There are Krogen 44’s, there are Krogen 44AE’s and then there is Sweet Ride. In 2004 Krogen introduced the Krogen 44. They are very popular for their 2-stateroom layout and ease of operation and can even be operated single handedly. The hull design provides the efficiency that you expect from a trawler with the Krogen wine glass stern which gives the 44 a very comfortable ride in any sea.
In 2012 Krogen took what they learned from the first 26 hulls and made several design changes. Krogen focused on improving access to the boat itself, access to systems which require maintenance and upgrading appliances. They added the AE designation, “Advanced Ergonomics”, to signify more than 50 design improvements. Specifically, the 44AE is distinctive from the original 44 design in the following ways:
Sweet Ride is extensively equipped for blue water cruising and is a proven offshore cruiser. Her water maker, extensive spares, larger refrigerator and pantry space add to her ability to be self-sufficient in remote areas. When acquired by her current owners, they took this improved AE platform to the highest level of “cruise ready”. Owners of two prior Krogens, they purchased Sweet Ride because they appreciate the Krogen design as well as the quality of the build. Their extensive cruising experience taught them what cruise ready means. It’s about redundant systems, built with the best equipment and installed in a manner that makes serviceability and operation as easy as possible. The result: you will be hard pressed to find any other Krogen available today at any price that is more cruise ready than Sweet Ride.
The transformation began with a complete inspection of every system aboard Sweet Ride. Each system was evaluated for reliability, durability and serviceability. The objective was to bring Sweet Ride to a level of preparation and confidence in systems so the owners could enjoy easy access and reliable operation.
Here are some of the improvements undertaken:
Cockpit: The cockpit provides an enclosed outdoor space for relaxing with a beverage or enjoying a meal. Open the enclosure for fishing underway or at anchor. Enter the cockpit from the aft swim platform or from either side boarding door. You have hatch access to the lazarette below. There are shore power connections aft and forward and a cockpit shower is built into the transom. The starboard side deck transits from the cockpit to the foredeck. Access to the interior is through her double weather-tight aluminum Diamond SeaGlaze saloon door.
Saloon: The saloon has a comfortable L-shaped Ultra-leather settee to starboard and two Ekornes Stressless chairs to port and a fixed mounted high-low teak table. The interior is bright and contemporary with satin finished cherry and teak and holly floors. An icemaker was added in 2015. New carpeting installed over heavy pad and Sounddown insulation (2019).
Galley: The gourmet galley has been laid out with priorities such as a deep basin Corian sink, purified water tap, GE refrigerator and freezer. There is overhead storage and ample drawers for glasses, dishes, utensils and silverware. For preparing meals there is a convection microwave oven and a Viking four burner propane range and oven. Additional storage to port for pots, pans and glasses.
Pilothouse: The pilothouse offers excellent visibility all around from the Stidd helm chair, with a bench seat behind that pulls out to a full size off watch berth. There is an impressive assortment of Simrad navigation/communication electronics (installed 2017 and 2019) with controls for the bow thruster, engine, and generator. The electrical panel is installed in an easily accessed panel to port with clearly labeled breakers and digital displays. Aluminum Dutch doors open outboard allow access to the side decks. The port door provides entry to the foredeck or aft to the boat deck and flybridge. The starboard door provides access to foredeck or aft to the cockpit.
Owner Stateroom: The owner stateroom features an island queen forward, two hanging lockers to port and starboard with six large drawers under the berth. There are eight drawers in the aft dresser which has a mirror above. Deep storage is available under the berth that lifts easily with a hydraulic support. A flat screen television is mounted aft to starboard.
Engine Room: You can enter by lifting the stairs to the saloon or through a hatch in sole of saloon. The John Deere main engine is clean, reliable and easy to service. The aft section of the engine room has a Northern Lights generator. The aluminum main fuel tanks outboard are plumbed to the main, generator and ESI fuel polisher/transfer system with supply and return lines. The engine room is protected by Fireboy fire suppression system (serviced 2019). Batteries are divided into three banks all replaced in 2019, house bank six Rolls AGM 6V 460AH, engine start two AGM Series 31, and generator start two AGM Series 34. Two Magnum inverter/chargers offer redundancy and faster charging of batteries. The AGS, automatic generator start, (installed 2018) ensures the batteries are charged properly even if the vessel is unattended.
Lazarette: Accessed via the cockpit hatch, provides ample storage space for fenders, cleaning supplies, fishing gear, and dive gear. The 700 gallons per day water maker and steering gear are also located within.
Foredeck: The foredeck on the Krogen 44AE is high off the water making for a dry, comfortable ride. For ground tackle she relies on a Maxwell 2500 hydraulic windlass with chain rode to a Rocna 40 88lb. anchor and a Manson Supreme 80lb. anchor with chain and 300 feet of nylon rode. Chain locker access is through the painted Freeman hatch on deck. Shore power and dock water connections are installed on the foredeck and in the cockpit. New canvas cover for windlass and canvas awning and support added in 2019.
Boat Deck: Proceeding aft from the port side brings you up to the boat deck and flybridge. The boat deck has a mast and boom for launching and retrieving the tender via two wireless controlled Warn electric hoists. All hoisting equipment replaced in 2019 including stainless steel wires and blocks.
Flybridge: Equipped with Stidd helm chair forward, seating to starboard, L-shaped settee to port, two Simrad MFD’s, electronics, stabilizer and windlass controls on the dash, all under the protection of a folding Bimini top. Whether docking, anchoring, or operating the vessel inshore on beautiful days, the flybridge offers commanding views and vessel control that adds to the joy cruising.
Sweet Ride has been lovingly, maintained and upgraded. Service records for all major equipment are dutifully logged aboard and available for your perusal along with invoices for upgrades in 2019.
Detailed maintenance records confirming pride of ownership are available for review by request*.
Exclusions: Owners personal items artwork and tools.
Highlighted equipment aboard Sweet Ride
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