Originally Posted by Brooksie
My Willard 36 is a Garden design and I can attest to the fact he knew what he was doing.
It's great to read some of his ideas. He was eccentric enough to be a genius too. For instance he would go through periods in which he'd refuse to answer phone calls and wouldn't return calls to those he didn't know. He essentially was 20 years ahead on trawlers but then he also disliked what he considered water pushers in other styles, the tendency toward building boats wide and maximizing volume. He preferred performance and thought slim was best for that.
Here is a video of him in his workshop.