The Voyage of Krogen 48' Classic Coral Bay: Voyage to the Caribbean — Paul and Julia Lanter (Voyage: Nov. 1999 - July 2002)
Many of us have dreamt of the day when we no longer were heading to the office but out onto the water, living aboard a trawler and leisurely visiting exotic destinations. We imagined being able to pursue our love of scuba diving and shell collecting while enjoying the beauty and simplicity of tropical island life. When we retired from jobs in the financial services industry in 1998, we set a goal of toasting to the new millennium aboard our own boat while anchored off an island in the Caribbean.
With this in mind, we began our search for the perfect boat. We knew we wanted a full displacement single screw trawler in the 40- to 50-foot range, with seaworthy and sea-kindly characteristics. We also were looking for a boat with long-range capabilities that would be comfortable to live aboard full time. After a long search, we finally laid eyes on Coral Bay, a Krogen 48' Classic, and knew we had found a home.
Our prior boating experience was very limited. We had owned various small open runabouts and a 60-foot lake-style houseboat that we kept on Laurel Lake in the Daniel Boone National Forest in southern Kentucky. We completed a safe boating course offered by the U.S. Power Squadrons but had no other formal training. We had no offshore experience and had never read charts or experienced currents and tides. We had read several books and magazine articles, and knew we were woefully inexperienced to attempt the voyage we had in mind.