Welcome to Willard Boats

W36  artisticThe site contains a database of all known production trawler yachts built by Willard Marine of Costa Mesa, California, USA.

Willard was the first production builder of fiberglass trawler yachts, before Grand Banks, Krogen, or any others.  Their boats are sought after by many who are looking for solid, no-nonsense full-displacement cruising boats.

Owners of Willards are encouraged to request an account on this site, and to supply photos and information about their boats. An annual rendezvous is held in the Pacific Northwest USA region each spring. This is the official site for Willard Rendezvous details.

Boat Name

Island Seeker



Boat Model

Vega 36 Std



Home Port




Garden's "Clamseye" view of Vega 36

". . . the 36’ Willard Vega, [is the] forerunner to the entire heavy-displacement trawler yacht segment . . ."  -Tad Roberts






Mystic Seaport Listing:

This was the first rendezvous of an annual event series in the Pacific Northwest.  Held in LaConner, WA, it attracted over 20 Willards.  This video was produced by Willard Marine to document the event (despite the fact that they had been out of the yacht business for many years.)

11 Classic Trawler yachts attended the event in LaConner, May 11-13, 2012, including: Candor, Kimberly Anne, Kingfisher, Lady Anne, Northstar, One Unit, Quasar, Saga, Slow Dancer, Sunshine, (Criquet)

A supplier to Caterpillar Inc since the 1970s, Perkins was bought by Caterpillar in 1998 for US$1.325 billion, creating what they claimed was the world's largest diesel engine manufacturer.

Boat Name

Salt Fever



Boat Model

Willard Custom




Twin Cummins QSM-11 670 hp ea.

Home Port

San Diego

Broker's Comments:

This is one of my favorite fishing vessels of all time.  The owner spent 5 years in the boat yard completely refitting the entire vessel.  Every screw, wire, hose, piece of equipment was replaced.  The vessel started life as a 1969 Willard 54' Long Range Sportfisher.

The current owner put a ton of thought, love and money into this project.  He has enjoyed the boat with friends and family for 10 seasons.  It is time to move on.

Whether you are headed to MagBay for marlin, San Clemente island for big tuna or just Catalina for a dive trip, this vessel can do it all.