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Old 22 December 2014, 12:38   #1
Country: USA
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Willard 7M into a shipping container

Has anyone had luck squeezing a Willard 7m (or similar) into a standard sized shipping container without fully removing the sponsons? (just deflated).

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Old 22 December 2014, 12:47   #2
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specs say interior dimensions are 7' 8" for a 40' container. That might be tight with the tubes hanging but sitting at my desk thinking about it I bet it will fit. Taking the tubes off only takes and hour or so. or at least it did on my Zodiac that bolts inside and out. similar to go back on. It's not the end of the world.

I would bet the government had fitting in a container as a spec for the boat though.


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Old 22 December 2014, 14:28   #3
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My zodiac pro 9 man fits in one lovely - fully inflated. Tad smaller than a Willard but worth checking the door width to see.

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Old 23 December 2014, 17:37   #4
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I've seen boats loaded at an angle (leaned over to 15 or 20 degrees.) Should fit that way.

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Old 23 December 2014, 23:50   #5
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I was worried about trying to fit my Willard along the side of the house - fully inflated at 9 ft was too much. The widest point of the hull at the transom is about 64 inches. Add a couple of inches for tube fabric and I think you'd be ok.
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Old 30 December 2014, 15:31   #6
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Yes. It fits.
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