Wednesday, September 18

Summit 54, the New 26-Knot Cruiser from Kadey-Krogen, To Be Launched Later This Year

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Summit Motoryachts, the new line of planing cruising boats from Kadey-Krogen, is working on hull number one of its new 54, and plans to launch it later this year. The new Summit 54, powered by twin Cummins QSB6.7 diesels, is expected to top out at 26 knots and have a range of 330 nm at 23 knots.

The new Summit line is being built at Asia Harbor Yacht Builders in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where more than 600 Kadey-Krogen full-displacement trawlers have been built over the past 40 years. Kadey-Krogens generally cruise at about 8 knots. Kadey-Krogen will continue to make its boats there, but it started the Summit line for owners who want a faster cruiser.

Summits are designed by Michael Peters, the Sarasota, Florida designer who has drawn the hulls for 13 offshore world champion race boats, plus Hinckley, Chris-Craft, Rybovich, Cigarette, Magnum and Intrepid, among others. Peters’ boats are generally fast, pretty and seaworthy.

The new Summit 54 is a three-cabin, two-head cruiser designed for cruising comfort and safety, plus a turn of speed. It’s marked by wrap-around windows in the  helm deck and salon and, in keeping with the current fashion, it even has a sun lounge, with a canopy, on the foredeck.

The sole in the aft deck is teak, as is the table fronting the comfortable U-shaped settee across the transom. The aft deck also has a grilling station and a service window that opens to the aft galley in the salon.

Following the example from Kadey-Krogen, the Summit 54 galley is home-like in its space and amenities, and it features Silestone countertops. It’s on the port side of the salon, opposite a settee to starboard with a teak table.

The helm station forward on the starboard side has a two-person seat and a teak wheel. The helm console is made of walnut and leather. A door opens to the starboard side deck. Opposite the helm station to port is a handcrafted high-low table and a U-shaped settee.

On the accommodations deck below, the master stateroom is full-beam amidships, with a queen berth and his-and-hers wardrobe closets, lots of storage, a vanity and a large en suite head and shower. The VIP cabin is forward, with a hanging locker and storage and its own entrance to the shared second head.

The third cabin is aft a bit on the starboard side, and can be set up as a stateroom or office or combination of the two. It comes with a full berth plus a desk and a washer and dryer. You can leave out the berth and set up the entire space as an onboard office.

Up top, the flybridge has a fridge for entertaining, two helm seats, a forward sun lounge, and a settee to port with a teak table. A hydraulic crane is aft on the boat deck.

Specs.: LOA: 58’5”; Beam: 15’10”; Draft: 3’7”; Disp.: 55,400 lbs.; Fuel: 750 gals.; Water: 215 gals.; Power: 2xCummins QSB6.7 diesels.




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