Our facility in Anaheim, California, is three acres of improved space fully equipped with modern manufacturing and handling equipment for fiberglass, high-tech composite and aluminum boats. With an enclosed production area of more than 22,000 square feet, Willard can safely and efficiently produce a variety of vessels simultaneously. Our outside storage area of 66,000 Sq. Ft. is level, fenced and fully lighted to accommodate boats, skids, trailers, and equipment. Our facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is similarly structured. Both facilities offer full lifecycle maintenance, repair and refurbishment services.
1250 N. Grove St.
1412 Taylor Farm Rd.
This location not ISO 9001 certified
Willard Marine builds mission proven boats as tough and worthy as those who depend on them.
Law enforcement, military and commercial mariners around the world place unwavering confidence in their Willard Marine boats and the talented men and women who design, build and service them.
It is always our mission to help mariners complete theirs.
We aspire to confidently equip every mariner to return home from every mission.
Mission Proven Boats
When our customers were asked what defines and differentiates Willard Marine, they most commonly used words like “Partner,” “Respectful,” “Strong” and “Proven.” We are proud of these attributes and have been committed to the highest level of customer service and quality since our founding in 1957.
Willard Marine has built numerous types of vessels for the most discerning customers in the world including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security, NOAA, foreign militaries and major-market law enforcement agencies. We understand that maritime professionals depend on Willard boats to be exceptionally rugged, safe and maneuverable in the most challenging conditions, so no boat leaves our facility without every component and capability being rigorously tested at sea.
How We Operate
Privately held, Willard Marine is headquartered in Anaheim, California, and has an additional facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Our boats are built to the required USCG and ABYC standards, and our team of recognized professionals in the fields of Marine Engineering, Manufacturing, Materials, Quality Assurance and Testing are skilled at developing highly specialized boats that exceed regulatory standards and our customers’ expectations.
Being 9001:2008 certified, Willard maintains a Quality Assurance and Control program that requires strict marine engineering, production and testing standards. Our unwavering commitment to innovative materials and processes, like fiberglass vacuum infusion, eliminate product and production variations typically found in multi-vessel production. And long-term, consistent leadership on our Manufacturing team where the average company tenure is 22.5 years ensures that all Willard boats are built with the ultimate in craftsmanship and proven durability.
Call On Us - Count On Us
Once you become the proud owner of a Willard vessel, call upon our Crew Familiarization team for any type of onboard or in-classroom training course. With decades of extensive field experience regarding boat operation, maintenance and repair, our Crew Familiarization team will work with you to design the most effective and cost-efficient experience that will achieve your training goals, including a “Train the Trainer” syllabus if desired.
Willard’s Service, Repair and Refurbishment experts travel worldwide to support our clients in the field and provide the industry’s best customer service. They conduct comprehensive vessel surveys and provide solutions aligned with maritime regulatory bodies, standards and laws. Whatever repair or refurbishment project you may have, Willard Marine guarantees prompt and professional service to get you back on the water quickly and safely.
Finally, Willard Marine is proud to say that none of our clients have reported a hull-failure. This is a reflection of our quality engineering and manufacturing processes combined with our exceptional attention to detail found in everything from our orderly electrical wiring to the strategic placement of scupper holes. We stand behind our work and offer a comprehensive warranty, but rest assured that you’ll experience many decades of reliable performance and low-cost maintenance with your Willard Marine boat!
For more than 50 years, Willard Marine has been committed to designing and manufacturing the finest boats in the industry. Our expertise in this field is attributed in large part to George Angle, long-time President, visionary, and pioneer at Willard Marine. George believed that developing a core set of values with Willard employees was foundational for our growth and imperative to the quality of our work. These values have guided us in the past and continue to dictate our pursuit of excellence in the future. When you work with WIllard, you work with people who maintain the highest respect for our company values:
Willard Marine is defined by a history of military experience, technical innovation and perseverance that still fuels the company’s success today.
Bill Tighe, who started the company in 1957, originally grew up on the Ohio River, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Tighe moved to Southern California in the early 1950’s to find work at South Coast Shipbuilding making wood minesweepers for the Korean War effort. Tighe got inspired to build a boat for himself, so he partnered with naval architect Hugh Angelman for drawings.
Working from a barn, Tighe recruited help from his friend Willard Buchanan and eventually built seven carvel-planked ketches that became well-known to Californians who cruised them to the South Pacific. Boat designers Bill Crealock and Herb David both contributed to the design of the boats, as did Dick Vales, who thereafter founded the very successful Columbia Yachts in Costa Mesa.
According to an old article in the Western Boatman, “The company was named Willard in honor of Buchanan because whenever Tighe’s operation came up in conversation along the waterfront, people would describe it as ‘the place where old man Willard is out there building boats.’”
George Angle, who was on Willard’s board of directors, owned a large fiberglass-reinforced plastics (FRP) manufacturing company called Flurocarbon. A sailor, Angle had an active interest in boats and in the company, to the extent that he provided working capital for operations and eventually traded his loans for ownership.
In the 1970’s, Willard built a series of 30- and 40-foot trawler yachts, many of which today are still providing seaworthy pleasure to hundreds of boaters throughout the U.S.
In 1974, Willard Marine was commissioned to construct a 120-foot oceanographic survey vessel called Silverado. It was commissioned by the See’s Candies family, and later owned by the Hilton hotel company.
In 1976, Willard was awarded its first government contract for 56, 32-foot patrol boats for the U.S. Coast Guard, which initiated the company’s military and commercial product-focus over the last four decades.
In 2003 Willard Marine announced that they would cease producing recreational vessels in order to concentrate on a continuing series of military and commercial boat-building contracts.
2010 marked the eastern expansion of Willard Marine with the opening of its manufacturing and reconditioning center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Since our founding in 1957, Willard Marine has provided more than 1,500 boats to the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corp., as well as many foreign militaries, law enforcement agencies, oil and gas companies, and search and rescue organizations. Still based in California, Willard is the sole American manufacturer of SOLAS rescue boats, and we have obtained the rights to be the exclusive builder of commercial vessels originally designed by SeaArk Marine and Crystaliner. Being 9001:2008 certified, Willard maintains a regimented Quality Assurance and Control program that requires strict marine engineering, production and testing standards that yield consistent products, reduced costs, and more efficient production timelines for you, our valued customer.
Willard is proud to say that none of our clients have reported a hull-failure. This is a reflection of our quality engineering and manufacturing processes combined with our exceptional attention to detail found in everything from our orderly electrical wiring to the strategic placement of scupper holes. We stand behind our work and offer a comprehensive warranty, but rest assured that you’ll enjoy many decades of safe, reliable performance and low-cost maintenance with your Willard Marine boat!
Willard Marine thanks Dan Spurr of Professional BoatBuilder Magazine for some of the excerpts and details published herein that originally appeared in a article from the February/March 2015 edition.