The New Krogen 58 Is A Real Head Turner,
The First Next Generation Yacht From Kadey-Krogen.
By Bill Parlatore
Jan/Feb 2002 PassageMaker
It can be a leap for a Boatbuilder
to introduce a new flagship, a vessel markedly different or
larger than its existing models. This is especially difficult
when the builder decides to raise the standard of quality
and equipment at the same time.
Kadey-krogen has apparently done
Something Old, Something New
Ask an experienced cruiser about
good cruising boats, and the list will most certainly include
the ever-popular Krogen 42. Considered by many to be one of
the best liveaboard trawlers ever built, the Krogen 42 offered
full displacement, single engine, raised enclosed pilothouse,
covered aft cockpit, and full liveaboard accommodations. During
its long production run, the boat embodied Jim Krogen's core
philosophy of long range, liveaboard cruising ability.
Krogen was a respected naval architect
with an extensive career in both commercial and pleasure boat
design. Before anyone else knew that trawlers were cool, Jim
krogen was supplying the world with the 36-foot Manatee, the
Krogen 54, and the Krogen 42.
He passed on in 1995, but Kadey
Krogen Yachts has continued on, replacing the aging 42-footer
with the Krogen 39 and several versions of the larger Krogen
48. The two new models are favorites among the trawler crowd,
found in Alaska, Mexico, the Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean.
Many owners enjoy them on the relaxed, leisurely circumnavigation
of the U.S. East Coast known as the Great Circle Route.
Krogen are synonymous with cruising.
We recently spent some time on
the newest Krogen an extremely well executed 58-foot trawler
that is both a new flagship and the first of the next generation
of trawlers from Kadey-Krogen Yachts. In all areas, this boat
sets a new standard for Kadey-Krogen in comfort, capability,
Why A New Boat?
"I've always had a desire to develop
an Alaskan-style trawler." Kurt Krogen told me. Kurt is president
of Kadey-Krogen Yachts, and son of the late Jim Krogen.
"We based this boat on one of
my father's other designs, a 60-foot commercial trawler he
designed for the University of Miami. We needed the boat to
be big enough for a true Portuguese bridge, and we designed
it so the bridge flows into the boat deck. It is subtle, but
from a stylistic view, I think the Krogen 58 looks great."
The boat has nice overhangs, reverse raked pilothouse
windows, and asymmetrical saloon.
"We solicited customer feedback
during the design phase." Kurt continued. The need for a comfortable
flybridge was confirmed from their suggestions.
The plan was to take the seaworthy
characteristics of the Krogen 54 (a Romsdahl-style passagemaker
of which Krogen built eight) and merge it with the Krogen
48 Whaleback (a more modern boat with enormous accommodations
and liveaboard comfort).
"We wanted a handsome, rugged
offshore boat, built to the highest level. Where the Krogen
42 was a good value, we wanted to bring everything on this
boat to a new level: design, equipment, and execution.
"I think we've succeeded."
Advanced Hull Shape
One thing that always amazes me
is the general lack of understanding that full displacement
hulls are not all the same shape. There is quite a bit of
diversity in interpreting the displacement game, and the people
at Kadey-Krogen are emphatic that hull shape is a large measure
of their success of their boats.
"Krogen hulls have a natural motion
at sea," Kurt Krogen explained. "That is due to form stability
In order to explain this point,
Kurt said that his father always compared traditional round-bilge
hulls to floating logs. Both have very little natural resistance
to roll. Simply adding ballast is not the answer, as that
often creates another motion in which the ballast constantly
resists the log's natural tendency to roll. It is a most uncomfortable
motion in a seaway.
All full displacement Kadey-Krogen
yachts have flatter hull sections that sweep up to the stern,
essentially a double-ended stern at the waterline. This is
not new, of course as the old masters (such as Ed Monk) routinely
finessed underwater boat shapes to produce a more seakindly
Two Better Than One
An interesting difference between
the Krogen 58 and the rest of the Kadey-Krogen fleet is that
the Krogen 58 comes standard with twin engines. Yes, I know
the single versus twin debate doesn't usually come into play
when discussing full displacement passagemakers, but there
are several specific reasons why the designers opted for twins
in this application.
Make no mistake, the boat is a
full displacement hull form, so its speed envelope remains
under 11 knots no matter what. But splitting the required
horsepower and drivetrain into two smaller plants allows smaller
propellers and rudders. One foot is taken off the draft of
the single-powered boat, reducing its draft to just 5 feet,
6 inches. That means a user-friendly gunkholer in shallow
waters, perfect for Chesapeake Bay, the Delta, or the Bahamas.
Having two smaller engines means
that redundancy is built in, eliminating the need for a small
and often anemic wing engine or PTO-powered hydraulic drive
off the main shaft. With two identical engines one might even
argue that parts can be cannibalized from the second engine,
as unlikely as that may he in the real world. And let's not
forget the improved close-quarters handling, even though the
boat has a bow thruster
'"Twin keels nix the old bugaboo
of twin engines,"Kurt said. "There is as much protection for
the running gear on this boat as for a single-engine configuration."
Twin propellers are usually left exposed outside the safely
of a hull's keel, and damage from Healing debris and, submerged
logs remains a real threat in some areas, not to mention damage
"The twin keels add roll dampening
to some extent, and another benefit is that the yacht can
sit level on the bottom on an outgoing tide......unless it
sits on soft mud."
The negative of this twin-engine
setup is a 10 to 15 percent loss efficiency, but the boat
has ample fuel capacity to compensate.
Quality Is A Team Effort
Everyone who has been aboard the
Krogen 58 comments it is the best effort yet from the builder.
I asked Kurt about this sentiment.
Clearly, his current interest is
to pursue a higher level of quality, a personal goal of both
Kurt and his vice president of operations in Taiwan, Miguel
Rios. "We wanted to merge the beauty of my father's boats
will the highest quality equipment available."
To further underscore this goal,
the yard responsible for building Kadey Krogen's trawlers,
Asia boat, has been renamed and relocated to a new facility
in Kaioshung, Taiwan. Asia Harbor Yacht Company is a modern
boat building facility with better lighting, dust control,
and the latest in safety and environmental awareness. Mr.
Lin Kao Shui, President of Asia Harbor Yacht Company, shares
Kurts and Miguel's goal to bring Kadey-Krogen to a new level.
Kurt's brother, Jimmy Krogen, is
the naval architect/project manager for all design issues
on the 58-footer, following closely his father's model of
form stabilization on displacement hulls. Jimmy was responsible
for all stability testing of the new yacht. Working with Jimmy
was Charles Allen, a talented engineer who spent years working
with Jimmy's father. Allen produced some 60 full page blueprints
of the boat, leaving nothing to the builders imagination.
Every detail of the boat was worked out ahead of time.
Another long time associate of
Jim Krogen was Dave Pritchard of Pritchard Engineering. Dave
did all of the structural and machinery engineering. And Ft.
Lauderdale-based marine electrical engineering company, Wards
Electric, took charge of the complex electrical system analysis
The first Krogen 58 buyers (Dennis
and Julie Fox, Dennis and Joyce Maud, Charlie and Marcia Corbett,
and Norman and Madeline Gaut) had a hand in the process as
well, choosing preferences before permanent tooling of the
production boat took place.
In addition to the talented engineering
work, Kurt and Miguel sought out world-class materials for
constructing and outfitting the new boat, rather than relying
on local suppliers.
For example, replacing teak exterior
doors are expensive Freeman doors, and all windows and frames
are now Gebo units, built by Boomsa in the Netherlands.
Other quality products include
Cantalup lighting from Italy, German precision door locks,
Japanese varnish. Awlgripped decks (US paint even developed
a new color called "Kadey -Krogen Beige"), and Cook
gelcoat that is resistant to UV damage.
Other major upgrades include lead
ballast instead of iron, improved glues and sealants, better
quality hardware and fixtures, even the hull-deck joint has
Have I piqued your interest? Thought
It's easy to see the family resemblance
from the dock, but the Krogen 58 is larger and more rugged.
Beefy ,shippy, serious. (The 58-foot designation is the length
on deck. LOA is actually 63 feet.)
Unlike Krogen yachts of past years,
which have always struck me as happy, self-reliant cruising
homes, the look of the Krogen 58 is more business. This is
no yacht toy designed to chug merrily along from port to port
in fine weather, but a rugged and fully competent passagemaker
able to go anywhere. And yet totally in keeping with the Kadey-Krogen
tradition, it is also a comfortable and spacious liveaboard
The boat has a well-flared bow,
tall Portuguese bridge, and reverse-raked pilothouse windows-visually
the trawler exudes competence.
But if it does look serious it
doesn't carry a workboat image. "We wanted a boat that
wasn't industrial strength," said Charlie Corbett, owner
of Billy the Eagle. "Krogens are very homey boats,
very capable but comfortable."
The track record of Kadey-Krogen
also supports a feeling of buyer confidence. "Everyone
has a different idea of what makes a good boat," Charlie
continued, "so buying a known quantity was important
There is a four-inch rubrail that
runs from the stern forward to just below the pilothouse windows.
It is a minimum of 24 inches off the water, fine for fending
off pilings and fuel docks.
A starboard door is 10 feet forward
of the stern, providing normal entry from the dock. The swim
platform also provides access through a transom door, and
there is another side door on the bridge deck outside the
pilothouse. Access is reasonable for all sorts of docking
and tidal situations, from high to low. (There is a port-side
door off the aft cockpit, but given the asymmetrical layout,
which extends the saloon out to the port hull, most docking
will occur on the traditional starboard side.)
The starboard side deck is a minimum
of 20 inches wide at fool level.
The covered aft cockpit is 7 feel
long by 15 feet wide, and headroom is at least 6 feet 6 inches.
Two stainless steel structures support the upper boat deck,
and the easily enclosed cockpit begs for comfortable chairs
and a table. This cockpit will be cozy in an anchorage.
It is all so civilized, yet the
massive Freeman saloon doors hint that anchorage could be
as far away as one's imagination. A 32-inch by 52-inch cockpit
hatch leads down to the lazarette and engine room.
There is just a bit of exterior
brightwork-the starboard side deck, aft cockpit, and varnished
cap rail-so varnish and leak maintenance won't be an unreasonable
on the starboard side, one is protected by high bulwarks (up
to 38 inches high), and the deck transitions into molded nonskid
on steps up to the bridge deck. A narrow door seals off the
aft cockpit from the starboard side deck, another reason for
enclosing the aft cockpit for added living space when the
stainless steel handrail on the side of the saloon helps moving
forward under way. It is one nice piece of stainless work.
fuel fills are found inboard of the side deck, tucked inside
a recessed box with a controllable drain, so fueling isn't
done on one's hands and knees, living in fear of diesel stains
on leak decks.
Up on the bridge
deck, the Portuguese bridge is a minimum of 41 inches high.
There are port and starboard side doors outside the pilothouse
for getting off the boat at particularly high fuel docks (as
in Halifax, Nova Scotia).
Since the saloon
extends out the port side, port-side steps lead up to the
boat deck and flybridge. Tall stainless steel stanchions add
security to the perimeter of the upper deck, and the low-maintenance,
molded flybridge has two Chairs. a curved bench seat with
table, and offers marvelous visibility in nice weather.
Eagle, Hull No. 5803, has a freezer on the boat deck and
a matching storage locker, both just forward of a 12-fool
tender and Nautical Structures low-profile davit. A folding
mast can lower to meet bridge restrictions, reducing the boat's
height to just 15 feet.
Portuguese bridge is the 12-foot-long foredeck, and nice seats
built into the forward side of the bridge, with storage lockers
under. At the bow there is a 32-inch-wide anchor platform
that easily holds a 176-pound Bruce anchor as well as a second
monster hook, both managed by a huge Maxwell windlass.( Few
production boats make provision for two fully rigged anchors
on the bow.) It is 10 feet down to the water from the bow.
A very sexy
20 inch round Freeman submarine hatch opens into divided chain
lockers in front of a watertight collision bulkhead. A ladder
leads down into the lockers, which are ' each over five feet
There are five
lockers built into the Portuguese bridge, and an outboard
wing station on the starboard side for close-quarters maneuvering.
Driving a big boat like this is a piece of cake with a powerful
thruster, especially when controlling the slow movements of
a heavy boat from a location with excellent visibility.
of the Krogen 58 is cherry with off-white laminate. The look
is contemporary yet classic. The parquet sole is a hold out
to Kadey-Krogen tradition, and fits the rest of the interior.
Charlie Corbett laughed when he mentioned that had he ordered
the boat with carpeting, Kurt Kogen told him it would still
be built with the parquet flooring. Kurt made it clear, "Krogens
have parquet soles and they always will!"
The saloon is
10 feet long by 14 feet wide, and headroom is 6 feet 8 inches
throughout. On the starboard side is an L-shaped settee, with
a movable table that opens out for large dinner parties. Under
all of the cushions is additional storage.
the settee are cabinets, with space for a couple of upholstered
chairs. In the saloon, the windows are 32 inches tall, strategically
placed so those seated can see outside, as well as those standing.
installed a 41-inch by 24-inch Sony plasma screen on the side
of the galley counter, so the crew in the saloon can watch
movies and satellite television. Charlie explained the boats
electronics charts are also easily projected onto this screen.
The galley is built around a 7-foot by
8-foot area forward of the saloon, and with the side door
open seems much larger. In addition to the long counter, the
Krogen 58 features a Jenn-air refrigerator/freezer, a four-burner
Broadwater stove with oven, a GE microwave, trash compactor,
and Miele dishwasher. There is more than enough storage around
the galley, and a large separate pantry is just across on
the port side.
The satin finish and joinerwork on the
Krogen 58 represents excellent craftsmanship. Perhaps it is
highlighted by the brightness and warmth of cherry, but the
overall quality of this interior will withstand comparison
to any other yacht.
Five steps up from the saloon leads to
the pilothouse, a favorite feature on all Kadey-Krogens. On
the 58, it is just that much bigger. Measuring roughly 12
feet square, the pilothouse is enormous, with wide floor space
to move around, even with a centerline Stidd helm chair mounted
in front of a recessed helm console. Many pilothouse trawlers
are a tight fit with a helm chair, forcing crew to squeeze
by each other. Not so on this boat.
Behind the helm is a wide L-shaped settee
with an adjustable table that doesn't take up too much space.
(Why is it that so many pilothouse tables are too narrow for
meals under way, or way too big, like being jammed behind
a corner booth for eight at a dinner? Don't designers ever
go on their boats?)
On both sides of the helm are large flat
surfaces, 48 inches by 30 inches, handy for chart work, complete
with four chart drawers under.
Visibility is excellent from the helm with seven
large windows (the aft two open), large Freeman doors with
dogs, and two opening ports.
When O ran several hundred miles on this boat,
I found most crew collect in the pilothouse, yet everyone
still has their space. Even though Kadey-Krogen is known for
great pilothouses, in this case bigger is better.
Down wide stairs from the galley to the staterooms,
there is a small stateroom immediately on the port side. It
is actually more of an office than a stateroom, but the way
the 24-inch-wide doorway is situated, diagonal to the companionway,
it seems a larger cabin. There is a single settee berth and
built-in desk. File drawers, shelves, and hanging locker somehow
all fit in the 5-foot by 8-foot cabin.
A 28-inch-wide passageway
leads forward to two larger staterooms and en suite heads.
The first stateroom is on the starboard side of the boat,
and measures 8 feet by 9 feet. Large opening ports make it
delightfully airy and bright, especially with cabin door ajar.
Cherry and light laminates are used equally to make it delightfully
airy and bright, especially with cabin door ajar. Cherry and
light laminates are used equally to make it feel modern without
being glitzy. There is a queen berth, and ample storage, in
the form of drawers and lockers, for extended living aboard.
This is the first boat where
the master stateroom is not obvious. This midship stateroom
would be my choice for a master cabin, yet the Corbetts chose
the forward stateroom. While the forward stateroom is nice
and roomy, not really being in the pointy end of the boat
due to the collision bulkhead, it doesn't really offer better
accommodations or storage.
Both staterooms have large
heads with Corian counters and walk-in showers.
To compound the "which stateroom?"
dilemma, there is a closet between them with full-size Sewdish
Asko washer and dryer. Easily accessed from either stateroom,
it makes washer/dryer installation in the lazarette seem rather
Across from the office/stateroom is the engine
room access, through yet another dogged door, this one with
a round window. Just inside the engine room, headroom is more
than 7 feet, at least for a couple of feet. But in that couple
of feet is a workbench, tool box storage, and the fuel management
system, close by the two 154hp, M1-rated Deere 6068TFM engines.
There is 5-foot 2-inch headroom at the front of the engines,
which are separated by 32 inches, quite enough to get around
and past them to reach the aft end of the space, which still
offers over 4 feet of headroom. An aft watertight door opens
into the lazarette, making two good entry points into the
The engine room is 17 feet long, and does not
feel cramped even with the standard 20kW and 8kW Northern
Lights gensets, TRAC stabilizers, and other systems found
on a capable trawler. This is accomplished by using other
forward bilge spaces as machinery and pump rooms, easily accessed
through sole hatches. Watermaker, head pump, thruster access,
air conditioning compressors, house batteries, inverters,
chargers, hot water heater-all are found outside the engine
room in these other spaces. This is a good idea, especially
given the detrimental effects on some gear from engine heat.
All four aluminum fuel tanks have sight gauges,
and it is easy to reach manifolds and filters. The systems
on the Krogen 58 are clearly designed with maintenance in
mind, a result of Kadey-Krogen's up-front engineering. I congratulate
you guys for this.
The two engines are enough power to drive the
boat at 9.1 knots at 1,800 rpm, topping out at 10.4 knots.
With the Aquadrive vibration dampening and thrust
hearings, noise and vibration are minimized throughout the
boat, such as the measured 61dB measured in the pilothouse
and 72dB in the saloon at 9.1 knots.
One Fine Boat-Fleet To Follow
As I eased Billy the Eagle away from
the dock, using the twin engines and thruster to gently maneuver
out of the light confines of the marina in shallow water,
we churned up enough mud to show off the shallow draft advantage
of the twin engines. A deeper draft single screw boat would
have stuck fast in the messy goo.
From the wing station, then in the pilothouse,
and later on the flybridge, I felt captain of a real ship,
a rock solid vessel that was neither too fancy nor rough and
tumble. A good mix of rugged strength, beauty, and grace.
The enormous development that went into the
Krogen 58 is now being applied lo the rest of the Kadey-Krogen
fleet. Expect to see major upgrades in doors, windows, hardware
and materials on all future boats.
Kadey-Krogen takes a real-world approach to
design and layout, so space is never crammed with tight accommodations
and unrealistic ergonomics. That is what I love about the
Krogen 39. The boats just feel comfortable.
So it is with its new big sister.
For a trawler whose base price is just under
$1.5 million, I can honestly report I found nothing to gripe
about. The Krogen 58 really is this good. And she leads the
way for improving the other boats in the fleet.
Kadey-Krogen's next generation of trawler yachts
remains true to Jim Krogen's original concept of a capable
and comfortable cruiser. It works as well today as it did
20 years ago. But now, with better materials and premier products
sourced from around the world, today's Krogen is no old-time
classic, but an evolved little ship limited only by the dreams
of its owners.
But don't just take my word for it. Charlie
and Marcia Corbett love their new Krogen.
When asked if he felt the boat was too big for
a cruising couple, even a couple who have owned 15 boats over
the years, Charlie admitted they had some initial concerns,
but it's worked out fine.
"Handling a big boat is actually easier
than it looks," Charlie explained. "It is slow to
react to wind and power, but over time I've learned to use
that to my advantage."
Marsha agrees. "This is the best boat we've
ever owned. I just love it. There are so many places to go
on this boat, and I love having a full size washer and dryer.
"At first I expected to be intimidated,
but I lost that right away. The more we use the boat, the
less intimidated I am. I now find it very easy to run this
boat. There is nothing I would change."
Trawlering never had it so good.