ALBERG 37 Association Obtains Rudder Mold
Thanks to Ed Kunkel of Littleton, MA, the owner of the 1967 (hull #3) Alberg 37 RODEO, recently donated a rudder mold for the Alberg 37. It seems that Ed had to have a new rudder built, and subsequently purchased the finished mold after his new rudder was installed. The rudder mold was subsequently shipped (9/14/2006) to Tom and Kaye Assenmacher in Kinsale, VA, where the mold will be made available to A-37 IOA members who might need to build a new rudder for their boat. As the Alberg 37 ages, rudder building/rebuilding will become a matter of importance and safety. Ed has graciously offered to lend technical assistance to those needing to use the mold.
rudder story - excerpts from an Email from Ed Kunkel: "It started
about fifteen years ago. I was in the
business is aerospace composites so I knew we could make a good rudder at the
shop. I researched the bronze rudder shaft and found a company, Bristol Bronze,
in RI that specializes in building bronze parts for sailboats to fabricate the
shaft. I used modern materials (i.e. epoxies), etc to make the rudder.
It came out great, good for another 40 years. I just had a survey done
this spring because I changed insurance companies. I used the same
surveyor that I had used ten years ago. They survey come out excellent,
with the surveyor saying that he was very impressed with all the upgrades I had
made and that it was a pleasure to survey a “proper yacht” for a change.
That made me feel good."
Should anyone in the future require the use of this mold, please contact Tom Assenmacher, P.O. Box 32, Kinsale, VA 22488 or Email: email@example.com (remove "nospam" prior to sending email).
The following are a few photos of the mold being used which were provided by Ed.
(Editor's Note: The construction of this rudder is considerably more robust than the original rudder - namely the use of a one-piece rudder stock below the prop aperture vice 2 shorter pieces (one at the middle gudgeon, and one at the bottom.)