If the yacht line SUMMIT Motoryachts sounds unfamiliar, don’t feel too bad. At the time of this writing, SUMMIT is a family of one, the SUMMIT 54, with molds nearing completion at the Asia Harbor Yacht Builders yard in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Kadey-Krogen Yachts enlisted Michael Peters Yacht Design to create the SUMMIT 54. The 54 is touted as a planing luxury yacht with many of the beloved Kadey-Krogen touches. The classic Kadey-Krogen trawler always had one foot in the old school aesthetically, staying true to its heritage and loyal fanbase. SUMMIT may be what Kadey-Krogan would be if they set up shop in 2019.
Although the SUMMIT 54 isn’t cruising the world’s waterways yet, the builder claims a 26-knot maximum speed and a 330-nautical mile range at 23 knots. The current plan calls for twin Cummins QSB diesels with engine access via a transom hatch that leads below. This relatively zippy performance is a departure from the traditional trawler philosophy of 8- to 12-knot cruising speeds.
However, above the waterline the SUMMIT 54 is very much made in the trawler “you can have it all” style. You’ve got a large swimstep off the stern, which leads into a covered cockpit with dining table and mini bar. Two walkways lead forward to the massive open foredeck. The foredeck, as is the fashion these days, has a large sun lounge area, bench-style seating, and even a retractable canvas cover to spare guests from the elements.
The flybridge with hardtop is accessed from the cockpit via a set of steps. There’s the classic trifecta up here: helm station, entertaining space, and dinghy with davit. Some combos are just too good to mess with.
The interior layout is completely open and nearly single level save two steps up between the salon/galley and the helm. Unlike some modernist yachts, the SUMMIT 54 retains the helm in the cabin, and it’s situated near the main interior dining table. No lonely helmsmen on this yacht. Below are the berths and heads. The standard layout has three staterooms and two enclosed heads.
We look forward to seeing a SUMMIT 54 in action. For now, we join the excitement for what looks to be a Kadey-Krogen-inspired Yacht with a modern, sporty look and performance. If interested in more information and pricing, you can contact local dealer Stan Miller Yachts.