37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
P.O. Box 32
Kinsale, VA 22488
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Annual Alberg 37 Rendezvous
Annual Fall Rendezvous was held at the Assenmacher dock on the
weather was cool and clear, so outdoor activities were possible. “Boat Talk”
and photo ops of the attending boats was the order of the day. Pot luck breakfasts, lunches and dinners were
enjoyed by all. The following Alberg 37s were present: SHEARWATER – 1975
MK-II Yawl ( Tom and Kaye Assenmacher,
Not All Attendees Are In The Photo
members attending (without their boats) included: Rob Lee, of
Other attendees included: Ex-A-37 owners Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe, of Mississauga, Ontario, who are heading south aboard their Lagoon 410 catamaran PARTY OF TWO; Becky and Jerry Knop, Reisterstown, MD; Sandy and David Romer (who are also heading south aboard their Cape Dory 35 TUMBLEWEED; friends Rod and Polly Mercker, Lottsburg, VA; Carol and Richard Hackett (aboard their Shannon 38 Sloop KILISSA); and J.C. and Joy Waters, Kinsale, VA.
Saturday afternoon featured a Chesapeake Bay Crab Feast where a bushel of steamed Blue Crabs were consumed on the dock by attendees (a few folks wouldn’t touch those things – which left more for us “Crab Lovers”)!! Following the Crab Feast, TJ steamed a bushel of fresh oysters over an open pit fire (Chesapeake Bay Style). Again, a few folks wouldn’t touch the oysters, which left more for the “Oyster Lovers”!! Later that evening, Becky Knop served her famous “Need New Lips” Crab Soup (highly seasoned, of course – hence the name coined by Marcel Steinz years ago “Need New Lips”)!
Sunday dawned bright and cool, with folks recovering from all the food consumed the previous day. Several boats departed mid- morning for home.
highlight of Sunday’s events was an afternoon cruise aboard J.C. Water’s 65’
steel schooner, THE SPIRIT OF
On Monday morning, TUMBLEWEED, along with PARTY OF TWO departed on their long trek south for the winter. Several other boats left on Tuesday.
A great time was had by all!!!!
Featured Alberg 37
(For a full write-up and photos, please visit the A-37 website.)
1979 MK-II Sloop (
Owned by Mario Gosselin and Danièle
ANEMOS is an Alberg 37, sloop MK II, hull #203, built in
1979 and on the water in 1980. The
previous owners sailed mainly on
The boat had a major refit between 1996 – 2000 and completely equipped for a circumnavigation. At that time, the boat was known as Murphy’s Law. In 2005 I purchased my dream boat, the boat I was looking for since few years. All my research to find the perfect boat for offshore sailing and maybe an Atlantic crossing brought me to the Alberg 37.
I changed the name
for ANEMOS meaning “The Wind” in ancient Greek. Since 2005, I finished all the renovations
and now ANEMOS is like a new Alberg 37 with the legendary offshore
sailing quality that we know but the finish of a
All the interior is in teak with a lot of storage and the coverings are like new. A new toilet, a new holding tank with monitor and a new diesel tank (150 liters) were installed in 2006. Cabin heating is with either a wood stove or the ESPAR system with a thermostat. The galley is fully equip with a 4 burner propane stove, propane safety system and monitoring alarm, hot and cold water, 12V/110V refrigerator and again plenty of storage space.
The navigation area includes a pilot berth, a map table (open or close), the electronic system control, a VHF, radar, GPS, interior automatic pilot control (Autohelm 6000), stereo/CD.
The engine is a Yanmar 1999, 3 cylinder turbo diesel, 57 HP. The electrical power is provided with 3 sets of batteries and a generator if needed.
The exterior is all new Awlgrip paint (2005) for
the hull; Interlux Perfection for the deck (2006); and Cetol for the wood
(2005). Brass opening ports, chrome vents,
ANEMOS now sails on the
ANEMOS is ready for a circumnavigation and we've included a few photos because a picture worth 1000 words…
How To Avoid The Six Most Common Winterizing Mistakes
Free BoatU.S. Winterizing Guide Available
With winter approaching, BoatU.S. Marine Insurance has reviewed its claim files and reports the following six most common mistakes made when winterizing a boat:
1. Failure to winterize the engine: Freezing
temperatures occur in all 50 states and while they are taken seriously up
north, it’s the balmy states of
2. Failure to drain water from sea strainer: If your winterizing plan calls for draining the engine, the seawater strainer must be winterized or residual water could freeze and rupture the watertight seal. Sometimes you won’t know it’s damaged until spring launching and water begins to trickle in.
3. Failure to close seacocks: For boats left in the water, leaving seacocks open over the winter is like going on extended vacation without locking the house. If a thru-hull cannot be closed the vessel must be stored ashore – the sole exception are cockpit drains. Heavy snow loads can also force your boat under, allowing water to enter thru-hulls normally well above the water line.
4. Clogged petcocks: Engine cooling system petcocks clogged by rust or other debris can prevent water from fully draining. If one is plugged, try using a coat hanger to clear the blockage or use the engine’s intake hose to flush anti-freeze through the system
5. Leaving open boats in the water over winter: Boats with large open cockpits or low freeboard can easily be pushed underwater by the weight of accumulated ice and snow. Always store them ashore.
6. Using bimini covers as winter storage covers: A
cover that protects the crew from the sun does a lousy job protecting the boat
from freezing rain and snow. Unlike a bonafide winter cover, biminis
tend to rip apart and age prematurely by the effects of winter weather.
To get a free copy of the BoatU.S. Winterizing Guide full of tips to help you prepare your vessel for the winter, go to http://www.BoatUS.com/Seaworthy and click on “Winterizing Your Boat,” or call 800-283-2883.
ANNE’S SHIP BREAD
Made on the Stove Top Using a 4 Quart Pressure Cooker
1-1/2 Cup Water (@ 120F)
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Teaspoons Salt
Small bit of Shortening (Crisco)
2 Cups Flour (any type – Whole Wheat, etc. Robin Hood is the BEST!)
1 Tablespoon Dry Yeast
Small amount of cornmeal (to sprinkle into greased pressure cooker – makes bread easy to remove from pressure cooker).
Mix 1st 4 ingredients, let cool until 120F. Mix yeast in flour and add to liquid. Add more flour until you can knead it for 5 minutes. Let raise in warm area till about double in size. Punch down and then shape into buns and put in greased (with cornmeal sprinkled over the greased interior) 4 quart pressure cooker. Let raise in covered pressure cooker until buns about double in size or about 30 minutes (whole wheat bread won’t rise very much). Place pressure cooker (without pressure regulator) over low flame (preferably on a ‘flame spreader’) and let cook for about 30 minutes or less. Remove from flame, and invert pressure cooker and remove bread. Turn bread over and replace in the pressure cooker. Cook again over low flame (with cover on) for about another 30 minutes. Remove from flame, remove bread and let cool. Enjoy!!
Recipe courtesy of Carol Anne Organ (SEADUCTION VI – Gulfstar 41)
(Ed. Note: Kaye made this bread several times aboard SHEARWATER on our trip to the Abacos – it works great – for photos and write-up, check the website – www.alberg37,org)
Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe (previous owners of the 1979 Alberg 37
MK-II Sloop THE EVERDEN) of Mississauga, Ontario and current owners of the Lagoon 410
Catamaran PARTY OF TWO, have kept
their boat at our dock in Kinsale during the summers and early falls for the
past couple of years while they returned home to Canada. This year, they returned in early October to
prepare their boat for another trip ‘South’.
Bunkey, along with their friend Della, together with friends Sandy and David Romer of
Gord Martin of Mississauga, ON recently wrote that he is preparing his 1975 MK-II Sloop, MAGGY FIELDS, for heading “South” in 2008. Additions this year to his boat include a new Garhauer mainsheet traveler (Gord says it ‘works great’); a Dutchman Boom Brake; new masthead crane; and an improvement to the mounting of the external main furling gear. (Ed. Note: In response to Gord’s plans to head south next year, our advice is: DO IT!!!
Ivor Corbett of
The following was received from Merle Galbraith and Lois Jacob (1981 MK-II Yawl INTERLUDE): Ahoy! I carry a little note book to jot down tidbits from many sources. Only problem is, you have to CLEAN OUT those little books and file the notes in appropriate places! I'm cleaning two years of little books. Found a note from former cruisers I met in 2005. It may be helpful to A-37 owners who ever need to replace their Shipmate Stoves. Ours is still going strong after 25 years and we LOVE it, but, most good things eventually come to an end and Shipmates are no longer made (or supported) :-(.
The cruisers told me that the AMANA propane stove made for RV's drops right into the space occupied by a Shipmate AND has three burners, one really hot one, and a broiler built in to the oven. Just Googled it and it's available at Camping World.
Hope this helps.
Cheers, Lois Jacob & Merle Galbraith
Paul and Carol Dunne of
Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer, who are currently aboard their 1985 sloop SOJOURN recently wrote: “We had intended on sending this earlier to meet the Kinsale, Alberg Rendezvous date but projects got in the way -- AS ALWAYS!
SEA CYCLE Crew (Mark and Debbie Crowe) and SOJOURN Crew (Tom McMaster and Rose
At Coral Cove
So here are a couple pictures of
the ALBERG design boats in Chaguaramas,
Russell Easby-Smith (VA) -
Tom McMaster/Rose Hansmeyer (MN) - 1985 Alberg 37' Sloop, #239 - SOJOURN
Mark & Deb Crowe (
Live Slow, Sail Fast
Rose & Tom
Also, from Tom and Rose, an email from early October, 2007: “Greetings to
everyone, Rose and I are back at our boat in
The good news is we were able to
launch the boat, it actually floated and we are happy to be tucked into a slip,
plugged in and running our air conditioner which we bought while in
Our plan is to stay in
More later, love to you all.
Tom and Rose
Ted Richman recently sold his
1984 MK-II Sloop OFFLINE to John
Garth Jones who owns the 1969
MK-I Sloop INCLINATION recently wrote: “INCLINATION remains in the
I use the Alberg mostly as a home base moving around the sea, often towing my 20’ Panga (Mexican skiff) from which I fish and dive daily. The Panga only slows me down about half a knot.
Recent projects include pulling the mast and doing all new sheaves, halyards, lights and conduit, and adding a Furuno radar I recently painted the boat ‘Pink’ and all the wood ‘ice blue’ . I just got tired of White, White, White, and dark colors don’t work here because of heat absorption. I also got very tired of Cetol-ing the wood every 8 months so I stripped it down, coating with penetrating epoxy, resanding, priming and coating with two coats of EasyPoxy Ice Blue. I like the EasyPoxy because it is $60/gal wholesale, easy to apply (roll and tip), and is easy to touch up when it gets marred. The only problem is that it is pretty soft, so it wears through quickly with fender chafe. I changed the wooden rails on cabintop to stainless. I soon plan to also do a new teak and holly sole. I’ve been using a Mexican catalyzed varnish for interior finish - $12/gal and hard as a rock (but it must be sprayed)! I’m probably going to do Treadmaster on the high wear walking areas.
For the first time, the bilge is taking on water and I’m pretty sure it is through the rudder packing (how do I access and service this??)”. (Ed. Note: See the Rudder Stuffing Box article in the previous Newsletter – Vol. 17, No. 3 – Summer 2007).
Bio Diesel And
By Jon Kuhl A37 SPIRIT 1968 sloop hull #33
BIO DIESEL - I have been using B20 bio diesel fuel in my Perkins 4-108 for the past three years and I believe the positives far outweigh the few negatives. I do check my fuel filter more frequently as the B20 is likely to clean sludge more aggressively according to many sources. I did notice more sludge for the first year, however the last two years the primary filter and bowl show very little build up. Starting ease is the same and although supposedly you have about 5% less power, I have not noticed a difference. The benefits are, less pollution, less petroleum dependence much reduced diesel odor, and the biggie is less engine wear. There is lots of info available on the web, so one should read up before switching. The most common problem I've read about occurs with older fuel systems that may develop leaks as the bio diesel will degrade some older type seals.
PROP - I've had forever a nasty
growling sound at any RPM over 2000, I had the prop (16X11)balanced, replaced
the cutless bearing and I even replaced the drive shaft all to no avail. The coupling alignment looked perfect. So in an effort to nail this annoying sound I
changed props this year and installed a Campbell Sailor prop (14X11 3 blade),
and at the same time I slightly enlarged the aperture. Now with the
Peter and Mary Hay of
Thorndale, Ontario recently purchased the 1976 MK-II Sloop (#174) BOBCAT (ex-INTERLUDE). Long term A-37
IOA members will remember this boat as INTERLUDE
which belonged to Gord Murphy, who kept the boat in
David and Alberta Flemming of
Len and Aliceann Ceruzzi of
Roger and Rosemarie Ryan of
Kurt Osterhof of
(Check Out The Cruising/Racing Stories Section Of The Web Site For Additional Racing Information)
TEMPUS FUGIT Participates in Chester Race Week: David McVay participated in the Chester Race Week (The Chester Yacht Club, Mahone Bay, NS) aboard his 1967 (#7) MK-I Sloop TEMPUS FUGIT. “We finished 14th of 25 - OK for our first time out. Our best finish was 8th so we are looking to improve for next year.” For those interested, you can check out the results at: www.cyc.ns.ca
By Joran Gendell
ELIXIR – 1984 MK-II Yawl #234
ELIXIR had an Autohelm 3000 wheel pilot that served for a long time. It worked well enough but had shortcomings. It was always a nuisance to bring it on deck and rig it. Then there were cables in the way and the drive belt just waiting to grab anything dangling nearby. In extreme weather, the unit was sometimes overwhelmed. So I decided to fix all these problems by installing a Raymarine, below deck, auto-pilot with an electric linear actuator..
I opted to spend the extra money for the model with enhanced software and gyroscopic sensing. This summer ELIXIR did a 1200 mile cruise and the auto-pilot performed flawlessly on all points of sail. It’s terrific!
(For a full account of this installation along with photos, please visit the website – www.alberg37.org)
By Tom Assenmacher
Regarding the "Discussion Forum" - we would like to start a new one, however..... time and $$ constraints have precluded this. The 'old' forum was 'free' inasmuch as the web authoring software that we use for the web site included a discussion forum feature which was fairly easy to set up, but unfortunately, was a bit difficult to manage, and was easily 'spammed' (by porno/Viagra adds, etc., etc.) which is why we had to discontinue it. There are several 'commercial' forums that are available, but are only "free" if one elects to allow pop-up adds appear, which are quite annoying (in our view). Most of these forum sites can be managed without the pop-up add feature, but at the price of additional $$ per month. There is a forum service offered by “Yahoo Groups” (http://groups.yahoo.com/) in which groups can set up their own Forum - we may look into it. Anyway, we would most welcome someone who would want to take on a discussion forum as a project for the A-37 IOA, set it up, and manage it! There are some excellent examples out there such as Cruisers Forum (http://www.cruisersforum.com/); and the Seven Seas Cruising Association (http://ssca.org/DiscBoard/).
Cruising with an
By Tom Assenmacher,
During our recent 7 month cruise aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER, we have some experience in the use of an inflatable dinghy – mostly good….. We bought an Achilles 10' dinghy with inflatable floor from Defenders at the Annapolis Boat Show several years ago, but really didn't use it much till we went south last year (we like a rowing dinghy here on the Chesapeake, as the dinghy-ing distances aren't great, and it's fun to row around the anchorages in the evening (we currently have an 8' BOATEX fiberglass dinghy which is made in Canada, along with a 2.5 hp Tohatsu engine which works great if one wants to go via power (the only problem with the 2.5 Tohatsu is that it has no gear shift – i.e., no neutral or reverse – the 3.5 hp does).
The reason we bought the Achilles was: 1) - it was less expensive
37 Caps And Other Items
Arrangements have been made with What A Stitch Embroidery in Rochester, NY to make very nice Alberg 37 IOA caps with the A-37 Pennant and your boat name embroidered on the front of the hat, and with "Alberg 37" embroidered across the rear of the cap. Several cap colors are available. Prices are approximately $12.00 plus shipping. Please contact "Bonnie" at What A Stitch for exact color/boat name, etc. Other items (Fleeces, Tee Shirts, and Sweat Shirts) are also available with the A-37 Pennant, “Alberg 37” and boat name embroidered on the item. Contact “Bobbie for pricing and other details regarding individual items. Please DO NOT CONTACT THE A-37 IOA NEWSLETTER EDITORS (Tom and Kaye Assenmacher) with your cap order.
Caps and other items may be individually ordered from:
BOBBIE (585) 581.1494 :: FAX (585)581-0387
Email Bobbie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos of several items including Caps may be viewed by going to the Alberg 37 Web site.
Current offerings include:
Alberg 37s Wanted
Wanted - Alberg 37 project boat. Contact Art Svaldenis (email@example.com)
Wanted - Alberg 37 Sloop. Contact Larry Ciccola (firstname.lastname@example.org)
.MK-I Interior Cushions - "As a result of re-jigging the interior of my 1967 MK-I (# 18) VECTIS, I had to have a whole new set of interior cushions made. Bad planning as I had only replaced the covers on the existing cushions, 2 years prior. So I have a complete set of cushions for sale which are like new, 2 years old in Sunbrella, a blue and white stripe. The new cushions cost me $3500! so I figure the older ones have got to be worth $1000. Any offers? VECTIS is a Mark I and the cushions are for the original MK-I configuration (although I believe configurations varied slightly). Buyer will need to pick them up in CT.
Contact Ian Dunn Email: email@example.com
Galley Stove with 3 Bronze Burners and Oven – Stove was working well when
removed from PIKA several years ago. $75
USD for all or will part out. Stove
We are always looking for articles (cruising, racing, maintenance,
etc.) and photos of your boat for inclusion on the website and newsletter. Send the articles via email attachment in MS
WORD and the photos in .JPG format if possible. We are still on a ‘Dial Up
Modem” here on
Web Sites of Interest
Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer's Blog (with photos) Of Their Continuing Travels Aboard Their 1985 MK-II Alberg 37 Sloop (#239) From The Great Lakes to Trinidad (their current location). (http://sojourn-a37.spaces.live.com/)
Cruisers Forum (http://www.cruisersforum.com/); and the Seven Seas Cruising Association (http://ssca.org/DiscBoard/). Valuable sources of cruising information, boat maintenance, electronics, etc. etc. We used them extensively during our preparations for “Going South”
By the Editor
We’ve probably missed a few of your emails over the past 8 months or so, so if we’ve missed something really important, just shoot us another email. Also, if you see that we made a ‘glaring error’ somewhere on the website, or in a Newsletter, please point this out to us – it’s difficult being ones own proofreader!!!
The A-37 IOA
participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT
Hardcopy Newsletter versus Electronic Newsletter
Regarding the Quarterly Newsletter, we would like to have more members agree to receive notification of the posting of the Newsletter via Email, vice receiving an actual hardcopy. Although a majority of members already receive their Newsletter electronically (either by viewing the Newsletter via the Internet, or by downloading a copy of the Newsletter from the Internet), the printing and mailing of hardcopy versions of the Newsletter result in the expenditure of considerable amount of $$ and of time. With all the ‘news’ that we receive, it is becoming increasingly difficult to limit the hardcopy Newsletter to 8 full 8.5” x 11” pages (4 pages printed front to back) in order to keep postage costs down (4 front to back pages, printed on lightweight paper, just barely ‘squeaks by’ the 1 ounce weight limit for minimum postage.
If you presently receive a hardcopy Newsletter, we would appreciate your considering receiving the Newsletter electronically. Let us know…. and thanks!
We invite you to periodically visit the web site for much more information, postings, photos, etc., than are possible to include in the quarterly newsletter.
Have a great sailing FALL!!!!!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher