We are cruising on a 1984 Kadey Krogen, that is 42′ in length. We have two staterooms, two heads and a separate pilothouse, or driving station (some boats, like our previous trawler, have driving stations in the salon area).
Sea Life holds 300 gallons of water, and weighs 44,000 pounds (that doesn’t include fuel and all of our stuff!). She holds 700 gallons of fuel. Our single 120 horsepower diesel motor burns approximately 1.5 gallons a hour, traveling at 6.8 knots (or approximately 7.3 mph). Full tanks will get us 2,800 nautical miles, or from Baltimore to Panama before filling up (also allowing us to cross the Atlantic without stopping).
Like a house, we have creature comforts on board: heat and air, showers and toilets, refrigerator & freezer, tv, and an ice machine (a perk). My stove and oven are heated with propane, as is the grill in our cockpit.
When we are underway, and not connected to shore, we have several options for power. We can run our generator, but we try to minimize this option, to reduce fuel and wear and tear. Our large bank of batteries is charged by a large solar array on top of our pilot house (660 watts). The batteries provide 12 volts of dc power (like your car), for running our lights, fans. We have an inverter, that converts dc power to ac power (like in your house), allowing us to run things like a microwave, hair dryer, toaster etc.
Scott installed paravanes on Sea Life. They help keep the boat more steady in rougher seas, and also in a bouncy anchorage. Think shrimp boat: arms come out to not quite 45 degrees, and then weights (or “birds”) are deployed from the arms. They dive and pull down, to reduce rolling and give us a better ride (they do not make the boat anymore seaworthy or steady, just more comfortable). Pictures of them in use coming soon!
Here are some basic photos of Sea Life