Wow-have to jump in here as we have a 58' Krogen. Before we bought, I spent a great seal of time looking a the boat we wanted-range (2,800 nm), comfort, quality, company rep and support, reliability
. I have vistedd the yards that build the Krogen, Nordhavn and Selene (Selene owns its own yard in Shenzen, China). We even went to the extent of working with Bill Crealock
on a custom design. We ended up with the Krogen and could not be more pleased.
Let's face it-both boats are decently built and with anything 45' and up, you prety much cruise anywhere in the world. That said, to me there is little comparison between the two. In past years, Selene did have quality-control issues. Anything more than about 4-5 years old may be an interesting boat to own-wiring issues, plumbing
issues among others. Their wuality has improved over the last 5 years, but to me at least, has not matched either the Nordhavn or the Krogen yet. Selenes sell at least in part on the price
difference of 20-25%. In some measure, that price
difference is reflected in quality. W
If you want a boat built to the best quality from the mold
up, go with the Krogen. Their support is great, you can always call them and get help or just smooze.
On the water, if you are going offshore
, the Krogen is a far more comfortable boat. Both will make long crossings, but the hull shape of the Krogen makes for a much more comfortable ride, especially in a following sea. As to the comments here about windage, it is not nearly as much of a problem as you might think. The Krogen is solid glass below the waterline, with reinforcement in strategic places (bow, etc), but cored and quite light topsides. It does not have nearly the profile of a Nordhavn. With twins and a bow thruster, close quarters handling is superb. I agree with the commenter on the Deeres. Great engines and not a lick of problems, run forever and relatively easy to take care of and again, good support.
In short, if purchase
$$ is an issue, go with the Selene, if money
is not the issue, go with the better boat-Krogen. You will not be sorry.