Although Krogen boats have always been built to withstand the rigors of
ocean passages they were conceived and presented as comfortable
Kurt Krogen, director
of operations, is the conceptual mind behind the 58 footer. His
brother, Jim, is responsible for the design. The hull design traces its
lineage back to the displacement hull that their late father, a naval
architect, drew after years of designing commercial vessels. It’s a
design that has built a loyal following.
Kurt Krogen says that
many of their owners are repeat customers, as are hull number five’s
owners. “We’re proud of that,” he says. “Several 48’s have done
transatlantic passages but we don’t talk about it.”
Acknowledging the use
to which owners have put the boats, Krogen says that the 58 brings with
it a marketing change. “We’re spending a lot of time saying the 58 can
go around the world,” he explains. The boat has a range of 2,450 miles
at eight knots, increasing to 3,300 miles at seven knots.
The 58’s profile is
undoubtedly Krogen, but beneath the quality Cook gelcoat there are other
confidence building details that have been used on other models and are
now being combined on the 58.
The solid fiberglass below the waterline at the bow and stern are
reinforced with Kevlar. As are the counter-faired twin keels, notched
outwards to maximize water flow to the propellers. They also provide a
roll dampening affect.
Twin 154 hp John Deere
6068 TFM diesels were selected because, according to Krogen, the
worldwide parts availability makes them the perfect engine aboard a boat
that may likely go anywhere.
There are more visible
features that indicate offshore usage is anticipated. Forward sloping
pilothouse windows, a common sight on voyaging yachts, are continued
from the 48-foot North Sea model. Freeman powder-coated, aluminum
watertight doors are used in place of teak for all deck entrances. They
are Dutch-style at both galley and pilothouse entrances.