|Dear Krogen Enthusiast,
Holidays are a time for family. As many of you have come to know, both boat owners and Kadey-Krogen staff, are part of a tight-knit family. We are proud that in 2016, we have welcomed nearly three dozen new owners. This year also saw many embarking on new adventures. An artist moved her studio aboard. Couples made a bee-line for the Caribbean in November. Another couple crossed the Atlantic, cruised the Med, crossed back, and are now enjoying the warm Caribbean waters. Finally, as I write this, one intrepid Richard Bost, aboard his Krogen 42’ Dauntless, is about 900 nautical miles ENE of Barbados having left the Canary Islands on December 9. I hope 2017 sees you joining our family and embarking on new adventures as well.
Happy Holidays, fair winds and following seas to my Kadey-Krogen family.
Having crossed the Atlantic Ocean two years ago to explore Scandinavia, and then on to France, Spain and Portugal, Richard Bost, aboard his Krogen 42′, is now cruising back across the Atlantic. He left the Canary Islands earlier this month and is en-route to Barbados. Then, it’s off to the Pacific and Asia, starting in Alaska, then Northeast Asia, Japan and South Korea.
You’ll want to follow along his daring voyage as we have. His blog: https://dauntlessatsea.com/.
Catch our coverage here.
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Enjoying these production installments? You’re not alone! All of us at Kadey-Krogen are thrilled to watch Larry and Janet build their dream and experience the build process. And we’ll keep the updates coming throughout 2017.
Lisa Smith reminds us all that there are no rules. Full-time, part-time… seasonal…long passages, short excursions–cruising is how you like! While she and her husband Greg are among our newest Krogen owners, they come with a decade of experience on sailboats and are happy to share what others have taught them along the way.
Since we began our cruising adventures 10 years ago (on sailboats), we have learned and evolved. In our early days, I assumed there were hard and fast rules when it came to traveling and living aboard. It had to be a bit difficult and challenging, or it did not count, right? After a 10-day ocean passage from the Chesapeake Bay to the British Virgin Islands, I almost lost my love for life on the water, just as I was getting started. The passage was more than I could handle and I thought maybe this life was not for me.
But then, the next five months in the Caribbean were an amazing adventure for our family of four. And, I’ve never forgotten what I learned upon arriving in BVI: Many spouses and families fly to meet the boat once captain and crew complete the ocean passage. No one told me that was an option! I started to realize that there were no rules for cruising. It was whatever we wanted it to be–full-time, part-time, seasonal, weekends, move around, stay put, and on and on. The appeal of life on a boat is that we are free to choose.
We cruised the Eastern Caribbean twice more. While I was on board for travel down the East Coast, I went ashore in Virginia and flew to meet my husband, Greg, and our two teenage sons once they arrived in Tortola. This was a much better approach for us.
When our sons went to college, we lost our awesome crew! We also realized that with typical weather changes and the distances we traveled, we spent much more time motoring than sailing. And while Greg was an experienced sailor, I never developed a passion for it. I was always anxious, but loved where it took me. Greg was also ready for a change. Having always admired trawlers, we realized we were ready to make the switch and continue our life on the water. Kadey-Krogen rose to the top of our list as soon as we started looking. We were attracted to the construction quality, seaworthiness, and liveability. And what a great team to work with!
During the build and commissioning, we met many Krogen owners who offered advice and suggestions. This was so helpful and we are thankful for all of the boat tours and discussions. Once we were in Stuart and the boat arrived, we started to get overwhelmed with decisions and details. We knew we were headed straight to the Bahamas and had to take everything with us, or do without. Several owners suggested that we not try to accomplish all of our fitting out dreams on day one. Based on that, we decided to just do whatever it took to get off the dock. If it was not critical to our cruising from November to February, why not wait until we were back in the States for the summer? We also realized that we needed time aboard to determine what we needed.
We completed the commissioning process on our Krogen 52, Privateer, in Stuart, Florida six weeks ago. After traveling down the ICW to Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, we are now enjoying time in the Exumas. The trasition from living on a sailboat to a trawler has been wonderful. I love that I have a washer and dryer! And now I enjoy the journey, not just the destination. Plus, there is more space indoors and the storage is amazing. We are just getting started and look forward to many new adventures on Privateer.
“The people who will appreciate this the most are those who have experience at sea. They will recognize the little things that make this a great boat for extended cruising.”
-Bob Bitchin, publisher, Cruising Outpost, on the Krogen 58′ EB
610 NW Dixie Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994