I own hull #1 of the Willard 40s. I bought it after it took my wife and I 3,100 miles from LaConner to GBNP and back in safety and comfort despite limited captaining experience. It's simple to run, heavily built, as seaworthy as only full-displacement boats can be, has great range, has room for plenty of fuel, water, and stuff, etc. We went north with five boats and had more fuel and fresh water than any of the others. We had more hot water than one boat had water. When the main head relay went out, I found that Willard had used a ford motor starter relay from the 1970's that was easy to get at the Petersburg NAPA store. That said, it's not very fast, doesn't have the square footage of living space that wedding cake boats do, lacks a swim step, the aft deck is set up more for dining than for fishing or easy dink entry. But every boat is a compromise. After 90 days afloat all we wanted was more of this boat!
There's a picture my wife took from the dink of me on the flybridge in front of South Sawyer Glacier.
It's also supported by an avid owner community!