A Stout Story

The Dutch and English definitions of “Stout” include: bold; sturdy; intrepid; heavily built; having endurance

The vessel that is now “Stout” was purchased by her third and current owner in September, 2001, after two years of research and searching for the right boat. The genesis of the selection of a Kadey-Krogen 42 was a first trawler-yacht outing on a Nordhavn 46, followed by a recommended read of Robert P. Beebe’s book “Voyaging Under Power” which led to several “must-have” features:

  • True full-displacement hull for safety, efficiency, and comfort

  • Single mechanically-injected diesel engine with a history of longevity and reliability

  • Protected running gear

  • Compatability with anti-roll stabilizers

  • Strength and build quality

  • LOA of 50’ or less to allow operation by 2 people and access to a long list of intended smaller anchorages along the Inside Passage

  • Range and seaworthiness to cross any ocean, with good “numbers” such as the range of positive stability and the A/B and D/L ratios

  • Raised pilothouse separate from living areas

  • Ability to carry and launch a reasonably-sized RIB tender

  • A flybridge helm and other exterior “happy spots” which the N46 lacked

Time was spent aboard many competing designs including those from Nordhavn, Defever, Hakvoort, Selene, Ocean Alexander, Nordic Tugs, Grand Banks, Fleming, Cheoy Lee, Diesel Duck, and several Krogen models.

The KK42 emerged on top for several reasons:

  • Most sea-kindly and comfortable hull design once stabilized

  • Most efficient hull design with lowest fuel consumption yielding a range of up to 5,000 nm on its 700 gallons

  • Lehman Super 135 diesel renowned for longevity and reliability

  • Excellent A/B and D/L “numbers” and self-righting up to 85 degrees of roll

  • Full ballasted keel and protected running gear

  • Cored construction for a quiet ride and elimination of hull “sweating” in humid conditions

  • Warm, “proper yacht” aesthetics, superior teak joinery and lots of light

  • Superb “happy spots” such as the flybridge, cockpit and foredeck seating

  • Favorite pilothouse, the happiest spot of all

  • Designed as a live-aboard long-range passagemaker, with ample storage

This particular Kadey-Krogen 42, then named “Anita J”, was selected for her:

  • Meticulously maintained low-time Lehman Super 135 diesel engine, Velvet Drive transmission and spotless if sparse engine room

  • The only known weak spot on these vessel, the potential for osmotic blistering of the hull, had been proactively addressed with a recent “peel” and re-lamination with biaxial cloth and vinylester resins by David Biggwither of Hull-Tech in San Diego, who had pioneered the very best process, thus blistering would never be a problem on this boat

  • She was very lightly equipped and had need for new interior décor, making her the ideal and irresistible candidate for an extensive re-imagining and refit.


The two years following purchase were spent using the boat to identify an ever-growing list of needs and desires, while completing the research and planning, and assembling the team that would help turn those lists into reality.

Stout has since benefitted from three stages of major refit and upgrade by the knowledgeable owner and a “dream team” of experts, consultants and craftspersons, and is now finished as outlined below.

The first and most major refit commenced in October, 2003, and was finally completed seven months later, in April, 2004.

Accomplished goals for the 2004 first-stage refit include:

  • Installation of ABT-TRAC Digital Stabilizers and Side-Power bow thruster. See “Stabilizers and Bow Thruster” section for details

  • Engineering, design and implementation of a Cabin Noise Reduction program including a complete engine room “soundproofing” system (basically an isolated engine room within the engine room) and isolation of the engine, generator and driveline from the hull, resulting in the quietest boat of this class afloat. (Pilothouse noise level at cruising RPM is a vanishingly low 54dba). See the “Cabin Noise Reduction” section for details

  • Engineering, design and implementation of extensive AC and DC electrical and LPG systems upgrades for ABYC compliance and greater safety, efficiency, capacity and capability. See the “ABYC Upgrades” and “Inverter/Chargers and Battery Banks” sections for details

  • Running gear upgrades including new Aquamet 22 alloy prop shaft, Duramax commercial dripless shaft seal, propeller tuning, and rudder rebuild and reinforcement. See the “Propulsion” section for details

  • Redesign and installation of fuel management, filtering and delivery system; installation of fuel polishing system. See “Fuel System” section for details

  • Replacement and upgrade of all underwater fittings and hoses using Groco, Trident and other top US-made products

  • Design and installation of aft engine room parts and tool storage system, also serving to further stiffen the aft hull sections

  • Upgrade and addition of safety equipment, alarms and fire suppression. See “Safety” section for details

  • Design, fabrication and installation of a Forespar mast system with power lifting boom, instrumentation, lighting and antenna mounts

  • First round of electronics upgrades, including installation of Icom IC-M710RT HF/MF/SSB transceiver and Icom IC-M602 VHF transceiver with 21’ Digital Antennas

  • Mostly hidden installation of a 4-zone diesel-fired Quantum/Eberspacher 65,000 btu hydronic heating and domestic hot water system, with heat hoses run through hanging lockers to keep clothes warm and dry, electric heating elements for dockside use, and an engine heating loop for use underway and for engine pre-heating

  • Complete interior remodel and refinish with designer soft goods and furnishings and extensive custom joinery to match the original while accommodating the addition of stabilizers, laundry, extensive lighting additions and upgrades, and heating and entertainment systems. See “Interior Spaces” for details

  • Replacement of every remaining plumbing and lighting fixture with top-quality items from the finest US and European makers, layout and installation of professional cookware on galley bulkhead, installation of towel warmer

  • Seagull under-counter water purification system with dedicated faucet at galley sink

  • Design and installation of a largely invisible audiophile-grade home theater and music system in the salon, necessitating much custom teak joinery and replacement of the galley sink, fixtures and Corian countertop. See the “Salon” section for details

  • Design and installation of a discreet audiophile-grade music system in the pilothouse

  • Installation of an Airmar temp/speed/depth transducer for future video sounder (current electronics and software will support Simrad/Navico or Furuno sounders)


The 2010 second stage of upgrades included:

  • New Kohler 8EOZD generator and soundshield

  • New Pompanette Platinum Series helm chair in pilothouse

  • New Stidd Admiral power helm chair on flybridge

  • New Winslow liferaft in canister on boat deck

  • New Apex 12’ RIB tender with 20hp Honda engine and Unihelm steering station/seat assembly

  • Fuel system refit, replacing the cracking 2004 Delrin fuel manifolds with the current custom stainless steel manifolds, new fuel hoses

  • Espresso maker upgrade and modification

The 2014/2015 final stage of upgrades and refit included:

  • Two new radars, a Nobeltec/Koden open array, and a Simrad Broadband

  • Two new Simrad Robertson FU50 commercial follow-up steering levers at pilothouse and flybridge

  • Design, manufacture and installation of new CNC-machined flybridge instrument panel and electronics. See “Flybridge & Boat Deck” for details

  • Design, manufacture and installation of new CNC-machined pilothouse instrument panel and teak housing with integral defrost vents, compass panel and navigation panel with new electronics.  See “Pilothouse” for details

  • New PC navigation system running Nobeltec TimeZero Trident, with Dell Optiplex compact CPU mounted in a thermostatically ventilated locker

  • Two new Greenmarine LED marine monitors with multiple inputs, picture in picture, 1500-nit daylight brightness and true continuous dimming to zero; mounted on dual-pivoting arms with custom mounts

  • Three new Imtra Exalto commercial wipers with electronic controller

  • New ACR RCL-100D searchlight on custom mount, with remote control pads at flybridge and pilothouse

  • Spectra Newport 1000 watermaker with MPC-5000 electronic control panel produces up to 41 gallons per hour. Zero hours since complete rebuild at the Spectra factory, including all new pumps

  • New Aqua King freshwater pressure pump

  • New Lopolight commercial LED masthead combination navigation and anchor light

  • New set of 12 Lifeline AGM house batteries


Stout now seamlessly combines a level of handcrafted warmth and elegance not available on similar vessels of newer construction (the “old”) with levels of comfort, equipment and quality typically found only on much larger new yachts (the “new”). 

She has remarkably low total time since new (less than 1,200 hours) and less than 400 hours since the major refit in 2004.