Dear Krogen Enthusiast,
They say the happiest day of a boat owner’s life is the day you buy a boat, and that the second happiest day is the day you sell it. I sold my boat last week and I am here to tell you that is absolutely NOT true. In fact, the major thing keeping me from massive depression is the photos I receive from Tom documenting the construction of the Krogen 50’ Open that Janet and I are building. Look for a lengthy update next week, but in the meantime, enjoy this special 40th Anniversary issue of NAVAID.
The 40-Year Legacy of Kadey-Krogen Yachts Celebrated
Thirty-eight Kadey-Krogen yachts arrived in Newport Harbor, Newport, RI on June 29, and filled the piers and floating docks at Fort Adams State Park to attend our Kadey-Krogen Yachts 40th Anniversary Rendezvous. Steps from the park’s piers, and with its Newport Harbor view and waterfront lawn, the Sail Newport Public Sailing Center property was the chosen location for the tent that welcomed our 185 attendees. It was a beautiful setting!
To the Krogen owners (past and present) who could not make it to the celebration, you were missed! And to those who did attend, a heartfelt thanks from all of us at Kadey-Krogen Yachts.
Events that happened during the four-day rendezvous, included two evenings of live music and dancing, a night dedicated to Kadey-Krogen Yachts trivia and two surprise presentations of original Krogen yacht portraiture, an all-day Explore Newport Dinghy Scavenger Hunt, a traditional New England-style clambake, a parade of Kadey-Krogens through Newport Harbor, and excursions to do America’s Cup 12-meter sailing, a private Newport Winery tour and tasting, and tours of the Gilded Age Newport mansions.
Honored rendezvous guests were members of the marine media; our nine marine industry sponsors who helped make the party possible; and from Asia Harbor Yacht Builders in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the Lin family, who own and operate the yard dedicated to building Kadey-Krogens.
40 Years of Evolution & Endurance
By John Wooldridge
John Wooldridge is the former editor of both Yachting magazine and PassageMaker magazine. Now semi-retired, John had the following to say about the evolution of Kadey-Krogen Yachts.
I have recurring dreams about cruising in classic trawlers. In one, I am standing in gin-clear water up to my knees, looking down at the tops of my feet as small waves slowly move past me toward the beach. Behind me, my family explores the sands in both directions from the point where we have beached the rigid inflatable dinghy. And as I look up toward the ocean, a trawler hangs between the blue fields of water and sky, rocking gently at anchor. As you might guess, it’s a Krogen 42’ Trawler.
I think back to the first Krogen 42’ I ever saw, in the late fall of the early 1980s. It was tied to the T-head of a dock at an Annapolis, Maryland marina where I worked in the boatyard offices. It was unlike any of the motoryachts I’d ever seen, and it instantly reminded me of the shrimp boats that dotted the Gulf Coast waterfronts where I grew up. There was something at once beautiful and purposeful about its dramatically upraised sheerline, tall bow and high pilothouse that was distinct.
A friend familiar with the designs of the naval architect James S. Krogen clued me in. The boat belonged to the boatyard owners, and they were preparing to head south, cruising in warmer climes for a couple of years — perhaps with layovers in the Bahamas and the Leeward Islands. It was meant for long distance cruising, he said, tall in the bow to handle the high waves found well offshore, with wide full-displacement underwater sections to allow smooth passage of water along the bottom, and with a long full keel extending from the deepest part of the stem to the stern to protect the running gear from damage.
I objected that, as far as I knew, long distance pleasure cruising was the provenance of sailing vessels and yachts. I was thinking of Steve and Linda Dashew, Lynn and Larry Pardey — you get the drift. And yet, even as I expressed my narrow view to my friend, I remembered meeting Larry Briggs in Newport Beach, California, during a stopover on his way to the finish of a three-year circumnavigation — under power. His boat? Champion, a 53-foot long distance power cruiser from the board of William Lapworth, a well-regarded naval architect who was famous for designing the Cal Yachts series of sailboats for Jensen Marine, including the highly successful Cal-40 — a Transpac race winner several times.
So I postulated out loud that successful power cruising was evolved from vessels cruising under sail, and that they should therefore all require some kind of mast and canvas to make the long distances covered possible. My friend laughingly remonstrated me, and sent me in search of Robert Beebe’s “Voyaging Under Power” in hopes of expanding my distance cruising awareness. I followed his advice, but I also had a name — James S. Krogen, N.A. — to pursue.
I learned that the company founded by Art Kadey, a marine engineer, and naval architect James S. Krogen in 1977 actually had its beginnings in a bar when the former asked the latter for a personal cruising design to be built in Taiwan. A sketch on a napkin, twenty years and 206 trawlers later, the last 42’ rolled out of the Asia Harbor Yacht Builders factory in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, and into history as one of the most famous designs prized amongst power cruising devotees.
Kadey-Krogen introduced six more livaboard cruising models between 1977 and 1999, including the popular Manatee 36’ coastal cruiser, the Krogen 39’, the Whaleback 48’, the Krogen 48’ North Sea and the 38’ Cutter. As you can imagine, I was feeling a bit smug when I discovered the Krogen 54’, a ketch-rigged motorsailer meant to extend the range for tradewinds cruisers during those same years.
Fast forward about 35 years from my introduction to the Krogen 42’ Trawler, and I’ve become a true believer. I’ve been aboard and underway on numerous trawlers built by Kadey-Krogen, and have come to appreciate the insights James S. Krogen brought to his distance-cruising-under-power vessel designs. In particular, I’ve come to appreciate his philosophy: “To produce a successful design, you must make an honest determination of how the vessel ‘really’ will be used and then prioritize every design decision to favor that outcome.”
Because owners wanted to be safe and comfortable offshore, James S. Krogen gave the 42’ a sea-kindly hull form, with softly rounded chines for an easy motion underway and plenty of interior volume to accommodate the equipment and stores, as well as 700 gallons of fuel, required for long-distance, live-aboard cruising. He also finished the underwater shape of the 42’ with wine-glass-shaped sections that would aid tracking ability in a seaway and help to minimize the potential effects of boarding seas from the stern when stormy conditions.
A roomy raised pilothouse with an adjoining berth for the off watch that was useful on long overnight passages, an extended boat deck that provided good room for a dinghy and protection from the elements on the side and aft decks, and high bulwarks to protect owners and crew when moving around on weather decks were all key features of a boat that was meant for open water.
According to Ed McKnew’s regularly updated “PowerBoat Guide,” early 42’ trawlers had single Lehman diesels, but five of the 206 were equipped with twin diesels at owner’s request. The potential range was 2,000-plus miles in this easily driven design, which had an optimum hull speed of 8 knots. Most had walk-around decks, but he also points out that the builders eliminated the portside weather deck in 1989 and expanded the main salon to that side. This was very much in keeping with minor, yet continuous, improvements in the design. The 42’ was, in McKnew’s words, “An extremely popular boat with experienced cruisers…the subject of constant refinements over the years and remains one of the most sought-after models on the used boat market.”
For example, the general arrangement of the living spaces on the Krogen 42’ remained mostly unchanged over the years (the establishment of the widebody salon and an island master berth were the big exceptions). On the accommodations level forward, most Krogen 42’s had a guest cabin to starboard of the companionway, a large head compartment with separate shower to port, and a master stateroom forward. The layout was determined by James S. Krogen in an overall effort to balance the weights of machinery, ballast and structure to keep the center of gravity as low as possible for, among other goals, a more seakindly motion. Over the span of 206 boats, the hull shape and running surface remained the same. But because he had considerable experience in sailboats, the placement and shape of interior spaces for living aboard were extremely functional, typical of all early trawlers, although not necessarily as comfortable as they might have been otherwise.
In the original 42’, 44’ and 48’ trawlers, one entered the aft deck by stepping on or straddling the caprail, or on a notch in the caprail on the 44 and 48. When the 44’ and the 48’ were offered with Advanced Ergonomics, the addition of side gates made it far easier to board from the dock. For the 44’AE alone, the list of ergonomic and technical refinements runs to 90-plus changes that make living aboard much more convenient, including LED lighting for lower power draw and heat production, weathertight aluminum doors and window frames with bonded tempered glass, improved access to the engine room machinery, and much more.
In the 44’ AE Trawler, the pilothouse has been enlarged to make room for a bench seat and table abaft the helm, with room for a single, adjustable helm chair. The wheel remains on the centerline, but the helm console, which was once configured for large, stand-alone radars, now accommodates a spread of large-screen Multi-Function Displays (MFD). Characteristically, there is still room to port for large charts, good handholds, and two weathertight doors, one leading to the starboard side deck aft and the foredeck, the other to port leading to the foredeck and the flybridge deck. The helm console on the flybridge has been shifted to starboard, making room for a table and L-shaped settee — an acknowledgement that many owners look forward to having friends, children, or even grandchildren coming along for parts of a cruise.
These are just a few of the refinements owners want in a well-found, open-water-capable, distance cruiser. Between 1999 and 2016, Kadey-Krogen added seven more models, always pushing the envelope for owner comfort in sensible luxury. Teak parquet floors and Formica counters were replaced by hand-laid teak-and-holly soles and solid surface or natural stone countertops. Gimballed stoves top-loading refrigerator/freezers have given way to stainless steel appliances and Viking ranges. Ladders and cramped companionways have been supplanted by full-width staircases with normal-sized risers and treads. Clearly, the trend to make interiors more like home has been well established.
One of the more recent refinements is an Extended Bridge version of the ocean-crossing 58-footer, now called the Krogen 58’EB. This refinement brings al fresco entertaining and dining possibilities to the flybridge and aft decks to a spacious three-cabin trawler meant to cover long distances in style and comfort.
And on the cusp of the company’s 40th Anniversary and with well over 600 yachts built, Kadey-Krogen is poised to debut a new Open Series, beginning with the 50’ Open. Like all of the models that have come before, the Open Series will be designed from scratch, starting with a clean sheet of paper, from the keel up. And, as always, following the true displacement hull form finishing with wineglass after sections for a stable, predictable ride in open waters. For those voyages accomplished during the day, the interior experience will be long vistas from the aft deck through the trademark double-wide watertight doors all the way to the pilothouse windscreen. And when overnight cruising opportunities are part of the plan, a bulkhead rises at a touch of a switch to seal off the pilothouse from distractions and light sources aft, aiding the on-watch crew’s vital safety duties.
Today’s Kadey-Krogen yachts are built with best-quality materials to help ensure a strong, solid structure and a long service life. Cook Composite gelcoat, vinylester resin, and Knytex mat comprise the outer layers. Stitched biaxial fiberglass and iso-resins form the multiple inner layers, with Twaron fiberglass cloth, an aramid like Kevlar, is used in some sections for high impact protection. As you would expect, multiple overlapping layers are used in areas where high strength is paramount — the keel, skegs, transom, and chain locker forward.
I was privileged to have an insider’s look during the construction of the Krogen 52’ at the Asia Harbor Yacht Builder’s facility in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It was interesting to see the development of the mold which forms the boat deck, flybridge, pilothouse, deckhouse, side decks and aft deck. This is an amazingly complex structure, but worth the effort as it provides a stronger overall structure when fastened and bonded to the hull. It is one of the most important evolutions in a Kadey-Krogen trawler’s construction.
From time to time, I am asked by owners interested in the distance cruising lifestyle what my opinion is of Kadey-Krogen trawlers. Frankly, I tell them that if they are interested in a well-engineered, carefully constructed, lovingly finished trawler yacht with a 40-year history of dependable performance and a reputation for comfort underway in open ocean voyages, they will not be disappointed by the designs of James S. Krogen, or the evolutions of those designs by the team at Kadey-Krogen Yachts.
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