Tag Archives: Alsberg Express 34 Sailboat

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

Add a side of spinnaker to that order?

Trevor also has an Express 34 Spinnaker for sale. A perfect compliment to your main and jib.

Go fast and look cool doing it! Leave a reply if your interested and we’ll get back to you!


Cloud Splitter

From John C.

La Penogg is soon to be Cloud Splitter

It was owned by Larry U.
It is hull number 2 and was the boat that was shown at the Annapolis boat show in 1987. It was then brought to the Connecticut boat show where Larry saw it. He is the only owner of the boat and had quite a race record.

He sailed it primarily on Long Island sound, we sailed it though Hells Gate in NYC and up the Hudson were it will find it new home on Lake George NY.

It is currently completely stripped down and we are working hard on a complete restoration. She had issues with a wet top deck so all the hard ware has been removed and completely redone with new top side paint and non skid.

The inside of the boat was hardly used but we have gone through this and redone everything inside. These are very well made boats and a pleasure to restore.
There is not an inch of this boat that is not being redone at this point hoping to give it another 30 years of life.

John C.

Projects – The good, bad and the ugly.

You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with Express 34s and those who dig. You dig.

The sailing season is winding down. That means that the project season is winding up!

What are you working on? I want you to record your projects and send them to me.

The good, bad and the ugly. I’ll take them all.

This is how we learn.

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

The Less-Than-Stellar Raw Water Pump

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

The rebuilt pump!


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