Originally Posted by ncp
This guy has set up his 7m Willard for diving:
1994 Willard 7 meter
Attached is a picture of the stern. I saved it from his ebay ad (I don't believe that it sold, reserve not met) as I have debated whether to do this to mine. I think that it adds some great functionality but right now it's a couple items down on my "to do" list. I've priced the addition at ~$600 for the step and ~$300 for an Armstrong or similar ladder.
A guy in LA has a couple of Willards that he's refurbishing right now if you're interested:
24 ft Willards and Northports Rhib Cummins Diesels
(note that these pics are of already re-furb'd ones and would be on the high end of his price range)
Oh, and I tow my 7m Willard beautifully with my Grand Cherokee!
THATS A RAD SETUP! do you recall what the highest bid price was on that boat? Must be a center mounted motor eh?
DiverDMD- I have a 24'Zodiac 733 I am refurbishing for diving and inter island surf safaris.
Its towed by a ford explorer sport trac, no problem. I would advise a trailer with brakes, as its pretty easy to get these heavy rigs moving, but the real issue comes in stopping all that momentum. The Willard for sale link post by ncp looks like a good deal for your price range.
But like the post says, it depends how much work you want to put in... I think its better to know everything about your boat before you go splashing around... coast guard hawaii now charges for rescues! and will fine you for anything you were negligent on after they do so!