37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
C/O Tom and
VOL XIII, NO. 2
10 April, 2003
2003 Alberg 37 Summer Rendezvous
The 2003 Summer Rendezvous will be held at the Oakville Yacht Squadron (OYS), Oakville, Ontario on Saturday, 28 June, 2003. Like the 2001 Alberg Rendezvous which was held at the OYS, fellow members, Karen Kinnear and Marcel Steinz, (sloop/cutter SOUTHERN CROSS), have again graciously offered to host the event. This location will allow more Canadian members to participate in the annual Rendezvous. Start making plans now to attend this fun event! A nominal fee of $10 will be collected from boat owners to help defray the Rendezvous expenses. See the attached flyer for additional information.
(Note: Rendezvous information is also posted on the A-37 web site.)
PRIOR ALBERG 37 OWNER PASSES
It is with sadness that we report the passing of Isabel Rose, wife of Ralph Rose, of Wicomico Church, VA. Ralph and Isabel were the original owners of BRIGHTLINGSEA II, a 1968 Alberg 37 sloop (Hull # 26) and sailed the boat extensively on the Chesapeake Bay. Isabel was born June 6, 1917 at York, PA and died March 24, 2003 at her Wicomico Church, VA home. Isabel graduated from Duke University, taught in the York public schools and Philadelphia private schools, tutored children in reading and served her community in various organizations. She is survived by Ralph, her husband and faithful companion of 63 years, a daughter, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
ALBERG 37 WINTER RENDEZVOUS
The annual Alberg 37 International Owners Association Winter Rendezvous was held on Saturday evening, 8 March, 2003 at Harrison’s Chesapeake House, in Tilghman, MD. The evening’s events began with “Happy Hour” in the “Living Room”, followed by dinner. Members attending were: Becky Long and Jerry Knop (SOLSKIN II); Wayne and Sherrill Bower (TEELOK); Charles and Jane Deakyne (SCRIMSHAW); Bryce and Suzanne Inman (TIDINGS); Tom Assenmacher (Kaye had the flu and couldn't attend) (SHEARWATER); Bill Beaver and Heather Bernhards (HALCYONE); Gerry Warwick and Pat (ex-AVALON). Lots of good "boat talk" and exchanges of photos took place.
(Note: Rendezvous photos are posted on the A-37 web site.)
Blair Aston has moved his 1976 sloop, YARY, up to Georgian Bay, where he will be sailing out of the Bay Port Marina in Midland, Ontario.
Newsletter editors Tom and Kaye Assenmacher and owners of the 1975 yawl SHEARWATER, were in Toronto in January (some say we should have gone south!!) for a few delightful days to attend the Toronto Boat Show (bought a new dodger/bimini from Genco and some foul weather gear). Stayed with Marcel Steinz and Karen Kinnear, and also had lunch with Henk and Wendy DeVries. Tom and Kaye plan to enjoy their newly “refurbished” boat this season.
Ashley Walker reports the following regarding the re-engine project for his 1975 yawl, GOOD NEWS:
“I'm taking Good News to the yard tomorrow morning where hopefully the crane will be waiting to extract the Volvo. I've spent a lot of time preparing, cleaning, disconnecting and second guessing, but after it’s out tomorrow I'm sure I'll feel better. The Vetus (engine) arrived a few days ago so we're going to sit them side by side, build a jig, and modify the rear brackets slightly. Then, the plan is to cut the front beds down to allow for the down angle transmission, replace the shaft and prop etc. Both the mechanic helping me and the yard superintendent have strongly recommended going with the dripless seal arrangement, saying they've not seen a failure yet after many installed. I know of the failures I've read about, but am leaning their way. I'm taking a lot of pictures and will try to document things to maybe produce an article for the newsletter or website.”
(Ed.: Ashley has a Volvo MD-2B engine and transmission for sale - posted in this newsletter and on the web site.)
Gerard Seguin of Sherrington, Quebec is preparing his 1977 yawl, CAP-LIB, for a voyage from Gaspe’, Quebec to ST-Malo, France in June 2003. To check out Gerard’s progress, visit his website at http://www.voile.org/transat2003/.
Derek Osmond is cruising aboard DREAM WEAVER and sent the following:
“I was hoping to get to the Rendezvous in the Chesapeake last fall but had engine problems and decided to repower with a Yanmar 3GM30 while in New York. In all it took me 2 months so I missed both the rendezvous and the Chesapeake boat show.
I did get as far south as Cape May, then went offshore to Bermuda, a rough trip. Wind on the nose for 5 of the 7-day passage. From there I headed south to Antigua. This passage was much better. I was in Antigua for most of Dec, Christmas and New Years. Then in early Jan I headed west, dropping into several of the islands along the way. I arrived in St Croix yesterday, Feb 7th. This took me approx a month, so much to see and so many islands to experience, all different. I will be visiting the other USVI's and the BVI's during Feb and early March. Then head east again to arrive in the Windwards by the end of March. A Surprise is the number of people here in St Croix that recognized the boat as an Alberg-37. Four people, all separate instances, so far and I have only been here a day. One was another yachtie from Rochester NY, but the others were local sailors or x-pats that have been here many years and dropped by to complement the boat. I have also been in touch with THE EVERDEN (Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe) on SSB. They are headed this way so I hope to see them before I leave the BVI's.”
David and Carolyn Curley are cruising the Med aboard CANADA GOOSE, and send the following:
“We are still in Spanish waters - a difficult year with health and age doesn’t come on its own. We have now a berth in MAR MENOR, a small inland sea between CARTAGENA AND ALICANTE, and very handy for the BELEARIC ISLANDS and FRANCE. CANADA GOOSE is always admired, much against her modern counterparts. We will be off cruising again in MAY. One big problem in these days of mass boat production is a dire shortage of marina berths especially in MAJORCA-IBIZA at £30/night, which is the norm - so much for the EURO. We will keep in touch as we go along - good sailing to you all.
David and Carolyn Curley
Todd Stebleton recently sent the following:
“We have owned Copperhead for almost five years and have kept her in Daytona Beach, FL. We have raced her in the local offshore series since we brought her home. We had no racing experience prior to our involvement, but thought it a good way to get to know the boat. We have learned much and the boat has been a patient teacher. Most of our mistakes have been gracefully forgiven.
As expected, we did poorly the first season or two as we learned rules and tactics. We have continued to improve our skills and equipment and have even managed some first place finishes. We race in a PHRF fleet and find that we do quite well. We are much slower than the Beneteaus and Sabres not to mention a Farr 40 in our class. This is a frustration to the owners of these boats because shortly after the start, we have clean air while they mix it up at the front of the pack. We maintain that if we can see them at the finish, we probably beat them. It holds true more often than not.
I regret that we have been unable to attend any of the rendezvous. Time does not allow it. I have seen very few Alberg 37s as there are few in this area. I have had the pleasure of meeting the owners of two Mark II boats. Marcel and Karen (Steinz) aboard Southern Cross and Brian and Kathy (Marsh) of TUNDRA all took time to give tours of their boats while on the hard in Titusville. I learned much in just a short time with them. If anyone is traveling down the intracoastal and plans to stop near Daytona Beach, I would highly recommend Halifax Harbor Marina. It is one of the nicest on the Atlantic coast and is near historic downtown. I would gladly take time to help anyone passing through. I can be reached at (386) 615-8240.
Bruce McFarland, of Wilmington, DE recently renamed his 1967 sloop from TARDIS to AERIE.
Bram Smith sends the following: “We have sold our home of 36 years in Labrador City Newfoundland are presently in the process of sorting and packing a vast amount of "stuff" in anticipation of a move to Nova Scotia, where we will be close to ALICIA III (1975 yawl). So, my plans (for sailing to Ireland) may have to be put on hold for a while. I still plan on cruising this summer, around NFLD and probably down the coast of Nova Scotia and Maine.
By Rob and Julie Lee
We purchased HERON from Todd and Candice Clift in late August of 2000. The plan was to use her as a summer cabin a few weeks a year, get to know her and to prepare her for some long term cruising five years down the road. That plan didn’t last long! Within a few months the whole family decided on a change in routine and decided to take a year off to cruise.
We arrived in Salem, Mass in early July after a hectic few months spent closing up shop in Steamboat Springs. The whole family was happy to be reunited with HERON and immediately set about sprucing her up. She got new graphics on the stern, a new head and hoses, new VHF, topside gel coat touch up. On the fourth of July I ground off her bottom paint and repainted her, giving myself green toenails that lasted for weeks (it was too hot for shoes). After a thorough compounding and buffing she was ready to launch, looking beautiful.
After two weeks living aboard in the parking lot we were anxious to splash her and did during a tall ship celebration. As we cleared the finger dock on our way to our slip the two square riggers lit off a cannon salute to each other (I don’t think it was for us even though we were in between them). This was followed by the Coast Guard coming along side addressing me as captain (Me?), and asking my intentions. My intentions at that point were not to hit anything. They asked me to hold my position, no problem in a four knot current, I’d already backed her out of a slip one time and had reverse down pat. Up to this point I had only been the captain of a Sunfish and probably had less than an hour at the helm of HERON under power going forward and maybe five or so under sail. The learning curve was so steep that I wasn’t bored.
We were fortunate enough to be able to get a mooring at Jubilee Yacht Club just a half mile distant for a week to finish our fitting out. This club has a casual , very active membership ( beer and pizza, no pretensions and a group of experienced cruisers and week night racers) who were always helpful. I can’t recommend it enough.
Off to Maine!
Subscribing to the no guts no glory school of blue water sailing this seemed like a logical choice. We set our sights on Gloucester some 8 or 10 miles distant, called in advance for a town mooring and left with out benefit of sailing instruments (loose wire).
While fixing this we saw some friends on ROZINANTE who were suitably impressed when our jenny backed on us in the four knot breeze while we waved at each other. We arrived in Gloucester without a hitch, picked up our mooring and enjoyed the town for a couple of days. One word of warning, the fishing fleet leaves between 0400 and 0700 at top speed, departures are spaced for maximum enjoyment by all. We were actually air born in the V berth a couple of times, the kids were very jealous.
Robbie and Anna Lee
North through the Annisquam River to skirt Cape Ann is not to be missed (but do it on a rising tide) and if there is the time take a few days at the Annisquam Yacht Club. It’s not as lively as Jubilee YC but there is a great beach and a hot dog float for gourmet dining. The only caution is that, being of deep draft, departure must be timed for high tide. Having installed the new VHF here and checked the weather we made it to Kittery, Maine one sunny after noon. The owner of the grocery store has a few moorings he rents for donations and they were most helpful with the joker valve (great name for a toilet part) we had FedEx deliver to us there. The owner of TEQUILA SUNRISE stopped by for a chat. His AL37 of unknown hull number was moored across the river in Portsmouth. I encouraged him to join the association and hope he does. Had lobster at Chauncy’s, best lobster in Maine. Don’t pass this up.
As seasoned sailors we departed for Casco Bay at dawn, motored some and sailed some until mid afternoon when the wind died altogether. We motored along spotting whales and singing (read: not paying attention) when there was an incredibly loud noise that sounded exactly like a cash register drawer slamming open and then shut. I killed the engine and stuck my head under water and we only had two blades out of three on the prop. This was troubling since we were about eight miles off shore and maybe 25 from Portland. I restarted the engine and found a harmonic at about 1000 rpm where there wasn’t too much vibration and putted to Casco Bay at 3.8 knots ( a valuable piece of info for other Alberg owners). Other sailors often told me that they didn’t think that it was possible to knock a blade off a prop but anything is possible on a boat. We made it to Portland just fine, had her hauled at Portland Yacht Services and had a new prop installed in 10 days for $1600. We are repowered with a Yanmar and had to have the aperture enlarged about one inch to get the prop off. No problem, New England Fiberglass was just 100 feet away. Great guys at NEF and great guys at PYS but a little pricey. A word of warning here, Hamilton Marine is just a few hundred feet away and I spent big bucks and many happy days upside down rewiring the electrical panel. We loved Portland, very up scale and sophisticated, great place. From our berth on jack stands (again) we were only a few feet from the bike path that leads downtown, and had an elevated view of the working harbour. Had Lobster.
When released from our yard accommodations we sailed for quiet Chandlers Cove to try our hand at anchoring for the first time. I am happy to report that it was a success as there was no wind or current where we dropped the hook. In retrospect we’d have been fine if I’d just thrown out a ball of chain instead of the CQR.
We visited Boothbay, Camden, Castine, The Wooden Boat School, Blue Hill, and Northeast Harbor and had lobster. At Boothbay we met Jack and Gerna St. John in their very well kept 37 FIGMENT. Her new topsides paint is impressive. At Wooden Boat we ran into old friends of Tom and Kaye’s, they had many stories to tell but I can’t repeat them here.
For those that haven’t been, I can’t recommend Maine enough, the towns dating from the age of sail are a pleasure to approach by boat and dinghy. The waterfronts are usually quiet as they weren’t designed for the automobile and in some cases it’s possible to walk a block or two before having to deal with traffic and noise. The buildings are human scale and help to create a nice feeling for those of us arriving by water.
Tiring of lobster, more soon,
The Lees on HERON
TRAVELS OF THE EVERDEN
(Ed: We recently received the following emails from Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe, who are cruising the Caribbean aboard their 1979 sloop, THE EVERDEN).
03 Feb 2003, Providentiales, Turks and Caicos Islands
“Arrived here 0800 today. We finally left Georgetown and the Bahamas!! We tried to go from Georgetown to Conception Cay on Friday but the winds decided otherwise (Herb was wrong!!) so we went to Rum Cay instead. The next day still had favourable weather so we did the long 130nm run to Mayaguana arriving the next morning, rested up for the day then came overnight again to here. So time for a few days R&R here before the next hop!!
We'd spent about 3 weeks in Georgetown, doing most of our outstanding boat jobs, stocking up, doing laundry and the usual round of "Happy Hours" socializing before moving on. Georgetown can be a bit like summer camp for grown ups, and lots of well intentioned would be world cruisers end up no further and come back year after year. Hence its "Chicken Island" nickname. This year we also had visitors from Ottawa for about 10 days while we were in Georgetown (they brought us mail, a new inverter, collapsible water jugs and lots of marmalade!!). Overall the weather wasn't too bad while they were with us (though we definitely had our share of fronts) and we managed to do most of the local sights, but they did get soaked the very first trip across the harbour complete with bags, so the first two or three days were spent mostly drying out, with the boat looking like a Chinese Laundry. I hope the rest of the time made up for it.
Geoff and Bunkey, s/v "the Everden"
Luperon, Republica Dominicana (DR) 12 Feb 2003
“Buenas Dias a todos mis amigos (or something like that**). We are now in Luperon, Republica Dominicana (DR). Arrived yesterday 12 Feb @ 0630 after a particularly rough passage from the Turks. We had winds over 20kts close on the nose, seas 6-8ft, and had to motorsail most of the way. Autopilot quit (belt stretched and slipping continuously) so had to hand steer all night with heavy spray over dodger into cockpit all the time, cursing both David Jones and Herb, who both forecast a good weather window. Arrived soaked and weary, but at a beautiful, very protected anchorage. Had customs, immigration, agriculture, etc all come aboard around 0900 ferried out by local boatman, to clear us in. Think we got ripped off on one $20 "fee" but too tired to care at that point. Spent all day on board. Today we'll venture ashore and start to play tourists again, plus do laundry (found some more leaks on passage - both hatches still leaking and water also coming in through mast seal - more jobs to keep us busy in this new part of paradise).
Geoff and Bunkey, s/v "The Everden"
04 Mar 2003, Boqueron, Puerto Rico.
“Hope this finds you all well, and most of snow shoveling behind you. We Left Luperon, Dominican Republic (DR), Friday evening to Escondido by Sat noon, then left Sat midnight to Samana by 0700 Sun, then left there 1700 Sun to cross dreaded Mona Passage and arrived in Puerto Rico early Tues morning. After 4 straight nights at sea, we're pretty punchy and ready for some serious sleep. You have to travel at night because the Trade Winds prevail a bit too strong during the day, and you can take advantage of a "night lee" effect (light wind off land as it cools overnight). The Mona Passage itself wasn't that bad and we had to motor half of way.
From here we'll hop from port to port (just after dawn) along south shore then go across to Virgin Islands around end of March (God willing of course).
We really enjoyed the DR. The combination of good climate, friendly and proud people, really low prices, wealth of history, and spectacular scenery is tough to beat. We traveled around a lot while we were there, spent a day in Puerto Plata, the nearest town of any size (actually the oldest settlement though fire destroyed all the original buildings), two days in the capital, Santa Domingo, visiting the many splendid circa 1500 buildings (city walls, forts, cathedral, museums etc), and a fun day at the local "waterfall", a series of natural water chutes which you climb up and then slide down. We traveled in anything from a motorconcho (Moped which regularly carries up to 3 people, but I have seen four) for $0.40, to a guagua (local minivan bus which goes when its full - we had 20 people on one we were on) for $1, to luxury air conditioned busses for $4. We ate lunch out just about every day - at $3 each including beer, it literally wasn't worth cooking. We went on several long walks and tried to talk to the locals in Spanish as much as we could. Usual problem is they all want to try out their English, which is usually better, then our Spanish, but we tried. Was less keen on Samana, our last brief stop, where everyone seemed to have his hand out from the Commandancia on down. The "boatboy" who brought the officials out to our boat to check us in also filled our diesel jugs and took our laundry ("back by 2pm"). After several "tips" and chasing the guy round town with the Commandancia's assistant on a rickshaw affair welded to the back of a motorconcho, I got our laundry back at 5pm so we could finally leave (we'd already got our "despachio" papers).
Will let you know how Puerto Rico compares after we've been here a while.
Don't work too hard. Best wishes,
Geoff and Bunkey”
24 March 2003, anchored in Charlotte Amalie harbour, St Thomas, USVI
“Arrived St Thomas this morning after quite pleasant passage from Isla Culebrita, P.R. Went ashore, did the required customs thing, wandered around town then came back to relax on boat. Charlotte Amalie, the principal town of St Thomas Island, is a large town by the sea with a crowded anchorage, and just zillions of high priced stores specializing in flushing cash from the pockets of the cruise liner passengers. The one $3 US popsicle Bunkey had was enough for me. Seriously underwhelmed. Definitely not my scene. Tomorrow we'll go to a real supermarket, recommended by one of locals, then get the hell out of here to a quiet anchorage somewhere.
Salinas P.R. was a great stopover, with a great anchorage and an unbelievably well stocked marine store, reasonable stores and restaurants. East end of P.R. and the islands ("Spanish Virgins") were very pretty, some hiking and snorkeling, and could have spent much longer there. Will have to see if rest of USVI can match it once we get out of commercial centre.
Geoff and Bunkey
s/v "The Everden"
(Ed.: Geoff and Bunkey plan to attend the Rendezvous in Oakville.)
Greg and Margo Vandenberg, of Grand Rapids, MI are the owners of FALCON, a 1967 sloop. FALCON is berthed in White Lake. FALCON was previously owned by Dan and Rita Stuart.
Gordon Martin, of Mississauga, Ontario is the owner of MAGGY FIELDS IV, a 1975 sloop. She is berthed in Toronto. MAGGY FIELDS IV was recently purchased from Fran and Scotty Lamont of St. Catherines, Ontario and was previously named ROB ROY.
FEATURED ALBERG 37
The currently Featured Alberg 37 is SCRIMSHAW, a 1975 Alberg 37 sloop, Hull # 152, owned by Jane and Charles Deakyne of Round Bay, Severna Park, Maryland. SCRIMSHAW is sailed from the Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland. Photos of SCRIMSHAW are posted on the web site.
Anyone wanting their A-37 “Featured” on the web site, simply send us a half dozen or so color photographs (action/sailing views preferred). If you have a digital camera, so much the better (saves us having to scan the photo). Low resolution settings seem to work quite well for viewing photos on a computer monitor while keeping the file size within reason. For those sending hardcopy photos, we need REALLY GOOD photos in the 5”x7” range. We really cannot use larger photos, or grainy reproductions. We’ll return hardcopy photos if desired.
WINTER ON THE CHESAPEAKE
By the editor
We’ve just finished (hopefully) one of the coldest winters within recent years on the Chesapeake. The Hampton Hall Branch of the Yeocomico River, here on the Northern Neck of Virginia, was completely frozen over during January and February. We also had a considerable amount of snowfall during the months of December, January and February. We ran an ice-eater intermittently for several months to keep the dock and boat ice free.
"SOUTHERN CROSS" Iced in at Kinsale
Our 1975 yawl, SHEARWATER, was on the hard at a local marina, but Marcel Steinz’ SOUTHERN CROSS, which is wintering over at the dock in Kinsale for the winter, looked quite cold and forlorn.
A-37 COFFEE MUGS AND PENNANTS AVAILABLE
A-37 Coffee Mugs are available for $15 U.S. which includes postage (within the U.S.). The mugs have a line drawing of the A-37 (sloop or yawl - please specify your choice) imprinted with "ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION" and a color drawing of the A-37 Pennant printed on the outside of the mug. (We can place your BOAT NAME under the line drawing for no additional cost if you so desire - please specify). Please allow at least 3-4 weeks for delivery, as we have them made up individually.
Also, a few A-37 Pennants are still available for $30.00 U.S. which includes postage (within the U.S.). This is a very tastefully rendered and durable pennant.
For those ordering mugs and pennants outside the U.S. please add $5.00 for additional postage. We can only accept payment by check drawn on a U.S. bank, OR an International Money Order (for Canadians, a Canadian Postal Money Order works best.)
(Check the Website for further details and photos)
Recent offerings include:
1968 Alberg 37 Yawl, equipped for cruising. On the hard at the Indiantown Marina, Indiantown, FL.
Ron and Cindy Strahm
2820 S. Crenshaw Road
Independence, MO 64057
SHE 'N I
1967 Alberg 37 Sloop, many updates, slipped in Manitowoc, WI. Asking $37,000 U.S. Call for information.
David and Joyce Lahmann
LITTLE BIT IV
1974 Alberg 37 Yawl, Hull #126, Equipped for cruising, Slipped in Longport, NJ
Asking $35,000. U.S. Call for information.
1973 Alberg 37 Yawl, Hull # 107. Complete recent refit, more than $90K spent in the last 2 years. Excellent buy at $48,500 US. Recent change in plans necessitates sale. Boat lying in Cape Canaveral at Cape Marina.
Contact Rick Jeffs
Alberg 37 Yawl, Hull # 84.
"We have been liveaboards for 7 yrs, on a custom designed interior Alberg 37. When completed, we cruised the Caribbean, and are now back, refitting her again to put her on the market."
Jimmy & Jeanne Sadler
Wanted: Mizzen rig for Mark II yawl. Any information, design details, photos and parts welcomed. Has anyone got an old rig removed in a conversion to sloop? Please contact Bob Prescott, North Marshfield, MA (617) 921-0235
GEAR FOR SALE
Port lights for Sale (1975 Alberg 37 WINDSWEPT)
I'm replacing all of my port lights with stainless steel one over the winter. I have six original port lights, all in good condition. I want $ 50 each for them, or $ 240 for the set. I'm located in Toronto, Ontario but they can easily be shipped anywhere in the world.
Volvo MD-2B Diesel Engine and Transmission - Parting out or will sell entire engine and transmission as a unit. Engine is a "Take Out" from my 1975 Alberg 37 yawl, GOOD NEWS. Engine is in operating condition and has approximately 3000 hours of operating time. Located in Kemah, TX.
Contact me for details.
(281) 334-6701 or (281) 772-5249
TUNDRA’s Travels. Brian and Kathy Marsh keep us up to date with a running narrative of their cruising in the Caribbean: http://www.galiander.ca/tundra/index.html
(Ed.: Brian and Kathy plan to attend the Rendezvous in Oakville.)
Safety Standards for Backyard Boat Builders. This pamphlet is a simplified explanation of Federal recreational boat construction requirements intended for the use of the non-professional, individual builder.
Yacht Design Info. The Directory of Yacht Designers and Yacht Builders, Power and Sail.
COSTA RICA TO EASTER ISLAND via Coco Island and the Galapagos. Former member Todd Clift (former owner of HERON) is sailing in the western Pacific and reports his progress on his personal web site: http://www.toddclift.com
John's Nautical & Boatbuilding Page. Incredible list of links to all things having to do with the water: http://www.boat-links.com/
National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center. NOAA now offers weather fax images by email as well as directly downloadable versions:
U.S. Navy’s Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center. Excellent weather charts and satellite images: http://www.fnoc.navy.mil/
Panama Canal. For those contemplating a canal transit or simply for some interesting viewing:
The Royal Meteorological Society in the U.K. Provides links for forecasts, satellite and radar images and detailed information on all weather related activities:
Joe Mehaffey and Jack Yeazel’s GPS information website. Much useful information about GPS and product reviews: http://gpsinformation.net/
Reed’s Nautical Almanacs. Includes tide information and other useful links: http://www.reedsalmanac.com/
American Radio Relay League. Learn about ham radio for boaters: http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/marine.html
U.S. Naval Observatory. Much useful information regarding celestial navigation publication sources:
2004 RENDEZVOUS PLANNING
Bob and Linda Grindahl have tentatively offered to help coordinate a "North Great Lakes Alberg Rendezvous" in 2004, provided there is enough interest in such an event. Bob notes that place good place for the rendezvous would be the North Channel of Lake Huron, where on occasion there have been 4 Albergs at anchor in Browning Cove of Haywood Island. Members interested and/or wishing to volunteer to help coordinate such an event are invited to contact Bob and Linda at:
5661 Noel Court
Saginaw, MI 48603-3673
HOME MADE PROP PULLER
By Tom Assenmacher
Having the occasional need of a prop puller, but not wanting to spend a lot of $$ to purchase one, I built my own puller using some scrap materials found in the shop. I used 4” x ¼” cold rolled steel plate to make the puller. If you don’t have a cutting torch or power hack saw (which I don’t) one can use a metal cutting (abrasive) blade in a “Skil-Saw” type of electric hand saw. The photos should give you enough construction ideas to make your own. The example in the photos is for a 3-bladed prop, but the design could be easily changed for a 2 bladed prop by the addition of several 5/8” holes. The puller screws are constructed from ½” threaded rod available at any hardware store. For a 3-blade prop, the holes are spaced 120 Degrees apart.
Components of Prop Puller
Prop Puller Assembled
Prop Being Pulled
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). Please visit and participate in the USERS FORUM periodically as there may be a topic for which you are an “expert”! 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. 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 needs and appreciates your help and support!
Members of the A-37 IOA, which participates as a cooperating group with BOAT U.S., receive membership for half price ($9.50 vice $19.00). Please mention that 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. Boat U.S. membership is no longer required to make purchases from their stores or catalog, however, membership is still required for the purchase of boaters insurance.
If you are transiting the Chesapeake Bay, please plan to stop by Kinsale for a few days (or longer). It's only about 10 miles off the Bay (up the Potomac to the Yeocomico River), and our area is very secluded, protected (good hurricane hole) and quiet, and a very good cruising area, especially in the fall. We always have a couple of open slips. Each fall/spring we have several ‘snowbirds’ stop on their way south/north.
"THE EVERDEN" arrives at Kinsale for the Fall Rendezvous
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 Summer and keep the letters and emails coming!!
Tom and Kaye Assenmacher