Krogen 50’ Open

Norris Comer New Boats

Krogen 50 OpenA new creation is in the works at the boatyards of Kadey-Krogen Yachts that represents a new step for the entire yacht family; the Krogen 50’ Open. We usually wait for a yacht to launch before writing about it, but kadeykrogen.com has an excellent blog on the progress of the build that is candy for boat nerds like us. Hull #1 of the Krogen 50’ Open is set to debut at the 2018 Miami Boat Show and is already spoken for by Larry Polster, Vice President and Partner of Kadey-Krogen. Turns out, the 50’ Open is not simply a tweak of the popular Krogen 48’ or Krogen 52’ designs, but has several specific features that make it a very different vessel.

“For customers who have dreamt of a Kadey-Krogen with a walk-in engine room, Portuguese bridge, and a main deck layout that is continuous from salon to pilothouse, their dreams have come true,” says Polster. Despite these differences, one way that the build is like others in her family is the Kadey-Krogen emphasis on both long-range, ocean-going capabilities and social space.

On the social side of the equation is the interior. As one enters the 50’ Open salon from the cockpit sliding door, a large L-shaped settee is located port with stowage space below. Four large windows let light into the spacious interior, including the galley equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, large cooking range, optional dishwasher, lots of pantry and cabinet stowage, and pullout trash and recycle bins. A retractable partition wall can separate the galley and salon with the forward pilothouse during nighttime running or for privacy. The accommodations below vary according to layout options, but the layouts all include a master suite complete with queen island berth with drawer storage, a private head, and large his/her closets.

Krogen 50 Open SpecificationsThe exterior features the prominent Portuguese flybridge (with optional hardtop and summer kitchen), port and starboard wing stations, and an open foredeck with waist-high bow railings for safety. As far as seagoing design features are concerned, the six-and-a-half-foot headroom in the engine room for easy access is a big plus. The 50’ Open also includes both single and twin engine options for long-distance trawler performance. In ideal conditions at 1,000 rpm for both single and twin engine layouts, the manufacturer boasts ranges in excess of 6,000 nautical miles at a speed of around 5.5 knots with a one gallon per hour fuel consumption. Not bad!

With Hull #1 on the way and more hulls spoken for, the 50’ Open seems like it’s getting a pretty good start in life. The online updates are written with attention to detail and parent-like pride as the yacht takes her first steps. Follow along at kadeykrogen.com and request more information if interested. The base price is $1,549,000.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is the managing editor of Northwest Yachting. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show, Alt for Norge. He loves living in a state where he can explore the ocean and mountains in the same day.

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