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The Krogen 39 benefits from all the expertise and experience that produced its larger siblings. With proper preparation and outfitting, the 39 is capable of ocean-crossing voyages. Ideal for the couple who wants to get well away from it all for a month or more at a time, the 39 also has the space and accommodations for the occasional guest couple along to share the adventure.
Both the old salt and the relative newcomer will appreciate Krogens proven track record building supremely capable and imaginatively practical boats. It all comes of the Krogen Yachts team’s long-time immersion in the business, with a second generation of boat builders fully engaged living and breathing the art and science of building trawler yachts.
The yacht’s tri-level layout means there’s plenty of privacy - and entertaining possibilities- wherever you go, and each living area is only a few steps away from the others. Ship-like features and amenities abound, and from stem to stern, from seacocks to silverware, space is put to use exceptionally well and everything is where it is for good reason.
Design and Safety
The Krogen 39 is a Pure full-displacement (PFD) yacht, slipping almost effortlessly through the water up to its hull speed. Any couple looking for range efficiency, comfortable accommodations, solid seakeeping and great looks will find much to be delighted by in their 39. Designed to sleep two in the lap of luxury, and four whenever the need arises, the Krogen is a well-found and unpretentious mini-ship that will get you there, comfortably, safely and reliably.
The full-displacement hull has a much greater range of positive stability than a planning or semi-displacement vessel, making it very well suited to rough offshore weather conditions. Watertight exterior doors and hatches increase seaworthiness, as does a very high freeboard and substantial reserve buoyancy. A full keel protects the running gear from impact damage and contributes to directional stability in a seaway. Exterior railings and bulwarks are high and stout, and handholds are located throughout the yacht’s interior for added personal security. And this is an honest 39 footer, measured on deck from stem to transom, not from bow pulpit to swim platform. In fact, the Krogen 39 is actually 43 feet overall as measured by some other boat builders.
For sailors, the Krogen 39 will delight with its ability to maintain its 8-knot cruise speed in any direction to the wind, and maintain that speed whether the wind happens to be blowing or not. The former planning powerboat owner will feel relaxed and refreshed in the absence of harsh motions and multi-directional accelerations. Rather, the Krogen 39's ride is gentle and easy, soothing the soul and helping captain and crew to unwind and truly enjoy life afloat.
The Krogen 39 is also sailboat-like in its utter quietude, with a well-insulated engine room, modest horsepower and vibration-absorbing drivetrain putting the pleasure back in pleasure boating. That modest diesel will delight the penurious heart with its miserly fuel consumption, burning under 3 gallons of fuel per hour at cruise, and resulting in a small yacht that is capable of a cruising range of 3,000 nautical miles under the right conditions.
The 39 answers its helm responsively, turning in about one-and-a-half boat lengths with just 4.5 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock. Visibility is good over the bow, with the horizon in view over the pulpit.
Heavily built in preparation for the vagaries of the sea, including grounding loads and impact resistance, the Krogen 39's hull is solid fiberglass from the keel to 6 inches above the waterline. To help prevent osmotic blistering, and to make for more perfect, mirror-smooth finish, high-strength vinylester resin is used in the skin coat of fiberglass adjacent to the gelcoat. Building the bottom of the hull out of solid fiberglass also contributes to increased weight-derived stability for improved seaworthiness, as does lead ballast encapsulated in the keel.
Above the waterline, composite sandwich construction insulates against noise and temperature, retains great strength and stiffness at reduced weight which improves stability. Airex PVC structural foam core used in the hull sides is especially forgiving under impact, while Divinycell closed-cell foam core is used in the deckhouse and decks. The hull-to-deck joint is bonded with death-grip polyurethane adhesive. Some 2,000 pounds of lead ballast is added to increase stability by lowering the VCG (vertical center of gravity), creating a vessel with the powerful range of stability needed in heavy weather.
The heart of any trawler has got to be the pilothouse. The Krogen 39's is properly ship-like, with lots of teak trim and paneling, including a teak-and-holly sole, a centerline, teak-spoked wheel, a rudder-angle indicator and a clean, uncluttered instrument panel to keep tabs on that John Deere 4045, purring away below decks. Sightlines are excellent, with the big windows affording an excellent all-around view outside the yacht- perfect for nighttime and open-ocean steaming. The yacht’s high bow eliminates the necessity for a Portuguese bridge, creating an open bridge design that maximizes usable space topside.
A pilot's settee aft of the helm area, raised a respectable 36 inches off the deck, affords a great view of the proceedings for visitors, who will feel comfortable enough in their perch to make free with piloting tips to the skipper. At 72 inches long, it'll also double as a guest berth when pulled out. Watertight welded Dutch doors lead to the side decks, and the salt breeze they conjure up when left latched open is a welcome feature in warmer climes. While closed and dogged down, those watertight doors will keep the green water on the outside where it belongs, especially in extreme conditions.
A large cabinet to port, just aft of the companionway, which hides a washer-dryer and the electrical service panel, both easy to get to and use when needed, but unobtrusive when not. Attention to detail shows in the holding tank level indicator panel, the teak electronics console with removable face for convenient maintenance accessibility, and the red/white combination overhead and panel lights that permit nighttime running without loss of night vision.
A ladder leads from the cockpit up to the boatdeck/flybridge, which is tucked aft and above the pilothouse. The centerline helm is flanked by molded two-person seats. The all-around view of the horizon is intoxicating, especially from such a high perspective- this is a truly awesome outdoor sky lounge.
The aft deck is huge, big enough perhaps to hold a dance on - or better yet, land a 10-foot dingy on to starboard across from the ladder opening. The 500-pound capacity mast-and- boom is standard, and, once the forestay is slacked off, it lowers to accommodate low bridge clearances. Kokopelli is equipped with a davit making launching the tender much easier.
The walk-in engine room, accessed through a tall door leading from the companionway forward, is the only one you’re likely to find on a yacht of this size. Being able to walk in to the engine room means there are no hatches to lift (or fall on your head). There’s 72 inches of headroom in the forward area under the pilot house where the engine is situated, and a workbench makes at-sea maintenance seem more like comfortably working in one’s garage.
The single 135 hp John Deere 4045 diesel (a de-rated tractor engine at heart, should last practically forever) leaves plenty of room to get around for routine maintenance. The engine room continues aft under the salon, leaving plenty of room for access to the generator and watermaker. This is an ideal dry storage area as well for deck chairs, coolers, dry good, you name- they’ll all fit with room to spare in this cavernous space. This also means there’s always room for installing additional machinery if desired by an owner.
Deck plates are easily removed for bilge access, and they provide a comfortable flat working surface. The perforated insulation covering panels make for a neat, ship-like appearance, and the area is very accommodating for the do-it-yourself mechanic.
Forward to port is the water heater plumbed to use waste heat from the engine and inverter/charging systems. A large work bench with storage below and a Hurricane Hydronic Heater is to starboard. Below is a fuel polishing system and a dual fuel transfer/filtration system are easy to check on mounted on the forward bulkhead. Aluminum fuel tanks, fitted with large inspection and cleanout ports, are outboard and dripless shaft seals keep the engine room machinery as salt-free and dry as possible.
Teak stairs lead from the pilothouse down to the cabin’s companionway. Headroom and overall space is exceptionally generous, in keeping with the builder’s design acumen and emphasis on creating an exceptionally open, comfortable living environment. As in the rest of the yacht, great emphasis is placed on natural light and cross ventilation.
Laid out to sleep a couple in comfort and style, the forward stateroom is proportioned like that of the average 45-footer’s. It boasts a queen-sized island bed, which is a full 78 inches long. It raises easily to reveal a huge storage area that seems big enough to hold your other John Deere (the ride-on mower). His-and-hers hanging closets hold two seasons’ worth of clothes. There’s a dressing table with mirror and drawers, reading lights and receptacles, a trawerly 80 inches of headroom, five side ports and a 20-inch opening hatch overhead make for a right pleasant place to hang your hat.
The head is just aft to starboard, and it sports an enclosed shower with a nifty teak grating, a home-sized Vacuflush toilet (with tank level monitor panel) on a raised platform and sink with vanity and storage, and nicely tooled fiberglass panels for easy cleanup.
Anyone moving down from a larger yacht will appreciate all the headroom - 82 inches - and the natural light and ample ventilation from the big opening windows surrounding the 39's salon. The opening windows are fitted with teak-framed screens, and the watertight doors and hatches help keep things dry and secure inside. Three steps down from the pilothouse, and just inside the aft deck through a teak and glass door, we find a 75-inch sofa to port, which could easily be converted to a double berth when needed. A desk with shelves is just forward. Opposite to starboard is an L-shaped settee with a custom-built fold-out table that'll seat five comfortably.
Forward in the galley, functionally laid out with its U-shaped countertop, three-burner gas stove with oven, large stainless sink, large refrigerator, louvered cabinet doors, and drawers fitted with proper stops to prevent spills offshore.
For the nautically obsessed among us, there are a pair of salty-looking 12" opening stainless portholes. To ensure cruising endurance, you'll find an abundancy of storage space under the settee and dinette.
Back aft is another complete living area- the Krogen 39's generously proportioned back porch! The overhead deck's full enclosed and full overhang keeps you protected from the elements. A 33-inch-high bulwarks all-around will protect you from falling overboard, making the Krogens topsides a decidedly practical, safe and fun environment for the whole family. Huge scuppers will drain the deck quickly of any green water that finds its way onboard. Integrated stainless hawse holes with cleat horns are fitted in either stern quarter. A transom door leads out to the full swim platform.
The lazzarette, reached via a deeply guttered, 28-inch-square hatch cut in the teak deck, offers yet more storage room in smoothly finished, all- white bilges. The wide rudder board which supports the top of the rudder post, includes stainless rudder stops to keep the steering angles within preset limits.
Wide side decks, bulwarks and 1 1/4" stainless railing (with an intermediate lifeline), mostly over 30 inches high leads forward to the anchor pulpit, fitted with two anchor chutes, a chain stopper, anchor cleat and windlass. The fine, gritty nonskid atop the trunk cabin does its job and looks attractive to boot. One thing that really separates the men from the boys in this trawler club is the 7'8" freeboard forward, which is a good two feet higher than the average 39-foot convertible. This is just one measure of seaworthiness that Krogen takes as seriously as it does your family’s security at sea.
Take to Sea on a Classic
With so much attention paid to the countless details that constitute a fine cruising yacht, the Kokopelli can be counted to get you to your destination in a relaxed and refreshed frame of mind. Built above all for safety and comfort, the Krogen 39 will please with its long range, excellent economy of operation, reliable engineering and seaworthy open-ocean cruising capability. If substance means everything, and pretense is to be dispensed with, this Krogen 39 should be at the top of your list.