Tested by Capt. Brandon DeNataleBuilt primarily for couples that are looking to take on the adventures of bluewater cruising or extended coastal excursions, the Krogen 39 is a trawler that delivers the comfort, safety, and ease that will make passagemaking a pleasure. There are very few choices when it comes to a dedicated bluewater cruiser. Most of the 39’s competition are larger vessels, which include a much larger price tag. By keeping the 39 a production vessel and eliminating the added expense of custom interior options, the company has set the standard for others to follow. Built exclusively by Asia Boat Builders in Taiwan, the cost of manufacturing is reduced and the quality of the product is maintained. Above DeckWhen walking around the exterior of the vessel you quickly notice the minimal use of teak outside which is a welcoming feature when out cruising. Teak flooring on either side of the deck and aft covered cockpit along with the cap rail, are about all the exterior maintenance found aboard. One of the trademarks of the 39 is the large aft covered cockpit, which is an extension of the main saloon. Here you will also find a generous lazarette for fenders and docking lines. Also found in the cockpit is the emergency tiller attachment post, which is nicely concealed in the teak decking. When walking about the outside of the vessel I took notice of the use of high-quality fixtures, from the heavy-duty cleats and deck hardware to the sturdy fiberglass swim platform with plenty of drainage, which is raised to help in a following sea. There is also a very handy rubrail that follows almost the entire length of the hull. This comes in handy especially when you find yourself shorthanded during landings. From the aft cockpit you will find a ladder and hatch that lead straight up to the boat deck. This is a great location for a large sized dinghy or extra furniture for lounging around. Up forward you will find the compact fly bridge, which has bench seats with storage on either side. There is ample room for all the necessary electronic and running gear. With the addition of an optional seat this will be a favorite running station with excellent views in good weather.The CabinStepping into the saloon the first thing you notice are the welded aluminum watertight doors. With large windows on both sides there is plenty of light and ventilation throughout. Inside you’ll find abundant use of teak and the quality of the yards work is present in all the detailed cabinetry and trim. To starboard is an L-shaped settee with a teak foldout table and another bench style to port that can be pulled out into a bunk. Another nice feature is the teak handrail that runs down the center of the saloon within easy reach. This is sure to add comfort when traveling offshore. In front of the saloon to port adjacent with the galley is a beautiful teak bookcase and storage unit. With plenty of room and comfortable seating the salon is sure to act as your family room at sea. There is also an engine room access hatch to the rear of the engine compartment through the sole. A Practical GalleyThe galley is located to starboard and is in the standard U-shaped design, which makes for just the right size especially when underway. There is plenty of countertop space for preparing meals, and with the large 6.3 cubic-foot refrigerator there is sufficient cold storage for any length cruise. The PilothouseForward and up three steps to port is the pilothouse. Here you will find enough room for an optional washer/dryer combination. There is a commanding feeling of being behind the wheel of such a vessel. As this is where you’ll likely spend most of your time, and you can see that Krogen has taken that into consideration. The builder leaves most of the instruments out until the owner makes the decision on where to place everything. And with enough space to keep a gadget nut satisfied the possibilities are endless. There is generous room to port for all your charts. You will also find two welded watertight Dutch doors, which are a great feature especially if one’s crew includes a small child or you encounter inclement weather. Another nice feature is the 6-foot long settee, which is positioned behind the helm. This pulls out to become a double berth and would serve quite well when making long passages. Again there is plenty to hold onto in a rough sea. Although the forward view from the pilothouse is excellent the rear visibility is somewhat obscured, as is the case with most pilothouse vessels of this size. I found that by using the windows to aft and by swinging the top half of the Dutch doors open, running in crowded channels wasn’t a problem. The Engine RoomI was impressed when entering the engine room with the 6-foot plus headroom here and excellent access to all the machinery. Almost every function that needs to be done on the engine and its parts can be done from this area. There is also a workstation to starboard that is perfect for storing your tools and completing any job or repair. Krogen has also taken great care with sound insulation. This is evident when underway from all points in the boat. In doing away with an additional stateroom Krogen has been able to add more room where it counts and I think most cruisers will agree that it’s better to have a comfortable working area than comfortable guests. The StateroomsForward of the engine room is the master stateroom. It has plenty of hanging lockers and storage compartments finding room for all your belongings becomes a cinch. Under the queen-sized island bed there is a large storage compartment that is accessed by lifting the bed up on pneumatic hinges. There are also five portholes and an overhead hatch that keep things well ventilated down below. There is a single head just to starboard and abaft of the stateroom, which features a standing shower with bi-fold doors and a household-size toilet. PerformanceUnderway I soon learned that Kadey-Krogen has really hit on something. They have produced a 39’ boat that cruises like a bigger boat. True, with the rounded bilges she tended to rock a little when underway in a sea, but when you turn on the stabilizers she flattens out nicely while helping to conserve fuel. She's powered by a single John Deere 4045 115-hp diesel. With a range of 2,600 miles at a cruising speed of 8.3kts, the Kadey-Krogen 39 truly is an ocean-crossing vessel. With all of its seaworthiness, comfort and livability, your only problem is choosing which of the world's ports to head for.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Kadey-Krogen 39 is 10.2 mph (16.4 kph), burning 7.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 28.01 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Kadey-Krogen 39 is 8.3 mph (13.4 kph), and the boat gets 4.15 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.76 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 2615 miles (4208.43 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 120-hp John Deere 4045 TFM - Diesel.
Standard and Optional Features
|Battery Charger/Converter||Standard 40 amp|
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard Tides dripless|
|Power Steering||Standard Hynautic, hydraulic (2-station)|
|Shore Power||Standard (2) 50 amp, fore and aft|
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Water Heater||Standard 12 gal.|
|Refrigerator||Standard 6.3 cubic-foot, AC/DC|
|Stove||Standard Propane with thermostatic control|
|Swim Platform||Standard fiberglass|
|Transom Shower||Standard Scandvik #10640 hot/cold fresh water|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Helm: Second Station||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!