The Krogen 52 pilothouse trawler is a
harmonious blend of efficiency, comfort, and seakeeping ability.
It was a clear, sunny September morning when I first set foot on the new Krogen 52. It was just a little over a year earlier that I flew to Taiwan to tour the Asia Harbor Yacht Builders facility in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where every Kadey-Krogen yacht has been built over the last 25 years. My anticipation was palpable.
I boarded the 52 from the massive swim platform, and entered the aft deck through a large transom door, but could just as easily have entered through one of two side-boarding gates, the port gate serving this large, spacious area, and the starboard serving the side deck. All three were furnished with stout stainless steel hardware, the same highly-polished 316L variety used throughout for safety rails, the two posts supporting the after end of the boat deck, and the custom hawse holes that feature twin molded cleats that make it easier to tie and adjust multiple lines, or a line, and a fender without overlapping. For convenience, a Scandvik hot/cold freshwater handheld shower is located just inside the door, so rinsing off the salt and sand can happen easily on the swim platform.
The Kadey-Krogen has a hull made of handlaid Knytex fiberglass with closed-cell PVC sandwich core used in topsides. The hull is solid fiberglass below the waterline with blister-resistant vinylester resin and aramid fiber reinforcements.
Entering the pilothouse through the port side door, I particularly appreciated the visibility from the helm—nearly 270 degrees. There were great wood handrails atop the chart table (with chart drawers below) immediately to my left and right atop the raised bench seat/watch berth, as well as on the far side of the helm console, which stretches the full width of the pilothouse. The table serving the bench seat will convert to a double for the off watch. The walkway between the helm and the raised bench seat aft was carefully created to allow room for a double-helm chair with room to pass from side to side.
There are six straight steps with real household risers and treads leading down to the main cabin level, which includes the galley and the saloon. Large powder-coated Diamond Sea Glaze windows, six of which slide open and include screens, surround the entire area, with excellent views on both sides and through the aft bulkhead starboard corner. The welded aluminum Diamond Sea Glaze double door leading to the aft deck is weather-tight, and there is a hidden screen door included for natural ventilation.
During our sea trial, we hit a top speed of 9.6 knots at 2350 rpm, burning approximately 10.2 gph, and a cruising speed of 8 knots at 1500 rpm, burning roughly 3.7 gph. At ocean cruising speeds of 7 knots, Kadey-Krogen estimates a range of 3,300 miles with a 10-percent fuel reserve. At coastal cruising speeds of 9 knots, their estimate is 1,700 miles Sound levels in the pilothouse, recorded with the doors and windows shut and the genset running, started at 55 decibels at idle, rose to 61 decibels at 8 knots, and ended at 67 decibels at wide open throttle—very quiet, indeed, especially for an empty boat without any carpet or owner’s possessions aboard. At one point, I ducked down to the saloon and measured 67 decibels at 8 to 9 knots, still a realistic level for those who might be cooking or relaxing underway. This boat is quiet, safe, and efficient.