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Alberg 37
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Description: Alberg 37
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat November 30, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A full-keel, soft-bilged traditional sloop, this boat shares the Carl Alberg design heritage with vessels manufactured by Cape Dory, Whitby (Alberg) and Pearson.

The Alberg 37 and Alberg 30 were both produced by Whitby Boat Works in Ontario. They are stiff and stable, giving a very smooth motion in the water. Amazingly, they are quite fast even in light air, as they both carry a good amount of sail in a low aspect ratio configuration.

I have found no weaknesses in the design of the Alberg 37 other than the weight (displaces about 20,000 pounds), which becomes a factor only during launch and haulout.

Although not particularly fancy, they are sound and "shippy," both inside and out. Having owned several keelboats, including a Cape Dory, I find the Alberg 37 to be a perfect boat for fast, comfortable voyage-making.
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Review Date: Tue May 6, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Only sailed for a month but heard great things. In proces of major overhaul: new rigging, new beckson ports, rebuilt Perkins engine, brand new electronics and wiring, new boom, new interlux bottom, algrip topsides and deck.

Solidly built boat the "55 Chevi" of sailboats--they don't build this sturdy anymore.
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Review Date: Tue September 1, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Good, strong design. Her narrow beam and long overhangs make her fast in light air and quick to heel in the slightest reaching breeze (ie reef early!). She's a tight live-aboard, but can be made comfortable for an organized couple. Her soft underbody curves keep her from pounding in heavy seas but can get rolly for the crew.

The cockpit is tight underway-- the wheel is forward, the main sheet is aft--great access for a shorthanded crew but uncomfortable for passengers.

Watch out for a starboard list. The boat's main storage lockers and ice box are all located on the starboard side. We have her overloaded a bit but haven't seen much performance reduction.

We replaced the galley sink with a larger one and plumbed the ice box to drain through the shower pump (it used to drain into the bilge).

We replaced the Volvo with a 37hp Yanmar. It is more than enough power and is very tight in the small engine compartment.

The stuffing box is nearly inaccessable. We replaced ours with a shaft seal. Zincs are almost impossible to install--cones on the prop shaft seem to be the only option.

After 3 years of ownership, we are very happy with this boat overall. We have added a lot gear to make her easy to single-hand and a comfortable home. She's a strong boat that a short-handed crew can take a anywhere with ease. We intend to keep her for the long-haul.

Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you might have about this boat.
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Review Date: Wed December 8, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The boat was originally designed to race on the east coast under the CCA rule. As a result it has a very short static waterline for it's weight (26.5'). This combined with the full keel (large wetted surface) and the small sail plan (it was originally a yawl rig) means that the A37 is a poor light air boat.

The original electrical systems are pathetic and the plumbing systems are very crude. The glass work is sometimes poorly executed (not pretty) but is always incredibly strong.

That's the bad news

The good news is that it is a rock solid performer in anything over 10 knots of wind. The long overhangs smoothen out the pitching and the narrow beam gives the boat a very comfortable ride. The boat heels much more than the new "full transmomed" boats. We reef at about 30 degrees of heel. At this point the boat is still perfectly under control (no tendancy to round up and the rudder is fully immersed)

I have owned my boat for 12 years (in 1999) and I have not considered selling her once. I cruise the Pacific NorthWest with my wife and young daughter and I've never felt that the boat couldn't handle the situation. This includes 3 groundings and one 55 knot storm - all (hopefully) never to be repeated.

Since buying my boat I have : shortened the boom, put in a new engine, re-wired, re-plumbed and added a mizzen mast.

The A37 is a rock solid family cruiser.
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Review Date: Fri October 4, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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"Island Time" Alberg Whitby, Yawl.
Interior has been redesigned for liveaboard and cruising. Have been on her 7 yrs.,back on shore,refitted, and ready to go cruising again. Too many items to display on this site. E-mail and will send pictures & details. $58,000. isltime@sunline.net or call 941-916-0264
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Review Date: Mon October 13, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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37 Alberg/Whitby,Yaul.This is a custom modified for live aboard, and cruiser. Have lived aboard, 7yrs.cruising and redesigning her. "Island Time" is a Mark II full keel,w/ a 4-107 Westerbeak,new al.35gal.fuel tank, new al.100gal.water tanks,4 lg.Rolls bat.,Four Wind II wind gen.,125amp.alt.,2 Ferris flat solar panels,Ad.Barb. super cold w/heavy insul.box,makes ice anchored out for months.Fleming self steering,tiller auto pilot,ssb receiver, boom gallows, new rigging, and interior redone, has much more, call or write for extras & pictures captainjeanne@hotmail.com - 941-916-0264
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Registered: June 2002
Location: Kinsale, VA
Posts: 2
Review Date: Thu October 21, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Invite all browsers to visit the Alberg 37 International Owners Association Web site - www.alberg37.org - contains lots of A-37 information, news, photos and much more.
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