The Krogen 42 has to be one of the best values on the market - just look at the base price and see if you don’t agree. That is part of the story, but so is a strong family commitment to the company.
    Jim Krogen designs the Kadey-Krogen line (the 42 was conceived by the late Arthur Kadey, his partner), helped by sons Jim (who is studying naval architecture) and Kurt (who handles marketing). In fact, Kurt spent three years in Taiwan as production supervisor – it’s nice to know you have someone who can speak to the yard, literally.
    The 42 isn’t a brand-new boat. Production is up to hull No. 93 at the moment, and owners (like one fellow in Seattle who did a Mexico-Alaska transit) have already proven that her touted 2,000-mile range at 8 knots is not just brochure hyperbole. We feel she deserves an update because the company just did all new tooling and there have been some changes. We might note here that since hull 66, the boats have been built with closed-cell foam core in the hull and cabin sides, and balsa-core decks.
    As a quick review, let’s point out that the 42 shows a sturdy workboat heritage married to classic trawler yacht lines. She has a full-displacement, full-keel hull with a rounded transom, all of which gives her that great long-range ability with her standard 135-hp Lehman. You get even more range, of course, by backing off a trifle on the throttle.
    One of boat’s strong points has been her “tri-level” living spaces: a big bridge deck with control 


station, a main saloon and afterdeck on the pilothouse level, and a twin-stateroom arrangement below. Kurt tells us that  the company has retained several layout options. For instance, you can have an island berth in the forward master or  a mid-stateroom master.
   “We are offering as standard some things that used to be options,” he points out, “like the pull-out extension in the pilothouse which makes into a watchman double berth. All lockers are now lined with teak veneer and mica instead of being painted. And we’re using a new overhead molded fiberglass liner with a teak cap – it’s very durable and easy-to-clean.”
    In short, what Kadey-Krogen is doing is putting even more emphasis on quality without tinkering with a great bottom line.
    Coming up, incidentally: a rugged 54 Krogen, and a new division (called Silhouette) dedicated to planing hulls – a 42 will be the first entry.

Reprinted with permission from Power and Motoryacht magazine.