About Krogen Cruisers

Grant and Astaar Breining

 

Krogen Cruisers, Inc. is a group of owners and ‘want-to-be’ owners of Kadey-Krogen trawlers. As a group, the Cruisers were founded as an informal organization that share a common interest in cruising and love for their Krogen vessels. Although we are not officially associated with Kadey-Krogen Yachts in any way, we enjoy a strong relationship with our parent company and consider all to be members of the Krogen Family.

The group began in the summer of 1989 at the initiation of Grant and Astaar Breining. The Breinings living aboard their Krogen 42, Carinya, moored in Annapolis, noticed a handful of other Krogen boats in the harbor. One evening they decided to meet these fellow Krogen 42 owners and invite them to a get-together. Thus these seven owners and their boats constituted the origin of the Krogen Cruisers and began the tradition of the Krogen Rendezvous.

In those early days the focus was strictly social and the membership grew through word of mouth. The only bylaw in existence was “There shall be no Bylaws”. From the start the Cruisers had much to share and along with the annual rendezvous, they initiated a newsletter. Much as we do today they enjoyed both the informal camaraderie of other owners along with the valuable sharing of experience.

As interest in the group increased, the membership expanded beyond boaters in the Chesapeake and broadened to include Krogen vessels of every size and design. Although the majority of our members today reside in North America we have owners in Europe, South America and the Far East. “At Home on Any Sea” you can expect to find one of the more than 200 members of the Krogen Cruiser fleet just about anywhere you travel. Thanks to our group of Founders, you will easily recognize a fellow member of the Krogen Cruisers by our colorful burgee displaying a Krogen 42 cruising in front of the setting sun.

Our traditions have grown along with our membership. While the Chesapeake Rendezvous has been going strong for 20 years, similar get togethers take place on the West Coast of Florida, the Pacific Northwest and for the first time ever in New England. Even when winter dry docks some of us, the original “Hard Aground” parties have made way for the traditions of the Krogen Super Bowl parties and the weekly Krogen breakfast in The Keys. To be sure, you are never far from a Krogen gathering and often a simple word-of-mouth or email invitation creates a spontaneous rendezvous.