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Old 05-28-2019, 07:37 PM   #1
City: Falmouth, MA
Country: United States
Vessel Name: IKE
Vessel Model: Willard Trawler 40'
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 3
1986 42' Willard Trawler 40

IKE is a former captains gig off of the aircraft carrier Eisenhower. She is a solid boat having been built for the navy and her custom refit has made her a comfortable cruiser with an intriguing look. She is a distinctive and classic design.


The pilot house has 2 Pompanette chairs, the one to starboard is for the helm. 2 bench seats are to aft and flank the companionway into the aft cabin. The aft cabin has a full bed that can be walked around. Drawers and one hanging locker are on all sides of the bed. Next to the companionway to port is a desk with shelves above and drawers below. To Starboard is the head with a new electric toilet and a full separate shower. There is a small flat screen television mounted to the bulwark opposite the bed.

Moving forward from the pilot house is a Galley to starboard and a dinette with benches to port. Past the next set of bulkheads is the forward cabin with 2 good sized over under bunks to port. Opposite the bunks, to starboard is a head (this one does not have a shower). Forward of the head is a large hanging locker with storage above. There are also drawers below the lower bunk.


The hull is solid fiberglass, as are the forward and aft cabins. The middle pilot house was added in the refit and it is marine plywood covered with fiberglass on oak frames. All interior cabinetry is marine plywood with varnished Mahogany trim.

The hull is in solid condition. IKE was group down and barrier coated and awlgripped in 2014 she is now a nice grey. The entire cabin and pilot house were awl gripped in 2009. A large swim platform was also added. Teak trim or drip edge was added to cabin. A storage box was added on top of the aft cabin to hold the propane and additional storage, it also serves as a nice seat. She is in well maintained condition.


IKE has an interesting history having served with the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier the Dwight D. Eisenhower. Because she was built for the navy, she is solid and reliable. Her design is the same design that has been used for Capain's Gigs for many years so her lines are more classic. She is certainly a work boat in design and aesthetic, but recent cosmetic upgrades have softened her and her refit has made her quite comfortable for cruising with 2-4 people. She would be wonderful for trips up and down the ICW or other coastal cruising.


Year: 1986
Length: 42'
Located In: Cape Cod, MA
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Builder: Willard
Designer: NAVSEA

LOA: 43 ft 0 in
Beam: 12 ft 0 in
Maximum Draft: 3 ft 6 in
Displacement: 25000 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 14 ft 0 in


Total Power: 225 HP
Engine Brand: Single Diesel
Engine Model: Detroit Diesel 6-71
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 1000
Engine Power: 225 HP

Cruising Speed: 10 mph
Maximum Speed: 18 mph

Fresh Water: 180 gallons
Fuel: 160 gallons
Holding: 50 gallons
There is room for another 50 gallon tank on centerline if needed for water, black water, grey water or additional fuel.

PRICE: $85,000

Interested? Please don't hesitate to reach out:
She has had over $30,000 in upgrades over this past winter, including two brand new fuel tanks, re-built decks, and more.

Feel free to also check out her listing:
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:17 AM   #2
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And that folks is how you sell your boat.. Awesome ad!

The boat looks brilliant BTW.

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Old 05-29-2019, 05:11 PM   #3
City: Falmouth, MA
Country: United States
Vessel Name: IKE
Vessel Model: Willard Trawler 40'
Join Date: May 2019
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New Engine (Detroit 671)
Rebuilt Transmission
New Custom Soundown Exhaust
New Fuel Tanks and fuel lines
New Alternators
New house and starting batteries
New house top solar panels (2) and charging system (covers all electrical needs including fridge)
New 12V Fridge
All exterior woodwork varnished
Decks rebuilt and painted to match house
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Old 05-29-2019, 05:24 PM   #4
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Awesome ad, awesome boat!

"When life gets hard, eat marshmallows”.
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Old 06-02-2019, 05:50 AM   #5
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Sweet boat!!
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:47 AM   #6
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Locate IKE

Hi I’m interested in taking a look at this boat . I see it is listed with several different brokers I would rather speak to the owner . Perhaps there is someone that knows the owner and can point me in a direction . Thanks Jim
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:52 AM   #7
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City: Concrete Washington State
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Vessel Name: Willy
Vessel Model: Willard Nomad 30'
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Who says it’s a trawler?
Looks like a soft chine cruiser like the Monk boats.
I really like these hulls though. Worked at Uniflite in the early 70’s where many of these personnel boats were made. Admired them then - still do.

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Old 02-29-2020, 11:05 AM   #8
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City: Oconto, WI
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Vessel Name: Best Alternative
Vessel Model: 36 Albin Aft Cabin
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Wow, a very special boat, what a great conversion job!

One question. I see wet exhaust from the rear. What is the water discharge on the port side? It would be strange to have a generator on a Admirals Gig but maybe you added one, although it is not mentioned in the specs.


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