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Willard Trawlers May Age, But They Never Get Old

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Willard Marine's history of manufacturing quality boats dates all the way back to 1957 as the first company to offer a line of production fiberglass trawlers. The first of these trawlers was the William Garden designed Vega 36 in 1961, followed by a wide variety of models based on 30, 36, 40, and 47-foot hulls. Although we ceased production of recreational vessels in 2003 to focus on military and patrol boat markets, our trawler yachts and sailboats are still in high demand and loved by those that own them.

It’s always a pleasure to hear from those owners and glean the story behind their trawler. Recently, we had the pleasure of being in touch with Ana Santos, a six-year owner of a Willard trawler named Nuala May. Nuala May was built in 1974 and Ana loves being a liveabaord, splitting her time between Alaska and Port Townsend, WA.

Ana, we must say, you take beeeauuuutiful care of that trawler and we can only hope to see you at our annual trawler gathering in Anacortes, WA. 

Do you have a trawler and want to share your story? Share your stories and pictures at Also, learn more about our annual trawler gathering here:

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