New Kadey-Krogen 55 Expedition Nears Completion

First Kadey-Krogen 55' Expedition Nears Completion

First Kadey-Krogen 55 Nears Completion. Photo: Courtesy of Kadey Krogen

Kadey-Krogen expects the first new 55′ Expedition trawler to ship from the shipyard, Asia Harbor Yacht Builders, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, sometime during the first week of December, according to company executives. OceanLines has obtained the first photos of the boat, shown nearing completion.  In the photo above, the deep forward section, with its fine entry and predicted waterline marking, can be seen clearly.

View of the Helm Inside Pilothouse on New Krogen 55' Expedition

View of the Helm Inside Pilothouse on New Krogen 55

Kadey-Krogen’s Larry Polster says the 55′ Expedition should be at the Miami Boat Show in February, but might even make it to the Trawler Fest in Stuart, FL, in late January.  During a discussion aboard the company’s Krogen 58′ at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Polster talked about the collaboration between Kadey-Krogen and the launch customers for its new models. The company recognizes that the first buyers are making something of a leap of faith, since there isn’t a boat yet to walk through before making the purchase decision, but also that sometimes customers have their own great ideas for innovation and improvements to the original design. Sometimes, says Polster, there is also just a matter of taste and preference involved and customers simply want a slightly unique configuration.

Another View of the New 55' Expedition.  Photo Courtesy of Kadey-Krogen

Another View of the New 55

The 55′ Expedition is a true, ocean-going passagemaker and incorporates many of the most rigorous classification standards in its design, although the boat is not technically classed. Among these standards are the five collision bulkheads, making for six completely watertight compartments. The 55′ also features an aramid fiber (Kevlar-like) in the stem, keel and transom for the strongest possible structure.  OceanLines covered more of the details of the 55′ Expedition here.

Polster says the second hull in the series will be delivered to the U.S. Northwest, Seattle specifically, probably in May and may be there in time for the Trawler Fest in Anacortes, where it will undoubtedly draw a great deal of attention.

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