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Krogen 38

Brief details


Kadey-Krogen Yachts Inc., Miami, Florida (built Trans Pacific Marine, Taiwan)

The Krogen 38 is a heavily built GRP tandem centreboard shoal draft cutter. With her boards up she draws just three feet, and yet can still perform well offshore. She has a beautiful traditionally-styled teak-paneled interior, with two double private cabins, plus a large saloon. Although virtually unknown in England, the Krogen 38 is highly regarded in the USA


44' 6" with bowsprit

Sail area

858 sq ft


38' 2"




32' 1"


12' 8"




3' 2" to 6' 8"




24,000 lbs


Perkins 4108 diesel


7,000 lbs



Keel type

Long shallow fin with lead ballast and tandem centreboards

Krogen 38

In 1976 naval architect Jim Krogen and his business partner Art Kadey founded Kadey-Krogen Yachts, to build traditional-styled heavy-displacement trawler yachts for the US market. With the hulls built and finished in Taiwan, these rapidly became well-known in the USA, with a reputation for quality build and fit out. Whilst these trawler yachts remain the company's main focus, in 1984 they also started production of the Krogen 38, a shallow draught 'gunkholer' for the American East Coast. The first boat was built for the designer himself, an avid sailor, although specialising in the design of motor yachts! The twin centreboards allow good hull balance to be achieved on all points of sail, and although conceived and laid out internally primarily as a coastal cruiser, the ability to go offshore was also part of the design.

The hull of the Krogen 38 is GRP sandwich construction with closed-cell PVC foam core, and a heavy hand lay-up using mat and woven rovings. The ballast is 7,000 lbs of lead, and whilst the main deck is GRP with moulded non-slip, the bowsprit and cap rail are teak and the cockpit is finished with laid teak and teak gratings. The interior joinery and and paneling is also in teak. Although marketed by Kadey-Krogen in the USA, the boats were built in Taiwan.

Krogen 38


There are big double berths in forecabin and aft cabin, and the port side of the saloon seating also converts to a large double. Click the plan or click here for a larger scale plan, including deck layout

Photo below from
Kadey-Krogen's website

With a 6' 8" draught with her boards down, and a 30% ballast ratio, the Krogen 38 is clearly designed to sail as well as look pretty

The forecabin has a vee-berth, convertible to a double, with vanity unit with sink, and good wardrobe and locker space. The quality of the joinery and finish is excellent. Between forecabin and saloon is the large heads compartment, with separate shower stall, and more hanging locker space opposite (no photo of the heads - sorry!)

Below: The saloon table extends to give a massive dining area - in this photo the keel-stepped mast is absent - this when stepped goes through the centre of the table. The forward centreboard trunk is incorporated into the aft end of the table structure.

Krogen 38

Normally the starboard side of the table is folded away against the centreboard case, leaving a clear passageway through the cabin, and still a big enough table area and seating for six (photos above and below)

Krogen 38

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Above and right: the linear galley occupies the passageway between companionway and saloon, with lots of workspace, big twin sinks, fridge/freezer and a three-burner and oven cooker.

Opposite this is the sliding door to the large aft cabin, with a very large (7' 3" by 4' 7") athwartships double berth, under which the main engine is mounted. This aft cabin also has a vanity unit and a large wardrobe, plus a fold-down chart table and the navigation instruments

The large mirror in the photo at right above folds down to make an equally big sloping chart table, with the berth forming a seat. Whilst very unusual, this is a clever idea in a yacht conceived primarily as a comfortable coastal cruiser, and in any case the athwartships double is unlikely to be used at sea

The Perkins 4108 diesel is installed under the double berth, with normal access via an opening side panel. To give full access the insulated bunk base sections can be removed


The photos below are of a yacht that had been laid up afloat for quite some time, and was hence in externally rather dirty

The hull has a very pronounced tumblehome just below deck level, with the stanchions and guardwires mounted well inboard

Kadey-Krogen are still in business, although the Krogen 38 - their only sailing design - stopped production in 1991 after 85 had been built.

Krogen 38

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