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Kadey-Krogen Yachts is preparing the market for the launch debut of its luxury performance motoryacht brand, Summit MotorYachts, early next year with a 54-foot planing hull that will top out at 26 knots.

Known for its 40-year history of design innovation, and manufacturing more than 600 semi-custom, "pure full-displacement" trawler yachts, Kadey-Krogen management decided to start a separate company to keep the trawlers apart from the planing designs. 

 The first Summit model is a 54-foot flybridge. Like all future Summit models, it’s designed as a planing hull, and with twin Cummins QSB 11 engines and pod drives, she will be designed to cruise at cruise of 23 knots.

“In no way, shape or form are we dropping Kadey-Krogen,” Larry Polster, the parent company’s vice president, said during an open house with editors from the Active Interest Media Marine Group on the eve of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last week. “The idea is to get some younger Baby-Boomers and Gen-Xers into the fold.”

The inaugural design will be a collaboration between Michael Peters Yacht Design and the Kadey-Krogen design team. 

Orders are now being taken for delivery in 2019. 

“The SUMMIT 54’ is the right cruising vessel for the buyer who recognizes that many of today’s motoryachts are purposely designed with ultra-trendy interiors that simply don’t pass the test of time,” said Tom Button, president, Kadey-Krogen Yachts. 

“We introduce to the motoryacht segment what we’ve always done: Quality, performance, sophisticated style, and great service.” 

Over the course of 35 years, Michael Peters Yacht Design has created a great diversity of award-winning designs, across a wide-range of boating segments, leading Kadey-Krogen to choose Peters as its preferred design house to design and engineer the Summit 54. 

“We have designed the Summit 54 to blend uncluttered indoor accommodation with outdoor living, with performance and excellent sea keeping,” said Michael Peters. “The outcome is a comfortable boat that can get you there quickly, in a style which will turn heads for its cleanly modern, yet understated design.”

“Customers are looking for a relationship that clicks when buying their next yacht,” said Tucker West, vice president of sales, Kadey-Krogen Yachts. “We are a boutique builder and our Kadey-Krogen and Summit MotorYachts brands are represented by people whose focus is on service and experience. Plus, we know how to build a performance vessel. For those who appreciate and have long-loved our legendary trawlers, the SUMMIT 54’ will feel familiar.”

 For more information about SUMMIT MotorYachts, please visit or call 401-862-8972.