The best part of the Kadey Krogen is her shoal draft
. Especially over where I am in South Florida
and the Bahamas
, her 3'2" boards up draft is a really nice. Jim Krogen was a Miami
guy and designed for the Bahamas
. While you can get anywhere with less than 6' draft, it makes it so much easier and less stressful to have real shoal draft.
The number one item I would look for is the engine
. You might want to steer clear of ones with high hour Pathfinders, old Perkins
, or Westerbekes. The best options would have a low-hour Yanmar
. Or budget
in a repowering job which can run $20,000. Another item to look for is if the bottom has been stripped and barrier coated. Two Krogen 38's I know of had this done, and it seems to be necessary.
She is not your prototypical long distance offshore
boat. Her strengths are more as a good liveaboard
(a friend of mine lives aboard on one) and gunkholer.