Krogen 42 - Kadey


Krogen 42 - Kadey
[ classics ]
Krogen 42
IllustratIon by jim ewing
n April 1974, naval architect James S. Krogen signed
off on a design for a 42-foot “trawler yacht” in his
office on Rice Street in Miami. Krogen, an avid sailor and commercial vessel designer, developed the
design with Florida yacht broker Art Kadey — a cruising powerboat based on the hard-working shrimp boat,
known for its rugged seakeeping capabilities.
There’s no mistaking the heritage of the Krogen 42,
which was launched in 1976, the first model offered by
Kadey-Krogen Yachts. She has a big, husky profile that’s
not unlike her commercial counterpart, with plenty of topsides and sturdy bulwarks. The raised pilothouse has the
shrimper’s distinctive three-panel windshield and triple
side windows. The aluminum mast could be used for a
steadying sail or, with a boom, for moving a dinghy. Krogen added a flybridge helm to the traditional layout.
A single 135-hp Lehman diesel allowed the fulldisplacement trawler to cruise efficiently at 8 knots. With
its 700-gallon fuel supply, range at that speed was more
than 2,000 miles. At 6 knots, range was 5,000 miles. An
optional emergency drive was available, using a dedicated
12-kW generator.
The tri-level layout featured a master stateroom forward
with an offset berth and a guest stateroom. The port-side
head compartment included a stand-up shower and adjacent washer-dryer combination. The galley, with a threeburner range and oven and a full-size refrigerator, was
in the large, open saloon. The pilothouse had a centerline
helm station with a large area for charts and electronics, as
well as a convenient watch berth.
The Krogen 42 was in production until 1998, with 206
built, and fans consider her to be the “quintessential trawler,” and a “timeless design.” She has a cultish following,
spurred on by active owner associations. Kadey-Krogen
continues to build trawlers based on Jim Krogen’s credo of
“rugged simplicity” and “conservative style.” Today the
fleet ranges from 44 to 70 feet.
— Steve Knauth
30 february 2016 february 2016