John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Krogen 58
Length overall  63' 3"
Beam  18'10"
Displacement  96,830 lbs
Fuel1760 gal
Water  400 gal
Price as Tested  $2,247,000

Monday, October 20, 2008, Time: 1820, Position: Diamond Shoal, Cape Hatteras, Course: 170° Magnetic, Speed: 11 knots, Note: "Beautiful!  Clear sunset at Cape Hatteras, Winds North at 10–15, Sea 4–6' with a 7–12' ground swell. Perfect conditions. Scott cooked a wonderful meal of spiral-cut honey ham with potatoes and onions."

Just 24 hours after departing the United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis, Md., we were rounding Cape Hatteras headed south. I was captaining a brand new Kadey Krogen 58 trawler yacht on the final leg of the fall boat show "loop," heading for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Having already driven her from Annapolis to Newport and back again in September, I thought I knew what she was capable of, but on the trip to Florida I was blown away by her performance—yet again.

When Casey Graves at Kadey-Krogen Yachts called to ask if I was interested in delivering a new Krogen 58 to the Newport Boat Show, I jumped at the chance. Even before I had my schedule cleared, she called back to ask if I could also take the 58 back to Annapolis and then on to the Fort Lauderdale show. I was psyched. There is no better way to put a boat through her paces than to take her on coastwise deliveries in a variety of sea and weather conditions.

On my first leg, I was amazed to make it from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at Annapolis to the Verrazano Bridge in New York Harbor in just 24 hours. Cruising along at 1900 rpm, we made 10 knots while the twin John Deeres sipped fuel at a miserly rate of only 4.2 gph each. With Hurricane Hanna on our heels, we ducked into Jersey City a couple of hours after sunset and hunkered down for a blow. In the morning I had a beautiful view from the pilot house as I sipped my  coffee and watched Lower Manhattan become engulfed by the rain squalls signaling Hanna’s approach.

While waiting out the weather, I took note of the 58’s roomy interior. Beginning aft, there is a covered deck with a high bulwark and teak cap rail. A large transom door opens to the swim platform. A fish-cleaning station/wet bar area sits to starboard with sink, counter, storage drawers and cabinets. A generous access hatch in the teak sole leads down to the lazarette. Moving forward through watertight double doors takes you into the saloon.

This wide-body model features an extra large saloon in lieu of a port side deck. There is a spacious settee area to starboard with a high/low table. Two armchairs to port make this a comfortable conversation area. Forward to starboard there is a well laid-out galley equipped with stainless steel appliances. The Sub Zero refrigerator, Viking range, convection microwave, double sink, garbage disposer, trash compactor and copious storage make this galley fit for a much bigger yacht (or even a condo). A water-tight Dutch door to starboard leads from the galley to the side deck. This feature became quite useful at sea when the cook needed some air or to jettison the leftover stew.

Moving forward and down a few steps, a corridor leads to the staterooms forward and engine room aft. The accommodations are extensive: three staterooms and two heads. The master has a centerline queen bed, tons of storage and a roomy head with stall shower. The guest head is accessed via the corridor or the starboard guest stateroom and offers a large stall shower. The guest stateroom to starboard is the larger of the guest cabins and has twin beds and plenty of storage. To port the smaller stateroom is set up primarily as a study with a desk and settee that serves as a single bunk.

At the aft end of the corridor and down three steps a full-size watertight door leads to an engine room you can almost stand up in. The engine room is well lit, and it's easy to move around. Everything is logically laid-out and well labeled. A center aisle runs between the main engines and generators to a watertight hatchway that leads back to the lazarette. It was a rare pleasure to make my hourly engine room checks without having to get down on my knees. I could spend hours in this engine room.

If there is one place on the 58 I loved more than the engine room, it's the pilot house. This is where I spent the better part of my time while I was aboard, and it is by far one of the most comfortable and well laid out pilot houses I have used. The helm is center with a comfortable helm chair. There are two large navigation chart tables to port and starboard with hand holds and adequate chart drawers on both sides.