ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 32 Kinsale, VA 22488
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
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NO. 3 (SUMMER-2010)
1 July, 2010
Happy Canada Day To Our Canadian Friends
Happy Independence Day To Our
It’s Nearly Rendezvous Time
ALBERG 37 FALL RENDEZVOUS
Saturday/Sunday, October 9-10, 2010
arrive on Thursday or Friday)
Hampton Hall Branch, Yeocomico River
Kinsale , VA.
‘s Beautiful and Historic Northern Neck)
ALL POSITIONAL INFORMATION IS APPROXIMATE – DO NOT USE FOR NAVIGATION
Here for Previous Rendezvous Write-ups and Photos
And Crew Are Back
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
After nearly a 7 month
'sabbatical', Kaye and I have finally returned home to Kinsale in early May.
We left Kinsale on 10 October 2009 aboard our 1975 MK-II Yawl SHEARWATER in company with
Lou and Jean Wayne, aboard their 1967 MK-I Sloop PIKA, for points 'South'! We had a (more or less) uneventful trek down
the ICW to West Palm
Beach, FL, where we crossed over to the Abacos, Bahamas in mid-December.
We spent a few days
'weathered in' at Elizabeth City, NC awaiting passage of some nasty weather and
seas on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds.
Highlights of the ICW portion was spending a few days in St. Augustine, FL in
mid-November, and watching the shuttle
launch on 16 November while at anchor in
Titusville, FL (about 5 miles from the Shuttle Launch Pad) - a SPECTACULAR
Shortly after our arrival in
Vero Beach on 18 November, we did a short haulout
at the “Cracker Boy”
boatyard in nearby Ft.
Pierce, FL to fix a leaking shaftlog/cutless
bearing housing – which we promptly fixed, and were back in Vero the following
We spent Thanksgiving
(American) at the Vero Beach Marina which was a grand event. About 100 'Southbound Cruisers' attended an
amazing 'Pot Luck' dinner on Thanksgiving afternoon hosted at a nearby city park by
the Vero Beach Marina.
On 9 December, we left Vero
and then proceeded in company with PIKA and MISCHIEF (Kip and Linda Newbould’s 1970 MK-I Yawl) to West Palm Beach, FL, where we
made the Gulf Stream crossing (uneventful and easy) on 13 December to Great
Sale Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. From Great Sale Cay, we proceeded to Green
Turtle Cay (by way of Hawksbill Cay) arriving there on 15 December where we
checked into Bahamian Customs at New Plymouth (settlement), paid our $300
cruising fee, and lowered the yellow ‘Quarantine’ flag and raised the Bahamian
courtesy flag. We had anchored just off
the settlement of New Plymouth and dinghy’d in to go
through Bahamian Customs – when we returned to the boat to go into the
anchorage at nearby White Sound, we found that our transmission had failed
AGAIN (our 4th)! We managed
to get into the anchorage, and the next day took the boat into the Green Turtle
Club Marina, where TJ swapped out the BAD transmission with our spare
transmission (yes, we carry a spare).
We stayed in Green Turtle
through New Year’s Day, having celebrated Christmas with a lot of cruising
acquaintances, and where we took part in Green Turtle’s JUNKANOO (which was
great!) on New Years Day.
Leaving Great Sale Cay in
early January (2010), we then proceeded through the “Whale Passage” to Man O’
War Cay, where we’ve spent a lot of time over the past 4 years.
Although the weather in the
Abacos wasn't the greatest, we thoroughly enjoyed our time here! In December, January, February through mid
March, we had 'rip roaring' cold fronts pass through the area every 2-3 days
with occasional squalls of 40+ kts. Thankfully, we
were able to spend most of the time on very secure moorings the well protected Eastern Harbour on Man O Way Cay.
While on Man O’ War Cay, we
did make a few short side-trips, although one needed a ‘weather window’ to go
anywhere last winter. Included in our
side trips were several short runs to Marsh Harbour on Great
Hopetown on Elbow Cay; Guana
Cay for the ‘Barefoot Man’ Concert; an several days on
We knew most of the cruisers who were ‘hunkered down’ on Man O’ War, and
met new cruisers the entire winter who were passing through the area. Probably due to the poor economy (world
wide), there were not the usual number of boats/cruisers in the Abacos, or for
that matter, the entire Bahamas.
In early April (2010) we left Man O’ War and began
the long trek back home to Kinsale. We spent several weeks back in Green
Turtle Cay with our friends Lou and Jean Wayne who decided to leave PIKA (1967
A-37 Sloop) on the hard at the Abaco
Yacht Services (AYS) Boatyard in Green Turtle (they plan to return to
Green Turtle in December (2010) or January (2011) to continue cruising the
Bahamas without making the long trek down the ICW and the Gulf Stream Crossing
from Florida). From Green Turtle, we (along with crewmembers Lou and Jean) left
Green Turtle for Powell Cay and then to Great Sale Cay from which we
successfully crossed over to Ft. Pierce, FL.
We spent a few days in Vero Beach, FL, and then proceeded up to Ponce Inlet (near New Smyrna Beach, FL) for a 2 day offshore run up to Georgetown, SC. When just south of the Charleston, SC inlet, we experienced our 5th transmission
failure while motor-sailing offshore (there wasn’t much wind). Like all of the
previous failures, we had little or now warning of the impending failure – we
simply began to slow down!!!! Checked a few things (like checking if we had
lost the prop – but reverse worked fine)!!! Oh, by the way, we only got about
120 hours out of this last transmission!!!!!
Anyway, the failure occurred
at about 2230 in the evening (we were planning on reaching the Georgetown inlet
at slack tide the next morning at about 0700 to catch the flood current into
Georgetown), about 25 miles south of the Charlestone
inlet. Not wanting to enter Charleston Harbor at night, and as the weather was
great, but only a very light wind, we decided to sail (at about 2.5 kts) toward Charleston, and have Tow Boat US (we had just
upgraded to the ‘Gold’ towing service vice the regular ‘Unlimited’ Towing
package) meet us at the inlet at dawn. Consequently we had a tow into Charleston to the City Marina. We had originally planned to replace
the recently failed trans with the rebuilt spare which we carried, but after
considering our luck(??) with this transmission,
decided to call our friends, Kip and Linda (who run ‘Boat Lovers Transport’ of Coles Point, VA – only a few miles from our home in
Kinsale, VA) and have them transport SHEARWATER back home to Kinsale, VA. We
got towed again by Towboat US to a nearby boatyard, where a few days later we
were loaded and heading north on I-95 to VA (amazing how the old boat beats to
windward at 65-70 MPH – and with no masts or sails up!).Anyway, we are back home from the Bahamas (great trip except for the transmission breakdowns).
Tom and Kaye back home in Kinsale, VA
(Ed. Note: We plan to post photos of our 2009-2010 Bahama cruise on the website in the near future –
SHEARWATER is currently on the hard at Port Kinsale Marina awaiting
installation of a new TWIN DISC marine transmission.)
Shawn Sprinkel, of Charlestong, SC is the owner of the 1971 Alberg 37 MK-I Sloop (#70) EMMA ROSE. Shawn writes: “I believe she was the first
Alberg 37 built that year(since 1970 ended at Hull 69). Documented vessel. Great solid cruiser. For Sale to good home, if anyone on the list is interested. Very reasonable. :-).
Dan and Johanna Lord of West Newbury, MA are the owners of the 1972
MK-II Sloop NUAGE. The boat is currently for sale – see the For
Sale page on the website for details.
of Toronto, ON is the owner of the 1967 MK-I Sloop (#3) RODEO. “This boat belonged to Ed
Kunkel, who donated the rudder mold to the association. This boat also has the
stay sail modification and a letter from Carl Alberg explaining how to do the
modification, which I would be glad to share with anyone.”
Lucie and Benoit Fauteux
of Gaspe’, Quebec are the owners of the 1974
MK-II Yawl FOLICHON 1.
Eric Illsley of Angus,
Ontario is the owner of the 1976 MK-II Yawl LADY JO’.
Tibor and Eva Halasz, of Northwoods, IL are the owners of the 1967
MK-I Sloop FINNAIRE.
Ed. Note: We may
have heard from other ‘Albergers’ while we were
cruising in the Bahamas. Our apologies if we missed listing your
correspondence in this Newsletter
News From Members
recently heard from Robin Phillips who is on cruise from British Columbia to Mexico aboard his 1967
MK-1 Sloop-Hull # 1 KATYDID:
"Just wanted to drop
a line and thank you for assisting me with acquiring a mainsail from the Newbould's. Let them know that
I left the west coast of British Columbia this spring (May 26th)
and am now in La Paz Mexico after spending 23 of the
last 30 days at sea. One stop in Ensenada for a
week to clear customs etc. I left the west coast of British Columbia this spring (May 26th)
and am now in La Paz Mexico after spending 23 of the
last 30 days at sea. One stop in Ensenada for a
week to clear customs etc. The sail they sent me is awesome. I took it in
to the sailmaker's for some small repairs and they
told me it was impossible to buy sail material with that percale (thread count)
in such a heavy material nowadays. It actually made my old main look so poor in
comparison that I took it down and use theirs instead.
I have renamed the boat back to the original name
given when it was launched "Katydid".
I will someday do up a complete list of the work I
performed on her during the last two years of ownership and submit it to you as
an article. Lots of mistakes and things I learned and would like to pass
on. I may have more time now that I am in Mexico, the days are so hot that
you don't do much in the middle of the day so it will be on my list.
The boat of course is awesome, I weathered everything
from no wind to plus 40 knots off the California coast for three
days. Never once did I worry about the boat, what a pleasure to sail!
I am glad you're winter went well. Wish I could
come to the rendezvous and meet everyone. Wrong coast and to
far away though.
Alberg 37 Hull #1"
We recently received an email from Tom McMaster and
Rose Hansmeyer who are
cruising aboard their 1985 MK-II Sloop SOJOURN
in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama:
“We are heading back to
West San Blas after going 120nm to Colombian border
town to renew visa for another 3 months.
We have had a great trip to Sapzuro, Colombia with Audrey Paige from MI. We have taken our time sailing with minimal
seas so has been nice. We are now heading back to Western San Blas. Wouldn't want to do this in trade wind conditions as
this bay is wide open and see that it could be VERY rolly
- but cruisers do what they have to do....
The islands this coast are different with
volcanic mounds along with beach and coconut trees. Took a ponga
($6/person round trip) to Capurgana - another small
clean resort village with NO road access so they use horses pulling carts for
commerce. Pretty cool place. Power was out so DAS/immigration was only
open from 12-1pm. Was going to go hike the falls to Cielo
park in Capurgana but delays changed that plus Dennis
doesn't want to pay ponga again and abit far to take dinghy with open seas and chance of
squalls at any time coming down from the hills.
Plus the Colombian locals are picking up on the Kuna (in the Eastern San
Blas they charge $5-10/month) and starting to charge
a $25Mil pesos (around $13) anchor fee per week. We have heard that possibly next year you
maybe able to have 6 month renewal instead of 3. We left Sapzuro
a couple days ago and anchored near Isla Pinos. Its so quiet but the birds
(white igrit, green parrot, etc.). We have seen great
biolumonus light in water along with light from MANY
jellyfish at night. Before leaving west
San Blas I finally saw a black with yellow stripe sea
horse and huge pod of dolphins at W. Hollandes anchorage. There are also a couple crocodiles in some of the
islands but didn't think it was true till I saw photos -- it was HUGE so guess
will watch more next time go snorkeling!
When you have
time can you please put a query on the Alberg site to ask others if they have
heard of issues with the Volvo 2000's series diesel engine? We understand the transmission/gearbox has a spline issue without any warning. The spline
between transmission and engine gradually wears out and doesn't work. We haven't had this issue yet but we have
heard from other cruisers that have had this replaced.”
Jack Vanderloo who owns the 1977 MK-II Sloop SOUTHERN CROSS recently
reported: “This email is coming to you from still-on-the-hard in Sydney, Nova Scotia,
having sailed (no that's an exaggeration - motored) down the St. Lawrence and
around the Gaspe last year (mid-June) in weather that
was acknowledged by locals all along the way as the coldest and wettest and
generally lousiest in 25 years!!! My first "all up" sail
was between Buctouche, New Brunswick, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, 31 days after setting out
from Iroquois, Ontario. Strong to gale force winds out of
the NE the whole way down the St. Lawrence, out of the S past Bay de Chaleur, through the Northumbeland
Strait and down to the Strait of Canso, and out of
the SW, and in pea soup, all the way to Halifax and Lunenburg.
back to the Bras d'Or Lakes where Christine joined me for a wonderful
month exploring every nook and cranny of these delightful cruising
grounds. Hope to spend 2010 slowly gunkholing
the Eastern and Southern shores of Nova Scotia between Cape Breton and Yarmouth
(meeting up with Ellen and Peter whom you met), wintering again in Sydney and
crossing over to Maine, and doing New England, Long Island Sound, NYC, Hudson River,
etc. the year thereafter.
in January, we heard from Mark and Debbie Crowe, who are cruising in the Caribbean aboard their 1972 MK-II Yawl SEA
CYCLE: “Belated Happy New Years, hope everybody is
well, we are just leaving Colombia and headed for Panama. The blog is finally up to date some what www.seacycle.blogspot.com Sorry for
the delay. Most of the pictures are now on Mark's Facebook
site. We will be out of touch with no internet or phone for the next few
Cheers Mark and Deb”
A-37 IOA Hosts
Visiting Alberg 30 Association Cruising Group At Kinsale
The Alberg 37 International
Owners Association hosted a cruising group of the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30
One-Design Association at Tom and Kaye Assenmacher’s
home and dock on the Yeocomico River in Kinsale, VA on 1 June, 2010. The group was on a cruise from
Annapolis, MD to Washington, DC and scheduled an overnight stop in Kinsale. Happy Hour and a Crab Feast were held and
enjoyed by all attending.
Association Crab Feast
A-37s For Sale
check the Alberg 37 web site (A37's For Sale/Wanted)
for the latest postings.) (Ed. Note: Several
Alberg 37s have recently changed hands – so there are people out there looking
for these great boats.)
Current offerings include:
FOR SALE - GOOD NEWS, ALBERG 37 MK-II YAWL #144 $44,500
awlgripped hull with white decks; Repowered with 4cyl 42hp Vetus/Mitsubishi diesel and
transmission with less than 200 hours; Replaced standing rigging and
lifelines; Complete sail inventory with new 155 Mylar Genoa, 125
Furling Dacron Genoa, Fully Battened Mainsail with Dutchman Reefing mounted to
a Strong Track on mast for effortless raising/lowering main, Dacron
Mizzen, Red/White/Blue Asymetrical Spinnaker with
dousing sock; Optional wood trim added by manufacturer in cabin; 12V
Adler Barbour Cold Machine. Many more accessories.
Great Condition for proven regatta class winner and beautiful
cruiser. Owner downsizing. Pictures
available at - http://picasaweb.google.com/dawalker14/GoodNews?feat=directlink
Lying in Seabrook, Texas. Contact Don Marullo
of HSH Yachts in Clear Lake Shores, Texas. Don may be reached at 281-723-5006. Click
Here For More Photos, Specifications And Contact Info.
20 years of owning her, John Volk is offering "STORNOWAY"
for sale. She is a MK-II, Hull
#182, built in 1979. Originally built as a sloop, she was professionally
converted to a yawl. Details can be found at:
. Price is $65,000 CDN.
FOR SALE: 1972 Alberg 37 MK-II sloop; recent
Westerbeke/roller furling/radar etc., etc. / ready to sail! Too
many toys and no time. $29,900.00 - On the hard at West Newbury, MA
PHONE Dan Lord:
978 462 1112
Gear For Sale
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
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 @). For photos of the liferaft, go to http://www.alberg37.org/gear4sale.htm
Frame For Sale, Geoff Cunliffe of Mississauga, Ontario, the former owner of the 1979 MK-II
Sloop, THE EVERDEN, now cruises
aboard a Lagoon 410 Catamaran, PARTY OF
TWO. As part of his re-outfitting PARTY OF TWO, Geoff had a new hard
dodger built for his boat. He has a very
heavy duty dodger frame for sale, which could be adapted to a large catamaran,
or a wide beam monohull. The frame is built
of 1-1/4” heavy wall Stainless Steel.
The Frame is approximately 12’ wide. Good for use 'as is' OR could be
parted out for davits, or other uses. Geoff is asking $200 (USD) for the unit. Check the Gear For Sale/Gear Wanted page on the Website for photos. The frame is located in Kinsale, VA Contact Tom Assenmacher at: a37ioa@sylvaninfoNoSpam.com
dodger frame is NOT for an Alberg 37
Web Sites of
Good Old Boat - The Sailing Magazine for the
Of Us (http://www.goodoldboat.com/)
Southeast Cruisers' Net
Solar Panel Installation Aboard
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher
4 years ago, prior to our 1st cruise to the Bahamas in 2006-2007, we decided to become more 'energy
independent' by installing 2 (85 Watt) solar panels above the dodger. These panels have really reduced our
dependence on running the engine (with 80 amp Balmar alternator). Last year, we decided to install another
solar panel (this one is 130
Watts) on top of our Bimini for a total of 300 Watts. This installation increases our electrical independence
by a large amount..
For further discussion and more photos, please visit
the online version at: http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/SHEARWATER_Assenmacher_Solar_Panel/Solar-Panel-Installation-Aboard-SHEARWATER.htm
We are happy to report that the solar installation 'worked
like a charm'!! We rarely had to run our
engine in order to charge our 450 Ampere Hour (A/H) house battery bank during
our recent cruise to the Bahamas (October, 2009 - May, 2010). Although we did a lot of motoring/motor
sailing going to and from the Abacos, we spent considerable time either at
anchor or on a mooring (in Man O' War Cay).
Even on cloudy days, the solar installation provided some power. We figured that our daily power consumption
was approximately 90 A/H, of which about 50 A/H was used by the refrigerator (1976 vintage
Adler-Barbour Cold Machine). We have had
NO problems with the solar installation!
Our next highest consumer of DC power is our HP laptop, which draws
approximately 4 amps when in use. Another
high impact DC power consumer is our ICOM 710 SSB transceiver which is used,
primarily for Sailmail (Email via Pactor Modem/SSB) in the transmit mode. The SSB receive mode (for monitoring weather
reports, cruising nets, etc.) uses very little DC power. Over the past few years we have converted all
the cabin lights to low energy consuming LED lights, along with an LED anchor
light. The DC power consumption of the
LED lights is minimal, and a great saver of DC power - the new generation of
LED light bulbs are excellent in that they give off bright and warm light, not
the cold/blue light of the first generation LCDs
Additionally, we recently applied
additional insulation to our refrigerator box (see Refrigerator
Insulation - http://www.alberg37.org/Project%20DB/SHEARWATER_Refrig_Insulation/SHEARWATER%20PROJECTS.htm
for further discussion and more photos of this project). We also installed an 'Hour Meter' to the
refrigerator circuitry to monitor the number of hours per day that the refrig
compressor ran. We also installed a Radio
Shack wireless thermometer inside the refrigerator (which transmits to an
exterior temperature monitor) in order to monitor the refrigerator box
temperature. We found that the
efficiency of the box was improved approximately 10-15% (based on refrigerator 'running' time)
with the improved insulation. With the
addition of the wireless thermometer, we discovered that we were wasting energy
by keeping the refrigerator too cold. Also, the addition of a small 'muffin fan' (very
low power consumption) inside the refrigerator to circulate cold air inside the
box kept the box at a more uniform temperature (the jury is still out whether
or not the addition of a circulation fan decreases power consumption).
By the Editor
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 Virginia’s Northern
Neck (we occasionally have WIFI available) – if at all 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.
We hope to be getting high speed Internet Service in our area (we aren’t
holding our breath!) – we’ll let you know if/when this
The A-37 IOA participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S.,
and members receive BOAT U.S. membership for half price ($12.50 vice $25.00).
Just mention 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.
recently returned from our 2nd
Cruise, we urge anyone who is thinking about going cruising to DO IT!!! You
won't regret it!
Have a great
Alberg 37 SUMMER! See you at the Rendezvous in October!
Tom and Kaye
Assenmacher At Home In Kinsale, VA