Willard 8 Ton World Cruiser
This William Crealock designed double ender will likely appeal to a cruiser looking for a smaller "blue water
boat" styled on more traditional (1970s concepts) lines. Crealock placed emphasis on seaworthy safety
1. Double ended hull design, 30 feet LOD
2. Full keel
, cast iron.
3. Bowsprit (about 5'), adds to marina expense.
4. Heavier displacement
(may be a slow boat).
5. Shallow Draft
= 4' 8"
6. Good Headroom
= 6' 4"
7. Designed as a Cutter
8. Reported as "heavy fiberglass hull"
9. The name includes the words "8 Ton" and that is explained below in comments by an owner.
10. May be rather slow (est. 5-6 knots), see the SA/D. One owner reported he never saw 8 knots, which is not surprising.
The photos of the boat I saw (linked below) show a nice looking boat, in what appears to be good condition. As with any boat, a survey
is a good idea. Caveat Emptor.
I like what I see in the photos. There are more photos showing the interior
and details on the linked page.
Year = ca 1976
Asking Price = $17,000 to $30,000 for different boats as of March 2018
Location = Florida and Michigan USA, etc.
Specifications from Sale Ad Listing
L.O.A. 35′ 2″,
L.O.D. 30′ 0″,
L.W.L. 27′ 6″,
Beam 10′ 6″,
Draft 4′ 8″
Displacement 17,000 lbs.,
Sail Area 600 Sq. Ft.,
Ballast 6,500 lbs.,
Headroom 6′ 4″
Hull Type: Long Keel Rig Type: Cutter
: 30.00' / 9.14m LWL: 27.50' / 8.38m
Beam: 10.42' / 3.18m Listed SA: 587 ft2 / 54.53 m2
(max.) 4.67' / 1.42m Draft
Displacement: 17000 lbs./ 7711 kgs. Ballast: 6500 lbs. / 2948 kgs.
Sail Area/Disp.1: 14.26 Bal./Disp.: 38.23% Disp./Len.: 364.92
: Willard/William Crealock
: The Willard
Construction: FG Bal. type: Iron
First Built: 1973 Last Built:
: Perkins Diesel
, 4-108, 40 hp
Construction: Fiberglass, 1976, by Willard Marine
, Anaheim, CA, William Crealock design.
Link to Ads with contact info for owners. FSBO
My Boat – Willard 8 Ton Cutter 1976 Miami, FL
Asking Price = $30,000
1976 Willard 8 Ton World Cruiser sailboat for sale in Michigan
Asking Price = $17,000
Comments by one owner.
“Taller guests are surprised by the 6′ 4″ standing headroom
inside. The keel is bolted and glassed in protecting your running gear
. The romantically named “8-Ton” refers to the storage
capacity rather than the actual weight of the vessel. Its displacement is 17,000 lbs. including 6,500 lbs. of ballast in the keel.”
[SIZE ="4"] Photos Are for Illustrative Purposes of This Boat Model[/SIZE]
All photos in this post are NOT from a single
boat, and may show some differences in model years or build or owner modifications. I have included images
from different boats in order to illustrate how the boat design looks. You will need to contact the owner/broker/seller for recent photos for a particular boat. These are for illustrations to inform and educate. Caveat Emptor.
My Disclaimers and Requests
I have no financial or other connection to this boat or the seller.
I have not seen this boat in person, nor have I sailed on it.
As with any boat, it is a good idea to research the design to learn about how they sail, common problems and owner opinions.
As with any boat, it is smart to have a qualified yacht surveyor
perform a survey of the boat to assess its condition.
I am posting
this to help others find boats. This one caught my eye, and I hope this thread helps others find a good fit for them.
I hope this thread proves helpful to CF Members. If so, let me know, as it is nice to know the time spent on it has helped others.
IF you purchase this boat, let me know (a PM would be OK).
IF you purchase this boat, I would enjoy seeing it, or going for a sail on it, if I am ever in your area. Or, if you own a similar or sister boat send me a PM. I enjoy sailing on a wide variety of boats and would like to get some time on many designs, including this one.