Kadey-Krogen, Sea-Doo and Paradox Marine win awards

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For the fourth time, a Kadey-Krogen yacht has been honored with PassageMaker magazine’s People’s Choice Award.

The award, presented at Trawler Fest last week in Stuart, Fla., was given to Invictus, hull No. 1 of the new Krogen 55 Expedition trawler. Owners Bill and Lisa Roberts of Dallas accepted the award.

“The Kadey-Krogen 55 Expedition was really a hit, and we were thrilled to help introduce her to a dedicated cruising-under-power audience,” said Rob Dorfmeyer, publisher and general manager of PassageMaker magazine. “With dozens of trawlers on display, including at least 15 larger than 50 feet, the 55 Expedition was the clear and decisive winner.”

The Krogen 55 Expedition will make her formal debut at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show.

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The new 2009 Sea-Doo 230 Challenger SP sportboat was recently awarded Trailer Boats magazine’s Excellence in Design Award, BRP announced.

In presenting the award, the Trailer Boats staff said, “The new Sea-Doo (230 Challenger SP) has acres of wraparound seating, everything you need for watersports, and engines up to 430 hp. All we have to say is, ‘Hit it!’ ”

This new model in the Sea-Doo sport boat family features the Fold-n-Stow door that separates the large bow area from the cockpit with a see-through pocket door and folding window that easily slides out of the way into the starboard bulkhead when not in use.

The Trailer Boats staff highlighted the retractable windshield as a favorite feature on the 230 Challenger.

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Wireless boat security systems supplier Paradox Marine recently received a medal from the US Coast Guard in recognition of its Nav-Tracker 2.0 GPS Tracking System. The system helped the Coast Guard recover a stolen boat in the Bahamas last Sept. 17.

A 34-foot Contender equipped with the Paradox Marine Nav-Tracker 2.0 GPS tracking system, stolen from Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas, was located by the system and recovered in the vicinity by the US Coast Guard about 12 hours later.

As many as 27,000 boats are stolen annually and the odds of recovery are only about 1 in ten, according to the International Association of Marine Investigators. “With a Nav-Tracker 2.0 onboard, we have experienced the successful recovery of vessels unharmed, sometimes in less than one hour,” said Jay Keenan, Paradox Marine vice president, in a statement.

Earlier this month, a 35-foot Fountain Executioner was also recovered with the help of a Nav-Tracker 2.0 in Fort Lauderdale, just 54 minutes after being stolen.

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