtually new A-37 Mainsail for sale. It is by North - usage can be measured in days. Nice sail with tapered battens (top two full and two half battens) up and over leech line so you can adjust it at the mast. Battens are nice tapered (expensive) battens.
$1700.00 USD obo.
McKesson Medical & Surgical corp.
Sandy Romer, who recently sold TUMBLEWEED (her "Alberg 37 Cousin", a
36), has some cruising gear for sale. Cape Dory
10/26/2010; Revised 9/18/2012)
ROWAN MURDOCH, the owner of the 1980 MK-II Sloop HENRY, is looking for one of these devices (Pressure Pump) from an old Shipmate Pressurized Alcohol stove. Attached are two pictures. Rowan is wondering if anyone out there may have possibly replaced their alcohol stove and still have the parts lying around. 'Rowan's fingers are crossed if something comes up'.
Shipmate Stove Pressure Pump
Shipmate Stove Pressure Tank
(The Pressure Pump Inserts Into The Hole On The Left Side Of The Tank)
If anyone out there has the pump (and it's in operable condition), please contact Rowan at:
rowan_murdochAThotmail.com (Please replace 'AT' with '@) - this hopefully thwarts 'Email Spammers' out there!
am looking for a knurl knob for the Jib car on my boat, if anyone has one from
a jib track you aren’t using anymore please let me know.
26 Rimmington Drive
(Posted 24 May 2016)
(Posted 24 May 2016)
Prior to going cruising we took off the V-Berth teak doors of our Alberg 37 MK-II to make more room, etc. They are in great shape. Are you interested in them FREE? I suppose you could even use the teak wood for another project?
We also have a new parts manual for the Volvo 2000 series diesel engine.
Contact Tom and Rose email@example.com
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PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOUR
BOAT OR GEAR IS NO LONGER ‘FOR
ALBERG 37 WANTED
looking to cruise the world for a couple years and I can't think of any boat I
would rather do it on then an Alberg 37. I'm not looking for a project boat so
ideally it's ready to go but I'm also not afraid to put in a little work if
that's what it takes. The catch, I'm in
Wanted: Alberg 37 Yawl
We are a family of 4 looking to sail down
If you have an alberg 37, hopefully a yawl, but any will be more then loved and cared for, and are willing to help us on our quest to get our children (9-16) out from in front of the tv and live what the world as to offer for a year. PLEASE HELP US.
A A37 would be awesome and really what we
think would be the best boat. If you know of or have a sailboat 35' and over
that is in the
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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.
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Have a great Alberg 37 Spring and Summer!!!
Tom and Kaye
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