ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
Visits since 5/25/2012
Tom and Kaye
NO. 2 (SPRING-2012)
FELLOW ALBERG 37 OWNER
We received word while in the Bahamas that Ron Strahm of Independence, Missouri, the owner of the 1970 MK-I Yawl ENVY passed away in a tragic airplane crash in Clinton County, Missouri on 14 February, 2012. The aircraft was owned and piloted by Ron.
“Ron was deeply loved by his wife, and a devoted father and grandfather to his blended family of six children, 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren,” Strahm’s family said in a statement. “Ron will always be remembered as a dedicated Christian man and peace maker to all.
In correspondence with Cindy following the tragedy, she wrote: “What I tell people most often regarding Ron is that even though people noticed most that he was a true adventurer and had about done it all (over and over again!), and that he knew no stranger and always had time to listen, the most important aspect of Ron was his deep and abiding faith in God. He lived what he believed. That is what gives me the comfort, knowledge and peace to move on”.
Ron is survived by his wife Cindy. Ron and Cindy had attended the 2007 and the 2011 A-37 Rendezvous in Kinsale, VA.
killed in the crash was lifelong friend and fellow sailor, J. C. Waters, also
2007 Alberg 37 Rendezvous which was held in October of that year, rendezvous
attendees were treated to an afternoon cruise aboard J.C. Water’s 65’ steel
schooner, THE SPIRIT OF
Ron and J. C. were good sailors, and very good and nice persons – They will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers go out to both of their families…..
FELLOW ALBERG 37 OWNER
The following was received from David
and Kelly Daciuk of
“I am sorry to announce that my Dad, Dr.
Daniel Daciuk, died on Nov. 21st (2011) after a 16 year fight with
various types of cancer. He never once let it slow him down. He and my Mom,
Donna, took our 1978 Alberg 37, FOOTLOOSE II, as well as a Morgan OI 41 to the
Bahamas for many years spending most of the winters in their second home.
FOOTLOOSE II will remain in our family. We look forward to carrying on Dad's
tradition of adventure, sailing and exploring the
SHEARWATER RETURNS FROM THE
returned home to Kinsale on
This completes our third and most recent cruise to the Abacos (2006-2007; 2009-2010; and 2011-2012) - and we fully intend to 'do it again'. This recent cruise went very well, with NO major problems (mechanical or otherwise - sort of remarkable for a 37 year old boat, and the crew that is nearly twice as old as the boat!!).
SHEARWATER Crew Immediately Upon Arrival Home At Kinsale
following a LONG run up the Chesapeake Bay/Potomac River from
Tired, but happy to be home!
Our advice to anyone contemplating a cruise 'south' is:
JUST DO IT!!
Welcome aboard to Wayne and Donna Steeves of Lothian, MD, the owners of the 1975 MK-II Yawl JOYOUS, previously owned by Dan and Betty Stuermer.
Welcome aboard to Lloyd
and Debbie Speyer of
Welcome aboard to Steve Self of
“Yes, my boat was formerly
owned by Robert Benoit. Sadly, Robert
passed away nearly two years ago and I purchased Maya from his widow at the end
of last summer. Maya now is in
Welcome aboard to Paul Skene of
Paul wrote the following:
Tom and Kaye. My name is Paul Skene, and I am finally gettiing around to
signing in to your great owners association, which I have been following with
interest for a few years. I became co-owner of Alberg 37 hull no.244, with
original owner Brice Wightman a few years ago. Brice is now in his eighties but
still sailing. I originally sailed with him in the
aboard to Christopher and Eneida Likes
News From Members
on Cruise to the Abacos, we received an email from Ron Fisher, of
on Cruise to the Abacos, we received an email from Ron Fisher, of
Tom, It has been a long time since I have written. I hope this finds you well
and having a great cruise in The
I am back living on land in Southern Ontario, WONIYA is on the hard in Florida with plans on getting her trucked back to Canada for a re-fit and some Georgian Bay sailing ASAP…….
Being of little money and lots of time on my hands, I have started a Facebook page in honor of Alberg 37's………After a Facebook "search" I could find nothing about Albergs so I snapped up the Facebook "domain name"
It seems just about everything and anything is on Facebook these days ,and it some ways it is sort of surpassing the regular internet as a means of keeping in touch and up to-date.(ie. even and old guy like me checks his Facebook before email now)
Sail safe and Regards
(Ed. Note: Looks good – take a look!!)
Again, while on cruise, we received the following news from Eric Illsley, the owner of LADY JO’:
thought I'd let you know that I've moved to
The boat chore list isn't getting any shorter- seems I can't get charts for the old Garmin plotter, so I'm looking for something that uses C-Map this time!”
Mike Rostron, of
is a nostalgic montage of sailing in the
Here is the link: http://youtu.be/NWdNZci2TDE
following was received in January from Tom
McMaster/Rose Hansmeyer who are
cruising the 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN
left Rio Dulce,
Also, the following was received:
to check out diving and explore this island as we only did an overnight here
last spring in route to Rio Dulce,
Rose & Tom
in March, we received the following from John
and Fleur Rilett of
I hope this finds you enjoying Man O' War Cay. I hope I'm not intruding to much with a question I think you have addressed in the past, how protect the pintles and gudgeons with zincs. MOLLIKETT is on the hard right now so it's a good time to figure this out. As preparation to go south I bonded all below waterline parts except the pintles and gudgeons. The rudder post is bonded. I have a zinc prop nut and so far this is all the zinc on the boat. I would appreciate your thoughts.
other news, we may be moving MOLLIKETT
to BC. My son lives in
(Ed. Note: We think it's a good idea to bond the under water bronze parts of the boat (Cutless bearing housing; rudder shoe; and the mid-rudder gudgeons), as the bolts tend to 'dissolve' if not bonded/protected with a zinc anode. We did this by installing 4" teardrop zincs directly to these parts. We simply drilled and tapped holes (1/4" as I remember) into each part, and have seen no electrolysis since. You may need to chip away the thin fiberglass fairing around the rudder shoe and center gudgeon.)
If any member wants an 'UP TO DATE" roster of A-37 IOA boats/owners, just let us know via email (a37ioa-at-sylvaninfo.net - remove the "-at-" with "@" ) and we'll send you a copy via email attachment. The roster will be in "HTML" format, and you will be able to display the roster via your web browser. The reason we don't publish the complete roster on the A-37 website is to maintain member's privacy as the roster contains phone #s and email addresses.
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE - PIKA - 1967 MK I Hull #20. Cruise equipped!!
See Photos and Description this web site for extensive description and photos. $49,000 USD.
Contact Lou Wayne - email: email@example.com.
(Click On Thumbnails For Larger Photo)
Owner Anxious - Make Offer.
Contact: Charles Deakyne. 410-647-6674,Email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR SALE - SOLA
GRATIA, Alberg 37 Mk II Sloop #107
Clean and well kept A37. Ready
for cruising! Solar panel, manual windlass, Aries windvane self-steering, 250'
chain anchor rode, furling genoa, main with 3 reef points, lazy jacks, upgraded
self-tailing winches, 1000 watt inverter, propane stove and BBQ, new
anti-fouling, and more. Deck recently professionally repaired
On the hard in
Contact Dan Lord at: 978 462 1112
ALBERG 37's WANTED
I am looking for an A37 project boat. The motor and cosmetics are not critical but it must be structurally sound (bulkheads, hull, deck). Located on the east cost near NC is a plus. I can be reached through email at Curtis Vance(at)bellsouth.net
(Check out the Gear For Sale/Wanted section of the website for latest listings)
Alberg 37 Main Mast, Sails and Rigging For
All in good working condition (apart from 1 wonky halyard sheave (fore port) that should be replaced sooner or later).
Reason for sale: converting to experimental rig using free-standing masts.
Shipping to be arranged. Grab yourself a bargain! :-)
Contact: Simon Foster
glasiadATyahoo.co.uk (replace AT with @before sending email) Tel: (
For sale - Zodiac, 4 man offshore valise liferaft. Never deployed, purchased new in 2000. Always stored inside and is in great condition. Buyer responsible for shipping and repackaging, however if it cannot be repackaged for any reason send back and we will refund the purchase price (shipping not included). Asking $800 USD. Contact Bill and Debbie Horne: serenade2ATsbcglobal.net (replace AT with @).
Foredeck Dri-Dek Covering By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher SHEARWATER
Several years ago, we decided to protect SHEARWATER’s foredeck from dings, scrapes, etc. by the application of Dri-Dek (http://www.dri-dek. com/index.html ) interlocking tiles to the foredeck.
Dri-Dek Installed On SHEARWATER’s Foredeck
This application of Dri-Dek has worked out well, leaving a very ‘non-skid’ surface in the anchor/anchor windlass area, while protecting the foredeck in this area from wear, and allowing mud from the anchoring process to be easily flushed away by the washdown pump.
SHEARWATER’s Refueling Syphon Rig By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
Not normally liking to go to the fuel dock at marinas, and being in a lot of ‘out of the way’ places, we tend to carry extra fuel in ‘jerry cans’ (specifically Spector plastic fuel jugs). We normally carry 4 jugs of diesel fuel (6 gal. each – if one is careful putting the last gallon in the jug due to foaming), for a total of 24 gallons. These fuel jugs are carried on the starboard side of the boat, secured during transit with nylon strapping to a ‘strapping board’ attached to stanchions (we carry 3 jugs of fresh water and one jug of outboard motor fuel on the port side).This externally carried fuel is in addition of approximately 36 gallons carried in the internal fuel tank under the cabin sole.
In order to get the externally carried fuel into the internal tank easily, we’ve devised the following ‘fueling rig’ The rig is stowed when not is use in the area immediately above the internal fuel tank, and takes up very little room..
Fuel Rig folded for Storage
The fueling rig shown in the above photo consists of a section (approximately 2’) of ½” OD rigid plastic tubing connected to an outboard motor ‘squeeze bulb’ fueling line (purchased at West Marine, or any marine store having parts for outboard motors). The fueling line is attached to the plastic tube with a hose clamp. Downstream of the ‘squeeze bulb’, we’ve inserted an automotive (‘Fram type) fuel filter to strain out the ‘big lumps’ of dirt in the diesel fuel. In the photo above, the end of the fueling hose is slipped over the end of the plastic tubing for proper stowage of the ‘Fuel Rig’ (keeps those last drops of fuel remaining in the line from dripping on the deck).
Fuel Rig ready for inserting into the jug of fuel,
The rigid plastic tube ready for insertion into the fueling spout of the fuel jug,
The plastic tube is then inserted into the fueling spout of the fuel jug, and the fuel line downstream of the fuel filter, is inserted into the internal fuel tank filler port during the actual fueling operation.
The fuel line downstream of the fuel filter is inserted into the fuel tank filler port. (Note the Dri-Dek interlocking tiles on the side deck – keeps both the deck and jugs clean.)
To begin fueling, a few squeezes of the ‘squeeze bulb’ starts the fuel to begin flowing into the tank, creating a self-sustaining syphon. It takes approximately 13 minutes to ‘decant’ 6 gallons of diesel fuel into the internal fuel tank
Observing the fueling operation.
One doesn’t really need to stand by during the ‘decant’ operation, provided that you have ‘dipped the tank’ to ensure you can have sufficient room in the internal tank to accept the fuel.
This rig has worked well for us over the past few years – AND requires no electricity!
Dinghy Sling By Tom and Kaye Assenmacher SHEARWATER
We’ve learned a few things during our 3 Bahamas Cruises in the past few years. One of which is ‘what to do with the dinghy’ when at anchor (SHEARWATER being a yawl, with no davits). We have rigged up a ‘dinghy sling’ using 3/8” double braid line, with a stainless steel 3” lifting ring attached. We then hoist the dinghy using the spinnaker halyard to lift the dinghy out of the water, just forward of the mast. The sling is adjusted so that in the event of rain, the dinghy will drain.
Dinghy deployed using ‘dinghy sling’.
(Photo taken in
, Man O’ War Cay, Eastern Harbour ) Abaco, Bahamas
This arrangement keeps the boat out of the water (less bottom growth), secure, and is easy to use. Once can attach small fenders to keep the dinghy off the topsides. We’ve fabricated small ‘strap on’ fenders using 1’ sections of ‘swim noodles’. If high winds are anticipated, one might consider leaving the dinghy in the water. Once launched, the ‘dinghy sling’ lines remain attached to the lifting points on the dinghy, and are simply dropped to the floor of the dinghy.
Al Peckenpaugh is looking for a 13" x 14" LH (Left Hand) prop (7/8" shaft) for his 1967 MK-I Sloop GYPSY LADY. He has the Volvo MD-2 engine in his boat. If anyone has this prop, please contact Al.
alpeckenpaughAThotmail.com (replace AT with @ before sending)
looking for a spray dodger for "KUMA" my 1971 MK-II A37
Yawl, any colour will do, or even just the frame. ALSO, I am looking for an Alberg 37
Tiller with fittings to use as an emergency tiller.
Peter D McIntosh
RYA/DOT Yachtmaster (Ocean)
captpetermacATfastmail.fm (remove AT and substitute @ before emailing)
Wanted as spare - Datamarine S-200 DL LCD Digital Depth Sounder Instrument.
Web Sites of Interest
Polar Navy (http://www.polarnavy.com) is dedicated to building efficient, user friendly cross-platform marine navigation software (POLAR VIEW). Their applications provide consistent user experience with native look and feel on Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux systems, Apple iPhone and iPad mobile devices. Additionally, POLAR VIEW has the ability to superimpose ACTIVE CAPTAIN (http://www.activecaptain.com), an interactive cruising guide, on the POLAR VIEW display. The best part is that ACTIVE CAPTAIN is FREE!!
(Displaying Steve Dodge’s Abaco Raster Chart – During Return To FL From The Abacos)
POLAR VIEW has embedded tide and current tables, which are extremely helpful (especially on the Intra Coastal Waterway – ICW), and since NOAA vector and raster charts may be downloaded free (POLAR VIEW can use either type of charts), there’s no excuse for using outdated charts.
Please be reminded to use your ‘visual – eyeballs outside the cockpit’ cues (daymarkers; buoys; etc.) along with charts (both hardcopy and digital). We see many boaters who blindly follow the ‘magenta line’ on their in-cockpit chartplotters……..)
We’ve used this navigation software during our recent
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. Please don’t send large files, especially high resolution photos. Photos should be 100 kilobytes or smaller if at all possible. We’ve had some emails with attachments which take HOURS to download.
Hopefully, we've included most or all of the pertinent correspondence that we've received over the past few months. Our apologies to those items which we may have missed.
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.
The A-37 IOA
participates as a cooperating group with BOAT
U.S., and members receive BOAT
Have a great Alberg 37 SPRING!!!
AND KEEP IN TOUCH!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA