Timeless, Classic Style
With her plumb stem, low profile, and painted hullsides, this James Krogen design is sure to turn heads wherever she cruises. Taking her cues from the commuters of the 20s, she is certain to always be in style. This modern interpretation of a traditional coastal cruiser also has functional advantages as well. Her uncommonly low air draft provides improved stability and allows her owners to clear more bridges. Her raised bow and broad forward sections contribute to an exceptionally spacious master stateroom.
Legendary Krogen Livability
Krogen designs are well known for their livability, and the KE52′ is no exception. This begins with ease of boarding, with large boarding gates on both sides of the spacious, covered cockpit as well as a generous transom door. Double, weather tight aluminum doors lead to the airy saloon with her large windows, comfortable settee, and six and-a-half feet of headroom. Her galley-up layout with full size refrigerator, separate ice maker, and deep, wide sink make meal preparation a pleasure. Storage abounds, as access is provided to take advantage of every available space. Proceed forward to the raised pilothouse, where her captain is treated to a sumptuous Stidd chair, a true chart table and drawers, and a fully equipped helm console. The watch berth is elevated to provide optimal forward viewing and converts to a sleeping berth when extra guests are on board. Generous accommodations are forward for both owners and guests. The center island berth in the master stateroom is a true queen, and contains storage beneath. With an ensuite head, two hanging lockers, fourteen drawers, shelf storage, and more, her owners will find storage and comfort for extended cruising. The standard guest arrangement is a den/stateroom combination, with a nice desk, convertible L-settee, and a pullman berth. Include 360 gallons of fresh water, a stacked washer/dryer, easy access to systems, wide decks for easy line handling, and you’ll find the KE52′ to be an exceptional coastal cruiser.
Cruising Speed and Fuel Consumption
Designed by acclaimed naval architect James Krogen, the KE52’s semi-displacement hull is a marvel of performance and efficiency. When conditions are perfect and time allows, throttle back to 8 knots and enjoy fuel consumption of only 3 gallons an hour. Or when you need to cover long distances, make a bridge, or get out of a storm, push her electronic controls forward and run her 480 Yanmars at 80 percent. You’ll be rewarded with 16 knot speeds while burning just over 22 gph. With the KE52′, the options are yours.
The KE52′ proves that you don’t have to give up speed to enjoy a comfortable ride on the water. With her plumb stem and fine entry forward, her natural tendency is to slice through waves that would keep many owners of planing vessels at the dock. And with hard chines aft, her rolling motions are limited and controlled. As she builds speed, her hull begins to lift and her angle of attack will change, allowing her captain to further tune her ride for comfort. The Krogen Express is ideally suited for exploring the coast, heading for the islands, or circumnavigating the Great Loop. Krogen Express. Cruising Without Compromise.
Stand-up Engine Room
The engine room in the KE52′ is an unexpected surprise, with nearly 6′ of walk-in headroom on the centerline and easy access outboard of the 480 hp electronic Yanmars. The 12kw Northern Lights genset sits to aft, and sight gauges on both fuel and water tanks provide a quick and accurate means of measuring levels. The standard Aquadrive system absorbs thrust from the propellers so the engine mounts don’t have to, allowing them to be soft mounted to reduce vibration transmitted into the structure. Dual Racors are provided for optimum filtration for both engines and the genset, while the Reverso system makes oil changes a breeze. Shelf space is provided for organizing your spare parts. The areas above both water tanks are perfect for working surfaces or housing your tools.
Old World Craftsmanship
Approach a Krogen Express from any angle and you’ll be struck immediately by the fine quality of her stainless steel and glasswork. Her beauty and grace is highlighted by just the right amount of teak brightwork, enough to demonstrate her traditional heritage but not so much that maintenance becomes a burden. Step in through one of her weathertight aluminum doors and her gorgeous Cherrywood joinery confirms your first impressions that she’s built for the long haul.
Krogen Express owners have the choice of captaining from up top in the covered flybridge or piloting their 52′ from the fully equipped raised pilothouse. Mounted on the centerline, her sumptuous Stidd chair will ensure comfort for the long haul while the raised watch berth provides great views forward and converts to a bed when extra sleeping accommodations are needed. A table at the watch berth is ideal for eating a snack or planning the next voyage on a laptop. Two large chart drawers and storage everywhere make running there a thoroughly satisfying experience.