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February 2015

Dear Krogen Enthusiast,

This week I walked in the shoes of many of you. I attended a group retirement planning session at the Board of Education with my wife, a career middle school teacher (note: there is a special place in heaven for middle school teachers). The room was filled with men and women in their 50’s and 60’s, all wondering about their next phase of life. While technical details about the process were covered, I thought the best pieces of advice mentioned were to always allow time to make decisions, and don’t expect that the first day of retirement begins one long party.

I could not help but think about how many of our owners took this same advice and purchased their boat prior to retirement, which benefited them in two ways. It made funding the purchase of the boat easier since lenders prefer to lend to people gainfully employed, plus they had the time to get acquainted with the lifestyle and were prepared  to “cast off” upon retirement.

Do you plan to retire in the next three to five years?  If so, include us in your plans. Plan on retiring sooner? The experts say it’s time to get busy!

Fair winds, 

Larry Polster
Vice President

Topside News

The Beautiful Krogen 44′ AE Graces Sea’s Feb. Cover!

With Mike Werling, Sea Magazine managing editor, aboard our latest Krogen 44′ AE with her owners Jeff and Darlene, he got the full scoop on this model’s enhanced ergonomics and custom requests. Thanks to the Gidleys for a great interview!

Pick up a copy today or read the coverage, here!

Winter 2015 Sales Promotion

With the sale of four new Kadey-Krogen yachts in the last 60 days, our production line is cranking. In an effort to promote our new models, we have announced a winter sales promotion on all new orders placed by March 15th, 2015*.

Purchase a new Kadey-Krogen yacht and we will show you why our warranty is second-to-none in the yachting industry by offering an extended warranty for the second year of ownership, free of charge. Additionally, we want to make your life easier while you operate your brand new boat, so we are throwing in a hydraulic bow thruster as well!

Please contact your Kadey-Krogen sales representative to find out more. *Promotion is effective on orders placed between January 15th, 2015 and March 15th, 2015.

This Week: Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

The 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show on Collins Avenue, not to be confused with the Miami International Boat Show, begins this Thursday and runs through Monday, February 16. You won’t want to miss us on RAMP 5 as we present three new yachts, a Krogen 48’ AE, a Krogen 52’, and a Krogen 55’ Expedition. 

Our annual spring Stuart Open House, March 13 – 14, is always a great time to connect with current boat owners and lots of Krogens. Email your representative today for a private appointment to board new models. 

TrawlerFest Anacortes 2015, happening May 12 – 17, is the Pacific Northwest’s next big trawler event. TrawlerFests feature an in-water selection of new and pre-owned cruising powerboats, education seminars and demonstrations, and the latest in marine products & services. Mark your calendar! 


Darlene Gidley, owner of Mana Kai, the Krogen 44′ AE featured in this month’s issue of Sea, is a joy to talk to and because she’s an experienced sailor and boater, a wealth of information and decorating ideas! This month, get to know Darlene and jot down her custom Kadey-Krogen tips and tricks!

For the past year and a half, my husband and I have been engrossed in the building and furnishing of our new Kadey-Krogen 44’ AE, Mana Kai. She arrived in Tacoma, WA in June 2014 and underwent commissioning for about eight weeks. In August, she was finally ours and we began our trawler experience in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. What a wonderful time we are having aboard Mana Kai!

The great thing about purchasing a Kadey-Krogen is the many choices and options you have. Regardless of your taste (whether traditional or contemporary) or your cruising style (marina hopping or anchoring in a secluded harbor), you can create the “home” that suits you best. 

Having owned a Hans Christian 38 sailboat for many years, we knew from experience what worked, what did not, and what we hoped to achieve in our new lifestyle on a trawler. Below are a few things that we decided to do for our new home on the water.

Settee Storage
There is fantastic storage underneath the saloon settee; while access is provided from under the seat cushions, we opted to have three deep drawers installed so that we could access frequently used items without removing cushions and storage covers.

Wine Storage
One of the drawers under the saloon settee has been designed to serve as our designated wine cabinet, which has worked out very well.

Galley Drawers
We chose to go with wide, deep drawers in the galley as opposed to cabinets below and to the port side of the sink. They hold a “ton” of stuff and make it really easy to get what you are looking for. The bottom of the drawers have pegboard inserts allowing for sturdy pegs to be placed around dinnerware, etc., keeping them from shifting while underway.

As we hope to spend a significant amount of time at anchor, we opted for a 12-volt Sun Frost RF19 refrigerator. The Sun Frost uses about 82 amp/hrs/day at 90F and about 62 amp/hrs/day at 70F. This compares to 600 or more amp/hrs/day on an energy efficient 19 cu/ft frost -free refrigerator. Consequently, the number of hours the generator must run to keep up with energy consumption on the boat is reduced. An added advantage of the Sun Frost is that vegetables and fruit stay fresh and crisp considerably longer because it is not frost-free. 

We opted for the louvered doors to the cabinets to allow for increased air circulation with the goal to minimize moisture/mold.  

Interior walls
In keeping with our love for traditional boats, we extended the use of bead board in various areas of the boat—the saloon side of the bar, in the galley, the lower half of the “hall”, and the headboard area of the master stateroom.  Besides the look of it, it allows you to attach pictures, etc., without leaving any trace of the hole should you move pictures or change your décor.

Aside from the things on the boat that have made Mana Kai enjoyable, the best thing I did for myself was to create checklists for starting the boat, the generator and the navigational screens. While all of the information can certainly be found in the manuals, I needed something that reminded me of what to do, step-by-step. This has proven particularly helpful in learning how to operate Mana Kai.

I am sure that as time goes by I will have more ideas about making life aboard Mana Kai even more pleasurable!


In this Issue:

Topside News
Video of the Month
Owner Insights
Brokerage Listings
Upcoming Events


“Yachts like the Krogen 44′ AE are meant to be taken long distances, which translates to a lot of time at the helm getting from Point A to Point D (points B and C are far too near),” said Mike Werling, Sea Magazine managing editor, in the February 2015 issue of Sea

Video of the Month

Three-time Krogen owner, Bunnie Eccleston, sits down with Larry Polster in her new Krogen 55′ Expedition pilothouse to discuss how she’s living her dream.

Enjoy her video!

Owner Insights

When Richard and Lavinia Maggs purchased a Krogen 42′ in 2011 to cruise the Caribbean and beyond, Lavinia fully expected to find adventure, meet new friends, and create art in exotic locations while sipping margaritas and listening to Bob Marley. But what actually happened was beyond her imagination! 

Follow along their adventure through their blog.

Brokerage Listings

We invite you to preview all our brokerage listings for quality boats that can be new to you. Contact us with questions! 

Upcoming Events

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show
Miami, Florida
February 12 – 16, 2015
Krogen 48′ AE, Krogen 52′ & Krogen 55′ Expedition

Kadey-Krogen Yachts Stuart Open House
Stuart, Florida
March 13 – 14, 2015
Krogen 48′ AE, Krogen 52′ & Krogen 55′ Expedition, and a variety of brokerage vessels 

TrawlerFest Anacortes 2015
Anacortes, Washington
May 12 – 17, 2015
Krogen 44′ AE & Krogen 48′ AE

Offices in Annapolis, Newport, Seattle, and Stuart

Main Office:
Kadey-Krogen Yachts
610 NW Dixie Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994