Naval Architect, James S. Krogen (1928 – 1994) followed a design trail that was off-the-beaten-path when compared to the general evolution of contemporary yachts. For example, in the mid-1960s, Jim Krogen designed a Navy whaleboat-to-motorsailer conversion for folk singer-songwriter-actor, Burl Ives. The relatively small yacht was the epitome of utilitarianism and set a philosophical undertone for what was to follow.
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Overall, Krogen yachts exhibit an unabashed commitment to the principle that form should follow function. They are known as no-nonsense, able cruising yachts of a type that is today in serious danger of extinction.
Following the formation of a partnership between naval architect, Jim Krogen, and Florida yacht broker, Art Kadey, in 1976, Krogen yachts became known as Kadey-Krogen. By 2014, the 600th Kadey-Krogen had been built and delivered.
One of the earliest yachts produced under the Kadey-Krogen partnership was a 42-foot, full displacement cruiser that was powered by a single 135-hp Lehman diesel which drove her at an economical cruising speed of 8 knots. With 700 gallons of fuel aboard, her range was in excess of 2,000 nautical miles. And if her speed was dropped to 6 knots, her range was extended to almost 5,000 nm. Because the Krogen 42 was intended for offshore passagemaking, she could be fitted with an emergency drive powered by a 12 kW genset.
The Kadey-Krogen signature profile has a swept, unbroken sheer that rises from moderate freeboard aft to a very high bow in the tradition of commercial offshore trawlers. The yachts are also characterized by relatively large, well-windowed wheelhouses and Portuguese-Bridge styled coamings.
The Kadey-Krogen trawler-yacht hull form is a genuine round bottom (or soft chine) full-displacement form that is both soft-riding and limited to displacement hull speeds, which are nominally (Vkn = 1.34 x √LWLfeet).
Belowdecks, the layouts of Krogen yachts are generally practical and usable, without any attempts to squeeze a quart of contents into a pint jar.
Of course, some of what characterizes Krogen trawler-yachts derives from the fact that Jim Krogen was a sailor who displayed a life-long fondness for sailing yachts. It’s no accident that between 1984 and 1991, the firm of Kadey-Krogen built eighty-five 38-foot Krogen Cutters.
Our brokerage team at Seattle Yachts includes specialists who are familiar with long-distance cruisers that have full displacement hulls and single-engine power. Just as importantly, we understand the rationale behind and the plusses of such designs and how they fit into the tradition and evolution of cruising yachts. And so, if you are looking for a Krogen or a Kadey-Krogen long-range cruiser, we can help. Call or email us to talk more.
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