Searching for Salt chronicles our life and travels aboard our 42′ Kadey Krogen trawler, “Cirila”. A lot of folks think we’re crazy. Others are jealous. The majority, who could care less, haven’t finished reading this sentence. This isn’t for that majority. This is for us, for those we love, and for all that have crazy dreams, planned or realized.
It is tough to say when these seeds were planted. Neither of us grew up on or in boats – Dawn’s parents didn’t have the money and mine didn’t have the time. When did the boat bug bite? I’ve pondered that question over many a whiskey. When I was 10 or 11, our family vacationed for a week on Lake George, one of the famed Finger Lakes of New York State. I think it was there, on that vacation, that I was bit. It was there in the old boathouse on the lake, intoxicated by the smell of oil and old life jackets, enamored by the mahogany Chris Craft on the hoist.
It wasn’t until 25 years later that I bought my first boat, an old 21′ Sea Ray with an ornery but functional 90 hp Evinrude, bought soon after moving to Michigan in 1985. Three more boats followed in the 20 years I lived in Michigan. Work took us to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 2002, where the boating involves kayaks and river rafts and we chose to raise horses and cats instead.
That Lake George boathouse and the Michigan waters were still in me. Sails with friends on Lake Norman in Charlotte, and visits to a friend’s Hatteras 43 at Patriot’s Point outside Charleston only fueled the fire. I dreamed, I studied, I fantasized, and in 2007, I talked Dawn into going to Trawler Fest in Solomon’s Maryland. That is when we began to not only dream, but envision and plan on cruising in our retirement. It is also when we fell in love with Kadey-Krogen yachts.
This is a chronicle of our journey, planning and living that dream.
Mike & Dawn Jeglic