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John and Paulette Lee

Krogen 5816 Seamantha , currently lying in Chaguaramas, Trinidad
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  John and Paulette Lee  

  John and Paulette Lee  

LOA: 63 feet, 3 inches • BEAM: 18 feet, 10 inches • POWER: twin 158-hp John Deere diesels • SPEED: 7 knots cruise • RANGE: 3,840 nautical miles at 7 knots (single engine) • TANKAGE: 1,760 gallons fuel, 400 gallons water • CONTACT: Kadey-Krogen Yachts, Stuart, Florida, (800) 247-1230. kadeykrogen.com

What was the first voyage where you pushed the limits, distancewise? One year we planned to do a five-day, 900-nautical-mile passage from Stuart, Florida, to Jersey City, New Jersey. Since this was to be our first extended offshore experience, we brought along two professional captains to help us. It was an invaluable experience making our way up the East Coast, sometimes venturing as far as 100 miles offshore.

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What is the favorite spot you’ve cruised to so far? That’s a difficult question to answer because there are so many. We loved heading up the Chambly Canal to Montreal and Quebec. Maine also was a favorite. In the Caribbean, the lesser-known islands of Les Saintes, Marie Galante and Tobago enamored us with their quaintness and charm. We love Martinique for the beautiful landscapes, hiking and great food. The less-developed islands of the Dominican Republic and Dominica taught us that less is more and demonstrated the unity of a “village.” Each place has its own charm, and we have something good to say about almost every stop we’ve made.

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue.