East Coast Shakedown

In May, we became the proud owners of a gently used 2007 Kadey Krogen 58′ Trawler. It has twin John Deere diesel engines, twin Northern Lights diesel generators, 1700 gallon fuel tanks and enough range to cross the Atlantic without refueling.

Since we planned to leave in January 2015 and spend the next few years in the Caribbean away from our expert refit crew in Stuart (known to most Krogen owners as Scotty Wiley), we had to make a lot of changes to the boat in a short amount of time. We wanted to make sure the boat was seaworthy as it had not been used much in its 8 year history, so we replaced almost all hoses, belts, alternators, pumps, switches, most important engine parts, steering cylinders, blah, blah, blah, and upgraded our “at anchor” systems. We added dual inverters to make 110 VAC power, replaced and doubled the battery bank, added an auto start system for the generators, and rebuilt our 1000 gallon per day water maker and dive compressor. We can now stay at anchor for around 2.32 years without ever going to a dock, unless something breaks :).  Try and tax us now bitches!!!!

With all these changes, we decided to have a shakedown cruise/vacation to make sure all the systems were up to snuff. We decided that 1000 miles over two months would be a good test, so we lined up some family and friends to help out and away we went: up the ICW from Stuart, FL to Charleston, SC and then an offshore run back to Stuart to see what we could break. We did a pretty good job! Our thanks to Sarah, Michael, Reyna, Mike and Paula Schlich and Sophia for helping us drink beer, almost all of our good rum,  and shakedown the new “Ann Louise!”

Last but not least, a huge thank you to Scotty Wiley, Danielle Heaton,  Angel Guajardo and Philip Van Zyl for all the work done on the Ann Louise, and the staff at Sailor’s Return and Sunset Bay for keeping the electricity and the beer flowing for 5 months!

New Boat Specs
Length Overall: 62’11”
Length Water Line: 52’3”
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1,760 gals.
Beam: 18’10”
Water Tank Capacity: 450 gals.
Draft: 5’3”
Holding Tank Capacity: 100 gals.
Displacement: 96,830 lbs.
Ballast: 7,000 lbs.
Approximate Bridge Clearance
with mast “up” 25’5”
with mast “down” 15’9”
Range:
6 knots 5,690 Nautical Miles
7 knots 3,840 Nautical Miles
8 knots 2,590 Nautical Miles
9 knots 1,780 Nautical Miles

 

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Leaving for our Shakedown Cruise. Sunset Bay Marina, Stuart, FL

 

 

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Sarah and Sophia on the Intracoastal Waterway – Headed to Melbourne for the First Day of Class

 

 

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Michael waking up and piloting us from IOP to Georgetown, SC

 

 

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They Didn’t Sell Me!

 

 

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NASA Causeway Bridge

 

 

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Kilkenny Creek Fish Camp, GA

 

 

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Michael and Reyna on the Aft Deck in Georgetown, SC

 

 

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The SE III

 

 

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Storm Approaching Near Sullivan’s Island, SC

 

 

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Mike and Paula in Lady Island, SC

 

 

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Have You Seen Paula? My Martini is Getting Low!

 

 

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Ann and Paula Cruising the SC ICW

 

 

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Kilkenny Fish Camp, GA

 

 

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Joanie and Timmy Teal on Lady Island with the Weezies

 

 

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