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Abenaki is a one-of-a-kind trawler with a very traditional “down east” look and feel. To step aboard this classic is to return to an era when naval design featured rugged construction along with a practical layout for long term cruising. The Herreshoff-like interior is light, airy and uncluttered with traditional white walls and mahogany trim. With its bronze opening ports and cowl vents to its stabilizer poles with paravanes, the boat pays tribute to its heritage as a fishing vessel. Yet, mechanicals and electricals are all modern.
From a stock 1979 Willard hull this boat was customized in 1995 to highest standards. A heavy displacement vessel, it is a very stable boat in rough seas with 2500 lbs of encapsulated lead ballast in the keel with extra layers of fiberglass in the bilge area for rigidity.
"The Willard 30 is a salty-looking small trawler with a true displacement hull and a ballasted keel. A little top heavy in appearance,her classic double-ended hull and relatively heavy displacement provide a secure and comfortable ride in a variety of sea conditions. With only 30 feet, 6 inches of length overall, the Willard offers a surprising amount of interior space for her size. Several floorplans have been used over the years, the latest featuring a double berth in the stateroom. The lower helm is standard, of course, and the salon can be best described as cozy.Never a full production boat(none were built from 1982-87), the updated Willard 30 built since 1988 features a direct-drive engine (replacing the V-drive of previuos models) and internal lead ballast rather than external cast iron. With a 50hp Perkins (or 56hp Yanmar) diesel, the efficiency of the Willard 30 is truly phenomenal-at 6 knots, she's actual burning less than 1 gallon per hour! With only 150 gallons of fuel, he average cruising range is still over 1,000 nautical miles. About 40 of these boats have been built during her production years."
"ABENAKI is a unique small trawler type, full displacement cruising vessel. The hull was purchased from Willard Boat Company in the mid 80's and the first owner had Willard add additional layers of fiberglass in the bilge areas for additional strength and weight. He then engaged Rod Swift of Sausolito, CA to complete the construction into the fine cruising vessel she is today. The project was completed in 1995 and she was used for several years in the Sausalito area by her first owner. We know her second owner well, who purchased and used her on the West Coast for two winters, then he had her trucked to Rockport, ME for summer use on the East Coast. Rod did a good job of completion and we found ABENAKI to be a most comfortable cruising boat for two people, although the dinette has now been slightly changed so that the table may be lowered to seat level, thus making a third single berth. When off-shore (or in Canadian waters in the summer when there are no lobster buoys) the Stabilizer Poles with Paravanes may be lowered if needed, which gives ABENAKI a very comfortable motion in a heavy sea-way. There is excellent visibility in the Pilot House when sitting in the high settees, and it is a very pleasant place to be. ABENAKI is a well laid out and equipped Trawler type vessel and has been well maintained."
Entire boat Awlgripped
Entire bottom sanded and painted 2016
Bow Thruster Controls added Topside 2016
Canvas covering for topside controls/wheel 2016
Bronze solid half oval rubrail
Ensign staff and jack staff
Clean unobstructive decks. Anchor on bow with electric windlass, followed by enough deck for a couple of chairs.
Separate controls with a helmsman’s seat on top of pilothouse. The 10-foot folding mast contains lights and the radar. The aft deck contains two lockers, one for the propane tank, with enough room for three chairs.
Teak boarding platform with ladder
The engine is way forward, just in front of the wheelhouse. This allows for full walk around headroom plus ample storage. Access is through a port door in the wheelhouse. The wheelhouse is spacious with three large windows forward, each with it own windshield wiper plus full height opening doors port and starboard. The helm is centered with instruments on either side. Two cushioned settees are aft both with footrests and storage lockers underneath. A single opening port centered aft provides additional light and visibility. A double electrical control panel, AC and DC, is mounted on the bulkhead.
A companionway on center leads down three steps to a large airy trunk cabin with berths for two and an additional one from a dining room table. The is a hanging locker on the starboard side, bookshelves on the port side followed by an enclosed head with sink, vanity and shower and hot and cold running water. Aft is the galley with a two-burner propane stove, shelf, under counter storage, sink with manual foot pedal and running hot/cold water. Next is an under the counter refrigerator with a small freezer unit.
The two bunks after feature custom mattresses 40x80 inches, extremely generous for a boat this size. Each bunk has its own lighting and storage underneath. Double doors open to the aft deck.
2-burner propane stove
SS sink/manual foot operated pump
Complete set of dinnerware for 4
Knives and cutlery
Misc pots and pans
2 AC shore connectors
3 windshield wipers
Brass Kahlenberg horn
Battery condition indicator
Furuno radar presently not working
Groco manual head
12-volt battery system with four house and two startup batteries
Rule electrical bilge pumps
12-volt bow thruster with controls in pilothouse and topside
9 lights below deck plus running lights topside
Standard Horizon 1000 Chart plotter
Vetus 12-volt bow thruster
Heavy duty Forfjord #6 galvanized steel aanchor/200 feet 5/16 galvanized chain
Yachtsman anchor/150 1/2inch 3-strand anchor line
Hockey puck compass
3 fire extinguishers
First aid kit
Pistol flare gun/flares
2 life rings
13 opening bronze ports/screens
4 non-opening ports
5 storage areas in enclosed head plus shower
20 storage bins of various size
2 varnished mahogany wheels
1 emergency tiller
5-5/8 inch docking lines
Custom 7-foot dinghy
Extensive marine library including electric and paper charts
Large ensign/mahogany staff
Manuals for most equipment
Perkins 62hp 4 cylinder Diesel, appropriately 2500 hours running time
Fresh water-cooled through heat exchanger
2.8 1 reduction gear
Tank Tester for water and fuel
24" X 13" Bronze wheel on 1 3/4" shaft with Dripless Shaft seal