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Old 10-04-2014, 08:42 PM   #101
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Couldn't resist

Ok so today I took a ride on a Willard Vega Voyager just for a little around the block cruise. Not very long - but enough to know the ride quality was solid - I guess I was a bit nervous of the tippy that I have read about. But if anyone has ran a 4000 lbs boat and takes a ride on a Willard it's night and day. So no soon as we completed the ride we turned around and submitted an offer. We will know within a few hours. My plan is to personally inspect the boat as it had a survey just two years ago. After inspection, go for a quick sea trial (change the oil) and then head out on a two day 100 plus mile journey back home! Of course with spare belts, oil filters, fuel filters etc.
I'll let everyone know how it goes from here. Specially if I take the journey.
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Old 10-05-2014, 01:30 PM   #102
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No survey? What's the hurry?

A 2 year old survey by who-knows-who is not worth much. A survey might only cost a few hundred dollars, but could save you thousands. What's a few hundred bucks in the big scheme of things?
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Old 10-05-2014, 10:44 PM   #103
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Good point Flywright - my last survey saved me about $15k on the purchase. A bad gas tank that was out of compliance. So I called a local surveyor and he's on board to complete the survey tomorrow or Tuesday.

For those that like pictures,
Willard Vega 30 Searcher "Savary" | Willard Boats

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https://picasaweb.google.com/Rickize...uKnrbx5paf-wE#
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:26 PM   #104
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The more I think about it the more I'd be inclined to just buy it after a reasonable survey.

Re the comment about the power by billy feet I didn't intend to call the overpowering out as a dealbreaker. It's not good and I'd recommend on the strongest terms not to do it if repowering but this has been done and the boat's so nice I'd probBly overlook it myself especially if the boat was a Voyager.

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Old 10-06-2014, 01:06 AM   #105
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Good to hear, bshillam. I was wondering if that was the one you made the offer on. She's a beaut! Keep us posted.
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Old 10-06-2014, 05:47 AM   #106
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>I guess I was a bit nervous of the tippy that I have read about.<

A lubbers tippy is a serious boaters sea kindly.
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:13 AM   #107
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I didn't find it "tippy". I expect a little roll from the shape of the hull but it was sitting down nice in the water. I just wanted to feel it for myself.

True, serious boater sea kindly!

Survey should take place today. Still on track for delivery on Friday.
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:59 AM   #108
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Good luck with survey . Hope all goes well . You gotta luv those Willies !
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:12 AM   #109
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Good luck! That is a very nice looking Willard.
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:36 AM   #110
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Twixt you and Eric I look forward to learning evermore about Willies. Looks like nice boat... Best Luck!
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Old 10-06-2014, 10:57 PM   #111
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Surveyor got back to me today and really had to stretch to come up with much. He mentioned the propane system does have to be brought up. It needs to electronic actuators. Also a GFI switch to be installed on the 110 side. And in the v-berth storage containers there is some gel coat flaking/glazing, strichly cosmetic. The funny thing is those things you store won't care what condition the locker is in.....This will probably be on the get around to it before you sell the boat list. Other than that he said it was in good shape and valued the boat really well.
I have booked tickets on Friday to land in Comox and pick up the boat with a good friend of mine. Between him and I we should be able to get into some serious trouble. We'll have two VHFS, three GPS, paper charts, spare oil and fuel filters, belts, diesel and a basic tool set. I am hopeful as prepared we are going to be that we don't need anything of those preparations. Other than the instant coffee and hot oat meal.
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:12 PM   #112
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Fine looking boat. I've always loved anything "Willard" and yours in particular is a wonderful catch--very nice indeed! Nothing like a boat that actually looks like a boat!Congratulations and enjoy! I look forward to reading more!
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Travel safe! And, Congrats!!
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What a beautiful boat! Practically spotless, definitely picked up a good one. Congrats!!

Bet that SS Claw has Eric second guessing Willys ground tackle.
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:50 PM   #115
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Wow. That was in Comox? Beautiful boat. I missed that one. I would've swapped out my NT for such a boat. Best of luck.
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:58 PM   #116
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Best of luck with your Willard. I have coveted that boat ever since I first saw Savary on the Willard website. That is one beautiful example of the W30 Searcher. Oh, and I can assure you, that you will be happy with that Yanmar 4JH. Reliable, powerful, clean and economical. Cruise at hull speed with the engine just loafing.

Please keep us posted on your first voyage.

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Old 10-08-2014, 09:00 PM   #117
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Yes, nice catch, well done.
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Congrats!! Man that is one nice Willard. Have a great trip home .
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:53 AM   #119
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Congrats on a great looking boat. Update us as you get to know it!
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Old 10-09-2014, 10:05 AM   #120
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Welcome to the Willard World. I look forward to seeing her at the rendezvous. Very nice boat, good job locating one on great shape. Safe seas as you bring her home.
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