Dreams Come True
Kadey-Krogen
by Sarah E. Moore

 

    We used to distinguish sharply between dream boats and boats that make dream happen.  We had our 90-foot luxury yachts on the Mediterranean, and we had our 10-foot tenders on the back of the pick-up.  We had our antique wooden runabouts on the Erie Canal, and we had our tin fishing boats on Chippewa Lake.
    Then, a company comes along that destroys all the lines between abundant luxury and rugged functionality, to create a classy and gratifying, yet affordable craft.  Kadey-Krogen blurred all the lines and threw away the distinctions between what kind of boat can steadily cross a stormy ocean and what kind of boat can confidently host an impromptu dinner party.
    Whether waiting to take off on the Great Loop cruise, to island hop in the Bahamas or Caribbean, to cross an ocean, or to cruise the coast, a Kadey-Krogen passagemaker is the dream boat that makes dreams happen.  The well-built trawlers boast a revolutionary full-displacement hull form to cruise across the globe safely and comfortably.
    The process of making dreams come true began in 1976 when Art Kadey conceived the idea for a liveaboard trawler yacht.  He had connections with a Taiwanese yard and consulted a Miami-bases naval architect, James S. Krogen, for the next step.  The resulting refinement became known as the Krogen 42, a spacious two-stateroom, tri-level interior with incredible economy of operation.
    Jim designed trawlers for “yachts-people who prefer timeless to trendy and solid comfort to making waves,” the basis for a true liveaboard vessel.  Art provided the manufacturing experience and helped pioneer production yacht manufacturing in Taiwan.
    During the next 22 years, they produced 206 Krogen 42s, before retiring the molds, as well as 99 hulls for the Manatee 36 and 85 shallow-draft sailboats, the Cutter 38.  Both founders are now deceased, and Jim’s son, Kurt Krogen, has been at the helm of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, Inc. for the last eight years.
    Kurt has continued his father’s styling in new models and constantly upgraded the quality of construction and choice of equipment on present Krogen vessels.  On his drawing board for the future is a 44 (in the next 18 months) and a 67-goot freighter.
    This year, Kadey-Krogen Yachts celebrates 25 years of boat building, providing incredible lifestyle trawlers that are a well-respected vehicles choice among discerning yachtsmen.  A quarter century of constant improvement in designs, construction, now in a well-known Taiwanese yard which produces only Krogen yachts, and the second generation of family in charge signify notable benchmarks in any corporate history.
    Their current lineup of liveaboard trawler yachts:

Krogen 39’  
  LOA 43' 8" Displacement 33,470 lb.  
  LOD 38' 11" Ballast 2,000 lb.  
  Beam 14' 3" Fuel 700 gal.  
  Draft 4' 3" Water 300 gal.  
 


    Unlike a megayacht, a trawler defines itself through its practicality.  Like the larger models as well, the 39 can easily be managed by a couple, and more importantly, can offer an experience that can truly be enjoyed by two.  The layout assumes that 90 percent of the time, a couple will be coastal cruising, moving the boat on a near-daily basis.  Krogen incorporated this idea into everything from the layout of the master stateroom to the size of the engine room.
    The master stateroom boasts ample room as well as a queen size bed and plenty of storage for two seasons’ worth of clothes.  The spacious pilothouse on a separate level has a watchberth that converts to a double bed for occasional company.  Its galley has been called, “a study in fingertip efficiency with a panoramic view.”  Because of the layout, the cook is never out of ear of what is going on in the saloon.
    In lieu of a second stateroom is a walk-in, 6 foot, 1 inch standing headroom engine room with a workbench and room for additional machinery as well as provisions.  Like the 48 and 58, the 39 boasts a walk-in engine room for the convenience of daily fluid checks.  As many sailboat owners end up graduating to trawlers, the convenience of this space is a huge plus.  The engine room is almost comfortable enough to double as a bit of a hide-out.
    Outside, there’s the versatile boat deck with flybridge for sun and fun underway and a large, undercover aft cockpit below. (It’s affectionately referred to as the “Krogen backporch” by owners.)

Krogen 48’ North Sea

  LOA 53' Displacement 56,450 lb.  
  LOD 48' 6" Ballast 4,500 lb.  
  Beam 16' 8" Fuel 1,000 gal.  
  Draft 5' Water 600 gal.  


    James S. Krogen designed the legendary Krogen 48 trawler to take the company into the 21st Century by introducing tradition to tomorrow, “with salty intuition and boundless imagination.”
    The Krogen 48 offers many of the same amenities as the Krogen 39, with its economy of scale and operation. It also still has the U-shaped galley right next to the saloon and a pilothouse berth that pulls out to sleep six for occasional guests.  Like the other Krogens, the 48 offers rich tones in the teak woodworking that aren’t overbearing or suffocating.  Because of the design, the 48 feels much more den-like than the 58.  The comfort of the layout along with the richness of construction materials makes the 48 look like it was built to withstand rainy days in peaceful tranquility.
    It’s a two-stateroom, two-head, tri-level design that’s truly livable.  It has a wonderful guest stateroom that can be transformed into an office with ample desk space for paperwork.
    The experienced yachtsmen will readily recognize the thoughtful design nuances and distinct singularity that separates the Krogen 48 from the typical trawler yacht.  The boat steers and maneuvers confidently.  The boat deck boasts a second steering station for good weather.
    The 48 self-rights at over 85 degrees thanks to the ballasted, full keeled displacement hull, and Krogen boasts that the tracking is “dead-on,” even in following seas.  It’s “form stabilized,” enabling the boat to effectively resist roll.  The hull enters softer than a typical boat of this size, and the fine movement offers a far less tiring voyage.  The rounded transom rises out of the water for minimum drag, maximum efficiency and an impressive fuel economy.

Krogen 58’
  LOA 62' 11" Displacement 96,380 lb.  
  LOD 59' Ballast 7,000 lb.  
  Beam 18' 1" Fuel 1,760 gal.  
  Draft 5' 3" Water 450 gal.  


    Although the 39 and the 48 are certainly dream boats, there’s a magic about the brand-new Krogen 58.  It’s a craft designed to circumnavigate the globe.  With this trawler, Krogens truly become far more than boats or even “second” homes; they’re officially a new home. 
    Instead of a number of subdivided spaces, the 58 is broken down into larger, livable rooms.  It’s been reported that distinguishing whether the master cabin should be the forward or the midship stateroom can be difficult due to the ample elbowroom, storage space and creature comforts in both staterooms.  One way to narrow down the decision is by choosing the twin berth layout instead of the queen in the starboard stateroom.  A full size washer and dryer (a favorite with newer yacht owners) sits between the two staterooms.  Like the other Krogens, the 58 also has ample office space either combined in the port guestroom or as an open office configuration.  Rich cherry tones lavish the interior and increase the welcoming warmth of the boat.
    Instead of a galley, the 58 truly has a kitchen (with amenities like a full-sized refrigerator) that opens up into the saloon to keep the cook involved in the ongoing activities.  The convenience of the cooking area is astounding, and may even encourage some cooks to remain onboard longer with its compact sensibilities and full amenities in an area larger than the average couple’s first kitchen.
    A salty Alaskan profile a la Krogen with a Portuguese bridge and functional raised pilothouse defines the yacht’s exterior.  The proven, moderate-draft, full-displacement hull is matched with twin keels and twin diesels for full running gear protection, maneuverability, reliability and increased stability.  The 58 is also available in a single screw version, offering slightly more range.  An 18-foot beam gives the Krogen 58 significant form stability, which results in an exceedingly comfortable motion at sea.
    The yacht is comprehensively outfitted with advanced, durable and reliable systems.
    Twin, continuous-duty John Deere diesels, coupled with an AquaDrive anti-vibration system, power the two HyTorq 32-inch, 3-bladed propellers, which are fully protected by counter-fared Kevlar twin keels.

Reprinted with permission from Great Lakes Boating Magazine.