LOA 57 ft., 9 in.
Beam (over rubrail) 17 ft., 9 in.
Draft (single engine) 5 ft., 5 in. (half load)
Displacement 70,000 lbs. (half load)
Fuel 1,400 gals.
Water 400 gals.
Engines Twin John Deere 4045 TFM75, 121 hp each
Base Price as tested $1,385,000
Solid fiberglass below the waterline with blister-resistant vinylester resin utilized on first two laminates below the waterline, with aramid fiber/FRP reinforcements. Hand-laid Knytex fiberglass construction with closed-cell PVC sandwich core used in topsides.
Standard Equipment
- John Deere 6068 AFM75 diesel, 231 hp
- Northern Lights generator
wing engine control stations w/optional thruster controls
- Pompanette helm chair
- Ritchie compass
- Maxwell windlass
- saltwater anchor washdown
- Racor fuel filters
- inverter/battery charger
- Raritan 20-gal. water heater
- 2 toilets, 2 molded showers
- Corian countertops
- Imtra lighting and much more.
Optional Equipment
- Twin John Deere 4045 TFM engines,121 hp
- American Bow Thruster w/proportional controls
- stabilizers
- Steelhead ES1000 davit
- aft deck convenience cabinet w/sink and Glendinning CableMaster
- air conditioning
- fuel-polishing system
- fire-suppression system in engine room
Kadey-Krogen Yachts, Stuart, Fla. (772) 286-0171 kadeykrogen.com
West Coast Dealer
Kadey-Krogen, Seattle; (206) 453-5631; kadey-krogen.com

Kadey-Krogen 52

Posted: October 1, 2012  |  Boat Type: Trawler

Designed for long-range cruising in style and comfort

By: Roger McAfee

Kadey-Krogen has been building comfortable trawlers for more than three decades and during that time has built more than 550 boats. Krogens have developed a reputation as solidly built, capable vessels, with plenty of interior space, and owners have found them to be excellent liveaboard boats and long-range cruisers.

One of Kadey’s design criteria is to find out how the vessel will be used and give the intended use priority as designs are developed. Many boat designs are driven by cost or styling or construction considerations, and while all of these items can play a role, Kadey’s continued success, even in current market conditions, can be attributed to its “How is the vessel going to be used?” design philosophy.

The builder of the new Krogen 52 has stayed true to the marque’s history, designing the hull to be produced from a new purpose-built mold, rather than use a mold from a larger boat that has been fitted with a dam. This process ensures the entire 52 hull is designed with the ultimate use of the boat in mind. While other builders adopt the same approach for part of their line, Kadey is a leader in separate tooling for each hull, even though other Krogen molds are only a few feet longer and would allow for a shorter hull to be laid up.

The Krogen 52 is, literally, new from the plans up, and the fact that six have already been sold indicates Krogen has given boaters what they want. Hull #7 is slated for completion next year, and at $1,385,000 it seems to represent a good value — something experienced boaters are now demanding.

As we approached our test boat along the dock, it was clearly a Krogen — a husky, broad-shouldered pilothouse with a sweeping, elegant sheer, a wine-glass-style transom and round bilges. The well-crowned salon roof extends aft enough to cover the aft deck and create what Krogen calls a “back porch.” The same roof also extends over the sidedecks. These roof extensions indicate Krogen designers have listened to what experienced boaters have to say about exterior protection. Covered aft and sidedecks provide protection from inclement weather and also from the blazing sun.

The exterior glasswork is excellent, with no haze or print-through, but I expected this level of quality from Kadey, and the builder did not disappoint.

We boarded our test 52 over the substantial swim grid, complete with staple-style safety rails, and through a transom gate to the aft deck. Access is also possible through two coaming gates; the one to port leads into the cockpit, while the starboard side gate opens onto the sidedeck.

Walking to the Portuguese bridge and then onto the foredeck is easy along the starboard walkway. Solid stainless steel rails and substantial bulwarks provide a feeling of security all along the way and on the foredeck. There is no doubt that moving fore and aft along this sidedeck, even in a blow, would be no problem.

Wing engine-control stations on the corners of the Portuguese bridge allow the skipper to have excellent visibility fore and aft while maneuvering either dockside or when rafting up alongside other vessels. These controls will be very useful in the tight quarters of crowded marinas. The Portuguese bridge has plenty of protected storage.

Access to the single-level foredeck is down from the Portuguese bridge. The chain locker is accessed through a watertight hatch in the foredeck, and our test 52 is equipped with dual chain wheels and a single-rope gypsy. The foredeck has fittings for both fresh- and seawater washdown hose fittings as well as shore power and TV connectors.

Inside Spaces

The fit and finish of the interior of our test vessel is very well done, but this is no surprise, considering Krogen’s experience and reputation. All of the wood surfaces are well finished and can be wiped clean with a single swipe. Our test boat had been ordered for a particular buyer, and he had specified parquet flooring and, while I am not a fan of parquet on land or sea, it is very well done. The galley is set up with the very best commercial-grade equipment — even a top TV chef would be happy with the equipment — and there’s plenty of shelf and drawer storage.

There is one galley feature that, while not unique to Kadey, is seldom found on other vessels in this size range: a Dutch door leading directly from the galley to the sidedeck. While this makes loading and unloading supplies and equipment much easier than trekking them through the salon, it also means the cook can get cool, fresh air in the galley, and the salon roof overhang provides protection from the rain if the door is open during inclement weather.

All the doors on our test vessel are Dutch type, in that the top half of the doors can be opened without having to open the bottom half. Boaters who have been on board vessels with this system will understand that this is a great feature, particularly if the doors are fitted with hardware that allows them to be held open only slightly. Our test boat doors do not have that feature — the doors have to be wide open or completely closed.

The pilothouse, reached from the salon or through port and starboard pilothouse doors, is comfortable and a great place for the skipper and guests to simply hang out. Visibility is excellent all around (much like in the salon), the helm seats and settee are comfortable, and there’s so much window glass that the interior is bright, even on dull days. The helm is well laid out, so all of the instruments are easy to see and reach. Forward visibility is excellent with very little bow “sight” shadow. Side doors provide good ventilation.

The cabins and the open office are forward and down four steps from the salon. The forward master features a raised island queen berth, with both bulk and drawer storage underneath. An en suite head features a separate shower stall and plenty of storage. The guest stateroom is to starboard at the bottom of the stairs and across from the office. The open office is another Krogen design feature that is proving very popular. Many vessels in this size range have an office, but it’s usually just a small stateroom walled off from the companionway. While that works well, it can create a claustrophobic office for some. Krogen simply does away with the wall, so the view includes the companionway forward, making for a much larger visual space while still providing a fully functioning office. It is so popular that every 52 buyer so far has opted for the open-office layout.

Fire It Up

Our test 52 is equipped with twin John Deere 121 hp 4045 TFM engines. These four-cylinder, turbocharged, 275-cubic-inch (4.5L) engines are small and lightweight, tipping the scales at just a tad more than 1,000 pounds. They flashed up quickly with no smoke or rattling. As the engines warmed up at idle, about 700 rpm, I went into the salon, right above the engine spaces, with my noisemeter, and the noise level was the same as a normal conversation, 70 decibels. At 1000 revs, the sound level dropped to 66 decibels and never reached more than 73 during our entire test, and that was at wide-open throttle. The 52 is a very quiet boat.

We eased away from the dock, and at 1000 revs we were burning a total of 1.6 gph while making 5.1 knots. At 1300 rpm, we made 6.4 knots and burned 2.2 gph. We burned 3 gph at 1600 revs and achieved 7.5 knots. At 8.2 knots, the engines were spinning at 1800 rpm and burning 4.2 gph. When we stepped up the rpm to 2000, we made 8.9 knots and burned 6.4 gph. When we ran at 2200 revs, we made 9.4 knots and burned 8.8 gph. WOT was just under 2500 rpm, which yielded 10 knots. Speeds were calculated by an independent, GPS and fuel consumption information came from the engines’ onboard computers.

When we finished our speed runs, we put the starboard engine in neutral and let it idle. We then engaged the port engine and ran it at 1500 rpm. That produced 5.9 knots with a fuel burn of 1.7 gph. We throttled up to 2000 rpm and were making 7.5 knots and burning 3.7 gph. At WOT on the port engine alone — 2406 rpm — we made 8.5 knots and burned 6.6 gph. To get to 7.5 knots running two engines, we ran at 1600 revs but burned only 3 gph. Clearly one engine had to operate at a much higher output to produce the same speed as two, which is not uncommon when twin-engine vessels operate on only one engine.

We then put the boat hard astern, and with the rudder centered we topped out at 6.4 knots, and the vessel remained almost dead straight as we backed down, showing no bad habits during this exercise.

Kadey-Krogen’s well-known tag line is “At Home on Any Sea,” and that has applied to its range of trawler models, and the latest vessel is no exception. There’s no doubt the new 52 would be at home on any sea, operating equally well as a coastal cruiser or a blue-water passage-maker. There aren’t many powerboats that can do that.

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