Kadey Krogen 39



Krogen 39 Specifications
Length  43’8″
Beam  14’9″
Draft  4’3″
Weight  33,470 pounds
Fuel capacity  700 gallons
Water capacity    300 gallons
Sleeps  2-6
Propellers  26′ x 17″ three-blade bronze
Base price with 120-hp John Deere 4045 TFM diesel engine  $405,000 (2004)

Top speed 8.8 knots
Nautical miles per gallon at 7.8-knot cruising speed  2.65
Estimated fuel cost for 100 miles  US$53.67
Range at 6.4 knots 3,097 miles (with 100 gallon reserve)
Sound level at 7.8-knot cruising speed 73 dbA
(Estimated fuel cost based on fuel price of US$1.65 per gallon.)

Standard Equipment
“Pompanette helm chair;
Hynautic two-station hydraulic steering;
Hynautic controls; emergency tiller;
two aluminum fuel tanks with sight gauges;
fuel transfer pump;
hot and cold transom shower;
Tides dripless shaft seal;
40 amp battery charger;
dockside water pressure regulator;
teak parquet sole throughout interior;
teak and holly sole in pilothouse;
Cantalupi lighting;
SeaLand VacuFlush head;
TankWatch 4 holding tank status panel;
Corian countertops;
6.3 cu. ft. AC/DC refrigerator;
propane stove and oven;
stainless steel galley sink.”


“Hand-laid fiberglass hull utilizes Knytex construction;
closed-cell PVC sandwich core used in topsides;
solid fiberglass below waterline;
blister-resistant vinylester resin utilized in first two laminates below waterline; superstructure includes end-grain balsa core and Knytex surface mats for print-through reduction;
Cook gelcoat;
marine-grade plywood bulkheads with molded fiberglass hat section stringers. Polyurethane marine sealants are used at hull-to-deck joints and exterior fittings. Foredecks feature GripTex skid-resistant surface;
aft and side decks are teak.”

REVIEW: Boats.com 2004

Kadey Krogen Yachts was founded in 1977 by naval architect Jim Krogen and yacht broker Art Kadey. The trawlers are full displacement boats, economical, capable to cross oceans. The boats are built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Boats are built to order from Krogen 39 to Krogen 58.

I think this is it “the one,”  the realistic one. It fits into a 14m berth at a marina. But really how many 14m berths are there? They jump from 12m to 15m berths. The Kadey Krogen 44AE fits into the next size up of 15m berth.
There is one less stateroom than the Kadey Krogen 44AE
One stateroom with ensuite bathroom, access to engine room
Engine room, standing room
Optional: NIAD stabliser or Wismar stabliser
Comfortable for a couple.
Writing area in pilot house or at dining table in Saloon
Great elevated visibility from pilothouse
Kadey Krogen trawlers hold their value

Doesn’t fit into a 12m berth
Kadey Krogen trawlers hold their value
closed-cell PVC sandwich core above the waterline
One engine

Kadey Krogen 39 Lucky

Specifications Source: Boats.com

The Queen’s Chain

What is a Chain?
It is a unit of measurement, a chain length, one hundred links made up one chain length, equivalent to 20.1m in metric length.

In New Zealand roads were traditionally the width of one chain within the cities, and between cities or large towns, three chains wide. Property was commonly divided into quarter acre sections and these were measured in lengths of chain, 1 x 2.5 chains.

What is the Queen’s Chain?
In New Zealand the Queen’s Chain is the length of one chain(20m) from the high tide mark towards the the centre of a body of water, lake, river and foreshore. This area between the high tide mark and the body of water is public land. At low tide anyone can legally access the narrow strip of land between low and high tide to get to where they are going. It is not trespassing. Note: there are some areas of land in New Zealand which are privately owned land where the Queen’s Chain does not apply.

What are Riparian Rights?
Riparian rights is ownership of a body of water to halfway, to the centre of a river and/or to the centre of a lake. Where there are multiple owners with riparian rights then the body is divided into wedges like pizza slices. Riparian rights only cover lakes and rivers. There are no riparian rights along a foreshore in New Zealand.

Riparian rights allow the owner to use the body of water for recreational pursuits such as swimming, fishing or boating, the right to take water for domestic use and for stock.


The importance of alternative power

After reading about the Carnival cruise boat in the Gulf of Mexico CNN 2013 it has got me thinking about the heavy reliance on the engine power.  They have lost engine power.

Their power is out. The toilets don’t work, the air conditioning doesn’t work, lights don’t work. It’s too hot in the cabins so people are sleeping in the hallways on mattresses, they are urinating in showers and defecating into bags. Hardly the image a cruise line wishes us to imagine when embarking on a trip of a life time. There are many unhappy people. For some it will be their last trip. Enough is enough.

After buying my own boat and getting behind the wheel and having control, I don’t want to take a cruise on a cruise liner with hundreds of other people. It doesn’t appeal. This was my feeling before thinking about engine power loss.

I bring the cruise boat saga back to my own quest for a boat. Yachting magazines are full of gorgeous boats and the longer the length the more luxurious the interior and the more modern the conveniences. It becomes like a hotel on water. Everything is fine when the engine is working but if/when it stops what do you do?

The ability to have alternative power sources becomes necessary if planning to sail off shore. Can you fix an engine while off shore? I don’t know. I suppose it depends on the part that needs fixing and the ability of the skipper and/or crew. I know today that I would be of no help in this situation.

I don’t plan to go offshore just yet. Crawling then walking before running is the sensible approach. Coastal trips in the near foreseeable future. I have Coastguard membership and if I need rescuing I can radio for help. I have not needed their help as of yet. It’s more of an insurance. A friendly person only a radio call away. And of course you log your trip with the Coastguard whenever you leave port so someone knows where you are. And when you return. Planning and organisation.





What happens if the alternative power source also malfunctions? Worst case scenario one: the solar panel catches fire. What do you do? How do you put out a solar panel fire? Can it be put out? Fire extinguisher.

Wind generators. I love the idea of them. They need to be maintained too. How handy am I? Show me how to do it and I will learn. Why are there no wind generators on a trawler? Because they have gen-sets and solar instead.

Gen-set or Marine generator is an alternative source of power. The choices are endless.

I want to be hands on, on my boat. I want to be able to fix things. Not everything. Otherwise I would never leave shore. I know you can never be prepared for every worst case scenario but it helps to be a little handy.

Top 11 Seafood List to gather from the sea


Seasons and restrictions according to the Recreational Fishing Rules for the areas of Hauraki Gulf/Coromandel areas from Fisheries New Zealand

  1. Scallops
    Daily limit: 20 maximum
    Season: 1 September – 31 March inclusive
    Size: minimum 100mm – measured over the curve of the shell


  2. Rock Lobster
    Daily limit: 6 maximum  
    Season: All year round
    Size: minimum width 60mm
    *If you aren’t sure if the lobster is male or female measure 60mm

  3. Octopus
    Daily limit: Unlimited
    Season: All year round
    Size: unspecified

  4. Wakame seaweed
    Daily limit: Unlimited
    Season: all year round
    Size: unspecified

  5. Konbu / kelp
    Daily limit: Unlimited
    Season: all year round
    Size: unspecified
  6. Green Lipped Mussels
    Daily limit:  25 maximum
    Season: all year round
    Size: unspecified

  7. Uni / Kina / Sea Urchin*
    Daily limit:  50 maximum
    Season: all year round
    Size: unspecified

  8. Arrow Squid  Nototodarus gouldi or any type of squid
    Daily limit: Unlimited
    Season: All year round
    Size: unspecified
  9. Oysters
    Daily limit:
    Dreg: 50 maximum & Size: minimum width 58mm
    Rock/Pacific: 100 maximum & unspecified size
    Season: All year round

  10. Clams/Cockles
    Daily limit:  50 maximum
    Season: all year round
    Size: unspecified

  11. Tuatua (darker bands than the Toheroa)
    Daily limit:  50 maximum
    Season: all year round
    Size: unspecified
    XXX: Toheroa shellfish collection is prohibited  XXX



Nordhavn 40 Portuguese Bridge

Nordhavn40Portuguese.pngNordhavn40portugese.pngA Portuguese bridge is a safe walled area or bulwark on the superstructure which provides protection from weather and waves. It is between the fore deck and the pilothouse. The water is deflected by the Portuguese bridge instead of hitting the pilothouse windows with full force. They are self-draining.
Nordhavn, Alaskan,  deFever, Roughwater seem to be the only recreational trawlers that have this feature.
Such a brilliant idea to have this extra safety barrier on a boat. I like it.

Nordhavn 40 propeller

4 blade propeller for a Lugger L-668 naturally aspirated 105 HP Diesel Engine
The keel of the Nordhavn 40 Mk II has a fully enclosed shoe.
The protection for the propeller is superb.
This is the ideal keel in my humble opinion.
Protection to the propeller saves money on repairs if you end up somewhere too shallow, hit rocks. Prevention beats repairs hands down. Think of the time a boat may be on the hardstand while repairs are made. Valuable summer time when you could have been on the water. Avoided if you had a full shoe.
The only thing I would add to this for peace of mind would be a prop shaft line cutter. Again preventing your propeller from stopping with tangled rope or fishing lines. Beware they are sharp but because of the full shoe if you were swimming below inspecting your boat you have the aid of the shoe to help avoid putting your hand near the cutter blade.

Nordhavn 40


Discontinued model: Nordhavn 40

Main engine: Lugger 105HP
Wing (back up) engine: Yanmar 30HP

Angled windows help stop glare when at the helm. Easier to read your instruments.

Engine Room with easy access.

Large Stateroom with full queen sized bed.

Nordhavn builds trawlers which can cruise long range.




A boat on a boat

I was eating watermelon anchored in the bay when I spied a boat on a boat. I just had to take a photograph.
We have been looking at moorings and marinas and boats. Every time we go we learn something new. And we see something new from the previous time through new eyes. We spot the boat differences, shapes of the hulls, the presence or absence of a furling sail. The moorings with fingers. It is a whole new world that is opening up to us. It is enjoyable.

230V Shore Power


If buying an American boat be aware of the voltage difference and using shore power
American boats are wired for 110 volts you can’t plug them into our 230-volt shore power and run the internal air-con units, TVs, fridges and so on.

Check with your insurance company to see if they are compliant with New Zealand standards.

Australia: 230V     50Hz
Fiji:  240V    50Hz
New Caledonia: 220V    50Hz
New Zealand: 230V    50Hz
Samoa:  230V    50Hz
Tonga:  240V    50Hz
USA: 110V   60Hz
Vanuatu:  230V    50Hz

Voltage World List:

Electrical Warrant of Fitness for your Boat
If you intend to leave your boat at a marina then you will need an Electrical Warrant of Fitness (EWOF). Details are below for what is required in New Zealand but you will need to check also with the marina administration as well.


Then again if you use solar power and 12V system there is no need for shore power, is there?