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11-21-2006 02:16 PM
cardiacpaul might want to take a weekender to chicago, i just did a search, came up with about 30 boats, not all blue water, but what the hell its a good way to waste a sunday. there seems to be a broker with a bunch of sail & power listings, I don't know, or know of them, but give 'em a call, tell them you want to crawl over some at the docks, maybe they'll let you.
11-21-2006 01:06 PM
CBinRI
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Originally Posted by JakeLevi
Hey SD

good to have you here, if I lose track of which ones I consider I can just check with you.

To answer your question, yes, some, others are about half a continent away, it seems logical, even reasonable to ask on an open forum for input on them. I have been researching them as I go along, and develop perceptions on them, I'd rather not just go with that and the brokers statements for my only input. Before I do any surveys I will be first ruling out any that wont work for me, and once I have some reasonable sounding ones I'll go look at them. Seems reasonable to me. As all are a day or mores driving minimum it seems logical to get all the input that I can before making a several days trip.

This IS an open forum isnt it ? It IS about buying a boat isnt it ? Anyone who doesnt want to respond has no requirement to.

Or did I miss something here ?

Anyhow, thanks for your input, it is appreciated. It really is.
IMHO, this is exactly what this forum is for. If people do have responsive knowledge, 95% of posters are happy to show it off. Do not hesitate to ask these questions.
11-21-2006 09:32 AM
TAK If I were looking for a classic to rebuild from the keel up the A37 you be high on the list but I (meaning me..) would not take it for extended cruising tho many, many have ..
11-21-2006 09:02 AM
Gary M A couple who are good friends of mine bought an Alberg 37 ( Tigger) back in the late 70's. They headed south from Lake Huron about 1980 and have been seen in places like Tahiti and New Zealand. If they ever come back I will ask them how they like their boat.

An Alberg 37 is just what it looks like and older but well built design that lasts and lasts if cared for. Narrow but adequate for 2.
There is one, one berth over from me that looks great and this owner has had it for 30 years.

Gary
11-19-2006 06:07 PM
Goodnewsboy Alberg 37s are classic sailing vessels. A little narrow, nice ends and sheer, easy motion at sea, and so forth. As has been said, you must find out if it meets your needs. Probably not an all-out racer.

As far as backing under power, even large single screw ships don't back straight. In most cases, turning while backing must be done by briefly hitting the rudder with propwash (a pulse of forward gear.) It takes patience and practice but it can be done.
11-19-2006 04:30 PM
sailingdog Quite a few of the Pearsons are actually Alberg designs...so I'm not particularly surprised that you are looking at a few of them. A blue water boat isn't completely out of place on the Great Lakes, especially if you've seen the weather they can throw at you in November or so.

Faster's point about the Alberg full-keel designs being fairly uncooperative when it comes to reverse gear is very much spot on. It is possible, but it takes a fair amount of practice.
11-19-2006 03:50 PM
JakeLevi I understand what you're saying, long before I sign on the dotted line I will sail on it and her close relatives, right now I am more looking for possibilities but mostly ruling out those that wont work, a lot of my time coming up this spring/summer is going to be sailing on the several makes I finally get narrowed down to.

I have read a lot of good things on the albergs, and their close relatives, one disadvantage that I have is being far inland from the coasts although some are here on the Great Lakes, but having a blue water boat on the GLs is a bit like having a ferrari running around the town square.

I have ruled out several makes just on comments offered here, and several others from things brought up in some of the surveying/inspecting and cruising books I've gotten, its a slow process.

I am on several owners lists now, and gradually getting information there,

frankly the alberg sounds the best so far although there are a couple interesting pearsons, and one old boat thats a one off I think that keeps drawing me back to her. We shall see what will be.

My goal is a good boat for cruising that can get me around the Caribbean and maybe down to the Galapagoes.
11-19-2006 03:21 PM
sailingdog Personally, I've always like the Alberg designs for traditional full-keel monohulls...but they're too slow for me... so I don't normally sail on one. I crew on one fairly often though...

Glad to help...

The real reason I asked whether you had stepped aboard any of the boats in question, is that I had a co-worker who spent two years researching boats...and bought his "dream boat" after whittling the selection down... never stepped aboard the boat before he bought it...and ended up hating the boat... even though the cabin layout looked great on paper—it wasn't right for him and there were a lot of little things on the boat that drove him crazy. He ended up selling it about two months later... frustrated as h3ll and back on the hunt.

When he asked me about what to do next...I said... did you ever sail, sleep, or even get aboard the boat before you bought it... specifications and drawings are nice and all...but they won't tell you if the boat sings to your heart. If the boat irritates you...or there are major things that just bug you about a boat, like the layout of the galley... don't get it. Changing some of those things just aren't cost-effective in many cases. The boat I have now, I sailed on five or six of her sister ships before I bought mine... and I loved sailing on them all, even the mutant one with the extra tall rig.
11-19-2006 02:18 PM
JakeLevi SD
those first two links I had, the 3rd one is the kind of stuff I am looking for, I have gotten some owner input: as the zincs being very dificult to reach, preferring to cruise on a 20 degree heel, etc, trying to build up more, once I buy its not going to be repeated for a long time,

there is several things on that 3rd link that are seriously what I want/need. Thanks.

Fwiw, my previous inquiries and the responses have helped me to rule out a number of boats that I wouldnt have been happy with.
11-19-2006 02:09 PM
JakeLevi
Alberg 37

Hey SD

good to have you here, if I lose track of which ones I consider I can just check with you.

To answer your question, yes, some, others are about half a continent away, it seems logical, even reasonable to ask on an open forum for input on them. I have been researching them as I go along, and develop perceptions on them, I'd rather not just go with that and the brokers statements for my only input. Before I do any surveys I will be first ruling out any that wont work for me, and once I have some reasonable sounding ones I'll go look at them. Seems reasonable to me. As all are a day or mores driving minimum it seems logical to get all the input that I can before making a several days trip.

This IS an open forum isnt it ? It IS about buying a boat isnt it ? Anyone who doesnt want to respond has no requirement to.

Or did I miss something here ?

Anyhow, thanks for your input, it is appreciated. It really is.
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