For Mark and Pauline Masuhr, owners of a new Krogen 48 AE, and before that a Krogen 44, the first 14 years of their retirement were spent at 10,000 feet, skiing the Rocky Mountains 100-plus days a year and hiking much of the rest. So, what led them to sea level and moving with the seasons in search of warmer weather?
By Mark and Pauline Masuhr
“Shortly after retirement, we saw our first Kadey-Krogen yacht up close and personal when we were anchored next to a Krogen 42,” said Pauline. “We were invited aboard for cocktails and we knew then, that when we were finished sailing and skiing, our next dance would be a trawler, and a Kadey-Krogen!”
In 2013, they bought a Krogen 44 and the Masuhrs loved her for all the reasons other 44 owners do—seaworthiness, comfort and spaciousness, and those beautiful lines. After completing the Great Loop in November 2014 and deciding to live aboard full time, they felt a larger boat with a second head would suit them well. Since taking delivery of their Krogen 48 AE, appropriately named Next Dance, the Masuhrs have considered their future cruising plans. Without a home port (what freedom!), they’ll be dancing along the East Coast and up through the Canadian Maritimes. Other future destinations include the Florida Keys, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Mark admits, at first they questioned what they were doing building a boat—after all, there was nothing wrong with their Krogen 44! “After some ideas back and forth with Tom Button, Larry Polster, and Tucker West, we decided that the Krogen 48 AE was in fact the right boat for our future cruising plans and Pauline’s (a trained chef) desire for a personally appointed galley. Tom Button made sure we got everything we wanted (a happy Pauline). Once the boat splashed, we met Gregg Gandy for commissioning, who was another fabulous experience.”
Pauline’s advice to those sitting on the sidelines is simple. “Don’t wait one moment longer. Cruising brings a wonderful sense of adventure, whether you are cruising from port to port or going offshore. It is a lifestyle of constant change and meeting friendly, interesting people with a few things in common, a love for boating and being on a trawler–traveling slowly but adventuring everywhere.”
We’re thrilled that their dance floor is a Kadey-Krogen. Below is a delicious recipe straight from Pauline’s galley! Enjoy!
Grilled Garlic Cajun Shrimp Skewers
Serving: 12 skewers (serves 4-6)
½ cup unsalted butter
4 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
1 Tbsp cajun spice (provides light heat; it’s not too spicy)
½ tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (from ½ medium lemon)
2 lb. large shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and deveined
12 medium wooden skewers
Note: To save time, you can buy tail-on shrimp that are already peeled and de-veined.