October 2017

Dear Krogen Enthusiast,

As this issue of NAVAID finds its way to you, the first Krogen 50’ Open is undergoing final testing. In just a few short weeks, Janet and I will see her for the first time. She will be named Together, the same name as our previous two boats. Why Together? When our daughter was three years old, we asked her what she thought we should name our boat.  “Together,” she said. “Because mommy, daddy, and Hannah will be together on the boat.”

Okay, now wipe the tear and make your own memories! Your Kadey-Krogen professional is here to help. Contact us soon about a special fall show season incentive that will end November 17.

Fair Winds,
Larry Polster
Vice President

Topside News

Alex Houllis and Warren Sweet Now ABYC Certified

Kadey-Krogen Yachts is pleased to announce that Alex Houllis, Ocean Engineer for Kadey-Krogen, and Warren Sweet, Kadey-Krogen Project Manager, recently completed and passed the Standards Certification exam offered by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC). ABYC has been developing, writing and updating the safety standards for boat building and repair for more than 60 years.

Having completed the four-day training, testing and certification process, Houllis and Sweet are now among a growing group of certified specialists in the country whose commitment to excellence means better customer service for the recreational boater.

At Kadey-Krogen Yachts, we constantly strive to educate and better equip our architects, engineers and project managers, and ABYC’s training programs help us produce the best customer experience. But, what it also proves is the commitment of our employees to advance their own knowledge by attending the ABYC program.

We’re proud of Alex and Warren and what this means for Kadey-Krogen Yachts!


Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

To end this year’s fall boat show season, we will present our newest Krogen 58′ EB and Krogen 44′ AE at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Showhappening November 1 – 5, 2017. Meet us at Bahia Mar, B/C Dock, and we’ll happily show you what it means to be At Home On Any Sea.

Dislike waiting in line? Email yourcrew@kadeykrogen.com to schedule a private tour ahead of time.


Krogen 50′ Open Update #10

The wait is nearly over. As of this writing, the first Krogen 50′ Open has been moved outside for testing! Enjoy this final series of construction photos in Larry’s 10th Progress Report.

Now, get your Krogen 50′ Open questions answered and see her for yourself, by scheduling a private showing later this fall.

Contact us at yourcrew@kadeykrogen.com



Good things come (eventually) to those who wait! Even after more than a decade of ownership, Bob and Gail Higginbotham had a year of many firsts aboard their beloved FRIENDSHIP.

In July of 2003, Bob and I purchased Friendship, a 1986 Kadey-Krogen 42′, and attended our first Krogen Cruisers Fall Chesapeake Rendezvous that autumn. During the 14 years we have owned Friendship, we have cruised on the Chesapeake for a few weeks at a time, as well as several weekends each year. I am an artist, and the water inspires me, and as an artist, folks would often ask me if I can paint when aboard our boat. Yes, absolutely! I use oil pastel on paper, a great travel medium to paint with. My travels on the water have inspired several paintings of the flora and fauna of the Chesapeake, including water reflections of Kadey-Krogens done during one of our Rendezvous.

The year 2016, aboard our Krogen, turned out to be a momentous time of “firsts” for us. We always had our sights on ICW cruising, and after Bob’s retirement in 2016, our plan was to head south after the Krogen Cruisers Rendezvous. Originally, we planned to cruise to Stuart, FL, for our first ICW trip. However, nature intervened! We learned that our first grandchild was expected to arrive that October in Annapolis, MD! So, we altered our departure date and chose Charleston, SC, as our destination. This allowed us to welcome our new grandson to the world, and since Charleston was only a day’s drive away from Annapolis, frequent home visits!

After our grandson’s arrival, we departed the first of November for Solomons, MD, for our first night at anchor, meeting up with friends who traveled with us for a part of the trip. We rejoiced the next morning as we left Solomons Island and for the first time, turned right to head into the southern Chesapeake. Now, after 13 years of owning Friendship, we were on our way at last to the ICW!

For several years, our boating friends had told us about the serene beauty of the Great Dismal Swamp and the wonderful anchorages and towns they passed through on their way south. Hurricane Matthew’s destruction in 2016 closed the Dismal Swamp route, so we took the alternate route, the “Virginia Cut”, for our first experience transiting a lock on Friendship. The locking process went smoothly, so we continued our travels down the ICW. Our first time down the ICW was magical! We surprised a deer swimming across the Alligator Pungo River Canal, which called for full reverse to avoid a collision! We had a lovely calm cruise the entire time in the ICW, stopping at new interesting places, managing currents, and visiting friends along the way.

Charleston, SC, is a great city to acquaint oneself with while living aboard a boat. Everything you need is within walking distance, plus the airport is a short Uber ride away. We dined on the best fried oysters and other sumptuous dishes while there, as well as visiting its great museums, galleries, and historic homes. The mild South Carolinian winter weather was perfect for us; we were pleased to leave Maryland’s cold and dreary winters far behind.

The following spring, we reluctantly left Charleston and headed north back to our homeport on the Chesapeake. We made different stops this time on the way north, including visiting the rugged beauty of Bald Head Island, the resort-like marina River Dunes, and the Yacht Club in Hampton, VA. We also we met some rough seas in the lower Chesapeake during our return travel, but Friendship handled them well.

Another “first” for us, was traveling to Newport, Rhode Island, for the memorable Kadey-Krogen 40th Anniversary celebration! We had traveling companions, Lady Kadey, a KK-42, and Indy, a 48’ Bristol sailboat, which made for a very nice cruising adventure.

I confess that I had dreaded off shore travel for years, but found that it wasn’t bad and that I could feel secure and safe aboard Friendship. Well, one time it was not fun or exciting at all, when we were running through dense fog from Cape May, NJ, to Atlantic City, NJ. With low to no visibility, entering the Atlantic City inlet was scary. It took our four eyes to find our way past a dredge that appeared ghost-like in front of us! We had never encountered fog like that in the Chesapeake. We hunkered down for three nights in Atlantic City while the wind blew. On our departure, we encountered breaking 5 to 6 foot waves to one side of the inlet, and chose to steer up the larger non-breaking waves in the deeper section.  I sat in the salon as Bob ably piloted Friendship through the channel. We continued our adventure on a clear day passing Manhattan for a 12 knot run through Hell Gate, followed by mooring in Port Washington, Long Island. We made stops at Northport, Long Island and then Mystic CT.  We took the dinghy to shore when we were not at marinas, and dined at places such as Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille (Port Washington, LI) and  Ford’s Lobster House (Mystic, CT). We then moved on to Block Island with their well-orchestrated mooring process, and able Harbormaster. We enjoyed another great meal ashore there at Dead Eye Dick’s.  As you may be able to tell, cruising is not only a lovely, panoply of grand scenery, people and places for us, it is also one of dining delights!

And, then it was onward to Newport, RI, for the Kadey-Krogen anniversary party and a reunion with our Krogen friends! The Kadey-Krogen Yacht folks really know how to throw a party! We had a marvelous time and enjoyed a genuine clambake supper replete with lobsters, corn on the cob, shellfish, fish, and vegetables. It was delicious!

Bob and I are looking forward to the fall of 2017, where our destination is, finally, Stuart, FL! More adventures, new friends, artistic inspiration and of course food await us.  It all goes to show you that indeed, good things come (eventually) to those who wait!

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Higginbotham



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