The Apache 37 is one of several Sailboats designed by Sparkman-Stevens and made by Chris-Craft. I am in the process of restoring my 1968, named Second Sojourn. Check out this site for discussion of Apache 37 improvements and issues, register on the list of owners, or simply chat about restoring older boats. Apache 37 General Info: I have spoken with many owners and people who have sailed Apache 37s. Originally designed as a 'gentlemen's racer' by Sparkman Stephens and built at various yards, the Apache 37 is similar to many CCA rule boats. Her low freeboard and racy sheer plus her gently sloped stepped cabin reminds one of a Cheoy Lee or a Northeast 38, the older Bristol 34 or35, even the Alberg 35 or37.
Built in 1968 and named "Fancy Free 2", her original owner lived on Long Island. She was off to a rough start, though: the owner found considerable early deck delamination due to inadequate wetting of the cloth, and back to the Chris Craft factory she went for a new deck in 1970. The new foam core deck has held up well with no fiberglass problems.
In 1975 or so, she was back to the boatyard for a major refit: The original interior and the Atomic Four engine were pulled out and a Volvo MD2B Diesel was installed in the forward part of the cabin, just aft of the mast! The original shaft log was filled in as was the original propellor arpeture, and a new shaft log was installed that exits from the keel. This must have taken considerable work as it required cuting a 2" hole through the iron keel. Welded steel engine mounts were fabricated and mounted to four of the keel bolts.
The interior was refit to accomodate these extensive changes: new joinery to cover the engine and a new teak sole. My understanding is that the original owner was a boat carpenter on Long Island, and this was his first major custom interior project. Also that his success on this the custom interior project spawned his career as a major custom interior builder. I wish I had more details.
Bob Sundman of Connecticut purchased her about 1982 and raced and cruised her out of Stonington, Ct. in Long Island Sound for 12 years. He sold her to Steve Aylward in 1994 who sold her to me in December 1994. I sail out of Salem MA and generally spend a few weeks each summer sailing in Maine.
My initial improvements during the
forst years were numerous: My survey showed the usual old boat
problems: worn cutless bearing, worn rudder bearing, rusty lifelines,
some deck delamination caused by the steel
backing plates. These were fixed and many other upgrades done
including adding a custom anchor bowsprit.
After owning her for 8 years, we
decided to take a year off and sail Second Sojourn from Maine to
the Bahamas via the ICW. Now it was time for some major upgrades if we
were to live aboard and sail for a year. The aging Volvo diesel needed
either a major rebuild or replacement. I chose replacement since there
were fundamental issues with the Volvo. We had the rig checked out and
replaced some fixed rigging as well as the aging Genoa. The new Genoa
is a tri-radial, designed to perform well when reefed. Onthe interior,
we added some cabinets, rebuilt the cooler, rebuilt the electrical
panel. Other projects were a new sail cover. But deespite all the
improvements the boat is still a very stock 1968 Apache 37.