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Outer Reef to Represent Kadey-Krogen Internationally

Kadey-Krogen Company Logo

Kadey-Krogen Company Logo

Outer Reef Yachts Company Logo

Outer Reef Yachts Company Logo

Apparently Kadey-Krogen had visions of international sugar plums dancing in its corporate head this holiday season, because today they announced with Outer Reef an agreement to have OR represent Kadey-Krogen through all of OR’s “established international sales and service locations.”

I’ll probably have more information over the next few weeks, but it’s clear the companies see the venture as non-competitive because of the size range of the two product lines — Kadey-Krogen mostly below 60′ (except the 64′ Expedition, which isn’t here yet), and Outer Reef mostly above 60′ (except for the 58′ motoryacht).

Here’s the copy from the release.

“With Outer Reef offices and service centers in Sydney, Australia, and seven locations throughout Europe, Kadey-Krogen is poised to hit the ground running as we launch into the international market. Partnering with a company with an established international sales and service network made good business sense for us, but it was even more important to find a company like Outer Reef that shares our vision of customer service,” says John Gear, President of Kadey-Krogen Yachts.

“We see the representation of Kadey-Krogen Yachts as a great opportunity to offer a very high quality product to our international clientele in the under 60’ range, a size range that Outer Reef Yachts currently does not offer. Kadey-Krogen is synonymous with high quality and exceptional service, a characteristic that embodies the Outer Reef philosophy and business model,” says Jeff Druek, President and CEO of Outer Reef Yachts.

Boaters in Australia and throughout Europe can expect the same dedicated customer service and level of involvement in the design and construction of their Kadey-Krogen that owners in North America experience.

Kadey-Krogen Yachts currently builds long range Trawler Yachts from 39’ to 58’ in pilothouse and tri-deck configurations. Outer Reef Yachts builds custom long range Motor Yachts from 63’ to 118’ also in raised pilothouse and tri-deck configurations.

For more information visit www.outerreefyachts.com and www.kadeykrogen.com .”

Adapted from press materials provided by the companies.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power
Comark Offers New All In One Pilothouse Computer

Comark Offers New All In One Pilothouse Computer

The Comark 19" Pilothouse Display Used in the New Pilothouse Computer

The Comark 19" Pilothouse Display Used in the New Pilothouse Computer

 Comark Corporation announced that it has developed a new pilothouse computer with integrated 19″ display. The Comark Pilothouse Computer features Intel Core Two Duo processor options, conformal coatings for corrosion resistance and a host of other pilothouse-friendly features.  Best of all perhaps, the price. Comark says the CPC is being offered at a starting price of $2,995, which is less than the cost of many marine monitors alone.

Given the integrated form factor, you probably won’t flush-mount this unit, but it comes with a sturdy base that can be secured to the helm dash or bolted to the overhead. Simply add power and GPS connections and you’re ready to go.  I’ll have the complete specs shortly, but in the meantime, here’s some more information from the Comark press release:

“Enclosed in an aluminum chassis, the system includes a heavy-duty base that can be hard mounted to the wheelhouse console or hung from the ceiling, if required. With the all in one design, installation can be as easy as securing the unit to the console, connecting power and GPS. The Pilothouse Computer utilizes a 19” LCD, with a 0 to 100% brightness control feature, allowing the operator to dim the brightness for very low-level light conditions, greatly improving night vision operations. The computer features Core 2 Duo Processing options, PCI expansion, and optional touchscreen. All electronics are conformal-coated to protect against corrosion. “The Pilothouse Computer is the perfect choice for many boat owners who see the value of a computer in their wheelhouse but have been frustrated trying to use a laptop or home PCs and monitors due to reliability and human factors. Our new Pilothouse Computer starts at $2995 and is a rugged, reliable and simple marine solution for them,” said Steve Schott, President of Comark.”

I’m going to nominate this unit for the 2010 innovation award — not just for the technology; all-in-one PCs are becoming more and more common — but for the whole package, including the reasonable price point. We’ve all been paying way too much for “marine” monitors and PCs and this is a huge step in the right direction.

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Posted by Tom in Electronics, Technology