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Sheworthy - Helen Green

This month's Sheworthy is really a love story! Helen Green's journey of finding her captain and falling in love with her second Kadey-Krogen certainly has a happy ending. If you are sailing now, her words may inspire you to consider your next boating adventure...living the life, cruising on a Krogen. Read on and find out why the Green's new Krogen 52' is not only seaworthy but sheworthy. 

How each of us comes to the day when your boat of choice is a trawler, has as many stories as there are new trawler owners. For me, my boating experience began more than 45 years ago aboard a 21-foot sailboat on Lake Erie. I was crew and we raced other I-21's every week during sailing season. Fast forward to 2006, when the captain of that I-21 came back into my life. His Christmas card told me he had just ordered a new Kadey-Krogen 44'. I had no idea what a Kadey-Krogen was, however, one year later he was my new husband, and "Evergreen" arrived two weeks after our wedding. 

You must think that stepping on our new Krogen 44' must have been the perfect honeymoon. But remember, my boating life went like this—race, race, race, and then settle-in for appetizers and wine afterward. I had no idea how to provision for travel, how to choose dishes and pots, how much to take on board, how to decorate for the marine environment, etc. Very different from stocking wine and snacks to break out after the race! It was pretty overwhelming for me that first year. We had some good laughs about how much food we took back off the boat after our trip from Stuart to Lake Michigan after commissioning was completed. We could have traveled for six more months and never hit a grocery store except for perishables. When we sold "Evergreen", we laughed again about how much we had on board that we had never looked at again after we tucked those things away five years before.  

Wisdom has come with time. Friends have shared lots of secrets for the cruising lifestyle. As we made our plans for our new Krogen 52', appropriately named "Skyfall" in honor of her hull number 52007, things were so much easier. I adopted a "timeshare philosophy". Timeshare units stock the barest essentials and you get along just fine. When you look at a trawler for the first time, you realize you have a lot of storage under beds, steps, seating, and in the walls. On our first trawler, I was always hunting for stuff in harder to get to places because my useful space was overcrowded with things I used infrequently, if at all.

This time, I'm bringing the things we love, and of the quality we want. Plastic is out and china is in. Wine glasses are stored in Paul's custom made suspended holder, spices rest in really cool pullout spice racks, the handmade tiles from a trip to Italy last year accent the galley backsplash, and the Clyde Butcher photography we love hangs in our office. I am a fused glass/shell artist and made unique glass privacy covers for six of our portholes. And handmade quilts grace both staterooms and pictures of the grandkids peak out from tiny nooks. When my "Sailor's Valentine" is released from the Sanibel Shell Museum, it will find its way on board. I even have a hobby space with a custom pullout for my sewing machine, and my shell art will certainly happen on "Skyfall" so I can make the next Valentine. 

So, in the beginning, I was a totally green newbie to the cruising life and we did just fine. What I hope you feel, is that trawler life is learned and there really are no mistakes. Just things that you can refine and do better on the next trip out, and that having fun is the best part…and that is easy aboard a Kadey-Krogen!

-Helen