LAYOUT: Staterooms and head
Q. What makes Sweet Ride different from other Krogen 44’s you have been on?
A. When we bought the boat, we did an extensive refit which entailed a fair amount of service in the engine room and electronics. Also, we added duplication where possible such as a backup freshwater pump. The freshwater system needed better capacity for service, so we expanded the size of the pressure expansion tank. Along with this we replaced all house and starting batteries on the boat which better suited the capacity needs and made more room in the engine room by using the modern battery sizes. I have had a chance to compare our boat to the new models of the 44 and I feel we are better arranged and outfitted.
Q. What advice would you give to a “dreamer” or hopeful boater?
A. Most folks looking at trawlers these days seem to be starting out on their adventure without much experience in the larger boats. I would encourage anyone to buy the boat that has been very well maintained, modernized and used. In boating, you really get what you pay for. Initially most buyers look at the price as they have a budget in mind but little working knowledge of the way the boats are run or maintained. So, the real cost of time and money comes after they buy when the surprises come up and things do not work. Thus, paying more up front for a well outfitted and maintained boat will get you cruising sooner with far less headaches.