Dear Owners & Enthusiasts,
In a recent interview, a magazine editor asked me to describe the typical Kadey-Krogen customer. I bet he expected me to say that our typical customer had a certain type of boating experience, but I threw him a curve ball. I answered, “People who understand that boating is a lifestyle that is best enjoyed by two people when BOTH of them are decision makers.”
Our owners are sailors, power boaters, and those completely new to boating, but the one thing they all have in common is that they see that a Kadey-Krogen has more of what they both want.
Shouldn’t that describe your next boat?
Don’t Miss! Krogen 50′ Open West Coast Debut
The Krogen 50′ Open (hull #2) will make her West Coast debut at TrawlerFest – Bremerton, happening May 3 – 5, 2018. Our Seattle-based sales team will be available each day of the show for tours (if you saw hull #1 at this year’s winter boat shows in Florida, hull #2 is much different below decks). A Krogen 44’ brokerage listing will also be at the Kadey-Krogen display.
Meet our team at this exceptional show dedicated to cruising enthusiasts!
Yachting Went LIVE with Kadey-Krogen at PBIBS 2018
At last month’s Palm Beach International Boat Show, Patrick Sciacca, executive editor of Yachting Magazine, toured the all-new Krogen 50′ Open and went LIVE on Facebook for their fans. If you have not yet seen our latest full-displacement model, check out the video that has already been viewed nearly 4,000 times.
Building Dreams, Baby, Just Building Dreams…
By Tom Button, President, Kadey-Krogen Yachts
I am fortunate to have been with Kadey-Krogen Yachts for 18 years now. When I was asked to come on board to be the service manager for Kadey-Krogen in 2000, it seemed like I had come full-circle in my life—boating before I could walk, working in my dad’s machine shop on the Calumet River in Chicago, owning way too many boats in my lifetime (including a Krogen 42’), a stint in the Navy, and now, building boats and dreams for other people.
Ditching my career in transportation and owning and moving aboard one of the last Krogen 42’s built was a life-changer, and yes, the cruising was great. It brought me a new perspective about people. The family-side of cruising was very evident—whether it was seeing kids being “boat schooled”, retired couples cruising, or young professionals off on a sabbatical for a couple of years. The cruisers I met in Mexico and the San Juan’s (whether sail or power) were different than shore-based people, and brought a flood of memories from the small marina that my family hung out at for barbecues and all the water related activities we did growing up.
Over the last 17 years, I have had one of the great jobs of helping Kadey-Krogen owners build their dream boats. And by forming these friendships, my wife Karen and I have had the opportunity to cruise with some of them. This keeps the family aspect of the cruising lifestyle close to me, as I continue to maintain my “day job”. And it’s a great day job! Just ask Karen. Over dinner she always asks, “How was your day?” Whether it was a good one or bad one, I always say, “Building dreams, baby, just building dreams!
During my tenure at Kadey-Krogen Yachts, I have also had the pleasure of working with the Lin family at Asia Harbor Yacht Builders, the yard where all Kadey-Krogens have been built for more than 25 years. I was stationed in Asia during my time with the Navy and enjoyed the culture. I have been traveling to Taiwan for the past 15 years with Kadey-Krogen, and this has been another great chapter in my life. Other than that long plane ride, I have enjoyed being part of the Taiwanese culture, working and playing with the people there. Again, it’s another family-oriented culture, one that to this day, still surprises me when I go.
Yes, family, both work and personal, mean a lot to me.
One of the most exciting things for me to watch and be a part of is the family transition happening at Asia Harbor. When I first started going to the yard, Mr. Lin was in-charge and his son Jeff was just a teenager. Today, Jeff is the general manager and responsible for all day-to-day operations, and Mr. Lin has retired.
I relate well to Jeff, and our lives are very parallel. He has spent time in the Navy, he has a marine education, and has literally worked from the bottom-up in the business—laminating hulls and working every position at the yard. Reminds me of my younger days doing bottom-jobs and straightening out shafts when I was a teenager! And, even though Asia Harbor has been “ISO 9001:2000 Certified” since 2004, and has been building CE Category A – Ocean yachts for quite some time now, Jeff has brought a new management style and introduced new methods of production, all to help make Asia Harbor Yacht Builders more sophisticated, efficient and productive.
And the family continues. Jeff is a father—the third generation of the Lins is here to keep the family business going.
All of it—it does the heart good.
Krogen 39′ MARY D
Krogen 48′ North Sea MUDDY WATERS
Great Harbour 47′ CURIOSITY
2014 Krogen 55′ Expedition CHOISI $1,595,000
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TrawlerFest – Bremerton
May 3 – 5, 2018
Krogen 50′ Open
Krogen 44′ WANDER BEAR
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