Dear Krogen Enthusiast,
I think many people would say of “boaters”, that they are a community of predominantly nice and helpful people. And what would many people say of Krogen owners? That they are especially genuine–and that once a Krogenite, always a Krogenite. To our owners, both past and present, we thank you for a wonderful 40 years.
As you may know, in 14 days we (Kadey-Krogen Yachts) will be in Newport, Rhode Island, hosting a very special 40th Anniversary Rendezvous for our Krogen family. We’ve had some great fun preparing for this momentous event, and can’t wait to see the celebration unfold.
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Krogen 50′ Open Update #7
Check out progress photos of nearly every space inside the Krogen 50′ Open! With the latest photos from the yard, it’s amazing to compare Tom’s pictures to the 3-D renderings and see everything come together.
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Confidence typically comes in increments; it is completing the uncomfortable and facing challenges that widen the comfort zone. That is what we learn so beautifully from John and Laurie Gray, owners of a Krogen 39′ and longtime boaters.
We have owned eight sailboats and powerboats over a span of 30 years, and our 2004 Kadey-Krogen 39’ Tribute is the best combination of design, engineering and workmanship. In addition to our home waters of the Salish Sea in Washington State and British Columbia, we have safely cruised the Inside Passage from Seattle to Juneau, Alaska and back, and we completed the Great Loop in 10 months—navigating over 5,800 miles of new water to us. All of this has enriched our lives and made us better boaters.
We like boating so much that we sold the “dirt house” and moved aboard Tribute. Though we are moored at the Port of Everett Marina, we do not consider ourselves simply live-aboards. Rather, we are full-time cruisers. How did this happen? There are three things that have allowed us to enjoy the cruising lifestyle to the fullest.
First, boating is all about having the right mindset. Or, as Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
We liked the idea of doing the Great Loop, but we had questions. Would we enjoy being away from home for nearly a year? How adaptable were we to constant change, unfamiliar places, and navigating new waters? Only one way to find out. And, the reality of all that was felt dramatically the first day when we pulled away from the dock near Tampa, Florida, en-route to Caladesi State Park and had to quickly adapt from the Puget Sound’s triple-digit depths to single-digit depths.
The Great Loop taught Laurie and me that we could live full-time on a boat, and that we had the skills and the right attitude for the Inside Passage, which is 2,900 miles of predominate wilderness. Crossing Queen Charlotte Sound and Queen Charlotte Strait in British Columbia was unthinkable a few years ago—the unprotected waters, where the seas can be huge and unforgiving, kept us away.
Every trip has taught us a lesson. Confidence typically comes in increments; it is completing the uncomfortable and facing challenges that widen the comfort zone. For example, we had never done an overnight passage until a 130-mile crossing from Carrabelle, Florida to Tarpon Springs, Florida. We were nervous but not afraid, alert but not panicked, because we trusted our skills and the boat’s systems to safely take us through the night during a short weather window.
Planning for our Inside Passage voyage made us confront another list of tough questions.
Proper preparation was the key to cruising the Inside Passage, such as learning what information was necessary, and what buoys and lighthouses to monitor to make go or no-go decisions. Laurie acquired about 25 pounds of guidebooks and had the bindings removed and replaced with spiral binding so they would lay flat. Our favorite apps are PredictWind for wind forecasts, Navonics for currents and tides and serves as the backup to Tribute’s chartplotter, and lastly Weatherbug for all-purpose weather information.
Thankfully, our pre-passage shakedown pointed out and confirmed many things for us. Like that our Ultra anchor was very trustworthy, that 300 feet of chain in 90 feet of water is needed, and that the information AIS provides is essential. Also… the washer/dryer does not like to run on the generator while the battery charger is operating. Tribute does not have stabilizers, but we found that using a quartering strategy with swells offers a comfortable ride. The Inside Passage has several potentially major obstacles: Johnstone Strait, Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Strait and Dixon Entrance. For us, all of these were handled safely because we had the right mindset, the right information to make decisions, had earned the skills and confidence to do them, and we had the right boat!
Second, to enjoy the cruising lifestyle to the fullest, is share everything with your partner.
Boating is a way to enjoy each other, share an adventure, be in magical places, meet incredible people, and be awed by amazing wildlife. We are proud to be a team that uses both of our strengths. We each have specific responsibilities assigned, so decisions are always shared. Laurie, our “Vessel Intelligence Officer”, researches our destinations, routes, the history of each place, and the options in which to stay. I oversee the boat’s systems. With the power of decision-making and leadership equally split, either one of us can push the abort button by saying, “I’m not feeling it.”
After one long day of travel toward Prince Rupert, B.C., we tried to find anchorage but the first few attempts either felt too close to shore, or too exposed. But we kept trying until the right spot was found. After all, one person’s choice may be fun but it will be another’s nightmare. Success is no one injured, no one angry about the outcome, and everyone feels safe.
Third, is the doctrine of not having a schedule.
Having a set schedule is the surest way to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, to be out in heavy weather, to cut corners and run aground, or to miss spectacular wildlife and the blessings of each moment. Instead, embrace the notion of opportunity and serendipity, which is enjoying the unexpected discovery. Appreciate breaching humpback whales in Glacier National Park or bears feasting on salmon at Annan Bear Preserve by stopping and wondering. And, “no-go days” are not disappointments. Rather, for us on our Inside Passage adventure, they were 44 the opportunities to wander the streets of Wrangell, Alaska and get to know other boaters in Campbell River.
With this new freedom, make sure you have the means to explore beyond what the boat can do. I mean, be fit to enjoy walking two to three miles. Folding bicycles took us through the small towns, and outside of Ketchikan at Sitka National Historical Park, we enjoyed a park of totem poles. On the Great Loop, kayaks took us into the deep mangroves. Also, in Alaska, Tribute’s dinghy allowed us to anchor away from a fleet of fishing boats to enjoy a quiet cove at Red Bluff Bay.
Glacier Bay National Park requires a permit to enter the park and they only allow 25 pleasure boats a day to be in the park. Boaters start reserving their permits months in advance and therefore have a schedule. We took the advice of a veteran boater and opted to hope for a cancellation and get a shortnotice permit when close to the park. We got the permit easily because many boaters cancel their permit.
Not having a schedule means to “just do it.” Do not wait for the perfect time to go or to leave because there will always be 50 good reasons to stay at home, to remain in port, to stay on the boat and not explore or meet the boater nearby.
Tribute is our home, the cornerstone of our lifestyle, and the vehicle of adventures to come. But it is not for everyone, because if it were, more would do it. We love cruising because life is simpler, and we are closer to nature.
If we can help you discover your adventure in boating, please contact us at our blog. www.tribute-kadeykrogen39.com
-John and Laurie Gray
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