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Kadey-Krogen 58 EB Review

2 x 160-hp John Deere



Brief Summary

The Krogen 58 is a full-displacement yacht and a semi-custom build with several of the features seen onboard being customer requests. Being full displacement, she’s not built for speed but for range.

Test Results

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG STAT. MILE NM dBa
700 3.8 3.3 0.4 9.4 8.2 14909 12964.7 N/A
1000 5 4.4 0.7 7.2 6.2 11326 9848.3 N/A
1250 6.3 5.5 1.3 4.9 4.2 7713 6706.8 N/A
1500 7.9 6.8 2.4 3.3 2.8 5184 4508.1 N/A
1750 8.7 7.5 4 2.2 1.9 3429 2982.1 N/A
2000 9.4 8.2 5.7 1.7 1.4 2616 2275.1 N/A
2200 9.8 8.5 7 1.4 1.2 2229 1938.3 N/A
2340 10.1 8.8 8.2 1.2 1.1 1951 1696.5 N/A
Kadey-Krogen Krogen 58 EB Test Numbers

Specifications

Length Overall 63' 6"
19.28 m
Beam 18' 10"
5.74 m
Dry Weight 99,230 lbs.
45,010 kg
Tested Weight 108,450 lbs.
49,192.09 kg
Draft 5' 4"
1.63 m
Bridge Clearance 20' 7"
7.52 m
Fuel Capacity 1,760 gallons
6,662.32 L
Water Capacity 400 gallons
1,514.16 L
Total Weight 108,450 lbs.
49,192.09 kg

Acceleration Times & Conditions

Props 32" Diameter x 14.5" Pitch x 4 blades
Load 2 persons; 57% fuel; 87% water; 50 lbs. gear

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 160-hp John Deere

Captain's Report

Krogen 58 EB: Passagemaking Trawler with Extended Bridge 

Captain's Report by Capt. Steve

Krogen 58 running

The Krogen 58 EB is the embodiment of a Passagemaking yacht that a cruising couple can easily manage. 

Summary

The Krogen 58 that we were on was hull #24 of the 58 series and second in the “extended bridge” series. She’s a full-displacement yacht and a semi-custom build with several of the features seen onboard being customer requests. Being full displacement, she’s not built for speed but for range. At 7.5 knots, she’ll keep running for 396 hours and just under 3,000 nautical miles. Pushed to her full-throttle setting, she’ll top out at 8.8 knots. 

Fit-and-finish seems to be the hallmark of the brand. It shows in the 58 with American Cherry seen throughout. 

Mission

The Krogen 58 is a true trans-oceanic yacht easily managed by two people but able to accommodate a group or large family. 

Major Features

  • Offered in a single or twin-engine version
  • Walk-in engine room
  • Large flying bridge with boat deck aft
  • Four different lower deck layouts including a full-beam master suite
  • Portuguese bridge with wing controls to each side
  • Well-engineered weight distribution eliminates pitching motion
  • Dutch doors to both sides of the pilothouse
  • Pulpit set up for dual anchors
  • Off-watch berth in pilothouse

Performance

The Krogen 58 has an LOA of 63’6” (19.28 m), a beam of 18’10” (5.74 m) and a draft of 5’4” (1.63 m).  With an empty weight of 99,2360 lbs. (45,010 kg), 57% fuel, 87% water and two people onboard we had an estimated test weight of 108,450 lbs. (49,192 kg). 

With twin 160-hp 4045A John Deere engines run up to 2340 RPM, our speed topped out at 8.8 knots.  As is typical with a full-displacement yacht, there’s no “best cruise” as the range increases linearly as the throttle is reduced, but most will find her “sweet spot” to be at 1750 RPM and 7.5 knots.  At that speed, the 4 GPH total fuel burn translates into 1.9 NMPG and a range of 2982.1nm.  Drop her to 1500 and 6.8 knots and the range opens to 4508.1nm.  Impressive numbers indeed. 

Stabilization is via ABT-Trac hydraulic fins.  This provides at-rest stabilization as well as underway.  A Seakeeper gyro is an option, but the fins seem to be the overwhelming choice. 

Engines/Engine Room

Our test boat was powered by twin 160-hp 4045A John Deere engines.  As a single-engine option, there is the 325-hp six-cylinder John Deere.  Of the 24 58s that have been built, only one of them has been the single-engine choice.  Reasons for this vary but it should be stated that, other than losing the redundancy, the draft is a foot deeper with the single engine. Redundancy is achieved with either a wing engine or a hydraulic drive off the generator. 

Krogen 58 engine room

The walk-in engine room is open and easy to get around in.  A door to the lazarette is seen at the aft end. 

Boat Inspection

Salon

The salon on the Krogen 58 is comfortably laid out with an L-shaped sofa to starboard and freestanding chairs to port. Decking is cherry and Holly. A movable and expandable coffee table is in front of the L-shaped seating. Surrounding windows allow plenty of natural light and the entire area is finished in American Cherry. Double-wide doors lead to the aft deck to expand the gathering area.

Krogen 58 salon

Notice the rounded trim work at the windows.  Some may choose carpeting for the salon, but what a shame to hide the beautiful woodwork of the Krogen artisans. 

The starboard side of the Krogen 58

There is storage under the seating as well as heat and air conditioning vents. Notice that the table has a high/low adjustment. Also, notice the placement of the light switches just inside the door as well as below the sconce lighting.

the port side of the Krogen 58 salon

The port side could have an extended storage credenza or these more practical freestanding chairs. Here we can clearly see the beautiful trim work surrounding the windows. Even with the freestanding chairs, there is still storage just behind.

Galley

The gallery is located to the forward end of the salon on the main deck. There is plenty of open counter space and raised fiddles to help keep everything in place. The galley is U-shaped but, thanks to the Dutch door to the starboard side, there's no real “dead end” to be concerned with. There is a full-sized side-by-side refrigerator-freezer, a convection microwave and an induction cooktop. More refrigeration is to the port-hand side. Storage solutions are seen everywhere, which is a hallmark of any Passagemaking yacht.

The galley of the Krogen 58

The galley is beautiful and functional. Choose from Silestone, Caesar stone or granite counterwork. All appliances are full-sized. A watertight door to starboard allows for ventilation in addition to a range hood.

The Portside of the Krogen 58 galley

To port, there’s additional storage and extra refrigeration.  A large pantry is just ahead. 

Pilothouse

The pilothouse is raised and it provides outstanding views.  Cherry wood is used throughout and all has a satin finish.  Watertight “Dutch” doors are to both sides so we can have protection and ventilation.  Large display screens adorn the panel.  Mullions are easily opened with no tools to allow for wire runs.  Dual Stidd helm seats allow for the operator and observer.  The steering wheel, usually an afterthought on an expedition yacht, is fabricated from the same American Cherry seen throughout the yacht. 

Aft is an L-shaped settee surrounding a pedestal table, all on a raised platform for improved sightlines.  Further behind is a berth for the off-watch.  A standing area to the port side has a table with the generator controls in front.  Below are the main power panels for the yacht. 

The pilothouse of the Krogen 58

The pilothouse is tastefully fabricated from Cherry woods with a gathering area aft of the operational area. 

the control panel of the Krogen 58

Large screens occupy the panel.  Digital and analog gauges are to the lower panel. Notice grabrails all around. 

The table and off watch berth of the Krogen 58

The table is expandable.  Behind is a berth housed in a cubby of sorts. 

The pilothouse day head in the Krogen 58

A day head is aft of the pilothouse and in easy reach of the galley and salon. 

Flying Bridge

This version of the 58 is the EB (Extended Bridge).  Originally, the design called for the flying bridge to be more aft, much like on the 52.  Moving it forward allows for the flying bridge to be more of an entertainment venue rather than solely operational.  Cooking is aft of the flybridge, on the boat deck and therefore out of the enclosed environment.  Inside is the sink, refrigeration and comfortable seating for intimate gatherings. 

The flying bridge of the Krogen 52

On the 52, the flying bridge is more of an operational area with a nod towards seating for guests. 

The flying bridge of the Krogen 58

With the 58, the flybridge is much more of a social zone with a sink and refrigeration to starboard and L-shaped seating to port. 

Additionally, by moving the flybridge forward, Kadey-Krogen was able to add a day head and an off-watch berth in the pilothouse.  The flybridge of the 58 we inspected was also enclosed in Isinglass, something that most owners choose not to do since if the weather becomes inclement, operations are simply moved to the pilothouse. 

Lower Deck

the lower deck layout of the Krogen 58

With the aft master layout, there’s an option for the berth to be mounted athwartships with the heads to port.  A guest stateroom is to starboard with office space.  The VIP is located forward. 

the two stateroom layout of the Krogen 58

A two-stateroom layout has the guest stateroom replaced with a dedicated office space. 

the twin guest stateroom layout of the Krogen 58

With the twin guest stateroom aft, there’s an open space to port that can be a dedicated office space, a utility room, a sitting room... the options are endless.  One customer made it into an exercise room with a stationary bike and a wide-screen TV. 

A social room is offered in the Krogen 58

In this layout view, we see the space to port has been made into a dedicated social room.  There’s even a desk for use as a combined office. 

The office space of the Krogen 58

With the office layout, there’s plenty of storage. Notice how even more refrigeration has been added to the aft side.  Large opening portlights add light and ventilation. 

the Krogen 58 master stateroom

In our boat, the master was located forward.  The raised berth allows for three rows of double drawers underneath.  More storage is to the sides of the berth and there are cushioned seats to both sides of the head of the berth. 

the Krogen 58 guest stateroom

The guest stateroom is midships and includes double berths. 

Observations

Three factors should be considered when comparing a Kadey-Krogen to the competition.

  1. When a Krogen is purchased, each customer gets assigned a project manager. The project manager becomes the liaison between the company and the buyer as well as the right-hand of the entire relationship before, during and long after the purchase.  That is an important factor for a boat that could be anywhere in the world other than a “service center.” 
  2. Should a warranty issue or any maintenance issue crop up, the project manager coordinates the work and ensures that the costs associated are consistent with the rest of the region the boat may be in. Overall, warranty issues are quite low — roughly 1.25% of the purchase price. 
  3. Resale value is among the highest in the industry.  There are three reasons for this.  First is the quality from the builder when the boat is “born.”  It then continues with the fact that the owners are meticulous when it comes to maintaining their investments.  There’s just no such thing as an old worn-out Krogen.  And thirdly, Kadey-Krogen is not a high-volume builder, so the market is not flooded with a wide range of available brokerage yachts.  As of this writing, there are only 675 yachts on the water worldwide.  That may sound like a lot of boats but in a span of 45 years, it's not a lot of boats. A Kadey-Krogen holds value.