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Old 05-05-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Willard Rendezvous PA Wash

Some of the 24 Willard boats present at the 2013 Rendezvous in Anacortes Wa.
They are all built by Willard.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:12 PM   #2
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I am just sick not to be there. My "new" 1999 Willard PH is on blocks in the yard at North Harbor Diesel in Anacortes. I will be there the end of next week to prep for the trip North to Whittier. Pictures?
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:25 PM   #3
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Looking fwd to your arrival.
Is your Willard the boat that went to the bahama's in PMM?
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No. I wish :-) That is a really nicely fitted out boat, love the stabilizers... It is an unused one from the same yard the bahama's boat was fitted out in, but only has a pilothouse door on the starboard side and a window port.
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I am just sick not to be there. My "new" 1999 Willard PH is on blocks in the yard at North Harbor Diesel in Anacortes. I will be there the end of next week to prep for the trip North to Whittier. Pictures?

OK please do tell.

Which Willard did you buy? When are you bringing it to Whittier?

I love all Willards, and am super in love with the pilothouse models.

BTW, my boat is in Seward
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:10 AM   #6
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It was one on the East coast I had to truck over from Virginia. It sat on the hard for most of it's life, never was registered to be in the water. Less than 50 hours on the original Yanmar engine, the seat cushions literally have never been set upon. It needs lots of little things replaced from sitting, and has nothing but a VHF and a depth finder. I get to make all the holes myself :-)
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I plan to leave Anacortes around the 22nd, hope to be in the Sound just after the first week of June. I hate to hurry through, but I haven't made the adjustments to be able to be gone longer yet. I still have pets... The trip North will be a good "get acquainted" cruise with the new boat, I'll have lots of new ideas by the time I get home.
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I plan to leave Anacortes around the 22nd, hope to be in the Sound just after the first week of June. I hate to hurry through, but I haven't made the adjustments to be able to be gone longer yet. I still have pets... The trip North will be a good "get acquainted" cruise with the new boat, I'll have lots of new ideas by the time I get home.
Very cool Doug!

One question, having made that trip twice...

If you're leaving the 22nd, and plan on being in Whittier by the end of the first week in June, you are on a very agressive schedule.

1500 NM is a very long ways


I wish you all the luck. If you are having work done to your boat, please say hello to Justin and Dianna for me.

Please send photos of your boat, we'd all love to see them.
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More Photos from 2013 Rendezvous

Nice shots Eric! A collection of more photo galleries from the Rendezvous is on the Willard Boats site here: Galleries | Willard Boats
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I would agree it's a pretty aggressive schedule, having done it once before in a boat that cruised at 24 mph, took 1o days to Seward, not counting the week spent sitting out weather in Juneau. I ran over 200 miles a day on that trip, this one I am planning on around 80 until we hit the Gulf, then running 24 hours a day until we hit Kayak Island. I would call it the "optimistic" schedule, knowing how it really works :-) Planning a little diving along the way for abalone, Achilles air floor inflatable to get to shore for some beach combing. I am bringing the gold pans but not the metal detector, time for that later in the summer in the Sound in Driers Bay. I am getting excited!
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I saw this ad on Craigslist for a 50ft Willard hull. It seemed interesting but at my age this is too big a project. I have built two 35 and 36 foot boats from bare fiberglass hull and deck in my lifetime and it is a lot of work. I think this boat is what Willard calls a utility hull.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/boa/3790572472.html

In researching that boat hull I came across this plan for a 50ft pilothouse that Willard may have built. Does anyone know if Willard actually built one before they got out of the pleasure boat business? It looks like she would have been a great boat.

http://pacificmotorboat.com/willardboats/docs/w50-pmm04-2000.pdf

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I saw this ad on Craigslist for a 50ft Willard hull. It seemed interesting but at my age this is too big a project. I have built two 35 and 36 foot boats from bare fiberglass hull and deck in my lifetime and it is a lot of work. I think this boat is what Willard calls a utility hull.

http://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/boa/3790572472.html

In researching that boat hull I came across this plan for a 50ft pilothouse that Willard may have built. Does anyone know if Willard actually built one before they got out of the pleasure boat business? It looks like she would have been a great boat.

http://pacificmotorboat.com/willardboats/docs/w50-pmm04-2000.pdf

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Unfortunately Willard did not get to build their proposed 50' pilothouse; as you say Ron, it had the potential to be a great boat.
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Your first link is a Personnel Boat that Willard and Uniflite made. The second is of the proposed 50ft Passagemaker/Trawler that Willard intended to build and market but it was scrapped and none were made I'm quite sure.

Interestingly the 50 looks more like the W30 designed by Rod Swift and I suspect the reason is that the 50 was also a product of Mr Swift.
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50'Willard is a UTILITY boat. The Personnel boats had cabins, think capts gigs. The utility boats make great conversions as well. Fast Fred has one and there are a few on
Waterfall II . Bill is building a coastal cruiser for the Loop and east coast cruising. This is his 2nd Utility boat, the first was in Alaska.
One of the weak points on the Utility boats is that the deck is supposed to leak and become spongy. Many conversions raise the deck anyway, so it isn't too much of a concern. These are basically New England style Lobster boat hulls with the exception of the keel being cut away in a taper.
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Oh yes S of F. I stand corrected. Always wanted one. 33 to 50' unless my 73 yr old memory is faulty again.

Thought about buying one (50') in eastern Canada that had been converted to a nice heavy cruiser.

Oh yea the Capt Gigs. Kind of a nice hull but requires a lot of power unlike the Utilities. Like a Uniflite only more so.

I worked at Uniflite and had plans for a 33' Utility hull.
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Greetings,
Mr. SoF. "...the deck is supposed to leak and become spongy" Why?
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I've posted this shot before, but the boat on the left is a 60' Willard. The previous owner is an acquaintance of ours-- he and his wife lived on the boat in our marina for a short period of time. The boat on the right is a 50' Nordhavn. I took this shot a few years ago. The Willard still winters in Bellingham and then goes to Alaska for the summer.

Eric has me on his ignore list, which is fine, but someone might want to bring this picture to his attention.
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I've posted this shot before, but the boat on the left is a 60' Willard. The previous owner is an acquaintance of ours-- he and his wife lived on the boat in our marina for a short period of time. The boat on the right is a 50' Nordhavn. I took this shot a few years ago. The Willard still winters in Bellingham and then goes to Alaska for the summer.

Eric has me on his ignore list, which is fine, but someone might want to bring this picture to his attention.

Marin, I think that's a 57' Nordhavn.
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Marin, I think that's a 57' Nordhavn.

It could be. I'm not a Nordhavn fan aesthetically so they all look the same to me. There was a 50' Nordhavn in our basin on the next dock over from ours named Prime Time for years and years and I was assuming it was this boat in the picture. I took the shot a number of years ago when Prime Time was still around, so I just assumed it was the same boat. So if you know your Nordhavn models you're probably correct. Actually I was wondering about that because not long after we got our new anchor Prime Time got a Rocna, too. The boat in the photo doesn't have one.
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Actually it could be either, they are the only two models with windows acceptable to you Marin.

Actually, it looks like the 57 has a wannabe window option which the 50 doesn't have.

Nordhavn 50

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