Auxillary Sails Added to Ocean 55

55' steel fuel-efficient sail-assisted ocean-going motor yacht. Fuel tankage of 1700 usg will allow a cruising range approaching 5000 miles at 7 knots. The 2006 commission was updated recently with a 833 sq ft ketch sailing rig to provide added fuel savings, increased range, and roll stabilization without the underwater drag of fins or paravanes. The sails are individually small and easily handled, and the vertical clearance is still less than 50’ for Intracoastal Waterway travel.

Re-design, Refit, and Repair Management and Consulting Services

Recent Refit Projects


Tad was a fantastic resource as I rebuilt Island Eagle, my 60 foot trawler. His artistry at the drawing board combined with a lifetime of practical boating experience provided the perfect catalyst for producing a wonderful vessel. Without a doubt, his participation in the project was a worthwhile investment which resulted in a project superior in every way to what it would have been without his guidance. Were I to undertake a similar project in the future, I would not hesitate to hire Tad again.

Scott Welch, Island Eagle

Island Eagle's new main saloon

Island Eagle, 60 foot wooden Arthur DeFever woooden trawler, built 1966, underwent a major refit in Nanaimo, BC. Interior revisions, rig design, oversight, and consulting by Tad Roberts.

Overview: Recent Refit and Rebuild Projects

The_major part of my work in refit projects is oversight, or advising on how and where work is to proceed. As well as on-site consulting, this usually involves outlining the project's scope and schedule, preparing written specifications for materials, parts and equipment, and time, labour, and costs estimates.

I advise on and produce as needed technical drawings for replacing or upgrading systems and equipment, including the reduction of noise and vibration, re-design of masts and stabalizer systems, as well as exterior or interior alterations and arrangements, including concept sketches and working drawings.

Island Eagle, 60 foot trawler yacht

Tad Roberts