Tag Archives: Alsberg Express 34 Sailboat

A sailboat build by Alsberg Brothers Boatworks in Santa Cruz, CA.

Raw Water Blues

So my Yanmar 3YM20 engine is pretty new ~600 hrs – which for a diesel is barely just getting out of bed in the morning. A couple of weeks ago I noticed some water in the bilge and back traced it to the seawater pump on the engine. The hoses were my first suspects but they turned out to be fine.
I pulled the pump and found it was leaking from one of the seals around the bearing on the shaft. After doing some research I had three options:

  1. Rebuild the pump myself
  2. Buy a new pump
  3. Have somebody else rebuild it

I could have rebuilt it myself but I don’t have a bearing press. Yes…I know I could constructed a homemade press using a rudimentary lathe but the it seemed like a hassle and something with lots of fiddly bits and parts in freezers that I’m prone to screw up.

I called the local Yanmar dealer and gave them the part number.
“We don’t have that and we don’t know what it is… can you send us pictures?”
Are you serious? I sent them pictures.
“Hmm…never seen one like that before…not in our books…don’t know…we have something similar for $350”
Yanmar dealers out of your area won’t even talk to you. $350? Are you kidding me?

So bless the electronic heart of the internet I found Tony at the Flying Dutchman Pump Rebuilders.

For a $130 he cleaned it, rebuilt the pump, including machining the shaft and surfacing the face plate, installed new stainless steel  springs and explained to me what was wrong and why these crappy pumps routinely fail and that I should use Super Lube grease when I change my impeller. Oh, and that includes shipping back to me.

And he painted it.

Tony and his crew are my heroes!

Flying Dutchman
Tony Coenradi
200 Davis Creek Road
Selma, OR  97538    USA
Toll free (U.S. and Canada) 1-888-595-1110
Tony@fdrbp.com
http://www.water-pump-rebuilders.com/

The Less-Than-Stellar Raw Water Pump

Close up of the old leaking raw water (seawater) pump.

The rebuilt pump!

 

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How low will it go?

$19K? Offers accepted?

I don’t know anything about this boat other that what’s on YachtWorld. Not a huge fan of the wheel but for that price…

La Penogg

Race Record

  • Stamford Denmark Race – won spinnaker division 2 times
  • North Sails Spring Series Champion
  • Port Jefferson Harbor Cup – 1st Overall 2 times
  • Mt. Sinai Sailing Association Barrucci Cup & Fixman Memorial Trophy
  • LISYRA Roger Shope Memorial Trophy Winner
  • Cutty Sark Trophy – Huntington Yacht Club

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1987/Express-34-3001224/Huntington/NY/United-States#.WbvhPIqQwcg

Whisper’s Offshore Racing Rule Certificate

Tom B. the owner of Whisper out of Chicago sent us his ORR certificate! I’m not sure exactly what all this stuff means but I’m pretty sure it’s a license to kick ass on the race course. Click on the graphic or link below.

Whisper’s ORR Cert.

Whisper ORR 2017 Whisper ORR 2017

For now you can check out the Whisper page under the heading, The Boats.

Whisper with her ‘Blue Chute’

Lead Lines

Carl Schumacher’s drawings for the Express 34 keel from Mark H. on Epiphany.

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Carl Schumacher’s drawings for the Express 34 keel.

 

Carl Schumacher's drawings for the Express 34 keel.

Carl Schumacher’s drawings for the Express 34 keel.

Keel and rudder table for the Express 34 from the desk of Carl Schumacher.

Keel and rudder table for the Express 34 from the desk of Carl Schumacher.

The second half of the keel and rudder table from the desk of Carl Schumacher.