Willard Marine Delivers First 7M Fleet Ready Advanced Combatant Craft for Evaluations.
Structural Composites is pleased to announce that Willard Marine, Inc. has built and delivered the first 7M Fleet Ready (7MFR) Advanced Combatant Craft for evaluations. The 7MFR provides the durability and maintainability of solid laminate construction at a weight equal to sandwich construction.
Structural Composites (SC) and the Navy will be testing and qualifying the fleet ready version of the advanced combatant craft. Moving from prototypes to fleet ready craft will allow the Navy to evaluate SC’s SBIR technology in operational conditions, and this advances our Technology Readiness Level to TRL-8.
Anaheim, Calif. – April 6, 2015 – Willard Marine, Inc., a leading boat manufacturer for more than 50 years, has been awarded a contract to supply the Nepal Army with two newly designed aluminum riverine boats.
Under the contract, issued by the U.S. Navy Foreign Military Sales (FMS) office, Willard Marine is producing two 31.5-foot aluminum riverine boats, each powered by Yanmar engines and Hamilton water jets. Willard Marine will also provide comprehensive onsite crew training regarding the design, operation, maintenance and repair of the boats. The vessels will be used by Nepal to perform search, rescue and recovery operations in riverine and flood environments.
Anaheim, Calif. – Jan. 20, 2015 – Willard Marine, Inc., a leading manufacturer of composite and aluminum boats for 57 years, announced the appointment of Mark Lougheed to their engineering team.
Lougheed brings more than 25 years of experience in naval engineering and project management to Willard Marine. Lougheed was most recently at Coast Dynamics Group as an Engineering Project Leader developing technology for SHOXS Seats. He was also the Senior Research and Development Engineer at Zodiac Hurricane Technologies, a division of Zodiac MilPro in Canada, where he managed the development of a line of composite and metal stepped hull planing boats.
Anaheim, Calif. – Dec. 3, 2014 – Willard Marine, Inc., has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with SeaArk Marine, Inc., to build all of their commercial and military boat models, of which 7,000 have been sold worldwide since SeaArk Marine’s founding nearly 60 years ago.
Based in Monticello, Ark., SeaArk Marine is family owned and was operated by the McClendon family beginning in 1959, and they experienced great success delivering boats to all 50 states, every U.S. held territory, and over 70 countries around the world. However, in 2012, SeaArk Marine’s military and industrial boat-building division closed due to lagging sales during what has been now termed The Great Recession.
Anaheim, Calif. – Nov. 17, 2014 – Willard Marine, Inc. has been awarded contracts to develop two new sizes of Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) Fast Rescue Boats (FRBs) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA).
An inboard-powered 5.9-meter SOLAS rescue boat with waterjet propulsion will be built for the NOAA ship Nancy Foster and a 5.4-meter outboard-powered SOLAS rescue boat is contracted for the Hi’ialakai in Hawaii. The SOLAS self-bailing fiberglass-hull RIBs are gel-coated international orange. Willard Marine will acquire the necessary U.S. Coast Guard SOLAS certification for both vessels. Both NOAA ships require SOLAS FRBs per the International Maritime Organization’s life-saving appliance code to facilitate NOAA’s research-and-survey missions.