About the Plans
Construction Method and Materials:Multi Chine aluminum construction
Number and Type of Drawings:Full Plans including dxf patterns for major hull and deck parts
Study Plan:Passagemakerlite 5602 General Arrangement PDF
Base Price:$8500 CAD
This design represents some of my latest thinking on the Passagemaker Lite concept. As she is half the weight of a Nordhavn 55, cost to a similar level will be half while speed is substantially faster and accommodation roughly similar. The PL 5602 also offers far less stair climbing between living areas.
This design includes daily living functions; galley, helm, dining, and lounging areas all on one level in the deckhouse. This area has windows around 360 degrees and easy main deck access. There is also a huge flying bridge above. Aft is the full width owner’s suite and forward are two guest cabins (or guest cabin and office) with private head. Under the deckhouse are all tanks, large store room, and walk-in engineroom. The flush aft deck will handle several large dinghies launched with the overhead boom.
Read articles by Tad Roberts about Passagemaker Lite:
“Passagemaker Lite” (Professional Boatbuilder) PDF
“Passagemaker Lite: A Modern Lightweight Restatement of the Lean Long-range Power Cruiser ”
Professional BoatbuilderNumber 81, Feb/March 2003
“Passagemaker Lite” (Passagemaker) PDF
“Passagemaker Lite: A Modern Lightweight Restatement of the Lean Long-range Power Cruiser”
Passagemaker Magazine 2003
“ A Brief History of Lightweight Motor Yachts ” (Passagemaker) PDF,
“A Brief History of Lightweight Motor Yachts ” Passagemaker Magazine2003
Read more on the Passagemaker Lite web site:
Passagemaker Lite design series is Tad Roberts' modern, lightweight, fuel-efficient re-statement of the fast, seaworthy, long-range power cruiser. There are now two series, the orginal traditional one and a modern one, in lengths from 39' to 98'.
2012/04/06. In development, a ketch-rigged 60' aluminum Passagemaker Lite, 02 series.
- Design Review of Passagemaker Lite 39 in Wooden Boat Magazine, June 2012
- Wooden Boat Issue 226, June 2012
- Off the Drawing Board: Passagemaker Lite 46, 56, and 80 PDF
- Art Paine, Maine Boats and Harbors, Issue 76, Autumn 2003
There is nothing new to the idea of thin, light, seaworthy, and fast powerboats, and Tad Roberts has been inspired by several of those of the past. To Roberts, these boats brought to mind a glaring question: Why didn't the whole world flock to these sensible and efficient pleasure powerboat designs? He answered that question by identifying the elements that limited the type, and, in his Lite designs, addressed them. All in all, the Passagemaker Lite series is masterful work.