Our Yachts

Sometimes yacht owners connect with a builder and make the brand their choice.

Paul and Sue Brands, Princess Yachts V48
Paul and Sue Brands, Princess Yachts V48
Michael Warren, Kadey-Krogen 55
Michael Warren, Kadey-Krogen 55
Michael Warren, Kadey-Krogen 55
Michael Warren, Kadey-Krogen 55
Patti and Steve Inglett, Marlow 66E
Patti and Steve Inglett, Marlow 66E
Patti and Steve Inglett, Marlow 66E
Bob and Jeanette Friedman, Ocean Alexander 85E
Bob and Jeanette Friedman, Ocean Alexander 85E
Ward and Kim Young, Outer Reef 70
Ward and Kim Young, Outer Reef 70
Paul and Sue Brands, Princess Yachts V48

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Michael Warren | Kadey-Krogen 55 Like many yachting enthusiasts, Michael Warren was introduced to the water by his parents. He was quickly bitten by the on-the-water bug and says that, as soon he got a “real job” after college, the first order of business was to get a boat, any boat. He’s owned many vessels over the years, including an array of smaller powerboats to 25 feet and midsize sailboats to 40 feet in length. Warren’s interests migrated toward long-range cruising, primarily along the Eastern Seaboard between Maine and Florida. In 2004 he first saw a Kadey-Krogen 42, which fit his long-term, live-aboard lifestyle. After a few years and many voyages, Warren — who also likes to do overnight ­passages and entertain guests on board — moved up to a Kadey-Krogen 52. He is now on his third yacht from the builder: the new 55-footer. Some of his favorite features on his latest Kadey-Krogen are the main deck’s one-level living setup, the high position of the pilothouse and the fact that access to the engine room is spacious and unimpeded from bow to stern. When asked why he continues to build his yachts with Kadey-­Krogen, Warren says: “The livability of these boats and the integrity of the company ... are second to none.” Unsurprisingly, when we spoke to Warren, he was at sea in the midst of a three-week cruise.

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Patti and Steve Inglett | Marlow 66E Few people walk down the dock at a boat show, step aboard a yacht they have never heard of and then buy it seven days later. Patti and Steve Inglett are different. The avid cruisers and motoryacht enthusiasts bought their first Marlow yacht, and the first-ever Marlow (Hull 65-01), just like that. The longtime boaters had owned a slew of well-known, midsize production boats over the years but had tired of the everyday, opting to pursue something that fit their burgeoning cruising lifestyle and desire to make the yacht their own. Patti Inglett says that, even though they bought their first Marlow as a brokerage boat, the personal post-sale attention they received from the builder convinced them this was a brand they could grow with. And they have, with the delivery of a brand-new Marlow 66E, dubbed Never Better. The Ingletts were very involved in the build of their 66E and say they particularly like the open-galley layout, which lends itself to family gatherings and conversation. Patti Inglett also likes Marlow's flexibility in customizing everything from the master stateroom's walk-in closet to the burl wood accents throughout. The family has primarily cruised the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands from Florida, and with the 66E their plans now include a voyage to north to Nova Scotia.

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Ward and Kim Young | Outer Reef 70 Born and raised in Bermuda, Ward Young was pretty much destined to spend his life on the water. At age 7, he started out in a 5-by-8-foot, oar-powered boat. After that, he says, "I was away and down to the sea for the rest of my life." And he sure has been, racing all manner of sailing craft around the globe. Fifteen years ago a friend of his became interested in powerboats, so he and his friend tried chartering in the eastern Caribbean and Bahamas to "test the waters." Powerboating passed the test with Young. After a few years owning an older Burger he'd refit, Young and his wife, Kim, spotted an Outer Reef 65 called Toto off Compass Cay. "She was a beauty," he says. Toto's owner invited the couple aboard for a tour, and they were impressed with the yacht's spaciousness, salon, galley and wheelhouse setup, and cruising accommodations. "The boat was just perfect, and we could tailor and customize it to our specs and needs," he explains. Soon after, he ordered his 70, Good Times. Young lives on board six months each year and says one of his favorite areas is the aft deck because it can be enclosed and is the "go-to entertainment spot on board." Young's cruising plans this year include traveling to the Dominican Republic, St. Barts, Nevis, Antigua and Saba. Good times? Absolutely.

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Paul and Sue Brands | Princess Yachts V48 Is there a better way to celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss than buying a new yacht? Not for Paul and Sue Brands. They even named their new Princess V48 Jubilee. The couple got their boating start ­after retiring and moving to the Chesapeake. This dynamic duo joined the Indian Creek Bay Yacht Club, and through friends there got interested in cruising. After a short time with a 30-foot express, the Brandses wanted something more conducive to serious time on the water. Many of their club friends owned Viking Yachts convertibles, but this couple wanted a cruise-specific craft. Bluewater Yachts, a Viking dealer, also sold Viking Sport Cruisers (rebranded Princess in 2008), and one look at a VSC 50 back in 2005 sealed the deal. The couple spent many happy years voyaging up and down the Intracoastal Waterway and exploring the Bahamas down to the Exumas. A recent move to south Florida (and their anniversary) resulted in the desire to get a new yacht. The Brandses chose the Princess V48. Sue Brands says she loves the IPS joystick helm, which makes it easy for the couple to be owner-operators. She also likes the massive interior headroom and the wide-open salon. Most of all, they like that the V48 brings them together on the water.

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Bob and Jeanette Friedman | Ocean Alexander 85E California native and Las Vegas transplant Bob Friedman and his wife, Jeanette, have always had an affinity for the water. Whether they’re shooting across Lake Mead in their speedboat or traveling along the California coast near their second home on a series of express cruisers and motoryachts, they are hard-core boaters. In fact, the Friedmans have owned 11 boats to date. About four years ago, they were strolling the docks at California’s Newport Boat Show when the Ocean Alexander 80 caught their eye. In Bob’s words, they saw it and “loved it.” Naturally, they soon purchased the yacht. Ever since, this cruising couple has voyaged extensively with their 80, making passages from Washington state’s San Juan Islands down to Mexico and back. In fact, it was while up in Roche Harbor last summer that the Friedmans saw the bigger Ocean Alexander 85E. They liked the addition of a dining room, larger salon windows for great vistas while passagemaking and the even more spacious master. The couple calls the yacht’s floor plan and design “fabulous.” Fabulous, indeed, as they soon negotiated a deal to upgrade to the 85E. And with the bigger boat comes a bigger cruise itinerary. The Friedmans are planning to take their new Ocean Alexander to Costa Rica this year.