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Willard Marine Relocates its East Operations to New Facility in  Chesapeake, Virginia

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Oceanside, CA, August, 2022 -- Willard Marine, Inc. (Willard), a leading builder of composite and aluminum boats for 65 years, announces the relocation and expansion of its East Coast operations to Chesapeake, VA. 

The new Chesapeake facility has waterfront access, provides additional production capacity to meet anticipated growth, along with increased ability to produce metal boats. Willard’s mid-Atlantic location provides shorter delivery distances and faster repair times for East Coast military and commercial customers. 

Willard’s Director of Manufacturing, Joe Nangle, commented about the relocation, “The move of our East Coast facility to our new location, will allow us to have a total capacity of 14,400 sq/ft. This will increase our service capacity and expand our metal boat production capabilities.” 

Tim Pridemore, Director of Service, will oversee operations in the new facility, SOLAS rescue boat inspections, testing and certification, and global customer support.

Willard Marine - East will conform to WMI’s ISO 9001:2015 certified quality management system and become be an ISO 9001:2015 certified location later this year

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solasAnaheim, Calif. – Jan. 26, 2016 – Willard Marine, Inc., recently delivered a SOLAS 670 rescue boat to the U.S. Army to serve aboard the USACE Dredge McFarland in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Outfitted with a Volvo Penta D3 220hp inboard engine paired with a Hamilton Jet HJ2274 water jet, the 22’ 5” SOLAS rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) performs at speeds of up to 26.5 knots and accommodates nine passengers. A Cranston Eagle single-point lifting frame is incorporated into the SOLAS 670 to allow for a more dynamic launch and recovery system. Extensive safety features include a self-righting frame and a 40-ounce, UV-resistant polyurethane collar with a reinforced rub strake.

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33 Crystaliner New Color Scheme 3Anaheim, Calif. – Jan. 13, 2016 – Willard Marine, Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of mission-proven boats, has received an order to produce a 33-foot, fiberglass harbor patrol boat for the Oceanside Police Department in California based on the iconic “Crystaliner” boat design.

The order from Oceanside Police Department marks the first Crystaliner to be purchased from Willard Marine since they acquired the licensing and manufacture rights from Crystaliner, which folded in 2012.

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Sea Force RAM 630 PIFSC.Main ImageAnaheim, Calif. – Willard Marine, Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of mission-proven boats, was awarded a contract by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to produce a 20’08” rigid hull inflatable boat for the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) to facilitate their fisheries and marine mammal research in the Pacific region.

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SEA FORCE 777Anaheim, Calif. – October 07, 2015 – Willard Marine, Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of mission-proven boats, unveiled their new SEA FORCE® 777 this week at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, Australia.

This military-grade, fiberglass, rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) is 7.77-meters long, 2.74-meters wide, and designed with a deep-V hull for maximum stability in the roughest sea conditions. The Steyr SE306J38 diesel engine with ZF-63 marine gear powering a Hamilton Jet drive HJ-274 provides 300 horsepower for a 9-member crew and can achieve 32 knots. Nine Ullman Dynamics shock-mitigating seats are installed for crew comfort and safety.

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