...The Krogen 42 has long been one of our favorite recreational boat designs. We've been on one or two over the years when they've come through one of the local boat dealerships in trade as part of a Grand Banks sale but I know nothing about their construction or problem-free longevity. Is it good, bad, or indifferent?
Marin:* The KK42 was built overseas with a production run of 204/205 boats from 1977/79 to 1998. **Through the years there were production changes as the customers/industry matured.* Heres a link that talks about the specific changes.* http://www.his.com/~vann/KrgStuff/Krognidx.htm
A few examples include:* stopped coring below the water line, stopped using teak on the fore decks and bridge decks, changed from using the FL120 to the SP135 to finally installing a John Deere, went to molded headliners, plus many more.*
Problem-free longevity and boats?* LOL.* Hobo was built in 1987 and is hull#120.* Weve owned her for 4+ years and have logged over 12,000 miles.* Hobo has not had any production issues other than a small leak in a water tank and minor blistering.** The other problems with older boats such as leaking ports, deck leaks, soft decks, etc are all owner maintenance issues not construction deficiencies - in my opinion.* We looked at a 1981 KK42 in Fl.* She should have been totaled.* The owner showed me the Tupperware containers in the lockers that she emptied when it rained, 4 of the deck beams were rotted in one of the cabins and the list went on.* A KK42 well maintained doesnt stay on the market very long if its market priced. **
If youve seen one Krogen...youve seen one Krogen.