With sadness we must report the passing of fellow member, Bob Larsen of Minnetonka, MN who succumbed to massive heart attack. Bob was the owner of the yawl ALDEBERAN, and had recommended the A-37 IOA to new members Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer, who were looking forward to sailing with Bob and his family this summer. We had talked with Bob several times on the phone regarding various maintenance aspects of the A-37. Bob was 48, and is survived by his wife Chris and two children. Fair winds and following seas, Bob.
IT FINALLY HAPPENED!
News from Members
Check out the updates of Brian and Kathy Marshs (TUNDRA) voyages and adventures at their website: http://www.interchg.ubc.ca/coulthrd/tundra.html
They are having some major fun in the Bahamas. Last word has it that they are in company with Marcel and Karen Steinz (SOUTHERN CROSS).
Wayne Bower (TEELOK) has recently completed his hard dodger (featured in the previous newsletter) which he says looks Goooooood!
Roland Pootmans (LANIKAI) mentioned in an email earlier this year that he hopes all members GPS are Y2K compliant, as Magellan says that we will know prior to 22 August, 1999, which is the rollover date for GPS. He also mentioned that you can check this out on the Magellan web page at http:/www.magellangps.com and look under product support. Thanks for the tip.
Malcolm and Cathy Blackburn had high hopes for KAILA II last year, but although it was a gorgeous summer, and getting off to an early start, it ended with only a 10 day cruise, with most of that in a flat calm. It really was more of a motor boat summer.
It was also the year of gear failure. The roller furling seized early on, due to dry bearings. Fortunately they had the original forestay and two brand new jibs, so that was not such a disaster. On the last day of their trip, the engine quit, but they managed to sail off their anchor and out into the open water where they had a good sail home. A mechanic couldnt determine why it quit (VOLVO MD-2B), but he got it going again. They suspected a plugged fuel line, although the filters were clean. The engine had occasionally lost rpm during the year, but always picked up again. They subsequently pulled the engine at the end of the season and will have it checked over, and have a leaky gear box fixed. The final blow came when they took out the inflatable and found that muskrats had chewed a hole in the floor! This year they plan on only daysailing this being the year of the paint and varnish brush (both house and boat). Cathy will be retiring next year, when they hope to have all the cosmetic jobs done with more time for relaxing and sailing.
Erik Dullerud (LA JOLLA) is still sailing his beloved 1982 sloop that is now in excellent shape after major refitting. Last year the Dulleruds became members of the Cathedral Bluffs Yacht Club and LA JOLLA is now located at Bluffers Park in Toronto. So far, all of their sailing has been confined to Lake Ontario, but they are planning to venture further afield as they ease into retirement over the next couple of years.
David Lahman provided the following update of their experiences with SHEN I last summer:
John and Daina Eby expressed their appreciation for the association in their holiday greetings.
Back in January, we received the following account from Richard Border (TANIA AEBI):
We heard from Nick and Nancy Valci (NANCY ANN) when they ordered a pennant. While spending some time in Indiantown, they watched Gord Murphys (INTERLUDE) rudder being reborn, and is one to envy (Gord lost his rudder last year in a storm in the Bahamas). Nancy has learned to sand and varnish teak, polish and wax the hull, and bottom painting (do you hire out??). She has also learned patience because it always takes longer to do anything on a boat than originally planned.
Richard Hughes (WATOOKA) is in the need of a source of parts to rebuild a Paragon SA1D 1-1 transmission. Also he wants information on what other transmissions are appropriate to the Westerbeke 4-104 in an A-37 application. He can be reached at 723489N@knotes.kodak.com or (416) 614-9507.
Stewart Clatterbaugh discovered after first hauling IMMUNITY that there are no zincs on the engine or cutless bearing. He has no room between the cutless bearing and the prop in which to install a zinc. He is also concerned that he can find no provisions to install a zinc in the Westerbeke 4-107 engine. Any thoughts from members on these problems? Contact Stewart at email@example.com
(Ed. Note: You are running into the prop zinc problem that we had with SHEARWATER back in '82-83', when we "imported" her from Toronto. She had spent the first 7 years in fresh water and had no zinc installed on the prop shaft. Like your installation, there was no room between the cutless bearing housing and the prop in which to fit a 'donut' zinc, and there was not enough room between the end of the prop shaft and the rudder to install a "teardrop" zinc which screws on the end of the prop shaft. Since I didn't want to cut out an area in the rudder, I finally came up with the idea of having a short piece of heavy 1" diameter bronze tubing about 1-1/4" long welded (brazed I guess) to a bronze prop shaft nut. I then was able to install a regular 1" donut zinc at the aft end of the prop, with no interference with the rudder. I know, that I probably lose a slight amount of prop efficiency, but being close to the root of the blades, I figured It's not too bad, with a 3 bladed prop (we don't race unless in the vicinity of another sailboat). The only other option is to cut out a bit of the prop aperture in the rudder, or cut off part of the cutless bearing housing (I don't think that's a good idea).
Alain Redder is asking for ideas regarding propane storage on the A-37. He already knows about the storage locker in the aft end of the cockpit. If anyone has other solutions for propane storage, please contact Alain at (203) 431-4601 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer want to know if anyone has the part # for a Globe impeller for the Volvo 2003 diesel? Or did they use different pumps from different manufacturers during the years of production? Also is there an archive of problems/solutions one could resource concerning systems of the boat including engines etc? They are also looking for a source of custom-made boat covers. Contact them at (612) 825-4022 or email@example.com.
Welcome to the Following New Members
Welcome to Tom McMaster and Rose Hansmeyer of Minneapolis, MN who are the owners of SOJOURN. SOJOURN is currently in Manitowoc, WI, but Tom and Rose plan to bring her to Bayfield in June. She is the former WINDCHASER 2, hull #239, a 1985 sloop (one of the last 10 A-37s built). The former owner is a friend and former co-worker of Tom, who logged only about 2500 miles on her. Tom has been a frequent user of the new web site to request information regarding upgrading aspects of the A-37. Tom is specifically looking for information regarding inverter location possibilities, and the practicality of a 3rd reef in the mainsail.
Shad Dusseau and his wife Barbara Cohea, who live in Kotzebue, AK, about 50 miles north of the arctic circle on the Bearing Sea, recently purchased the 1980 sloop, WILLIAM LUCAS which is currently being renovated in Victoria, B.C.. Currently they are rebuilding her VOLVO, installing a Profurl furling system, re-rigging her as a cutter (removable), painting her topsides, and generally cleaning her up. She was in very good condition overall. Shad and Barbara intend to move her to her home port of Sitka in June/July. Shad is a bush pilot for the National Park Service and Barbara is the director of health education for the region.
Bram and Elsie Smith of Labrador City, Newfoundland recently purchased the 1975 yawl, ALICIA III. Newcomers to sailing, they plan to take 3 months this summer to gain their sealegs The Smiths are our first members from the great province of Newfoundland. (Ed. Note: In the early and late 60s, I spent quite a bit of time in Newfoundland flying the Navy WV-2 (Lockheed Super Constellation) and the P-3 (Lockheed Orion).)
Jack and Gerna St. John, who recently moved from PA to West Boothbay Harbor, ME, purchased the 1972 yawl, FIGMENT in 1995. They plan to do some cruising in the future and my try to attend an A-37 rendezvous. They were interested in hearing that another A-37 resides in Pemaquid, ME (the Gillespies HIGHLAND FLING). Jack and Gerna believe that FIGMENT was originally called FAIRWIND, but when they found her in Rye Harbor, NH, she carried her present name. They also encountered another A-37 in ME, which was called MARCHESA II, and whose owner had renamed her to TRES JOLIE. She departed Paul Lukes yard in East Boothbay, ME in October bound for San Francisco. The owner plans a circumnavigation at some point in the future.
David Payne of New London, NH recently purchased TEMPUS FUGIT from Richard Boag who provided David much assistance throughout the purchasing, refitting and registration. David has provided assistance to Todd Clift in the development of the A-37 web page for which the association is grateful. David also sent the following note:
"The reason for my writing is to invite any interested A37 owners to join me for a leg of my forthcoming 3 month journey from Lake Ontario to Boston (the long way ;-) My boat, Tempus Fugit, has never left her home waters of Lake Ontario since she was born in Ajax in 1967. Her skipper (me) is a solid sailor, but I would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to sail a few days (or weeks, even) with the likes of some of you long-time Alberg 37 owners. To that end, I have set up a small web site with details on my boat, the voyage, and how to contact me if you're interested. The address is: http://www.telemarque.com/TempusFugit/ Once there, you'll find approximate (VERY approximate at this point) floatplans, pictures, and contact info. I will try to update the pages throughout the trip, so even if you can't join in the fun, feel free to browse the pages and follow our progress! Oh, and ANY advice on long-term cruising in an Alberg 37 is VERY welcome!! Yours in Fair Winds and Following Seas, Dave Payne"
Todd and Susan Heinrich of South Haven, MI, while not yet owning an A-37, are still in the process of discovering the "right A-37". They have looked at several A-37s on the hard ranging from "Bristol" condition to circumnavigation "war-horses". We wish them luck in finding a good vessel.
Now is the time to start planning for the East Coast Rendezvous. Several members have suggested that we hold the rendezvous later in the fall, to more closely coincide with the Annapolis, MD sailboat show which is being held this year October 7-11, 1999. This years rendezvous is tentatively planned for September 25, 26 and 27, 1999. The tentative location will be on the Magothy River, just north of Annapolis. John and Becky Long (SOLSKIN II) have graciously agreed to host this years event. This will allow you "Snow Birds" a chance to cruise the upper Chesapeake Bay, attend the rendezvous, take in the Annapolis Sailboat Show before heading south. The fall is the best cruising season in the Chesapeake. More details, maps, etc. will be in the July newsletter.
New York Harbor
I retired 9-21-98 with 3 days notice to me. I had been trying to decide if I would go on Steve Black's Caribbean 1500, Carpi Deim, I sign up. Now it's 6 weeks until it starts and I've got all the wiring and plumbing cut out of the boat. My son decides to go with me, so he moves on the boat to help get it ready. I've got a lot done, but most isn't. In Newport Harbor Marina Beer O'clock starts early with all my friends stopping by to wish me luck and say good by, I got to get out.
The 1999 Winter Rendezvous was held at Harrisons Chesapeake House on Tilghman Island, Maryland on Saturday evening, 6 March. We had a good turnout for cocktails and dinner, (excellent food) considering the flu season was in full swing.
Members attending were: Tom and Kaye Assenmacher (SHEARWATER); Wayne and Sherrill Bower (TEELOK); John and Becky Long (SOLSKIN II); Charles and Jane Deakyne (SCRIMSHAW); Gerry Warwick (ex owner of AVALON); and Lou and Jean Wayne (PIKA). Lou and Jean drove down from Rochester, NY, leaving on Friday during a major snowstorm, and returning on Sunday evening, having weathered another major snowfall in their area. What dedication!
Charles Deakyne brought his newly acquired half-model of the Alberg 37 (which arrived just in time for the rendezvous). It is very nicely made and finished. John Zeigler of River Edge, NJ built the model. (We had mentioned John in a previous newsletter). If anyone is interested in obtaining an A-37 half model, contact either Charles Deakyne, or contact John Zeigler directly. His address is:
Alberg 37 - Prefer but do not require; sloop, diesel, Mark 1 or 2, freshwater -in good to excellent condition. We want an A37 for the Great Lakes, fairly priced. We wish to buy before Summer '99. Any information to reach our goal will be sincerely appreciated.
Last year we received a call from Ian Mitchell from Doha, Qatar who is looking for an A-37. We recently received another letter from Ian, who is still looking for a well-found early 1980s Alberg 37 yawl. If anyone knows of such a boat, please contact:
My name is Greg Scott---I am a serious buyer!! I want a Alberg 37... my home phone is 407.729.0065. fax is 407.723.9951. please fax any spec sheets and contact phone numbers. I do NOT want a project boat. I am willing to truck the boat to Florida. Call me and if things sound right and I will fly up in a heart beat!!!
We occasionally receive requests for A-37 for sale lists, and we know of several A-37's that have changed ownership by word-of mouth and by reference to this list through our members. We maintain (or try to) an up-to-date list of A-37's that are being offered for sale. If you know of anyone looking for an A-37, have them contact us for a for sale list.
Recent offerings include:
Geoff and Nel Dunthorne are offering their A-37 WANESA for sale. (No mention whether she is a sloop or yawl, and no asking price.) Interested parties should contact Geoff and Nel at 284 David Street, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 1T8, phone (705) 674-6853. (Provided by Bob Grindahl)
Fred and Phyllis Owen are still offering their 1978 sloop (#187), PRINCE MADOC, for $62,500 Canadian. She is located on the hard at Wiarton (Georgian Bay) Ontario. She comes cruise equipped (having made 6 trips south) and also has a steel cradle. If anyone knows of someone looking for a good, cruise equipped A-37 sloop, they should contact:
Tom and Agnes Westran are offering BRIGHTLINGSEA II (1967 sloop, #26). BRIGHTLINGSEA II has been extensively rebuilt and includes major recent upgrades in equipment. Tom and Agnes are living aboard her at the City Marina in Charleston, SC (see BRIGHTLINGSEA II article), where she may be seen. For further information, contact Tom and Agnes by leaving a phone message at (613) 769-4034, or contact us at Kinsale, and we will provide a hardcopy inventory that Tom provided to us. Tom and Agnes asking price for BRIGHTLINGSEA II is $65,000 US. (Ed. Note: Tom found BRIGHTLINGSEA II through the newsletter back in 1994. Wed love to find another caring owner via the newsletter.)
Wayne Bower (TEELOK) is offering his older model Aries windvane for sale. Wayne says its in good shape. He has replaced it with a new stainless model. If anyone is interested, contact Wayne at (301) 262-7257.
Jack Meehan is offering his 1978 Alberg 37 Yawl SERENITY, Hull # 196 for sale. Completely customized and upgraded in 1989 at Ted Brewer boatyard in Maine, SERENITY is a fully equipped offshore cruiser, and liveaboard in its seventh consecutive year of full time cruising. Medical reasons force switch to trawler. She is presently (December 1998) in-transit and will winter in the Florida Keys. Jack is asking $55,000 US for quick sale. Jack may be contacted anytime at 1-800-674-8011 Extension 8551
We recently ran across some more interesting cruising/sailing web sites (from Living Aboard magazine):
West Coast Rendezvous
We received the following information from member John Volk (Not to be confused with the EAST COAST FALL RENDEZVOUS):
1999 Alberg Rendezvous June 19th & 20th Maple Bay (Birds Eye Cove) Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CANADA Lat.: 048° 47' 45" Long: 123° 34' 00" Please consider this YOUR invitation! This is the fourth year for the West Coast and we are looking forward to seeing all of our old friends and making many new ones! Moorage can be individually pre-arranged by contacting Sheila Neapole at Maple Bay Marina. Maple Bay Marina tel.: (250) 746-8482 6145 Genoa Bay Road #7 fax: (250) 746-8490 Duncan, B.C. V9L 5T7 CANADA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the Rendezvous, please contact: John Volc tel.: (604) 983-30361237 Adderley Street fax: (604) 983-0140North Vancouver, B.C. V7L 1T6 CANADA e-mail: email@example.com
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, cruising information and to maintain a roster of Alberg 37 owners.
We suggest a donation of $10.00 a year to cover costs of publishing the quarterly newsletter. We also might suggest to our Canadian members that they send either U.S. currency or a Canadian Postal Money Order payable in U.S. dollars. Unfortunately, in order to cash a check drawn on a Canadian bank (even if in U.S. funds), a $5.00 fee is charged.
You may have noticed a date on the label of the newsletter mailing. This is a reminder of when your donation is due to maintain the newsletter/association. Although we really hate to drop anyone off the roster and mailing list, it simply becomes prohibitive to continue distribution to those who do not share the cost burden. If you know of anyone who would like to become re-instated into the organization, have them contact us, and we will be glad to work with them.
Also, you should be aware of our group's agreement with BOAT U.S. whereby we get membership for half price ($8.50 vice $17.00) as members of a cooperating group. 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.
A-37 IOC pennants are available for $29.00 U.S. which includes postage (yes, the cost from the manufacturer, "Sailbag Lady", has gone up). This is a very tastefully rendered and durable pennant.
We now have a dedicated A-37 IOA Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have email, please use it to communicate with us, as it will make assembling the newsletter much easier (we wont need to rekey your letters).
We are soliciting any members having E-mail addresses and are willing to have them published in the newsletter/roster, to please send them to us. Also, we are sending the newsletter via email attachment (MS WORD 97) to those with email accounts (also via U.S. mail). Please let us know how this works, as this will save the Association a bundle in postage and Xerox costs.
We continually need maintenance articles, cruising tales, etc. for inclusion in the newsletter. Send us what you have and if you can send it to us in digital format (via email or on a diskette) so much the better.
For those members 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 and quiet, and a very good cruising area, especially in the fall. We'd love to have you stop for a few days. We normally have several A-37's stop over on their way South in the fall (or North in the spring).
Please note our Kinsale VA phone number - (804) 472-3853 - leave a message if we arent at home.
If we missed any of your correspondence, just hit us again weve been getting a lot of mail, especially email.
Keep the letters and emails coming.
TJ and Kaye Assenmacher