March 9, 2010

Project: Kadey-Krogen 52

Kadey-Krogen announces the addition of a completely new project to its fleet of pure full displacement trawler yachts with the 52. Building on the ten year success of the Kadey-Krogen 58, the 52 offers many of the same design elements like a raised pilothouse and spacious living areas. In keeping with the company’s adherence to architectural integrity, the 52 is constructed with entirely new tooling as opposed to the very common industry practice of simply stretching the hull of a smaller model. Like every Kadey-Krogen yacht for nearly twenty years, the 52 will be built at Asia Harbor Yacht Builders in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The fully covered aft deck gives away the live ability of the 52. A feature of every Kadey-Krogen, showing space in the saloon through welded aluminum weather tight doors. Moving forward and to starboard is the gourmet complete galley with a full-size refrigerator. Like her larger sister, the 52 will have a weather-tight Dutch door providing direct access to the galley from the starboard walkway. Port side of the galley are the steps up to the pilothouse with household-like standard risers and treads plus a rock-solid banister for a safe and sure grip at sea. The pilothouse on the 52 accommodates dual helm chairs, rare for this size, allowing both captain and mate great visibility. Owners have the choice of a two or three cabin arrangement, with the master stateroom forward or amidships. The two cabin arrangement enjoys the utility of a large dedicated office space. Two heads are standard with any configuration, and both heads boast an enclosed stall shower. The 52 will be offered in both single and twin engine configurations and will feature Kadey-Krogen’s exclusive counter-faired keel, a design the company pioneered on the 58. This innovative keel design imparts a counter rotation of water flowing into the propeller, canceling some of the propeller induced water rotation. The result is straighter water outflow and improved forward thrust which generates better fuel economy than that of conventional keel designs. Standard power will be provided by a single John Deere continuous duty 231hp engine, with a twin John Deere 121hp available as optional. With 5300 litres of fuel, range is expected to be in excess of 3,000 miles at 7 knots with a top speed of 9.5 knots. Interestingly the company took a customer friendly approach in announcing the Krogen 52 with the builder contacting current owners to see if they were interested in the project, and then showing the a set of plans at the Trawler Fest in Fort Lauderdale. This system seems to have worked well for Kadey-Krogen receiving reservation for the first five hulls. Tooling for the Krogen 52 is expected to complete in late fall of this year, with the first hull arriving in the United States in summer 2011.