Leeway II

Fulfilling a life-long dream of cruising the oceans in our own boat. Join us as we travel in our classic 1984 Alberg 37 Yawl

31 March 2014 | Hopetown to Man O War
31 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Hopetown, Abacos
20 March 2014 | Marsh Harbour, Abacos
11 March 2014 | Marsh Harbour
28 February 2014 | Man O War Cay
28 February 2014 | Marsh Harbour
17 February 2014 | Man O War Cay
09 February 2014 | Treasure Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
31 January 2014 | White Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, Bahamas
30 December 2013 | Indiantown
03 November 2013 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
26 February 2013 | Riviera Beach Marina, West Palm Beach, Florida
27 December 2012 | Stuart, Florida
17 October 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
28 June 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
20 May 2012 | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
07 May 2012 | Indiantown, Florida
28 April 2012 | West End, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

About the Boat

03 January 2010 | Whitby
Wayne & Cindy
LEEWAY II is a 37' Alberg built by Whitby Boat Works in Whitby, Ontario, Canada (yes, you're right we dock at Whitby and she lives within 300 yards of where she was built). Designed by the renowned Carl Alberg, she sports a narrow beam and cutaway full keel with long traditional overhangs and never fails to draw a quick look over our shoulders as we walk down the dock away from her. LEEWAY II is hull # 233 of a production run of 248 and was launched in 1984. She is yawl rigged (for non-sailors that means she has a second smaller mast behind the rudder post at the rear of the boat), has been a fresh water boat all her life and, after searching the entire eastern seaboard for the right boat, we found her within 25 miles of home.

Because our cruising plans are open-ended, we wanted a boat that would take us anywhere and capably handle anything that we could throw at her. But, we also needed to get such a boat at a price we could easily afford. With the Alberg we got both in spades. Designed and built as a racer-cruiser under the old CCA rules she is, by today's standards, heavy and over-built (good characteristics for a cruising boat) but surprisingly fast in light air. The interior is both traditional and, when compared with today's cavernous weekend boats, small but that provided us with an area that we could change for our particular needs without wasting a lot of existing fancy cabinetry. What we didn't expect when we bought her was that many others felt the same way about her design as we did and that there was such an active cult....err....association of passionate Alberg owners. Alberg 37s tend to come up for sale rather rarely as owners appreciate all she has to give and, over the years, we have made many good friends as members of the International Alberg 37 Owners Association.

We truly love our boat and over the past 12 seasons extensively customized her using both our ideas and those of other owners to create a modest but very capable cruising home. While we would love to have a second separate sleeping cabin for guests because we have to use the main cabin for sleeping when friends are staying over that remains the only major thing on our wish list that she doesn't manage to check off even after all this time. For those of you that might like some detail about how we have equipped the boat, here's a list of some of the things we've done.

• 140% Headsail (North Sails - age uncertain)
• Hood Sea-furl 3250 on Headsail (roller furling)
• Mainsail (Doyle Sails - 3 reef points & Dutchman flaking system - 2008)
• Mizzen Sail (Doyle Sails - 1 Reef point & Dutchman flaking system - 2008)
• Cruising Spinnaker (North Sails - age uncertain)
• Lewmar Whisker Pole
• Folding Mast Steps (on both main & mizzen masts)
• Tides Track System (on both main & mizzen masts)
• Primary winches are self-tailing
• All lines lead back to cockpit

• Yanmar 3JH4E 40hp. 3 cyl. marine diesel engine (re-powered in 2008)
• 1" Martex stainless steel shaft
• PYI PSS drip-less shaft seal
• Vectus water-lock exhaust system
• Luke 15x15x1RH 3-blade feathering prop
• Shaft Razor Line Cutter

• ST60 Raymarine Tridata (Speed, Depth & Trip)
• ST60 Wind instrument
• 320 Raymarine Chartplotter/GPS (w/ electronic charts)
• ST6001 below-deck Smartpilot
• ST3000 wheel-mounted Autopilot (back-up)
• ST120 C-Series Raymarine GPS/Radar/Chartplotter (w/ electronic charts)
• Sony Viao laptop computer (running Fugawi ENC 4.5, HF Radio Propogation Predictor, SSM Weather Support software)
• HP Pavilion laptop computer (running the same software as backup)
• Garmin 12XL handheld GPS unit

We completely re-wired the boat to modern standards and our system now includes:
• Thornton Marine custom Electrical Panels for DC & AC systems
• 4 6-volt CR-395 Crown Deep-Cycle Batteries for a total House Bank of 790 hrs
• 1 27DC115 Deep Cycle Battery for engine starting capacity of 115 hrs
• Heart (now Xantrax) Model 20-12 2000 watt/100 amp Inverter/charger
• Eco-charge interface for starting battery charging
• Hehr Powerline 120 amp alternator charging the house batteries
• Yanmar 60 amp alternator charging the starting battery
• Aqualine multi-step smart regulator
• 190 watt Sanyo HIP-190BA3 solar panel (we will add another panel of at least 110 watts prior to leaving)
• Xantrax solar charge booster/regulator
• Air-Marine 400 watts wind generator
• E-Marine e1200 wind generator control panel
• ETQ1200 portable gas generator (back-up & emergency generation)

• Custom designed bowsprit (for anchor storage & deployment)
• Anchorlift 'Mako 1500' electric windlass
• 45 lb. Trefoil plow anchor on 200' of 3/8" high test chain & 200' rode
• 35 lb. Delta anchor on 100' of 3/8" high test chain & 180' rode
• 35 lb. Danforth anchor on stern with 25' 3/8" high test chain & 150' rode
• FX-16 Fortress anchor (for lunch hook and kellet)
• 3 25'sections of 3/8" chain and various fittings
• Additional sections of rode
• Deck wash system

• ICOM IC-M502 fixed mount VHF Radio at navigation station
• Standard Horizon Maxi 862S fixed mount VHF Radio at navigation station
• ICOM remote Command Microphone for ICOM 502 at helm
• ICOM IC-M1V Handheld VHF Radio
• ICOM IC-M802 fixed mount SSB Radio at navigation station
• ICOM AT140 automatic antenna tuner for SSB
• PTC IIUSB Pactor Modem for SSB Radio (giving us email & weather capabilities)

• Force 10 3-burner propane stove & oven with broiler
• E-Z Kold # EK-12CPAW-2 refrigeration with cold plate freezer box (air & water cooled)
• Samsung MU3050W Microwave Oven
• 2 11lb. propane tanks in vented cockpit storage locker
• Hot & cold pressure water in galley & head

• Force 10 propane cabin heater
• Froli Travel Mattress System & 5" memory foam in V-berth
• 14" Toshiba Flat Screen TV with DVD player
• Toshiba SD-P1400 Portable DVD player
• Kenwood KDC-MP642U Stereo Receiver with CD player & USB/i-Pod interface
• Dickerson propane BBQ with 5 lb. tank on stern rail
• Shower with separate mixer in head
• Jabsco manual toilet with 35 gal. holding tank & macerator evacuation system
• Over 80 lockers & cuddys for ample storage
• 3 large stainless steel Dorade vents & 2 Nicro power mushroom vents

• Teak folding cockpit table
• Bottomsiders cockpit cushions
• Dodger and Bimini
• Cockpit spray curtains on fixed stainless steel lifelines
• Full cockpit enclosure

• 9'3" Avon "Rover" Rigid Bottom Dinghy
• 15 hp. Yamaha Outboard Motor
• Dinghy tow system

• 2 Mustang "Airforce" MD3011 & MD3012 Inflatable Life Vests
• Life Sling 2 - Overboard Rescue System
• Man Overboard Pole, Throw-line & Life Ring
• Jacklines on deck

• 6 5gal. Jerry Cans in custom holders on deck (water, gas & diesel)
• 2 Dahon folding 3-speed bicycles

Hopefully, that gives you an idea of the work we done.

For those of you with a technical bent that would like to see the "hard numbers" here is a synopsis of the Alberg design specifications.


Manufacturer: Whitby Boat Works, Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Designer: Carl Alberg
Production: 1967-1988
LOL 37'2"/11.33m
LWL 25'6"/8.08m
BEAM 10'2"/10m
DRAFT 5'6"/1.68m
DISPLACEMENT 16800lb./7636.36kg.
BALLAST 6500 lb./2961 kg.
SAIL AREA - Sloop 646sq.ft./60.08m2
SAIL AREA - Yawl 685sq.ft./63.80m2
BAL/DISP. RATIO .39/ (Low)
US SAILING SCREENING VALUE 1.6/ (Below 2.0 recommended for offshore sailing)
POWER Diesel (Re-powered with 2008 Yanmar 3JH4E 40 hp.)
FUEL CAPACITY 35 gal. /159.11 litres (Additional 25 gal/ 113.65 litres tank installed for total of 60 gal/272.76 litres)
WATER CAPACITY 42 gal/236.4 litres (In 2 tanks)
REEFING Roller Headsail/Slab Reefing on mail & missen
SPARS Aluminium
MAST HT ABOVE WL 48'6"/14.78 m (Plus 4' for antennas)
RIGGING Stainless Steel
HEADROOM 6'2"/1.9 m

Still reading? You've got to be kidding! Brute for punishment, eh?! Well, if you'd still like to know more about the design here are a couple of link to articles that you might find interesting. You will need to copy & paste the links into your browser. Happy reading.


Vessel Name: Leeway II
Vessel Make/Model: 1984 Alberg 37' Yawl
Hailing Port: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Crew: Wayne & Cindy Milroy
Wayne & Cindy Milroy have been sailing and cruising on Lake Ontario for nearly twenty-five years. Since shortly after joining forces in life, we nurtured the dream to go cruising on our own sailboat “where the butter always melts”. [...]
We will use this blog to share our escapades as we go wandering about. We’ll try to keep our family updated on our whereabouts and convince them that we are safe; we’ll share the excitement and wonder of our adventures with friends who supported our dreams throughout the years; and, we’ll [...]
Leeway II's Photos - Main
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Created 19 March 2014
Abacos 2014
16 Photos
Created 31 January 2014
Work & Fun in the Sun
27 Photos
Created 24 February 2012
Exploring the Abacos
110 Photos
Created 11 February 2012
Tales from our land-locked summer
20 Photos
Created 13 September 2011
Getting settled before hurricane season
25 Photos
Created 13 September 2011
Miami, Ft. Lauderdale & Area
82 Photos
Created 16 February 2011
Enjoying Stuart and area
35 Photos
Created 7 January 2011
Melbourne, Vero Beach & More
29 Photos
Created 27 December 2010
St. Augustine & Northern Florida
27 Photos
Created 8 December 2010
Peaches..and much more
27 Photos
Created 8 December 2010
The Palmetto State
67 Photos
Created 16 November 2010
Entering the low country
38 Photos
Created 1 November 2010
Beginning of the ICW
37 Photos
Created 31 October 2010
Self-proclaimed sailing capital of the nation
20 Photos
Created 14 October 2010
Long stretchs of open water
11 Photos
Created 14 October 2010
It's true - this city never sleeps
32 Photos
Created 30 September 2010
Moving South down the interior of the USA
38 Photos
Created 30 September 2010
Cruising east towards the Hudson River
40 Photos
Created 19 September 2010
Travels through the Oswego River & Canal
16 Photos
Created 13 September 2010
Our 1st Cruising Boat
8 Photos
Created 24 February 2010
Photos of the Boat
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 24 February 2010

Leeway's Crew

Who: Wayne & Cindy Milroy
Port: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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