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Larry Polster Finally Takes His New Kadey-Krogen 50 Cruising in the Bahamas: “Damn, We Nailed This”

By Peter A. Janssen

For Larry Polster, a vice president and partner of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, this cruise has been a long time coming. Indeed, it started more than two years ago when Polster put in his order for hull number one of the new Kadey-Krogen 50 Open series; he wanted it for his personal boat so he and his wife Janet could go cruising again.

The Polsters were intimately involved in every aspect of the new build, inspecting it in the factory in Taiwan, and finally greeting it when it got off the boat in Miami last December. Then the boat was in the Miami and Palm Beach shows and at an open house outside the Kadey-Krogen offices in Stuart.

Finally, two weeks ago, after waiting for a weather window, they started the cruise they had been waiting for, and crossed the Gulf Stream from West Palm Beach, heading for the Bahamas. And everything was right. Janet made breakfast underway, Larry took a shower, and they arrived in West End in love with their new boat. “Damn,” Polster wrote on his blog. “We nailed this.”

As they cruised later on the Little Bahamas Bank, they realized their dream. “There is nothing around us except crystal clear, turquoise water,” Polster wrote. Cruising at a steady 8.5 knots, they settled into the rhythm of life on a full-displacement hull. The flow of time became irrelevant. “We have our destination in mind, but the weather is favorable, so what does it matter if we arrive at three, five, or seven?” he wrote. “It’s nice to be traveling slow again, without a real schedule.”

The Polsters did meet up with four other Kadey-Krogens at Great Sale Cay, and got together for visits, and then went on to Green Turtle Cay, strolling the narrow streets of the little town of New Plymouth that was settled by Royalists fleeing the Revolution in the 1780s.

Then they headed out into the ocean for a few miles before entering the Sea of Abaco through the narrow, and often treacherous, Whale Cay Passage. On this day, it was calm, and the Polsters cruised down to Hopetown, with its iconic striped lighthouse, and to Tahiti Beach at the south end of Elbow Cay. There they met up with more Krogen owners for a visit and some sundowners. All in all, the first real cruise on Together, the name of their new boat, went just as they had hoped. Read more:






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