Trawler launches a new generation for Kadey-Krogen
 
BY MARSHALL BRODIE



  LONG-DISTANCE CRUISER: The Krogen 58 raises the bar in terms of
  finish, quality and comfort for Kadey-Krogen.
 

Special to The Herald

    Kadey-Krogen Yachts celebrates its 25th anniversary this year but Ė unless you are a trawler enthusiast Ė chances are you never heard of the boat maker.
    Kadey-Krogen has a small but devoted following around the world for itís capable long-range trawlers. Once headquartered in Miami, along the Biscayne bay, with manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, Kadey-Krogen is now based in Stuart, Fla.
 

KROGEN 58
PRICE (well equipped ): $1.43 million
LENGTH: 62 feet, 11 inches
BEAM: 18 feet, 1 inch
DRAFT: 5 feet, 3 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 96,830 pounds
FUEL CAPACITY: 1,760 gallons
WATER CAPACITY: 450 gallons
    Kurt Krogen, son of cofounder Jim Krogen, now runs the business. Kurtís brother, Jimmy Krogen is a naval architect and took over the design work for Kadey-Krogen Yachts.
    The younger Krogens have set about revamping the Kadey-Krogen line of full displacement trawlers. Known as long-distance cruisers with abundant live-aboard room and a gentle motion is seas, these strong seaworthy vessels in the past were somewhat crude appearing, admits Kurt Krogen. Kurt however, was proud to show just how far the Kadey-Krogen Yachts have come with their new flagship, the Krogen 58.
    The first of their next generation of yachts, the 58 raises the bar in terms of finish, quality and comfort for Kadey-Krogen. Stepping on board the 58, I felt as if I were on a small ship, the boat is rock solid with tall railings, watertight welded doors and sturdy hardware, obviously capable of transoceanic voyages.
    In terms of design, the 58 makes maximum use of its space with large companionways, spacious compartments and enormous storage areas everywhere. Part of this is accomplished by offsetting the cabin to port. The downside is that the port side of the 58 is somewhat ďslab-sidedĒ in appearance. However, Krogen did a good job of incorporating design details to provide the illusion of depth to the port side.
    Drawing upon their years of experience in building long-range trawlers, the Krogens have built-in redundant systems throughout the boat to ensure safety at sea. Though it can be ordered with a single diesel engine, Kurt Krogen tries to sell customers on the benefits of twin John Deere diesel engines. He says it reduces draft by a foot, increases maneuverability and provides
 

redundant power without the complications of the more common, but at times ineffective, auxiliary wing engine.  
    Even with twin engines, the 58 has a range of 3,300 miles at seven knots, and 1,300 miles at 10 knots. Additionally, the 58 will sit upright if the tide runs out due to the twin keel design that protects the propellers. The Krogen 58 should have a minimum of roll in heavy seas, with the wide 18-foot, 1 inch beam and available stabilizers.
    The reverse raked windows of the pilothouse are not only salty looking, but they provide great visibility from the helm. The pilothouse is bright and spacious with room for guests and for serious navigation, with large chart drawers and space for electronics.
    The raised settee aft of the helm seat has a full view forward and converts into a double berth to permit the watch standerís relief to be nearby. The pilothouse as well as the rest of the boat is finished in finely crafted cherry wood and white trim. For docking, a starboard-mounted wing station lets the captain have full command of the proceedings.
    Exiting the pilothouse through the watertight Dutch doors, the flybridge deck and helm are reached by way of steps instead of a ladder like on some other boats. Here the skipper has a 360-degree view. A companion helm chair and an L-shaped lounge letís the crew join him there in pleasant weather. In fact the skipper could have a party as the boat  deck extends all the way to the stern.
    For cruising, a 1,000-pound capacity davit can store a tender on deck.
    In the simple and comfortable main salon, the Krogen 58 offers large windows and excellent ventilation. The adjoining galley features full size appliances and a convenient Dutch door for ventilation

 

and access to the galley.
   Rather than cram four staterooms into the 58, Krogen wisely settled for three spacious cabins. The master stateroom at the bow features a queen-size island bed and 6-foot, 10-inch headroom that lends to the spacious feeling. A full-size overhead hatch is easily accessible in the event of an emergency. The master bath has a shower, Corian countertop and a Vacuflush head.
    The starboard guest stateroom is available with queen bed or twin berths. It has access to a private head and has lots of storage and amenities. Opposite to port, the third cabin can be ordered as a guest stateroom or office.
    Below deck, watertight doors secure the engine room. The engine room is large and allows access for service to both sides of the engines and all components. Extensive use of sound insulation and vibration proofing keeps the cabin exceptionally quiet.
    Overall, the Kadey-Krogen 58 is a rugged vessel designed to be capable, comfortable, and reliable with an excellent level of fit and finish. About the only thing I could find wrong was a misspelled electronics panel and a hatch that needed some lubrication, both of which can be easily resolved.
    For more information, contact Kadey-Krogen Yachts at  1-800-247-1230, or visit the website at www.kadeykrogen.com.
 

Marshall Brodie writes about boats for Wheels & Waves. He can be reached by email at mbboating@yahoo.com.

 
Reprinted with permission from The Miami Herald.