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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,…

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The Cruising Life: Sue LaNeve Started with a 19-foot Cuddy Cabin. Now She Loves Cruising Full-Time on Her Kadey-Krogen 55

Growing up in the small town of West Miami, Florida, Sue LaNeve was something of a tomboy. She climbed trees, dreamed of being an astronaut, rode horses, sailed a pram. A spirit of adventure took root. Today, she owns and cruises full-time on INVICTUS, a Kadey-Krogen 55’ Expedition raised pilothouse trawler. And she’s written her story for NAVAID, the Kadey-Krogen newsletter. Her boat-owning life started when she and her husband Don bought a 19-foot cuddy cabin for their fourth wedding anniversary. Five boats later, for their 30thanniversary, they bought Freebird, a 1996 Kadey-Krogen 48 North Sea. They had retired, and…

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The Best of Both Worlds: A Kadey-Krogen 39 in the Pacific Northwest, and a Ranger Tugs 27 Anywhere East of the Mississippi By Peter A. Janssen John and Laurie Gray could easily serve as role models for the rest of us. They keep their big boat, Tribute, a 2004 Kadey-Krogen 39 pilothouse trawler, at their home port of Everett, Washington, just above Seattle. And they keep Trilogy, which they call “our other boat,” a 2012 Ranger Tugs 27, on a trailer almost anywhere east of the Mississippi River, ready to go cruising when and where the mood strikes. The Grays…

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Larry Polster, New Owner of Hull #1 of Kadey-Krogen 50 Open: “Like a Kid in a Candy Store.”

If you want to see two happy owners of a new boat, take a look at Larry and Janet Polster in the top picture. They’re smiling from the Portuguese bridge of their new Kadey-Krogen 50 Open, which just arrived in Florida from the factory in Taiwan. The boat, hull number one, has been two years in the making, and the Polsters have been intimately involved for all that time; one year for the design and development, another for the construction. And they’re certainly happy about the way things turned out. “Janet and I are like the proverbial kids in a…

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Here’s a Different Look at the First Kadey-Krogen 50 Open from John Deere

The first Kadey-Krogen 50 Open is now on a ship heading from the factory in Taiwan to Florida, where it should arrive before long. And that’s none-to-soon for its owner, Larry Polster, a Kadey-Krogen vice president, who, with his wife Janet, has been actively engaged in the building and fitting out of their new boat, choosing everything from the hand-crafted vanity drawers to the single John Deere diesel. We’ve been covering Polster’s involvement in the boat, the first Kadey-Krogen with an open interior – meaning the salon and galley are open to the pilothouse, which is just one step up.…

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Kadey-Krogen Starts New Company To Build 26-Knot Contemporary Motoryachts

Now here’s news: Kadey-Krogen, which just celebrated its 40-year history of building full-displacement, blue-water trawlers with a blowout owners’ rendezvous in Newport, Rhode Island, announced that it will start a new company making contemporary 26-knot boats called SUMMIT, designed by performance superstar Michael Peters from Sarasota, Florida. The SUMMIT line, starting with a flybridge 54, will all have planing hulls, per Peters’ history and Kadey-Krogen’s desire to go beyond its full-displacement heritage. Kadey-Krogen, which has built more than 600 full-displacement boats over the past 40 years, will continue all its operation in that segment. To emphasize its commitment to the…

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Veteran Cruisers Ship Kadey-Krogen 48 from Florida to the Pacific Northwest, Start New Journey By Peter A. Janssen Ever since they bought their new Kadey-Krogen 48 Idyll Time in 2006, Jeff and Suzie Parker have pursued an active cruising life from their home in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They’ve done the Great Loop, they’ve gone up and down the East Coast, they’ve become familiar with most of the stops on the Intracoastal Waterway. “Traveling up and down the ICW has become routine,” Parker wrote in his blog this spring. So they decided to expand their horizons – a long way – shipping…

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Kadey-Krogen Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Owners’ Rendezvous in Newport

Kadey-Krogen just celebrated their 40th anniversary with a fun owners’ rendezvous in Newport, Rhode Island, one of the most historic and scenic cruising destinations around (pictured above). The Stuart, Florida-based company says it is the oldest manufacturer of full-displacement, recreational cruising yachts in the world. It is also one of the most successful, having made 600 long-range cruisers from 36- to 58-feet so far, with designs to go up to 70 feet. Kadey-Krogen’s latest design, the 50 Open, is innovative in its layout while staying true to the company’s iconic hull design and proven blue-water performance. All those years of…

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After The Loop and 25,000 miles, The Coles and My Dream Are “Not Done Yet” Ted and Sue Cole of Placerville, California, just crossed their wake in Dania Beach, Florida, completing the Great Loop around the eastern half of the United States. That, of course, is a major achievement, but it’s not singular. After all, 127 other boats completed the Loop last year alone. But what is unusual, is that the Coles only cruised part of the time, taking seven years on the Loop from start to finish. And even then they managed to put in side trips to Mexico,…

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Owner’s Latest Progress Report on Building New Kadey-Krogen 50 Open

Like most of us, Larry Polster has dreamed about building his own ideal cruising boat. The difference between Polster and the rest of us, however, is that he’s actually doing something about it. Indeed, Polster, who’s a partner and vice president of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, is building hull number one of the new Kadey-Krogen 50 Open, and we’ve been following him as he writes progress reports about all the decisions he and his wife Janet are making about making this cruising boat their own. Here’s Polster’s report number six, with pictures and discussions of the hull, from its fine entry to…

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