Give Credit Where Credit Is Due...
We have to give high marks to Kadey-Krogen when it comes to building a new model. This is a company that has never considered stretching or shrinking a hull of an existing design to create a new boat. The 52 it is not a shortened 58’ but a completely new boat, designed from the hull mold up.
Filling a Gap...
With Kadey-Krogen having a raised pilothouse gap between their popular 48’ and 58’, the company started out designing what was going to be the 53’. But because Kadey-Krogen listens to their customers, the design changed and ultimately became the 55’ Expedition. While a very popular yacht in its own right, the 55’ still did not fill that that vacant raised pilothouse gap and, because of its design, the 55’s price wasn’t between the 48’ and 58’ either.The next attempt resulted in this 52 and by all accounts it appears to be a slam dunk, with Kadey-Krogen securing four solid contracts before the first hull was even released from the mold. This is a remarkable achievement giving the state of the economy and boatbuilding in general. Three of those four customers were former Kadey-Krogen owners, which speaks volumes about the company itself.
This new 52 will be instantly recognizable as a Kadey-Krogen design. It has the typical upswept sheer line as it moves forward, the pilot house overhead extends far forward over the reverse-raked windows, and the boat deck extends well over the side-decks below for added protection from the elements. Even though this is a typical Kadey-Krogen design, there was a lot more involved in reducing the plans of the 58’. The key customers for the Krogen 52 are retired baby boomers who may not have far reaching sea time, so Kadey-Krogen takes great strides in building their boats for livability: full sized appliances in the galley, queen size berths, and even basic details like the size of the stair treads that very closely match those in the average home.
As we take a look at the layout of the Krogen 52 we can see so many areas that Kadey-Krogen designed for livability, and matched it so well with functionality. Starting with the helm we see two forward facing Stidd helm seats, with the boat being operated from the center position. The helm console is situated much closer to the windshield than we’ve seen previously, but this has more to do with the low profile flat screen displays which require so much less room than older CRT displays. The panel itself is large enough to accommodate three 20” (50.8 cm) displays, and other navigational staples with redundant backups. A large settee lies abaft the seats ensuring that the pilothouse will be the most popular gathering spot on board while the boat is underway. For long passage this aft settee can convert into a berth for the off-watch. Watertight doors to either side of the pilothouse allow access to the Portuguese Bridge with wing controls both port and starboard. Center mounted stairs lead to the foredeck, and stairs at the aft end of the bridge deck on either side lead astern. Back inside the pilothouse to port are stairs leading to the galley and main salon.
The full size galley features ample work space, and a layout that changes from one owner to the next, also a hallmark of how Kadey-Krogen does things. Some favor a trash compactor, while others would rather have storage. Some require a dishwasher, others see it as only taking up space. Regardless of how you lay out the galley many people will surely appreciate the starboard side Dutch doors leading from the galley to the side deck. Could there be an easier way to load the groceries onboard?
Below Decks Layout
Much like the 58’ there are choices below decks. The standard layout features a forward master stateroom with private head to port, the starboard side guest stateroom with either a double berth or twin berths with private access to the starboard side day head. A third compartment to port can be configured as an office or utility room.Optional layouts locate the master amidships and the guest VIP forward. Kadey-Krogen tells us that all of the initial customers have chosen the same layout of master stateroom forward, twins to starboard, and a convertible open office to port.
Standard power will be a single John Deere 231-hp diesel. Optional power will be provided by a pair of 121-hp John Deeres. With a fuel capacity of 1,400 gallons (5,299 L) Krogen anticipates a range of 4850 nm at 6 kts, and a best cruise of 8 kts for a 2500 nm range. Regardless of how you choose to power your 52, it will still feature Kadey-Krogen’s exclusive counter faired keel, which delivers counter rotating water to the propeller. Krogen says this improves forward thrust and therefore better fuel economy compared to conventional keel designs. We look forward to the launch of the new Krogen 52 with much anticipation.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Oil Change System||Standard|
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