The extended flybridge has become a popular feature on motoryachts and large express cruisers as boaters spend more time together in this open area. Trawler builder Kadey-Krogen Yachts has been upsizing its flybridges to create what company vice president Larry Polster calls “social zones” — first with the 44 AE and 48 AE and now the 58 Extended Bridge. “We’re getting a wider variety of boaters used to spending a lot of time outside and not in a pilothouse,” says Polster.
The Krogen 58 EB’s bridge area extends from the pilothouse windshield to the transom — enough real estate for a “summer kitchen” with a refrigerator and stove and plenty of seating. “We’re going for more of a patio layout and feeling,” Polster says.
There’s room for a day head in the pilothouse, which many owners want, and the helm station is on centerline, with an option for a starboard companion seat. The 58 EB has two full heads and two or three staterooms below. In the deckhouse, you’ll find the saloon and a full galley.
Standard power is a single 325-hp 6-cylinder John Deere diesel; twin 4-cylinder 160-hp diesels are an option. Polster points out that today’s John Deere diesels produce more horsepower in smaller packages, which improves engine room access. In fact, the boat’s previous twin-engine option was 6-cylinder 154-hp diesels.
The 58 EB rides the same displacement hull as the standard Krogen 58. It reaches 10.4 knots and finds its sweet spot at 8 knots, where the fuel burn is around 5 gallons per hour for a range of 2,600 nautical miles. At 7.6 knots, the fuel burn drops to 4 gph, upping the range to 3,000 nm. These numbers are about the same for the single- or twin-engine setup, says Polster.
Base price is about $2.1 million, and it’s about $2.4 million with a bow thruster, stabilizers, air conditioning, a generator and a dinghy crane.
The Krogen 58 EB is expected to make its first boat show appearance at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach next February.
LOA: 63 feet, 3 inches
BEAM: 18 feet, 10 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 49.6 tons (half load)
HULL DRAFT: 6 feet, 4 inches (single engine), 5 feet, 4 inches (twins)
HULL TYPE: displacement
POWER: single 325-hp John Deere diesel (optional twin 160-hp John Deeres)
SPEED: 10.4 knots top, 8 knots cruise
TANKAGE: 1,810 gallons (single engine), 1,760 gallons (twins); 400 gallons water; 100 gallons holding tank
PRICE: $2.09 million (single engine)
CONTACT: Kadey-Krogen Yachts, Annapolis, Maryland, (772) 286-0171.