Traditional teak gives warmth to trim and decks, and makes the
latter safer to tread upon. And the teak tradition continues
below in the floors, trim and furnishings. My favorite cabin
on David and Cheryl’s boat was the “den,” with a writing desk,
small couch and a Pullman berth above for overnighting guests.
When there’s too much activity in the saloon and galley, this
cozy hide-away will certainly welcome a weary skipper or mate.
There’s a head (with shower) just across the hall on port.
The master stateroom forward is available in three versions.
Standard is a double berth to starboard with a private head
forward, but the configuration may be ordered as a double
island berth or twin singles. Both heads are electric flush
for crew who are too tired to pump the lines to the holding
tank or overboard, depending on where you’re cruising. The
showers are one-piece molded stalls to make cleaning easier.
The galley is centre starboard with double stainless-steel
burner stove and over
and refrigerator/freezer on the forward bulkhead. Copper
piping throughout is impressive, as are the standard 115-volt
washer and dryer across from the galley. Little extras like
teak dividers to keep plates and dishes in place while
underway are nice additions.
Large sliding windows in the saloon are well protected by the
deck bulwarks and bridgedeck overhang, and offer good viewing
even when seated. As David claims, “I would have had to buy an
80-foot sailboat to enjoy this much room.” The saloon opens to
a veranda-like afterdeck which would be perfect for enjoying
the sunset at a quiet anchorage. Detachable screens and
plastic windows make it useable in all conditions.
The powerplant beneath the saloon is accessible via four
engine hatches. A Lehman Super 135 diesel (which uses a Ford
engine block) combined with a 3:1 Borg Warner reduction gear
keeps the Krogen cruising.
During the test, the conditions were calm and we weren’t able
to put the bluewater design to a true test. The craft’s round
bilges tended to make it roll, but I imagine in a heavier sea
it is preferred to pounding. Up top is an outside steering
station with remote auto-helm. There is plenty of space for
lounging in the sun or storing a tender here. The lifting boom
can handle 500 pounds.
Inside steering is just a few steps up from the saloon in a
graceful pilothouse with teak and bronze everywhere. An
impressive wheel, good visibility and plenty of electronics
and gadgets will keep the navigator happy. Access to the
weather decks is via two Dutch doors where we left half open
on our cruise, even though it was a crisp autumn day.