Aloha is the last Willard 40 manufactured, the grand finale – a wonderful last ship built to wrap up an extraordinary history of building recreational trawlers (note: Willard Marine continues to build military vessels today). The seller was a very involved manager of the sales, marketing and production of the recreational product line and when it was time to order his own yacht, he was able to take advantage of 41 years of trawler building expertise at Willard. The current owner/seller was also one of the designers of Aloha.
Willards are very well known in the closed knit trawler community but did not have the marketing budget of other brands. You may not know that Willard Marine was the very first manufacturer of custom fiberglass recreational trawlers, years ahead of the better-known brands that you have heard of and read about in magazines. Willard is well remembered as one of the very few American Made trawlers. Continually based in Southern California, Willard Marine departed the recreational trawler market and has focused their efforts on US Navy and Coast Guard contracts instead.
Aloha is a very capable passage maker, fuel efficient, economical and an ideal cruising vessel for a couple or someone looking for a stout package in a moderate envelope. Her distinctive rounded stern and long keel give her exceptional performance in following seas. Her fine entry and natural hull curves allow her to glide through the seas, easily cleaving through big swells and moving along swimmingly. Her construction is the tried and true, hand laid, 100% fiberglass solid and robust hull. The hull structure is divided into three watertight compartments with separate bilge pumps. For an extra layer of safety, her bow is secured with a water tight collision bulkhead.
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