I've had some high level discussions with Krogen on this boat since I opened this thread, and it's just not my cup of tea. It has a very shallow draft for a boat it's size, less than 5' of headroom in the engine room and no walkaround decks.
*I have a Whaleback and from what I have seen this is a updated and stretched WB.* The no walk around design works very well for us and is actually convenient for docking since all lines are handled on one deck.* The improvements are a stretched and sharpened bow which is my biggest objection to my WB.* This finer entry will make the performance into a head sea much better.
I think that just like the 44 Krogen was an update to the 42 this model lets the builder sell a 'new' design and not compete against the used WB on the market.* You can buy a recent WB for 7-800K easy so spending 3 times that for a new boat would be a strectch for me.
But if you want a an 'expedition' vessel rather than a coastal trawler then this looks pretty good to me.