When starting the process to find our next boat, we knew it would be a lengthy process. It turned out to be five years. Firstly, we wanted a boat that was seaworthy - both to be forgiving when we made mistakes and to get us home should the weather turn unexpectedly. We wanted a manufacturer with a history of what had worked (and what hadn't worked) and that had evolved over a number of years - we didn't want a prototype. We wanted the inside of the boat to be livable - to be the result of an intelligent and sophisticated design, improved upon during its production run.
We eventually narrowed our search to three boats and had a notebook of data about each. We then took each potential boat for a sea trial - the Krogen 39 won hands-down and we bought her. After putting some 250 hours on her in our first year, we appreciate even more the elements of an excellent design - the use of space is optimized. We actually like the boat more now then when we bought her.