June 2016

Dear Krogen Enthusiast,

Here we are nearly half way through 2016 and things are humming along at Kadey-Krogen Yachts. Since the Yachts Miami Beach show in February, we have signed contracts for six new Kadey-Krogens – a 44, 48, 50, 52 and two 58s! And, it’s not just the new boats selling. The brokerage market is active, especially the Krogen 39s–which are leading the way with four contracts.

New or used, now is the time to get in the queue, so the vessel of your dreams is ready to go when you are.

Fair winds, 

Larry Polster
Vice President

Topside News

Couple Finishes 11,000-mile Journey on KK48′

Like many readers of NAVAID, Ron and Michele Hall had a dream before they owned their Kadey-Krogen. Their dream was cruising “The Great Loop”. The Great Loop circumnavigates the eastern half of the United States using rivers, lakes, canals, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, and the Gulf of Mexico. Completing the journey was a fantastic experience for the husband-and-wife team, and since their return to the Seattle area in April, they have become an inspiration for their local community.

Craig Hill, local reporter for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, writes, “Whether by boat, bike, RV or motorcycle, the Halls encourage people to take an adventure that allows them to explore the land, culture and themselves.”

We agree! Catch the story, here.

Krogen 50′ Open:
Tooling Update

In keeping with our long-standing adherence to architectural integrity, the Krogen 50′ Open is being constructed with entirely new tooling, as opposed to simply manipulating the mold of another model. A Kadey-Krogen mold is made only once and extra time is taken to make sure it is smooth and without fault. She’s in full-swing!

Pictured here, the frames are in place and you can see the beginning of the hull plug taking shape. Keep reading NAVAID for more production updates throughout the summer.

Request more Krogen 50′ Open information.

Krogen 58′ EB in Southern Boating magazine

The latest issue of Southern Boating says of the updated Krogen 58′ model, “The new 58′ EB (Extended Bridge) is true to its heritage, with additional amenities to make long-range cruising even more comfortable.” Request our latest professional photos and her 360-degree virtual tour today.  


Krogen 55’ Expedition “Choisi” recently completed her year-long journey from Alaska to Maine via the Panama Canal. Her owners, Peter and Sara Gebhard, recorded their fantastic voyage while “home” schooling their two daughters onboard. What an educational experience for those young ladies! What follows is Sara’s personal account of their day transiting the Panama Canal.

As part of our 12,149 nautical mile adventure from Alaska to Maine in 425 days, we transited the Panama Canal on January 4, 2015. When we initially planned our trip that we would embark aboard our Krogen 55’ Expedition named “Choisi”, the prospect of going through this incredible body of water under “our own steam” was one of the highlights we were looking forward to the most. While many people are able to experience a trip through the Panama Canal by water, there are not too many who can say they did it on their own bottom in just one day!

Needless to say, there was an incredible amount of thought and planning before we even left the East Coast and flew to Juneau, Alaska, to begin our odyssey. One large component was planning for the Canal transit. After a lot of research, we opted to hire Panama Canal agent Tina McBride to follow her transit advice. This decision was one of the best we made all year. Tina has a system that handles the hundreds of issues and questions that are involved with making the passage. It’s a business and she treats it as such, so there aren’t too many things up for discussion. This is a good thing.

Underway, we were assigned to Moises, who ran the show but never touched the helm. That was Peter’s job. Moises coordinated everything from the arrival of the line handlers (our choice) and when we got into position to enter the Canal, to when lines were connected and released and when the line handlers took breaks and what kind of food and drink to supply the crew. He was incredibly helpful and having him aboard allowed us to thoroughly enjoy the passage and not worry about Choisi getting damaged as we transited from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.

I had read several articles about the angst boat owners have experienced preparing for the passage, and the anxiety of providing the “right” food for their assigned agent and boat crew. Even horror stories of having to buy new food and pay $500 to have someone go ashore and get it! In the end, we only had 36 hours to prepare for the actual passage, so what we had on the boat was all we had. When I talked to Moises about what the line handlers would like to eat, he was very gracious and said that whatever we served them would be greatly appreciated. In the morning, I put out fruit and bagels, coffee, tea and water. Lunch was just sandwiches, chips and Oreos, and a late afternoon snack consisted of more fruit and cookies. We completed our passage in one day and were tied up at Shelter Bay Marina by nightfall. Our line handlers went home immediately after getting paid at the dock. 

Since most boats are not able to make the complete passage in one day, we’re not sure how overnight accommodations and meals are handled in other situations. For instance, do line handlers sleep onboard? Do they come and go? We didn’t ask Tina those questions, but would have been good to know just in case there was a delay!

On Friday, January 2, 2015, we were informed that the Canal Authority had space for our transit first thing Sunday morning. We had only just arrived in Panama City from the Perlas Islands, and had expected to wait several days or even a week to be assigned to make the passage. So, the 36-hour notification took us a little by surprise. Pleasure boats are at the whim of the Canal Authority’s scheduling, and when they say, “Go”, you have to make it happen. 

The four line handlers and our friends from the United States, Emily and Charlie, arrived at La Playita Marina (a great marina for while you are waiting for your turn) on the Causeway at 6 a.m., and from there we went to the anchorage to wait for Moises to be brought to us by a pilot boat. We were scheduled to be rafted with two other pleasure boats but only one showed up, so Moises arranged for the catamaran to be rafted off our port side. The catamaran had an advisor aboard but they didn’t have any paid line handlers. It was a little iffy getting the sailboat secure, but Moises and the other agent got the lines all set. 

We were scheduled to enter the Pacific Entrance Lock at 0916, but it was closer to 1120 before we entered the first chamber.

Fortunately, the brother of one of our line handlers worked at Shelter Bay Marina, so he was able to guide us into the marina after dark. It would have been very tricky without local knowledge (and anchoring is not allowed in the bay)—you have to make it into the marina. The channel is marked but not lit and it is a narrow entrance so we really lucked out having him aboard. Once we were secure, Peter paid each line handler in cash. This payment is separate from what is paid directly to the agent, so be prepared! We also tipped the guys which was greatly appreciated.

Overall, it was a very long, but incredibly beautiful and fascinating day. What stands out the most about the Canal is the fact that after 150 years, it still works exactly the same way it did on Day One—and without fault. The locks are absolutely incredible: An amazing feat of technology, perseverance and determination to make the Canal a reality. 

Definitely a recommended “bucket list” item.

Respectfully Submitted,
Sara Gebhard


In this Issue:

Topside News
See What You Missed
New Listings
Video of the Month
Owner Insights
Brokerage Listings
Upcoming Events
Ship’s Store


“A Kadey-Krogen yacht is personal waterfront property built to cross oceans or take her owners anywhere they desire.”
-Larry Polster, partner, Kadey-Krogen Yachts, featured in the June 2016 issue of PassageMaker Magazine (page 16-17)

See What You Missed

Since the last issue of NAVAID, the following Kadey-Krogen listings have changed hands. Make sure the Krogen of your dreams doesn’t slip away.

Krogen 39′ “Hebe”

New Listings

Kadey-Krogen Yachts now has one West Coast and three East Coast locations to better serve you. We’re actively seeking brokerage listings, and not just Kadey-Krogens. Let’s connect and get to business.

2014 Beneteau Swift Trawler 52′
NOW: $849,000

2010 Krogen 44′ Widebody
“Maria Elena”
NOW: $749,000

Under Contract – 2003 Krogen 39′, “Counting Stars”
$349,000 Ask for details

1999 Krogen 39′, “Soul Tender”

1987 Krogen Manatee, “Easy Rider” 


Video of the Month

Produced by Salty Dog Boating News (The Cruising Spirit of the Pacific Northwest), watch their video tour of the Krogen 52′ that has received thousands of views.  


Owner Insights

On to the Chesapeake! Back from Mexico, Ron and Jan are adventuring Stateside.

Follow their blog, here.   

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

Seattle Boats Afloat Show
South Lake Union
September 14 – 18, 2016
Krogen 44′ AE & Krogen 48′ AE

Newport International Boat Show
Newport, Rhode Island
September 15 – 18, 2016
Krogen 48′ AE & Krogen 58′ EB

TrawlerFest – Bay Bridge
Stevensville, Maryland
September 29 – October 1, 2016
Krogen 48′ AE & Krogen 58′ EB

Kadey-Krogen Yachts
Annapolis, Maryland Open House

Port Annapolis Marina
October 13 – 15, 2016
Krogen 48′ AE & Krogen 58′ EB
Brokerage Yachts: TBA

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
November 3 – 7, 2016
Krogen 48′ AE & Krogen 52′

Kadey-Krogen Yachts
40th Anniversary Rendezvous
June 29 – July 2, 2017
Ask for details

Ship’s Store

NEW Kadey-Krogen Yachts gear (men’s & ladies’ flip-flops and belts, a boat tote, dog accessories, a key ring and more) is now available at the Kadey-Krogen Yachts Ship’s Store.

Browse & shop now.

Offices in Annapolis, Portsmouth, Seattle, and Stuart

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