at the 2015 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show
Vice President of Kadey-Krogen Yachts
What are some customer demands you’re experiencing that are different from the demands of 10 years ago?
What we’re seeing is a desire of people to have all the comforts of home aboard. We’re seeing an emphasis on outdoor spaces and summer kitchens that rival those of many homes. Nothing happens overnight in the trawler market but in the last three to four years we’ve seen those demands really grow. That’s why the 58 EB [set to debut in Miami 2016] is set up the way it is. It has an enlarged flybridge so eight people can have dinner up there.
Has your customer base shifted at all in recent years?
Our customer base is no longer the retired sailor like it was 20 years ago. We’re seeing two different kinds of folks coming over to trawlers: Boomers that have done other kinds of boating, and crossovers from Gen-X and baby boomers. And the things that are important to them weren’t important to people 20 years ago.
We’re seeing non-boaters come in and ask the question, “Why can’t I have what I have at home?” That really started five to six years ago. For example one client who never owned a boat before said, “I have a drawer at home that pulls out and has garbage and recycling. Can I have that?” [Laughs] Well yeah, that’s an easy one. Your traditional sailor would probably have been used to a little tiny sink with a trash can underneath and that’s fine for him.
Do you have any advice for a prospective first-time trawler owner who may be walking the show?
They need to try and look beyond the flash and sizzle when they walk into a boat and think about how they’re actually going to move about the boat and where they’re going to store things. Take your time, look at the handholds, look at what the steps are like, and don’t just look at the nice place settings on the table and the granite countertops. That’s what I do when I’m aboard different boats. You need to know if they’re practical for you.
Do you have a favorite place to eat when you’re in Ft. Lauderdale for the show?
Well, I went to school in Pittsburgh and there’s this dive restaurant there called Primanti Brothers, and they have a shop on the beach just south of Sunrise, so I make it a point to go at least once [laughs] if not two or three times; it’s open 24 hours. It’s a pizza and sandwich shop and the unique thing is that they put the fries and cole slaw on top of the sandwich.
Peter Van Lancker
- Builder: Kadey-Krogen
This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.