Sail Magazine Article

"Nothing really new," shrugs James Krogen describing this tandem centerboard cutter, but in fact her designer has taken tried and true elements and combined them into a refreshingly able and versatile cruiser. The Krogen 38 mixes more than traditional good looks and passage making sturdiness. She's beamy enough to provide exceptional room, sufficiently shoal draft to be a serious gunkholer, and cleverly rigged and designed to make sailing easy

for a small crew. She sails well, too. With a bowsprit, clipper bow, trailboards, bobstay, curved sheer, ports in her sheer stripe, gallows frame, and aft-raked transom stern, the Krogen 38 definitely has the look of boats gone by. Teak-capped overhead "beams" and abundant teak paneling carry the "shippy" look below. There is nothing antiquated, though, in the way Krogen has organized her to provide both living room and sailing power.

The heart of the large living area below is the saloon. It's big enough to house a fireplace, which is standard equipment. While the athwartships double berth aft is obviously  no sea berth and might even be untenable in a roIly anchorage, it utilizes space well enough to allow the after stateroom to be exceptionally palatial. While there is but one head (forward), there are wash basins with pressure water in the two prime sleeping areas. Locker space and ventilation are both generous.

Big beam coupled with a hefty (over 30 percent) ballast displacement ratio make the Krogen 38 a very stiff centerboarder. That in turn allows her to carry a big, tall rig for maximum horsepower. The cutter configuration allows a workable double head rig, thus making sail units manageable. The afterboard aids performance and handling by making it possible to balance her helm on all points of sail. The forward board is an airfoil that resides      

in a trunk with a similarly shaped opening. This not only affords in- creased lift, but minimizes turbulence in the space between board and slot.

Built in Taiwan of fiberglass/ polyvinyl chloride foam sandwich, her standard equipment includes a Pathfinder 42-horsepower diesel, a propane stove with oven, a complete bonding system for electrical grounding, and hot and cold pressure water. She costs $89,500 less sails.

    - Richard Friese           

Length (with bowsprit) 446
LOA  382  
LWL   321
Beam  128  
Draft (board up)              3
(board down)   66
Displacement 21,700 lb.  
Ballast   7,000 lb.  
Sail area    850 sq. ft.


Naval Architects-Marine Engineers