Krogen Express 52

Slow or fast, it’s your choice. Beneath the surface of this James Krogen design, with styling reminiscent of 1920s commuter yachts, is a hull that can do it all. A broad forward section and soft chines for displacement-speed cruising give way to flat sections aft that providing sufficient lift for 20-knot-plus top speeds.

Yet, on the other end of the spectrum, at 8 knots the Krogen Express 52′ (LOA: 57′ 6″; Beam: 15′ 11″) burns less than 3 gallons per hour for a range of 1,700 nautical miles. At a hull speed of 9.7 knots, 1,100 nautical miles are possible. New for the 2018 model is the option of twin 550-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 over the standard 480-hp Yanmars, which is predicted to bump up the top speed to 22 knots and cruising speed to 17.

The semi-displacement hull draws just four feet while the full keel protects the propellers. A stand-up, walk-around engine room offers ease of access even outboard of her diesels. For navigating, owners have their choice between the protection of the well-equipped raised pilothouse or alfresco on the substantial flybridge.

The Krogen Express 52′ comes turnkey with an 11-foot tender, electronics, canvas packages, and ABT-TRAC fin stabilizers.

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