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Voyager TY 620-B   

"Hi Bruce, We sure enjoy full-time cruising & living aboard. 
We've cruised from San Francisco to British Columbia and Alaska"

Another TY 620A plus TY 520 moored in Singapore.

Voyager TY 620 - A & B VERSIONS
STEEL KIT or boat plans & CUTTING FILES or FIBERGLASS boat plans & FSP

These trawlers are designed in accordance with Lloyds  for category 1 (unrestricted operating / sailing area), which is much better than the EU and other Classification Societies and the  CE-A require. Complete stability calculations to USCG offshore requirements are included in the design package. All calculations are also cross referenced against ABS requirements to ensure that the design meets world-wide standards and specifications.

In the case of KITS, all plate parts belonging to the hull, deck and superstructure that are accurately cut to size are included. The parts are marked with the appropriate part number and engraved matching marking lines to assist in the assembly and location of the part in its position. Cutting method is Plasma / Oxygen, ensuring highest accuracy and smooth edges.
 
Plate parts are cut from Lloyds approved A Grade Shipbuilding quality STEEL that has been coated with factory applied Sigma weld MC welding primer.  We use and recommend steel plate that has the official designation ISO standard 10474 or EN 10204 with 3.1.B certificate.

'World girdling Trawler Yacht' With it's displacement hull form this design is an ideal long distance cruiser. This is your opportunity to have your own passagemaking 'Voyager' designed and built at an affordable price. Now you can put those pieces together into one boat that you REALLY like ! Consider customizing one of our new designs. Bring us YOUR ideas. We can offer Steel or Aluminum boat plans and Cutting files, CUT-TO-SIZE KITS or Part-Built or Complete Boats.

NEW PASSAGEMAKING DESIGNS:  This is your opportunity to have your own passagemaking 'Voyager' designed and built at an affordable price. Now is your opportunity to put those pieces together into one boat that you REALLY like ! Consider customizing one of our new designs. Bring us YOUR ideas. We can offer Steel or Aluminum boat plans and Cutting files, CUT-TO-SIZE KITS or Part-Built or Complete Boats. LARGER VERSIONS AVAILABLE AS CUSTOM DESIGNS.


TY 620 - Bruce,  I had reply from ROYAL YACHTING ASSOCIATION on the plan evaluations. They have been very quick and say they have no concerns about suitability for Design category A (unlimited offshore).  They made a nice compliment on the quality of your plan information.


Thank You Bruce for your advice, I recalled that you were very easy to work with back in the late 70's when I built my Offshore 38.  I see that same persona still exists.  Thanks you for the advice on boat selection.  Regards Glen
 

L.O.A. 18.90 m 61'    11"
L.W.L. 17.17 m 56'    4"
BEAM 5.53 m 18'    2"
DRAFT (Full displacement version) 1.82m 6'    0"
DISPLACEMENT (varies depending on version) 54,432 kg 120,000 lbs
POWER 250 - 1,100 HP

D/L

349

PRISMATIC

0.65

                       A/B RATIO

2.68

SEE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE - AFT CABIN TY 650 - 20 m  EMAIL BRUCE If you are interested in this new larger version

NEW ! SUPER STUDY boat plans -  ANY THREE STUDY boat plans ON DOWNLOAD or on CD. Study boat plans include lists of materials & equipment etc ... these will be a great help in costing out the completed vessel. Each STUDY PLAN contains - ALL the construction drawings of the designs YOU choose with up to 25 sheets per plan! Also included are Lists of materials - Technical information - Performance graphs - Numerous construction photographs Etc.  You can view & print the drawings in full or in sections. PLEASE INDICATAMARANE WHICH STUDY boat plans YOU WANT TO ORDER in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS BOX on the ON-LINE-ORDER-FORM or EMAIL  your design choices. Package includes FREE e-BOOK BUILD YOUR OWN SAIL or POWER BOAT & HUNDREDS OF STEP BY STEP BUILDING PHOTOS ARE INCLUDED.   ORDER Us $99 - Euro €75

OTHER TRAWLERS - 28 ft / 8.52 m to 65 ft /20 m

 

ABOVE:
Hi Bruce, we have just had a great New Years in Singapore. We had a party with TY620 and TY520 rafted up. Another TY520  also in the bay. Roberts designs well represented here in Singapore. Happy New Year to you. Regards Al and Mel Dow

 

LEFT:
Another TY 620 - this one built in South Korea.

 

Bob Lane photo - Courtesy PassageMaker Magazine

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SEE FULL REPORT ON THIS BOAT IN PASSAGEMAKER  MAGAZINE .. REPORT IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE  STUDY PLAN PACKAGE ON DOWNLOAD or on CD

Voyager TY 620-B   

Hi Bruce, We sure enjoy full-time cruising
& living aboard.

Going on three years of live aboard and haven't regretted one minute It's been a great life on a great boat. I've been asked to participate in a boat building seminar at the Trawler Fest in June. Unfortunately we will be in Alaska by then. Sonata has become famous as we get approached every where we go. The Passagemaker article had a lot of readers. Have you seen any response from interested builders?.  I see you've done some more writing. Do you plan to come out with a book version? Probably would be fun to read even after building.
 

I'm happy to hear the good news about the popularity of the trawler design. I've had thoughts of doing another one someday but we are just having to much fun with the cruising life. As I look back, the building of Sonata has been one of the great experiences of my life. I am very proud of her. I would like very much to review your writings on building boats.  Thanks for being an important part of a great life experience and Thanks again for the great design and project,  Lee Simpson

NEW Photos and report on TY 620

Bob Lane photo - Courtesy PassageMaker Magazine

Voyager TY 620-B   

Another view of this huge salon

Voyager TY 620-B   

Fore-cabin in TY 620 B

SEE FULL REPORT ON THIS BOAT IN PASSAGEMAKER MAGAZINE .. ALSO INCLUDED IN THE STUDY PLAN PACKAGE ON DOWNLOAD or on CD - YOU CHOOSE DOWNLOAD OR CD. . .

ALL STUDY PLAN PACKAGES ON DOWNLOAD or on CD - YOU CHOOSE DOWNLOAD OR CD. . . GIVE ACCESS TO HUNDREDS OF BOAT AND KIT ASSEMBLY PHOTOS.
See details

 

Section of MASTER SUITE - SEE all photos of this and other Voyager TY 620's that are included in study boat plans

From owner of TY 620 "MY BLUE STEEL"

I think the TY620 design is great! Trawler Yacht "MY BLUE STEEL", registered in the UK, departed 1800hours on December 28th, 2009 from Mokpo, Korea. I think the TY620 design is great! Trawler Yacht "MY BLUE STEEL", registered in the UK, departed 1800hours on December 28th, 2009 from Mokpo, Korea,  Kind regards,   Rod
 

From the builder:

This was the start of her 2,600 nm trip to the Singapore, with stops planned in the Philippines and Kota Kinabalu, although the boat had sufficient range to complete the trip non-stop.

The Owner is very satisfied with the interior and sea trials; max speed  about 12.7 knots with twin 235HP John Deere at 2000 rpm and 7.0~7.5 knots with one engine at 2000rpm.

Onboard were Mr. Rod Steel as the Owner/Skipper, his partner Angie Sach, Mr. John Holbrook and Mr. Alistair Dow. “MY Blue Steel” arrived in Singapore, where she will be based, on 14th January 2010 and is available for viewing there by prior arrangement.

I am proud to build Bruce Roberts designs, which I am very impressed with, and thank you for your assistance in marketing GHI Yachts Korea.

As you know, we have built to your design (1) Trawler Yacht 43 (2) Trawler 620 (3) Voyager 495 and (4) three Voyager 388 ( first one to be completed and launched on January 30, 2010). PHOTOS of V388 to be sent on January 2010.

 Delivery:
10 months after steel cutting, 

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 YOUR OWN FOR LESS !

Voyager TY 620-B   

Full headroom in engine-room of Lee Simpson's TY 620

 

Voyager TY 620-A NOTE: Side decks beside salon.
Tom Springer's NEW Trawler Yacht launched in Canada.

Hi Bruce, This is Aaron, Tom's son writing to you.  I've been checking his email for him.  They left yesterday morning and were running in 20 foot seas, he said that the boat handled great.  I talked to them last night and everything was still going fine (calmed down to 5 footers).  Thanks, Aaron Springer  
 

Hi Bruce, We finally got the boat home on the 19th of October. She is beautiful and performed well on the trip from Nova Scotia. Attached are a couple of pictures. She is beautiful and we are very pleased with her design. I intend to invite Hal up to see her when her systems are in order. Regards, Tom & Patty Springer
JANUARY 2011 ... The Emerald Lady is in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas until April.  It was a wonderful trip. The boat ran great and was very comfortable. My wife is very pleased with the boat's seaworthiness. Total mileage was 1200 NM on 950 gal. of fuel. It uses about 150 hp to go 8kts. thru the water under normal sea conditions

We are home in PA for the holidays and will return to the Bahamas in early January. At that time I will send you some current pictures. Have a Happy New Year! Regards,  Tom Springer

Voyager TY 620-A
 
 
TY 620 Version A ... built in Florida.
Just got off the phone Butch the owner of the boat regarding inclining of the TY620. After tweaking the props a bit they are getting 11.8 knots  in a full-load condition..!!  The installed engines: Perkins 220C  200hp @ 2500 rpm, 2.5:1 gears, final prop: 29 dia x 20 pitch. They are all well pleased. Hal Whitacre

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Voyager TY 620-A   
There is 7 ft / 2.13 m headroom throughout most of the Passagemaker TY 620

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Voyager TY 620-A   
Saloon and Pilot House layout. Other layouts are possible to suit your choice.

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Voyager TY 620-A   
Below decks layout can be varied to suit your particular requirements.
STUDY boat plans:
Show alternate layouts.

Trawler Yacht 650 - STEEL SEE MORE
 Boat plans & Full Size Patterns now available.

NEW CUSTOM AFT CABIN TY 650 - 20 m

SEE MORE   EMAIL BRUCE If you are interested in this Version !

This new design was conceived because this is the minimum size of trawler where an aft stateroom and a level salon / aft can be combined to make the perfect 2 stateroom / 2 double guest cabin accommodation.

It is possible to create an aft stateroom in a trawler of shorter length BUT this means it is necessary to raise the aft deck to provide headroom in the aft stateroom with the resulting requirement of stairs from the main salon up to a raised aft deck.  This arrangement is often seen in smaller craft but is less than desirable if you can afford the luxury of the perfect layout of the Trawler 650.

For those whose cruising area requires a shallow draft vessel, and then it is possible to reduce the draft to 4 ft – 1.22 m by using twin tunnels.

If you prefer an ‘performance trawler’ that is one that can achieve say speeds in excess of 20 knots then again this is possible but the preferred building material in that case should be either aluminum or fiberglass.

As you can see this new design offers a wealth of possibilities as a long range serious cruising trawler and some versions will be suitable for the addition of sail assist to make extended passages possible while saving fuel under favourable conditions.

 

NEW CUSTOM HOUSEBOAT  TY 620

EMAIL BRUCE for more details

 

KIT DESIGNS:

NEW CUSTOM boat plans IN FIBERGLASS OR WOOD EPOXY. 

Many of you admire our range of kit designs but you would prefer to build in other materials … Consequently we have had many requests to provide alternative custom boat plans for building in fiberglass or wood epoxy.

TRAWLER YACHT KIT DESIGNS - FIBERGLASS

To check out the Fiberglass construction techniques that will be reflected in the boat plans and full size frame patterns … REFER to the BUILD YOUR OWN POWERBOAT … chapters 12 and 13

TRAWLER YACHT KIT DESIGNS  – Wood Epoxy

To check out the Wood Epoxy techniques that will be reflected in the boat plans and full size frame patterns … REFER to the BUILD YOUR OWN POWERBOAT … chapter 14

TY 620 Version A ... built in Florida. Just got off the phone Butch the owner of the boat regarding inclining of the TY620. After tweaking the props a bit they are getting 11.8 knots  in a full-load condition..!!  The installed engines: Perkins 220C  200hp @ 2500 rpm, 2.5:1 gears, final prop: 29 dia x 20 pitch. It sounds as if all are pleased,  Hal Whitacre 

Hi Bruce .  I just wanted too drop you a line and tell you that I went to see your 62 ft trawler  "Sorcery" is in the water now and is a beautiful yacht .  I met Mr Ralph Elliot ( BUTCH) and his lovely wife and was invited aboard for a look around. Beautiful. Butch and his wife Janice were very nice inviting us aboard.....Thank you Harold Metcalf
This full displacement world girdling trawler yacht is available with FULL WIDTH SALON or as REGULAR SIDE DECKS VERSION Cutting files available or delivered as a steel or aluminum pre-cut package. The Voyager TY 620 is available as a kit in either aluminum or steel. ... FIRST TWENTY SOLD ... If you are interested in a trawler yacht of this size and style now is the time to join in the design process for YOUR version of this vessel. Options include Steel construction, Semi-displacement or full displacement hull, single or twin engines.

There is generous room available to provide accommodation for two couples plus all the facilities expected by today's cruising yachtsman. Trans-ocean capabilities are a feature of this design

From TY 620 builder :
Hi,  By the way, the TY 620 - 62 foot trawler yacht of Bruce's design that we are currently building is coming along very well.  Just received the drawings ( for TY 620 ) and we are impressed by the amount of detail on these.  We have made copies and have our guys studying them. We find these help the guys on the floor to understand the assembly process and things go much quicker. The quality of the kit parts are the best we have ever seen, and as a result, we are saving time in the build. At present, we have 9 welders/fitters working on the boat in three teams.  We have almost all of the plate hung in place and tacked up.  We anticipate the seam welding will start within a few weeks as there are some details to attend to. But we must say again, that we are very happy with the kit quality.   Brian
From another TY 620 builder:
Hi Bruce,  Well we're coming along fine with our project. I'm amazed at how straight forward has been. We are having a lot of fun. My employees are anxious to come to work each day as they enjoy the progress as much as I.  Thanks for your help,  Lee

Lee Simpson's comments to others
"As we worked, more and more respect came to Bruce Roberts for his designs. Things that made no sense came to understanding as we flowed through the process"

Lee Simpson who is building a TY 620 B from our kit writes :

Hi Bruce, Sorry for not writing sooner. We are really enjoying the project. I have a friend that comes to work on the boat in the evening just for the relaxation. We are almost finished welding the hull. We will build the house and pilothouse on a gig on the ground.

I must remove for transport and feel there are benefits to building on the ground. I will lift into place before moving to make sure everything fits.  We are making some changes from the original layout to better fit my needs. We've traded the amidships stateroom for a good sized head, pantry and shop/mechanical room. I will install all plumbing, electrical, day-tank, fuel management and heating in this room.

I've moved the engine in place and plan to build a box similar to a sound shield on a generator around the main engine. Quiet is important to me. All tanks are in place. I plan a transom door to the lazarette from the swim step, through the engine room and into the mechanical room.  hope to get my office gal to add more photos soon. Regards,  Lee

Bruce,  I had reply from RYA on plan evaluations. They have been very quick and say they have no concerns about suitability for
design category A. Nice compliment on the quality of your plan information. Everything seems to be OK. They used Naval Architecture Services LTD  in Hampshire. LR SSC service group G6 (unrestricted yacht) .

Hi   Well, the day finally arrived, the kit is here and on our shop floor. The steel looks great, we are starting to sort it into piles of the frames and associated pieces.  I think the guys in Holland did an excellent job of cutting as the edges of the plates are very clean and sharp with almost no bevel.  This last point is important, as we find with plasma cut kits, if there is any bevel on the edges it tends to add up and compound errors where multiple parts fit together.  So, we are anticipating no problems at this stage. Hope you enjoyed the pictures Bruce (our Bruce) sent you, we will send more as we start assembling the kit.  We actually made good progress on Friday and managed to build most of the building frames as well as all of the jigs.  We are altering the building frame a bit to allow us to set the jigs on the floor as we are limited in height.  As it is we will have to build the mast in a way that it can be bolted on after the boat is out of the building. Yes, everything looks fine and we are sure the kit will assemble fast. Sincerely,  Brian

Hi Hal,  We have bounced back and forth between DC and Hydraulic thruster' s and have finally decided on hydraulic mainly because we would need a 48 Volt thruster and that meant 12v, 24v, & 48v DC and we just think we would rather have one dc voltage (12V). We had sized the generator for hydraulic anyway so it just makes sense.

We think we will use two 2500 watt inverters and split the loads again to stay with 12 volts DC only. I want to thank you for working so closely through the construction. He will be complete with the mechanical and exterior
within a month and my wife and I will retire in April and work on the interior full time. I am anticipating that work to take 3 to 4 months which is longer than it took to do all the rest. Janet and I are very impressed with your design and would highly recommend both of you to anyone who asks.

We will continue to send pictures and updates as we begin our part of the project.
Thanks again.  Ralph E. Elliott III (Butch)

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