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Happy Feet at Mystic

The historic steamboat 'Sabino', built in 1908 glides by packed with enthralled tourists taking in the tranquil beauty of Connecticut's rocky shoreline. It meanders its way past the historic Mystic Seaport Museum lined with this year's trawlers on display for the 2007 PassageMaker Magazine Mystic Trawler Fest. Over 1000 participants took in the quaint town of Mystic, the Seaport, and boats of all kinds- sail, steam, tug, and, of course, trawlers.

And, as always, never a dull moment for us here at Kadey-Krogen Yachts as visitors explored the Krogen 39' and Krogen 44'. Kathy and Frank Eisenhart graciously showed off their new Krogen 44' 'Icy Devil' in between their participation in Trawler Fest University courses. The Eisenhart's took delivery of 'Icy Devil only a month ago, were excited for their first Trawler Fest, and spent the better part of the week talking to prospective additions to the Krogen family. 'Icy Devil' did her part also. With her superbly laid out engine room, she was utilized for the hands on portion for Steve D'Antonio's 'Ship System's Stem to Stern' course. What better place to learn about the in's and out's of a properly commissioned trawler yacht than in the engine room of a brand new Krogen 44'.

With dock space tight at Trawler Fest, Kadey-Krogen Yachts had agreed to raft its vessels together, which proved a great way for enthusiasts to go directly from the Krogen 44' to Gary Hitch's Krogen 39' 'Easy Rider'. While 'Icy Devil' stole the show for University attendees, Gary added a different kind of excitement by deciding to trade his Krogen 39' for a new Krogen 48' North Sea just one day into the show! Gary purchased 'Easy Rider' in the Fall of 2006, not sure if he was going to like the trawler lifestyle. He reasoned that a smaller vessel would be a good start and easier to sell should he decide the lifestyle was not for him, although the Krogen 48' North Sea really was his dream. (Little did he know how prophetic his reasoning was.)

After a circumnavigation around southern Florida by way of the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas, Marco and Sanibel Islands and the Okeechobee Waterway, Gary and friend Rose Mary were hooked and began to discuss moving up to a larger Kadey-Krogen. On their way north, misfortune struck Gary when he fell while boarding someone else's boat and tore the tendon and muscles surrounding his left knee. Gary was rushed home for emergency surgery where doctors reattached the tendon to his knee and attempted to secure what remained of the surrounding muscle tissue. Meanwhile, Gary's salesperson, Captain Greg Sapp, flew to North Carolina and brought 'Easy Rider' the rest of the way home to the Chesapeake Bay. After nearly eight weeks with his leg completely immobilized, Gary began to hobble around on crutches, and two weeks later, with his leg still in the brace, received permission from the doctor for 'minimal activities'. Two weeks after that and three months to the day from the accident, Gary showed up in Mystic aboard 'Easy Rider' after a six day trip from the Chesapeake, including a few days at Block Island!

With that trip, he reaffirmed his love of the trawler lifestyle. As we were setting up for Trawler Fest he approached us about the possibility of trading 'Easy Rider' for a new Krogen 48' North Sea. We reminded Gary that our standard purchase agreement has a paragraph that guaranteed him his original purchase price of the boat we built if he were trading for a new Kadey-Krogen. Later that day we had a handshake agreement to take 'Easy Rider' in trade at a value greater than our original guarantee!

Remember earlier I said Gary's reasoning was prophetic? Well less than 24 hours after taking 'Easy Rider' in trade, we had two offers to purchase 'Easy Rider' from Trawler Fest attendees and she is scheduled to be turned over to her new owners at the end of this month!

Meanwhile, Gary has begun to plan for the commissioning of his new Krogen 48' North Sea 'Happy Feet', so aptly named given the messages in the movie by the same name and the adversity Gary has overcome. Congratulations to Gary from the entire Kadey-Krogen family and many thanks to him for all the time he spent talking to visitors at the show about the differences in each model and the experience he has had as an owner of a Kadey-Krogen.

Next stop, Solomons Trawler Fest. We have a limited number of complimentary tickets so contact your salesperson today. Who knows, perhaps you'll own the next 'Icy Devil', 'Easy Rider', or 'Happy Feet'. What are you waiting for?