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In my last update on the progress of the Krogen 50′ Open that Janet and I are building, I teased you with a few construction photos taken from a similar perspective as artist renderings. Six weeks have passed since those photos. The joinery is nearly complete, and the boat now bears an even more striking resemblance to the renderings. I have written before that the Krogen 50’ Open will have an engaging, open and continuous main deck layout. The rendering below hints at that openness, since you can see out the pilothouse windows from the back of the saloon, however renderings can be deceiving without proper perspective.
Look at this photo (right) taken by someone standing at the back of the saloon. You can see straight through to the pilothouse windows 25 feet away! Notice the gentleman in the green shirt standing to the right of the helm. That helps to give a true perspective of the space.
The sink and galley counter are in-place, and you can see that we decided to bring the galley counter out into the saloon to create a breakfast bar. Not only do we anticipate the two of us sitting at this space to eat, we know it will be a great place to sit and chat with whomever is cooking in the galley.
As long as we’re on the topic of the galley, here is a rendering of the galley/saloon area looking aft. Below the rendering, is a photo of the same space taken earlier this week. Even though the range and microwave have not yet been installed, you can see a tremendous amount of joinery details that are not evident in a rendering.
For example, in the photo to the left you can see how the air conditioning vents have been incorporated into the valance over the port-side window. And if you look closely, you can see the cutout behind the settee from which the TV will raise up. You are also starting to see some of the beautiful cherry wood grains. Under the galley counter, from left to right, are the openings for a tray storage cabinet, trash/recycling drawer, under sink cabinet with sponge cabinet above, and finally, the opening where the dishwasher will go. As an aside, that counter is eight feet long! Also, not to worry, the sink is deep. There is just some cardboard protecting the bottom of the sink in this photo.
Just forward of the galley, is the pilothouse with a retractable wall that separates the two spaces. In the rendering below, the wall is in the raised position creating a more traditional, separated pilothouse.
In the upper right hand corner of this photo (left), you can see the wall is in the lowered position which makes the pilothouse part of the saloon/galley area. All the windows are in-place, as are the door frames and the steps up to the flybridge. One notable difference from the rendering, is that we decided to add an armrest at the end of the settee, which also serves the secondary purpose of a substantial hand hold when moving between the pilothouse and the saloon/galley area.
I mentioned in earlier updates that Janet and I chose the midship master layout (shown below) for our Krogen 50′ Open.
The photo to the right shows our nearly complete cabin with a walk-around, queen-size bed. To the left of the picture, is the larger of the two closets (the other closet is not shown, as it is behind the person taking the photo) that is floor to ceiling and extends behind and to the right of the door opening/wall. The middle door is the entrance to the master head where you can see one of the two sinks. The door to the right enters to the engine room. The three steps sitting on the bed have been temporarily removed from the stairway coming down from the pilothouse. Notice the large treads on the steps.
The guest cabin on our Krogen 50′ Open is forward. The first thing you will notice, compared to the other photos, is the lack of wood in this space. White wall coverings, instead of wood, help enhance the feeling of openness and reflect the natural light coming in from the portholes. Look at the photo below of Mike and Dyan Warren’s Krogen 55′ Galactic. While taken from a different perspective, it shows the effect that light-colored walls have on a space.
Side note about joinery: There are many boat builders. There exists a smaller number that have nice interiors built from wood, and an even smaller number that build drawers and doors out of solid wood. But only a very, very small handful take the time and effort to match the grain on related surfaces. Look at the photo above. Each place the vertical wood wall meets the angled wood wall below it, the pattern of the grain continues with the angled piece at the bottom. Two different surfaces cut from the same piece of wood, ensuring the grain pattern is continuous. That, my friends, is part of what makes a Kadey-Krogen, a Kadey-Krogen.
Did you miss Progress Report #7? You can read it here.