For Jon and Bonnie Bryant, their Kadey-Krogen buying experience was a recipe with all the right ingredients. In their words, it was the right company, the right boat, the right broker, and the right timing.
Our quest for a live-aboard trawler started soon after attending our first TrawlerFest event in 2007. We lived in Iowa and were visiting our adult daughter in DC, and my wife, Bonnie, thought it would be fun to attend the TrawlerFest happening that year at Solomons, MD. We fell in love with the cruising lifestyle instantly. We love the water, but the biggest boat we had ever owned was a 20’ Sea Ray Sundancer. Retirement was still four years out, so we decided to begin research in earnest. We received good advice from Claiborne Young at that first TrawlerFest to do a charter with Barb Hansen in Ft. Myers.
Fast forward to three more TrawlerFests and bare boat charters in SW Florida, Baltimore, Key West, and the British Virgin Islands. During that time, we learned more about Kadey-Krogens though Bill Harris, who we had also met at one of the Trawlerfests. Bill was full of information and no pressure as our boat love moved through just about every trawler manufacturer out there, until we settled on a Kadey-Krogen.
In the fall of 2009, Bill called to ask if we would be interested in helping a Krogen 39? owner move his boat from the Kentucky Lakes to Stuart, Florida, to place into brokerage. We were so glad, we decided to do our boat search directly with Kadey-Krogen and with Bill–this was our best boat charter ever!
That trip solidified our desire to own a Krogen. It was a cold trip through flood stage water and fog, but we were comfortable and safe. The boat we helped deliver was sold by the time she arrived in Stuart–though not to us.
The next year, Bill called us again about the nicest 39? available coming on the market. By that time, we knew our options and Bill had done his job. We put the boat under contract…but then I stalled…because the boat was coming before retirement. Bill called me again a few weeks later while we were in a hotel, en route to another boat charter with our daughter. Walking down the hall of the hotel, I asked my daughter what she thought her mom was thinking about the boat. Betsy calmly replied that Mom said, “put a ring on it or she was done looking at boats.” Before we checked out of the hotel, KK39 hull 47 became BON VOYAGE!
The next summer of 2011, Bonnie received news while we were cruising that a recent breast biopsy was positive. Since Bonnie became a breast cancer survivor seven years ago, we have been cruising full-time up and down the eastern seaboard and the islands.
We count our blessings every day. Our Krogen family of friends are some of our best, and full-time cruising is even more rewarding than we expected. I always thought Bill Harris’ comments about “throwing off the lines now, you don’t know about tomorrow” was a bit of a sales pitch. Being a former Krogen owner and full-time cruiser himself, Bill knew what Bonnie and I know now!
Jon and Bonnie Bryant