ALBERG 37 INTERNATIONAL OWNERS ASSOCIATION
VOL XIII, NO. 3 (SUMMER 2003)
Gerard T. Warwick
We regret to report the passing of Gerry Warwick, of
2003 Alberg 37 Summer Rendezvous
annual Alberg 37 International Owners Association Rendezvous was held at the
Oakville Yacht Squadron,
22 Alberg 37s were represented at the Rendezvous:
BRANDELERA II (1970 MK-I Sloop, #66) - Frank and Linda Smart
CAPRICORN (1969 MK-I Sloop, #36) - Roy and Doreen Carter
CARELLEN* (1975 MK-II Sloop, #139) - Rick, Graham , Gladys and Paula Humphrey
ESTORIL (1986 MK-III? Sloop, #245) – Ian Cheeseman
FINALE* (1988 MK-III Sloop, #248) - Terri and Alan Pateman
HALCYONE (1973 MK-II Yawl, #100) – Heather and Bill Beaver
INIA* (1983 MK-II Yawl, # 231) - Peter and Susan Boyadjian
LEEWAY II* (1984 MI-II Yawl, #233) - Wayne and Cindy Milroy
MAGGIE FIELDS IV* (1975 MK-II Sloop, #142) - Gordon and Kathy Martin
MARIGOT (1968 MK-I Sloop, # 26) – Dan Oswald
PAWBEE* (1973 MK-II Yawl, # 118) - Henk and Wendy DeVries
PIKA* (1967 MK-I Sloop w/midship galley, #20) - Lou and Jean Wayne
POSSESSION* (1973 Yawl w/cutter rig and teak decks, #110) - Mike and Karen Johnston
RAGNAR II* (1981 MK-II Sloop, #215) - Tom Liban and Arlene Poizner
SEAFORTH (1971 MK-II Yawl, #73) - Roy and Maureen Brankley
MK-II Yawl, #157) -
SOUTHERN CROSS (1977 MK-II Sloop w/cutter rig, #180) - Marcel and Karen Steinz
SUNSTONE* (1970 MK-I Sloop, #65) - John Birch and June Hodgins
THE EVERDEN (1979 MK-I Sloop, #200) – Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe
TIME PASSAGE* (1980 MK-II Sloop, # 210) – David Arbuckle and Linda Main
TUNDRA (1977 MK-II Sloop, #181) – Brian and Kathy Marsh
TUULI * (1971 MK-II Yawl, #82) - Greg Blair
* A-37s which sailed to the Rendezvous
Also attending by boat were Ralph and Sally (friends
of Lou and Jean Wayne) who sailed over from
Others attending the event were Wanita Gray and Larry
Meade, Phil Hawkins and
Much "boat talk" and many boat tours took place during the day long activities. The day’s events culminated in a social hour at 1600 and a BBQ (with Marcel Steinz and Dave Kent presiding) at 1800.
Again, the Alberg 37 International Owners Association
thanks our hosts, Marcel and Karen, for their tireless efforts, and the
(Note: Rendezvous information is also posted on the A-37 web site.)
Wendy and Steve Johnson, of
Roy and Doreen Carter, of
“Our Alberg 37 is privately owned, non commercial,
recreational, although we do offer sail training aboard to local groups of
youngsters, largely Hispanic and African American from surrounding school
districts. We also cruise
Our Alberg is original 1968 with a rebuilt Atomic 4, new sails, GPS, whisker pole. The A-37 website and newsletter is an invaluable source of help and moral support!
We have been inspired by website accounts of transoceanic voyages to dream of taking her to Europe for a year if my skipper/buddy Mori and I can wangle a sabbatical leave for a year to do so - Northern Atlantic route, Scotland, Norway, France, Portugal, Med, Azores to Caribbean in winter, then back up the East Coast to Great Lakes in spring.”
Steve and Lisa Grimshaw of
Papo and Gina
Negron of El Senorial,
Sheila McVay of
Mignot and Genevieve Langlois send the following along with photos of their
boat, FOLICHON I: “Just a few words to tell you how much I am pleased when I
receive the newsletter. It is great to read about everybody’s experiences. We
have been in
Lou and Jean Wayne of Rochester, NY, (who attended the Oakville Rendezvous aboard their MK-I sloop, PIKA), plan to head south again this fall bound for the Bahamas, retracing their voyage of several years ago.
and Dan Daciuk of
report that there is an Alberg 37 in the
George Chapman has recently sold his A-37 yawl of 18 years, LITTLE BIT IV.
Lynne Purvis wrote the following: “Yes we still own TRONDELAG - she is in a
marina just north of
Dick and Joan Wilke have placed their 1984 yawl, IOLANTHE, on the market. Dick is in the process of building a home-built aircraft – all the sailing experience will come in handy!
Ashley Walker recently completed the engine replacement of the MD2B with a Vetus M17 (42hp) aboard their 1975 yawl GOOD NEWS. “During the sea trial, I got max performance of about 6.8 knots at about 2900 rpm while cruising easily at 6.0 - 6.5 knots at 2100 rpm. We ended up with a 14x13 3 bladed prop and it seems to be OK. Big difference from the MD2B - Smooth and really quiet.”
Greg Blair stopped by Kinsale for
several days back in early Spring aboard his yawl,
TUULI. TUULI had been in
TRAVELS OF THE EVERDEN (Continued)
Geoff and Bunkey Cunliffe sent the following updates of their travels aboard THE EVERDEN:
01 May 03.
“Actually well past time for an update. I think the last
update was back in the
went overnight to
Stayed in several
So that's how
come we ended up in
that, there may just be mail in
Geoff and Bunkey,
s/v "THE EVERDEN"
17 May 03,
since we did an update. We've been moving along quite quickly down the islands.
Bunkey's anxious to get back. Our son & daughter in law are expecting a
baby any day, and my daughter is getting married this summer too, so she's
dying to get the boat hauled and fly back. We're booked into
islands were all pretty, but were fairly expensive (the euro is fairly strong
vs. US $ at the moment. Don't want to think about what it was costing us in $Cdn). The Saintes in particular are a very picturesque
little group of islands. We hoped to pick up mail in
want to spend a lot more time in
We had a great few days in Bequia, a very cruiser friendly island, where we met up with Mike and Dierdrie (of Ontario Boat Builders Coop fame) on "Cheshire Cat". They'd been there for several weeks and had quite an entourage of other boats they'd befriended which made for quite a beach party on our last night there. We've had one night at each of the Grenadine islands as we've come south over the past week. Tobago Cays were very picturesque with huge reef protecting the small islands, but found the snorkeling there surprisingly mediocre (maybe diving on the outside of the reef, 50-100ft, would have been better, but fairly heavy seas, and the Admiral didn't fancy sitting bubble watching in the dingy).
Plan to check
out this morning then hang out at Petit St Vincent or Petite Martinique
overnight, go to Carriacou Sunday and check in Monday morning. Bunkey has found
a Prout Cat there she wants to check out. After that it’s
That's all for now. Will update again once we're in Trinidad Geoff and Bunkey s/v THE EVERDEN”
25 May 03,
CANADIAN POSTAGE STAMP
Mignot recently sent a letter to us that had an unusual Canadian Postage Stamp
attached – it had a photo of his 1974 yawl FOLICHON 1!! We asked
HELPFUL TIP (Cutting Lucite)
If you need to cut Lucite, or for
that matter any plastic, (Lexan etc.,) try using Liquid Joy Dish Detergent (Joy
does everything) or any liquid soap as a lubricant. It works like a
“LAND CRUISE PLANNED”
We plan to take an extensive
“Land Cruise” in our Subaru Forester (that’s a mini-SUV, not a boat!!) in
August (to get away from the typical brutal
USEFUL DOCK BRIDLE
By Rafael Negrón
My wife Gina and I usually cruise
ELUSIVE by ourselves. We feel that our hardest task is that of bringing
her into the dock safely, without banging her against the pilings or the pier
itself. We were used to handling a smaller Hunter 25 footer, and then we
acquired Elusive. When coming into her slip, we used to have our hands
full. Necessity is the mother of invention (sounds like a band from the
60’s, ZAPPA?). We recently moved from
The following “drawing” reflects the slip with the free lines uncrossed. Use your imagination and see a boat in a slip.
The following “drawing” reflects the slip with the free lines crossed. Use your imagination and see a boat in a
A-37 COFFEE MUGS AND PENNANTS AVAILABLE
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
INSIDE/OUTSIDE CHECKLIST - WARM CLIMATE STORAGE
Courtesy of Marcel Steinz / Frank Smart
Marcel Steinz provided the
following checklist for storing your Alberg 37
(or any other boat) in warm/humid climates (i.e., leaving you’re boat on the
1. Wash down all interior surfaces with a bleach Solution to inhibit mold and mildew (especially. if teak is oiled)
2. Launder all removable upholstery fabric, curtains, pillow covers, etc. and store in plastic bags.
3. Put all books to be left on board in sealed plastic bags with bay leaves - will mildew if left out.
4. Seal any wicker ware in plastic - will mildew if left out.
5. All clothes should also be bagged.
6. Put Bounce Dryer Sheets in everything - in all sealed bags, between any clothing left on board, in all cupboards, etc. - they absorb moisture.
7. It is a good idea to sprinkle bay leaves in lockers to help prevent bugs.
8. Use a lot of "Roach Hotels" throughout the boat.
9. Put silver foil in all windows and hatches (shiny side out) to reflect heat.
10. Remove anything with elastic or rubber content e.g. rain wear, bathing suits, “gotchies????”, elastic/ rubber deteriorates in the heat. We have already had to replace the drive belt in our stereo.
11. Open all lockers, floor panels for air circulation.
12. Put large containers of dehumidifier crystals in the sinks - suggest using a plastic basin as these crystals eat into stainless steel.
13. Drain water tanks and plumbing systems (especially sea water systems as sea water really stinks when stagnant). Blow water out with dinghy inflating pump.
14. Shut off propane at the tank.
15. Remove batteries from flashlights, remote controllers, GPSs, etc.
1. Clean all canvas work before storing.
2. Plug all thru-hulls, hawse pipe with furnace filter material to prevent birds and bugs.
3. Invert dingy on foredeck - tarp securely - lash down - leave foredeck hatch open slightly for air flow - insert screen.
4. Flush fresh water thru outboard motor, change lower-unit oil and store.
5. Wash hull down with Sno-Bol Toilet Cleaner - rinse well with fresh water (removes ICW brown stain easily).
6. Remove and store all sails, covers, dodger and bimini.
7. Soak all ropes in fresh water with bounce fabric softener and dry before storing.
8. Remove wind generator or tie blades securely.
9. Remove all loose materials from deck in case of high winds.
10. Apply rust preventative to all stainless.
11. Service the diesel - change oil, filter, fuel filters - spray block with runt preventative
12. Top up diesel tank and add extra shot of Biobor.
13. Transfer any gasoline to car tank.
14. Top up, charge and disconnect batteries.
15. Pump out bilge.
16. Remove compass and store inside.
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David and Joyce Lahmann
1973 Alberg 37 Yawl,
Contact Rick Jeffs
Alberg 37 Yawl,
"We have been liveaboards for
7 yrs, on a custom designed interior Alberg 37. When completed, we cruised the
1980 Alberg 37 Sloop (
Just completed a 3 year refit in
preparation for a Pacific Cruise. Over $25000 worth of new equipment and upgrades.
Unforeseen circumstances require that I let her go. Currently
EMAIL Shad for a complete equipment list, photos, and information. Can be seen on Sailnet.
MK-II FORWARD HATCH FRAME REPLACEMENT
has been working on his MK-2 (SOUTHERN CROSS) here at our dock in
This molded product should work for a MK-I too - but you should check with Alex. The base will accommodate the 23" x 23" hatch which is also a standard size. This is quite a project, but should end any leaks. Hope to have a project article for the newsletter/web soon. Take a look at the photos on:
MK-II RUDDER REMOVAL
By Tom Assenmacher
Last year we removed the rudder from our 1975 MK-II sloop SHEARWATER for repairs (procedure is similar to rudder removal on the MK-I. It’s not too difficult a job, just takes time and a couple of helpers:
1. Have the travel-lift raise the boat as high as possible (keel must be 3-4' above the ground - you have to lower the long rudder stock clear of the boat - you may want to measure the distance where it enters the boat just above the prop to the top of the rudder post in the cockpit to determine the height the boat must be raised.
2. Remove the tiller head in the cockpit (loosen set screw and tap gently to remove). Be sure to not lose the bronze key which fits in the rudder stock keyway.
3. Mark the position of the rudder quadrant on the rudder shaft with an indelible marker to reference its position upon re-installation. Loosen the steering cables and remove the rudder quadrant. Also loosen the rudder stuffing box. Access is fairly good from the port cockpit, and also from the starboard cockpit if you have a cut-out in the starboard cockpit locker. Now is a good time to replace the rudder stuffing with new packing. It takes 1/4" packing.
4. Remove the rudder shoe which is attached with 1/4" bronze flat head machine screws. Replace with new ones as electrolysis probably has taken its toll.
5. Remove the center gudgeons - ditto on the bronze screws.
6. Remove the prop and prop shaft - this will probably be the most difficult part of the project. Also, you will probably need to remove the cutless bearing casting just in front of the prop, as the rudder probably will not clear the casting (it wouldn’t on SHEARWATER). When we pulled the rudder on SHEARWATER, we already had the prop, shaft and cutless bearing housing removed from the boat - when we finally reinstalled the rudder (we had re-installed the cutless bearing casting, along with a new stern tube) we discovered that the rudder would not clear the cutless bearing casting, and had to remove the rudder again. It only lacked a very small amount of clearance , probably less than 1/2" inch, but we had to remove the stern tube along with the cutless bearing casting (held in by 2 5/16" bronze bolts). While you have the stern tube out of the boat, be sure and check it for electrolysis - along with the cutless bearing casting bolts. Now you can remove the rudder - it's pretty heavy, and you need 2 people to remove it.
7. Check the end pin and hole in the rudder shoe for wear - it's supposed to be 5/8" diameter. On Shearwater, the hole in the shoe was not worn appreciable, but the pin was worn somewhat. I cut the pin off flush with the rudder stock. Drilled and tapped the stock for a 5/8" bronze bolt (to the depth of the threads on a 5/8" bronze bolt - (about 2 1/2"), then installed the bronze bolt. I then cut the bolt off at about 5/8" (check the shoe check the hole depth). If you are redoing the rudder stuffing box packing, fit the new packing on the rudder stock and form it into the stuffing while the rudder is out of the boat and is easily accessible - it's a lot easier than trying to repack it in the confined area under the cockpit.
8. Do any other required repairs.
9. Re-install the rudder, gudgeon, shoe, attach the quadrant, re-adjust the steering cables, and reinstall the tiller head stock fitting (don’t forget to install the bronze key in the rudder stock keyway). If you are repacking the stuffing box, you will probably need someone inside the port cockpit locker to place the stuffing box end on the rudder stock as it emerges from the rudder tube. Snug up the rudder stuffing box and tighten the stuffing box lock nut. This is also a good time to check the steering cable sheaves and sheave pins for wear.
10. Good luck and be safe!!!
(When we pulled the rudder on SHEARWATER, we could find no water at all - did several exploratory drillings - all came up dry).
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Need a good scraper to get bottom paint off the hull, or to strip varnish from wood? Use the ProScraper (a scraper with a carbide blade used with a shop vacuum cleaner - we bought one and it works great!).
Alberg Links and Associations
Links to other Alberg boat designs and associations (includes a link to this site).
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.
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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
If you are transiting the
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 Summer and keep the letters and emails coming!!
P.S. Anyone interested in taking over the web site/newsletter???!!! We plan to do some cruising next year.