Changing Places


Kadey-Krogen Yachts named Bob Peterson as sales executive, along with his wife Jeni, based at the company’s corporate office in Stuart, Fla.

Peterson began cruising in the Pacific Northwest from his home state of Oregon to Canada and the Inside Passage. After moving to California, Bob and Jeni took their two young children on a year’s trip to Mexico on a motoryacht.

In 1974 the couple built a 94-foot brigantine and with 10 teenagers aboard sailed from San Diego to Acapulco, Mexico, across the Pacific to the Marquesas and Society islands and back to San Diego, where they continued their yacht brokerage business. In 1978 the Peterson family and crew passaged aboard their Army-built, 148-foot cargo vessel around the coasts of Mexico and Central America to the Caribbean through the Panama Canal.

By 1996, Bob and Jeni headed up the Micronesian Maritime and Fisheries Academy. They taught 40 students two full semesters a year. Curricula included diesel engine maintenance and repair, boat handling, navigation, welding, electrical and fishing.

“What can you say about a husband and wife team who’ve done it all — the lifestyle, the cruises, the seamanship, the nitty-gritty detail, a man and woman who have an unsurpassed love of cruising vessels, an incredibly personable team who brings an unmatchable level of honesty, experience and depth of knowledge to the joy of buying your own dream boat?” Kadey-Krogen President John Gear said in a statement.

“We are pleased to have the Petersons aboard and look forward to this team serving our owners with the great passion and love of passagemaking that sets them apart and sets Kadey-Krogen apart from any others in the new and brokerage yacht business,” Gear added.

Kadey-Krogen builds full-displacement trawler yachts in lengths of 39, 44, 48, 52, 55, 58, 64 and 77 feet. Based in Stuart, the company has sales offices in Annapolis, Md., and Seattle and is celebrating 36 years in business.