Next month, construction will start on a Kadey-Krogen 44 AE at Asia Harbor Yacht Builders in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Under normal circumstances, this would hardly be news. Kadey-Krogen Yachts built 26 hulls of its Krogen 44 before updating the model in 2012 with a 44 AE (for advanced ergonomics), and the craftsmen in Kaohsiung have spent decades making sure they know the builder’s standards inside and out. Heck, the 44 AE isn’t even big by Krogen standards. She’s the smallest model in the builder’s line, which goes up to a 58-footer.

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Not many trawlers in this class share a history as rich as that of the Kadey-Krogen 44, and not many have proved as popular.

But this 44 AE is different. She won’t be delivered until fall 2015, and she’s already in the record books. That’s because she is the 600th yacht that Kadey-Krogen has sold, a milestone entered into the company’s ledgers by Kadey-Krogen salesman Greg Kaufman. Kadey-Krogen has been building boats for nearly four decades. The design that captured the cruising community’s imagination in the 1970s was the Krogen 42, originally sketched on a napkin for Art Kadey by naval architect James S. Krogen. The company went on to build 206 of its 42s through 1998, before returning to the size range with the Krogen 44 in 2004. “While 600 is just a number, this achievement is perhaps a timely reminder for us during this holiday season to be thankful for the founding partnership and Jim’s timeless design,” partner Larry Polster says. “Jim was a master of merging the tried and true with fresh, innovative concepts, creature comforts, and convenience, and we continue to maintain his values.” Even with Kadey-Krogen building new 44 AE models regularly, the shipyard’s classic 42s and 44s remain sought-after models on the used boat market. While hundreds of them have been built, owners tend to hold onto them for many years, which explains why, as of this writing, YachtWorld had just seven 42 and 44 brokerage boats listed for sale. Well-maintained older models still bring solid prices, such as a 1989 42-footer listed at $289,000 and a 1987 42-footer listed at $229,000.


Both inside and out, the Kadey-Krogens maintain yacht-level quality.

“That ’87 is called Stevedore,” said Curtis Stokes of Curtis Stokes & Associates, which had that boat along with the 1997 Krogen 42 Amy K listed for sale in early December. “I give Kadey-Krogen credit for the power of their brand marketing. When we list a brokerage Kadey-Krogen, it’s usually a high-activity listing because they have such a great following. If the seller has the boat maintained and priced correctly, they usually don’t stay on the market long.” Stokes says the buyers for Krogens are usually avid boaters who do thorough research and then commit to the brand, sometimes for life. It will be interesting to see if that’s what happens with the owners of Hull No. 600, who are new members of the Kadey-Krogen family. “How appropriate it is that the 600th new Kadey-Krogen to be built is a Krogen 44 AE?” Kaufman said about his recent sale. “It goes to show just how right Art and Jim’s original 42 design was, that after nearly 40 years, it still resonates well with cruisers.” See new and used Kadey-Krogen listings.

Written by: Kim Kavin
Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine