Bill Garden's Vega 36

From a Willard Boats brochure, c. 1966:

Designed by William Garden, the VEGA is thoroughly performance proven with thousands of miles logged by owners during extended off-shore cruises.  The hull is a full displacement design, giving a quiet, comfortable cruising speed of a continuous 8 knots that can be maintained for days on end; a minimum fuel consumption of approximately two gallons per hour, and a cruising range up to 2,000 miles. The steadying sail further provides both comfort and safety during a heavy sea voyage.  The husky mast and boom can be used to lower a dinghy from the boat deck.  The VEGA is truly a classic of design and detail.


Plans Available from Mystic Seaport:…

Catalog #96.355 - Design #437 Vega 36
36'x 11'6"x 3'9" Motorsailer/Diesel Boat for Vega Marine.
William Garden, Designer

Plan #1 - Outboard Profile & Arrangement plan 10/1960
Plan #2 - Clams Eye View from Starboard Quarter
Plan #3 - Construction plan 10/1960
Plan #4 - Outboard Profile - Sloop Rig for Motosailer
Plan #5 - Outboard Profile and Arrangement plan - Combination motor fishing vessel, fiberglass construction.
Plan #6 - Outboard Profile and Arrangement plan-Motorsailer 1/1961
Plan #7 - Construction Sections-Diesel Boat for Ramsey Armstrong 8/1960
Plan #8 - Construction Plan - Motorsailer 6/1962
Plan #9 - Machinery and Tanks - Diesel Boat
Plan #10 - Inboard Profiles (Port & Stbd.)- Diesel Boat for Ramsey Armstrong 8/1960
Plan #11 - Rudder - Diesel Boat 10/1960
Plan #12 - Dimension Sheet showing construction details - Motorsailer 6/1962
Plan #13 - Arrangement Sections and inboard profiles (Port & Stbd.) Motorsailer 7/1962


Vega 36 Hull Specifications:

36' LOA        11'-9" Beam
33' LWL          3'-9" Draft

Hull Construction:  Hand laminated, 8 laminates at shear to 15 laminates at keel.

Hull Design: Full displacement, double ended.

Note: Bill Garden is responsible for the hull ONLY of the aft pilot-house model. The task of drawing the changes to the standard model to create the pilothouse version was given to Blaine Seeley, NA, who was then headquartered near the Willard yard.