Kadey-Krogen 52′

First Photos: The New Kadey-Krogen 52′ Has Arrived

The first Kadey-Krogen 52' shown running at no-wake speed after arrival in Seattle

The first Kadey-Krogen 52' shown running at no-wake speed after arrival in Seattle

The first Kadey-Krogen 52′ arrived in the U.S. in time for the recent Seattle Boat Show and made her public debut there. The timing was so tight that the Kadey-Krogen team hadn’t had a chance to really begin the commissioning process, so in many of these photos you will see a fairly bare interior. I happen to like seeing it like this since I can use my imagination to decorate and outfit to my own taste.

Some things to notice:

  • The fabulous galley, including the Viking range and oven. I need to invite my superyacht chef friend Victoria Allman to come and play in this lovely workspace.
  • The office space below decks, which, in this two-stateroom configuration, really opens up the lower area with a functional, flexible area for work, navigation planning, and normal household management chores.
  • The expansive helm/dash setup. There’s room here for multiple big-screen displays so you can take advantage of all the latest technology, including monitoring, networked navigation and other sensors, and provide redundancy and flexibility. There is also plenty of room for two helm chairs; a feature I really like for longer passages.
  • The engine room has lots of space in which to work, especially with the standard single John Deere 6068AFM75, a continuous duty 231hp engine. Plenty of lighting and sturdy grab rails make those regular engine room checks underway more comfortable and safer.

Check out the photos in the gallery below.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power

First Photos: Krogen 52′ Released from Mold

Kadey-Krogen 5201 Released from Hull Mold - Photo Courtesy of Kadey-Krogen

Kadey-Krogen 5201 Released from Hull Mold - Photo Courtesy of Kadey-Krogen

Kadey-Krogen Yachts said today that hull number one of the new Krogen 52′ line has been released from its mold.  Krogen 5201 will be a single engine vessel with hydraulic bow and stern thrusters.  The new yacht is scheduled to be delivered sometime this summer.

Bow View of Kadey-Krogen 5201 Released from Hull Mold -- Photo Courtesy of Kadey-Krogen

Bow View of Kadey-Krogen 5201 Released from Hull Mold -- Photo Courtesy of Kadey-Krogen

There’s a lot to like about this slightly smaller version of the Krogen 58′.  We have written about the new boat before here on OceanLines.  You can see all the photos at the Kadey-Krogen website here.

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A Closer Look at the New Krogen 52′

Stateroom with Office Accommodation Layout of new Kadey-Krogen 52"

Stateroom with Office Accommodation Layout of new Kadey-Krogen 52"

Kadey-Krogen’s recently announced 52′ is a classic example of a builder filling out a product line in specific response to customer demand. In this case, the company already had on offer its well-established 48′ and the new 55′ Expedition. The 55′ Expedition, however, is not really the “other” boat in this comparison — it’s the Krogen 58′ which was more of a model for the new 52′. In a recent interview, Kadey-Krogen Vice President Larry Polster talked about the boat itself and what kind of customer is the target for the new 52′.

With the first signs of the economic recovery beginning to emerge in the recreational boating industry, Kadey-Krogen is optimistic about the market for the new boat. “There’s clearly a market for bigger boats — upper 40s to mid-50s,” says Polster. He says the company originally had a hole in its lineup that stretched from the 48′ to the 58′ and originally started out designing a 53′. But input from the early customers on that design turned it into the 55′ Expedition, a significantly different design that the traditional Krogen. And the price wasn’t between the two original yachts, either.

Polster says the 52′ is better understood as a smaller 58′, rather than a larger 48′. And of course, he emphasizes, the new boat is designed fresh from the keel up. “It’s a purpose-built boat; not a stretched hull,” says Polster. The familial resemblance to the 58′ can be seen in details such as the Portuguese bridge, the Dutch door in the starboard-side galley, and the open office space below. So, the 52′ will appeal to those who like the design of the 58′ but might be intimidated either by the size or the price. And yet, it is substantially roomier than the 48′, not least because of the extra foot of beam (17′-9″).

Interestingly, all of the launch customers have chosen the same layout — master stateroom forward, twins to starboard, and a convertible open office to port. Kadey-Krogen has converted several of the initial letters of intent to firm contracts and construction is on schedule.

Starboard Profile Rendering of the new Krogen 52'

Starboard Profile Rendering of the new Krogen 52'

As a clean-sheet-of-paper design, the new 52′ is one of the few boats of her size that was designed from the outset for the baby boomers who started retiring last year. Manufacturers today — from the boat builders themselves to systems providers like KVH — understand that liveability aboard is key to success with the boomers. That liveability issue is directly related to keeping household standards. Not only do you see household-standard appliances and near-shore size beds and head fixtures, but even minor details like stair steps. “We’ve taken great pains to make all risers and treads house-standard,” says Polster. “The magic ratio is about 17 — rise plus run — but a tread of only 7″ is hard to stand on.”

Kadey-Krogen expects high efficiency from the 52’s hull. Predicted performance at a speed/length (s/l) ratio of 1.1 shows the requirement for 70 hp, moving the boat at 7.6 knots. The boat will displace 70,000 lbs at half-load. Standard engine is a 231 hp John Deere (all Krogens have JD power), and the genny will be a 12kW Northern Lights set.

The new 52′ has a competitive base price right now of $1.295 million. That compares to a base of $949K for the 48′ and $1.595 million for the 55′ Expedition.

One interesting side note: the question often arises — how big a boat do I need to live aboard? Obviously, there can’t be only one answer to that question, but in Kadey-Krogen’s experience, the answer is — “somewhere in the 40’s.” “We built 50 of the 39’s and as far as I know, only one couple lived aboard full-time,” says Polster. One size up, however, and it’s a different story. “The 42′ is a little bit longer, but a full 18″ wider in beam and tons of owners are full-time liveaboards.”

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More Details on New Krogen 52

Kadey-Krogen 52' Artist's Rendering

Kadey-Krogen 52' Artist's Rendering

Kadey-Krogen yesterday released more details of its newest trawler, the Krogen 52′, which we first reported on here. It’s decidedly a classic Krogen trawler, with its raised pilothouse and 3,000 nm range at about 7 knots. It shares many of the features of its bigger sister, the Krogen 58′. 

Main Deck Layout for the New Krogen 52'

Main Deck Layout for the New Krogen 52'

The main-deck galley is “Iron Chef”-equipped (my term) with a full-size Jennair fridge and a Viking range. It also has a weather-tight Dutch door with direct access to the starboard walkway. The stairs up to the pilothouse are on the portside and feature household-standard size risers and treads. The pilothouse on the 52′ accommodates dual helm chairs.

Accommodations Layout for the New Krogen 52'

Accommodations Layout for the New Krogen 52'

The yacht offers either a two- or three-cabin arrangement, with the master stateroom forward or amidships. Kadey-Krogen says those opting for a two-cabin arrangement will enjoy the utility of a large, dedicated office space. Both configurations include two heads with enclosed stall shower.

Midship Master Stateroom Layout for 3SR Version of New Krogen 52'

Midship Master Stateroom Layout for 3SR Version of New Krogen 52'

The company says the boat is being offered in both single- and twin-engine configurations. The hull design will feature Kadey-Krogen’s counter-faired keel, pioneered on the Krogen 58′, which imparts a counter-rotation to water flowing into the propeller, canceling some of the propeller-induced water rotation and resulting in straighter water outflow and improved forward thrust, which implies better fuel economy than that of conventional keel designs, according to Kadey-Krogen.

Midship Master Stateroom Layout for 2SR Version of New Krogen 52'

Midship Master Stateroom Layout for 2SR Version of New Krogen 52'

In the specs table below you can see that the engine options are from John Deere, with the single 6068AFM75 offering a continuous duty (M1) rating of 231 hp.  The company said tooling will be complete by late fall this year and first delivery is planned for summer 2011. The companysays it took a “more grassroots approach and contacted current owners to see if they were interested in the project,” says Larry Polster, vice president of Kadey-Krogen Yachts. “We also took a set of plans to Trawler Fest in Fort Lauderdale and within ten days of initial exposure, the first five hulls were reserved.”

Krogen 52’
Preliminary Specifications

Length on Deck:                                                 52’-2”
LOA (including swim platform):                       54’-4”                                                    
LOA (including swim platform & pulpit):        57’-0”
LWL:                                                                  47’-0”
Beam (molded):                                                  17’-3”
Beam (over rubrail):                                            17-9”
Beam (waterline):                                   16’-0”
Draft at Keel (half load, single eng): 5’-3”
Displacement (half load):                                    70,000 lb approx.
Fuel Capacity:                                                 1400 gal.
Water Capacity:                                               400 gal.
Top Speed (estimated):                                       9.5 knots (at Half Load)
Cruising Speed (estimated):                               8 knots (at Half Load)
Main Engine (single):                                          John Deere 6068AFM75 M1, Tier 2, 231hp @ 2300RPM
Main Engines (twin):                                          John Deere 4045TFM75 M2, Tier 2, 121hp @ 2500RPM
Reduction Gear (single engine):                        ZF Marine model ZF286 with 2.917:1 reduction
Reduction Gears (twin engine):                         ZF Marine model ZF220 with 3:1 reduction
Range at 7 knots (w/ 10% reserve)                    3000 nautical miles
Generator:                                                               (1) Northern Lights 12 kW, with sound shield
Ballast:                                                                   5300 lb approx.     
Base Price $1.295 million
   
Hydrostatic Data  
Displacement-to-length ratio                              301
Prismatic coefficient                                            .64
Pounds per Inch Immersion                               2700
Moment to Trim an Inch                                     7500 ft. lbs.

 

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Engines, Industry News, Passagemaking News, Powerboats