Some boats become classics because of their limited availability. Others boats can be built for years — and actually be quite plentiful — and still be considered classics because of their design characteristics. These boats manage to find the right balance of performance, comfort and seaworthiness that fill the needs of enough boaters that they become a yardstick against which all other models are measured.
The Krogen 42 trawler is one such boat.
Introduced in 1976, the Krogen 42 remained in production relatively unchanged until it was discontinued in 1998. It is being replaced this year by a slightly larger 44-footer.
At the heart of the Krogen 42 is a full-displacement hull design. Most true displacement hulls have design characteristics similar to traditional deep-draft sailboats, with long, ballasted keels and round bilges. In the power boat, the long keel provides stability, as well as protection for the underwater running gear.
The Krogen 42 features a rounded chine just below the waterline, but differs from many displacement vessels in having flatter sections on the hull between the keel and the chine. The hull moves up as it approaches the transom, creating a pleasing appearance that is stylish and “salty.”
This design offers more resistance to roll and increases initial stability, requiring less ballast than a rounder hull shape might. Additionally, the Krogen 42 requires only 60 hp to achieve its hull speed — despite its brawny 17.6 tons displacement.
More than 200 Krogen 42s have been built, and all but a handful came equipped with a single 135 hp Lehman diesel powerplant. While this hull form is limited to its displacement speed, as opposed to some trawlers with semi-displacement hulls, the Krogen 42′s fuel consumption is truly miserly. With its standard fuel tankage, the boat comfortably cruises at 8 knots, with range of up to 2,150 nautical miles. Pulling the throttle back slightly results in an incredible 5,000 mile range at 6 knots, for those who appreciate the journey as much as the destination.
A Classic Profile
Approached from the dock, the Krogen 42 presents an attractive and profile — appearing just as seaworthy as it really is, capable of long-range cruises.
The cabin top overhangs the aft deck and sidedecks for protection from rain and sun. The teak deck and accents give the boat a warm look without making one think immediately of “all that work” it would take to maintain a boat with more teak than this.
Early models featured teak-framed windows, while more recent versions were upgraded to aluminum frames. The exposed forward section and boat decks are fiberglass, with molded-in skid-resistant surfaces.
Up two steps from the aft deck, surrounded by stout 1 inch stainless steel rails, the forward deck leads to a bow pulpit. The pulpit is large enough to work the rode, with room for two anchors to be stored on double rollers.
A ladder, aft, leads up to the flybridge, which is also surrounded by stainless steel rails and lifelines. There is an aluminum mast and boom abaft the helm seat. Storage box seats are provided on either side, allowing companions to enjoy the ride.
While the flybridge itself is on the small side for a boat of this size, the aft boat deck can be used as a huge outdoor activity area, once the dinghy is launched.
Double doors lead from the cockpit into the saloon. Here, you’ll find one of two arrangements.
In the standard arrangement, there is an aft-facing L-settee to starboard, with room for additional chairs to port. A galley is forward of the settee.
While that arrangement makes for a good-size saloon, Krogen has offered a “wide body” model since 1989 that eliminates the port side deck and expands the cabin outward on that side. The result is an even larger saloon, with a second settee to port. The L-shaped settee is turned to face forward, where an entertainment center is mounted into the enlarged galley cabinetry.
Either layout features a roomy galley with plenty of storage behind louvered teak doors. A double door refrigerator provides room for enough food for long trips, and there are all the usual accoutrements one might expect of a boat this size.
The overhead here, and throughout the boat, is finished in a white open-beam style, with teak accent strips and handholds throughout. It is a simple, clean style that harkens back to the stout workboats whose heritage the Krogen trawler shares. Opposite the galley is a bookcase and storage area, with plenty of room for all your seafaring books and nautical accessories.
Steps up to the pilothouse lead to a nicely arranged helm station, with drawers for chart storage and enough room to spread them out for study. Doors on both sides allow quick egress from the pilothouse for line handling, and the watch berth allows for the group to enjoy time with the captain during the day, or a quick nap at night. There is excellent visibility from here, and many owners will prefer this vantage point to the flybridge — in all but the sunniest weather.
One Head or Two?
Down from the saloon and galley, forward, are two staterooms. Again, there are two choices here.
The 42 could be ordered with a two-head arrangement — which places the master stateroom’s double berth off to starboard, with the head forward and the stall shower in the forepeak. Or, an owner could opt for an island berth, which eliminates the second head, but provides for a larger-looking stateroom with additional hanging locker space, as well as a vanity and bureau.
With either choice, teak highlights and white surfaces make for a clean and stylish look, and stainless steel-framed portlights allow cross ventilation. An emergency access hatch is provided in the stateroom overhead, exiting through the deck seat, ahead of the pilothouse.
The second stateroom — aft, to starboard — can be set aside for guests, or can be used as an extension of the owners’ quarters, as an onboard office or study. A settee here converts to a berth — and there is a second Pullman-style berth, as well.
There is a good amount of storage here, along with a desk. Stainless steel-framed portlights allow ample ventilation.
The main head is to port, with a large stall shower and more storage. It can easily serve the needs of both staterooms, with the island berth arrangement. In fact, some owners of the two-head layout may prefer the added elbowroom of the portside head, as compared to the smaller master head. Abaft the head is a washer/dryer.
The Krogen 42 was built with cored hull sides until 1995, when the builder switched to solid fiberglass. Closed cell PVC sandwich core is used for hull decks and topside — although until 1985, the 42 was built with fiberglass-over-plywood decks.
Using time-tested design and construction techniques, Krogen 42s are known for their stout construction and their longevity — and are highly desired on the used boat market.
The Krogen 42 offers its owners quality, reliability and economy —combined with style, comfort and value. These are the hallmarks of any true classic.
For those who enjoy the journey, this is a boat that will get you there, and stand up to the challenges that the sea may offer.
Editor’s Note: Matt Gurnsey is moderator of the Power Boating Forum on goboatingamerica.com. He is an active boater in the Seattle area, and owns a classic Chris-Craft Commander 35 Sport Sedan.
Krogen 42 Specifications
|Fuel capacity||700 gallons|
|Water capacity||360 gallons|
|Standard power||single 135-hp Lehman diesel engine|
Years of Production
Typical used boat price*$137,000-$495,000
For More Information
Kadey-Krogen Yachts Inc.
290 N. Dixie Highway
Stuart, FL 34994
fax (772) 286-8487