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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » W - Boats starting with 'W' » Willard

 
Willard 8 Ton
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3 6231 Mon August 23, 1999
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Description: Willard 8 Ton
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mybiz164
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Registered: August 2001
Review Date: Mon August 23, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We are the proud new owners of hull #165. This heavy displacement cutter was recently obtained from very knowing couple who previously owned "Primrose" for the past 20 years. She sails very well, relatively agile for her displacement, and is extremely comfortable. She is a distinctly different vessel. The original 40hp Isuzu Pisces 40 3 cyclinder diesel is a strong engine, reasonably-well supported for repair parts, and drives the vessel at hull speed without effort. The engine compartment access is poor, and the vee-drive propellor shaft system difficult to service. This is the price for enormous cabin space in a 30 footer.


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed February 9, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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30' Full Keel, Cutter, 42HP Westerbeke diesel w/V-drive Borg Warner Velvet Drive transmission. The original Isuzu 3AB1, 40 HP engine was replaced in 1997. Large cockpit lockers provide easy access to engine on both sides. No quarter berth leaves room for a relatively large galley. Fold-up dining table allows for a roomy main saloon. Head room is adequate for a 6 footer. Probably the largest 30' boat ever.
Very traditional style with bow-sprit, bronze port-holes, mahogany interior, and bolt on iron keel. However, fuel capacity is only 30 gal. with flat tank under the port settee. Water capacity is 70 gal. placed too high and forward under the v-berth. Single or double handed sailing is easy, the mainsail is self tending with no traveler, so tacking to windward only involves tending the jib and staysail. Sails are not too large, being only a 30 footer, roller furling is unnecessary.
Our two year refit has just been completed. It included: a new engine, the removal and rebeding of all deck hardware, a new bowsprit with anchor rollers, a new overhead of formica w/teak trim strips, new formica counter tops in the galley along with new sinks and faucets, a new Adler Barbour frig, we also pulled and repainted the mast and replaced the standing rigging, new sails, replaced the sliding companionway hatch as well as the two cabin top hatches
We are very happy with "Stealaway". This is a great boat for a couple.
J.J. 1-15-2000.





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robertsmellis
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Registered: January 2001
Posts: 2
Review Date: Tue August 22, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sturdy. Very roomy for a 30-footer. Carries a large amount of sail
Cons: Difficult engine access. Ditto for stuffing box. Dislike V-drive.

Nicely-constructed, heavy displacement fiberglass 30-footer. She has a 5-foot sprit, so she carries enough sail to move her 8 tons without pain. All teak interior. Originally had plastic 8-inch-diameter ports which we changed to bronze.

Huge bilge area had loose pigs of lead (120 of them!). We have created coffins for the lead and this, in turn, has created a wonderful storage space that's easily accessible for heavy items. Moved two huge 8-D batteries into the blige area and pulled out a corresponding amount of lead.

We had to replace the cockpit sole because of rotten underpinnings.

She is comfortable in motion, with a small aft cockpit. I've installed a Lofrans el tigre 12v windlass and we found side-mounted anchor rollers from Bud Taplin (Westail guru on the left coast) for each side of the sprit. We also have rewired much of the spidersweb we found below. We have an autopilot aboard that seems to do quite well. We've also added an Aerogen wind generator on the stern, along with a Fleming self-steering vane. We've tested both of these units and the Aerogen is a dream. It makes a quiet purr and we have seen (via our Link 1000 meter) output of 5 amp hours. The Fleming was astonishingly easy to rig. It's built of stainless steel (including the castings). The boat balances well. As a result, the Fleming controls her easily.

We've added a 1500 Heart Inverter, along with a 125 amp alternator.

We've also replaced the original winches with larger, self-tailing versions. She has a new propane stove as well as an efficient bulkhead-mounted propane heater that allows us to extend our sailing season.

My wife and I love this boat's size and sailing characteristics. We've had much larger vessels but this is one she can handle and not be intimidated.

Pictures of her may be seen at

http://photos.yahoo.com/robertsmellis

When you reach that url, click on Quiet Passage or Inside the Boat.
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