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67ft Trawler Yacht - Construction on the Voyager Design begins

This concept design started as a collaboration between Chris Kennedy and Rob Watson and was promoted in Ft. Lauderdale and through PassageMaker magazine. It's last know location was in Europe. Give it to Chris Kennedy for sticking to his guns and finally bring this beauty to life. (It was also the base design for the Alaska State Troopers P/V Enforcer.)

Farrell and Norton, Naval Architects brought the plans into conformance with the new owners desires and engineering requirements as shown below. This vessel was built by Kennedy Ship and Repair, LP in Galveston and is now home ported in Linz, Austria after making the trip from Galveston, along the eastern seaboard up to New England, and then across to the Azores.

Obviously, once the owner gets involved there are changes to be made such as increasing the size of the pilothouse, moving the main cabin, adding and deleting for personal taste and comfort. But, the final product doesn't differ that far from the original concept.

Miss Pezi (nickname of the owners wife) is prepared to lift from where it was constructed on the dock into the waters of Galveston Bay.

Jesus makes some last minute checks as a strain is taken on the lifting lines. This lift is well within the capacity of "Mr. 2 Hooks", the barge crane that is making the lift.

The camera captures a nearly perfect picture of the heads-on of the deadrise and fairing. You can also clearly see the rolling chocks (or bilge keels, depending on who you ask) and keel coolers on the bottom.

The yard foreman issues commands over the radio to the crane operator and crew. No one wants to drop this one..., even that short distance from the water.

With Miss Pezi in the water and moored to another work barge she gets some last minute details at the Kennedy Shipyard in Galveston before we get underway for sea trials.

Note the low swim platform and rear hatch access to the lazarette. This was the owners request as the original would have been flush with the bottom step. When underway the anchor is snatched and the slack cable faked into a covered slot leading to the winch.

This overhead shot shows the heavy duty anchor winch/capstan, the crane mount is well supported by cross-members below the main deck and the stainless tie-downs buried in the main deck. All carry-overs from the Alaska P/V Enforcer.

Here, yours truly takes the helm as we head out toward the Flower Gardens for sea trials. The pilot house is equipped with the most modern electronics and easy to reach controls and electrical panels.
Black and Blue Formica(TM) trimmed by solid maple looks really good while reducing reflective glare at night. As a matter of fact there was discussion about replacing the white overhead with flat black because the reflections of the electronics back into the forward canted windshields caused some problems at night.

After 15-20 miles out from Galveston the Gulf takes on a beautiful blue color. And offshore rigs start appearing like a maze. At night the rig lights light up the horizon. There are over 3,500 offshore rigs in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Who says the Austrians don't have a sense of humor? The real "Miss Pezi" stepped out onto deck in this T-shirt she picked up in Cozumel and stated "This is what I really look like under the shirt." After a brief shock, everyone started laughing

Chris Kennedy and Jesus show off one of the many tuna we caught trolling to the Flower Gardens. That night we hauled in our limits of Red Snapper within 45 minutes. The electronic sonar really helped put us on the fish.

Jesus holds up dinner for the night. About 85lbs of screaming line - catch me if you can Wahoo! This one is almost identical to the one we caught enroute to Isle Mujeres, Mexico on the Holo Kai and the one we caught while sea-trialing the P/V Enforcer. All three were hooked about 60 miles due south of Galveston.

I've done quite a bit of fishing from Alaska to the Gulf and over to the Eastern seaboard, but this is my first ever of the green torpedo. The reason I am holding it's tail so firmly is that it almost beat me to death as we tried to capture the colors of this beautiful species.

Couple of shots of the stern from the small boat as we anchor just before dusk.


As Cap'n Joel throws a line over the side one of the owners guests mimicks a snappers face. Being from Austria the guests are seeing these snappers, wahoo, and tuna in the wild for the first time.

These two were the busiest of all, hauling in snapper faster than we could bait the hooks. This was a well deserved respite from the yard as work went on 7 days a week to get the boat ready on schedule.

Note how the scupper drain cleanly follows the web to drain overboard. It also makes a very handy hand-hold in rough seas.

The finished woodwork is beautiful, however, the upholster had to go back to the drawing board. Note the large radius on the dinette settee cushion. They got that backwards as the back was supposed to be the bottom.

Note the camera and intercom phone. The camera is not to spy on anyone. It is a live feed to the staterooms below to watch the saloon doors while in port. If anyone opens the door at night while the owners are asleep an alarm sounds and the display immediately shows who is entering.

The owner and wife lounge in one of their favorite places. This settee dinette and the window are almost identical to the P/V Enforcer GA allowing you to see the the sides of the vessel while cooking or dining. The intercom and remote radio handsets are easy to reach from the seat or to get to while cooking.

The owners wife (bless her) had bought a very expensive European espresso/latte/coffee maker without measuring the space between the countertop and cabinets. Needless to say it wouldn't fit. One of the owners guests prepares a pot of coffee using my $6.95 stovetop perkolator I borught along at the last minute.

Captain Joel Taylor takes a break at the wet bar as the owner takes the conn. The breaker box above the counter has a smoked plexiglass cover which will be fitted when we return to the shipyard.

Everyone raises a glass in toast of finally getting underway. We brought the sparkling champagne, but forgot the glass glasses so had to use plastic cups. Oh, well. Everything else went almost as perfect as one could hope for.

Radial staircase leading below.

The owner and Chris peer astern. Note the spread on everyone's legs. The seas are running about 4-6 feet from the starboard quarter giving the owners wife a fit as she looks to sit.

The reclining chairs were great and even served as beds for a couple of us. A testiment to the usefulness of the rolling chocks is that the apples (lower left) never rolled off the plate

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