Taiwan

Sushi Run Boats Prepare for 2010 Continuation

Original 2009 Route Map of the GSSR - Courtesy Ken Williams

Original 2009 Route Map of the GSSR - Courtesy Ken Williams

Ken Williams, who, with his wife Roberta, owns the Nordhavn 68 Sans Souci, reports that the 2010 cruising season for the boats of the Great Siberian Sushi Run (GSSR) is approaching. In an email today to followers of his blog, Williams reports that the boats, which traveled from Seattle, Washington to Osaka Japan last year, will this year explore more of Japan and finish in Hong Kong. You can read our coverage of the start of the GSSR last year here.

Williams says, remarkably, that the 2,000 mile voyage will likely include only one overnight passage — that from Taiwan to Hong Kong.  Here’s a quick summary of the trip from Williams’ e-mail:

2010 Route Plan of the GSSR From Osaka to Hong Kong -- Courtesy of Ken Williams

2010 Route Plan of the GSSR From Osaka to Hong Kong -- Courtesy of Ken Williams

“Our journey this year “should” be much easier than last year. We’ll be traveling from Osaka Japan, into Japan’s inland sea, where we’ll visit Hiroshima and Fukuoka. Somewhere along the way we’ll visit South Korea, but we won’t be taking the boats. It’s too complicated, and expensive, to clear the boats out of Japan, into South Korea, and then back into Japan. Instead, we’ll park the boats somewhere and take a ferry into South Korea. Once back on the boats we’ll explore Nagasaki and Kyushu Japan, then head south along the Ryukyu Island Japan, visiting Okinawa along the way. Allegedly the Ryukyu islands are a chain of tropical islands, reminiscent of Hawaii. We’ll then leave Japan from the island of Ishigaki and head to Taiwan, where we’ll visit the factory where our Nordhavn boats were born. Our group will be the first Nordhavns to ever return to the factory, so everyone is very excited. After that we’ll head to Hong Kong.”

To read more about the run, including who else will be in the group this year, you can read Ken Williams’ blog here. And if you haven’t already picked up his books on cruising, you should. They’re a great mix of journal-like entries with a narrative that let’s you share his learning experiences along the way. We have a link to the online store where you can order them over on the right sidebar (that link is not a paid ad; it’s there because I like Ken’s writing and hope to expand his readership even farther).

Copyright © 2010 by OceanLines LLC. All rights reserved.

Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Destinations, Maintenance & DIY, Passagemaking News, People, Powerboats, seamanship

10 Questions with Kadey-Krogen’s Larry Polster

 

Krogen 58 Cruises Among the Whales

Krogen 58 Cruises Among the Whales

Editor’s Note – In this series we feature a Q&A with the leading executives of passagemaking boat companies.  The second installment features the thoughts of Lary Polster, vice president of Kadey-Krogen, one of the top brands of passagemaking boats. The following bio was provided by Kadey-Krogen:

Larry Polster is a life-long boater, born and raised in Cleveland, OH. As a child he explored the Great Lakes from Mackinac Island to Montreal, and became thoroughly hooked on boating the day, at age 12, he piloted his family’s sedan cruiser the last half of their voyage from Kingston, Ontario, to Rochester, NY, because both mom and dad were too seasick to run the boat. Fast forward 25 years.  After ten years of owning a cruising sailboat, Larry and his wife Janet bought a Krogen 42′ – the beginning of Larry’s relationship with Kadey-Krogen Yachts. Then, completely in love with the Krogen 42′ and all it stood for, Larry volunteered to help out Kadey-Krogen at the Annapolis Boat Show. At the conclusion of the show, he was made an offer to come work for the company in Florida, an offer he graciously turned down. A seed was planted which grew into his mid-life crisis: he left his consulting job of 17 years and opened the Maryland office for Kadey-Krogen Yachts. A few years later he became a partner in the company and currently serves as vice president.  Larry and Janet along with their daughter Hannah and their Portuguese Water Dog, Sasha (the office mascot), reside in Annapolis, MD.

The questions asked are all from OceanLines and the answers from Larry Polster are verbatim.

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1.   OceanLines:  Kadey-Krogen is considered to be among the top couple of full-displacement yacht builders in the industry.  When did the company really begin to gel and succeed in the marketplace?  And was there a particular boat that represented that “turning point?”

Polster:   The Krogen 42’ is what started it all and we built 206 of them from 1977 through 1997.  The Krogen 42’ became immensely popular in the mid-80’s and I think that secured the company’s place in the industry.  There was also a second turning point with the launch of the first Krogen 58’ in 2000.  It was the 58 project that was the impetus for the level of refinement, both in equipment as well as fit and finish, that is found in each and every Kadey-Krogen built today.

2. OceanLines:  What, in your mind, defines the Kadey-Krogen “brand?”  In other words, what is it about Kadey-Krogen that customers and boaters think, that they don’t think about other brands?” 

Polster:  Actually Tom, I think that really is two different questions.  The “brand” can be summed up in four words:  Capability, Liveability, Family and Value.  As for what our owners think, or more importantly know, about Kadey-Krogen, is that we represent a full and complete package – from the initial handshake to the inevitable sale when the owners are ready to move on.  Look on YachtWorld at the huge percentage of our yachts that are listed with us and then look at other brands.  Our owners stick with us and that speaks volumes.  Yes, there are those out there that are capable of crossing oceans and a motoryacht can make a great liveaboard, but only a Kadey-Krogen is At Home on Any Sea.

3.   OceanLines:  Like many other builders in recent years, Kadey-Krogen seems to have concentrated on expanding the larger end of its fleet.  Do you think this represents a shift of the early market away from smaller boats in general or just an expansion?  In other words, is there still a good market for the smallest boats in this market segment of liveaboards and serious cruisers?

Polster:  There is definitely a market for the 40-50 foot trawler.  Our expansion on the larger end has been purely to fill in size gaps with vessels that can be handled by a couple.  We had nothing between 48 and 58 feet, hence the 55, and we had nothing larger than the 58, hence the 64’ Expedition.  Other builders are expanding way beyond 65’ but anything beyond the mid-sixties really requires more than two people and until you get near 100 feet, you don’t have proper space for crew.  Perhaps that is why there are such a relatively high number of large, late-model trawlers for sale.  Getting back to the 40-50 foot market, if you closely exam the Krogen 48’ North Sea you will notice that we put a tremendous amount of effort in bringing a proven model into the 21st century.

4.      OceanLines:  Has Kadey-Krogen looked at some of the latest technology developments, such as the various forms of diesel-electric propulsion, or perhaps newer hull designs such as the cat SWATH hulls?  If so, what is the likelihood some of it will make its way aboard some future (or present) Kadey-Krogen yachts?

Polster:  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  The laws of physics and hydrodynamics have not changed.  We feel our efforts are better concentrated on continued improvements with proven materials and equipment. 

Krogen 64 Artist's Rendering

Krogen 64 Artist's Rendering

5.    OceanLines:  You recently announced the availability of the Krogen 64’ Expedition.  While the economy is certainly affecting all new boat builders, is it possible Kadey-Krogen might offer even larger yachts, perhaps in the same Expedition series as the 55’ and 64’?

Polster:  Possible, yes, likely, no.   We have a design for a beautiful 77 footer that would extend the Expedition series, but we build yachts that a couple can handle with ease and confidence. A 77 footer would push those limits for most couples.

6.     OceanLines:  In your opinion, which systems aboard today’s yachts are the most mature and reliable; and which are the least so?  If you could send a message to systems suppliers to Kadey-Krogen yachts, what would it be?

Polster:  To me, hands down, the most mature and reliable is the modern diesel engine like the 6.8 liter John Deere.  Here is a piece of equipment with parts moving roughly 1800 times per minute.  That’s 108,000 times per hour of operation which means parts will move 216 million times before the factory warranty even expires! 

As for less reliable systems, there are certainly items that one is more likely to replace than others, but that does not make it an inferior product or something a supplier needs to work on and I think that any builder that concentrates on quality will say the same thing.  The overwhelming majority of the components have their origin outside of the recreational marine or yacht market and as such are well proven before we ever see them.

7.    OceanLines:  What features do Kadey-Krogen owners most often point to as influencing their decision to purchase a Kadey-Krogen yacht?

Polster:  The liveability of a Kadey-Krogen is well recognized by the cruising community, but the way a Kadey-Krogen handles at sea, especially in a following sea, is what cements the relationship.  Other trawlers either get pushed around, slalom like a snow ski or water ski on edge, or both in following seas because the aft third of their underbody is relatively flat and the entire beam of their transom is in the water.  Our Pure Full Displacement hull form with fine entry and wineglass stern translate into what I call the “magic carpet ride” in following seas.  The boat feels like it is hovering in place, but in reality is tracking forward as if on rails. 

Krogen 48, A Popular Liveaboard Cruiser

Krogen 48, A Popular Liveaboard Cruiser

8.     OceanLines:  Are there some examples of owner-requested features aboard your yachts that have become standard?

Polster:  We are a limited production builder, and as such have the opportunity to sit with each customer and review personal touches.  Most recently it was the Viking range you may have seen in the Krogen 55’ Expedition and Krogen 58.  A couple was moving up from a Krogen 44’ to a Krogen 48’ and they asked if we could fit in the Viking.  After a design review session with our naval architect, voila, the Viking stove is now standard aboard the 48’ North Sea.

9.    OceanLines:  Some of the builders in the “small boat” market have done a good job of bringing new boaters in at the bottom end of their product lines and keeping them as they upgrade through the fleet to larger and larger vessels.  Do you see a way for a trawler builder to do this, both from a size and price perspective?

Polster:  Yes, although we feel it’s more important to keep them in the “family” which is why some Krogen owners are buying smaller, not larger.  In the past eighteen months we have had four sets of owners in the “multiple” category.  One couple purchased their 4th Krogen, another their 5th and still another their 6th Krogen. 

10.   OceanLines:  Are you still satisfied with having Kadey-Krogen yachts built in East Asia?  Do you see possibilities down the road for builders like yourselves to take advantage of some of the emerging capabilities in places like Turkey and Poland?

Polster:  We have a very special relationship with Mr. Lin Kao Shui and Asia Harbor Yacht Builders.  We have been building at Asia Harbor for 18 years.   They only build for us and we only build at Asia Harbor.  Both companies have worked hard to produce the quality yachts that are Kadey-Krogen today.  As you might suspect from answers to some of the earlier questions, we’re not about to jump on the “greatest thing since sliced bread” bandwagon.  Over the past ten years we have seen many companies leave Taiwan only to return upon realizing that the grass is not greener…

11.   OceanLines:  In the last 18 months, most builders in your market space have introduced new models based upon an existing hull.  Kadey-Krogen has not.  Why?

Polster:  We’ve jokingly dubbed this phenomenon the “stretch-a-boat” concept.  In the last 18 months we have seen notable manufacturers stretch a 41-footer to be a 49-footer, a 47-footer to a 52-footer, and a 55-footer to a 60-footer. They have taken existing models and just inserted five to eight feet into the mold and voila, they have a new hull without significant design, engineering and tooling costs.  The problem is they have ignored architectural integrity, something Kadey-Krogen Yachts will not do.

12.   OceanLines:  Architectural integrity is not a concept that has received much attention.  Would you please explain what you mean?

Polster:  You are correct.  It has not received much attention because it only became an issue in the recreational yacht market very recently as builders started stretching boats in order to save development costs.  Perhaps the best-known example of violating architectural integrity occurred back when SUVs first became all the rage. Manufacturers simply took the chassis of another vehicle and put a large boxy structure on top, thereby raising the center of gravity. Remember all those early stories about SUVs rolling over?

Do I think these stretched models are going to roll over the way those early SUVs did?  Certainly not, but when a naval architect designs a boat, the hull is designed to accomplish a set of goals.  Designing a new boat is not done piece-meal and many decisions and measurements affect multiple characteristics.   If you take a boat and stretch it, the engineering is changed. You simply can’t design the proper curvature and shape of a hull, then stretch the middle by 10% or more, or stick a larger cockpit on it, and have the physics stay the same. You can’t, using sound naval architecture principles, place the propellers, rudders, etc. on a boat and then change its length by 10-15% and add a larger engine and prop, and expect the same handling result.   Take a sea trial, preferably on a really rough day. Insist on turning off the stabilizers and hand steering the boat in all conditions and you’ll see what I mean.

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Copyright © 2009 by OceanLines LLC

Posted by Tom in Boats, Construction & Technical, Cruising Under Power, Industry News, Passagemaking News, People, People & Profiles

Jet Tern Marine Announces New Deep-Hull Version of Selene 53

Selene 53DH Hull Mold

Selene 53DH Hull Mold

Jet Tern Marine last week announced it had completed construction of the hull mold for a new deep-hull version of its popular Selene 53′ model.  JTM has been modifying its other hulls to this new “deep-hull” configuration.  Earlier-modified boats include the Selene 47 and the Selene 57.

Here’s a small gallery of photos of the new 53DH hull plug and mold at completion:

According to JTM, “The features of this newly completed 53DH hull mold will provide more headroom in the engine room; 76″ forward, and 62″ aft” by which the maintenance duties in the engine room should be made easier.  JTM added that the DH version will also be capable of a larger fuel capacity.  The current 53′ has a fuel capacity of 1,300 gallons.  Photos of the new DH hull mold show that the updated configuration will include the new “feathered” prop skeg, as well as a modest prop pocket, which should allow the use of a larger, slower-turning prop.  To-date, Selene has sold more than 110 53’s.  You can read more about the Selene 53 in our recent feature on Jet Tern Marine’s 10th anniversary and the company’s East Coast dealer, Selene Annapolis.

Copyright © 2009 OceanLines LLC

Posted by Tom in Boats

Kadey-Krogen to Offer New 64′ Expedition Trawler

Kadey-Krogen is Preparing to Launch New 64' Expedition

Kadey-Krogen is Preparing to Launch New 64

OceanLines has learned that Kadey-Krogen is in discussions with potential launch customers for a new 64′ Expedition Trawler that would become the new queen of the Kadey-Krogen fleet.  Company Vice President Larry Polster showed OceanLines plans for the new long-range cruiser while we were onboard the company’s Krogen 58 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show recently.  The design can accommodate from two to four staterooms with from three to four heads.  This flexibility should appeal to both the solo cruising couple and adventurous families, and while there is room for ample crew quarters, it has been expressly designed for a couple to handle by themselves.

The new 64 Expedition will cruise for 3,000 miles at a speed of 9 knots and when slowed to 8 knots, can comfortably extend that to 4,300 miles.  The boat will feature new common-rail 6.8L diesels from John Deere, although Kadey-Krogen hasn’t yet decided whether to go wtih the M1 or M2 duty ratings.  John Deere has not yet released details of the engines.  Providing electrical power will be dual generators, likely 25kW and 12kW.  The cooling requirements will be handled with at least 5 zones of chilled-water air conditioning.  The engine room will accommodate six-footers handily and the standard outfitting is premium.  Fuel polishing, oil exchange, fire suppresion, stabilizers, hydraulic bow thruster — all are standard. 

The layout will be traditional Kadey-Krogen with the wide saloon and galley co-located on the main deck.  The galley will feature premium appointments, including a four-burner Viking range, full-size Jennair refrigerator, a super-quiet Miele dishwasher, microwave/convection oven and trashcompactor.  One first for Kadey-Krogen will be the separate dining room to starboard, opposite the galley.

Outside, the starboard walkway provides access from the aft deck to the foredeck, which is roomy enough to store a 17-foot Boston Whaler, as depicted in the artist’s rendering above.  The hull of the 64 has three keels like the 55′ Expedition.  Each of the skegs to port and starboard is counter-faired to impart a rotation to the water flowing past it into the propeller but opposite to the prop rotation.  Krogen says this innovation will result in greater fuel efficiency compared to standard skeg designs.

The hull is designed to keep passagemakers safe in the toughest conditions.  Kadey-Krogen is using an aramid fiber knitted into a fabric called Twaron, similar to the familiar Kevlar brand, and the same type used to make body armor.  It will be incorporated in the areas where collision or grounding impact might be of concern.  There is a collision bulkhead forward and watertight bulkheads throughout the length of the hull, characteristic of much bigger, formally classed ocean-going vessels.

Although a firm price hasn’t been set, the first buyers of the new 64′ Expedition will undoubtedly be getting a good deal in return for partnering with Kadey-Krogen on the launch of the new boat.  To illustrate the effect, Polster noted that the first customers for the Krogen 44, launched just 4 years ago, have less invested in their fully outfitted boats than just the base price of the same boat today. 

Here are the preliminary specifications for the Krogen 64′ Expedition:

  • Length on Deck:          64′ – 0″
  • LOA                            67′ – 5″ (including swim platform)
  • LOA                            70′ – 4″ (including swim platform and pulpit)
  • LWL                            62′ – 2″
  • Beam (molded)           20′ – 6″
  • Draft at Keel                5′ – 6″ (half load)
  • Displacement              167,000 lbs (approx.)
  • Fuel                                3,000 gallons
  • Water                                 550 gallons
  • Black Water                        175 gallons
  • Gray Water                         175 gallons
  • Top Speed                           11 knots (est.)
  • Range at 9 knots           3,000 miles (est.)
  • Main Engines                 (2) John Deere
  • Reduction Gears            Twin Disc
  • Ballast                          12,000 lbs. (approx.)

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines

Posted by oceanlines in Boats

The New Outer Reef 63

The New Outer Reef 63 Pilothouse Yacht

The New Outer Reef 63 Pilothouse Yacht

When Outer Reef Yachts introduced its new 63–foot pilothouse yacht at this year’s Newport International Boat Show, it had no shortage of interest.  A steady stream of couples boarded to have a look. And why not? The 63 has features and finish standards at the top of its class. And with a sophisticated, ship–like profile, the boat is likely to gain its share of the larger, semi–displacement market.

Outer Reef Yachts is a unit of American Global Yacht Group, which also sells the Molokai Strait series of full–displacement steel–hull vessels and the Newport Sport Motor Yachts line of large, semi–custom yachts. The Molokai Strait series are intended as true blue–water voyagers, while the Outer Reef boats are aimed more at coastal cruising. The 63 has a wide range of features that will appeal to cruisers, from spacious cabins and abundant storage to standard features that include stabilization and a bow thruster.  The new boat has an overall length of 63 feet and 1 inch and a beam of 16 feet, 9 inches. With a displacement of 73,000 pounds, the 63 draws about 4 feet, 10 inches, which means shallower destinations can stay on the itinerary. Equipped with the standard C-9 ACERT diesels from Caterpillar, developing 503 horsepower, the 63 will cruise comfortably at any speed, from a long-range cruise of 7 knots all the way up to 15.4 knots (speeds north of 20 knots are attainable with the optional C-12 engines). At the lower speed, the 63 can cruise 2,500 miles (no reserve) on a single tank of fuel, and at the top end, it will burn about 48 gallons per hour

The Outer Reef 63 has a base price of $1.7 million, which includes a basic allowance for appliances and decorating but not for electronics. Hull number one, which was equipped with a full electronics suite and tender, was listed at $1.95 million.

ON BOARD

You can board the 63 three different ways, depending on how it is moored. Stern–to, you simply step onto the teak swim platform and walk through a transom door into an open cockpit, one of the visible differences from the Outer Reef 58. This cockpit is perfect for fishing, watersports or sunning. A hatch in the sole leads to an enormous lazarette. As with all hatches on the 63, this one is fully finished, with gaskets and dual gas struts. At the forward bulkhead of the cockpit is a fully dogged hatch to an inner chamber that can be used as crew quarters, extra storage or work space. On hull number one, a small amount of the space was taken up by two 150–gallon supplemental fuel tanks.

The open saloon features plenty of room.

The open saloon features plenty of room.

From the outer cockpit you step up to the main deck, which is protected by an overhang from the boat deck above. Nicely cushioned benches lined the aft bulkhead, and there was enough room to install a small dining table here, too. Along the forward bulkhead, which is the entrance to the salon, a stainless steel ladder to starboard runs up to the boat deck, and to port there is room for a wet bar or cabinets. Wide, covered side decks lead forward to the wing doors of the pilothouse and then forward to the Portuguese bridge.

DOWN BELOW

Step through double doors into the salon, and you can settle down in the warm, teak–finished atmosphere, maybe in one of the leather armchairs to starboard or stretched out on the L–shape settee to port. Either way, they’re positioned so you can enjoy watching a movie on the large, flat–panel TV built into the bulkhead that separates the salon from the raised galley forward.

The galley is on the pilothouse level and features full-size appliances and granite counters.

The galley is on the pilothouse level and features full-size appliances and granite counters.

The teak woodwork is finely crafted and hand–rubbed to a light finish. Large windows on both sides and aft further brighten and balance the salon. Overhead handholds ensure security in a seaway. A few steps up the starboard passageway take you to the galley, where the honey–finished teak is complemented by dark marble surfaces and stainless steel appliances. Although the 63 isn’t intended for ocean crossings, the galley has the capability to let owners be fully self–sufficient for long periods of time, with lots of storage and prep space, in addition to a dishwasher, trash compactor, a large range and oven and a full–size refrigerator. A wide, deep stainless steel sink against the port bulkhead has a large window right above it. While the galley is on the same level as the pilothouse and a fully separate space, the two could be further isolated with the fitting of a door – perhaps a slider – between them.

Inside the pilothouse, there is the usual settee and table aft and to port and the helm centered forward, with a Stidd chair and a large, teak, destroyer–style wheel. Three large windows forward and large windows to either side give the helmsman tremendous visibility. The dash panel has room for several large screens, and there are flat surfaces on both sides for laptops and printers, along with storage for charts and room for computers below the helm.

A tight spiral staircase forward to starboard leads to the staterooms below. A central passageway below connects all three cabins. Forward is a guest stateroom, with a queen pedestal bed, hanging lockers and private access to a shared head. There’s a twin–bunked stateroom between the queen guest quarters and the master stateroom aft, certainly appropriate for children but also usable as an office for a couple who doesn’t anticipate young guests. Lockers, including one containing a stacked washer and dryer, line the passageway.

The spacious pilothouse has room for the whole family and exceptional visibility for the helmsman.

The spacious pilothouse has room for the whole family and exceptional visibility for the helmsman.

The midships master stateroom has a king–size bed positioned athwartships. This is one area where the extra hull length over Outer Reef’s 58 was put to good use. The additional five feet allows for deep storage lockers on the aft bulkhead, large enough that man–sized jackets and shirts will actually hang, unlike many “hanging” lockers. The extra length here also means more room in the head to starboard, along with another full walk–in closet. It additionally affords more separation from the engine room aft.

THE ENGINE ROOM

This compartment on the Outer Reef 63 is decidedly user–friendly. Accessed via a watertight hatch and a few steps down from the master stateroom, it is home to the two standard Caterpillar C–9 ACERT diesels and twin 17-kilowatt Northern Lights generators. The engine room has six feet of standing headroom, and all the systems and plumbing are clearly labeled and expertly loomed. The fuel tanks are on the outboard bulkheads and have easy–to–read sight gauges.

Whether you keep the standard engines or choose optional C–12s, they will be easy to care for. Dual Racor filters, switchable and with vacuum gauges installed, are right along the central passageway. The oil–changing system is immediately at hand, as is a hydraulic control system, which supplies power for the windlass and stabilizers. The air handlers are above the fuel tanks and are linked to the fire–suppression system. There is a well–insulated underwater exhaust system with an idle–flow diverter installed for the mains. Also visible is a drain manifold for the scuppers on the upper decks. All that water collects and runs down through a manifold to a single thru–hull.

Flexible shaft couplings are standard on the Outer Reef 63. They go a long way toward eliminating vibration–induced sound throughout the boat and eliminate the need for adjustments to align the engine shafts.

The engine room features stand-up headroom and easy access to powerplants and systems.

The engine room features stand-up headroom and easy access to powerplants and systems.

TOPSIDE

Back in the pilothouse, a beautiful teak stairway leads up to the flybridge, which is a two–level, self–contained space. You arrive on the starboard side of the upper portion, which is covered by a hard top and features a centered helm and an L–shaped settee to port and aft, with a good–sized table at which to sit and enjoy both a meal and the view.

From the helm, visibility is excellent, though you cannot see the swim platform. Owners may want an aft camera wired into one of the screens on the dash. Since the bridge deck is full–beam, it shouldn’t be hard to judge side clearances from the helm, so a wing control station – common on boats this size – is not necessary.

Two steps down and aft from the helm area puts you on the boat deck. On hull number one, this was fitted with a davit and a 13–foot Novurania RIB tender, centered on chocks so that the tilted outboard doesn’t overhang the aft edge of the deck. An ingenious opening safety rail allows the davit to extend farther outboard with the dinghy. The stainless steel rails throughout the boat exhibit an excellent finish; they were welded, but the welds were invisible. Forward to port is a propane–fueled grill, with lockers below. In fact, there are lockers everywhere on the flybridge. There were also large water–drain channels in the boat deck, with the scuppers plumbed to the drainage manifold.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

The bridge deck is one of three fully complete molds that make up the Outer Reef 63. Company president and CEO Jeff Druek says this integrated construction approach gives the boat greater structural rigidity, as well as consistency of fit and finish. Druek says the Outer Reef lineup is currently being built on three basic sets of tooling. The company’s construction partner, Tania Yacht Company, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, has three open–ended molds. Druek says the “58 tool,” which has a molded beam of 17 feet 2 inches, is used for the 58, the 63 and 65. The “65 tool,” with a beam of 18 feet 6 inches, can be dammed for a 60–footer. The largest of the molds has a beam of 21 feet and can be used for yachts from 73 feet to 90 feet, with a monolithic structure and no add–ons.

On the 63, subtle details in the lines draw the eye. The stem has a nice rake, with a slight reverse curve up to the pulpit. The lines of Portuguese bridge, the pilothouse windows and the eyebrow overhang are similar but not quite identical. They are echoed by the rake of the mast and complemented by the reverse angles of the transom, cockpit and bridge–deck support arches, the latter of which frame the side decks. None of the angles is exactly the same, which would be an overdose of symmetry.

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines
Posted by Tom in Boats

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.

Copyright ©  2008 by OceanLines

Posted by Tom in Boats

Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Ready for Launch

The exquisite torture that is having to wait for something you just know is going to be really good was the inspiration for Carly Simon’s 1971 hit “Anticipation.” That song was also the theme music for an advertisement for a well-loved tomato ketchup brand.  I think we should play it now as Pacific Asian Enterprises puts the finishing touches on its brand new Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer.

Credit:  Nordhavn - Rendering of the new Nordhavn 56 MS Under Sail

Credit: PAE- Rendering of the new Nordhavn 56 MS Under Sail

Sources familiar with the schedule say the new boat, a kind of “Back to the Future” design from the builders of the venerated Mason line of bluewater sailboats, will slide down the ways in An Ping Harbor in Taiwan on September 20.  Initial sea trials will follow — powered because the sail rig won’t be installed until the boat arrives by ship in Dana Point, Californaia.  The new boat will then be movied to Kaohsiung for shipping to the States.  The exact shipping date hasn’t been set yet, but is expected to come fairly quickly.  One surmises the boat could be on this side of the Pacific by early to mid-November if all goes well.

Credit: PAE -  Portside Rendering of Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Under Sail

Credit: PAE - Portside Rendering of Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer Under Sail

There is extreme interest in the new Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer.  I wrote about it here on OceanLines and the story has been one of the top three on this site since it went up.  Clearly, people are interested in whether the new technology motorsailer will be able to satisfy voyagers looking for a less fuel-dependent vessel.  With its diesel propulsion system optimized for fuel efficiency, and the potential to extend range inifinitely by hoisting the sails, the 56MS might be just the boat for the Green Revolution.  It certainly doesn’t forego the luxury interior of the rest of the Nordhavn line and with a well-ballasted, full-displacement hull, travelers won’t have to live their entire life at a ten degree heel angle.

As soon as we have new photos of the boat, we’ll get them posted here.  In the meantime, tell us what you think about the potential of motorsailers.

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