Moved Up from 40′ Catamaran
by Rick (and son Noah)
The Krogen Express was a step up for us from a 40’ catamaran. The fact that the KE matched the catamaran with a 4’ draft meant we could cruise to all our favorite shallow Bahamas spots like Little Harbor, Shroud Cay, and Hope Town and not have to sacrifice access for size. The draft also allowed us to navigate some skinny spots on the intracoastal in the Carolinas, a feature that saved us days of weather delays.
Speaking of weather, on the same voyage north to Long Island, a nor’easter was forecast a few days out, while we were in Virginia Beach. After steaming most of the way up at the most efficient displacement speeds, we left the Chesapeake and headed offshore at 16 knots in some sporty seas. The ride was a bit wet from the wind and waves, but we navigated comfortably from the pilothouse while my son and I hot bunked the pilothouse berth on our four hour watches. We passed through Shinnecock Inlet and through the Shinnecock Canal, another place where the shallow draft and folding mast played a roll in making our trip safer, faster, and more efficient.
For me, the KE is a home run in terms of aesthetics – it looks classic and fast at the same time. We’re frequently visited on the dock by “gawkers” and I loved talking to them about the boat and I was proud that it was mine.
The boat is built solid with top notch construction and components. Even 12 years in, most everything on the boat looked new when I adopted her. Some of this is a testament to the former owner, but compared to other boats I’ve owned this one has aged much more gracefully.
The final accolade I’ll give the boat is not so much about the boat, but the people. This was my first large powerboat and as such there was a learning curve on the equipment, handling, etc. Bob and John made it much easier and much more enjoyable. It’s a boat, so things do break, but the folks at Krogen Express are always a text or call away and offer concierge service that is very close to having a captain or boat manager. I feel like they treat my boat like it’s their own. That’s great business and great value, for a great boat.