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Building on the success of their 55, the new Kadey-Krogen 64 is much more than a stretched version of the builder’s smaller boats. She has a new look above the waterline, but below she keeps to the principals that have made this line so successful.
Capt. Steve Says...
For starters, let’s take a look at the living space and accommodations layout. Two are available, depending on how popular you are, that is to say, how many people you plan on traveling with. First is the “master forward” layout. This puts the owners fully forward, which is not an enviable position in an ocean crossing. Movements are rather compounded here and sleep is generally hard to come by in a seaway. That’s why the majority of yachts have the master located generally amidships, where movements of the hull are not as pronounced, and at anchor you are less likely to hear the slap-slap of waves against the bow.
The Master Stateroom is fully forward in this version. The VIP is to port and a third guest stateroom with bunks is to starboard. The VIP head also serves as the head for the third stateroom and the day head.
This layout has the Master placed amidships, the VIP is forward. There is another cabin abaft the pilothouse.
The “master-forward” layout does, however, give you extra space for a third stateroom with over/under bunks in addition to a VIP stateroom. Now you have comfortable accommodations -- that is to say not cots or pull-out beds -- for 6 people to sleep on.
Please note that the third stateroom does not have its own head, and its occupants must ascend the steps into the dining area to access the head.
If you choose the second layout, you have the coveted midships master stateroom, and the VIP is occupying the forward space. The master also becomes full beam and that eats up the space for the third stateroom and its double bunks. For a couple and their guests, this is an ideal scenario, and if you really need to accommodate another couple or a single, there’s the pull out sofa plan in the main saloon. And since this size boat is just about right for two couples to live together, and still have the right amount of privacy, I’d say that Kadey-Krogen has met a fair compromise with the two layouts.
I’d just like to suggest that anyone considering this type of boat also consider putting two single bunks, or a double and a single along the hull sides in the forward stateroom. This configuration has a lot of advantages and was traditionally used in cruising motoryachts until about 30 years ago when women became a major factor in the boat-buying decision. A traditional placement of bunks could open up a lot of possibilities in this boat.
Interestingly enough, Kadey-Krogen decided to not make their saloon oversized, and instead, had the galley take up a chunk of the fore and aft space. This allowed for having the area to starboard of the galley being occupied by a formal dining area. Since eating at a high/low coffee table gets old fast, we give this another round of high marks.
The saloon and dining area are separated by a set of curved stairs that lead down to the machinery space. While we aren’t able to see a finished hull #1 yet, I imagine that this area at the bottom of the companionway would also be an ideal pantry or additional freezer space. We’ll see.
The pilothouse is textbook passagemaker. The helm is front and center, with an observer’s seat adjacent, allowing for the ideal two-person watch standing situation. The staple of every expedition yacht, the pilothouse settee, is aft and to port. Abaft the settee is the captain’s cabin.
Why a captain’s cabin if this is a couple’s yacht? Because sometimes you want a knowledgeable person onboard, and other times, you want a comfortable place for the off watch to sleep, and still other times, it makes a great guest cabin. To both sides of the pilothouse are watertight doors leading to the Portuguese bridge with wing controls on both sides. On the centerline is access to the foredeck which accommodates a tender up to 17’. At the bow, is a double wide bow pulpit with dual anchors.
All the ingredients of the well laid out pilothouse are here. Dual helm seats, settee, captain’s cabin, and the Portuguese bridge.
Moving aft of the pilothouse, is a large open deck area that leaves a lot of room for the imaginative. A second boat deck for PWCs, sunning area for deck chairs, or in my opinion, a second al fresco dining area that is up high for better visibility, and privacy while dining dockside. I would also extend the overhead aft over this area, as well as widen it over the side decks of the pilothouse for added protection from the elements.
I also find it interesting that Krogen decided to go with twins engines in their 64. This is a debate that rages on and there really is no right or wrong answer as to whether a single or twin is the better choice. The argument goes like this… single engines use less fuel than twins, twins offer better maneuverability and redundancy.
One thing is clear with twins however... the get home factor is well taken care of. There’s no need for a generator hydraulically driving the main shaft, which is of no help if the prop gets fouled or damaged, and there’s no need for a wing engine with a separate shaft. Kadey-Krogen went with a pair of tried and true 231-hp John Deeres that have proven their reliability.
Machinery spaces and locations of tanks.
But Can Two People Handle It?
Please note that there is no side deck on the port side of the main deck. This asymmetrical layout creates much more room in the main cabin while still giving the man-and-wife crew the starboard side deck from which to hang fenders and easily move fore and aft. This is a concept that is used in many expedition-type vessels and reports from owners are mostly positive.
On the top deck where the helm is there are wide side decks on both sides. Wing stations eliminate the concern of limited visibility and make docking easy either port or starboard. Kadey-Krogen 64 has hydraulic thrusters that have the reliability to hold the boat in position as long as necessary for a second person to handle the lines. Kadey-Krogen has fitted hydraulic thrusters, not electric thrusters which can only be used in short burst and are problematical, because that is the best way to go.
As for underway, the systems are basic enough to be absorbed by any competent boater, and navigating in this day and age can be done by anyone thanks to gps and chart plotters. Anchoring is from either the helm or at the bow, the boat can be sealed up to handle inclement weather, and it’s built tough enough to handle anything that the passengers can. Yes, this boat can easily be operated by two people.
Specifications and Performance...
Kadey-Krogen has a pretty clever hull design. Rather than just have a keel running back to a double skeg protecting the props, Kadey-Krogen has a triple keel. The center keel runs to the stern and instead of simple skegs, each of the skegs to port and starboard is counter-faired, with the trailing end specially shaped to rotate the water flowing into the propeller in the opposite direction. Krogen tells us that this invention results in greater fuel efficiency than that found with other keel forms. They predict that at 9kts, the 64 Expedition will have an approximately 3000 mile range.
The Krogen 64 Expedition has a LOA of 70’ 4” (21.4 m), a beam of 20’ 6” (6.2 m), and a draft of 5’ 6” (1.7 m). Her displacement at half load is 167,000 lbs (75,750 kg). She carries 3,000 gallons (11,356 L) of fuel, 550 gallons (2,082 L) of water, 175 gallons (662 L) of both grey and black water.
Clearly Kadey-Krogen has a winner on their hands with the 64 Expedition. By all outward appearances, it seems to meet its mission statement of taking a couple and their guests across vast expanses of water with a marked safety factor and little complexity. We can’t wait to check out the first model and see if she has the fit and finish we’ve come to expect from the likes of Kadey-Krogen, as well as answer a myriad of other questions (storage of dry goods, freezer space, engine room space, close quarters handling... etc.). It should also be interesting to see just what sort of performance the triple keels can deliver on.
If you are the lucky person to buy hull #1 at what is a $500,000 discount, chances are when you go to sell or trade up, you'll get back what you paid. In fat, if move into another Kadey-Krogen, the company will guarantee it!
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