A full 18-foot beam gives the Krogen 58' an exceedingly comfortable,
seaworthy ride. The vessel has 96,830 pounds of displacement,
including 7,000 pounds of encapsulated lead ballast. Krogen’s seagoing
heritage is evident throughout this raised pilothouse, three
stateroom, two-head layout.
PowerSource is pleased to
feature an interview with Kurt Krogen, president of Kadey-Krogen
Yachts, Inc. of Stuart, Fla. The long-range, full-displacement
cruisers built by this company are known for their classic styling,
quality craftsmanship, and utter seaworthiness. Kadey-Krogen was one
of the first trawler yacht manufacturers in recent years to power its
vessels with John Deere marine engines. Krogen shares with us his
goals for the company and the yacht industry’s growing fondness for
John Deere power.
PowerSource: Your late
father, James S. Krogen, and Art Kadey left quite a legacy as the
gifted naval architects and marine engineers who developed the
Kadey-Krogen line of yachts. In fact, their creations seemed to have
inspired somewhat of a cult-like following. Why, enthusiasts can even
buy a handmade scale model of one.
Yes, my father and Art Kadey’s engineering and architectural expertise
really gave this company a unique position in the market and
foundation in which to build new models. We want to continue that
Krogen tradition. We continually strive to make product improvements
and build on the foundation that Art Kadey and my
PowerSource: Many of your father’s style elements are still very
evident in the current line of Kadey-Krogens, including the Krogen 39'
and your most recent model, the Krogen 58'. However, you’re
incorporating a lot of technological advancements into your most
Krogen: The Kadey-Krogen of 15 years ago is not the Kadey-Krogen
of today. We’ve been through significant revamping in the last few
years. We have updated everything, from stem to stern in terms of
materials and equipment. We were also one of the first yacht
manufacturers to step up and specify your engine. In fact, our plan is
to integrate the John Deere engine as a standard component into our
full product line.
PowerSource: Tell us about your latest introductions.
The 58' is the result of years of development. Everything about this
vessel is first class, from the tooling and execution to every
component on her, including the John Deere engine that powers it. The
58' brings Kadey-Krogen yachts to a whole new level. We’re also about
ready to test market a new Krogen 44', which comes with a
154-hp John Deere
PowerSource: Do you think John Deere marine engines are being well
Krogen: Absolutely. In the past couple of years, John Deere marine
engines have gained acceptance faster than anything I’ve seen in the
PowerSource: So word is getting around?
We’re just hearing positive things. A previous owner of a Krogen 54'
retrofitted his Krogen with a John Deere engine. He’s getting more
power, fuel efficiency, and quietness than ever before He’s just
raving about it. John Deere offers a nice selection of engines from an
engineering standpoint. Obviously, we are looking for slower turning,
long-range, continuous duty engines for our heavy-displacement
trawlers. You produce what we’re looking for.
PowerSource:What characteristics do you look for in a power
Quietness and, of course, fuel efficiency and reliability. People
really want to get the range. Our hull forms are already efficient,