Ahoy Sailors, Pirates and Scum,
My name is Captain Kip and besides being the scurge of the Pacific I own the finest Alberg 37 on three oceans. She is available for charter/sailing instruction out of San Francisco.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
at your own peril--ARRRRRR.
As to the sailing qualities of the A37, as far as I'm concerned, it is hard to do better if you love sailing in light air, high winds, big seas...she'll do it all. She is sea kindly and sea worthy. As to backing, it's not that hard and most of the time you follow the pointy end. In tight spaces, maneuvering is called back and fill and if you can't do that...stick with toy boats.
I've owned and lived on mine for over 10 yrs, six of those with my first mate. I've sailed the Eastern seaboard plus 5,000 of the Pacific via Mexico. Everywhere I go, other sailors and non-sailors comment on what a beautiful yacht she is. The only boat comparable for me is the Rhodes Offshore 41 which is a stretched version of the A37.
Funny thing is I met a guy with one in Mexico and he wanted to trade me straight across for his. Said he was looking for a bit smaller boat as his 41' was harder to single-hand. As to being narrow, 10' 2", there's many advantages to this and unless you want to stay in a marina, many disadvantages to those wide tubs.
If I won the lottery tomorrow, the only thing I would change on mine would be to add carbon fiber masts and sails from Port Townsen, WA. Enough said...Fair Winds..Cheers, Captain Kip