About Selkie

Selkie is hull 20 out of 51 Kadey Krogen 39’s that were built from 1998 through 2004.

Selkie moored (photo credit Rachel Dubin)

She is almost 44 feet in length, almost 15 feet wide, draws 4.5 feet in depth. She can clear a 23′ span without lowering her mast, and with her mast (and everything else) down, she can fit under a 13′ span if needed.

She is a solid boat. From 6″ above the waterline to her keel she is made of solid fiberglass for strength. She has a full displacement hull, which means she will never go fast, but that’s not what we want or need to do.

She has a flybridge and a dinghy deck with a bimini top for shade. The mast / boom arrangement allows for her 10′ Trinka Sailing Dinghy to be launched from the upper deck.

Her “back porch” is fully covered and has a teak deck. Her saloon (salon) can be entered from the back deck, and has two settees. The starboard settee has a table, and the port settee drops into a double berth for guests.

Forward of her saloon is a fully functioning galley with a 3 burner gas stove and oven, a microwave, a large refrigerator and freezer, a large stainless steel sink with filtered water for drinking and nice Corian countertops.

Walking towards the bow up three steps, you’ll find yourself in the Pilot House. Port and starboard you have 2 doors for accessing the deck outside. The view from here is pretty spectacular. The helm is a large wooden wheel and the engine controls and navigation are well laid out. The settee behind the helm’s chair can be used as a watch berth, and can be pulled out into a second double berth.

The Pilot House has plenty of comforts as well as great control of the boat

Moving forward, you step down 5 steps to the master suite area. To starboard is the head with a fully enclosed shower, a vacuflush toilet and a mirrored vanity.

Forward is the master stateroom, with a queen sized berth. There are hanging lockers (closets) on each side, plenty of drawer space, a mirrored and lighted vanity and a ton of storage space under the berth.

The queen sized berth and surrounding stateroom has plenty of storage

The really unique feature of the Kadey Krogen 39 is her engine room. To enter the engine room, you open up the soundproofed door and essentially walk in. When you enter Selkie’s engine room, you are struck by how clean it is.

You can eat off of the John Deere 4045 diesel engine

The space is towards the stern from the master suite and under the pilot house and galley/saloon. The engine room features 6′ of headroom in the forward part. To starboard there is a small work bench and tool storage. To center and port on the bulkheads are a lot of the parts requiring maintenance on the boat, including raw water intakes, secondary fuel filters, fresh water pump, hot water heater, and heat pumps for the HVAC.

The John Deere 121 HP 4045TFM engine is easily accessible. On both sides of the engine is a 3′ high crawlspace that is bounded by her 325 gallon diesel tanks (total of 750 gallons of diesel, giving her a range of around 4,000 miles at 7 knots). Further aft in the engine room you will find the 8kw generator and the battery bank.

By Tad Sheldon

I'm a retired Silicon Valley Technologist and Director. I teach skiing as a 4th (5th? 6th?) career for fun, and am passionate about Boating. I'm even more passionate about my family and friends. I volunteer occasionally for non-profit Boards, and currently serve as the Secretary of the Board for Western Division of the Professional Ski Instructors of America / American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

6 replies on “About Selkie”

Tad and Libby, congratulations on your new beautiful boat! You have many exciting adventures ahead and we look forward to hearing all about them!

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She is a beautiful boat! Love the Pilot House and for a year long journey, the spacious Engine Room really helps. I am looking forward to reading about your adventures.


Congratulations Tad and Libbie! Looks great. What is the Great American Loop?
I’m sure you’ll have many great trips aboard Selkie!


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