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Kadey Krogen 58 - Offload from Asia to Port Everglades, FL
Arriving at the port to see many yachts yet to be removed from the deck of the ship.
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Ever wonder how your brand new yacht gets from Asia to the United States? Captain Chris Yacht Services just completed another offload of a Krogen 58 and 44 and will help you get a feel for how it's done. This pictorial diary can help you understand what happens when a beautiful new yacht is built in another country then shipped overseas to YOU, the new owner.

This time two Krogens were both in the ship's hold, the very bottom compartment. Many other yachts were on the deck above us so we had hours of waiting time to prepare. Unfortunately the hold was beastly hot with overwhelming fumes so it was slow going. Click on the pictures below and the story will unfold.

A Kadey Krogen 44 sits on the left, the 58 is in the cradle on the right, all wrapped up in the ship's hold to protect them on their ocean transport.
Behind the Krogens, railroad rails are stacked up sharing space in the hold.
Larger yachts must be offloaded before the cargo hatches can be removed. Note the line wranglers helping the crane operator.
Krogens use the same type cradle for offloads. This is a different type sling than what you may see when a local yard does a haul out.
A closer look at these rails.
Krogen 44 and Krogen 58 side by side in the hold. A very tight fit.
The yachts are strapped down to the ship using webbing and heavy steel wire. The welds must be popped before we are released and can remove the webbing and wire.
The stern view of the Krogen 58 shows how the chain and cables are welded to the deck, carefully avoiding the twin skegs which protect the props.
Looking up the ladder system inside the ship's hold. Imagine climbing up and down a few times, each time staying below no more than 20 minutes because of the blistering heat.
When in the hold you must climb halfway up the ladder then step left to a platform. When climbing the next section you go halfway up again and step right. One more time then you're at the top. Whew! Finally some cooler air.(Flash used in this photo)
The shutters on the left mark the second platform from the bottom of the ladder system. As you climb, you must stay close to the ladder. If you lean back you'll push against the shutters and POP right out falling back to the hull deck.
This is the forward hold after the cargo hatch is removed. This sailboat was the last boat offloaded in daylight.
A close up shows how the webbed straps are connected to the cradle.
The ship's cranes weren't big enough to offload the yachts. Another crane was brought alongside at the pier. Note how the wheels are off the ground. You can see 2 of the 4 legs planted for support.
Two Tugs were called to help move the ship away from dock. This maneuver allowed a yacht to offload between the ship and the pier when the crane could not reach all the way across the ship.
Here is the yacht that was lifted between pier & ship. A lot more work than other offloads.
Another ship in Port Everglades on-loaded cargo while we waited our turn. Note yachts in shrink wrap sitting on top of cargo containers.
After one of the cargo hatches was finally removed you can look down into the hold and see the two Krogens waiting.
Twenty minutes or so later and two hatches are removed. Now we can begin to lower our equipment down with ropes. The ladder system is too narrow to carry any bags down, not to mention it would be unsafe when you need a death grip on each rung as you climb
The bow rails are not connected for shipping. The rails will be finished in a boatyard, in addition to other final touches such as the latest in high tech electronics.
Looking down from the deck of the Krogen 58 you can see a welder popping the last weld on the cradle. Finally ready to have the straps set to lift us!
Focus on the center of this photo and you'll see the Krogen 44 being lifted over the side of the ship. We snapped this from the deck of the Krogen 58 already in the water. We will buddy boat with them to a nearby get some well earned SLEEP!
The Krogen 58 is now in the boatyard completing the commissioning process. She'll be ready for her new owner in a few short weeks. Wonder what her name will be?

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