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Old 25 July 2015, 18:26   #11
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no comparison. they are good boats but dont hold a candle to a 7m Willard.
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Old 25 July 2015, 18:29   #12
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Well, ok then, The Dali Lama has spoken.
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Old 25 July 2015, 19:06   #13
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Well, ok then, The Dali Lama has spoken.
So a Whaler isn't a Pachen a Willard?

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Old 25 July 2015, 22:24   #14
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Zip- why not enlist Ryan to help find a boat for you? Better to ask for assistance then settle for a whaler!
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Old 25 July 2015, 23:45   #15
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I have had contact with Ryan, and he said that he could build me something real nice for around $125K.
Just kidding.
He does have a project Willard that we had brief communication about last week, but he is still not sure where he is at with it yet.
I'm still trying to purchase that one I have been working on for the last couple of months, but I am pretty close to giving up. The current owners just can't seem to get it together.
A couple of members from this site have contacted me about selling their boats. Hope to view one locally soon.
I know that Todd has a couple coming up soon, but I was trying to avoid paying full pop.
I should have some answers by the end of next week.
The Whaler is a longshot, but it is only 10 minutes from my house, so I am going to check it out tomorrow.
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Old 26 July 2015, 05:12   #16
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no comparison. they are good boats but dont hold a candle to a 7m Willard.

Interesting how some UK & European made ribs compare to a Willard
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Old 26 July 2015, 09:05   #17
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So a Whaler isn't a Pachen a Willard?

We have had whalers and still have 2. They are great boats we have run the 21' Justice and the 24' Justice and have a personal 23 Dauntles. The issue i have with whalers is their ride as compared to Willards having said that that all rest in where you operate and what the sea conditions are for your area. We love our Dauntless but use it mostly in the bay and rivers as a family rec boat as it has seating that never seams to end a great family boat. Bu i would not go offshore with my family in more than 2-3 it just slaps to much. The same with the 21' and 24' they were good for around 2-4' and would pound no different than most mono hull boats. I have also run into issues with many older whalers holding water in their foam.


Whalers are great boats but just not nearly as good as a Willard for the ride.
Thats just my 2C.

I would hold off and keep my eye out for a willard on GSA. They do come up in CA quite often and would be a good deal most likely 10-12k. I know it is hard to wait but i think you would be quite happy with a 7m vs a hardside.
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That still does not answer my question but I guess we know the answer.
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Old 26 July 2015, 11:09   #19
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Andre,

What European boats compare to the Willard?
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That still does not answer my question but I guess we know the answer.
Do we? I've always been intrigued. Us brits are incredibly parochial and believe our ribs are best. We will extend to Europe when it suits us. But most of our friends in North America have probably limited experience of British boats just as we have of these military spec US boats.
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