I dug around the net, some books
that I have,and a few other sources, and this is what I came up with on the Alberg.
The Alberg 37 has the reputation as an ocean-crossing vessel. Several circumnavigations have been made aboard them.With long overhangs and a pleasing sheer, the 37 is an unmistakably classic
design. The boat was introduced as a racer/cruiser, but today is known as a traditional cruiser, with medium-heavy displacement
performance. Narrow by today’s standards (10 ft.2in.),and has a waterline length of 26 ft.6 in.Below the waterline the forefoot is cut away at the forward end of a relatively short keel. The rudder
is attached directly to the keel. The cockpit
is also a bit narrow.With some of these boats nearing their 30th birthday, most need some work
Alberg 37 Specifications:
: 37'2" LWL: 26'6" Beam: 10'2" Draft
Ballast: 6,500 lbs. Disp: 16,800 lbs. Sail area: (100%) (sloop) 646 sq.ft
Ballast/Disp: 39% - A little above average
Disp/Length: 403 - Heavy boat
SA/Disp: (sloop) 15.8 - A little low, but acceptable. Not a very robust sail plan.
Motion Comfort - 38 - This would indicate a stable, sea kindly boat according to Ted Brewer.
number - 1.59 -Very good
: 35 gal.
: 60 gal.
: Carl Alberg
The Alberg 37 has some strong, and weak points. Considering these boats are 30 years old, IMO that’s the first item of concern. Boats that have been well cared for will sell for $50-60K.The strength of this boat can’t be denied, as several have done circumnavigations. A March '82 article in a U.S. sailing magazine speaks of how the Fowle family
sailed their Alberg 37, Arion, from Massachusetts
, weathering the famed Fastnet. A 1977 hull
, Good News, ended up on a Block Island, Rhode Island
, beach in 1991's Hurricane
Bob and suffered only scratches.
tankage is low,but the deep bilge
has the volume for additional tankage. The boat has a large V-berth, and the main cabin
has two pull-out settees, plus a pilot berth. There are some nice shelves for electronics
by the chart table, and the table boasts a cushioned seat that folds cleverly to extend the quarter berth.
Some of the less desirable traits of this boat is it’s slower speed, narrow beam,and cramped cockpit. One article I read mentioned potential problems with her balsam core
decks, and bulkhead floor tabbing. A good surveyor
should be able to easily identify these potential problems though.The galley
, while large, is in an "L" shape. This wouldn't seem to be a very agreeable layout while underway. The boat has limited storage capabilities,and the chart table is fairly small.