Originally Posted by Bigtalljv
One of the southern cal military RIB guys says the Willard's start get fun at a small craft advisory.
Of course he sells them also.
I ran into the new boat tester for Willard at the boat ramp. She says she has never cancelled a test due to weather, and she has been doing it year round for over ten years I think (can't remember; probably far longer).
Those tests include a bunch of stuff including running wide open etc. They will even give you the check out sheet for your boat if you own a Willard and write to them.
Anyway I think that's a pretty good indication of their sea handling abilities. I'm sure there is some wicked water somewhere that could flip one but having 1300 lb of motor plus transmission roughly amidships in the bilge seems to work very well in terms of stability for this hull shape. Also smooths out the ride through chop.