ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
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VOL XIV, NO. 2 (SPRING – 2004) 1April 1, 2004
NEWSLETTER EDITORS “GONE (Going) CRUISING”
We are tentatively planning on a “Down East” cruise aboard our yawl SHEARWATER from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine this summer, beginning in late May/early June, returning in September. Consequently, there will be no “Summer” Alberg 37 Newsletter. (We may try to publish a “late” newsletter when we get back home.) We will attempt (no promises) to periodically answer email. All Alberg 37 Owners in New England are placed “on notice” that we may call on you this summer!!
2004 WINTER RENDEZVOUS
Alberg 37 Winter Rendezvous, held at Harrison’s on Tilghman Island,
MD on March 6, 2004 was a great success. The evening began with cocktails in
the "Living Room" at Harrison’s followed by a great dinner in the
dining room. Members attending were: Wayne and Sherrill Bower (TEELOK);
Charles and Jane Deakyne (SCRIMSHAW);
2004 ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS PLANNED
Tentative plans are to hold the 2004 Annual Fall Rendezvous at the Assenmacher dock on the Yeocomico River, near Kinsale, VA on the weekend of October 16-17, 2004. This weekend was selected because it falls the weekend following the Annapolis Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD, allowing any Snowbirds transiting the area the chance to attend the Sailboat Show and also the Fall Rendezvous. Directions and additional information will be placed on the Alberg 37 Web Site as it becomes available.
ALBERG 37 BUILDER’S PLATE
Is the builder's plate on your Alberg 37 faded by time and sunlight until it's no longer readable? Is it missing? (It should be mounted just below the companionway, above the bridge deck). You're in luck. You can order a new one, courtesy of the Alberg 30 Association.
The cost per builder's plate is $12 U.S.
To order a
He'll need your serial number (it is something like 3775157 – length + year + hull number) and mailing address. He will stamp the plate with your hull number and mail it to you along with an invoice and payment instructions. Payment must be in U.S. dollars only. Non-U.S. payments should be by check drawn on a U.S. bank or an international money order. Check out the plate and ordering instructions on the website at:
Robert Lavoie, of Kingsey Falls, Quebec is the owner of the 1974 sloop ROBIN HOOD whose home port is Levis, Quebec.
Kirk and Tracy Cameron of Toronto are the owners of the 1967 Sloop MONSOON. MONSOON’s home port is Toronto.
Joel and Kathy Baum of Toronto, recently purchased (October, 2003) the 1970 Yawl WIND MISTRESS whose home port is the IYC in Toronto, Ontario.
Bill and Toni Booker, who own the 1976 Sloop, SYRINX, plan to refinish the interior teak and requests information regarding products to use from owners who have had done this work on their boats.
Bill Horne and Deb Kinney provided an update in late January of their experiences aboard their 1967 Sloop SERENADE:
“We’ve been home here in Michigan since last spring. We returned from the Caribbean via the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos and Bahamas to Palm Beach. Then via the Okeechobee Waterway to Indiantown where we hauled the boat for storage. We got home around the end of May…..After 4 years aboard, we missed family so have returned for awhile. Bill is heading to Florida next month (February, 2004) ….probably won’t putter much on the boat this winter, but next winter am planning to tackle numerous projects and get “Ole SERENADE” ready to go again.
The old Atomic Four is worn out! Needs rebuilding or replacing. Want to re-bed all deck hardware, re-do exterior wood, do some wiring work, perhaps replace the old Shipmate alcohol stove, etc., etc.
When we left Florida, we half-heartedly hung a “For Sale” sign on her, but we don’t think we are ready to sell here. We really enjoyed our life afloat and still have visions of taking a couple of years to do the Western Caribbean – perhaps Cuba, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala – we’ll see!”
Bill and Debbie
Dave Arbuckle (TIME PASSAGE) recently sent the following request for information:
We are looking at a cruise this fall & winter aboard our friends recently completed 60 footer. The trip would see 6 of us leave Toronto the end of October, go through the Erie Canal & down the Hudson to New York. We'd then go to Bermuda and down to the Turks or Dominican Republic where the boat would stay until March as the owners have to return to Toronto. The trip back would be through the Bahamas and then straight north to New York. We can't use the Intercoastal due to a 70ft. mast. This group has done the Bermuda and back trip before. Where is the best place to anchor for the winter, (we will stay aboard with another couple)? I understand the Turks and Caicos are quite expensive; would Luperon or Porta Plata in the DR be a better choice. Are there any haulout facilities available? What kind of clearance should we give Hatteras on the way back? Any comments on the trip from fellow A-37 members would be most appreciated, either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the Discussion Forum.
Rafael Negron recently sent an article for publication on the web site called “THE BEST OF TIMES”, an account of sailing his 1968 MK-I Sloop ELUSIVE from Salinas, PR to Fajardo, PR. You can review the article on the web site at:
Nick Blady recently reinstalled the mizzen rig of his 1977 yawl NEW ORLEANS LADY after having removed the mizzen rig several years ago.
Ian Dunn recently send a CD containing photos of his 1967 Sloop VECTIS (hull# 18). You can see an action photo on the web site at http://www.alberg37.org/ownerpics.htm.
Garth Jones writes that he “lives aboard, sails and dives full time” aboard his 1969 Sloop INCLINATION in Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico (must be a tough life!!!).
David and Joyce Lahmann recently sold their 1967 Sloop SHE ‘N I. David will soon begin a new career in Baltimore as a commercial Captain.
Dick Murphie recently wrote: “I have owned “MAJA”, a 1973 MK-II yawl, since 1980, and have sailed lots of miles. I’m currently in Daytona Beach, heading south. One problem I am becoming concerned about is the oil canning of the hull where the interior tabs for the chain plates for the main mast fasten to the hull. The greatest amount of oil canning (about 5/16 to 1/2”) being at the uppers. I am considering going to external chain plates moved aft of the inner tabs and using the present plates as interior back-ups. Does anyone have any suggestions? We are currently in the process of moving south to Ft. Myers Beach, FL. Please respond via the Discussion Forum.” (Ed. Note: This appears to be an uncommon problem and not often encountered on most A-37s).
TRAVELS OF THE EVERDEN
(1979 Sloop, Hull # 200)
By Bunkey and Geoff Cunliffe
(Ed. Note: Geoff and Bunkey are cruising aboard THE EVERDEN in the Caribbean this winter – excerpts from their Emails.)
After a long stay over Christmas and New Year in Antigua
we finally shipped out and went to Montserrat, the island that’s had the
volcano activity over the past 7 or 8 years. Today its relatively dormant again
and people are getting their lives back together again. We were impressed with
how friendly and upbeat the people there are. Met an English family on a boat
in the anchorage and toured the island with them. Went to the Volcano
Observatory and the lookout over what’s left of the old and mostly buried
Arrived Saturday so couldn’t clear in and found a
sheltered bay to hang out for weekend. Wind blew hard out of SE and neither
Tied to mooring next to “The Ladder” (over 1000 steps
going up the cliffs to Bottom – didn’t even think about this one!!) and was
getting dinghy loaded to go snorkeling in Wells Bay when I heard voices. Turned
out to be 3 medical students from local college who swam out to boat. Ended up
taking them to Wells to snorkel, swim through cave, diving off the rocks, etc,
then back to boat for cold beer. They thought they’d died and gone to heaven!
Think they took our message of “work hard, live cheap, retire early” to heart!!
Even sheltered side of
We’ll probably stay here for a week or two. I major
“portligh” stop but one we missed on way south. After here its an overnight
trip across the Anegada Passage to
Well we’re back in the
We skipped through the British and US Virgin Islands
pretty quickly, as they strictly cater to the charter trade. The Spanish
We spent a lot of time on Culebra, and visited the East
From Vieques we had a glorious downwind sail to
We had a few more stops along the S coast of
Luperon is always a nice stopover though. Very unassuming;
some say squalid, but I think it has loads of character. I cheapest place in
From Luperon we set sail for here, deciding to skip the Turks and Caicos. Turned out we had just perfect winds for a fast beam reach and had to divert to the Caicos banks (French Cay) to put the anchor down for several hours and have a siesta so as not to arrive here in the middle of the night (not a good time to negotiate your way in through the coral reef).
Since we got here we’ve had a fairly strong cold front go through leaving us with several days of NE 20-25kt winds and big seas, so we’re just vegging out until it settles down a bit, and maybe go to Rum Cay of Aklins later in the week. We’ll see.
Planning to be back in
Well we finally got out of
As I've mentioned before, we've now got THE EVERDEN up for
sale, and Bunkey is still hoping to buy a catamaran if and when we sell her.
The plan at the moment is that we're leaving the boat at
Geoff and Bunkey
s/v “The Everden”
Geoff Cunliffe requests information regarding autopilots used on Alberg 37s:
“After having spent the past few years "Down South", the one thing we both agree is that if we do go south again in THE EVERDEN, we have to get a new autopilot. The one we have now is a Navico 5000 (now Simrad), which is a belt driven wheel pilot. Maybe the basic unit is man enough, but with any wind gusts or sizable waves the belt just slips and the boat slews around. I've gone through several belts during the last two years, and by the time its 15kts and 4-6ft seas we're hand steering. Another feature of the Navico which I don't like is it doesn't have a fixed control algorithm but "learns" (Kalman Filter) the appropriate response from the prevailing conditions. Let me tell you; it doesn't work in varying wind conditions; its much too slow a learner. We've found ourselves hove-to several times thanks to its remedial control theory. As Alberg owners, what autopilots do you have, how do they perform, and would you recommend them? We're looking forward to your responses. Thanks.”
(Ed. Note: Please submit replies via the Website Discussion Forum as this request has been posted there and since they only receive email via Winlink. Also, Jay Zittrer also request ed similar information regarding autopilots.).
TRAVELS OF PIKA (Continued)
(Ed. Note: We pick up Lou and Jean’s Bahamas Email cruising account …)
moves south….But only by fits and starts.
Right now it’s more fits than starts.
We are still hanging on the hook in
George Town, the
Well, so much for no crowds. Yesterday, many more boats
rolled into the harbor for the Georgetown Cruising Regatta events which begin
today and last for approximately a week.
Look for photos on the web later this week at www.georgetowncruisingregatta.org. Tonight is opening night which is titled ‘The
Prom’ with dancing on the beach before a King & Queen are selected. There will be a bonfire on the beach as well
as fireworks (cruisers outdated flares which have been donated), in addition to the pet costume parade and
competition with judging for the best costume.
We may miss this event as we are doing laundry in town and having lunch
at 2 Turtles restaurant before heading back to
Hi all from Pika. Haven’t written for quite awhile, but
then again things here in paradise don’t seem to change much. Over the past
month and a half we hosted 5 of our close friends from
First of all I was mistaken in an earlier note when I stated
the regatta consisted of only one race, in fact there are two. The first is
sailed over a 4 mile course, twice around, within
, the anchor had to
be raised, the sails set and the boat motored all ahead full up to but not over
the start line. Once the sailing began
it was pretty much your average sailboat race. The moderate wind allowed the
two smallest boats to excel, finishing first and second overall. By far and away the fastest boat on the water
that day was a Tek 36 catamaran which finished one minute behind the fastest
monohull, having started ten minutes behind. The start of the around
Lou and Jean aboard
By Brian and Kathy Marsh
(Ed. Note: For several years
Brian and Kathy have alternated between sailing TUNDRA in the
reprovisioning in the busy city of
Our visit to Blanquilla
was fabulous. Jose showed us the huge caverns along the shoreline filled with
fossilized shells. The island is of volcanic origin, so all the coral reef
heaved upwards in the 1500’s. Another tour was to the donkey bone yard.
Apparently this breed of donkey all respect a certain spot for death rites. It
was eerie, but amazing. Lots of archaeological significance evident. Another
interesting area was a seismology study rock. Jose said it is claimed to
radiate positive energy so we all climbed up on it and breathed deeply. Great
fun. A functional airstrip is used for emergency purposes and importing
military and guests. It was indeed hard to leave such wonderful hospitality.
Anthony, the cook, had us in for a lesson on how to prepare and cook arepas. We
had a great time trying to perfect Anthony’s skill shaping the dough, taking
notes and all enjoyed the results. With weather settling
Bocce ball was a big
hit, too. I translated the directions into espanol and it is so great to
observe our learning techniques in reflection. Studying the words and hearing
them in context is pretty exciting. The pronunciation is quite a different
matter. Our stay at the station was a real treat for us as well as an immersion
course. Lots of study! We took our dictionaries everywhere. On January 12th
with the north swells dissipating, we sailed around to the west coast of
Blanquilla to Playa Yaque. Here we rejoined our sailing contingent from
During this time the fishermen were coming back from holidays on the mainland and Margarita. One evening we traded sugar, lunch, hats, hose clamps, motor fittings and much more for two lobster. Kairos and ourselves roasted them over the open fire on the beach. Delicious. Next eve, all came to the fire and Noni on Watercress cooked up a tasty corn beef omelet. Pat and Jack made wonderful meat shish kabobs. Home early with a lovely fishing pinero anchored only 20 feet off of Tundra. The fishermen are our friends everywhere here.
Goodbyes around and we
sailed for Robelad at the west end of Margarita in the wee hours, 0300 hours.
The moon was bright so we could see close vessels. Radar is very comforting
here as there are so many boats out fishing all night. Kairos sailed southwest
Robelad was a shallow,
rolly anchorage, so we moved on bright and early to Boca del
Radio contact with Scrammin’ was successful and they sailed back from Porlamar to meet us in Cubagua. This delightful island produces most of the oyster dinners for Margarita. The 50 or so locals were happy, but extremely needy, with milk at the top of the list. Many young children abound. We gave them all we had and told them we’d pass on their needs to other cruisers going that way. Brian and I fell in love with a wonderful dog there, named him Pal and wished we could take him with us. The shelling on these islands is incredible. Walking across this tiny little island, we explored ruins and shelled, attempting to avoid the scorching sun. A huge dry salina covered the core area.
On the 22nd , Scrammin’ and ourselves arrived back in Porlamar. This completed our first circumnavigation of Margarita. It’s been a delightful experience. Midweek we will sail to the Isle of Coche en route to the Golfo de Cariaco for the next few weeks.
On the 28th of January we hauled anchors and sailed over to Isla de Coche. Anchoring in front of the old hotel was fine until we discovered that it was closed and dilapidated. Fortunately for us we found a taxi driver who gave us a fine tour of the island and suggested that we move up to the north under a new all inclusive development. This was more comfortable, plus we treated ourselves to lunch and a swim in their lovely fresh water pool. Feeling pretty spoiled we headed back to the boats and watched while the fishermen surrounded us with their bait nets. Yes, we were very secure! Departure for the Golfo was planned for 0300 so we changed our plans and stayed another day. Next evening before they set their nets we moved out a short distance and slept soundly until our early departure.
What a wonderful night
sail downwind to the entrance of the Golfo. Many dolphin and pineros (fishing
boats) were there to greet us in the early dawn. Rounding the western tip of
the Araya peninsula into the Golfo was a challenge as we pointed our bows east
again. Williwaws shriek down the hills and create huge headwinds. Cruising
knowledge advises us not to go to
On February 6th
we moved on to
Sunday we took another day off to swim in their saltwater pool and enjoy lunch ashore.
Yesterday, with anchors hauled once more, we powered into the head of the bay and are anchored in 12 feet of muddy water admiring the bird life. Several dinghy expeditions later we have seen scarlet ibis, beautiful hawks, large white herons, magnificent frigate birds in mating prime, pelicans, amazonia kingfishers and more. Quite spectacular.
Tomorrow we return to
Our best wishes to all. We send you brilliant sunshine.
Brian and Kathy
A-37 COFFEE MUGS AND PENNANTS AVAILABLE
A-37 Coffee Mugs are
available for $15
Also, a few A-37 Pennants are still
available for $30.00
For those ordering mugs and pennants outside the
all portlights on my 1969 A-37. If anyone wants the old original
portlights after I remove them, you can have them for $20US per portlight plus
shipping and handling. Call
(302) 999-0100 Days
(302) 994-8850 Nights
Bill Kellett recently replaced his HYDE STREAMSTAY roller furler on his 1969 Sloop, WANESA. He is offering the HYDE roller furler for sale (less extrusion), which is useable for spare parts. $100 or best offer plus freight for all parts (less the extrusion). (Information regarding the Hyde Streamstay can be found at Rig-Rite Inc.)
Wanted - Step for the Alberg MKII; the first step as you enter the salon that mounts above the sink. Contact Stanton Smith at email@example.com
(Disclaimer – A-37IOA has no financial interest in any products listed.)
Cruising Club of
(http://www.cruisingclub.org): Excellent resource for the cruising sailor.
Maritime & Coastguard Agency
(http://www.mcga.gov.uk): British website containing much marine safety and medical related information.
Standards, Tables, International Equivalents
(http://www.pkys.com/Reference.htm): Useful information including ABYC standards information, wiring codes, etc.
Yachting and Boating World Forums
(http://www.ybw.com/cgi-bin/forums/wwwthreads.pl): Multi-thread comprehensive list of sailing forums.
Zimmerman Marine Technical Articles
(http://www.zimmermanmarine.com/tech) : Technical articles contributed by Steve D’Antonio.
(We often get inquiries regarding A-37s for sale.)
John and Lee Cunningham
previously owned the1968 Alberg 37 sloop, "QUICKSILVER" for 12+ years
and had a great time sailing her out of
John and Lee Cunningham
(Check the Website for further details and photos
we often get inquiries regarding A-37s for sale)
Recent offerings include:
1981 Alberg '37 Sloop.
US$59,500.00. (Click here for photo)
Contact Frank LaValley at 647-223-3536
1970 Alberg 37 Yawl, equipped for cruising. On the hard at the Indiantown Marina,
Ron and Cindy Strahm
OWNERS FORUM IS BACK ONLINE!
The Owners Forum/Discussion Forum (www.alberg37.org) is back up and operating with a new format. The new forum requires members to initially establish a Username and Password to gain access to the forum. A simple check-in process is required each time you visit the forum. The new forum seems to be working nicely, and so far we have not had any “spam” input. Unfortunately, the previous Forum data are no longer available. We invite all to access and provide input to the forum, as we all are “experts” when it comes to answering questions regarding the Alberg 37.
The current Featured
Alberg 37 is SOUTHERN CROSS, a 1977 MK-II sloop owned by Marcel Steinz and
Due to the proliferation of SPAM on the Internet, we no longer publish Email addresses on the A-37 web site (or in the quarterly newsletter) unless you request otherwise. 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). Keep the file size fairly small (50-60 Kb works well). We still need your Email address updates for the A-37 Roster, which is not publicly posted (Note – email address lists are not provided to any third parties- only members). If you want a copy of the roster let us know and we'll either Email a copy to you or send a hardcopy if desired.
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, and 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 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 best for Canadian members.
You will notice a date on the label of the newsletter mailing, reminding you 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 appreciates your help!
The A-37 IOA, participates as a
cooperating group with BOAT U.S., and members receive BOAT
If you are
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 like to receive correspondence, especially email, as it’s the grist that makes the Newsletter interesting. REMEMBER, THIS IS YOUR NEWSLETTER!
Have a great Alberg Spring and keep the letters and emails coming (at least until the end of May when we have “Gone Cruising”). Dust off those commissioning lists too!