A bad day on the water is better than a day in the office. A good day on the water makes me wish I never had to work again! Here I am, back at my desk, longingly staring across the marina and at the water…. Sigh.
I was contacted byPropTalk Magazine’s editor, Gary Reich, about a week ago. He wanted to arrange a photo shoot, test ride, and interview so that Kadey-Krogen could be featured in their October issue. After touching base with a couple owners that are in the Annapolis area, timing worked out best for Betty Robinson who lives aboard her Krogen 48′ North Sea, LiLi (Live Life). She and LiLi are actually included in the Fall Waypoints that is currently making its way to the print house.
Anyway, we met at LiLi this morning at 7am. It was a beautiful morning! Sunny and warm with very little humidity. After a little discussion of how Betty was introduced to Kadey-Krogens, her trips along the ICW and the Bahamas, and a bit of history on the company, Gary was taken on a tour of the boat. LiLi is hull number 48035 and is three years old. Her classy teak interior is warm and inviting, and the colorful decorations throughout add splashes of personality. And she’s just so cozy! As Betty says, “I’m houseless, not homeless.”
After the grand tour and interior photo shoot, it was time for the test ride! We took the covers off of the pilothouse windows, disconnected the shore power and threw the lines off. By the time we did this, it was a little warm outside so I was concerned that we turned the a/c off, but the cool Bay breeze blew threw the pilothouse doors and kept everything the perfect temperature.
Those of you who follow my blog know that I have taken a great affectation to stabilizers, but today was so flat and calm we didn’t need them. Gary was visibly and verbally impressed with the lack of vibration underway. He commented that there are quite a few boats that wear you out by the end of the day and don’t provide a comfortable time on the water- not a Kadey-Krogen.
We then dropped Gary off and took off toward the Severn River while he jumped in his Boston Whaler and met up with us to take some running shots. We tooled around the water right outside downtown Annapolis and took in the beautiful view of this charming, historic town. We then headed upriver and made some figure 8’s under the Naval Academy Bridge where a photographer was positioned for some overhead shots. Just another day at the office!
Betty is a trip. She’s assertive but not intimidating, and just by virtue of her personality it’s easy to see why she was so successful in the corporate world. She a natural leader, and wasn’t afraid to hip-check Larry out from behind the wheel when she was done enjoying sightseeing from the seat on the bow. She also greeted her engine room with a cheerful “Good Morning!” when she went down to check the strainers as well as offered words of encouragement and appreciation to LiLi after the photo shoot was over. She has a genuine love for her vessel and the relationship between Betty and LiLi clearly goes beyond Captain and boat. You’ll read a lot more about Betty and LiLi in the upcoming issue of Waypoints.
After Betty skillfully placed LiLi back into her slip, we retied the lines, replaced the window covers and got the a/c pumping again. What a perfect morning. LiLi will be featured in the October issue of PropTalk which will be available mid-September.
Until next time, fair winds and following seas.