Florida-based Kadey-Krogen Yachts is expanding into Portsmouth, R.I.
Kadey-Krogen is based in Stuart, Fla., with additional offices in Annapolis, Md., and Seattle, Wash., and partner and vice president of sales Tucker West will lead the company’s expansion into New England.
A Rhode Island native, West grew up on and around the waters of Portsmouth and throughout high school and college worked in Newport Harbor, running launches. He entered the marine industry after graduating from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire with a degree in business management.
West’s primary focus throughout the last 20 years has been in yacht sales, marketing and after-sales service for marine businesses around the world. For Kadey-Krogen Yachts, West manages sales and contributes to product development.
“Doing business in one of the United States’ finest yachting capitals is an enormous opportunity for Kadey-Krogen Yachts,” West said in a statement. “Our expansion into Newport County is an open door to better serve our New England clients and continue to grow the cruising lifestyle in a region with so many favorable destinations for life at trawler speed. As we begin this new chapter, I’m pleased to bring a well-respected business with a bright future to Rhode Island — and to have found an outpost as regarded as New England Boatworks to work from.”
“Narragansett Bay has long been a boating destination in any season, and an increasing number of retiring baby boomers now call it home port. We’re so pleased to welcome Kadey-Krogen Yachts, a universally respected boatbuilder that speaks to power boaters and sailors alike, to our facility,” New England Boatworks partner Tom Rich said.
The company says it will hire at least one qualified broker to work from the new office.