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Old 07-02-2022, 11:36 AM   #1
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Willard 30 Nomad

Hello!

I just purchased the Nomad I've oggled for many years!

I started looking for an Albin 27FC a long time ago and I couldn't help but notice the Willards that popped up.
It was a choice between a smaller, trailerable boat or one with a bit more substance for longer voyages.

I watched her sell for just over 30k in Traverse City, MI and looked elsewhere.
She popped up on Craigslist a month ago at 15k and I was off and running!

The owner had taken her out a few times and she overheated. He purchased a rebuilt 4.108 along with rebuilding the velvet drive, put them in the boat and stopped.
At 84, he just couldn't crawl around in the bilge and decided to worry more about a good future home than any loss of investment.

Though she needs a good refit, a trip through the plumbing and wiring, she is in incredible shape for a 48 year old!
A previous owner and handyman finished the interior with cherry wood. There's not a blister to be seen and never a leak topsides.

She won't get wet until next Summer until she's been thoroughly sorted but I'm one giant step closer to joining the other turtles on the pond.
I'm a bagpiper and she'll be christened Sleepy Maggie after the pipe / fiddle tune and my grandmum, Maggie Moodie.

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Old 07-02-2022, 11:54 AM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum. Willard's are great boats, I love and enjoy mine.


Consider joining the Willard owners group and Willard Google group:


https://www.willardboats.org/


https://willardboatowners.groups.io/g/main/topics
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Old 07-03-2022, 12:35 AM   #3
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Hello and welcome! We Willard owners are a loyal bunch. How about some photos? While you are on the other side of the country there is a group on Facebook here in the Pacific Northwest.

https://www.facebook.com/PNW-Willard...5087935486040/

You are welcome to join if interested.

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Old 07-03-2022, 12:43 PM   #4
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You will love your Willard! I am leaving Seward Alaska today in mine, headed to Mexico for the winter. The boats are far tougher than we are, and no matter the sea conditions I have found myself in I have always felt safe.
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Old 07-03-2022, 06:57 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Thanks Folks!

Will post some pictures pretty soon. If you look for Willard 30 Nomads for sale, she's the one that pops up as Traverse City.

I sent to the Willard Owners Web Page (haven't heard back) but I see there is a Facebook presence, I'll hook up to that too!

I've read about everything I could on the web, downloaded the owners manual, Perkins manual.

I have the fortune of having a former student, Cecilia Potts at Set Sail Marine Survey, who is one of a handful of female surveyors to help me during her refit.

She's been cobbled and grandpa'd a great many times but should end up 100% reliable in the end.
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Old 07-04-2022, 02:13 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard and congrats on your boat. Have fun.
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Old 07-10-2022, 09:15 AM   #8
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After 25 years we sold our Nomad for a Mainship 350. With age, we needed a transom door, stairs vs ladder to the fly bridge and a walk around bed. Miss the Willard, now we have just another white plastic boat LOL!
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