For the past year and a half, my husband and I have been engrossed in the building and furnishing of our new Kadey-Krogen 44' AE, Mana Kai. She arrived in Tacoma, WA in June 2014 and underwent commissioning for about eight weeks. In August, she was finally ours and we began our trawler experience in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. What a wonderful time we are having aboard Mana Kai!
The great thing about purchasing a Kadey-Krogen is the many choices and options you have. Regardless of your taste (whether traditional or contemporary) or your cruising style (marina hopping or anchoring in a secluded harbor), you can create the "home" that suits you best.
Having owned a Hans Christian 38 sailboat for many years, we knew from experience what worked, what did not, and what we hoped to achieve in our new lifestyle on a trawler. Below are a few things that we decided to do for our new home on the water.
There is fantastic storage underneath the saloon settee; while access is provided from under the seat cushions, we opted to have three deep drawers installed so that we could access frequently used items without removing cushions and storage covers.
One of the drawers under the saloon settee has been designed to serve as our designated wine cabinet, which has worked out very well.
We chose to go with wide, deep drawers in the galley as opposed to cabinets below and to the port side of the sink. They hold a "ton" of stuff and make it really easy to get what you are looking for. The bottom of the drawers have pegboard inserts allowing for sturdy pegs to be placed around dinnerware, etc., keeping them from shifting while underway.
As we hope to spend a significant amount of time at anchor, we opted for a 12-volt Sun Frost RF19 refrigerator. The Sun Frost uses about 82 amp/hrs/day at 90F and about 62 amp/hrs/day at 70F. This compares to 600 or more amp/hrs/day on an energy efficient 19 cu/ft frost -free refrigerator. Consequently, the number of hours the generator must run to keep up with energy consumption on the boat is reduced. An added advantage of the Sun Frost is that vegetables and fruit stay fresh and crisp considerably longer because it is not frost-free.
We opted for the louvered doors to the cabinets to allow for increased air circulation with the goal to minimize moisture/mold.
In keeping with our love for traditional boats, we extended the use of bead board in various areas of the boat—the saloon side of the bar, in the galley, the lower half of the "hall", and the headboard area of the master stateroom. Besides the look of it, it allows you to attach pictures, etc., without leaving any trace of the hole should you move pictures or change your décor.
Aside from the things on the boat that have made Mana Kai enjoyable, the best thing I did for myself was to create checklists for starting the boat, the generator and the navigational screens. While all of the information can certainly be found in the manuals, I needed something that reminded me of what to do, step-by-step. This has proven particularly helpful in learning how to operate Mana Kai.
I am sure that as time goes by I will have more ideas about making life aboard Mana Kai even more pleasurable!